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Rail News: May 2013

May 31

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Alstom, Odyssey Logistics, Bombardier and the NRC (May 31) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Montana short line lands EDA grant for major bridge repairs Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX schedules groundbreaking for Quebec intermodal facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit opens construction bids for Northgate Link light-rail tunnel work Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT assigns members to National Freight Advisory Committee Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Atlanta-to-Charlotte high-speed rail corridor to be subject of public scoping meetings Read More »
Intermodal
L.A. port, Yang Ming pact includes container transfer facility expansion Read More »
Amtrak
LaHood, two senators announce key step toward rail tunnel construction under Hudson River Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR cites crude volume record, another carload decline and opposition to NITL-proposed switching rules Read More »

May 30

Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific launches local safety grant program Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Arizona DOT schedules public meeting for proposed grade separation Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx outlines strategy to fund 'Big Move' transportation plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARC broke ridership record in April Read More »
Safety
Rail accidents declined in Canada last year, TSB data shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
PANYNJ OKs $59 million for Hurricane Sandy recovery, future storm preparation Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to expand commuter rail in central Massachusetts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BTS: Value of cargo railed between NAFTA nations climbed in March Read More »

May 29

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Thales, Alstom, Greenbrier, Transplace, OPW Fueling and Vossloh (May 29) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation marketing association names Compass Award winners Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail earns 'AirRail Concept of Year' award for intermodal strategy Read More »
Intermodal
Rep. Farenthold forms Texas Maritime Caucus; Virginia port authority blesses reorganization plan Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to add Cascades trip in response to bridge collapse over Skagit River Read More »
Passenger Rail
Freight track location options to be reviewed for Twin Cities' light-rail project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
USDOT awards TIGER IV grant for Oregon short-line track rehab Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN accelerates Wisconsin trackwork to better serve frac sand customers Read More »

May 28

MOW
Iowa DOT seeks applicants for rail funding program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston's METRO to start testing on North/Red Line extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit selects 'E1' corridor for Tacoma Link project Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Tie purchases tumbled, production held stable in April Read More »
Shippers
UP attains healthy workplace, automaker honors; KCSM earns service recognition Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA's board OKs fare increase, defers budget action Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Congressmen Lipinski, Grimm create public transportation caucus Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Partnership to Build America Act enters House Read More »

May 24

Passenger Rail
Amtrak California routes recorded ridership dip in April Read More »
C&S
Crossing projects advance in Mississippi, Ohio Read More »
Intermodal
Subaru to import vehicles from Georgia port Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT allocates additional $3.7 billion in hurricane aid for transit agencies Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS opens bulk transfer terminal in Tennessee Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic remained on uptick in week No. 20 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Los Angeles MTA board approves $5 billion budget for FY2014 Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak board extends Boardman's contract Read More »

May 23

Rail Industry Trends
Texas DOT seeks input on freight mobility plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit to expand rail service to Jersey Shore this summer Read More »
Safety
AAR hands out 2012 hazmat safety awards Read More »
MOW
Caltrain to begin using new elevated track in San Bruno Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
EDA awards federal funds for freight-rail restoration project in New York, Sen. Schumer says Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet's FY2014 budget contains no fare increases, service cuts Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. council OKs local funds for rail station options on Crenshaw/LAX Line Read More »
Intermodal
USDOT awards TIGER IV grant for Arkansas rail port improvements Read More »

May 22

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from RailWorks, GE, CTC, Axion, Bombardier and DNJ Intermodal (May 22) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Land development opportunity includes CSX, Indiana Rail Road service Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Transit's Hiawatha light-rail line officially renamed 'Metro Blue' Read More »
Amtrak
NJ Transit to alter Northeast Corridor timetables to accommodate Amtrak tie replacement project Read More »
People
Meyer joins Rio Grande Pacific as COO of Nebraska Central Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX-led team wins 'Phoenix' land redevelopment award Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Crude by rail key to rapid oil production, petroleum consultant says Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Boardman defends need for long-distance routes Read More »

May 21

People
OmniTRAX adds Kovac, Pietsch to management ranks Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois DOT to host meeting on Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project Read More »
Intermodal
April port volumes: Way up in Long Beach and Georgia, way down in L.A. Read More »
People
Former APTA leader Stokes dies Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail park coming to Texas' Eagle Ford Shale; unit train facility coming to Wyoming's Niobrara Shale Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland to invest $4.4 billion in transportation infrastructure Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce grew again in April Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North to resume full service on New Haven Line tomorrow Read More »

May 20

Passenger Rail
NCTD, contractors agree on Sprinter service changes Read More »
People
Former UTU International President Charles Little dies Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA completes Primos Station reconstruction Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific wins Toyota Logistics' top award for second-straight year Read More »
Passenger Rail
Long Island Rail Road to overhaul Massapequa Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF-served crude terminal on tap for joint venture in Wyoming; more frac sand on tap for producer in Wisconsin Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern to join S&P 500 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North, Connecticut officials set service plan following Friday's train collision Read More »

May 17

C&S
Crossings: Ohio commission OKs five projects, UP launches billboard campaign Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming logged traffic gain in April Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak upgrades Wi-Fi service; launches Texas Eagle service in Arkansas Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego Trolley extension project advances with release of environmental report Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads post carload, intermodal unit traffic gains Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sprinter light-rail service to resume after two-month hiatus due to safety concerns Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA to reopen A-Train service on Rockaway Line, continue other Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts Read More »

May 16

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Gannett Fleming, RSI/REMSA and Cando (May 16) Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA expands 'Train Tracker' functions Read More »
Mechanical
Project Green Fleet seeks upper Midwest railroads, equipment owners for funding opportunity Read More »
People
OCTA names Phipps deputy CEO Read More »
Intermodal
Virginia port pumped up volume in April, set deep-draft record in May Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minneapolis, St. Louis transportation officials schedule public meetings for possible transit, TOD projects Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
St. Joe Co., Green Circle propose AN Railway-served pellet plant in Florida Read More »
People
Sen. Nelson, CSX's McNey receive AAR's Chafee environmental awards Read More »

May 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Lilee Systems, Alstom, Bombardier and Hanson Professional Services (May 15) Read More »
People
Las Vegas Railway Express names new chairman, director Read More »
Intermodal
Houston port tabs Brazil as major trade partner Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet to test mobile ticketing application Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP honors 63 shippers' chemical safety efforts Read More »
Intermodal
Long Beach port releases revised environmental report on proposed grain export facility, earns honor from trade pub Read More »
MOW
Feds to help fund bridge repairs in Massachusetts, Rep. Tsongas says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Americans continue to drive less; transportation policy should reflect that trend, PIRG report says Read More »

May 14

C&S
North Carolina DOT closes road to start grade separation Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail releases 2012 annual report Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN: Humboldt will be home to community trail, upgraded rail line Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA board OKs streetcar contract increase to $59 million Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB establishes new arbitration program to help resolve railroad/shipper disputes Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA to provide $21.9 million to help states bolster transit safety oversight Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North American crude oil production sends supply shockwave through worldwide market, IEA says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia governor signs 'historic' transportation funding bill Read More »

May 13

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Brandt, Bombardier, Knorr Brake, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Harsco and Steel Dynamics (May 13) Read More »
C&S
Updates on crossing projects in California, New York and Montana Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit kicks off final design process for Bellevue light-rail segment Read More »
Financials
Florida East Coast Railway registered revenue, volume gains in Q1 Read More »
Intermodal
Baltimore port prepped for larger ships; New Brunswick port poised for bigger volumes Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak prepares to test new electric locomotives this summer Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS: Squires becomes president, five other execs assume new roles Read More »
People
Progressive Railroading names 20 'Rising Stars' of railroading Read More »

May 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, The Andersons, Kawasaki, SYSTRA and UNITRAC (May 10) Read More »
BNSF Railway
CHS, Aurora Cooperative to build BNSF-served grain loading facility in Nebraska Read More »
People
Seattle port promotes Beckett to deputy CEO Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Pacific lands more capital to bolster more track in the Permian Basin Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts commuter-rail operator improves on-time performance Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern on track to capitalize on a gradually improving economy, Moorman says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council endorses Bottineau light-rail option Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. carloads, intermodal loads climbed last week Read More »

May 9

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Altus Capital, Trinity, UNITRAC, Alstom, Tognum, CF Rail Services, Darby and IMPulse (May 9) Read More »
MOW
Metro-North to replace bridge over Hudson Line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index made headway in March Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Murex, Cetane Energy to expand crude oil transload facility in Permian Basin Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA makes progress in reducing crowded conditions on trains, buses Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Class I honors: NS' Virginia office building earns ENERGY STAR rating; CP's Harrison garners maritime hall of fame induction Read More »
Passenger Rail
Los Angeles transportation authority lands $390 million in state bond funds Read More »
BNSF Railway
L.A. city council backs BNSF's SCIG intermodal facility Read More »

May 8

Labor
IAM, BLET mark milestone anniversaries Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California authority to market high-speed rail project to minority-owned firms Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA postpones release of draft environmental statement for proposed Metrorail station Read More »
Shippers
Class I awards: UP garners Nissan honor, NS recognizes 54 chemical shippers Read More »
People
New York City Transit's Leader to head Subways Department Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrans awards $301 million to improve transit, air quality Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian Pacific boosts 2013 capex budget Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Lautenberg reintroduces anti-bigger trucks bill Read More »

May 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from GE, Gross & Janes, KBR, ThyssenKrupp, KinergyPower and Auto Truck (May 7) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
American Railway Development Association announces speaker lineup for 107th annual meeting Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro launches local buying program for small purchases Read More »
Passenger Rail
Oklahoma City streetcar project details to be presented at public meeting Read More »
Labor
BNSF, Illinois colleges create power system technology course Read More »
Passenger Rail
Penn Station's 7th Avenue Concourse sports upgraded technology Read More »
Intermodal
Washington state port's freight access project reaches halfway mark Read More »
Financials
Q1 report: BNSF ratcheted up revenue, ratcheted down operating ratio Read More »

May 6

Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA takes step to reduce retiree health benefit liability Read More »
Safety
Cormier wins Operation Lifesaver Canada's 'Roger Cyr' rail safety award Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern's Selby to head energy markets, short-line relations Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to solicit bids for Wilson Red Line Station project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois primed for more export coal growth, Gov. Quinn says Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to receive $30.2 million for Northeast Corridor repairs associated with Hurricane Sandy Read More »
Safety
FRA issues safety advisory on flat switching hazards Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain proposes 7 percent budget increase in FY2014 to accommodate ridership growth Read More »

May 3

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Invensys Rail, L.B. Foster, Alstom and TouchStar (May 3) Read More »
C&S
Crossings: North Carolina DOT contracts closure; Ohio commission advances upgrades Read More »
MOW
CTA unveils online trip planner during Red Line South reconstruction Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB denies Union Pacific petition on haz-mat tariff provisions Read More »
Passenger Rail
Los Angeles transit officials unveil Union Station master plan Read More »
Labor
Military magazine cites three Class Is as 'Best for Vets' employers Read More »
MOW
Columbus Plaza rehab project improves access to D.C.'s Union Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR on April traffic: A record for U.S. intermodal, a red mark for U.S. carloads Read More »

May 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from FreightCar America, Wabtec, Auto Truck Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 2) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland transit officials to update public on Purple Line project details Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rail-car plant expansion in Illinois demonstrates value of rail investment, LaHood says Read More »
People
California construction authority installs new chair, vice chair Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
AIM Institute tabs Union Pacific CIO Tennison as top technology leader Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak reaches 42-year mark Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Massachusetts DOT awards grants for nine freight-rail projects Read More »
Intermodal
IANA report: Intermodal volume grew more than 4 percent in Q1 Read More »

May 1

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Trinity, Maher, STV, Miner, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Nomad Digital (May 1) Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART officers prepare to enforce new 'prohibition' law Read More »
MOW
Pennsylvania rail authority advances three bridge projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council to hold hearings on proposed light-rail facility locations Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Lowe's honors Union Pacific as top rail carrier for second-straight year Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Oregon port marks full restoration of Coos Bay line Read More »
Financials
Genesee & Wyoming scored strong financial results in Q1 Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA proposes nearly $5 billion budget for FY2014 Read More »
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