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Rail News: February 2015

February 27

People
OnTrackNorthAmerica adds Conrail's Batory as board member Read More »
Intermodal
Pennsylvania DOT, Philadelphia port authority begin intermodal incentive program Read More »
MOW
BNSF breaks down capex projects pegged for California, Kansas Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AASHTO kicks off campaign for long-term transportation legislation Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN: Traffic controllers union ratifies four-year pact, sustainability program selects grant recipients Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit logged record ridership in 2014 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Keolis names new GM, deputy GM for MBTA commuter-rail service Read More »
Safety
Sen. Casey to OMB: Wrap up review of USDOT's tank-car rule ASAP Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA decides against fare hikes, service cuts for FY2016 Read More »

February 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from New York Air Brake, Alstom, Decision Lens, Colo Railroad and Leroy Automation (Feb. 26) Read More »
C&S
Florida DOT awards Tampa $1.35 million grant to create quiet zone Read More »
MOW
BNSF highlights 2015 capex work in Colorado, Montana and Oklahoma Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. carloads decreased, intermodal volumes continued to drop in week No. 7 Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver issues crossing safety warning Read More »
Passenger Rail
Detroit streetcar developer issues RFP for system operator Read More »
Labor
Size of U.S. Class I workforce shrunk slightly in January Read More »
People
MBTA appoints DePaola interim GM Read More »

February 25

High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority settles suit with Bakersfield developer Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
North Carolina DOT to share results of Murphy Branch reactivation study Read More »
M&A
Hitachi to acquire Finmeccanica's rail operations Read More »
Safety
Derailment fallout: Virginia penalizes CSX for oil spill; RESPONSE Act re-enters Congress Read More »
Passenger Rail
Gov. Cuomo finalizes $120 million for LIRR's Hicksville rehab project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB: 12 sections of third rail found inside damaged Metro-North car Read More »
M&A
Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Freightliner Group Read More »
Passenger Rail
NTSB, FRA investigating Metrolink derailment Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
President vetoes Keystone pipeline bill Read More »

February 24

Labor
TTD lays out transportation agenda, re-elects Wytkind, Willis Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Confidence in equipment leasing sector remains high after three years, foundation says Read More »
Labor
BLET members OK new contract with LIRR Read More »
MOW
Caltrain to host meetings to discuss San Francisco bridges project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Crews complete portions of elevated guideway for Honolulu light-rail project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX forms new short line in Illinois Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS notes improved service levels since November Read More »
Safety
FRA to begin investigating CSX derailment in West Virginia Read More »
Labor
CN reaches tentative agreement with Unifor, withdraws lockout notice Read More »

February 23

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Mitsubishi, Alstom, Koppers, Auto Truck and LTK (Feb. 23) Read More »
Shippers
Eco-Energy, CHS Sun Basin advance rail-served facilities Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro develops mobile app for trip planning Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina DOT seeks public comments on state rail plan Read More »
People
NYCT names Monaghan VP of security Read More »
Intermodal
Tentative five-year labor pact paves way to ease congestion at West Coast ports Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Foxx unveils new rules to improve transit-rail safety Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
New Canadian legislation aims to bolster rail safety, strengthen oversight Read More »

February 20

Rail Industry Trends
Missouri DOT releases state freight plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA reports serious crimes fell 26 percent in 2014 Read More »
MOW
BNSF details 2015 capex work pegged for Missouri, Wisconsin Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Foxx calls for greater investment in passenger rail, transit Read More »
Passenger Rail
PANYNJ to create new CEO position, adopt other reforms Read More »
Class Is
Fortune names UP, CSX and NS among 'Most Admired' companies in the transportation industry Read More »
Labor
Unifor sets strike vote timetable as CN contract negotiations bog down Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA awards $5 million grant to BART for trackside safety technology Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS promotes Ottensmeyer to president Read More »

February 19

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Alstom, Clark Construction, RR Mergers, Unitrac and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Feb. 19) Read More »
Intermodal
Tiger Cool Express purchases 200 refrigerated rail units from Chinese supplier Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. carloads climbed, intermodal units fell again in week No. 6 Read More »
Intermodal
Foxx bus tour makes stops at transportation projects in South Carolina, Georgia Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit, Houston METRO open new stations Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia Railway Express to host hearings on proposed fare increases Read More »
Labor
CN, Unifor disagree on cash contribution aspect of proposed agreement Read More »
Passenger Rail
Two Florida counties vote to fight All Aboard Florida line Read More »
Safety
NTSB in early investigation stages of CSX derailment in West Virginia Read More »

February 18

Shippers
Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council becomes 13th member of Soy Transportation Coalition Read More »
People
Patriot Rail appoints Whiteman, Broyles to executive roles Read More »
Passenger Rail
PennDOT seeks comments on proposed improvements to Harrisburg-Pittsburgh line Read More »
Intermodal
Port of New York and New Jersey broke cargo record in 2014 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Texas railway narrows corridor search for Dallas-Houston bullet-train service Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
TSA honors five rail, transit agencies for security measures Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Washington port freight-rail projects part of state funding package Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal introduce rail-crossing improvement act Read More »

February 17

People
Miller joins Tri-City Railroad as VP, COO Read More »
Intermodal
Port Metro Vancouver reports increased cargo volumes in 2014 Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD ramps up public safety campaign aimed at new rail lines Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS to focus fuel management efforts on moving-train technologies Read More »
People
TransLink tabs Allen as temporary CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
Don't cut transit off from Highway Trust Fund, APTA's Melaniphy says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
National Freight Network Trust Fund Act enters House Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra posts 1.3 percent ridership gain in 2014, announces $91 million locomotive rehab project Read More »
Labor
CP, Teamsters turn to binding arbitration to end strike; CN, Teamsters reach tentative pact Read More »

February 13

Passenger Rail
BART warns riders about potential measles exposure Read More »
C&S
Crossing closure considered in North Carolina; crossing upgrades pegged in Ohio Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT announces $29 million in grants to improve transit safety Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index inched up in December Read More »
People
CSX appoints Pendergrass, Swafford to VP posts Read More »
People
Rising Stars nomination deadline is approaching Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx issues tender for track project on Stouffville corridor Read More »
Shippers
Volkswagen Group selects Jacksonville port as Southeastern import hub Read More »
MOW
BNSF highlights 2015 capex work in three more states Read More »
Amtrak
House T&I committee approves Amtrak funding legislation Read More »

February 12

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Alstom, AXION, Tealinc, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Gannett Fleming (Feb. 12) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian Railway Hall of Fame adds three inductees Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Quincy requests $16.2 million from Washington State for intermodal infrastructure Read More »
Intermodal
Port Tracker anticipates February import gain; Virginia port sets January volume record Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB calls for audit of transit agency ventilation systems Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. carloads climbed, intermodal loads dropped in year's fifth week Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX promotes Munoz to president, Sanborn to EVP of operations Read More »
Passenger Rail
Scott resigns GM post at MBTA Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House T&I begins consideration of surface transportation reauthorization Read More »

February 11

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Alstom, Greenbrier, Georgetown Rail, Nomad, WAGO and Railway Interchange (Feb. 11) Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Missouri to receive $43.9 million for environmental damages from Anadarko settlement Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Terminal Railroad Association agrees to relocate track for proposed NFL stadium in St. Louis Read More »
Passenger Rail
Argonne lab, University of Illinois secure federal grants for rail research Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA proposes fare increase, service changes for FY2016 budget Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP CFO Demosky to step down at May's end Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Short-line tax credit extension bill enters House Read More »
Passenger Rail
Milwaukee council gives final OK to streetcar project Read More »
Intermodal
IANA on 2014: North American intermodal volume reached highest growth rate since 2011 Read More »

February 10

Financials
Genesee & Wyoming ramped up revenue, traffic in fourth quarter Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA extends late-night pilot program until mid-June Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN reports increased grain export levels during first half of 2014-15 crop year Read More »
Labor
Vast majority of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference members back CP strike Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA opens new station to serve Cermak-McCormick Place Read More »
Passenger Rail
Los Angeles transit officials seek input on proposed LAX station Read More »
MOW
BNSF cites key 2015 capex work in three states Read More »
Safety
UP notes lower derailment rate; NTSB cites alertness device concerns Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Foxx, Shuster to host Twitter 'Town Hall' Read More »

February 9

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from United Rail, RailComm, Alstom, Sam Schwartz, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Unitrac (Feb. 9) Read More »
People
Western Group makes management changes Read More »
MOW
New Jersey DOT provides $4.3 million grant for rail bridge replacement Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD narrows list of teams for Southeast Rail extension Read More »
Class Is
Webcast: RailTrends to present 'Class I Performance: The Role of Data in Best-in-Class Operations' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain board authorizes electrification design-build RFP Read More »
Shippers
USA Rail Terminals to build facility in Louisiana Read More »
Intermodal
Pennsylvania DOT to begin accepting applications for new intermodal incentive program Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Mateo board OKs $49 million for new Caltrain station Read More »

February 6

People
Former AAR SVP VanderClute joins OnTrackNorthAmerica's board Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia port marks 5 millionth vehicle; New Orleans port logs container volume record Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Texas Central Railway reveals two possible sites for Dallas bullet-train station Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA awards contract for LIRR work at Grand Central Terminal Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
CTA's $120 million TIFIA loan closes; FTA to inspect WMATA safety operations Read More »
Safety
Public service commission, transportation institute to help North Dakota DOT update rail plan Read More »
Amtrak
T&I Committee unveils passenger-rail reform bill Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Metro-North accident prompts call for crossing safety legislation Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Fritz succeeds Koraleski as UP's CEO Read More »

February 5

Rail Industry Trends
Montreal incorporates property development guidelines into long-term plan, RAC says Read More »
People
VIA Rail installs Williams as GM for Eastern Canada Read More »
M&A
Wabtec acquires Railroad Controls Read More »
People
South Florida RTA extends executive director's contract, adds board member Read More »
Safety
NTSB: Total transportation fatalities fell in 2013, but rail-related deaths climbed Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S railroads ramped up traffic in January Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Foxx touts Obama FY2016 budget's $3.2 billion for rail, BRT and streetcar projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North resumes service on Harlem Line following Tuesday's fatal SUV-commuter train collision Read More »

February 4

Passenger Rail
Chicago Transit Authority to get wireless upgrade Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Oregon DOT to study minority-, women-owned business contracting methods Read More »
People
Deadline approaching for Progressive Railroading's 'Rising Stars' Read More »
Intermodal
Indiana ports set several cargo records in 2014 Read More »
Class Is
Webcast: RailTrends to present 'Class I Performance: The Role of Data in Best-in-Class Operations' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Cass truckload, intermodal indices increased in December Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Orleans breaks ground on new streetcar line Read More »
Intermodal
Florida DOT to receive $9.9 billion in state budget, Gov. Scott says Read More »
Passenger Rail
NTSB to investigate Metro-North, SUV accident Read More »

February 3

C&S
Crossing upgrades approved in Ohio, Washington Read More »
People
Metra names Milano deputy exec director Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin Cities' transit use rose in 2014 Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Vermont Rail, Providence & Worcester jointly lease locomotive from GATX Read More »
People
Nomination deadline extended for Progressive Railroading's 'Rising Stars' Read More »
Intermodal
Slew of ports pumped up container volumes in 2014 Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, INDOT agree to Hoosier State contract extension Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California authority seeks RFQs for high-speed rail project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. roads to spend $29 billion on capex, hire 15,000 in 2015 Read More »

February 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Alstom, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Norgren; Also, in memoriam: GREX's Edwin Snead (Feb. 2) Read More »
People
Rush succeeds VanderClute as head of safety, operations for AAR Read More »
Kansas City Southern
PTC: KCSR's signal forces focus on field installations, testing and deployment strategy Read More »
Passenger Rail
Schumer to MTA: Start testing LIRR engineers for sleep disorders Read More »
Class Is
Webcast: RailTrends to present 'Class I Performance: The Role of Data in Best-in-Class Operations' Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR opens information center for train-yard expansion plan Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP challenges transport coalition's claims about enhancing ag supply chain Read More »
Labor
BLET members ratify NS agreement; Steelworkers members ratify CN pact Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA, Santa Clara VTA kick off environmental review for BART Silicon Valley II Extension Read More »
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