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Rail News: April 2015

April 30

Passenger Rail
MBTA, MassDOT slate hearings on Green Line Extension station designs Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Vancouver calls for passage of crude-by-rail safety legislation Read More »
People
Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf taps Zarembski to consult on crude-by-rail safety Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB: Operator fatigue caused CTA-O'Hare incident; investigating freight-train collision Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA releases details of first phase of Red and Purple Lines modernization project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. traffic down again in Week No. 16 Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to open IT center in Atlanta this summer Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Department of Energy to examine crude oil volatility Read More »

April 29

Safety
UP improved grade crossing safety rate in 1Q Read More »
MOW
PATCO advances rail rehab project on Ben Franklin Bridge Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Short-line operator extraordinaire J. Reilly McCarren: 1956 - 2015 Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego transit system earns perfect score in FTA review Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx introduces new GO Transit Concourse in Union Station Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA plots $534.5 million capital budget for FY2016 Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern posts 16 percent decrease in 1Q profit Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House GOP proposes tighter transportation spending in FY2016 Read More »

April 28

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Kelso, Alstom, Bombardier, GATX and Parsons Brinckerhoff (April 28) Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority OKs funds for Palmdale station Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX recognized for hiring military veterans Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA Silver Line extension exceeds budget for first phase Read More »
Passenger Rail
Fort Worth transit agency OKs contracts for TEX Rail project Read More »
MOW
Raitt announces funding for grade crossing improvements Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR, Metro-North report ridership growth in 2014 Read More »
Safety
UP marks record first-quarter employee safety rate Read More »

April 27

People
CAGTC elects Szabo, four others to board; names new executive director Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu rail transit project reports $65 million in tax revenue Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Mediator assigned to CP labor contract dispute Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minneapolis' Green Line Extension to cost more; opening delayed to 2020 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit earns Bellevue's approval for East Link light-rail Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern ready to launch pilot of GE's Trip Optimizer Read More »
People
CTA's Claypool named Chicago Mayor Emanuel's next chief of staff Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA OKs $1 billion loan for PTC projects at Metro-North, LIRR Read More »

April 24

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from RTR Technologies, RailComm, Bombardier, Maintenance Design Group and Wabtec (April 24) Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT's LadderSTEP pilot program to aid transit projects in seven cities Read More »
Intermodal
AAPA report: U.S. ports' economic impact skyrockets to $4.6 trillion Read More »
Mechanical
ARCI: Rail-car orders dropped, deliveries rose in 1Q Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto readies rail service to airport Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce widened in March Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART's preliminary FY2016 budget targets on-time performance, passenger capacity Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Transport Canada issues haz-mat train directive; BNSF moves first unit train from Aventine ethanol plant in Nebraska Read More »

April 23

Amtrak
Amtrak OKs pets on Illinois trains Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX names Oglesby to government affairs post; earns 'Best Corporate Citizen' honor Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA aims to create more bicycle-friendly transit Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Pacific Holdings to operate NC's Piedmont & Northern line Read More »
Safety
WMATA deputy GM orders more 'early action' safety steps Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Ontario light-rail line between Mississauga, Brampton in the works Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts Gov. Baker introduces legislation to revamp MBTA Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
A first: U.S. intermodal surpassed carload traffic in Week No. 15, AAR says Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Soft demand in several sectors, productivity slip hampered UP's 1Q results Read More »

April 22

Passenger Rail
WMATA bolsters car-sharing plans Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Coalition calls for creation of freight infrastructure fund Read More »
Shippers
UP honors 63 firms for chemical transportation safety Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA completes $25 million energy efficiency project at Grand Central Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Northern Lines Railway logs growth in propane business Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit picks firm for Capitol Hill Station TOD project Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS promotes Maestri, Martinez; announces Wimbush's retirement Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Five firms to vie for California high-speed rail project's next phase Read More »

April 21

Passenger Rail
NJ Transit proposes 9 percent fare hike Read More »
Passenger Rail
Northeast Corridor agencies debut five-year capital improvement plan Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal propose shorter extension of PTC deadline Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA issues grant for Amtrak service expansions in California Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS posts first-quarter 2015 revenue decrease, net profit increase Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN 1Q profit rises, will boost infrastructure investment Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York City's subways see highest ridership in 65 years Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP posts record profit, operating ratio in 1Q 2015 Read More »

April 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Ricardo, Greenbrier, Bechtel and Vertical Transportation (April 20) Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority names executive engineering roles Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro slated to open solar-powered rail maintenance facility Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB posts draft environmental statement for proposed Montana rail line Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Union-backed legislation would require two-person train crews Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Bill would tie gas tax to inflation to fund transportation infrastructure Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario government plots new GO Transit track Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT's new actions, emergency order address transport of energy products by rail Read More »

April 17

Supplier Spotlight
Koppers secures contract extensions with BNSF, CSX Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Virginia board slates hearings for $12.9 billion in transportation projects Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Toyota recognizes Union Pacific for logistics excellence Read More »
Passenger Rail
NTSB: BART's "simple approval" process caused 2013 train accident Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rep. Payne calls for tighter standards on DOT-111 tank cars Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA announces grants for grade crossing, PTC and passenger-rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra debuts third-party safety reporting system Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN to invest $500 million to improve rail safety in Western Canada Read More »

April 16

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from NRC, Railhead, Plasser & Theurer, Tiger Cool, SKF and Kelso (April 16) Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART launches suicide prevention campaign Read More »
People
Swanson to administer Florida DOT's freight, logistics programs Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx logs continued progress on Eglinton Crosstown light-rail project Read More »
People
Patriot Rail names Broyles to VP role Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pedestrian bridge collapses on WMATA's Green Line track Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Rail traffic down in U.S., up in Canada and Mexico for Week No. 14 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House bill would regulate crude oil by rail Read More »

April 15

BNSF Railway
BNSF recognizes 'employees of the year' Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Rail bridge to cross U.S.-Mexico border this year Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Corpus Christi opens rail yard's first phase Read More »
People
Asplund named Red River Valley & Western's next top exec Read More »
Amtrak
New group advocates for passenger rail in Virginia's New River Valley Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
U.S. Rep. Denham: Where are the rail-safety rules? Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senators announce $3 million grant for PTC, rail safety in New York Read More »
Passenger Rail
GE to build signaling system for All Aboard Florida Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX posts 11 percent hike in 1Q net earnings Read More »

April 14

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Skanska, Brookville, CAF, Alstom, PTSI and AWESOME (April 14) Read More »
People
Cook named VP transportation, safety at Reading & Northern Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA begins renovation work at 69th Street Station Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Evergreen honors CN as 'railroad of the year' Read More »
CSX Transportation
D.C. court denies petition to halt CSX rail tunnel project Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART's streetcar opens for business Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS expects 1Q per-share earnings of $1, down 15 percent Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA launches service of new 7000-series rail cars Read More »
Safety
AAR: Federal statistics reflect freight-rail industry's safety efforts Read More »

April 13

Passenger Rail
VIA Rail adds new tourism options Read More »
Passenger Rail
TTC completes Wi-Fi installation at two more subway stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BTS: Transportation Services Index down in February Read More »
Labor
Unions seek arbitration for NJ Transit contract negotiations Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra to replace ties, switches along Milwaukee District lines Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit eyes routes for light-rail extension to Federal Way Read More »
Passenger Rail
Feds announce $7 million for Chicago's Union Station Read More »
CSX Transportation
STB OKs plan to increase CSX traffic between Indianapolis, Louisville Read More »

April 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from BLS Cargo, Thales, Trinity, Alstom, Bombardier and Behlman Electronics (April 10) Read More »
MOW
PennDOT seeks public-private partnership proposals Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD names Genova interim GM Read More »
Financials
Alaska Railroad posts $14 million profit in 2014 Read More »
Mechanical
GE Transportation set to debut latest Evolution Series engine Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Schumer to FRA: Hire more rail-bridge safety specialists Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to restore automatic train operation to Red Line Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA, transit agencies stage rallies for public transportation Read More »

April 9

Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT proposes rule to allow transit agencies to enact hiring preferences Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA seeks to include small business owners in $32 billion capital program Read More »
Intermodal
Imports up, backlog continues in wake of West Coast ports' labor strife Read More »
Class Is
AAR: U.S. rail traffic numbers slide in week No. 13 Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX announces new posts for Baggs, Russell and Rhodes Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART plans 3.4 percent fare hike for 2016 Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCSR to invest $19 million in Beaumont Subdivision Read More »
Passenger Rail
Panel calls for sweeping leadership, budget changes at MBTA Read More »

April 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Savage, Holland, OPW, ZTR, Regional Connector and REMSA (April 8) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Milwaukee issues RFP for streetcar vehicles Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Twin Eagle opens Colorado frac-sand terminal on UP track Read More »
Passenger Rail
Fare evasions cost Metro Transit up to $28,000 a week Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain to complete ballast removal project with boost from Facebook Read More »
BNSF Railway
Toyota honors BNSF for logistics excellence Read More »
People
UP names Hutcherson VP of human resources Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB examines second electrical-arcing incident at WMATA Read More »

April 7

Passenger Rail
Honolulu rail transit CEO passes on annual bonus Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
T&I Committee Chair Shuster kicks off transportation 'roadshow' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrans to host environmental impact hearings Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA provides funds to business owners affected by rail projects Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Mississippi Legislature OKs bond funding for short-line connection project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit finalizes financial details of East Link Extension project Read More »
Amtrak
Indiana DOT, FRA near deal on Amtrak Hoosier service Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB urges quick action on tank-car safety measures Read More »

April 6

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from IntegriCo, Radiant Logistics, Tideworks, Eurotunnel, Cambridge and WAGO (April 6) Read More »
Passenger Rail
GO Transit expands car-sharing options Read More »
People
Georgia short line names Broxterman president Read More »
Passenger Rail
Montreal transit agency logs surplus in 2014 Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Saskatchewan program to help fund track upgrades for short lines Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Texas firm slates public meetings to discuss proposed high-speed rail plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit finalizes plans for Link light-rail extension Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT: $500 million available for TIGER's seventh round Read More »

April 2

Passenger Rail
Automated fare systems simplify transit agencies' pricing, data management, study says Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Tie purchases rose, production fell in February Read More »
Mechanical
Ferromex expands locomotive fleet with latest EMD delivery Read More »
Passenger Rail
Canadian government OKs funding for Ontario passenger line Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA readies for rail expansion project, seeks public comment Read More »
MOW
NJDOT unveils $20 million in grants for freight-rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART opens new crossover tracks to mitigate delays Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Mixed message seen in first-quarter U.S. rail traffic Read More »

April 1

Safety
Movie prompts Metrolink to issue anti-trespassing message Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak wins a place on Forbes' best employers list Read More »
Shippers
NARS annual meeting to feature BNSF's Ice, NS' Squires Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra signs $12.6 million contract to modernize its financial systems Read More »
Passenger Rail
Bay Area think tank proposes "seamless" integration of local transit systems Read More »
People
SMART's Nigro announces retirement plans Read More »
Safety
Grade crossing project planned along California rail corridor Read More »
Safety
FRA, N.Y. officials highlight grade crossing safety awareness Read More »
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