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Rail News: July 2013

July 31

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

July 30

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

July 29

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

July 26

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

July 25

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

July 24

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

July 23

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

July 22

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

July 19

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

July 18

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

July 17

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

July 16

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

July 15

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

July 12

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

July 11

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

July 10

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

July 9

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

July 8

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

July 5

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

July 3

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

July 2

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

July 1

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