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Rail News: July 2013

July 31

Rail supplier news from Michael Baker, Align Production, Interfleet, Lonza, Cubic, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Interstate-McBee and Wi-Tronix (July 31) RTA tie market report: A June swoon for purchases, production CTA readies new fare system, reports drop in employee absenteeism Metro Transit's ridership in Twin Cities ticked up in year's first half CREATE partners seek $16 million TIGER V grant for grade separation M-1 Rail contracts Stacy and Witbeck to manage Detroit's streetcar construction Keyera, Kinder Morgan to build crude-by-rail facility in Edmonton Maine transportation commissioner asks five freight railroads to share parked train practices

July 30

New siding on tap for North Carolina Railroad Oregon DOT unveils new Talgo train for Amtrak Cascades route STB orders BNSF to delay asset revaluation from Berkshire acquisition MTA earns a B-plus for Second Avenue Subway progress, Maloney says ASLRRA produces video to commemorate centennial anniversary Sound Transit approves Northgate Extension construction contract CSX cuts ribbon on relocated North Carolina yard Amtrak's new electric locomotives begin extensive testing at TTCI

July 29

Rail supplier news from FreightCar America, Alstom, Colo Railroad Builders, Hatch Mott MacDonald and SISCOG (July 29) McCaskey to lead Delaware Operation Lifesaver Progressive Railroading to present webcast on rail-car market Sens. Udall, Bennet seek easier implementation of quiet zone rules Georgia ports set several volume records in FY2013 WMATA's board OKs contract with ATU EPA: Demand broadens for various rail-car types, but maintains downward trend Senators call on colleagues to address potential Highway Trust Fund shortfall In memoriam: Former Progressive Railroading Publisher and Owner Frank J. Richter

July 26

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Wabtec and MRAIL Services (July 26) Pennsylvania rail authority dedicates siding in memory of Nittany & Bald Eagle's first GM Construction half complete on TriMet's Portland-Milwaukie line Georgia port predicts banner year for wheat exports Virginia Railway Express begins work on system expansion plan Canadian Minister of Transport Raitt meets with elected officials from Mégantic region San Diego trolley project enters its final phase AAR: Carloads down, intermodal units up last week

July 25

Rail supplier news from American Railcar Industries, Herzog and Association of Transportation Law Professionals; In Memoriam: Harry Scott (July 25) Tacoma, Portland ports note key milestones Progressive Railroading to present webcast on rail-car market In memoriam: Sprinter GM Rick Dahl Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad appoints new chief transportation officer, director of quality South Carolina ports pumped up container volume in FY2013 Frac sand mines part of Fairmount Minerals, FTS International deal APTA to honor public transit agencies, businesses for sustainability efforts

July 24

Rail supplier news from Axion, FreightCar America, Georgetown Rail, Jacobs Engineering, Watkins Environmental and Lochner (July 24) Capitol Corridor posts ridership decline in June, seeks ways to reverse the trend Washington state port approves lease for crude oil handling facility Sound Transit issues environmental impact study for Lynnwood light-rail extension SEPTA set rail ridership record in FY2013 Quebec derailment fallout: Efforts to improve rail safety emerge in Canada, U.S. CP logs all-time-best revenue, operating ratio in 2Q Export coal drop the main flop in NS' 2Q financial results

July 23

Washington port lands state funds for two rail spurs CAW members at VIA Rail approve labor contracts Wabtec inks $9 million pact to provide PTC equipment and services for NCTD BNSF moves first Westmoreland Coal shipment on new Montana mainline connection OmniTRAX owner Broe Group to help revitalize Chicago port Sen. Schumer urges federal agencies to investigate heat's role in New York-area derailments MTA investing in new subway, commuter-rail and bus services, Gov. Cuomo says CN: Record revenue, volume part of 'solid' 2Q results

July 22

BART to model 'Fleet of Future' rail car for public Rail-car orders dipped, deliveries climbed in 2Q, ARCI says Amtrak to promote veteran-hiring initiative at National Urban League event Progressive Railroading to present webcast on rail-car market Metra chair asks former U.S. attorney to investigate agency's hiring, contracting policies Trackwork in Illinois, Iowa part of UP's 'replacement capital' budget Federal financing rejection won't halt high-speed rail project, XpressWest says U.S. Class I workforce grew a bit bigger in June Canada's Transportation Safety Board issues advisories in wake of Quebec derailment

July 19

Rail supplier news from GATX, Hub Group and Thales; also, in memoriam: RMC's Edgar Powell (July 19) Sound Transit marks four years of Link light-rail service Former ACE CEO Richmond garners local award for directing massive grade crossing program MBTA opens new rail stations along Boston's Fairmount commuter line U.S. rail traffic returned to mixed-bag trend, AAR says STB improves rail rate-reasonableness procedures Charlotte transit system breaks ground on LYNX Blue Line extension KCS scored revenue, volume records in 2Q

July 18

LIRR to temporarily cancel trains for summer East Side Access work St. Joe Co. swings another deal that could spur business for AN Railway, Florida port Metropolitan Council unveils cost estimates to resolve freight-rail issues related to light-rail project NS bolstered Pennsylvania coal line during annual maintenance blitz Amtrak gains riders with disabilities in first half, acknowledges need for more accessibility improvements D.C. airports authority announces delay in Dulles rail line project Timmons to remain ASLRRA's president through 2014 Union Pacific set four all-time financial records in 2Q

July 17

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Nomad Digital, Parsons Brinckerhoff, SYSTRA, Strategic Rail and Gorbel (July 17) CN-served rail rack part of Gibson Energy, Statoil infrastructure pact in Canada Marquis to head operations for CP's Eastern Region MARTA seeks developer for proposed King Memorial Station project Cincinnati signs streetcar construction contract June brings volume swoon for L.A. port, slight gain for Long Beach port Denver RTD issues design/build RFP for North Metro commuter-rail line CSX set operating ratio, income records in 2Q despite weak export coal demand

July 16

Metrolink, Thousand Oaks partner to offer new shuttle service Ohio planning commission issues study on CSX line crossings Cameron appointed to new Connecticut commuter council SANBAG seeks bids for two grade separations, on-call rail services NYCT concludes G subway line needs additional afternoon service Tacoma port notes largest container ship and sustainability honor; Houston port earns highest RICA ranking LACMTA files motion to dismiss lawsuits against light-rail project Oregon port to receive $10 million from state for bridge repairs on Coos Bay line

July 15

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, FreightCar America, Thales, Siemens, GE, J.L. Patterson and VHB (July 15) Puchala chairs National Mediation Board for third time Santa Monica Mayor O'Connor to chair Expo Line construction authority; Cross joins DART's board Pacific Harbor Line, BLET ink five-year labor agreement Report: SANBAG to study rail access to LA/Ontario airport Connecticut DOT picks firm for Stamford station TOD project Canadian port doubled first-half container volume; Florida port set to find container facility operator TSB will perform 'top-to-bottom' investigation of Quebec derailment, Tadros says

July 12

Michigan DOT seeks public inout on draft freight plan; Washington commission seeks applicants for crossing funds Transportation Services Index strengthened in May SFMTA unveils draft environmental report for proposed Muni projects U.S. carloads and intermodal loads climbed in July's first week, AAR says CTA's Red Line South project slightly impacts rail ridership Metra chairman calls for 'aggressive' plan to improve agency CP to serve K+S Potash's new Saskatchewan mine NJ Transit adopts FY2014 operating, capital budgets

July 11

WMATA rolls out new Twitter feeds Crossing projects on tap in Iowa, Montana and Ohio Metropolitan Council to solicit public input on freight-rail locations for Green Line Extension Alabama diesel tax violates 1976 rail act, U.S. circuit court rules Denver's RTD to consider another aviation station on East Rail Line Arizona DOT narrows list of Phoenix-Tucson passenger-rail line alternatives Georgia Ports Authority, Cordele Intermodal Services agree to create inland port Crude by rail: EIA reviews traffic; rail shipper conference presenters address Quebec derailment

July 10

Norfolk Southern, BASF sponsor emergency preparedness training courses in North Carolina Research report links transit investments, improved public health Virginia port sets volume records in June, first half and FY2013 MBCR installs former FRA safety exec Murphy as GM Riders boost WMATA's safety grade, poll finds Wisconsin allots $52 million for freight-rail preservation program Maryland Gov. O'Malley announces $280 million for Purple Line light-rail project Weekly intermodal volume average reached record level in June, AAR says

July 9

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Transnet, IMC and Emco Wheaton (July 9) Washington state port reschedules workshop on proposed crude oil facility Valley Metro, Valley Metro Rail transit boards elect officers LACMTA, Caltrans to solicit public opinion on proposed High Desert Corridor New Orleans Public Belt serves crude oil terminal at city's port CTA to close Brown Line's Kimball station during infrastructure work Permian Rail Park construction set to begin USDOT obligates TIGER III grant for Montana multi-modal hub

July 8

Rail supplier updates from NRC, Cubic, MERMEC, Hatch Mott MacDonald and SISCOG (July 8) Pilot Chemical enhances rail infrastructure at Ohio plant Amtrak awards contract for box tunnel project under Hudson Yards site Futhey to step down as SMART Transportation Division's president Operation Lifesaver awards rail safety grants to 12 state programs CSX to help move imported corn from Florida port California report outlines environmental benefits of high-speed rail Montreal, Maine & Atlantic seeks cause of deadly derailment in Quebec

July 5

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, CTC, GE, Greenbrier and Holland (July 5) PATCO prepares for $2 million subway vent replacement project BNSF attains honors for customer support efforts Here's a switch: U.S. carloads climbed, intermodal volume fell in week 26 NJ Transit pilots expanded vehicle on Hudson-Bergen light-rail line CN to start serving Alberta frac sand terminal in November Watco turns 30, lands NS lease agreement in Ohio BART to restart service today under 30-day contract extension

July 3

LACMTA schedules information sessions on SR-710 alternatives CenterPoint Properties acquires Houston buildings near UP terminal Chicago Mayor Emanuel visits CTA's Red Line South project Crossing improvement projects advance in Ohio, Montana STB boots up 'litigation alternatives' web page, seeks rail-shipper council candidates Alabama port terminals turn 85 Contract negotiations resume between BART, two unions Foxx sworn in as 17th U.S. transportation secretary

July 2

Northern Frac Proppants accelerates plan to produce more frac sand in Wisconsin DuBois is LACMTA's new chairwoman Memphis port commission seeks TIGER V grant for major trackwork BART strike continues into second day North Carolina DOT begins key rail improvement projects, FRA says CSX kicks off annual track maintenance blitz during Fourth of July week SEPTA raises fares for FY2014 TSA recognizes transit agencies' security plans

July 1

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Voith, GATX, SYSTRA, TranSystems, STV and NRC (July 1) Crossings: New York DOT schedules hearing on proposed closure; Georgia city pursues quiet zones MTA senior adviser Kupferman dies Red River Valley & Western logs millionth carload Kansas City Southern marks 16th anniversary of Mexican concession Texas port signs off on pacts for new rail-served resins plant Congressional committees appropriate $250 million for Honolulu transit-rail project BART workers launch strike, no service today << Previous Next >>
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