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Rail News: February 2014

February 28

Rail supplier news from J&A Industries, B&B Roadway, Alstom, Vossloh, L.B. Foster, Birmingham Rail and EnerSys (Feb. 28) Wisconsin bill proposes frac sand mining surcharge NARP's Capon moving on; Scott named acting president AAR: U.S. rail traffic ramped back up in week 8 Sound Transit's board picks alignment for Tacoma Link light-rail expansion Houston's METRO, California's Metrolink name new executives Three trade groups laud president's freight, TIGER funding proposals Three Class Is make Fortune's list of 'Most Admired' companies

February 27

Florida port purchases two new switchers Colorado DOT finds high-speed transit proposals possible, but expensive Container volumes tumbled at Tacoma port, rose at Virginia port in January FTA OKs CATS' project development phase for streetcar expansion; CATS employee wins APTA contest CN counts on community outreach to help bolster safety WMATA officials hail funding from Maryland, Virginia and D.C. PTC, crude by rail were hot rail safety topics at House subcommittee hearing Obama proposes $302 billion plan for transportation infrastructure

February 26

Tie purchases, production ramped up in January Pennsylvania provides $34.4 million for 33 freight-rail, short-line projects CSX tunnel project earns engineering honors Denver's RTD, Chicago's Metra posted ridership gains in 2013 FTA OKs Triangle Transit's light-rail project development MTA creates chief safety officer post Crude by rail: USDOT issues another emergency order; Global One launches unit trains in Utah

February 25

Rail supplier news from Union Tank Car, Strobel Starostka, Toshiba, Hanson, Transit Safety and RSI/CMA (Feb. 25) Houston and Vancouver ports set container records in 2013 CN, CSX and UP considered top 500 global brands again in 2014 Construction under way on Perris Valley Metrolink extension Maryland selects 'preferred training partners' for Purple, Red line projects USDOT OKs early step in Dulles Metrorail project's TIFIA loan application Provincial governments seek rail service improvements for export grain U.S. Class I workforce was relatively stable in January

February 24

Crossing projects advance in Illinois, Montana and Washington Court rulings clear way for Honolulu rail project SEPTA marks 50 years in service CSX touted ethanol services at Renewable Fuels Association event Short line rejects proposed reroute that would accommodate Twin Cities' light-rail project Illinois DOT kicks off high-speed rail Tier 2 environmental studies Mexican rail industry is working with government to address proposed railroad law amendments, KCS says U.S. freight roads launch voluntary safety initiative targeting crude-by-rail operations

February 21

Foxx, Biden help mark ARRA's fifth anniversary by touring inland Illinois port Sen. Schumer promotes tax credit extension at New York short-line summit U.S. rail traffic registered another drop in year's seventh week Work resumes on Panama Canal's third lock set Metrolink launches PTC system on BNSF track FTA, LACMTA sign off on $670 million grant, $160 million TIFIA loan for light-rail connector BNSF seeks proposals for 5,000 'next-generation' tank cars

February 20

Rail supplier news from FreightCar America, Trinity, Koppers, Lilee Systems and Alstom (Feb. 20) White becomes president of X Train California port OKs UP rail-welding facility; Florida port advances CSX-served ICTF TriMet, ATU to enter mediation over new contract Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2014 BNSF, Watco to provide final purchase proposals for Oklahoma DOT-owned line St. Louis Metro proposes fare hike Politicians ask FRA to address track inspections in North Dakota, New Hampshire CN budgets slightly more for capex in 2014

February 19

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Wabtec, Siemens, Ansaldo, Veolia, HNTB and J.L. Patterson (Feb. 19) Genesis Energy to construct Class I-served crude terminal in Louisiana Hickey, Jungwirth join VRE North Carolina DOT marks milestone for rail corridor program Three U.S. ports posted volume gains, one registered drop in January NTSB calls on Metro-North to take action on recorders, speed signs Irving Oil to convert tank-car fleet to newer-model cars Weinstein resigns as NJ Transit's top exec; Christie installs Hakim as successor

February 18

Santa Clara VTA begins work on third light-rail track near Levi's Stadium Ohio short lines: New owner for Youngstown & Southern, new operator for Jackson railroad USDOT preps for TIGER VI funding round Houston's METRO exceeds ridership projections on new North Line Rail, enhanced bus options recommended for Minneapolis Midtown Corridor Oberman wins election as Metra's chairman South Dakota governor no longer opposes DM&E line sale to Genesee & Wyoming In memoriam: Union Pacific's 'iconic and visionary' leader Jim Young

February 14

Canadian rail association releases annual 'trends' report M&A activity in global industrial products sector at high ebb in 4Q, PwC says HART tabs Perkins+Will to design eight stations, unveils mock-up rail car South Carolina port continues to drive up intermodal rail volume TriMet backs bill to exempt personal information from Oregon's open records law Metro Gold Line light-rail extension marks milestone North American rail traffic was mostly on the decline in week No. 6 Canada reveals details of 10-year infrastructure plan

February 13

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Tutor Perini, Hanson, Kelso, the Andersons, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Sam Schwartz (Feb. 13) December freight index posted second-best mark on record, BTS says California's HSR authority awards right-of-way engineering, survey contracts Tacoma Rail, port partner to seek federal emission-reduction grant Fort Worth's The T names Ballard president, CEO South Dakota legislators back Genesee & Wyoming's acquisition of DM&E line USDOT should implement new tank-car safety measures, RSI committee says Senate committee holds hearing on MAP-21 reauthorization

February 12

Amtrak turns on free Wi-Fi service for Midwest trains North Dakota crude terminal launches unit train operations Minnesota rail authority issues RFPs for corridor between St. Paul, Mall of America Caltrain begins clearing vegetation for San Mateo bridge project Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2014 Texas university opens rail safety research center Committee reviewing high-speed rail proposal for Alberta BNSF, ag product shippers hold meeting to address delays Florida East Coast posts progress on Port Everglades' new container facility

February 11

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Tutor Perini, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Jacobs (Feb. 11) Operation Lifesaver Canada seeks nominees for 2014 Roger Cyr Award Ontario to improve GO Transit's Etobicoke North Station Portland port expects rebound in 2014; South Carolina ports earn emission-reduction award Genesee & Wyoming: Earnings up in 4Q, but income fell short of expectations Four teams to compete for D.C. Silver Line rail yard, maintenance facility project CP begins to transport frac sand to Victory Nickel's Alberta plant; UP to build frac sand unit-train facility in Texas with U.S. Silica Metrolink picks up additional funds for new low-emission locomotives

February 10

Quiet zone progresses in North Dakota; crossing work advances in Ohio CG Railway owner plans return to New Orleans Metro-North takes steps to improve safety RTA five-year study reflects economic impact on Chicago mass-transit ridership Export coal facility's stormwater management system scores sustainable results, NS says Progressive Railroading to launch Secure Rail conference in 2015 Transport Canada proposes new grade crossing regulations CBO: Transportation bill will need $100 billion in new taxes or fund transfers PATH aims to complete PTC project on time

February 7

Rail supplier news from Whitmore, Alstom, Bombardier, Urban Engineers, Amsted Rail, Sam Schwartz and Nisus (Feb. 7) Washington state DOT seeks operator for soon-to-reopen Royal Slope line Valley Metro to note milestone in Central Mesa light-rail extension CSX to construct inspection yard in Kentucky MTA completes repairs at six NYCT stations AAR: U.S. railroads registered good traffic-building month to start 2014 Amtrak's first new electric locomotive ready for service Strong 4Q capped off 'banner year' for intermodal volume, IANA says UP boosts 2014 capex, installs Fritz as president and COO

February 6

Confederation Line tunnel construction reaches milestone Sound Transit slates open houses for East Link light-rail extension FRA to deploy new track inspection program in North Dakota town, Sen. Heitkamp says CTA awards contract for three station restoration projects Greenbrier to craft 'Tank Car of the Future,' offer DOT-111 retrofits Metra to establish chief audit officer post PHMSA fines three oil companies for misclassifying crude shipments CN: New pact in place with Teamsters conference; line abandonment plan questioned by Unifor

February 5

Rail supplier news for CIT Group, Bombardier, Axion, Aon and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Feb. 5) Reading and Northern, Coos Bay Rail Link cranked up carloads in 2013 District of Columbia's DOT issues RFQ for integrated premium transit system Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2014 Freight-rail constituents form coalition to bolster Great Northern Corridor Canadian government takes steps to improve grain transportation via rail PANYNJ proposes $27.6 billion capital plan for next 10 years BNSF budgets an all-time-high $5 billion for capex in 2014

February 4

Virginia port embargoes empty container rail moves due to winter storm Northern Frac Proppants to construct UP-served frac sand mine in Wisconsin Oklahoma DOT accepts four bids for Sooner Sub rail line sale MassDOT authorizes $23.9 million bridge contract for MBTA Oklahoma port completes marshaling yard track project Coming Thursday: Free webcast on electronic detection, monitoring systems Metro-North to upgrade New Haven Line's power supply; Gov. Malloy to meet with MTA's Prendergast, Metro-North's Giulietti Chicago's RTA authorizes bond issue for state-of-good repair projects STB sets new public hearing for competitive switching rules proceeding

February 3

CSX garners spot on climate performance leadership index LIRR workers preparing to strike, union says New York DOT to hold hearings on proposed high-speed rail alternatives EPA: Instead of ongoing tank-car craze, broadening rail-car demand drove 4Q rebound CN, TCRC to resume negotiations after tentative agreements aren't ratified Caltrans allocates $138 million for Metrolink, other transportation projects NS opens bulk transfer facility in Virginia; GM opens KCSM spur in Mexico Metra names Orseno executive director, CEO << Previous Next >>
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