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Rail News: April 2013

April 30

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Savage, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Gannett Fleming, Vossloh, Faiveley and J.L. Patterson (April 30) Read More »
Mechanical
EPA: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act helped retrofit more than 50,000 engines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tank-car orders will jump, but demand for other car types will remain flat or decline in 2013, Economic Planning Associates says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama announces Foxx as transportation secretary nominee, thanks LaHood for service Read More »
Safety
Canadian government kicks off Rail Safety Week, announces additional crossing funds and safety measures Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD marks grand opening of West Rail Line Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA proposes 2014 budget, fiscal stability plan Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA names winners of 'Schlosser' service, annual marketing awards Read More »

April 29

Intermodal
Houston port lets contract for four container cranes Read More »
MOW
Metro-North begins Hudson Line embankment stabilization Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA launches two express trains on Worcester/Framingham Line Read More »
Intermodal
Projects generated more than 5,000 jobs in 2012, Long Beach port says Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Northern Railway crafts new CP, UP interchange service Read More »
Passenger Rail
D.C. airports authority intends to award Dulles Corridor contract to Capital Rail Constructors Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific helps sign off on intermodal access project in Edmonton Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama expected to nominate Charlotte Mayor Foxx as next transportation secretary Read More »

April 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from RailComm, BBM Railway, Thales, VTG, Kuehne + Nagel, American Railcar and Parsons Brinckerhoff (April 26) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
California transportation agency forms freight advisory committee Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
FRA obligates grant for Florida short line upgrades Read More »
Mechanical
MBTA puts new Hyundai-Rotem rail cars into service Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit approves East Link light-rail changes, issues sustainability report Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX earns accolades for diversity efforts Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Highway Trust Fund could go broke by 2015, CBO says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic trend held true in year's 16th week Read More »

April 25

C&S
Three crossing projects advance in Ohio Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA closes entrance to make way for Central Subway tunnel, station construction Read More »
Intermodal
Schneider National unveils intermodal service for liquid bulk chemicals Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet begins next major construction phase of Milwaukie-Portland light-rail bridge Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA, Seattle officials open downtown multi-modal hub Read More »
MOW
RTA: Tie purchases, production ticked up in March Read More »
Intermodal
PANYNJ OKs Bayonne Bridge contract to make room for super-sized ships Read More »
Safety
AAR promotes best safety practices at first-ever leadership forum Read More »

April 24

Supplier Spotlight
Rail updates from Tutor Perini, J.L. Patterson, Bombardier, Thales, URS and Northwest Railroad Institute (April 24) Read More »
Safety
Texas A&M institute seeks nominees for Richards crossing safety award Read More »
Passenger Rail
Capitol Corridor's stimulus-funded improvement projects now completed Read More »
Mechanical
Metro-North places 200th new M-8 car into service on New Haven Line Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Branch line reconstruction project begins in Maine Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ottawa's Confederation Line light-rail project advances Read More »
Financials
Canadian Pacific registers best-ever Q1 financial results Read More »
Financials
Norfolk Southern scored second-best ever revenue, operating ratio Read More »

April 23

Passenger Rail
FTA gives environmental OK to Detroit streetcar project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. freight roads' fuel efficiency continues to climb Read More »
Passenger Rail
Contractor proposals unveiled for Dulles Corridor Metrorail's second phase Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA's Melaniphy calls for more federal investment in transit security Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tesoro, Savage to jointly develop crude-by-rail facility at U.S. port in Vancouver Read More »
Financials
CN: Extreme winter weather put chill on Q1 income, operating ratio Read More »
Safety
Royal Canadian Mounted Police foil terrorist plot to derail VIA train in Canada Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT to provide $474 million in TIGER grant program's fifth round Read More »

April 22

Mechanical
Kansas City Southern inspects new rack, flat cars Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx increases train frequency on GO Transit line Read More »
Labor
UTU-represented conductors reach tentative pact with SEPTA Read More »
Safety
TTCI marks workplace safety milestone Read More »
Passenger Rail
Capitol Corridor ridership dips in March, joint rail authority advances California's high-speed blended service plan Read More »
People
MTA's Prendergast names Bianco acting president of NYCT Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific wins GM supplier award, upgrades Kansas line Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce grew wider in March Read More »

April 19

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Invensys Rail, Thales, Hub Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff (April 19) Read More »
Safety
North Carolina DOT to conduct grade crossing safety 'blitzes' Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak workers ratify five-year contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Another so-so traffic week in the books for U.S. roads Read More »
Amtrak
Northeast Corridor faces 'investment crisis,' Amtrak's Boardman says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina Gov. McCrory proposes transportation funding plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois transportation budget includes $1.8 billion for public transit, $1.1 billion for rail Read More »
Financials
Kansas City Southern's Q1 records include revenue, operating ratio Read More »

April 18

People
Texas DOT's rail division leader Glavin to retire in late June Read More »
Intermodal
South Carolina port pumps up container volume, preps for inland port Read More »
Intermodal
Three Texas ports form regional trade alliance Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida, FRA to solicit public input on Orlando-to-Miami passenger-rail service Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN opens logistics park in Calgary, lines up more crude oil business Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Providence Station to undergo $6 million in upgrades Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pennsylvania officials unveil transportation funding plan Read More »
Financials
Union Pacific registered record financial performance in Q1 Read More »

April 17

Supplier Spotlight
Rail updates from Michael Baker, Protran, Parallel Infrastructure, Siebert Brandford Shank, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Quintiq and Auto Truck (April 17) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Chicago Rail Link lands BP business; California council honors Pacific Harbor Line as top veteran employer Read More »
Mechanical
ARCI: Rail-car orders climbed, deliveries flatlined in Q1 Read More »
People
Central Texas officials tab HNTB's Keahey to lead 'Urban Rail' effort Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California high-speed authority, SBA formally agree to market rail project to small businesses Read More »
People
MARTA names new members of executive team Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House transportation committee creates freight-focused panel Read More »
Financials
CSX set four Q1 financial records despite a still-weak coal sector Read More »

April 16

Supplier Spotlight
Rail updates from Lilee Systems, Alstom, L.B. Foster, UNITRAC, Stantec, Bergmann and Parsons Brinckerhoff (April 16) Read More »
People
Kazaka to head finance for Canadian railway association Read More »
Amtrak
Capitol Corridor upgrades Wi-Fi service on Amtrak trains Read More »
Intermodal
Eastern Canada port pumped up 1Q volume to record levels Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York pact to help MTA leverage $1 billion in federal funds for hurricane recovery Read More »
Passenger Rail
Florida DOT awards $195 million SunRail contract to Bombardier Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA honors achievements in short-line safety Read More »
Intermodal
March port traffic: Third straight gain in Virginia; mixed results in southern California Read More »

April 15

People
Nichols succeeds Keith as Missouri DOT's director; Danner takes seat as Washington transportation commission chair Read More »
People
In memoriam: Iowa Pacific sales leader and supply industry veteran Jack Dapkus Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to break ground on South 200th Link extension Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Former Ambassador Siegel joins Continental Rail's board Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA advances Tempe streetcar project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Holly Energy to build crude rail facility in New Mexico; Northern Frac Proppants to access another frac sand reserve in Wisconsin Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California high-speed authority identifies joint venture as 'best value' for Central Valley project Read More »
People
N.Y. Gov. Cuomo nominates Prendergast to head MTA Read More »

April 12

MOW
Crossing upgrades on tap in Montana and Ohio; line upgrade on UP's docket in Wyoming Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to test 'station of the future' concepts in Bethesda Read More »
MOW
RTA: Tie purchases shot up sharply in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hampton Roads Transit to study possible link between Norfolk Naval Station, The Tide Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland transit officials request private-sector input on Purple, Red line light-rail projects Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific launches 'Texas Shuttle' intermodal service at Houston port Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART sets preliminary budget for FY2014 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. roads off to strong traffic-building start in April Read More »

April 11

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Amsted, Bombardier, Thales, Harsco, URS and T.Y. Lin (April 11) Read More »
Shippers
Soybean board study: Rail infrastructure investments would help spur shift from trucks Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA, developers close on Hudson Yards lease Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index inched up in February Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama budget proposal includes New Start funds for L.A.'s Purple Line, Regional Connector projects Read More »
MOW
Grade separation project under way in California Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Railroads are prepared for Panama Canal expansion, AAR's Hamberger says Read More »
Intermodal
Corpus Christi port lands TIGER grant pact for rail yard; Long Beach port seeks chassis supply consultant Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama administration proposes $77 billion USDOT budget for FY2014 Read More »

April 10

Passenger Rail
DART projects recognized by Hispanic contractors group Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Pacific's Texas short lines set oil and gas carload record in March Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA concludes blasting work under Grand Central Terminal Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS wins TRANSCAER achievement award for 13th time Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
PBF Energy to rail Continental Resources' crude from the Bakken to Delaware Read More »
Mechanical
NCTD orders new split disc rotors, continues Sprinter service tests Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit's rider satisfaction ratings reach new high Read More »
Labor
Longshoremen union members ratify six-year contract with eastern ports Read More »

April 9

People
California high-speed authority names Jarvis assistant chief program manager Read More »
Intermodal
Tampa port wins regional award for rail project; Florida DOT lands governor's award for cost savings Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara Valley VTA marks BART extension's first-year milestones Read More »
MOW
Proposed Abbotsford project includes Canadian Pacific, Southern Railway overpass Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sky Train service begins at Phoenix airport, connects to light-rail line Read More »
BNSF Railway
New firm to develop BNSF's logistics park in Kansas Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Gov. Nixon dedicates rail transfer facility in Missouri Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak ramped up ridership, set records in first-half FY2013 despite Hurricane Sandy Read More »

April 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from American Railcar, Bombardier, Ansaldo, Thales and Parsons Brinckerhoff (April 8) Read More »
Intermodal
Seattle port joins voluntary environmental stewardship program Read More »
MOW
MTA's FASTRACK subway maintenance program returns to the Bronx Read More »
People
STB appoints Hurst to railroad-shipper advisory council Read More »
Mechanical
Houston's METRO marks four million travel miles, launches new light-rail cars Read More »
MOW
CTA to upgrade Green Line in preparation for Red Line South overhaul Read More »
Safety
TRANSCAER names winners of national emergency response achievement awards Read More »
MOW
USDOT obligates TIGER III grant for rail line upgrade in North Dakota Read More »

April 5

Labor
Pennsylvania college offers introductory course for engineers, conductors Read More »
MOW
Union Pacific to upgrade Nebraska line Read More »
Passenger Rail
TransLink logged 2 percent ridership increase in 2012 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to solicit input on Tacoma Link corridor alternatives Read More »
Passenger Rail
Texas DOT seeks public feedback on passenger-rail study Read More »
Intermodal
Long Beach harbor commission supports city's appeal of proposed BNSF intermodal facility Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA studying 15 options for Northeast Corridor's future growth Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Feeble final week capped off mixed U.S. traffic performance in March Read More »

April 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Alstom, Siemens, RSI, Pacer and Knichel Logistics; also, in memoriam: REMSA's Lewis Martin (April 4) Read More »
Labor
SMART Transportation Division, Kyle Railroad reach tentative agreement Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA solicits information for proposed subway cellular service on Red, Blue lines Read More »
MOW
Greater Cleveland RTA to rebuild Red Line Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet reaches economic milestone for Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project Read More »
C&S
Gov. Kasich vetoes crossing maintenance provision in Ohio budget bill Read More »
People
NS installs Schnautz as AVP of research, advanced technology Read More »
Mechanical
New Mexico enacts locomotive fuel tax bill Read More »

April 3

Passenger Rail
Massachusetts transit agency renews campaign against sexual harassment Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Northern Frac Proppants lands frac sand business for new Wisconsin plant Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA promotes transportation benefit programs Read More »
Mechanical
Railinc report: North American rail-car fleet's size swelled, average age shrank in 2012 Read More »
BNSF Railway
Shippers slashed carbon emissions in 2012 by using rail, BNSF says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx releases short list of investment options for 'Big Move' plan Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia to provide more funds for Savannah port deepening project Read More »

April 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from R. J. Corman, Bombardier, Thales, Axion, A&K Railroad, and Skelly and Loy (April 2) Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA unveils mobile website Read More »
People
Worley takes helm of North Carolina DOT's rail division Read More »
Labor
West Virginia short line's T&E workers ratify five-year pact Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver report reviews 2012 accomplishments Read More »
People
Patterson succeeds Ridley as Oklahoma DOT director Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kinder Morgan to build rail-served methanol storage facility in Louisiana Read More »
Labor
BART: Economic performance in 2012 results in pay increase for union workers Read More »

April 1

Short Lines & Regionals
White City Terminal becomes Rogue Valley Terminal Railroad Read More »
People
Brown appoints Perez-Estolano to California high-speed authority's board Read More »
Intermodal
Long Beach port event stressed steady container volume growth in 2013 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cuomo welcomes additional $1 billion in federal aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery in New York Read More »
High-Speed Rail
GAO: Some California high-speed rail project estimates could be more accurate Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Weekly U.S. carloads, intermodal loads climbed again Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak seeks more federal capital funds for infrastructure, but less operating support for FY2014 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama's newly minted 'Rebuild America Partnership' plan would provide $4 billion for TIGER, TIFIA programs Read More »
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