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Rail News: April 2016

April 29

Supplier Spotlight
Congressman Ashford tours Paxton & Vierling Steel Co. Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Miner, Gulf Intermodal Services, Wabtec, Trinity Industries and Parsons (April 29) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NY state comptroller calls on feds to tighten safety measures for oil trains Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rail, highway regulators to solicit info on obstructive sleep apnea Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP's Pinnacle Awards go to 65 firms for chemical transportation safety Read More »
Passenger Rail
Mass. Gov. Baker highlights MBTA's progress on rehab work Read More »
Safety
USDOT's Foxx appoints three safety-oriented members to WMATA's board Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority adopts 2016 business plan Read More »

April 28

Security
TriMet logged crime decrease in 2015 Read More »
Mechanical
New BART rail car crashes at testing facility Read More »
Security
Chicago's Metra to increase police presence in Cook County Read More »
PTC
California High-Speed Rail Authority obtains radio spectrum for PTC Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canada to invest in more rail crossing fixes, transport minister says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Keolis unveils plan to crack down on MBTA fare evasion Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA announces $25 million available for rail safety upgrades Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail traffic in U.S., Canada, Mexico drops in week 16 Read More »

April 27

Amtrak
Amtrak now allows pets on three Midwest routes Read More »
Passenger Rail
Montreal transit agency unveils design for renovated Mont-Royal Station Read More »
People
Tchourumoff appointed Minnesota's state rail director Read More »
Passenger Rail
Miami panel mulls massive rail expansions Read More »
Safety
Iowa unveils study aimed at preventing rail-related crude oil, biofuel spills Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB dismisses petition for proposed Tongue River Railroad line Read More »
BNSF Railway
Lodestar Energy plans new multimodal center in Texas Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA could expand rail network under new Georgia law Read More »

April 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bechtel, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, GATX, CarMath and TranSystems (April 26) Read More »
Amtrak
Michigan DOT to upgrade Amtrak Wolverine route Read More »
People
Anacostia Rail promotes Taylor to assistant VP at New York & Atlantic Read More »
Passenger Rail
Construction advances on TransLink's Evergreen Line station plazas Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX named to 'Best Citizens' list Read More »
Passenger Rail
CDPQ Infra proposes 41-mile light-rail system in Montreal Read More »
Safety
WMATA investigates smoke incident at Friendship Heights Station Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN's Q1 profit jumps 13 percent, but revenue falls due to commodity slump Read More »

April 25

Mechanical
RSI: Rail-car backlog falls during Q1 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
L.A. Metro logs growing ridership on Gold Line Extension Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern rolls out new 'Safety Train,' website Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA mulls $6 billion sales tax measure Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian officials want to postpone sunset of grain-by-rail rules Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit kicks off construction on East Link light-rail extension Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate committee OKs spending for transportation at FAST Act levels Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD opens 'A Line' commuter-rail route to airport Read More »

April 22

Supplier Spotlight
NRC's 2016 auction produces record sales Read More »
BNSF Railway
Washington state approves funds for BNSF crossing updates Read More »
People
Crosbie turns down job as New Jersey Transit's executive director Read More »
CSX Transportation
SC Ports Authority, CSX discuss need for second inland port facility Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority unveils proposed changes to 2016 business plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Indiana panel OKs $1.6 million grant to double track South Shore Line Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA posts list of high-incident grade crossings Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS reports strong Q1 results, with profit up 25 percent Read More »

April 21

Rail Industry Trends
IoT presents 'tremendous' opportunities for rail, research firm says Read More »
Safety
Montana panel to review state's rail safety program Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA drops out of APTA Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic falls 10 percent in week 15 Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP announces leadership moves Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto Transit Commission logged record ridership in 2015 Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern to trim Knoxville operations Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP's Q1 revenue, profit fall as volumes continue to slow Read More »

April 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from AECOM, Alstom, Hub Group, Wells Fargo Rail and Lilee (April 20) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Grain commission proposes new licensing requirements Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF honors shippers for safely transporting hazardous materials Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Transit's Green Line spurs $4.2 billion in development, Met Council says Read More »
Safety
MTA expands sleep apnea screening program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Calgary eyes underground route for light-rail alignment Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA orders WMATA to correct safety concerns immediately Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP's Q1 profit soars, operating ratio drops to record low Read More »

April 19

BNSF Railway
BNSF installs signs to discourage trespassing on Illinois rail bridge Read More »
MOW
TriMet gears up for light-rail improvements in downtown Portland Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro to provide update on Gilbert Road light-rail extension Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Vancouver amends Vancouver Energy's lease Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYCT subway ridership reaches highest point in nearly 70 years Read More »
Amtrak
NTSB issues early report on Amtrak accident that killed two track workers Read More »
Passenger Rail
Milwaukee issues RFP for streetcar construction Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS posts higher net income in Q1 Read More »

April 18

Passenger Rail
WMATA seeks feedback on Tenleytown-AU Station area improvements Read More »
C&S
Ohio panel OKs upgrades for eight grade crossings Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
NRE acquires HK Engine Components Read More »
Labor
BLET dedicates new headquarters in Ohio Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
San Diego MTS OKs contract for mobile ticketing app Read More »
Passenger Rail
Survey highlights interest in passenger-rail service among Midwestern college students Read More »
People
WTS International names L.A. Metro's McMillan 'woman of the year' Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Inspector General: FTA should improve federal grant oversight policies Read More »

April 15

Passenger Rail
NARP honors Sens. Thune, Wicker for passenger-rail advocacy; recognizes Metra's Jones for safety efforts Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Siemens, Thales, REMSA, LRIW; and in memoriam: Harold Murray (April 15) Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART OKs $7.6 million redesign of Berkeley Station Plaza Read More »
BNSF Railway
Toyota recognizes BNSF for logistics excellence Read More »
PTC
Wabtec inks $30 million PTC contract with South Shore Line operator Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Los Angeles posts record TEUs in Q1 Read More »
Financials
MassDOT slates meetings on capital investment plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYCT eyes smartphone-based fare payment system Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA: $20 million in grant funds available for TOD planning Read More »

April 14

Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT solicits input on transportation research plan Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF recognizes employees for excellence Read More »
Safety
OLI's latest video highlights dangers of on-track 'selfies' Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro shop building achieves LEED certification Read More »
MOW
Montana DOT seeks comments on grade crossing study Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. BTS freight index down a bit in February Read More »
Intermodal
Port of New Orleans dedicates new intermodal terminal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic slump continued in week 14 Read More »
Safety
FTA reports progress on WMATA's safety practices Read More »

April 13

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from MERMEC, ENSCO, Xplore and HNTB (April 13) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink considers fare changes to boost ridership Read More »
Passenger Rail
Montreal transit agency plans improvements at Honore-Beaugrand station Read More »
People
WMATA appoints Lavin chief safety officer Read More »
People
AAR: Gardner, Hoey win Chafee Award for environmental achievements Read More »
Passenger Rail
TSA gives 'Gold Standard' to 13 transit agencies, passenger railroads Read More »
MOW
FRA slates meeting on Susquehanna River Rail Bridge project Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX Q1 revenue, profit fall as coal shipments plummet 31 percent Read More »

April 12

Labor
BLET members start voting on NJ Transit contract Read More »
Canadian Pacific
U.S. Rep. Shuster pleased with CP's decision to cancel merger attempt Read More »
CSX Transportation
First trains arrive at Jacksonville port's new intermodal facility Read More »
Shippers
Washington officials to update State Grain Train's business plan Read More »
MOW
Metro-North plans for 'aggressive' track improvement program in 2016 Read More »
Intermodal
PANYNJ solicits RFP responses for long-range master plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit advances Lynnwood Link design plans Read More »
Intermodal
U.S. ports to spend $155 billion on capital projects through 2020 Read More »

April 11

Passenger Rail
MassDOT continues meetings on MBTA's Green Line Extension Read More »
Class Is
Washington state solicits input on crude-by-rail rules, coal facility Read More »
Mechanical
BART unveils first 'Fleet of the Future' rail car Read More »
Amtrak
Report: Amtrak, BNSF sue Kansas truck owner in derailment incident Read More »
Safety
FTA seeks data on stop signal overruns Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF considers dropping intermodal project near ports of L.A., Long Beach Read More »
PTC
SEPTA to kick off PTC operations April 18 Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific drops efforts to merge with Norfolk Southern Read More »

April 8

Supplier Spotlight
FRA's Feinberg visits Siemens plant; S.C. legislative staff tour Koppers' tie facility Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from AREMA, NRC, Railway Interchange, Cummins and LAN (April 8) Read More »
Shippers
OmniTRAX names Bridgewell Resources 'supplier of the year' Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP argues NS would improve with 'precision railroading' Read More »
Safety
CSX honors 78 customers for chemical transportation safety Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. weekly rail traffic falls in carload and intermodal activity Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco Transloading acquires Louisville terminal Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak responds to FRA safety directive following deadly accident Read More »

April 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, Greenbrier, Kelso and Miller Ingenuity (April 7) Read More »
Passenger Rail
HART breaks ground on Honolulu stations, marks arrival of rail cars Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS recognizes 60 companies for safely shipping hazardous products Read More »
Amtrak
NTSB issues early report on Amtrak derailment in Kansas Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA revises proposed B&P rail tunnel project Read More »
MOW
Metra kicks off 2016 construction program Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA names marketing, veterans recruitment and distinguished service award winners Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic falls 6.5 percent in Q1, AAR says Read More »
People
NJ Transit taps Crosbie as executive director Read More »

April 6

MOW
Connecticut DOT unveils website for Walk Bridge replacement project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. Department of Commerce seeks input on IoT policies Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP elects former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Lute to board of directors Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA to assist nine cities with transit-oriented development projects Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern to invest $20 million on main line projects Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF to serve new plastics export facility in Fort Worth Read More »
Mechanical
SEPTA eyes new locomotives, station renewal in $548.6 million capital budget Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
T&I Committee Chair Shuster opposes CP-NS merger Read More »

April 5

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Burns Engineering, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Predikto; also, in memoriam: Josef Neuhofer (April 5) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit slates open house on Sumner commuter-rail station improvements Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA names developers for Red Line mixed-use project Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN trains 15,000 employees at new education centers, will open classes to customers Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB provides updates on Reauthorization Act implementation Read More »
Shippers
Washington state DOT seeks input on rail-car program revival Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority inks station planning agreement with the city of San Jose Read More »
Safety
USDOT agencies unveil online training for first responders to hazardous rail spills Read More »

April 4

People
Former Railway Age Editor Luther Miller dies Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA to recognize individuals, railroads for safety efforts Read More »
Kansas City Southern
STEPS terminal to locate on KCS main line in Texas Read More »
People
Flowers named to oversee FTA Read More »
PTC
FRA announces $25 million in grant funds for PTC implementation Read More »
Financials
MTA nets $27 billion in New York state's 2016-17 budget Read More »
Amtrak
NTSB, FRA launch investigations into Amtrak derailment Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail ridership increased as overall public transit use dipped 1.3 percent in 2015 Read More »

April 1

Rail Industry Trends
Metrolink launches mobile app systemwide Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS annual report cites cost savings under strategic plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR names primary contractor for $23.9 million Wantagh Station rehab project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Florida DOT OKs construction start of SunRail Phase II Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA mulls months-long rail closures for maintenance Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF 'disappointed' in court ruling against intermodal project near Port of L.A. Read More »
Financials
CTA receives $255 million TIFIA loan to buy new rail cars Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AAR to STB: Don't use 'all-stations metric' to define OTP Read More »
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