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Rail News: May 2014

May 30

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Harsco, GlobeSherpa, Ricardo Inc. and Lilee (May 30) Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS marks longest-ever 'A-Max' unit train Read More »
Mechanical
California Air Resources Board OKs use of new locomotive engine filter at L.A. port Read More »
Passenger Rail
TransLink cites cost reductions, steady customer satisfaction in 2013 annual report Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet adopts fiscal-year 2015 budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North American rail traffic gains continued in May's third week Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB seeks feedback on potential changes to fuel surcharge rule provision Read More »
Amtrak
Indiana marks start of $71 million upgrade to freight, Amtrak lines Read More »

May 29

Passenger Rail
Massachusetts' CapeFlyer service posts ridership growth during Memorial Day weekend Read More »
MOW
Committee to prioritize project recipients for Oregon funding program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain seeks public feedback on long-term strategy Read More »
People
Miller succeeds Begeman as STB's vice chair Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Short Lines: OmniTRAX affiliate acquires Sand Springs Railway; Koile assumes sales role at Nebraska Central Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Squires assumes additional responsibilities at NS Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida unveils plans for Miami station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Senators announce $235 million in Sandy relief grants for NJ Transit, PATH Read More »

May 28

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Stella-Jones, VTG, Keolis, Thales, Alstom and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 28) Read More »
People
Harris joins OmniTRAX's board Read More »
C&S
Connecticut DOT eyes crossing upgrades; South Carolina DOT installs new leader Read More »
Passenger Rail
It's official: WMATA takes control of Silver Line Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, partners announce joint planning effort for Philadelphia's 30th Street Station Read More »
Intermodal
Ports: Expanded NYK Line service on tap for Jacksonville; night gate operations on slate for Vancouver Read More »
Passenger Rail
Edmonton light-rail expansion to receive New Building Canada funds Read More »
Class Is
Canadian Canola Growers Association files rail-service complaint with CTA Read More »

May 27

Canadian National Railway - CN
Hi-Crush opens CN-served frac sand facility in Wisconsin Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Target Field Station viewed as multi-modal transit hub for Minneapolis neighborhoods Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA returns to six-car trains on Red, Gold lines Read More »
MOW
Tie market: Fewer purchases, less production in April Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX: Mainline in place for Quebec terminal; unit-train facility pegged for Ohio agriculture campus Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit marked strong start for 2014 ridership in Q1 Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP set to open major intermodal facility in New Mexico Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA OKs $5.5 billion FY2015 budget Read More »

May 23

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Thales, Siemens and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 23) Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS recognizes 60 chemical shippers for safety efforts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North American rail traffic remained at high ebb last week Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit accepts business group's offer to cover Tacoma Link fares Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Central Maine & Quebec launches U.S. operations Read More »
MOW
North Carolina DOT allocates funds for 40 freight-rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston METRO's board OKs controversial overpass project Read More »
Intermodal
Expansion complete at B.C. rail terminal; Vancouver port ponders bigger container terminal Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA expresses concern over appropriations bill's impact on transit Read More »

May 22

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, GE, AXION, Meridiam, CTC and Hatch Mott MacDonald (May 22) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Reading and Northern earns 'employer excellence' award Read More »
C&S
Crossing projects advance in California, Ohio and Washington Read More »
Passenger Rail
Kansas City to kick off streetcar construction today Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce widened a tad in April Read More »
Intermodal
Southern California ports' container volumes accelerated in April Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA receives federal grant, loan agreements for subway project; schedules advisory group meeting Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit unveils short list of potential developers for Capitol Hill sites Read More »

May 21

Passenger Rail
Federal grant funds transferred to Cincinnati Streetcar project Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP to upgrade Missouri line Read More »
Passenger Rail
S&P: New York transportation infrastructure did well in Sandy storm credit test Read More »
Safety
AAR names 2013 hazmat safety award winners Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain issues RFQ for electrification project Read More »
Intermodal
BNSF, Ferromex to offer intermodal service between Chicago and Silao, Mexico Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Federal officials to announce $1.25 billion grant for L.A. subway project Read More »

May 20

Union Pacific Railroad
UP launches infrastructure upgrade project in Nebraska Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA unveils plan to rebuild Levittown rail station Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Public meetings slated to address California's proposed high-speed rail alignment Read More »
Passenger Rail
The T seeks public opinion on environmental impact document for TEX Rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
Airports authority set to transfer Silver Line to WMATA this month Read More »
PTC
PTC: Freight railroads, FCC agree to resolve issues involving previously constructed facilities Read More »

May 19

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Keolis, Greenbrier, Michael Baker, Hollysys, Alstom and Bytemark (May 19) Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Nonprofit organization proposes Calgary-Banff high-speed line Read More »
MOW
Santa Clara VTA seeks comments on environmental document for double-track plan Read More »
Intermodal
Virginia port's volume maintains record pace Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Coos Bay becomes EPA SmartWay partner Read More »
People
Operation Lifesaver honors Hale, Pepper for rail-safety efforts Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Transport Canada proposes fines for rail safety act violators Read More »
Safety
Metro-North to purchase advanced track inspection equipment Read More »

May 16

Labor
TriMet declares impasse in labor negotiations with ATU Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: North American rail traffic registered gains in year's 19th week Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Two senators ask Foxx to back the formation of a short-line safety institute Read More »
MOW
Metra hopes to land TIGER grant to replace aging Elgin Bridge Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT receives 797 applications for TIGER VI grants Read More »
Mechanical
MassDOT to award Green Line rail-car contract to CAF Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP boosts 2014 capex budget by $150 million Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA proposes FY2015 budget; agency to oversee city's streetcar operation Read More »

May 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Balfour Beatty, Stadler, FreightCar America, Quest, Hatch Mott MacDonald and WAGO (May 15) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Oregon Transportation Commission seeks public input on state rail plan Read More »
Intermodal
Alabama port authority to purchase two parcels for intermodal expansion needs Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metropolitan Council charts $2.5 billion in development near light-rail line Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYCT adds service on two lines; Metro-North continues electrical upgrade Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index made strides in March Read More »
Shippers
Four senators urge STB to help ensure rail service improves for ag shippers Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Biden visits Cleveland's transit agency to urge federal infrastructure spending Read More »

May 14

C&S
Bridge program's last three grade separations begin in Southern California Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cincinnati seeks RFPs for streetcar branding Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB's environmental arm issues draft impact statement on proposed Utah rail line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Crime drops on San Francisco's Muni Railway Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN honors 143 haz-mat shippers' safety efforts Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail reports revenue dip for 2013 Read More »
MOW
Metro-North wraps up track project to improve safety, speed for two lines Read More »
Safety
Quebec prosecutors file charges against three MMA employees for Lac-Megantic derailment Read More »
People
CP's Keith Creel to receive Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends Read More »

May 13

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Trinity, Alstom, Thales, AXION, Transplace and Hatch Mott MacDonald (May 13) Read More »
Intermodal
Ridge Development launches BNSF-operated TransCold Express Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wyoming public-private coalition commissions LNG study Read More »
People
Metra hires Perez as police chief to modernize department Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit seeks comments on proposed rail maintenance facility site Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ATA report: Trucks increased share of domestic freight tonnage in 2013 Read More »
BNSF Railway
Rangeland Energy begins to build crude-by-rail facilities in Delaware Basin Read More »
Intermodal
Jacksonville port breaks ground for CSX-served intermodal facility Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate committee unveils text of six-year MAP-21 reauthorization bill Read More »

May 12

Short Lines & Regionals
Southern California economic development council backs Desert Line reactivation Read More »
People
LRIW names scholarship in memory of former leader Connie Sumara Read More »
Passenger Rail
HART secures more tax revenue for Honolulu transit-rail project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Palmetto Railways ready to handle more BMW business at South Carolina port Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver Union Station redeveloped into multi-modal hub Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate committee to mark up transportation bill this week Read More »
People
VIA Rail: Desjardins-Siciliano takes top post; pact maintains service in Northern New Brunswick Read More »
Safety
Virginia Gov. McAuliffe creates rail safety task force after CSX crude-train accident Read More »

May 9

BNSF Railway
CHS forms joint venture to build BNSF-served fertilizer warehouse in North Dakota Read More »
People
Caltrain names Deal to Transbay Joint Powers Authority, completes San Bruno grade separation Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak arrives at Union Depot in St. Paul for first time Read More »
People
KCSR promotes Grafton, Stottlemyre to VP posts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. roads ramped up traffic in April Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority approves alignment, certifies environmental report and inks emissions agreement Read More »
Class Is
Four Class Is seek to get well beyond one of the worst winters on record Read More »
Safety
Four congressmen introduce Rail Safety Enforcement Act Read More »

May 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Keolis, Lilee Systems, Railex and The Andersons (May 8) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Short lines: Watco promotes Loeb to SVP; Sierra Railroad marks end to long litigation Read More »
C&S
Grade separation to start in North Carolina; crossing work to begin in Ohio Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Chinese railroad workers from 1800s to be inducted into Labor Hall of Honor Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to detour Empire Builder westbound trains in North Dakota Read More »
Intermodal
May gain projected at major U.S. ports as dockworkers negotiate new contract Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House Appropriations Committee unveils FY2015 transportation funding bill Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Feds issue another crude-by-rail emergency order, advisory to enhance safety Read More »

May 7

Passenger Rail
Cape Cod summer train service to add a station Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX earns top veteran-hiring honors for second-consecutive year Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet marks 10 years of MAX Yellow Line light-rail service Read More »
Intermodal
L.A. port sizes up project's environmental impacts; New Orleans port sets ship-size record Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA slates public meetings to discuss long-term transportation plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bakken Shale reaches 1 billion barrels of crude production Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP exercises option to add one year to Harrison's CEO contract Read More »
Intermodal
Govs. Cuomo, Christie appoint PANYNJ reform panel Read More »

May 6

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from GE, First Union Rail, Koppers, Bombardier, FreightCar America and NRC (May 6) Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver Canada honors Beaudry with Roger Cyr safety award Read More »
Passenger Rail
NCTD seeks TIGER VI grant for transit center, names Filippi chief of safety Read More »
Intermodal
Trailer gain bested domestic container growth in Q1, IANA says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra starts construction on Flossmoor Station renewal project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Oklahoma selects Watco's Stillwater Central to negotiate purchase of state-owned line Read More »
Amtrak
INDOT receives four proposals for Hoosier State passenger-rail service Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF: Less income in first quarter, more land in Portland for auto facility Read More »

May 5

Canadian National Railway - CN
CN to help fund 30 Canadian communities' environmental projects Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Federal jury directs Patriot Rail to compensate Sierra Railroad for violating nondisclosure pact Read More »
MOW
KCSR notes completion of four key engineering projects in 2014 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Environmental reports on 710 North study to undergo public review next year, LACMTA says Read More »
Labor
Unions move toward arbitration in SEPTA contract disputes Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Tie purchases ballooned, production climbed in March Read More »
Passenger Rail
Dulles/Silver Line rail project gets final OK for $1.9 billion TIFIA loan Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA slates public hearing for $5.5 billion FY2015 budget Read More »
People
In memoriam: Former transportation expert, funding crusader and House committee leader James Oberstar Read More »

May 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from RailComm, Fugro, Hub Group, Masabi, Greenbrier, Vossloh and Hanson; and, in memoriam: Angelo Tsudis (May 2) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra, UP, BNSF install devices to detect severe weather conditions Read More »
Class Is
CP, KCS elect new chairmen Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North American rail traffic registered gains in April's last full week Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut creates fund to encourage transit-oriented developments Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Freight-movement roundtable addressed federal transportation program needs Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF budgets $1 billion for key Northern Corridor capital projects Read More »
People
PANYNJ: New Jersey Gov. Christie nominates Degnan as chairman; Sen. Schumer proposes reforms Read More »

May 1

MOW
UP to bolster line straddling Iowa, Minnesota Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA, Florida officials mark SunRail's opening Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut Gov. Malloy touts five-year transportation infrastructure plan Read More »
Mechanical
After strong first quarter, rail-car production will be a tad higher in 2014, EPA projects Read More »
Safety
Global Partners to voluntarily require stricter tank-car standards Read More »
Financials
Genesee & Wyoming on Q1: Harsh winter plowed into profits, piled up operating costs Read More »
People
Williams out, Nowakowski in as LIRR president Read More »
People
Progressive Railroading names 2014 'Rising Stars' Read More »
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