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Rail News: February 2016

February 29

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Vertex, Thales, Timken and VeRail Technologies (Feb. 29) Read More »
Passenger Rail
World Trade Center's Oculus set to open Thursday Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain fare hike takes effect Read More »
People
Puentes tapped to lead Eno Center for Transportation Read More »
Intermodal
USDOT seeks new FASTLANE grant applicants Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA unveils online tool for bridge inspection reports Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit restores funding for two light-rail extensions Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Short-line tax credit would be permanent under BRACE Act Read More »

February 26

Passenger Rail
Caltrain solicits customer feedback on service enhancements Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit's rail routes logged record ridership in 2015 Read More »
PTC
KCS to kick off PTC field integration tests next week Read More »
Security
WMATA to beef up police patrols on trains, buses Read More »
MOW
BNSF announces capex plans for Missouri, Colorado Read More »
Passenger Rail
Kansas City streetcar, L.A. line extension to open in May Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP cites growing shipper support for NS merger deal, while UPS and TTD voice objections Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Amtrak: STB's proposed policy change would prioritize freight trains Read More »

February 25

Rail Industry Trends
Iowa panel OKs 'LIFTS' funds for freight transportation improvements Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra tests onboard Wi-Fi, meets on-time performance goal for January Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to improve radio, wireless coverage in subways Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Florida East Coast Railway to offer new intermodal booking tool online Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA reviews Green Line Extension project, seeks public input Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern set to begin $5.6 million in Louisiana projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
University of Michigan reveals plans for Ann Arbor light-rail route Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. railroads log traffic increase in Week 7; crude oil shipments down 17 percent in 2015 Read More »

February 24

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from GE, Siemens, Schneider and NRC (Feb. 24) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canada forms Parliamentary Rail Caucus Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to expand reduced fare program to commuter-rail routes Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to provide new data feed for mobile app developers Read More »
CSX Transportation
North Carolina business park designated CSX 'Select Site' Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF details 2016 capex plans for Nebraska, New Mexico Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA budget would double rail bridge inspectors, Schumer says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Higher-speed rail route in Michigan would be profitable, study finds Read More »

February 23

Rail Industry Trends
AAR debuts latest version of 'Freight Rail Works' campaign Read More »
People
SamTrans names Kay chief financial officer Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD kicks off testing on new commuter-rail lines Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX joins Nasdaq-100 Index Read More »
Mechanical
LIRR, Metro-North logged mechanical performance records in 2015 Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco rail center plan advances in Nevada Read More »
Passenger Rail
Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx unveil short list of firms to build Finch West light-rail project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
TIGER's eighth round to fund $500 million in grants Read More »

February 22

Union Pacific Railroad
UP named to 'Most Admired' list Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF's credit rating upgraded Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN issues $500 million debt offering Read More »
People
Millar named Washington state's acting transportation secretary Read More »
Safety
FTA to host listening session on proposed safety plans Read More »
Labor
BLET reaches tentative pact with Illinois Railway; and in memoriam: Lori Dewey Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ohio DOT slates meetings for Cincinnati commuter-rail line Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
CREATE Program awarded $1.25 million for Chicago grade separation project Read More »

February 19

Supplier Spotlight
Mooney visits Appalachian Timber Services, Biden tours New Orleans port Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak now allows pets on long-distance routes Read More »
Class Is
STB: Class I employment drops in all categories in January Read More »
Security
DART to install cameras on light-rail trains Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Report: Shuster leaning toward 'no' on CP-NS merger Read More »
Passenger Rail
DC Streetcar to start serving riders next week Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA awards $10 million to states to upgrade grade crossings Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California changes direction of high-speed rail plan Read More »

February 18

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wells Fargo Rail, Siemens, Miller; and in memoriam: Joseph Sloat (Feb. 18) Read More »
Amtrak
Group formed to study return of Amtrak's Gulf Coast service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Carload traffic decline continues in Week 6 Read More »
Security
L.A. Metro tests security technologies to reduce fare evasion Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF to spend $350 million on maintenance in Washington, Minnesota Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA issues record of decision, FEIS for Durham-Orange light-rail project Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX expects significant decline in Q1 earnings Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak seeks $1.8 billion in FY2017 budget request Read More »

February 17

Rail Industry Trends
The sights at Secure Rail 2016 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Transit renames rail station after Minnesota Vikings' new stadium Read More »
Intermodal
Twin Eagle launches terminal operations at Texas rail park Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California lawmaker introduces bill to allow voters to nix high-speed rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
MNDOT slates meetings for Minneapolis-Duluth higher-speed rail route Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA, forum agree to promote near field communication technologies Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT awards rail safety grants to North Dakota, Wisconsin Read More »
People
Anacostia Rail short line hires Bjornstad as president Read More »
Financials
FRA to states: Check crossings connected to traffic lights Read More »

February 16

People
'Rising Stars' nominations due Friday Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, OnTrackNorthAmerica, Alstom and HNTB (Feb. 16) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Pacific divests equity interest in Andean Railways Read More »
People
Drew Lewis, former U.S. transportation secretary and UP chief, dies Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA logged record rail ridership in 2015 Read More »
Financials
WMATA solicits public input on $3.1 billion budget for FY2017 Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to cut back on car repair facilities Read More »
Financials
L.A. Metro nets $300 million for rail projects; Caltrain to receive funds for electrification Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP to seek declaratory order from STB on voting trust issue Read More »

February 12

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Kelso, Phoenix Contact, NRC and Parsons (Feb. 12) Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Congressional reps visit Progress Rail, PortaCo Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific unveils new website to promote NS merger proposal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink to speed up test trains on 91/Perris Valley Line expansion Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx to improve Bloor Street GO Transit Station Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA inks $16.2 million contract with J.F. White to repair railroad bridge Read More »
People
TransLink names Desmond CEO Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
TSB: Worn car components contributed to 2014 train derailment Read More »

February 11

Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro mulls parking fee at nine stations Read More »
Passenger Rail
SacRT eyes 20 percent fare hike to cover FY losses Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NCDOT marks halfway point on Piedmont Improvement Program Read More »
Labor
Washington House passes rail worker transportation safety bill Read More »
Financials
MTA to sell $500 million in 'green' bonds to fund infrastructure upgrades Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. carload traffic still mired in shrinking pattern, AAR data shows Read More »
Safety
Washington transportation commission adopts CBR safety rules Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN details 2016 capex plan Read More »

February 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from duostech, Knorr-Bremse, Alstom, and Skelly and Loy (Feb. 10) Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA seeks community input on rehab work for Hurricane Sandy-damaged tunnels Read More »
Intermodal
Retail imports to grow 4.5 percent in year, Global Port Tracker says Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming reports fourth-quarter earnings decline Read More »
Financials
Obama's budget proposal allocates funds for transit-rail projects Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak urges STB to consider on-time performance at intermediate stations Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP seeks NS shareholder support for proposed merger Read More »

February 9

People
Connecticut Commuter Rail Council names Gildea chair Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro Gold line extension to feature six new park-and-ride facilities  Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto Transit Commission unveils 2016 customer charter, pledges to reduce subway delays Read More »
Safety
Denver RTD runs train simulation software to test traffic signals on R Line Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Building materials company to renovate long-vacant facility on Indiana short line Read More »
Intermodal
Panama Canal expansion: Sill reinforcement work complete Read More »
Safety
FTA unveils details of transit safety plans Read More »
Intermodal
Port of New York and New Jersey set cargo record in 2015 Read More »

February 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Eurovia, REMSA, Wi-Tronix and Orgo-Thermit (Feb. 8) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Two state panels OK rail crossing safety upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
TransLink kicks off SkyTrain station upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
Bay Area transit systems log ridership records during Super Bowl week Read More »
People
Lynch to succeed Foltz as Georgia Ports Authority executive director Read More »
Intermodal
Indiana port handled second-highest annual volume since 1994 Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP reports 3 percent fewer crossing accidents in 2015 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Obama's proposed gas tax would fund high-speed rail, public transit Read More »

February 5

People
Tradepoint Atlantic appoints Thomas to oversee short line's development Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North's New Haven Line broke all-time ridership record in 2015 Read More »
People
Caltrain appoints Burns to oversee electrification effort Read More »
Labor
NJ Transit strike looms as negotiations fail to reach agreement Read More »
Intermodal
IANA: Intermodal grew 2.8 percent in Q4 Read More »
Mechanical
Maryland Transit Administration inks rail-car overhaul contract with Bombardier Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS facilitated $4.2 billion in industrial investment in 2015 Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYC Mayor de Blasio unveils $2.5 billion Brooklyn-Queens streetcar proposal Read More »

February 4

Safety
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Smith promotes grade crossing project in Moorhead Read More »
People
LRIW elects five new board members Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Arizona panel OKs upgrade of Union Pacific crossing in Tucson Read More »
PTC
FRA releases status of railroads' PTC timelines Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro unveils 'operation shovel ready' to advance transit projects Read More »
Financials
Ontario issues second 'green' bond, secures funding for transit-rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA gives green light for rebuild of Baltimore/Washington airport's rail station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. railroads post 'solid' intermodal traffic in January, but carload results disappoint Read More »

February 3

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Greenbrier, United Rail, dFuzion and Hub Group (Feb. 3) Read More »
People
SacRT seeks public input on recruitment of next GM, CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
North Carolina DOT unveils ad campaign for passenger-rail service Read More »
Security
Cybersecurity a major topic featured at Secure Rail conference Read More »
People
In memoriam: Transportation policy visionary Gil Carmichael Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Elliott: STB reauthorization implementation 'well underway' Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP publishes third white paper on NS merger Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Report: CN, CSX, NS won't meet 2018 PTC deadline Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
MTA Metro-North, LIRR log strong ridership gains in 2015 Read More »

February 2

Passenger Rail
TTC reports record customer satisfaction rating, decreased subway delays in 2015 Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA debuts accessibility improvements to South Acton Station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut panel OKs $17.5 million to improve Danbury Branch Line Read More »
CSX Transportation
FRA, District DOT to host public meeting on Long Bridge project Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA unveils $19.6 million terminal upgrades at 69th Street station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra RFP seeks manufacturer for new rail cars Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Siemens to open rail services center in California Read More »
Amtrak
NTSB opens docket on Philadelphia Amtrak derailment Read More »

February 1

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Alstom, Kelso and AREMA (Feb. 1) Read More »
People
Paskett, Lowenthall appointed to California High-Speed Rail Authority Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canada to open new office to support Lac-Megantic's redevelopment Read More »
Intermodal
AAPA: Cargo volumes point to need for infrastructure upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA commuter trains achieve best on-time rating in December Read More »
Mechanical
EMD wraps up Metrolink's first Tier 4 locomotive Read More »
Canadian Pacific
STB receives first letters of support for CP-NS merger Read More »
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