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Rail News: August 2014

August 29

Short Lines & Regionals
Morristown & Erie to open New Jersey transload facility in fall Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain reaches deadline for comments on strategic plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit ridership rose 9 percent in second quarter Read More »
MOW
RTA: Tie production climbed, purchases plummeted in July Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Crude carloads, weekly traffic figures continue to climb for U.S. railroads Read More »
People
California transit leader Scanlon set to retire Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA advances Maryland's Purple Line project to engineering phase Read More »
CSX Transportation
Maryland DOT pulls plug on pact, funds for proposed CSX intermodal facility in Baltimore Read More »

August 28

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from R. J. Corman, Roadway Worker Training, Train Travel Holdings, Railmark, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Burns (August 28) Read More »
Class Is
Viterra to build Class I-served grain terminal in Manitoba Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail's Smith announces resignation as chairman Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP launches double-track project in Texas, trackwork project in Kansas Read More »
Passenger Rail
Utah state auditor raises concerns about certain UTA practices Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Oregon commission allocates $40.4 million for 36 multi-modal projects Read More »
Intermodal
Washington state port signs pact to lease cars in North Dakota; Alabama port authority acquires land to expand container business Read More »
Passenger Rail
Panel recommends safety improvements at MTA's three railroads Read More »

August 27

Passenger Rail
TriMet to add bike parking at two light-rail stations Read More »
Intermodal
Valero reopens ethanol plant at Indiana river port Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak continues temporary schedule in Michigan to complete track, signal work Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX makes management changes in engineering department Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA provides new guidance on joint development projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART 10-year outlook anticipates financial shortfall in operating, capital needs Read More »
Intermodal
Health benefit terms reached for next longshoremen contract Read More »
C&S
Oklahoma dedicates $100 million to upgrade more than 300 crossings Read More »

August 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Hanson Alaska, Harsco Rail, Stacy and Witbeck/Herzog, HDR, PowerRail, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Auto Truck (Aug. 26) Read More »
Passenger Rail
California commission OKs noise measures for Foothill Gold Line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Equipment leasing business volume continues steady growth, association says Read More »
People
In memoriam: Western-Cullen-Hayes' Norman Barr Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra hires Bronner Group to fill chief audit officer function Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Dakota Gold to build new crude oil terminal in Bakken Shale Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metropolitan Council may begin Metro Blue Line Extension design, FTA says Read More »

August 25

Passenger Rail
Honolulu rail project jobs increase in second quarter Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail celebrates Cobourg Station improvements Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCSR promotes Vecellio to AVP, sets higher train speed on Mississippi line Read More »
Intermodal
Ports in Washington, South Carolina scored container gains in July Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Ohio tallies $5.5 billion in transit-oriented development in Cleveland Read More »
Safety
North Dakota Public Service Commission proposes state-run rail safety program Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. authority seeks input on draft study for Eastside rail extension Read More »
Safety
FRA provides two grants to help develop a short-line safety institute Read More »

August 22

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Rocla, Bombardier, GlobeSherpa, VTG, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Cubic (Aug. 22) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Washington DOT contracts ARG Trans to operate state-owned line Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR to kick off next phase of Massapequa Station rehab Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S., Canadian railroads marked traffic gains in year's 33rd week Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT announces $1.28 TIFIA loan for Silver Line's second phase Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sens. Thune, Durbin note rail regulation developments Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts agrees to purchase Knowledge Corridor line Read More »
BNSF Railway
British Columbia port signs off on BNSF-served coal transfer facility Read More »
PTC
FRA issues final rule on PTC implementation Read More »

August 21

Amtrak
Amtrak makes more Montana connections Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Indiana Rail Road donates $50,000 to help Dugger residents retain school Read More »
People
Short lines: Watco, TNW and Great Lakes Central make management changes Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego agency posted record ridership in FY2014 Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce grew wider again in July Read More »
Amtrak
Hoosier State passenger-rail service extended through January Read More »
Amtrak
Sen. Durbin chairs hearing to address Amtrak service delays in Illinois Read More »
Intermodal
New Orleans port contracts Hard Rock Construction for intermodal terminal project Read More »

August 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from New York Air Brake, Mitsui Rail, Burns Group, Jacobs, Parsons Brinckerhoff, REMSA and RSI (Aug. 20) Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA unveils Android app for travel information Read More »
Intermodal
July volumes mixed at L.A. ports; first-half volumes rise at Vancouver port Read More »
Passenger Rail
AASHTO creates design guide to help improve transit, roadway planning Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Equipment leasing association survey: New rail equipment leases declined in 2013 Read More »
MOW
Transload siding completed in North Carolina; grade separation begins in Illinois Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CP, RCP&E to provide more grain trains in South Dakota Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
TSB finds 18 factors caused Lac-Megantic derailment, calls for additional safety measures Read More »

August 19

Safety
Virginia Railway Express, Class Is launch safety-message 'blitz' Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Reading & Northern lands Pennsylvania grant to build $14 million bridge Read More »
Passenger Rail
Greater Cleveland RTA to mark opening of new Cedar-University station Read More »
Intermodal
Infrastructure work under way for Illinois port; distribution center on way at California port Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA chooses developer for residential, retail TOD project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
OmniTRAX Canada suspends crude shipments; several U.S. firms enhance crude-by-rail capabilities Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA anticipates $39 million in state funds for BART Silicon Valley project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB schedules September hearing in North Dakota to address rail service issues Read More »

August 18

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Koppers, Osmose, Siemens, GTI and Refrigerated Transport (Aug. 18) Read More »
M&A
Parker Towing acquires Alabama port from Decatur Transit Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX tabs Jenkins to head market strategy, e-business Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metropolitan Council seeks public input on Twin Cities transportation plan Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Pennsylvania ponies up $35.9 million for 39 freight-rail improvement projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Members of eight unions approve new LIRR contract Read More »
Intermodal
Panama Canal turns 100 Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART opens Orange Line connection to DFW Airport station Read More »

August 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from AREMA, Railhead, CTLGroup, Columbus Castings and DVB (Aug. 15) Read More »
Labor
BLET to represent Illinois Railway's T&E workers; SMART to retain Nigro as leader Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak makes new Gulf Coast connections through bus lines Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to address concerns about garbage trains in New York town, Sen. Schumer says Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA extends weekend subway pilot project to November Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
TIGER grant agreement set for New Hampshire short-line project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. roads made more traffic strides in 32nd week Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pennsylvania adopts plan to invest billions in transportation improvements over next 12 years Read More »

August 14

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, STV, Stella-Jones and SightLogix (Aug. 14) Read More »
C&S
OCTA opens another grade-separated crossing in Southern California Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN crafts fleet integration program for ag product shippers Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA awards contract in next phase of upgrades to Brown, Purple Line Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia ports set container volume record in July Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida, metro planning organizations agree to quiet zone funding Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index dipped just a tad in June Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF agrees to boost coal supplies for Dairyland Power Cooperative's Wisconsin plant, Rep. Kind says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California high-speed rail project: STB OKs Fresno-Bakersfield segment; CHSRA awards contract Read More »

August 13

Passenger Rail
NJ Transit surveying public opinion for 'Scorecard' campaign Read More »
People
Greenville & Western promotes Julian to management post, adds Chrisler to administration Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA, NYCDOT collaborate on new neighborhood subway maps Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Two developments target rail-served frac sand operations in Wisconsin Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota DOT extends deadline for Zip Rail comments Read More »
Safety
Gov. Dayton holds first meeting to review Minnesota's new rail safety laws Read More »
People
D.C. airports authority tabs Stark to head Dulles Corridor Metrorail project Read More »
Class Is
Roundtable with CP's Harrison, ag producers addressed grain-car backlogs in North Dakota Read More »

August 12

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Koppers, Axion, SKF, I.D. Systems and Strato (Aug. 12) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet seeks public feedback on draft rail plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Crude-by-rail terminals to expand in Alberta, New Mexico Read More »
Passenger Rail
Waterloo to break ground on rapid-transit system Read More »
PTC
Sound Transit to install PTC equipment on trains Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP touts honor for St. Louis unit's Dunn, record first-half equipment incident rate Read More »
Intermodal
Global Port Tracker: Import volume might set record in August due to lingering labor issue Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA set to begin work on three stations as part of Blue Line modernization Read More »

August 11

Passenger Rail
Fremont crossing completed for VTA extension Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS installs Hansen as VP of intermodal, Bozung as AVP of KCSR's mechanical operations Read More »
Intermodal
Cold Train suspends express intermodal service from Washington state Read More »
People
Mathews named NARP's top executive Read More »
Passenger Rail
Seattle-area agencies to begin early planning for Eastside rail-bus connections Read More »
People
Rising Stars recognition dinner tickets available at lower price through Wednesday Read More »
Passenger Rail
Austin ballot measure to address transit-rail funding Read More »
Safety
TSB to release Lac-Megantic investigation report on Aug. 19 Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA tabs Darr to succeed Timmons as president Read More »

August 8

MOW
Kansas health department honors Cimarron Railroad, Watco and UP for discarding waste ties Read More »
People
Jackson named Connecticut rail administrator Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS sponsors crude-by-rail emergency response course, notes environmental stewardship efforts Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain OKs capital budget for infrastructure improvements Read More »
Passenger Rail
Nine mayors in Indiana, Ohio agree to support Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger-rail corridor Read More »
Class Is
North Dakota commission calls on STB to help reduce grain-car backlog Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Weekly U.S. rail traffic averages hit high-water marks in July, AAR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA receives $35 million federal 'Core Capacity' grant for North Red, Purple lines Read More »

August 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Motive Power, Smart Software, Bombardier, Alstom, FreightCar America and Hanson (Aug. 7) Read More »
Passenger Rail
X Train passenger-rail service begins in Santa Fe Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP to upgrade two lines straddling Wyoming Read More »
MOW
RTA: Tie purchases jumped in June Read More »
Safety
Rail Runner Express to undergo safety review of Santa Fe crossings Read More »
MOW
State marks completion of Alaska Railroad's Tanana River Bridge Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA proposes rulemaking to apply alcohol and drug regs to MOW employees Read More »
Passenger Rail
IDOT, Iowa Interstate agree to begin design work for portion of Chicago-Moline route Read More »

August 6

Amtrak
Amtrak's pet-travel policy extended to include additional Illinois trains Read More »
People
TNW tabs Gibson as health and safety director Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP seeks applications for safety grant program Read More »
People
Jezycki named VP, chief officer of Staten Island Railway Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX, Conservation Fund team up to support distribution of fresh food to underserved communities Read More »
Intermodal
King Ocean's service consolidation to increase volume into Port Everglades Read More »
Passenger Rail
ODOT, Watco sign off on Sooner Sub rail line sale to Stillwater Central Railroad Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver, Utah transit agencies begin studies of fare policies Read More »

August 5

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from GE, Jacobs, Siemens, Greystone and L.B. Foster (Aug. 5) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland transit agency police to host 'Night Out' event Read More »
MOW
Pennsylvania rail authority to dedicate new rail bridge Read More »
Shippers
Aventine Renewable Energy reopens BNSF-served ethanol plant in Nebraska Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA reports ridership on Silver Line's first week of rail service Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA honors seven entities for sustainability efforts Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Kind introduces RESPONSE Act in House Read More »
Intermodal
IANA: 2Q intermodal volume grows by largest margin in three years Read More »

August 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Harsco, Cubic, TranSystems, NRC, Hanson and TMSA (Aug. 4) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Capitol Corridor alters schedule to accommodate travelers to Levi's Stadium Read More »
Intermodal
New York-area port authority broke cargo record in first half Read More »
Passenger Rail
SkyTrain calls for independent review of disruption response plans Read More »
People
Deadline extension: LRIW 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' nominations now due Aug. 15 Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN, Durbin disagree on degree of Amtrak delays and blocked crossings in Illinois Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA marks progress on anti-crime efforts Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF logged revenue, traffic gains in Q2 despite severe spring weather Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canada considers new accident liability regulations; STB calculates 2013 cost of capital Read More »

August 1

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Nippon Sharyo, Louis Berger, Plasser, Bombardier, American Railcar and Atkins (Aug. 1) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Short lines: Wampler new CMO at Santa Maria Valley; Schulingkamp new president pro tem at Public Belt commission Read More »
Financials
Genesee & Wyoming garners revenue, traffic gains in 2Q Read More »
Passenger Rail
Construction begins on Kansas City streetcar facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads continued to net traffic gains in July's last full week Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE set to build new station at Potomac Shores TOD Read More »
MOW
Transportation agencies post progress on rail programs in California, North Carolina Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF delays plan to increase train speeds in North Dakota city, Sen. Hoeven says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Congress passes bill to keep Highway Trust Fund afloat Read More »
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