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Rail News: July 2015

July 31

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Alstom, RailComm, HNTB and Railway Supply Institute (July 31) Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern dedicates new Wylie intermodal terminal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail traffic: U.S. carloads down, intermodal up in Week 29 Read More »
People
Obama nominates former MBTA head Scott to NTSB; Shortsleeve named MBTA's chief administrator Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD awards $140 million light-rail contract to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
TIGER grant requests for 2015 add up to $9.8 billion Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate sends short-term transportation bill to Obama, OKs multi-year transportation legislation Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Fritz elected UP chairman to succeed Koraleski Read More »

July 30

Passenger Rail
Metra wraps up Oak Park Station repair project Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco agency awards $20 million to Caltrain project Read More »
Intermodal
PANYNJ traffic sets record pace in 2015's first half; Marino named PATH director Read More »
Passenger Rail
TransLink, Canadian government take up SkyTrain improvement projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Registration now open for RailTrends® 2015 conference Read More »
Safety
North Dakota PSC, FRA agree to implement new rail safety program Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House OKs short-term extension of transportation funding; Senate set to vote on long-term bill Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA, Transport Canada issue final rules to secure trains Read More »

July 29

Passenger Rail
Sacramento transit district nears completion of Blue Line light-rail extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR completes $20.5 million rehab of Massapequa Station Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA pledges $2.7 million toward rail planning in Midwest Read More »
Logistics
Flagler kicks off construction of Titusville Logistics Center Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro light-rail line rings up $8.2 billion in economic development Read More »
Intermodal
CSX, Georgia Ports Authority sign pact to open new inland port Read More »
Amtrak
Foxx seeks meeting with Cuomo, Christie to discuss Hudson River rail tunnels Read More »

July 28

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Fluor, Bombardier, Tutor Perini and Maintenance Design Group (July 28) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Vancouver Island Railway to receive federal funds for upgrades Read More »
Labor
SMART Local 61 members OK SEPTA labor agreement Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA marks one year of Silver Line service Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX, Conservation Fund solicit grant applications for food program Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Pan Am settles EPA complaints at Maine, Massachusetts rail yards Read More »
Passenger Rail
Canada pledges federal funds for Ottawa light-rail project's second phase Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP employees log safety improvements Read More »

July 27

Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT council recommends rubber stamp for two RRIF loans Read More »
Safety
L.A. Metro approves $30 million for pedestrian crossing improvements along Blue Line Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCSR opens mechanical shop in Mississippi, completes largest-ever debt transaction Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA, U.S. transit agencies mark Americans with Disabilities Act's 25th anniversary Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit selects preferred route for Federal Way light-rail extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA logged record rail ridership in FY2015 Read More »
Safety
NTSB study shows ECP brakes outperform other brake systems Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS reports revenue and earnings drop in 2Q Read More »

July 24

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from RailPros, MERMEC, Trinity, Harsco and Hanson (July 24) Read More »
MOW
Vegetation-control pact forged in Vermont; crossing upgrades approved in Ohio Read More »
People
Late CTA executive Hill inducted into APTA Hall of Fame Read More »
MOW
RTA report: May crosstie purchases, production fall from April levels Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail inaugurates rehabbed Brockville station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian grain working group issues transportation-improvement recommendations Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metropolitan Council seeks public approval on Green Line extension cuts Read More »
Safety
Latest tank car, rail inspections in New York turn up 62 defects Read More »

July 23

Short Lines & Regionals
Washington state port seeks operator to restore rail service on Royal Slope line Read More »
MOW
Massachusetts, New York DOTs provide funding for freight-rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Intermodal continues to lead weekly rail traffic Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA: Senate Finance Committee considers measure to extend short-line tax credit Read More »
BNSF Railway
Sioux Falls reaches deal to purchase BNSF rail yard for $27 million Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA projects $2.4 billion in savings to fund capital program Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Railroads' revenue adequacy generates debate at STB hearing Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Decreases in coal demand hampered UP's 2Q earnings, revenue Read More »

July 22

Passenger Rail
San Diego MTS reaches trolley line naming agreement with local health system Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Jacobs wins $1.2 billion contract for California high-speed rail line Read More »
Mechanical
RSI: Rail-car backlog shrank in second quarter Read More »
Logistics
Kansas DOT narrows list of sites for future transload center Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Texas high-speed rail company names Keith CEO Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian minister sends CN yard proposal to environmental review panel Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA reminds railroads to heed crude-related emergency order Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sens. McConnell, Boxer hash out terms of long-term surface transportation bill Read More »

July 21

PTC
Boxer tours PTC project at Metrolink Read More »
Passenger Rail
HART awards contract for West Oahu rail stations Read More »
Safety
WMATA adds fire and rescue liaison at rail operations center Read More »
Mechanical
DART orders two additional streetcars from Brookville Read More »
People
Massachusetts Gov. Baker appoints members to new MBTA fiscal board Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA launches safety review of New York & Atlantic Railway Read More »
C&S
MTA OKs contract for new train control system on Queens Boulevard subway line Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN exceeds earnings expectations in 2Q Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP reports record 2Q net income, elects Reardon chairman Read More »

July 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Strato, Miner; and, in memoriam: Deane Folsom Sr. (July 20) Read More »
Labor
Teamsters ratify five-year pact with Ontario Northland Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA gears up for trolley tunnel repair 'blitz' Read More »
People
Progressive Railroading names Greenfield western regional sales manager Read More »
Safety
Washington state panel solicits rail-safety grant applications Read More »
Passenger Rail
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure recommended for Denver RTD light-rail extension Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB to hold revenue adequacy hearing, reports employment slips in mid-June Read More »

July 17

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from New York Air Brake, ABB, Alstom, Bombardier and Cambridge Systematics (July 17) Read More »
People
The T appoints Fowler CFO, VP Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Pacific making room for more rail-car storage Read More »
Passenger Rail
Orange County transit agency reaches streetcar agreement with Santa Ana, Calif. Read More »
People
Deadline nears for LRIW's 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' nominations Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Florida East Coast Railway completes upgrade of dispatch operations Read More »
Financials
Washington governor inks $16 billion state transportation package Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Decline in carload volume impacts KCS' profit in 2Q Read More »

July 16

Intermodal
UPS adds option for China-Europe rail shipments Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Intermodal growth remains the rail traffic story in Week 27 Read More »
Shippers
Business groups call on Congress to pass port transparency legislation Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hawaii Gov. Ige OKs tax extension to fund Honolulu rail project Read More »
Labor
Obama sets up emergency board to mediate NJ Transit labor dispute; NJ Transit OKs budget Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS names Hancock executive VP and chief marketing officer Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit's Lynnwood Link extension passes environmental review Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House passes short-term transportation funding measure Read More »

July 15

Norfolk Southern Railway
NS unveils corporate sustainability report for 2014 Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro begins tunnel excavation for Crenshaw/LAX line, marks 25 years of Blue Line service Read More »
People
CATS hires Lewis as exec director, opens Gold Line streetcar route Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit nears completion of elevated guideway for Angle Lake light-rail station Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
FECR's intermodal volume spikes in first year of Port Everglades facility Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF Logistics acquires Transportation Technology Services Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House GOP introduces short-term extension of transportation funding Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX sets three all-time financial records in 2Q Read More »

July 14

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from RailComm, Information Systems, Hanson and Maintenance Design Group (July 14) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit schedules open house for Tacoma Link extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART overpass bridge installed for future Antioch station Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR completes Smithtown Station renovation Read More »
MOW
Washington budget funds three freight-rail infrastructure projects Read More »
Amtrak
Obama announces two Amtrak board nominees Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX charts social responsibility efforts in annual report Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE, Keolis agree to contract extension for commuter-rail service Read More »

July 13

Passenger Rail
FTA seeks nominations for transit safety committee Read More »
M&A
Rocla acquires concrete tie business from Koppers and Lehigh Read More »
People
AARS solicits scholarship applications for railway management course Read More »
People
Watco names McGuire executive vice president Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP advances plan to reactivate Arbutus rail corridor Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF set to begin rail-spur construction in Kansas Read More »
People
APTA to honor MARTA CEO Parker for 'outstanding' leadership Read More »
Safety
Gov. Walker vetoes repeal of railroad trespass law Read More »

July 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from ENSCO Rail, NxGen, Greenbrier, Miner and Hanson Professional (July 10) Read More »
Passenger Rail
New group established to examine two transit-rail projects in Montreal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra kicks off platform project at Mayfair Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BTS: Transportation Services Index rises in May Read More »
Shippers
Canada to help fund Port Saint John modernization project Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX wraps up rail safety maintenance 'Jamboree' Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA gears up for $30 million track improvement along Purple Line Read More »
PTC
Bill proposes PTC extension to 2018; FRA to issue rule on cameras in cabs Read More »

July 9

Safety
Canadian museum to open permanent rail-safety exhibit Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA resumes search for new CEO Read More »
People
Keolis names Trahan chief mechanical officer of MBTA commuter rail Read More »
Intermodal
Imports increase as retailers prepare for back-to-school season Read More »
Labor
BLET members authorize NJ Transit strike Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Intermodal volumes up for U.S., Canadian railroads in Week 26 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Met Council trims Minneapolis light-rail project by $250 million Read More »
Amtrak
NTSB to Amtrak: Install video cameras in all trains to monitor engineers Read More »

July 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from OpenText Analytics, Wasatch, Hub Group, Atlantic Track and J.L. Patterson (July 8) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago RTA surveys visitors' public transit use; Aurora begins transit improvement plans Read More »
People
BLET hires Hagan for political affairs post Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Maine Gov. LePage signs transportation bond bill Read More »
Intermodal
Jacksonville port launches Mile Point Harbor project Read More »
PTC
Metra, Illinois Democrats call on Congress to fund PTC Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida picks Archer Western for rail work at Orlando airport Read More »

July 7

Passenger Rail
Pennsylvania delegation tours SEPTA PTC test facility Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Reading & Northern sues over Pennsylvania rail authority's no-bid contract Read More »
Passenger Rail
Vancouver voters reject proposed sales tax increase for transit funding Read More »
Shippers
Unimin ships longest frac-sand unit train Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx, Toronto expand bike-sharing program Read More »
MOW
DTE Energy project to extend rail line, eliminate crossing in Trenton, Mich. Read More »
Passenger Rail
SORTA taps Transdev for streetcar contract Read More »
Safety
Raitt highlights rail safety changes made since Lac-Megantic tragedy Read More »

July 6

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, HNTB, Saft, Whitmore and Parsons (July 6) Read More »
MOW
Crossings slated for upgrades in two Ohio counties Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto Transit Commission completes Union Station renovations Read More »
Passenger Rail
MassDOT unveils new criteria for transportation projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain, trade councils OK labor pact for electrification project Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Tobias steps down from Canadian Pacific's board Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak study: St. Paul-to-Chicago most feasible for second daily train Read More »

July 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from CAI International, Keolis, Ricardo, Alstom, American Business Research and Kuehne + Nagel (July 2) Read More »
People
Geale to chair National Mediation Board; PANYNJ names Starace chief engineer Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA logs 21 percent decrease in fare-card fraud Read More »
Amtrak
Orlando Amtrak station undergoes $2 million repair project Read More »
Safety
North Carolina DOT to close rail crossing in Harrisburg Read More »
Passenger Rail
Puget Sound agencies debut regional transit pass; Sound Transit to advance ballot measure Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railroads' intermodal traffic sets record in June Read More »
Passenger Rail
California agency awards $224 million in grants for transit, intercity rail Read More »

July 1

Passenger Rail
TransLink to make board meetings public Read More »
Passenger Rail
Washington DOT reduces travel time for Amtrak Cascades route Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrans transfers management of San Joaquin, Surfliner routes Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, Rhode Island kick off construction of high-speed rail project at Kingston Station Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Paterson to build new grain loading facility on CP line Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCSR to upgrade rail line through Missouri, Illinois Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida inks 30-year maintenance contract with Siemens Read More »
Mechanical
Metrolink awarded $41 million for new Tier 4 locomotives Read More »
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