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Rail News: March 2016

March 31

Sound Transit completes tunnel for Northgate Link Extension Denver RTD's board OKs general manager contract with Genova AAR: Rail traffic down in U.S., Canada and Mexico in Week 12 Minnesota lawmaker proposes 27-mile expansion of Northstar Line STB completes final EIS of Tennessee port's proposed rail line U.S. senators push for $150 million in WMATA funding Watco to build new liquid fuels terminal in Mexico Amtrak debuts $50 million renovation plan for D.C.'s Union Station

March 30

Rail supplier news from Rocla, PS Technology, Atlantic Track and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 30) CN honors businesses for sustainability efforts Amtrak Cascades station construction to start in June SEPTA unveils $1.4 billion operating budget for FY2017 OCTA unveils RFP for streetcar construction, hires design firm FRA awards California $1.5 million grant for rail bridge project LIRR awards $6.95 million contract for environmental review of expansion CP files proxy for shareholder resolution at NS' annual meeting

March 29

Foxx announces appointments to transit safety committee MassDOT launches MBTA performance dashboard NYCT names O'Grady head of capital program management Oklahoma City OKs $24.9 million contract to buy five streetcars from Brookville Amazon to build giant fulfillment center next to BNSF intermodal site U.S. lawmakers seek increase in transit security funding Sound Transit eyes major light-rail expansions in ballot measure proposal Norfolk Southern sets annual meeting for May 12 Progressive Railroading announces Rising Stars for 2016

March 28

FRA to host meeting on Union Station expansion project UP Twin Cities unit posts safety improvements; Class I ranks No. 2 on 'Best for Vets' list Quicken Loans dubs Detroit streetcar 'QLINE' ASLRRA's Short Line Safety Institute hires Long, Malski Illinois Railway engineers, trainmen ratify first BLET contract Panama Canal expansion opening pushed to June L.A. Metro kicks off public review of $120 billion sales tax measure Hudson River rail tunnel project receives funding commitment

March 24

Houston transit agency names Patman chair CTA kicks off second phase of Wilson Station reconstruction NS board names Miles to audit committee Keolis gears up for tie replacement project on MBTA commuter-rail line New grant program to help fund transportation improvement technologies AAR: U.S. carload, intermodal traffic drops 14 percent in week 11 Metra adds $64.5 million to 2016 capital budget STB proposes to revoke class exemptions for some commodities

March 23

Former Denver RTD leader Marsella dies Virginia county slates meeting on D.C.-Richmond high-speed rail route Revitalization work continues on New York regional's Utica main line NS appoints Adams VP of human resources UP names Decher president of ShipCarsNow, improves safety in North Platte unit L.A. Metro kicks off pre-revenue service of Expo Line extension CN rolls out 2016 plan for safety innovation Amtrak, U.S. transit agencies step up security after Brussels terrorist attacks

March 22

Rail supplier news from RR Mergers, Alstom, AMPS and Network Rail Consulting (March 22) SORTA names Stringer senior VP of operations, chief operations officer Savannah port posts record in February PATH becomes latest rail system to ban hoverboards MBTA unveils rehabbed Government Center Station RTA report: Crosstie production down, purchases up in February New York City Transit gears up for bridge rehab projects STB: Class I workforce shrinks across the board in February

March 21

San Diego MTS OKs $108 million capital improvement program California panel approves $170 million for projects, including rail, transit UP to speed up trains on rail line in Las Vegas area New York City Transit appoints Habersham head of subways NS to expand Norfolk HQ as part of office consolidation Valley Metro, Sound Transit open light-rail extensions L.A. Metro unveils transportation projects for $120 billion sales tax measure STB to prepare environmental statement for proposed Great Lakes Basin rail line

March 18

U.S. Rep. Young visits Paxton & Vierling Steel Co. Indiana DOT issues contract for rail crossing, intersection projects Canada unveils flammable liquid safety website for first responders Caltrain preps for Poplar Avenue rail bridge replacement TSB: Poor track conditions, maintenance delays led to CN derailment BART seeks source of rail-car damage OmniTRAX Logistics to expand service territory in 2016 MBTA unveils preliminary $2.02 billion operating budget for FY2017

March 17

Rail supplier news from GE, Hitachi Rail, Alstom, CH2M and WSP (March 17) Maalt opens frac sand terminal on Texas Pacifico rail line BNSF announces $490 million in capex plans for Texas, Illinois, Kansas MTA's Fulton Center earns LEED certification FRA revamps website on rail crossing safety, trespass prevention SacRT board OKs 10 percent fare hike AAR: U.S. rail traffic volume falls 11.6 percent in week No. 10 WMATA uncovers 26 defective areas during emergency inspections

March 16

TRB solicits IDEA proposals for railroad safety innovations MBTA logs drop in employee overtime rates, absenteeism STB to hold stakeholder meetings aimed at expediting rail rate cases Metra increases Heritage Corridor service, gears up for 'safety blitzes' FRA issues RFP for high-speed rail system without federal funding CSX to streamline operations in Kentucky NTSB: Truck hit track prior to Amtrak derailment OLI: Trespassing fatalities rose in 2015, crossing collisions fell WMATA shuts down rail system for emergency inspections

March 15

Rail supplier news from Sharma and Associates, Ansaldo, Alstom and Optimas (March 15) Reber joins Progressive Railroading sales team Reading & Northern hires Nemeroff as VP for forest products BART marks completion of inaugural 'Fleet of the Future' rail car Norfolk Southern increases Charleston-Charlotte intermodal service Redlands passenger-rail project advances to final design FTA announces final rule for states' transit-rail safety oversight AAR objects to FRA's proposed rule requiring two-person crews on most trains

March 14

WSDOT marks milestone in eight-locomotive order from Siemens WMATA orders more visible transit police uniforms OmniTRAX, development authority to launch industrial hub near Savannah port FTA OKs next step in Santa Clara VTA's BART Silicon Valley project STB sets schedule for replies to CP's declaratory order request Amtrak train derails in Kansas Foxx announces TIFIA funding availability NJ Transit reaches agreement with rail unions, averts strike

March 11

U.S. Reps. Cartwright, LoBiondo tour NRC member companies Rail supplier news from RR Mergers, Alstom, Retlif, HNTB, and Herzog (March 11) North Carolina DOT finishes improvement project at NS crossing Metrolink unveils mobile ticketing app CP files preliminary proxy statement for NS shareholder resolution Sacramento transit agency to hire 30 fare inspectors KCS promotes Songer to executive VP, COO BNSF rolls out 'site certification' for rail-served locations

March 10

Maryland transit agency to partially close Baltimore subway for rail updates Rail intermodal drives up freight index in January Metra expands close call reporting system Court ruling allows Caltrain to proceed with electrification plans BNSF reaches agreement with federal agencies over spill cleanups, response plans WMATA's Wiedefeld outlines steps to improve safety, finances AAR: U.S. rail traffic slides 1.9 percent in first week of March CTA selects CSR Sifang America for $1.3 billion rail-car contract

March 9

Rail supplier news from Kinkisharyo, Alstom, STV and HARTING (March 9) Study: Public transit investment helps boost emerging tech-sector sales Paradigm Energy expands North Dakota crude-oil footprint LIRR expansion plan won't require property acquisitions, Cuomo says U.S. Sens. Lee, Klobuchar ask AG's office to review proposed CP-NS deal MBTA OKs 9.3 percent fare hike; Cleveland RTA mulls fare increase CTA to buy more than 800 new rail cars FRA, motor carrier agency consider rule on sleep apnea screening

March 8

Webcast to focus on ELD mandate Canada's TSB investigating CP train collision, runaway rail-car incident Fort Worth transit agency adopts plan calling for expansion L.A. Metro opens Foothill Gold Line extension to Azusa San Francisco Bay Area commuter train derails amid heavy rainfall Nevada lawmakers unveil bill to expedite Las Vegas-L.A. high-speed rail project MTA to issue RFPs for next phase of Second Avenue Subway extension CP to sell Arbutus Corridor to Vancouver for $55 million

March 7

Rail supplier news from Riverside Rail, Harsco, HNTB and STV (March 7) UP set new safety record in 2015 Maryland Transit Administration logged 11 percent drop in serious crimes in 2015 South Carolina Ports Authority to install solar panels Colorado House passes bill requiring two-person rail crew USDOT to create national public transit map Minneapolis suburbs OK preliminary plans for Blue Line rail extension FRA seeks public comments on train-horn rule

March 4

CP considering legal options against some merger opponents NJ Transit, MTA prep for possible rail strike Metra launches onboard police patrol unit BNSF rolls out 2016 capex plans for California, Montana, North Dakota Foxx: Freight projections underscore need for better infrastructure Bill would help speed up Amtrak clearance over U.S.-Canada border FTA's McMillan named L.A. Metro's chief planning officer Virginia, Maryland and D.C. leaders agree to WMATA safety commission

March 3

Calgary Transit adds public Wi-fi to six downtown CTrain stations TransLink to close all fare gates in April CSX announces new engineering leadership CP asks STB to clarify voting trust issue, revives CSX talks Wabtec inks $97 million contract to build Tier 4 locomotives for Metrolinx NTSB: Broken rail probable cause of 2014 Lynchburg train derailment Maryland chooses team to build, maintain Purple Line light-rail route AAR: Intermodal lifts U.S. rail traffic numbers in February

March 2

Rail supplier news from Union Tank Car, LGS, L.B. Foster, Ricardo and Kelso (March 2) Georgia & Florida Railway deploys new revenue sharing system Houston transit agency unveils mobile ticketing app Finger Lakes short line opens new Seneca Falls rail terminal Caltrans seeks feedback on state rail plan RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases dip in January SEPTA slates meetings on Norristown line extension Norfolk Southern to consolidate into northern, southern segments

March 1

WMATA's rail turnstiles will no longer accept paper fares Moorman elected to Duke Energy's board NCDOT wraps up improvement project at CSX crossing Texas DOT to replace Forth Worth & Western Railroad bridge Most TriMet riders satisfied with overall experience, survey says KCS names Garza to board of directors MBTA trims deficit, plans rail upgrades BNSF posts 10 percent net income gain in 2015 << Previous Next >>
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