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Rail News: June 2016

June 30

Rail Industry Trends
Caltrans unveils California's long-range transportation plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit unveils expanded light-rail vehicle on Newark lines Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
G&W short line to serve new Fort Wayne intermodal facility Read More »
Mechanical
Brightline marks installation of engine in first locomotive Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic down 3.9 percent in week No. 25 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario to extend GO Transit rail service to Niagara Falls Read More »
BNSF Railway
Remains of two BNSF employees recovered at Texas crash site Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA allocates final Hurricane Sandy repair funds Read More »

June 29

Passenger Rail
TransLink to install new doors, sensors at fare gates for riders with disabilities Read More »
People
SFRTA names Ryan chair, Abrams vice chair Read More »
Intermodal
EPA honors Georgia Ports Authority's eRTG program Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA marks 10 years of Pink Line service Read More »
People
Tri-City's Miller to retire this week Read More »
People
SacRT leader Wiley moves up retirement date to August Read More »
MOW
Alameda Corridor authority completes $118 million grade separation Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF trains collide in Texas Read More »

June 28

Amtrak
Amtrak unveils $7 million lounge at Chicago's Union Station Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Koppers signs contracts for rail joints with NS, UP Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Joint venture to construct intermodal fuel terminal in Beaumont, Texas Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Washington Gov. Inslee calls on USDOT to step up crude-by-rail oversight Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to cut 500 positions to save money Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN appoints Jobin to board, announces new roles for Cory, Houle Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA gives green light to Fort Worth's TEX Rail project Read More »

June 27

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Siemens and REMSA (June 27) Read More »
Passenger Rail
St. Louis County Exec Stenger proposes three new MetroLink routes Read More »
CSX Transportation
STB: CSX must report blocked crossings on Chicago rail line Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP unveils infrastructure projects for Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia officials attend Panama Canal opening Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases fell in May Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro unveils draft environmental impact report for airport station Read More »

June 24

Intermodal
Port of Everglades, Crowley Liner ink new lease agreement Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART gears up for more bike riders Read More »
Passenger Rail
Canadian officials ink pact to improve British Columbia's public transit Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT: Columbus wins 'Smart City Challenge' Read More »
People
King to retire as R. J. Corman's top exec Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA: Failure to maintain track, equipment caused UP train derailment Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit, L.A. Metro add expansion measures to November ballot Read More »

June 23

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from ShipXpress, Lilee, SmartDrive and Bombardier (June 23) Read More »
Amtrak
Wisconsin DOT wraps up Milwaukee rail station project Read More »
People
Reading & Northern promotes three to VP roles Read More »
People
WMATA names Leader chief operating officer Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic decline drags on Read More »
MOW
SEPTA gears up for trolley tunnel repair work Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Lac Megantic won't pursue legal action against CP for train disaster Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Meridian Speedway rail line preps for upgrades in Louisiana, Mississippi Read More »

June 22

Passenger Rail
San Diego MTS earns 'perfect' state performance audit Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS intermodal subsidiary, MercuryGate sign Modal-X integration pact Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA, FHWA recertify MTC's transportation planning for northern California Read More »
People
BLET announces election results Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario to expand GO rail service in Durham region Read More »
Class Is
STB: Class I employment continued slide in mid-May Read More »
CSX Transportation
Wainwright/TVS plans second facility to serve South Carolina port Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA expansion projects approved for Atlanta ballot referendum Read More »

June 21

People
League of Railway Industry Women seeks nominees for 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' Read More »
People
Cincinnati transit agency names Demarcus diversity director Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority agrees to explore 'green' technology Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
TNW marks facility and service expansion for central Texas short line Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA honors winners of safety and security awards, rail rodeo competition Read More »
Safety
WMATA wraps up installation of weather-tight seals on third-rail power feeds Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP expects 12 percent decline in 2Q revenue Read More »

June 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail Supplier News from GREX, Parsons, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and HNTB (June 20) Read More »
Intermodal
Report recommends five-year investment plan to help Port Manatee keep pace with projected cargo volume Read More »
People
Valley Metro boards name new leaders Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP unveils infrastructure upgrade plans for New Mexico, Utah, Washington Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA unveils final designs for 95th Street Terminal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Virginia panel OKs six-year, $14.4 billion transportation plan Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian government proposes locomotive emissions regs Read More »

June 17

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Herzog, Miller Ingenuity, Masabi, CarMath, Hanson and CH2M (June 17) Read More »
Safety
Canadian railroads release video on AskRail mobile app Read More »
C&S
Crossing upgrades advance in five states Read More »
Financials
MBTA projects record commuter-rail fare revenue for FY2016 Read More »
Kansas City Southern
BMW begins to build auto plant in Mexico on KCSM line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak, SEPTA and other partners introduce Philadelphia station development plan Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian government postpones repeal of transportation act provisions Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland Purple Line lands $874.6 million TIFIA loan Read More »

June 16

Passenger Rail
NJ Transit marks 20th anniversary of Midtown Direct service to New York City Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Carloads continued to slump for U.S., Canadian roads in week No. 23 Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA mulls new approaches to transit-oriented development Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB extends comment period for proposed Great Lakes line, proposes rate case rulemaking Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra OKs $3 million contract to renovate Calumet Station Read More »
Intermodal
California, Arkansas ports cranked up cargo volume in May Read More »
Labor
AAR and ASLRRA to FRA: Withdraw proposal to mandate two-person crews Read More »

June 15

Passenger Rail
CH2M lands contract to rehab Trinity Railway Express bridge in Dallas Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kentucky cabinet seeks comments on draft freight transportation plan Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
TMSA selects CN's Savoy as top marketing executive for 2016 Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP slates infrastructure upgrades in Nevada, Wyoming Read More »
Safety
WMATA investigates track machine derailment in Virginia Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX releases social responsibility report, rates another IT workplace ranking Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario inks pact to clear way for expanded commuter-rail service between Toronto, Waterloo Read More »

June 14

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Nomad Digital, Loram, Keolis and Eno Center (June 14) Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, MTA install backup power system for Baltimore Penn Station Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA debuts fare payment system pilot Read More »
Class Is
UP improves ranking on Newsweek's annual 'green' list Read More »
Labor
VIA Rail, Unifor ink tentative pact to avert strike Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Canadian agencies seek comments on CN's proposed Milton hub Read More »
Safety
Washington state, federal inspectors to inspect track along Columbia River Gorge Read More »
Safety
Gov. Cuomo, New York legislators implement measures to improve rail safety Read More »

June 13

PTC
PATH to install PTC on 33rd Street Line Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA awards contract for Quincy Station renovation project Read More »
Intermodal
Retail import patterns 'uneven' for the summer, retail federation says Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Hoosier route improves on-time performance, revenue Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT unveils new hazardous materials safety grant Read More »
Financials
L.A. Metro unveils plan to accelerate transportation projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New AAR report cites freight railroad industry's economic impact Read More »

June 10

Supplier Spotlight
U.S. Rep. Fitzpatrick visits New Hope & Ivyland Railroad for TRAC product demonstration Read More »
Safety
AAR, international rail community honor crossing awareness day Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
U.S. senators call on TSA to address passenger-rail security Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Reading & Northern acquires coal company's rail line Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART OKs $3.5 billion ballot initiative to fund repair plan Read More »
High-Speed Rail
XpressWest ends Vegas-L.A. high-speed rail pact with Chinese firm Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Desert Line reconstruction to ease rail traffic between San Diego, Mexico Read More »

June 9

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from STV, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, LTK and Michael Baker International (June 9) Read More »
Intermodal
Panama Canal Authority receives report on third set of locks Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
New York agencies partner with short lines to cut gas emissions Read More »
Intermodal
Pasha Automotive gains direct access to CSX, NS at Tradepoint Atlantic site Read More »
Mechanical
EMD ships Metrolink's first Tier 4 locomotive from Indiana Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic drops 17.3 percent in week 22 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
APTA: U.S. light-rail ridership grew 3 percent in Q1 2016 Read More »

June 8

Passenger Rail
Toronto Transit Commission finishes laying track for subway extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Michigan RTA slates meetings on Detroit transit plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Washington State DOT soliciting applications for freight-rail grants, loans Read More »
MOW
New York State awards $16.3 million in grants to upgrade rail infrastructure Read More »
People
UP names Ferguson EVP, chief legal officer; Reading & Northern promotes Ludwig Read More »
Financials
Vermont budget allocates $33.4 million for rail projects Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
TIGER VIII applications total $9.3 billion in requests for funding Read More »

June 7

Passenger Rail
DART to mark 20th anniversary of light-rail system Read More »
People
TriMet promotes Witter to lead capital projects division Read More »
Passenger Rail
Oklahoma DOT issues RFQ for Heartland Flyer Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF, Southwestern Railroad help Iron Horse set frac sand unit-train record Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Rail fastener may have caused UP train derailment, report says Read More »
People
Sacramento transit agency names Li general manager, CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario pledges $1 billion to Ottawa's light-rail expansion project Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN CEO Mongeau stepping down; Jobin to take helm Read More »

June 6

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Rockwell Collins, Harsco, Trinity and Alstom (June 6) Read More »
Safety
AAR recognizes Metra for rail safety education efforts Read More »
People
Nebraska Central Railroad promotes Greve to new role Read More »
Safety
RAC honors CN, Quebec North Shore & Labrador for safety efforts Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro to build first Purple Line extension subway station Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN asks municipalities to offer input for key route risk assessments Read More »
MOW
LIRR awards major contracts for double-track project Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Tank cars involved in UP derailment met new standards Read More »

June 3

Federal Legislation & Regulation
U.S. Rep. Bustos visits Rail Construction Equipment to discuss industry concerns Read More »
Amtrak
Siemens completes 70th ACS-64 locomotive for Amtrak Read More »
Intermodal
Port of New Orleans posts record growth Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP preps infrastructure projects for Idaho, Oregon, Iowa Read More »
Financials
Santa Clara VTA finalizes sales tax measure for November ballot Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain signs off on FY2017 capital, operating budgets Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic up 1.9 percent during week of May 28 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit accelerates light-rail expansion timeline, adds new projects Read More »

June 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Amsted, Thales, Timken, Alstom and Bombardier (June 2) Read More »
MOW
SEPTA preps for trolley line track renewal Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP report outlines last year's sustainability improvements Read More »
People
Gulf & Ohio Railways promotes four execs Read More »
Passenger Rail
NARP calls on FRA, NJ Transit to expedite Hudson River tunnel project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Pennsylvania panel awards grant to Reading & Northern bridge project Read More »
MOW
Sound Transit kicks off $120.5 million Tacoma trestle project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic falls 6.8 percent in May Read More »

June 1

Financials
Montreal transit agency to hike fares July 1 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Washington state solicits input on crude-oil transport rules Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FTA, FHWA release final rule for metropolitan transportation plans Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail logs ridership, revenue gains in first quarter Read More »
Shippers
FRA's Feinberg to NARS: Embrace technology to improve safety Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Needless radio communications are too distracting, union leader says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit considers accelerating light-rail expansions Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern won't work with Great Lakes' proposed rail line Read More »
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