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Rail News: March 2016

March 31

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

March 30

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

March 29

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

March 28

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

March 24

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

March 23

People
Former Denver RTD leader Marsella dies Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Virginia county slates meeting on D.C.-Richmond high-speed rail route Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Revitalization work continues on New York regional's Utica main line Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS appoints Adams VP of human resources Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP names Decher president of ShipCarsNow, improves safety in North Platte unit Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro kicks off pre-revenue service of Expo Line extension Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN rolls out 2016 plan for safety innovation Read More »
Security
Amtrak, U.S. transit agencies step up security after Brussels terrorist attacks Read More »

March 22

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

March 21

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

March 18

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

March 17

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

March 16

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

March 15

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

March 14

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

March 11

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

March 10

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

March 9

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

March 8

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

March 7

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

March 4

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

March 3

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

March 2

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

March 1

Passenger Rail
WMATA's rail turnstiles will no longer accept paper fares Read More »
People
Moorman elected to Duke Energy's board Read More »
Safety
NCDOT wraps up improvement project at CSX crossing Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Texas DOT to replace Forth Worth & Western Railroad bridge Read More »
Passenger Rail
Most TriMet riders satisfied with overall experience, survey says Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS names Garza to board of directors Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA trims deficit, plans rail upgrades Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF posts 10 percent net income gain in 2015 Read More »
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