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Rail News: June 2015

June 30

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from STV, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bombardier, Alstom, SmartDrive and CARS (June 30) Read More »
People
San Diego MTS Police Chief Burke dies Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP inks pact for digital advertising on right of way Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra kicks off $530,000 rehab project at Waukegan Station Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA honors Metrolinx for sustainability practices Read More »
Amtrak
INDOT prepares for public-private operation of Hoosier rail service Read More »
Intermodal
Port of L.A. awards $44.6 million contract for Yusen terminal project Read More »
Safety
Google to help FRA notify drivers of rail crossing locations Read More »

June 29

People
Commuter association hires Anderson as exec director Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra dedicates renovated Flossmoor Station Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA: More co-sponsors sign on to short-line tax credit bill Read More »
Passenger Rail
Charlotte City Council OKs additional $7.7 million for streetcar project Read More »
Labor
BLET completes Safety Task Force restructuring Read More »
People
Fort Worth transit agency appoints TEX Rail's chief engineer, director of procurement Read More »
Intermodal
Port Everglades, S.C. Ports Authority receive key approvals for expansions Read More »
Intermodal
Legislators debut bill to invest in multimodal freight infrastructure Read More »

June 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Harris, Amsted, Alstom, Tiger Cool and Parsons Brinckerhoff (June 26) Read More »
People
Staten Island Railway names Connett VP, chief officer Read More »
Passenger Rail
Salt Lake City's light-rail system produced economic benefits, study says Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE to hike fares as of July 1 Read More »
Class Is
Intermodal continues to lead U.S. rail traffic in Week 24 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston transit agency earns APTA achievement award Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland Gov. Hogan says OK to slimmed-down Purple Line Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate Commerce Committee OKs rail reforms, Amtrak reauthorization Read More »

June 25

CSX Transportation
CSX ranks high among IT workplaces Read More »
Passenger Rail
VTA receives $300,600 grant to install sound-dampening material on transit project Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF contributes funds to Washington city's waterfront grade-crossing study Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit taps Oldcastle Precast, Stacy & Witbeck for 'floating' light-rail segment Read More »
People
Valley Metro names Tsuei chief technology officer Read More »
Labor
NJ Transit rail union mulls strike Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
R. J. Corman reaches agreement to acquire Carolina Southern Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Feinberg: FRA is sticking to PTC deadline, will assess fines Read More »

June 24

Union Pacific Railroad
UP conducts advanced safety course for emergency responders Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego transit system bans e-cigarettes on trolleys, at transit centers Read More »
People
Neffenger named TSA administrator Read More »
Passenger Rail
Montreal transit agency unveils new pedestrian tunnel Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts Gov. Baker pledges $12 million for Springfield station Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senators introduce six-year surface transportation bill Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP knocks Canadian transport minister's comments on safety investigation Read More »

June 23

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from National Steel Car, Duostech, RailWorks, SmartDrive and Miller Ingenuity (June 23) Read More »
Labor
Tacoma Rail, Florida East Coast workers ratify labor agreements Read More »
People
Virginia rail agency promotes Latimer to administrator role Read More »
Intermodal
Seattle port completes grade separation; New York port picks new commerce director Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA names safety award, rail rodeo competition winners Read More »
People
Senate backs Elliott's second appointment as STB chairman Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Six former MMA employees face charges for roles in Lac-Megantic tragedy Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA: Public transit trips dipped a bit in 1Q Read More »

June 22

Intermodal
Parsec to operate NS intermodal terminal in West Virginia Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA kicks off $12.7 million project to replace aging third rail, switch heaters Read More »
Passenger Rail
TransLink shaved executive compensation, other costs in 2014 Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce shrank a smidgen in May Read More »
Financials
Virginia transportation board OKs $13.3 billion, six-year improvement program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Canadian government unveils Public Transit Fund details Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AAR, rail shipper groups applaud Senate's passage of STB bill Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX, Louisville & Indiana close pact on corridor upgrade Read More »

June 19

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from IMC, RailcarRx, Bombardier, HNTB and REMSA (June 19) Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART announces VP appointments; Valley Metro elects new board members Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Parallel Infrastructure announces pact with Central Maine & Quebec Read More »
CSX Transportation
AAR award honors CSX auto service Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART begins testing new "Fleet of the Future" rail cars Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut applies for $11.1 million TIGER grant for new rail station Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Legislation approved to strengthen rail safety in Canada Read More »
Amtrak
Sens. Booker, Wicker introduce bill to increase Amtrak funding Read More »

June 18

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier update from GREX, Wabtec, Siemens, American Intermodal; and in memoriam: Allen Wright (June 18) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra OKs pilot program to allow small pets on Rock Island trains Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AASHTO weighs in on Highway Trust Fund solutions Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN, Port of New Orleans sign supply-chain MOU Read More »
Safety
New York's MTA kicks off rail safety effort Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads log record intermodal volume for a week Read More »
CSX Transportation
MassDOT completes acquisition of CSX line Read More »
Safety
FTA uncovers safety lapses in WMATA's rail operations Read More »

June 17

People
CATS' Muth receives public transportation award Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto unveils '10-minute or better' transit service plan Read More »
Labor
Ontario Northland, Teamsters Rail agree to tentative contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
No link between Texas quake and oil waste disposal, railroad commission says Read More »
Security
NY port authority promotes police commanders, sets counterterrorism role Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA 4000-series rail cars' door components miss safety mark Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT's inspector general to audit FTA oversight of several transit projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Transit marks one year of Green Line rail service Read More »

June 16

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Trinity, Knorr-Bremse, Unitrac, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Research and Markets (June 16) Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA set to raise fares, fees July 1 Read More »
Amtrak
Schumer calls on USDOT to OK Acela train purchase Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver awards $205,000 for rail-safety education projects Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Lee introduces bill to eliminate federal gas tax Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA debuts digital ad displays at rail stations Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN inks MOU with Alabama port authority to prep for Panama Canal expansion Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California authority kicks off construction of first high-speed rail viaduct Read More »

June 15

CSX Transportation
Unimin begins unit train service to Marcellus territory Read More »
Passenger Rail
Construction begins for Ottawa's new light-rail line Read More »
People
League of Railway Industry Women seeks nominees for 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' Read More »
Passenger Rail
PTC, new locomotives on Metrolink's FY2016 agenda Read More »
BNSF Railway
Hess to sell interest in Bakken assets, including Tioga rail terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
MassDOT plots $394 million in capital investments for MBTA in FY2016 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Following legal challenges, LACMTA releases second environmental impact document Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AAR files appeal of USDOT's tank-car rule Read More »

June 12

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from GE, RailComm, Alstom, RailPros, and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (June 12) Read More »
People
Transportation Institute's board elects Darr, Skinner Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu transit agency OKs $78.9 million contract for three rail stations Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Production, purchases rose in April Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA gears up for $100 million trolley improvement project Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF charts 2014 economic development results Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak may pull plug on Southwest Chief, River Runner Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART's board OKs FY2016 budget Read More »

June 11

Passenger Rail
Metra puts out call for new police officers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic volumes tell a familiar story in Week 22 Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX lands on 'Green' list for environmental practices Read More »
People
Szabo tapped as Chicago planning agency's executive director Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Denham's measure passes to halt funds for California's high-speed rail project; state's authority OKs high-speed rail contract Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD seeks public input on GM search Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA: Metro-North, LIRR already compliant with FRA safety advisory Read More »
PTC
AAR reiterates freight-rail industry's commitment to PTC Read More »

June 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from GE, Alstom, KBR and Crosslinx Transit (June 10) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Allegheny County transit agency seeks input on fare system modifications Read More »
Safety
Rep. Lipinski demos new mobile app for rail incident first responders Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF offers new intermodal service schedules in Northern region Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA's third rail power connections improperly installed, NTSB says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Report: U.S. freight rail regs are outdated, need updating Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House narrowly passes transportation, housing bill Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA advises passenger railroads to do more to prevent speeding Read More »
Amtrak
NTSB: Amtrak engineer was not using his cell phone Read More »

June 9

Passenger Rail
Maryland transit agency beefs up fare compliance enforcement Read More »
Passenger Rail
Michigan by Rail to host public meetings for proposed passenger service Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
WSDOT seeks $25.2 million in TIGER grants for rail-related projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Fort Worth's The T set to sign contract for TEX Rail cars Read More »
Passenger Rail
M-1 Rail inks $32 million contract for Brookville streetcars Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Maryland applies for FRA funds for Maglev train study Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern renames largest rail yard after Moorman Read More »
Intermodal
Imports back to normal levels after contract ratification, report says Read More »

June 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Union Tank Car, Norsat, Holland, Bombardier and Parsons Brinckerhoff (June 8) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NCDOT OKs long-term transportation plan Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Retailers group endorses bill to speed resolution of port labor disputes Read More »
Class Is
Cenovus buys crude-by-rail terminal served by CP, CN Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART seeks public input on new light-rail alignment Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canada's Raitt proposes changes to 'dangerous goods' transportation regs Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS inks construction, lease pact with Sasol Chemicals for rail yard Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT releases technical reports on truck size, weight issues Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain adopts capital, operating budgets for FY2016 Read More »

June 5

Intermodal
Long Beach port's FY2016 plan includes rail projects; Oshawa port opens new rail spur Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York Transit Museum Director Shubert to retire this fall Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
FECR adds next-day service to Fort Pierce, meets with Panama Canal officials Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Schumer calls on FRA to investigate Rochester crossing gates, signals Read More »
Passenger Rail
Belmont Park Station reopens with boost from New York Racing Association Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit seeks public input on new ballot measure for transit projects Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
EPA: Fracking not causing major harm to drinking-water quality Read More »
Passenger Rail
Gov. Baker unveils winter contingency plan for MBTA Read More »

June 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Chicago Freight Car, Siemens, Cadiz, Lucid, Cubic, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Progressive Fuels (June 4) Read More »
Passenger Rail
S.F. Mayor Lee proposes 10 percent increase in transit service Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF, Washington refineries sign mutual aid pact Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro's Mesa Extension slated to open seven months early Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Schumer bill targets metal theft from railroads, other infrastructure Read More »
PTC
FRA will enforce Dec. 31 PTC deadline, acting administrator says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic numbers reflect 'mixed signals' so far in 2015 Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA gives green light to TEX Rail's engineering phase Read More »

June 3

Short Lines & Regionals
Washington DOT outlines strategy for state-owned rail line Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Value of U.S.-NAFTA freight movement dipped in March, BTS says Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver debuts safety message on International Level Crossing Awareness Day Read More »
Passenger Rail
MDOT looks to defer lease payments on unused commuter-rail cars Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rail project funding: TIGER VII pre-apps top $14 billion; Sen. Carper co-sponsors RRIF reform bill Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois lawmakers pass resolution championing high-speed rail Read More »
People
NYC Transit's Bianco to retire; agency preps for Line 7 Extension opening Read More »
Amtrak
Boardman promises PTC for the Northeast Corridor by year's end Read More »

June 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail Supplier updates from Bombardier, MERMEC, Auto Truck, Jamaica Bearings and ARI (June 2) Read More »
People
Operation Lifesaver names state coordinators in California, North Carolina Read More »
Shippers
L.A., Long Beach ports create supply chain working groups Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA kicks off extended service pilot for Purple Line Express Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP posts annual progress report on sustainability, citizenship Read More »
People
Torres-Bruno returns to Metrolink as chief administrative officer Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN to expand cold supply chain capacity Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
White House threatens veto of House transportation funding bill Read More »

June 1

Short Lines & Regionals
Pacific Harbor Line earns SmartWay Transport label Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra debuts pedestrian tunnel at Lombard Station Read More »
Passenger Rail
PATCO rail cars make their first run after rehab work Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP charts infrastructure projects in Texas Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
CBO: Highway Trust Fund would need $3 billion through Sept. 30 Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA OKs $5.56 billion budget for FY 2016, debuts car-sharing service Read More »
People
Obama nominates Feinberg as next FRA administrator, Dominguez to lead PHMSA Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NARS meeting: Freight-rail execs mull ECP brake mandate's implications Read More »
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