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Rail News: March 2013

March 28

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Bombardier, MERMEC, CTC, Transit Center Inc., Thales and Comet (March 28) Read More »
C&S
Crossing projects top-of-mind in Texas, Ohio Read More »
People
Peabody Energy's Boyce to chair Coal Industry Advisory Board Read More »
Passenger Rail
New England rail authority awards contract for Brunswick layover Read More »
People
OmniTRAX installs Brede as president, makes three other top appointments Read More »
People
Time running out for 'Rising Star' nominations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BTS: Value of cargo moved by surface modes climbed in January Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD to speed up release of North Metro RFP Read More »
CSX Transportation
Key sectors other than coal will outpace slow economic growth, CSX's Ward says Read More »

March 27

Intermodal
CP, short line forge pacts with Quebec port to bolster rail system Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to display, discuss plans for light-rail extension Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN and Coalspur Mines ink transportation, rail line pacts Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA to reopen Brooklyn station Read More »
Labor
Maryland transit, labor agencies ink agreement calling for more skilled workers for transportation projects Read More »
MOW
Work under way on three portions of Port MacKenzie extension in Alaska Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce grew incrementally in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia Gov. McDonnell amends transportation package, comments on port authority Read More »
Intermodal
Long Beach port breaks ground for major rail project Read More »

March 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Cooper Bearings, Chicago Freight Car, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arup (March 26) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Metro-St. Louis to hold public meetings on rapid transit options Read More »
C&S
Ohio utilities commission OKs crossing work Read More »
Intermodal
Two Georgia ports cranked up cargo volume in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
Evergreen Line constituents unveil construction schedule, station names Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA amends track, passenger equipment safety standards Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York lawmakers seek restoration of old Rockaway Beach line Read More »
Intermodal
Design to start on intermodal terminal at New Orleans port Read More »

March 25

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Thales, Railinc, PowerRail, STV and Gannett Fleming (March 25) Read More »
People
In memoriam: BNSF AVP Denny Boll Read More »
Intermodal
Panama Canal dignitary visits Georgia port to talk expansion Read More »
Amtrak
Capitol Corridor ridership, revenue fell in February Read More »
Kansas City Southern
New KCS training center to feature stationary rail-car display Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB: Analysis of Tongue River Railroad's proposed coal line proceeds to Draft EIS phase Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN completes sale of rail line segment to Metrolinx Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House, Senate pass continuing resolution for rest of FY2013 Read More »

March 22

MOW
Union Pacific to add second track on Missouri mainline Read More »
Passenger Rail
HART OKs extra seats for Honolulu's transit-rail system Read More »
Passenger Rail
Study: Home values performed better near public transportation systems Read More »
Intermodal
South Carolina port notes February volume jump, progress on harbor deepening project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Both carload, intermodal counts climbed a tad last week for U.S. roads Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, Pennsylvania agree to continue rail service Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois to head multi-state procurement of high-speed locomotives Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Railroad antitrust bill back in Congress, AAR back to opposing it Read More »

March 21

Federal Legislation & Regulation
Shuster names spokesman for House transportation committee Read More »
People
The T seats new board members, officers Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS annual report: A highpoint-filled 2012 to be followed by more highlights Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Crude oil: Phillips 66 lands 3PL pacts; Savage hub wins top terminal honor Read More »
Passenger Rail
Columbia River Crossing project to receive Oregon funding Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN relocates forest products transload op to Chicago port Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE proposes 4 percent fare hike in FY2014 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB denies AAR's petition to consider indirect competition as a coal rate factor Read More »

March 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Nomad Digital, Hollysys, Thales Canada, James McHugh and NRC (March 20) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Agreement recognizes Grand Central Terminal, Tokyo Station as 'sister' stations Read More »
Labor
BLET turns 150 on May 8 Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX honors 69 chemical shippers' safety efforts Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA allocates second round of Hurricane Sandy relief aid Read More »
BNSF Railway
Rangeland Energy to build BNSF-served crude oil facility in New Mexico Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Civil engineer society's infrastructure grades: D for nation, C-plus for rail Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California high-speed rail board approves MOU for Caltrain modernization, $8.6 billion in state bonds Read More »

March 19

Rail Industry Trends
BioFuels to build biodiesel facility, provide rail-to-water crude oil transfers in Houston Read More »
C&S
A quiet zone in California, a safer crossing in Ohio Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD's West Line project receives national recognition Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA proposes fare increase for new fiscal year Read More »
Intermodal
Texas port to serve voestalpine's planned iron-ore 'direct reduction' plant Read More »
Labor
Six-year pact between longshoremen's union, ports proceeds to ratification Read More »
MOW
Massachusetts Gov. Patrick introduces bill to fund 10-year transportation program Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak elects Coscia chair, reaches tentative agreement with UTU Read More »

March 18

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Invensys, Alstom, Union Tank, STV and Avtec (March 18) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Sen. Reid talked short lines, tax credit at 'Day on the Hill' Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Continental Rail acquires Transportation Management Services Read More »
Intermodal
Virginia port reached second-best volume levels in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet posted ridership declines in several categories during winter quarter Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Public hearings to review environmental issues for Texas-Oklahoma, Minnesota high-speed rail corridors Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
EIA: North Dakota set crude oil production record in December Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Jersey Transit, PATH receive federal funds for Sandy recovery Read More »

March 15

People
WTS International reveals annual award winners, names Swaim-Staley 'woman of the year' Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA sped up capital improvements in late 2012 Read More »
Safety
LaHood: Crossing, trespassing fatalities are vexing rail safety issues Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Up-and-down U.S. traffic trend continued in week No. 10 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to solicit public feedback on Tacoma Link expansion Read More »
Intermodal
L.A.-area ports pumped up container volumes in February Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Crude oil: CP-served transload facility to expand in North Dakota; Twin Eagle to market transloading services in Texas Read More »

March 14

People
Former CSX CEO Snow joins Lender Processing Services' board Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Vermonter to pick up speed on route to D.C. Read More »
MOW
Metro-North to repair bridge in southern New York Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index inched up in January Read More »
BNSF Railway
Seven senators, BNSF disagree on Berkshire purchase's impacts to shippers Read More »
Passenger Rail
Tunnel boring for Toronto subway extension gets under way Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to solicit public input on FY2014 capital plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Progressive Railroading's free 'Derailment Prevention Strategies' webcast on tap for today Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Short-line tax credit extension bill enters Senate, joins discussion at 'Day on Capitol Hill' Read More »

March 13

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Amsted, Greenbrier, Tideworks, Ricardo and Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 13) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Coming tomorrow: Progressive Railroading's free 'Derailment Prevention Strategies' webcast Read More »
C&S
Ohio utilities commission OKs crossing upgrades Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB extends procedural time schedule for proposed costing system changes Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN reassigns three execs to VP posts Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA completes first phase of Wells Street Bridge reconstruction Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet sues Clackamas County over Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Service returning to Hoboken Terminal, NJ Transit says Read More »
Intermodal
Value of ag exports at Virginia port reached record level last year Read More »

March 12

MOW
Minnesota DOT to hold final open house for freight-rail study Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Crude oil traffic surge helped Farmrail set carload record in 2012 Read More »
MOW
California DOT allocates $333 million for rail, other transportation projects Read More »
People
Pauline to lead Genesee & Wyoming's Australian subsidiary Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA sends $67.5 million to Honolulu for transit-rail project Read More »
Safety
NTSB issues recommendations on signal maintenance after investigating two Amtrak accidents Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North announces major service expansion, wins engineering award Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA, MTA report ridership gains in 2012 despite destructive storms Read More »

March 11

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Brookville, CTC, Ansaldo, Wartsila TMH, STV and KBR (March 11) Read More »
MOW
Ohio rail commission to ponder funds for five freight-rail projects Read More »
People
FECI assigns Robinson, Reininger to president posts at All Aboard Florida Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cuomo announces restoration of South Ferry Subway service in New York City Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Caltrain board updates MOU with high-speed rail authority Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Coming Thursday: Progressive Railroading's free 'Derailment Prevention Strategies' webcast Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Gold Line authority, Metro Transit-St. Louis advance light-rail projects Read More »
Intermodal
Florida to provide $288 million for port improvements Read More »
Intermodal
Road and rail project under way at British Columbia port Read More »

March 8

MOW
HC Bridge's hybrid composite beam earns 'Pankow' innovation award, TRB says Read More »
Class Is
Three Class Is to serve new chemical, fertilizer plants in Southeast Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. traffic tallies: Intermodal climbed, carloads contracted again in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA approves final environmental report for Baltimore light-rail line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Bidders for GO Transit maintenance facility project narrowed to three Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit ramped up ridership in 2012 Read More »
Labor
Alaska Railroad to cut 54 jobs, implement other cost-cutting measures Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP posts progress on turnaround plan, Harrison says Read More »
BNSF Railway
L.A. harbor commissioners advance BNSF's proposed intermodal facility Read More »

March 7

Passenger Rail
CTA to expand apprenticeship program for ex-offenders Read More »
MOW
RTA: Crosstie production surged, purchases crept up in January Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to hold meetings on future transit expansion Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
CHS, Mid-Kansas Cooperative to build UP-served grain loading facility Read More »
MOW
Gov. Cuomo reveals federal funding details for MTA's Hurricane Sandy cleanup costs Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF to test liquefied natural gas on long-haul locomotives Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rep. Sires introduces MOVE Freight Act to strengthen national freight policy Read More »

March 6

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Webcor Builders, Alstom and Bombardier (March 6) Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA seeks Wi-Fi service provider Read More »
Intermodal
New Cold Train office to open in Chicago Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX designates 'Select Site' in Alabama Read More »
High-Speed Rail
FRA signs off on Washington State DOT's environmental assessment for Port Defiance project Read More »
Amtrak
Boardman: Amtrak relied on federal subsidies for just 12 percent of its operating costs in 2012 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TTCI researchers share R&D advances at AAR's annual 'review' Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA, FEMA ink agreement to define agency roles following Hurricane Sandy Read More »

March 5

Passenger Rail
MTA completes blasting for 72nd Street Station project Read More »
People
Florida East Coast names Westerman VP and corporate controller Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern marks Ohio River bridge centennial anniversary Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain stations to be upgraded Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority appoints Fong as CFO Read More »
Intermodal
South Carolina Ports Authority launches inland port project Read More »
MOW
USDOT awards nearly $200 million to PANYNJ for Sandy cleanup Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver: Rail trespass deaths, injuries on the rise Read More »

March 4

People
Metrolink employee recognized for customer service Read More »
C&S
North Carolina DOT schedules more meetings on proposed crossing projects Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to remove three New York rail bridges in spring, Sen. Schumer says Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS disputes OSHA's ruling on whistleblower violations Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit closes land sale to pave way for Rainier Valley development Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
House bill seeks to extend short-line tax credit through 2016 Read More »
Amtrak
Brookings report examines Amtrak strengths, weaknesses; recommends improvements Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA issues 'Legislative Update' on sequester's impact on transit industry Read More »

March 1

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Greenbrier, Axion, Bombardier and Hub Group (March 1) Read More »
People
Santa Clara VTA's Burns to retire as GM by year's end Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSX, Union Pacific earn accolades Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic continues to follow a familiar trend Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA prepares for Airport TRAX Line's April 14 opening Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN, LBC Tank Terminals to increase flow of crude oil through Louisiana facility Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Court dismisses lawsuit against California's high-speed rail project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sens. Lautenberg, Rockefeller craft bill to help fund transportation projects Read More »
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