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Rail News: July 2016

July 29

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from ARI, Jacobs, HARTING and Aztec (July 29) Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to launch national on-board magazine Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP notes lowest employee injury rate Read More »
People
Volpe appoints Aylward as center's next director Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases up in June Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit taps HDR for Tacoma Link expansion, names Carter chief of staff Read More »
Financials
MTA unveils budget and financial plans, proposes fare hikes Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB withdraws proposal to prioritize freight trains over Amtrak Read More »

July 28

Passenger Rail
Metra taps firm to re-evaluate fare zones Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic falls 5.3 percent in Week 29 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Contra Costa transit agency OKs sales tax ballot measure Read More »
Labor
MTA's subway car RFP includes provision to encourage U.S. job creation Read More »
PTC
USDOT makes available $199 million in grants for PTC on commuter railroads Read More »
Safety
Congressional committee seeks audit of FTA's safety oversight of WMATA Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Lawmakers announce TIGER VIII grant awards Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB proposes competitive switching rule Read More »

July 27

Passenger Rail
Metra to host second annual vendor fair in August Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA's Feinberg calls for stronger measures to prevent rail-crossing fatalities Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
PHMSA seeks comments on hazmat insurance study Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA unveils rule requiring transit asset management plans Read More »
Safety
WMATA's Wiedefeld proposes ending late-night rail service Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Watco to begin transloading operations at NS terminal in Sandusky Read More »
MOW
MBTA OKs $18.5 million contract for Red Line winter resiliency work Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern's Q2 profit falls on lower volumes Read More »

July 26

Passenger Rail
APTA honors six transit agencies for sustainability accomplishments Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Transit-St. Louis picks HNTB-led team to design new station Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Canadian environmental agency solicits public input on proposed CN-served yard project Read More »
Labor
Final two NJ Transit labor unions OK new agreement, avert strike Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern's Mexican rail operations blocked by protesters Read More »
MOW
New York City Transit to close L line subway tunnel for 18 months Read More »
Safety
Canada to speed up phaseout of DOT-111s for crude oil use Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN's Q2 profit slips on lower carload volume Read More »

July 25

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Herzog, Trinity, Hill International, Wabtec, Ansaldo and RSI; and in memoriam: ShipXpress' Charith Perera (July 25) Read More »
Mechanical
ARCI: Car orders climbed, deliveries slipped in second quarter Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Twin Cities & Western turns 25 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT creates 'Build America Bureau' to streamline financing for infrastructure projects Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
ASLRRA lauds tax credit legislation's 2,000th cosponsor since 2004 Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD opens B Line commuter-rail route Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to build intermodal terminal in North Carolina, serve inland port in Georgia Read More »
Passenger Rail
Transport Canada to fund improvements for VIA Rail's stations, maintenance facilities Read More »

July 22

Supplier Spotlight
Harsco Rail, Siemens host U.S. lawmakers for plant tours Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA seeks feedback on redesigned website Read More »
People
TriMet names Shin deputy general counsel Read More »
Financials
MBTA issues $337.3 million in bonds Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to hold 'Industry Day' for Baltimore Penn Station plan Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Arkansas Midland Railroad to roll out ethanol unit train Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB: Class I employment decline continued in June Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu transit agency awards $875 million contract for airport guideway, stations Read More »

July 21

Passenger Rail
Brightline marks progress on MiamiCentral transportation hub Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic dips 5.6 percent in Week 28 Read More »
People
MARTA names Springstead assistant GM Read More »
People
LRIW accepting 'Woman of the Year' nominations until Aug. 15 Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
DCTA contracts with First Transit to operate, maintain A-Train Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX to help run Decatur railroad, wins GE's Fast Track Award Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA OKs environmental report for New England passenger-rail plan Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP's Q2 profit drops 19 percent on lower volumes Read More »

July 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Progress Rail, Logistical Labs, Amphenol, Cubic, Nomad and Vossloh (July 20) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra kicks off renovation of Union Station's Madison Street entrance Read More »
Security
Secure Rail Conference to return April 2017 Read More »
People
Former TTC chair Giambrone named director of NYC streetcar project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
VRE posts ridership surge as WMATA closes lines for maintenance Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX, North Carolina announce pact for direct intermodal rail service Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA opposed to GOP's call to end federal funding of public transportation Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP posts 12 percent decline in Q2 revenue, announces Creel as next CEO Read More »

July 19

Passenger Rail
Sound Transit, NJ Transit mark light-rail anniversaries Read More »
Passenger Rail
Northern Virginia transportation budget includes new Metrorail station Read More »
Mechanical
Metrolink puts its first Tier 4 locomotive on display Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX dubbed 'best place to work' based on disability inclusion practices Read More »
People
SacRT's Li shakes up executive leadership team Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cuomo unveils MTA subway car design, announces station renovation plan Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB has no oversight of Texas Central's high-speed rail project Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern posts higher profit, flat carload volume in Q2 Read More »

July 18

Amtrak
Amtrak picks second crop of 'writers in residence' Read More »
Mechanical
SEPTA adds five more leased commuter-rail cars Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP seeks input on communication center standards Read More »
Passenger Rail
Miami Beach moves ahead with streetcar negotiations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Minnesota Gov. Dayton announces new council on freight rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA unveils final environmental statement for Minneapolis' Blue Line extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA, Texas DOT solicit public input on passenger-rail options Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Freight-rail industry opposes, unions support FRA's two-person crew proposal Read More »

July 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Ansaldo, Duos, IMC Cos. and CMA (July 15) Read More »
Mechanical
Ontario Northland to refurbish luxury rail cars for tourist train Read More »
Passenger Rail
Transit agencies use 'Pokemon GO' to encourage ridership Read More »
Mechanical
Caltrain to swap train sets to relieve crowding, perform maintenance Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX Logistics manages major steel shipment in Oklahoma Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Oregon senators introduce bill to improve safety of oil trains Read More »
Safety
FTA: WMATA crews broke safety rules during 'SafeTrack' work Read More »
BNSF Railway
NTSB: BNSF trains collided after one train missed a red light Read More »

July 14

Labor
Unifor members ratify new contract with VIA Rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
MassDOT unveils state transportation improvement plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro Expo Line extension boosts ridership Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic drops 17.2 percent in week 27 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Electrical problems cause systemwide delays on NYC subways Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT proposes new oil-spill rule for high-hazard trains Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Indiana Rail Road opens new transload facility in Indiana Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX: Q2 revenue down 12 percent due to lower volumes Read More »

July 13

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from NMC Railway Systems, Alstom, TranSystems and Ohio Crankshaft (July 13) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Grade separation project advances on North Carolina rail line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Equipment, leasing report: 'Sluggish' investment growth ahead Read More »
Intermodal
Kansas begins construction of Great Bend shipping center Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Orleans RTA nears completion of North Rampart streetcar extension Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
South Dakota short line completes main line siding project Read More »
Mechanical
Metrolink OKs $1.5 million expense to repair defective car parts Read More »

July 12

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Freightcar America, U.S. Bank, Omega Industries and NRC (July 12) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
U.S., Canadian freight-rail regulators meet in Ottawa Read More »
Safety
WMATA begins fourth safety 'surge' Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
FECR welcomes first neo-Panamax ship bound for PortMiami Read More »
Passenger Rail
MassDOT unveils final environmental report for South Station expansion plan Read More »
Intermodal
New Illinois bridge will link Joliet intermodal center to I-80 Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak selects Arup for Chicago Union Station design team Read More »
Mechanical
SEPTA adds leased cars, locomotives after pulling Silverliner units from service Read More »

July 11

Passenger Rail
Metra wraps up Ravinia Station repair project Read More »
Mechanical
Brookville ships third Liberty streetcar to DART Read More »
Mechanical
GE manufactures 1,000th locomotive in Fort Worth Read More »
People
Anacostia appoints Fox managing director Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Oakland welcomes first train to stop at new rail facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit: $53.8 billion expansion plan would cost locals $169 a year Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB wants alternative routes for Great Lakes Basin's proposed rail line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain awards $1.25 billion worth of electrification contracts Read More »

July 8

People
South Carolina Ports Authority's Newsome honored by ag coalition Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to select preferred transit app Read More »
Intermodal
IANA unveils new website to streamline 'street interchanges' Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver reveals grants for 11 state campaigns; NS brings safety message to Indiana Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic rose in Week 26, but data excluded holiday impact Read More »
Security
New York receives $22.7 million for counterterrorism efforts on transit systems Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART police officer among those killed in Dallas Read More »

July 7

Rail Industry Trends
FTA unveils website for TOD projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Metro-North, LIRR mobile ticketing app to launch in August Read More »
Passenger Rail
Milwaukee council OKs $20 million for streetcar extension Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS settles hiring discrimination case Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Melford Atlantic Gateway terminal will serve U.S., Canadian markets via CN Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA wraps up second round of accelerated repair work Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic fell 6.3 percent in June Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT identifies freight projects to receive FASTLANE grants Read More »

July 6

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Alstom and Hanson (July 6) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Schumer wants oil companies to stabilize volatile crude before shipping Read More »
Passenger Rail
California panel OKs 156 transportation improvement projects Read More »
Intermodal
PANYNJ to welcome first neo-Panamax vessel Read More »
Passenger Rail
Transdev obtains $15.5 million contract to operate Detroit streetcar Read More »
Financials
Quebec, federal officials ink new transit funding agreement Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rail projects in Virginia, Oregon to receive federal grants Read More »

July 5

Passenger Rail
Metra updates purchasing plan Read More »
Intermodal
Port Everglades partners with EPA on air emissions project Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS exec to meet with manufacturers in China Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Food Logistics recognizes UP's sustainable shipping practices Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario starts Laird Station construction Read More »
Safety
WMATA replaces porcelain third-rail insulators Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB to host meeting on tank-car safety Read More »
Mechanical
SEPTA pulls 120 rail cars from service due to structural defect Read More »

July 1

Supplier Spotlight
Congressman Polis visits Encore Rail Systems' plant in Colorado Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from RSI, Bombardier, J.B. Hunt and PFL Petroleum (July 1) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Allegheny County port authority approves FY2017 budget Read More »
People
WMATA names Lee general counsel Read More »
People
Anacostia Rail promotes Perri, Lurkins; hires Elkins Read More »
Mechanical
BART unveils new diesel trains for Antioch extension Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP to lay off 500 MOW workers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Report: Rail-car demand 'weakened significantly' in Q1 Read More »
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