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Rail News: May 2016

May 31

People
In memoriam: Forbis made an impact on short-line industry Read More »
MOW
Connecticut DOT, Metro-North advance Walk Bridge replacement Read More »
People
Zozaya to chair U.S.-Mexico chamber's binational board Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro begins construction of light-rail vehicle maintenance facility Read More »
Financials
SEPTA board OKs capital, operating budgets for FY2017 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA strengthens rules for MOW workers Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minneapolis Southwest light-rail project fails to secure state funding Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF trims management, realigns operations Read More »

May 27

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Protran, FreightCar America, AllTranstek, Baker International and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 27) Read More »
Passenger Rail
TTC to open Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia DRPT slates meetings on Richmond transit vision plan Read More »
High-Speed Rail
NARP defends Texas Central's high-speed project in STB letter Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP charts infrastructure projects in Missouri, Arizona Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Gas-tax revenue shortfall prompts California panel to cut, delay transportation projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia Gov. McAuliffe calls for new WMATA safety oversight agency Read More »
Passenger Rail
LA Metro OKs $5.66 billion budget for FY2017 Read More »

May 26

Safety
Illinois bill would double fines for driving around crossing gates Read More »
Labor
TriMet proposes two-year extension of union contract, recognizes top operators Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver announces rail safety grants Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA awards contracts for station upgrades in Queens Read More »
People
LRIW calls for 2016 'Woman of the Year' nominees Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak seeks 'master developer' for Chicago Union Station Read More »
Mechanical
Montreal transit agency ready to roll out AZUR trains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sound Transit light-rail ridership soared 27 percent in Q1 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. railroad traffic falls 8.5 percent in week 20 Read More »

May 25

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Lilee, Greenbrier, Janam, Xplore, Ansaldo and RSI (May 25) Read More »
Safety
New York State receives FEMA grant for crude-oil fire training Read More »
People
Georgia Ports Authority elects Allgood chair, adopts FY2017 budget Read More »
MOW
RTA: Crosstie production, purchases up through April Read More »
PTC
SEPTA starts PTC operations on Fox Chase Line Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Oklahoma DOT seeks buyers, operators for two state-owned lines Read More »
Safety
House transit panel grills Wiedefeld, Flowers on WMATA funding, safety Read More »
Passenger Rail
Panel OKs MTA's $27 billion capital program Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Report: TSA failed to implement security measures for Amtrak Read More »

May 24

People
BLET names Collier to oversee accounting, compliance functions Read More »
Passenger Rail
South Shore Line double-track project wins FTA approval Read More »
People
MBTA GM DePaola to step down June 30 Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Toyota Logistics recognizes UP for customer service, efficiency Read More »
People
Foxx appoints adviser to help oversee WMATA safety Read More »
Amtrak
Legislation would require Amtrak to spend NEC profits on the corridor Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco short line to lease NS rail lines in Ohio, West Virginia Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sacramento agency mulls shutting down light-rail line to cut costs Read More »

May 23

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Landstar, Alstom, Beacon Rail Leasing, Yusen Logistics and Alliance Shippers (May 23) Read More »
MOW
UP budgets $58 million for Louisiana trackwork Read More »
Passenger Rail
St. Louis' Loop Trolley names Scott general manager Read More »
BNSF Railway
Wisconsin judge's ruling favors BNSF's track plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Michigan authority eyes commuter-rail service between Detroit, Ann Arbor Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro opens Expo Line extension to Santa Monica Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX makes senior leadership changes Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT receives FASTLANE grant requests worth $9.8 billion Read More »

May 20

Intermodal
Oklahoma legislative staffers gather for Tulsa Port of Catoosa's main dock dedication Read More »
BNSF Railway
Orange County rail bridge projects near finish line Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Port of Tucson rail facility expansion project is completed Read More »
Passenger Rail
Public transit execs make 'urgent' call for infrastructure investment Read More »
Safety
New York Senate OKs bill calling for statewide study of grade crossings Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canada to require minimum liability coverage for moving hazardous materials by rail Read More »
PTC
Metra seeks $3.7 million grant for PTC disaster recovery system Read More »
Safety
WMATA unveils final 'SafeTrack' plan Read More »

May 19

Passenger Rail
VRE wraps up project to add third track Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink lowers fares to boost ridership Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra restarts work on BNSF Line extension, expands 'train observation' team Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Japanese firm to open Dallas office to assist high-speed rail builder Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP prepares for Colorado infrastructure upgrades worth $70.9 million Read More »
Labor
BLET calls for FRA action, two-person crews in aftermath of Amtrak derailment Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S., Canadian rail traffic down, Mexican traffic up slightly in week 19 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority updates federal grant, pushes back construction deadline Read More »

May 18

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wi-Tronix, Vertex, Double Crown, Duos Technologies, Siemens and Protran (May 18) Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York City Transit mulls F line express service Read More »
Mechanical
Montreal's AMT nixes train order wth Bombardier Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Moody's cuts rail industry outlook to 'negative' Read More »
Safety
FTA issues safety advisory on third-rail traction power Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Minnesota DOT seeks input on state freight plan Read More »
CSX Transportation
Lonegro: CSX expects full-year earnings decline Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak engineer's distraction led to deadly derailment, NTSB finds Read More »

May 17

Passenger Rail
DART to offer cash-loading option for fare app, cards Read More »
Financials
MBTA trims overtime expenses, absenteeism Read More »
People
Operation Lifesaver honors Selby, Wilson for rail safety efforts Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB proposes new rules for investigations Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro to give update on South Central light-rail extension Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF's Fox to retire, Freeman to serve as exec VP of operations Read More »
Amtrak
Washington State DOT set to build new Amtrak station Read More »
Amtrak
NTSB reveals cause of deadly Amtrak derailment Read More »

May 16

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Ceres, Harris & Williams, Beacon Rail and Duos Technologies (May 16) Read More »
Mechanical
Rocky Mountaineer to add 10 new rail cars to its fleet Read More »
MOW
Ohio panels approve rail crossing improvement projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Montreal transit agency unveils train maintenance center Read More »
People
CAGTC names Lovain chairman, fills board posts Read More »
Safety
WMATA to begin SafeTrack repair plan with midnight subway closings Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP, Katoen Natie announce 'Dallas-to-Dock' service Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA issues FEIS on Minneapolis' Green Line light-rail extension Read More »

May 13

Supplier Spotlight
RailWorks hosts legislative tour at Minnesota facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro customer survey reveals decline in harassment Read More »
Passenger Rail
Brooklyn-Queens streetcar advocacy group steps up organizing efforts Read More »
MOW
BART to install rail dampers to reduce track noise Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP slates track, bridge projects in Kansas, Nebraska and Illinois Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR begins Wantagh Station rehab project; Metro-North orders track geometry vehicle Read More »
MOW
Pennsylvania OKs $36 million in grants for rail projects Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate passes emergency-responders training bill Read More »

May 12

Passenger Rail
NJ Transit to open Wesmont Station on Sunday Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index tumbled in March Read More »
Passenger Rail
Portland panel favors more light rail over BRT Read More »
Intermodal
Florida port acquires land for rail-served forest products terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink to begin 91/Perris Valley Line service in June Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Carload crunch continued for North American railroads in May's first week Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX affiliate acquires Texas short line Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA orders WMATA to conduct immediate track repairs at three sites Read More »

May 11

People
NJ Transit names Drewniak interim chief of staff; deputy director Yellin steps down Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hudson tunnel project permitting could be costly, report says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sacramento transit agency kicks off systemwide station rehab project Read More »
Safety
Lac-Megantic studies proposed rail pass to avoid downtown Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN named Evergreen Shipping's 'railroad of the year' Read More »
Security
DHS examines impact of potential chemical attack in NYC subways Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Army Corps of Engineers denies petition for Gateway Pacific coal terminal Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern's Starling to retire Dec. 31, Ottensmeyer named successor Read More »

May 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wabtec, moovel, Alstom, Loram and Triangle Fluid Controls (May 10) Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN, Montreal officials pledge increased focus on safety Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Caltrain logs record weekday ridership Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases rose in first quarter Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA, MassDOT OK scaled-down Green Line Extension proposal Read More »
Intermodal
IANA: Intermodal volumes up 2 percent in Q1 Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail Canada posts profit, ridership growth in 2015 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California, FRA kick off environmental review of high-speed rail system Read More »

May 9

Passenger Rail
Cuomo unveils scoping report, website for LIRR expansion Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP plots Arkansas infrastructure projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain nets $211 million for electrification project Read More »
Intermodal
Jacksonville port grows Asian container business Read More »
Passenger Rail
Kansas City launches streetcar service Read More »
Amtrak
TIGER grant to fund Amtrak service extension to Burlington, Vt. Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF's Q1 net income hit hard by coal decline Read More »
Safety
FTA demands WMATA take immediate action to address emergency preparedness Read More »

May 6

Amtrak
Amtrak turns 45, recognized as a top employer Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink preps for more testing on 91 Line extension Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN recognized for safe transport of chemicals, receives TRANSCAER award Read More »
Passenger Rail
Canada's auditor notes 'significant' decline in VIA's on-time performance Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
BLET, Indiana & Ohio Railway reach tentative agreement Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD to open part of B Line in July, hosts congressional visits Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP plans California infrastructure projects worth $121.6 million Read More »
Safety
WMATA endures another smoke incident; GM to release track repair plan Read More »

May 5

Safety
TRANSCAER recognized for 30 years of emergency response training Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra to step up efforts to work with small businesses Read More »
People
Metrolink names Campbell chief financial officer Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to retire older generation Northeast Corridor locomotives Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida receives FRA OK for engineering plans Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic down 11.8 percent in April Read More »
MOW
MTA mulls months-long closures to fix L Line subway tunnel Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN CEO Claude Mongeau to receive Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends Read More »

May 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Ansaldo, MERMEC, Holland and L.B. Foster (May 4) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Florida DOT won't seek TIGER grant for SunRail extension to DeLand Read More »
Passenger Rail
Detroit's M-1 Rail opens Penske Tech Center Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA installs Petry as chair, Claussen as vice chair Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD gears up for construction on Southeast Rail Extension Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP charts $513 million in Texas infrastructure upgrades Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FTA offers $8 million for 'mobility on demand' projects Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB: Ineffective inspection, maintenance led to WMATA's fatal smoke incident Read More »

May 3

Supplier Spotlight
Progress Rail acquires Inspired Systems Read More »
Security
Houston transit agency OKs body cameras for police force Read More »
Labor
Two NJ Transit rail unions reject contract that avoided strike Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN presents 'Safe Handling Awards,' joins Midwest port coalition Read More »
Amtrak
Court: Passenger-rail law grants unconstitutional regulatory powers to Amtrak Read More »
Safety
WMATA's rail operations control center to be staffed by fire officer at all hours Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB proposes requiring Class Is to report service performance weekly Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA begins environmental impact review for Hudson tunnel project Read More »

May 2

People
Bauman joins Dallas Area Rapid Transit's board Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak allows bicycles on board the Vermonter Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA wins environmental award for reusing braking energy Read More »
People
Expo Line Authority CEO Thorpe to retire this week Read More »
Financials
Tacoma Link remains fare free until extension opens Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BTS: Rail, truck carried more U.S. freight by value in February Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
G&W's Q1 results beat company expectations Read More »
People
APTA's Melaniphy resigns as president, CEO Read More »
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