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Rail News: March 2015

March 31

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier update from Siemens, Bombardier, Alstom, Skelly and Loy, and Chesterfield (March 31) Read More »
Passenger Rail
St. Louis Metro Transit premieres trip planning app Read More »
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Federal Legislation & Regulation
U.S. EIA now reporting monthly crude-by-oil movement Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Foxx sends six-year transportation funding proposal to Congress Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canada declines to renew grain-transport order for CN, CP Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA hands out marketing awards, names Schlosser service award recipient Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx awards contract for GO Transit rail maintenance facility Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF enhances crude-oil train operating procedures Read More »

March 30

Passenger Rail
Puget Sound transit agencies weigh regional day pass options Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX earns spot on Forbes' best employers list Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
NRC to unveil 2015 scholarship criteria July 31 Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet's new light-rail line millions under budget Read More »
Logistics
Quebec government announces $1.5 billion for Montreal port, marine industry Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA's commuter line achieves full restoration Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak taps Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Cutler for high-ranking role Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern kicks off $53 million plan to shrink Juniata shop's carbon footprint Read More »

March 27

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from GE, RailComm, Jacobs, RailPros and Ray's Transportation (March 27) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Trade groups form coalition to advocate for STB, rail regulation reform Read More »
Passenger Rail
Utah Transit Authority exec compensation within market norms, report says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra coordinates new intermodal transportation Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA conference to address trespass, right-of-way fatality prevention Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming completes Freightliner Group acquisition Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA readies debut of 7000-series rail cars Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senators propose new crude-by-rail regulations Read More »

March 26

Passenger Rail
BART officials weigh earthquake safety options Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA debuts designs for 15th Street Station accessibility improvements Read More »
Class Is
AAR: U.S. rail traffic up in Week No. 11 Read More »
Safety
Railroads, energy industry offer new crude-by-rail safety course to first responders Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hampton Roads Transit to host hearings on proposed light-rail extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Tri-Rail station set to open at Miami airport Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA announces 2014 Safety Award winners Read More »
PTC
Senate committee passes PTC deadline-extension bill Read More »

March 25

Passenger Rail
NJ Transit marks 80 years of service at Newark Penn Station Read More »
Intermodal
University of Denver announces transportation institute's name change Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida hires Vailon Group consulting firm Read More »
MOW
Railroads need to do more to improve track, union official says Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR makes plans to demolish, reconstruct Colonial Road Bridge Read More »
Intermodal
Terminal expansion project slated for Port of Montreal Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA proposes no fare increases in FY2016 budget Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Baldwin proposes 'rail shipper fairness,' competitive switching Read More »

March 24

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Deutsche Bahn, Bombardier, TranSystems, RailPros, Atkins and Burns Group (March 24) Read More »
Financials
CCTA recognized for financial reporting practices in 2014 Read More »
Labor
Local 1976 USW ratifies contract with Ontario Northland Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN continues major rehab work on Quebec Bridge Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART debuts first streetcar for testing Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
U.S. mayors to Congress: Pass transportation bill Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA proposes $1.36 billion operating budget for FY2016 Read More »
People
Progressive Railroading names 2015 'Rising Stars' Read More »

March 23

Passenger Rail
Toronto's Scarborough Line turns 30, debuts two new trains Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rep. Lowenthal proposes new fund for freight infrastructure projects Read More »
Class Is
CN donates funds for supply management study; CSX issues grant for first-responder training Read More »
Passenger Rail
Two southern California counties to see commuter-rail service by 2016, state official says Read More »
Passenger Rail
CARTA scopes out land for intermodal hub following sale of Dorchester property Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS reduces full-year 2015 guidance Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Franken calls on FRA to make Bakken crude less volatile Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX's Michael Ward to receive Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends Read More »

March 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from AXION, Extenet, Hirschmann and Colo Railroad (March 20) Read More »
Safety
Minnesota DOT: 300,000 state residents live near oil train routes Read More »
Class Is
U.S. Class I workforce up a bit in February Read More »
People
Hart sworn in as NTSB chairman Read More »
Passenger Rail
Illinois Gov. Rauner's budget would slash Chicago transit funding in 2016 Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF comments on trade group's complaint over tank car rates Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Reps. Lipinski, Quigley propose $1 billion rail safety bill Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB reauthorization bill would change freight-rail policies Read More »

March 19

People
MARS board elects officers for 2015 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Los Angeles transit agency debuts Trip2GO app, seeks testers Read More »
Logistics
BNSF Logistics facility sold in Texas Gulf region Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ricardo to supply trains for planned maglev rail in Orlando Read More »
Class Is
AAR: Intermodal lifts U.S. rail traffic numbers in week No. 10 Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern expands 'Railroad University' training center in Georgia Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit completes first light-rail tunnel for Northgate Link Extension Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Bill would streamline feds' environmental permitting for rail projects Read More »

March 18

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Rail Europe, Trinity, Watco, WAGO and CH2M Hill (March 18) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina DOT to celebrate 175th anniversary of Raleigh's first train Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
UP to appeal OSHA ruling in whistleblower-complaint case Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York City Transit creates new VP role, reorganizes senior leadership Read More »
Shippers
UP's ShipCarsNow expands auto transport services Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS begins infrastructure projects in Texas subdivision Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver's RTD to host public hearings as it mulls fare policy changes Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN unveils new intermodal hub plan, announces another ratified contract Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
New tank car standards needed now, Canada's Transportation Safety Board says Read More »

March 17

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from RailPlan, Saft, Thales, GE and Gannett Fleming (March 17) Read More »
Mechanical
Greenbrier receives orders for 10,100 rail cars Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority receives qualifications from five design-build teams Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA awards $25.6 million contract for O'Hare branch rehab project Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak bill calls for study of Gulf Coast passenger-rail route Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota DOT begins environmental study for Rochester-Twin Cities high-speed rail project Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Unifor members approve four agreements with CN Read More »
Amtrak
U.S.-Canada agreement a step toward restoring Vermont-to-Montreal rail service, Sen. Leahy says Read More »

March 16

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Thales, RailComm, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Jamaica Bearings Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 16) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Study addresses climate-related risks for SEPTA's commuter line Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern to open Wylie intermodal facility this summer Read More »
Amtrak
Indiana's Hoosier State service gets 30-day extension Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA clarifies rule pertaining to riders with disabilities Read More »
Safety
Minnesota Gov. Dayton proposes railroad safety projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Leahy named CEO of Metrolink Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA orders removal of tank car valves involved in oil leaks Read More »

March 13

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from NRC, Alstom, AXION, RADWIN, UATP and HDR (March 13) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
BTS: Freight index slips for second straight month Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to reboot search for new CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida names developer for special events facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Keolis on schedule to return MBTA commuter trains to full service Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House T&I Committee schedules second hearing on transportation reauthorization Read More »
People
Railway Interchange to feature retired Navy SEAL O'Neill as keynoter Read More »
Passenger Rail
Washington named LACMTA's new chief; Metrolink eyes Leahy Read More »

March 12

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from EMD, Colo Railroad, HDR, NRC, DNJ Intermodal and Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 12) Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN: Grain shipments on pace for record-setting year Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Intermodal volumes helped lift U.S. rail traffic in Week No. 9 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx to expand GO Transit's Barrie line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hartnett named CEO of San Mateo County Transit District Read More »
Safety
Rail crossing and trespass fatalities on the rise, Operation Lifesaver says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Washington to leave Denver transit agency for Los Angeles Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AAR, RAC back Transport Canada's tank-car safety proposal Read More »

March 11

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from CDPQ, Alstom, TX Holdings, Gannett Fleming, FreightCar America and SightLogix (March 11) Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART debuts glass canopy entrance Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA recommends developer for transit-oriented development Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Sen. Blumenthal says 'no' to high-speed rail bypassing Connecticut Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA urges riders to "Make the Right Play" in new etiquette campaign Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak renames control center after Szabo Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN's Mongeau praises Port of Prince Rupert terminal expansion plan Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA to announce steps to address grade-crossing safety issues, Feinberg says Read More »

March 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Brookville, Bombardier, Timken, Swift Rail, RailPlan and Rail Exchange (March 10) Read More »
Intermodal
Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf names six to Delaware River Port Authority board Read More »
Passenger Rail
Bids for three Honolulu rail stations come in higher than estimates Read More »
Intermodal
Global Port Tracker: Cargo backlog creates "unusually high" import volumes Read More »
Amtrak
Supreme Court rules Amtrak is a government entity, but doesn't resolve case Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Baldwin, Rep. Kind urge Obama to issue crude-oil train standards Read More »
Labor
Unifor ratifies contract with CP; Ontario Northland, union reach tentative deal Read More »
Amtrak
FRA investigating Amtrak derailment in North Carolina Read More »

March 9

Shippers
Contract awarded for Savannah Harbor dredging work Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA logs record rail ridership in 2014 Read More »
Safety
San Diego transit system initiates safety and security task force Read More »
Amtrak
Hoosier State train to stop running April 1, INDOT says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrans mulls construction of new light-rail service Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX, EPA reach agreement over derailment cleanup plan Read More »
Safety
Canadian officials investigating CN crude-oil train derailment Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA: U.S. transit use at highest point in 58 years Read More »

March 6

Short Lines & Regionals
Northern Lights Rail plans launch in Saskatchewan; Georgia port board adds Sandersville's Tarbutton Read More »
Shippers
USDA report: Rail congestion impacted grain shipments, increased car premiums in Upper Midwest Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak bill includes measure to allow travel with pets Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Caltrans solicits public comment on state transportation plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Moody's report: Rail volume will benefit from broad-based demand despite crude crunch Read More »
Passenger Rail
Preliminary track constructed for VTA BART expansion project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Redlands passenger-rail proposal receives environmental clearance in California Read More »
Safety
Washington state cites crude-by-rail safety measures Read More »

March 5

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from AECOM, HNTP, STV, WAGO, Rail Exchange, Maintenance Design Group and L.B. Foster (March 5) Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX designates commerce park as first 'Select Site' in Florida Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD Denver considering new fare policies Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX: Merchandise and intermodal markets to grow, domestic coal volume to drop Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic registered slight dip in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts Gov. Baker proposes 53 percent hike in MBTA funding for FY2016 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Four senators introduce bill to extend PTC deadline until 2020's end Read More »
Amtrak
House passes $8 billion Amtrak funding bill Read More »

March 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from AECOM, NRC, Alstom and OPW (March 4) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Underground tracking system in the works for MBTA Green Line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland to add MARC Camden Line service between Baltimore, D.C. Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Washington state DOT releases improvement plan for eastern rail line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink engineer injured in derailment dies Read More »
PTC
KCSR's telecommunications team pitches in on PTC implementation Read More »
C&S
Port of Edmonds backs exploration of crossing alternatives Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
New bills seek to strengthen crude-by-rail safety, extend short-line tax credit Read More »

March 3

People
South Florida transportation authority taps Oglesby as deputy executive director Read More »
M&A
Harsco acquires transportation safety systems provider Protran Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Ties purchases, production jumped in January Read More »
Safety
Gov. Wolf asks federal government to tighten crude-by-rail safety standards Read More »
Intermodal
Jacksonville port lands Fiat Chrysler business; L.A.-area ports partner to ease congestion Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit to receive $147 million in Hurricane Sandy funds Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak migrates service to temporary terminal in San Francisco Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF drove up revenue, drove down operating ratio in Q4 Read More »

March 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Alstom, STV, Hanson, Greenbriar Equity and I.D. Systems (March 2) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. NAFTA freight value increased for 11th straight month in December Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to begin next phase of Wilson Station project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
North Carolina DOT distributes $3.7 million for rail improvements Read More »
Mechanical
EPA: Tank-car demand to help drive up 2015 deliveries to 85,500 units Read More »
Passenger Rail
Met Council, Minneapolis parks agency agree on bridge option for Southwest light-rail project Read More »
Safety
FRA launches crossing safety campaign, schedules trespassing prevention workshop Read More »
PTC
Metrolink ready to power up PTC system on San Bernardino Line Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Squires to succeed Moorman as NS' CEO Read More »
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