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Rail News: July 2014

July 31

Rail Industry Trends
AAR releases latest edition of publication reflecting 10-year trends Read More »
People
DART names Fontayne CIO, Costello VP of finance Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP matches first-half safety ratio record, continues crude emergency response training at TTCI Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA budget includes service improvements for Long Island Rail Road Read More »
Safety
NTSB announces Conrail accident investigation findings, installs Benthall as CFO Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA approves five-year business plan Read More »
MOW
BNSF begins double-track project in New Mexico Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland agencies release RFP for Purple Line project Read More »

July 30

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Protran, SightLogix, Cubic, Alstom, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Dewberry and AIAI (July 30) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco adjusts management at Wisconsin and Southern, Grand Elk railroads Read More »
Labor
Rail, mine workers to join Thursday protest in Pittsburgh opposing EPA rule Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail begins Brockville station renovation project Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS reorganizes upper management in operations department Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rulemaking critics: USDOT needs to consider crude/ethanol differences, oil stabilization process Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA proposes 2015 budget, four-year financial plan and additional safety measures Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate sends Highway Trust Fund bill back to House Read More »

July 29

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Thales, Ansaldo STS, RailWorks, SNC-Lavalin, Wabtec, Alstom and Skelly and Loy (July 29) Read More »
MOW
Upgrades on tap for UP line in Kansas; improvements on agenda for four crossings in Ohio Read More »
People
Texas agency appoints Suarez COO Read More »
Passenger Rail
Detroit's streetcar construction officially under way Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Puget Sound council study cites economic impact of proposed BNSF-served coal terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver's Union Station reopens to serve commuters, visitors Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Canada's rail system is ready for the next harvest, CN says Read More »
Safety
Crude by rail: Oregon seeks more safety resources; NS files suit to stop Maryland from publicly releasing shipment info Read More »

July 28

Passenger Rail
MBTA inks deal for WiFi on commuter-rail lines Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF lands 20-year lease agreement at Texas logistics park Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Grain: BNSF's and CP's weekly STB reports should include two new metrics, Sen. Thune says Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT marks weekend openings of Silver Line, Sun Link Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California high-speed authority awards station planning funds to Gilroy Read More »
Mechanical
EPA: Tank-car demand will help propel deliveries to 66,300 cars in 2014, 72,000 cars in 2015 Read More »
People
Senate approves Mendez, Rogoff nominations for USDOT posts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Seattle council calls on USDOT to ban legacy tank cars now; BNSF and GATX to conduct tank-car training seminar in North Dakota Read More »

July 25

Intermodal
Schneider to expand bulk intermodal trailer service in North America Read More »
Passenger Rail
Miami-Dade officials approve All Aboard Florida's Miami station plan Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Short lines: Watco installs Smith as COO; Tacoma Rail reaches century mark Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit chooses preferred site for light-rail operations base Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA, unions launch 'Build Chicago' initiative for rail-car procurement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic continued to post gains in July Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF donates $3 million to USO for vet transition programs; BNSF Logistics promotes three execs Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA's board OKs Purple Line Extension construction contract Read More »

July 24

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, Hatch Mott MacDonald, MartinEnviro, HNTB and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 24) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA pre-selects Elecnor for double-track project Read More »
Intermodal
Grade separation, port connector project near completion in Vancouver Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit's Link light-rail service turns five Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rep. Hahn introduces National Freight Network Trust Fund Act Read More »
Passenger Rail
Tucson ready to kick off Sun Link streetcar service Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Four all-time-best financial marks highlight UP's strong second quarter Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT proposes rulemaking to enhance crude-by-rail safety Read More »

July 23

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from CAF, Alstom, Bombardier, PML2, I.D. Systems, CH2M HILL, Nossaman; and, in memoriam: Bruce Jabbonsky (July 23) Read More »
People
TriMet appoints Brookshire as head of finance Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ATA report: Trucking's share of freight to grow, rail's share to shrink through 2025 Read More »
Intermodal
Ports: June volume gains in California and South Carolina; new AAPA chair Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida reveals design for West Palm Beach station Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP should provide more details about ag service solutions in North Dakota, Sen. Heitkamp says Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA set regional rail ridership record in FY2014 Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS set five financial records in Q2 Read More »

July 22

Rail Industry Trends
Bridger to supply Bakken crude to Monroe Energy's Pennsylvania refinery Read More »
Passenger Rail
DFW Airport station to open next month Read More »
Intermodal
Yuhuang Chemical to build partially rail-served methanol plant at Louisiana port Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Minnesota DOT to host meetings on Rochester-Twin Cities 'Zip Rail' plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut to hire consultant for Bridgeport station development Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce widened a bit in June Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Foxx, 11 former USDOT secretaries call on Congress to pass long-term solution to transportation funding Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN scores sub-60 operating ratio, sets volume record in Q2 Read More »

July 21

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from AECOM, URS, Greenbrier, Watco, Bechtel, Wilson & Co., Ballast Tools and Travelliance (July 21) Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA begins Silver Line simulation trains Read More »
People
Rio Grande Pacific installs Howery, Wollack in new management posts Read More »
Passenger Rail
NCTD set ridership record in FY2014 Read More »
Mechanical
Both tank-car and non-tank-car backlogs grew in Q2, Stern Agee says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailTrends adds Central Maine & Quebec Railway CEO John Giles to agenda Read More »
Passenger Rail
HART unveils Honolulu airport station design Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Grain: BNSF, RRVW to serve North Dakota facility; Dakota governments continue to seek timelier rail service Read More »
Labor
Tentative BNSF, SMART Transportation Division pact targets one-man crews Read More »

July 18

Canadian National Railway - CN
Illinois provides funds for CN grade separation in Aurora Read More »
People
Nashville MTA names Bland CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
MassDOT gives go-ahead to Berkshire Line acquisition from Housatonic Railroad Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. roads registered traffic gains in week 28 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Cantwell to introduce multi-modal freight bill Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS broke revenue, carload records in second quarter Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama unveils plan to create 'Transportation Investment Center' Read More »
Labor
MTA, eight unions settle LIRR contract dispute Read More »

July 17

People
Hoglander becomes NMB chairman again; Pickett retains post as BRS president Read More »
Passenger Rail
M-1 Rail releases specifics on Detroit streetcar construction Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS highlights sustainability achievements in seventh annual report Read More »
Safety
OLI enhanced rail-safety educational outreach in 2013, annual report says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro reaches milestone on light-rail extension Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Wisconsin swings deal to purchase 70-mile line from UP Read More »
Intermodal
LIRR strike would impact area's freight-rail traffic, Brookhaven Rail says Read More »
Labor
MTA, unions resume talks in attempt to avoid LIRR strike Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP logs best-ever quarterly financial results, challenges arbitrator's decision to reinstate engineer Read More »

July 16

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Lilee Systems, J.L. Paterson, NRC, Nomad, Protran, Perptuum and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 16) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Preferred Sands to open another frac sand plant Read More »
Intermodal
Washington state port's Subaru imports reach 1 million mark Read More »
Labor
Transport Workers Union ratifies SFMTA contract for Muni transit operators Read More »
Shippers
Volkswagen to expand rail-served automotive plant in Tennessee Read More »
Labor
MTA ad campaign promotes latest contract offer Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House passes short-term fix to Highway Trust Fund Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX set three all-time quarterly financial records in Q2 Read More »

July 15

CSX Transportation
FHWA, DDOT set second public meeting on final Virginia Avenue Tunnel environmental report Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA publishes update of grant reporting instructions Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver's RTD to hold meeting on Central Rail Extension study Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. crude production to reach 43-year high in 2015, EIA predicts Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Blumenthal plans Senate hearing on PTC Read More »
Intermodal
Rail developments emerge at four U.S. ports Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT receives 81 recommendations from National Freight Advisory Committee Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR, union negotiations at an impasse; MTA prepares for strike Read More »

July 14

People
Retired Bangor and Aroostook Railroad SVP Richard Sprague dies Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Mexico Rail Runner Express recorded 7.9 million riders in first eight years Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP to upgrade lines in Illinois, Wisconsin Read More »
People
League of Railway Industry Women seeks nominees for 2014 Outstanding Woman of the Year Read More »
Class Is
Four Class Is among Inbound Logistics' top 75 'Green Supply Chain Partners' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County set Aug. 13 hearing on revised Southwest light-rail plan Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Two senators call on STB to help resolve auto service delays Read More »

July 11

C&S
Ohio utilities commission OKs 11 crossing projects Read More »
C&S
CTA set to award contract for 4G wireless network Read More »
People
Operation Lifesaver appoints three new board members Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART, DFW Airport prepare for Orange Line extension opening Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA committee recognizes North Shore Railroad's emphasis on veterans Read More »
MOW
Sound Transit launches tunnel boring machine for Northgate extension Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP makes Ford's preferred supplier list, cites sustainability advances in CDP submittal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Latest weekly rail traffic data, monthly transportation index confirm freight gains Read More »

July 10

Shippers
Nebraska provides grant for transloader's freight-rail project Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Boardman makes whistle stops in Southwest Chief cities Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX Canada reopens Hudson Bay Railway line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Gov. Brown signs legislation backing light rail in San Fernando Valley Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX capped off annual track maintenance 'Jamboree' on July 7 Read More »
Intermodal
Global Port Tracker: Longshoremen contract dispute is driving up container volumes Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit approves FY15 budget, funds to extend light-rail vehicles Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Congress continues to address Highway Trust Fund's insolvency Read More »

July 9

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Ansaldo STS, Instalaciones Inabensa, Xplore Technologies and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 9) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
EDA provides $1.6 million grant to upgrade portion of Madison Railroad line Read More »
MOW
Canadian environmental agency ponders assessment of proposed propane-by-rail facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis announce tentative agreement on light-rail plan Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Indiana Rail Road posts progress on summer trackwork projects Read More »
Intermodal
West Coast Reduction expands rail capacity at Vancouver port Read More »
Labor
MTA's Prendergast to meet with Congress about looming LIRR strike Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida unveils Fort Lauderdale station design, plans for phased construction Read More »

July 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from GE, CH2M Hill, Sweco, TransWorks, Raven Logistics, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Dewberry (July 8) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD is 45 Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF provides grant to Invictus Foundation for military behavioral health program Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP's Santamaria elected AREMA governor Read More »
Shippers
Growth Energy calls on STB to address 'substandard' rail service for ethanol shipments Read More »
Safety
TSB, RAC reflect on Lac-Megantic accident at first anniversary Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA staff recommends awarding $1.6 billion Purple Line extension pact to STS joint venture Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS, Global Partners to build crude unit-train terminal in Texas Read More »

July 7

C&S
Michigan allocates $3 million for Woodhaven grade separation Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain approves fare, fee increases Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP lands on Barron's list of world's most respected companies Read More »
Labor
MTA to participate in LIRR, labor union talks tomorrow Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco wins IT award, installs Grant and Chamberlain in GM posts Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA signs off on joint venture contract for Regional Connector Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. railroads hit several traffic highs in June Read More »
Passenger Rail
D.C. airports authority recommends contractor for Silver Line rail yard, maintenance facility Read More »

July 3

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Harsco, Progress Rail, Siemens, Bombardier and Aon Risk (July 3) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink offers new weekend service Read More »
Shippers
UPS enhances rail services in China, Europe Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to increase train size on Blue Line to accommodate Silver Line's opening Read More »
MOW
RTA: Crosstie production, purchases marked declines in May Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Canadian government transfers control of highway/rail swing bridge to Nova Scotia Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak issues RFP for Acela Express high-speed trains Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Blumenthal to introduce rail safety bill Read More »

July 2

People
NRC seeks applicants for scholarship program in memory of Vaccarello, Crisafi Read More »
People
SFRTA tabs Chess to head finance Read More »
People
Slangerup to helm Long Beach port; Pyburn to head business development at Florida port Read More »
C&S
Orange County Transportation Authority completes L.A.-area grade separation Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB releases draft environmental report on Hartwell Railroad's track project Read More »
Safety
Heitkamp introduces bill, helps secure Senate funding to assist first responders Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Foxx announces highway repair fund rationing plan; cities call on Congress to pass transportation funding bill Read More »

July 1

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Thales, Siemens Rail Automation, American Railcar Leasing, Parkeon, AXION and Hollysys (July 1) Read More »
People
South Florida RTA appoints new chair, vice chair Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Large tire plant coming to Lancaster & Chester's industrial park in South Carolina Read More »
People
Previsch retains seat as SMART Transportation Division president Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
U.S. Silica to develop UP-served frac sand facility in Wisconsin Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Goldman to succeed Stolzman as Louisville & Indiana's president Read More »
Safety
WMATA complies with three more NTSB safety recommendations Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA named 2014 'outstanding' transit system by APTA Read More »
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