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Rail News: March 2014

March 31

Labor
SMART division-represented workers ratify Chicago Rail Link pact Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Research Board seeks proposals for IDEA program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra board creates new audit committee, appoints Carlson chair Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Three mayors endorse high-speed rail project between Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to adjust Empire Builder route to account for heavy freight-rail traffic Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA board approves 12 percent increase in rail service Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP cites drawbacks of 'Fair Rail' act, sets share purchase plan Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
New FRA rule requires railroads to adopt a 'critical incident stress' plan Read More »

March 28

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Pacer, Alstom, Innovations in Transportation, Hub Group, Keolis and Michael Baker (March 28) Read More »
MOW
RTA: Tie purchases, production fell in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA approves environmental impact statement for Maryland's Purple Line Read More »
People
KCS promotes Mitchell to AVP; intermodal institute installs DeWitt as executive director Read More »
Labor
Amtrak MOW workers gain higher wages from arbitration ruling; LACMTA reaches tentative agreement with ATU Read More »
Safety
Gov. Cuomo seeks to further bolster crude-by-rail safety in New York Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet proposes rail infrastructure, service improvements in FY2015 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic ramped up last week Read More »
Passenger Rail
Gov. Cuomo proposes $4.9 billion plan to harden New York's transportation network against future storms Read More »

March 27

Passenger Rail
X Train offers 'all cash buyout' to independent passenger-rail operators Read More »
C&S
Ten crossings slated for upgrades in Ohio Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra OKs contract for Lombard Station project Read More »
Intermodal
'Very low potential' for derailment at Washington state port, TUV Rheinland study shows Read More »
Safety
TSB data shows rail accidents, fatalities rose in Canada last year Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA proposes new safety rules for passenger-train exterior doors Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Railroads, shippers size up competitive switching proposal at STB hearing Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA defends its ridership report Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
'Fair rail' bill seeks to boost grain-by-rail efficiency in Canada Read More »

March 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Timken, Amsted, Alstom, REMSA, VTG and Holland (March 26) Read More »
People
New Congressman Jolly named to House transportation committee Read More »
C&S
Two grade separation projects advance in L.A. area Read More »
Passenger Rail
PANYNJ to pilot weekend ferry service for PATH riders Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX: Opening date for Florida terminal, state honors for Ohio terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART accelerates DFW station's opening day Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN bolsters safety management system to better prevent haz-mat accidents Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR, TTCI leaders address crude-by-rail safety and competitive switching proposal Read More »

March 25

Intermodal
Georgia port's harbor deepening project gains additional state funds; port volume continues to rise Read More »
MOW
AREMA seeks applicants for Watford Fellowship Read More »
MOW
North Carolina DOT begins double-track project on NS line Read More »
Intermodal
Developers schedule public meeting to review Pennsylvania container facility project Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Boardman praises new corporate alliance for infrastructure investment Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN delivers 4,000 hopper cars to Western Canada grain elevators, calls for Coast Guard support Read More »
Passenger Rail
NTSB investigating CTA train derailment at O'Hare Read More »
C&S
Metro-North completes signal upgrades at curves, bridges Read More »

March 24

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Thales, Kelso, AXION and Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 24) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Congressional appropriation committee members tour TTCI Read More »
MOW
St. Paul's Union Depot earns LEED® Gold recognition for sustainability Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to host open house on East Link designs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Value of cargo moved by rail between U.S., NAFTA partners increased last year Read More »
Labor
Teamsters conference, CN to enter labor negotiations Read More »
Mechanical
Metro-North, LIRR to install freight-train monitoring equipment Read More »
Safety
ASLRRA announces short-line safety award winners Read More »

March 21

People
Detroit streetcar developer adds Fisher, Brown to staff Read More »
Passenger Rail
Recording equipment to be installed on Metro-North, LIRR trains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic rebounded last week Read More »
Labor
CN seeks binding arbitration after Teamsters rail conference again fails to ratify pact Read More »
MOW
Caltrain to start serving San Bruno station next month Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Tennessee RTA wins federal grant for new Music City Star station Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP installs Koraleski as chairman, adds Dillon to board Read More »
Labor
Size of U.S. Class I workforce didn't change much last month Read More »

March 20

People
RAC's Gullo joins sustainability group's industry council Read More »
People
WTS International names new officers, foundation board members Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority to host business events for project's next phase Read More »
People
Bolyard, Moore assume short-line GM posts at Watco Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA seeks public input on service, unveils new escalators Read More »
Intermodal
New Orleans port forges representation pact with Samsara Shipping in India Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP makes 18 upper management appointments, advances trackwork project Read More »
Safety
Schumer to FRA: Examine LIRR's safety practices Read More »

March 19

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Boatright, Stella-Jones, ABB, Bombardier, Timken and Michael Baker (March 19) Read More »
Intermodal
Schneider National introduces new logo Read More »
People
DART, California High-Speed Rail Authority announce board appointments Read More »
C&S
New York State DOT to review Olean crossing changes at public hearing Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland increases capacity on MARC weekend service Read More »
Intermodal
Jacksonville port lands export log business; Long Beach port logs volume drop for February Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF to add more workers and locomotives in 2014, Ice says Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak asks Congress to use Northeast Corridor profits for corridor improvements Read More »

March 18

People
Canadian rail association tabs Bauer as haz-mat transportation specialist Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Fort Worth & Western hires Atkins to help manage highway project's effects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ottawa's light-rail project honored for public-private financing Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
SMART Transportation Division survey cites heavy opposition to heavier trucks Read More »
Mechanical
Siemens wins multi-state locomotive contract Read More »
Intermodal
February port volumes: Up in Norfolk, down in Los Angeles Read More »
Passenger Rail
Illinois panel calls for restructuring of Chicago transit agencies' governance Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA's board to consider fare increase options to address deficit concerns Read More »

March 17

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from GE, Hollysys, Bombardier and Critical Solutions (March 17) Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP lands Washington grant to erect fence at popular state park Read More »
Passenger Rail
Survey: Californians are finding alternatives to car travel Read More »
BNSF Railway
Ceres Global lands CBP agreement to complete BNSF connection at Saskatchewan hub Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit slates public meetings on proposed Federal Way Link Extension Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCSM initiates Friday program, promotes texting campaign to boost safety Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Proposed regulations would mandate a railway operating certificate in Canada Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA unveils critical 'Operation Deep Dive' safety assessment of Metro-North Read More »

March 14

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Ansaldo, Siemens, Railserve, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Keolis and RSI/CMA (March 14) Read More »
People
Frey joins South Florida RTA's board Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX honors five employees' safety efforts Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART to offer safety app for smartphones Read More »
C&S
Grade separation opens in California; crossing projects advance in Ohio Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA set to kick off late-night weekend service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic was mixed again in year's 10th week Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF's Ice to North Dakota senators: Ag product shipments will be on time come June Read More »

March 13

People
Edwards to lead marketing efforts for All Aboard Florida Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index slipped a bit in January Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Fitch: U.S. transportation trends call for new funding solutions Read More »
Passenger Rail
Power upgrade completed on Metro-North's New Haven Line Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX: Old Man Winter to take a bite out of 1Q earnings; Sease to head corporate communications Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD to break ground on North Metro Rail project Read More »
MOW
U.S. freight roads budget $26 billion for infrastructure improvements in 2014, AAR says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian safety board updates accident reporting, investigation regulations Read More »

March 12

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from ShipXpress, Thales, Hub Group and Hatch Mott MacDonald (March 12) Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS decorates locomotive to commemorate GoRail's 10th anniversary Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA opens revamped Yawkey Station near Fenway Park Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP garners military hiring recognition from diversity magazine Read More »
People
Rising Stars' nomination deadline looms Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency pact targets state's haz-mat traffic Read More »
People
Hersman to step down as NTSB chair, assume NSC's top post Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA calls on Congress to hike transit funding by $11.5 billion annually Read More »

March 11

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from RailComm, LIFT, AXION, GE, AngelTrax, Cubic and Retlif (March 11) Read More »
CSX Transportation
CaseStack taps CSX service at new Atlanta consolidation center Read More »
MOW
Oregon DOT shuts down bridge project due to lack of funding Read More »
Intermodal
Container volume to surge in March, Global Port Tracker predicts Read More »
People
Short line pioneer and former Pinsly leader Maggie Silver: 1925 to 2014 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB launches investigation into another Metro-North accident Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak cites key infrastructure projects for 2014 Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF budgets $247 million for North Dakota infrastructure upgrades, Sen. Heitkamp says Read More »

March 10

Short Lines & Regionals
McCloud becomes GM of Watco's Grand Elk Railroad Read More »
People
L.A. port commission seeks executive director candidates Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia rail department slates meeting for multi-modal alternatives analysis Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA OKs San Antonio's next step in funding request for streetcar plan Read More »
MOW
Ohio rail commission to consider freight-rail project grants Read More »
Passenger Rail
Tunnel boring begins on Evergreen Line in Canada Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian government adopts measures to get more export grain moving by rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA touts record transit ridership in 2013 Read More »

March 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from TUV, Alstom, AXION, RailTerm, Parsons Brinckerhoff and JMA Railroad (March 7) Read More »
Passenger Rail
X Train negotiating to acquire four private rail operators Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Juniata Valley Railroad to serve rail authority's newly purchased property Read More »
Passenger Rail
Port Authority of Allegheny County marks golden anniversary Read More »
BNSF Railway
Shippers cut carbon dioxide emissions last year by using rail, BNSF says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. intermodal volume grew for the 51st straight month in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA awards Keolis $2.6 billion contract; current operator MBCR sues to stop it Read More »
Safety
Crude-by-rail safety remained under tight scrutiny this week Read More »

March 6

M&A
EdgePoint report: Global rail industry racked up more mergers, acquisitions in 2013 Read More »
Passenger Rail
X Train seeks private partnerships, acquisitions to consolidate existing passenger-rail operations Read More »
MOW
L.A.-area grade separation program to continue in 2014, OCTA says Read More »
People
Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2014 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Arizona, Oregon transportation leaders seek public input on passenger rail Read More »
Logistics
BNSF Logistics, Tri Global Energy team up to develop wind energy logistics center Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Proposed federal budget includes no diesel-emissions program dollars Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut Gov. Malloy 'disappointed' with lack of details in Metro-North action plan Read More »

March 5

Short Lines & Regionals
Providence and Worcester installs solar array in Massachusetts yard Read More »
People
Davison to head Sound Transit's communications, external affairs Read More »
Intermodal
Washington state port lets contract for new rail lines Read More »
People
In memoriam: Connie Sumara, longtime Chicago Freight Car Leasing executive and former LRIW president Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hampton Roads Transit OKs fare hike Read More »
MOW
SunRail: Station opens in Winter Park; Obama budget includes phase two funding Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Nation needs to develop more large-scale uses for natural gas, Gov. Dalrymple says Read More »
Intermodal
New Orleans railroad, port to serve perlite processing facility Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama's FY2015 budget would expand transit rail, address crude-by-rail safety Read More »

March 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Harsco, Greenbrier, Aecon, RPS, North American Equipment, Pandrol and Tealinc (March 4) Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego MTS to restore vintage trolley car for Silver Line Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB begins cost-of-capital proceeding, sets energy transportation committee meeting Read More »
Passenger Rail
Rail commission proposes Altamont Corridor Express fare hike Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Crest Container Lines to help CN, Halifax port build business in India Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT report: More investments needed in transportation infrastructure Read More »
Intermodal
Federated Railways acquires Cold Train intermodal service Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF drove up revenue and income, drove down operating ratio in 4Q Read More »

March 3

Amtrak
Amtrak service returns to Denver's historic Union Station Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS: Process-improvement initiative under way; Starling joins Ferrellgas board Read More »
People
South Florida RTA tabs Stephens as executive director Read More »
Passenger Rail
CN sells 21-mile line to Montreal's AMT Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit set ridership record in 2013 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain releases draft environmental report on electrification plan Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Fortress seeks STB approval to acquire, control MMA and Canadian affiliate Read More »
Safety
New York, Oregon governors take steps to bolster crude-by-rail safety Read More »
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