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Rail News: August 2015

August 31

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Apollo Video, Nexala, Bombardier and Bourque Logistics (Aug. 31) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro dubs new light-rail stations 'safe places' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Niagara transit authority lands federal grant to train electricians, mechanics Read More »
Passenger Rail
Passenger-rail association wants 'balanced' security measures for U.S. trains Read More »
People
Texas Central Partners appoints Redwine vice president Read More »
People
Cando Rail names Cornick CEO to succeed Mills Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA to help develop passenger-rail plan for Southeast Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit boosts rail ridership in 2Q; board trims project list for ballot measure Read More »

August 28

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Toshiba, Sydac, Anixter and PLG Consulting (Aug. 28) Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California agency advances work on first high-speed rail viaduct Read More »
People
IANA names Keppler senior VP Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet to start testing new Orange Line trains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BTS: Value of U.S-NAFTA freight fell in June Read More »
Passenger Rail
Crews lay down first sections of rail for LIRR's double-track project Read More »
Safety
Oregon DOT strengthens rail safety measures, adds four rail inspectors Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Orleans RTA's Hurricane Katrina recovery led to a 'renewed organization' Read More »

August 27

Passenger Rail
Nation's traffic congestion shows need for transportation infrastructure investment, APTA leader says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra meets on-time goals, advances Homewood Station rehab project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Charlotte streetcar ridership higher than expected Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Intermodal traffic still strong in week No. 33 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Phoenix voters OK sales tax to fund light-rail extensions Read More »
Safety
CN, Canadian Pacific debut French version of emergency responder app Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA issues safety advisory on ballast conditions Read More »
Passenger Rail
U.S. passenger-rail security measures long overdue, senators tell TSA Read More »

August 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Argenia, Alstom, Bombardier, Sam Schwartz and Gannett Fleming (Aug. 26) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
OnTrackNorthAmerica, Cisco to co-lead transportation cost-benefit project Read More »
People
AREMA names Caruso executive director, CEO Read More »
Mechanical
STM to start daytime testing of new AZUR trains Read More »
People
SamTrans CEO Hartnett restructures management team Read More »
Logistics
Port Logistics to develop new cold storage facility at Port Tampa Bay Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA releases DEIS for Durham light-rail route Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT issues $9.5 million in workforce development grants Read More »

August 25

Safety
Indiana Rail Road gears up for grade crossing safety effort Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego transit agency debuts video-on-demand on trolley Read More »
Passenger Rail
Rhode Island DOT to run Wickford Junction rail station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Energy improvements cut costs, reduce emissions at Metro-North rail yard Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sacramento transit agency opens Blue Line light-rail extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. report highlights transportation employment trends Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Short-line operator Regional Rail acquired by private equity firm Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain logs record 18.5 million passengers in FY2015 Read More »

August 24

Safety
Idaho police beef up patrols at rail crossings in two counties Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART kicks off flooring replacement project in elevators Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to add Northeast Corridor train capacity during papal visit Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Crosstie production down, purchases up in June Read More »
High-Speed Rail
North Texas panel OKs $4.5 million for high-speed rail planning Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro debuts light-rail extension to Mesa Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Indiana Rail Road unveils new White River Bridge Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit receives more than $71.4 million in federal emergency relief funding Read More »

August 21

People
Miller named new staff director of T&I subcommittee Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA gears up to open Silver Spring Transit Center Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
BLET members ratify six-year pact with Indiana Southern Railroad Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak slates opening date for new stop in Holyoke, Mass. Read More »
MOW
Ohio commission OKs three rail crossing projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin Cities' Blue, Green light-rail lines log more than 1 million rides in July Read More »
Class Is
U.S. Class I workforce shrinks in mid-July Read More »
People
SEPTA's GM Casey to retire Read More »

August 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from ENSCO, Water Train, MobileQubes and NRC (Aug. 20) Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA unveils new online performance dashboards Read More »
Intermodal
SC Ports Authority reports strong performance in FY2015 Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA's regional plan to include Ohio-to-Chicago passenger-rail corridor Read More »
Passenger Rail
Orange County transit agency pledges $56 million toward proposed streetcar line Read More »
Safety
NCDOT preps for railroad crossing removal in Rowan County Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CMA releases agendas for Railway Interchange 2015 conference Read More »
Class Is
North American railroad volume slips a tad so far in 2015 Read More »

August 19

Passenger Rail
BART unveils new bike parking station at Civic Center Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra installing mobile-device charging stations in downtown Chicago Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA posts guidance for Capital Investment Grant requests Read More »
Passenger Rail
California lawmaker to host hearing on San Joaquin Valley passenger-rail improvements Read More »
Financials
Honolulu rail project $8 million short in Q4 tax revenue Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD, University of Colorado agree to naming rights for A Line rail Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
R. J. Corman praised for plan to revive South Carolina short line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Christie, Foxx 'committed' to working together on new Hudson River rail tunnels Read More »

August 18

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Nordco, Kelso, PTSI, Brookfield Infrastructure and Whitmore (Aug. 18) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Foothill Gold Line station dedicated in California Read More »
Passenger Rail
Edmonton preps for slower train operations along new light-rail extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Washington State DOT resumes landslide mitigation work Read More »
Intermodal
Mississippi transportation panel OKs port improvement grants Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North to receive FTA grant for hurricane resiliency work Read More »
Class Is
Gov. Wolf releases crude-by-rail safety recommendations for Pennsylvania Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA, Keolis hash out terms of service improvement agreement Read More »

August 17

People
Massachusetts Gov. Baker names Gittlen to MassDOT board Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver awards $20,000 grant to Metra for rail safety messaging Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Long Beach accepts FEMA grants to beef up security, sets record in July Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA plots meeting to review derailment report, unveils 7000-series rail cars on Green Line Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA technical report reviews corridor alternatives for Texas Central Railway project Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Vancouver opens new freight-rail entrance Read More »
People
L.A. Metro's Washington names new executive staff members Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA proposes new safety program rules for transit industry Read More »

August 14

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Knoxville Locomotive, Saddle Creek Logistics, Retlif, L.B. Foster and Kennedy/Jenks (Aug. 14) Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit unveils transportation plan for Pope Francis' U.S. visit Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Freight index down slightly in June, BTS says Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York City Transit's on-time performance falls, audit finds Read More »
Passenger Rail
Foxx: Baltimore's Red Line funds can't be used for other projects Read More »
Logistics
TNW expands Texas logistics center Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA board decries 'safety breach' over unrepaired track defect Read More »
People
UTA CEO Allegra to retire Read More »

August 13

Passenger Rail
Orange County transit agency solicits feedback on Measure M sales tax Read More »
Class Is
AAR: U.S. railroads' carloads down 4.4 percent, intermodal traffic up 3.1 percent in Week 31 Read More »
People
Ontario transportation commission names Moore president, CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cleveland RTA debuts new Red Line rail station Read More »
People
Erasmus named top exec at Fort Worth & Western Railroad Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Report: Union Pacific to trim management staff; Nissan recognizes UP customer service, environmental efforts Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Blumenthal urges Metro-North to set firm deadline for PTC implementation Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN CEO Mongeau to take medical leave for tumor treatment Read More »

August 12

Safety
San Francisco debuts plan to bolster safety for cable-car operators Read More »
People
Banta, Grabauskas named to international public transit board Read More »
MOW
Metra maps out tie, platform replacement projects Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Canadian agency offers 'participant funding' for environmental review of CN intermodal hub Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver awards $204,000 in rail-safety education grants Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific preps 'dedicated trains' for western Canada's grain shippers Read More »
People
Ferrara named interim president of MTA New York City Transit Read More »
Amtrak
Schumer proposes plan for new Hudson River rail tunnels Read More »

August 11

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Hub Group, Siemens, Alstom and Hanson (Aug. 11) Read More »
People
ASLRRA appoints Collins to board's executive committee Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART completes fleet-wide carpet replacement project Read More »
People
San Diego transit system names Guaderrama director of security Read More »
Intermodal
Ports busy as retailers gear up for the holidays Read More »
Safety
North Dakota Public Service Commission hires Carson as track inspector Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB: Rail industry's cost of capital contracted in 2014 Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF's net income up 5 percent, total revenue down 6 percent in 2Q Read More »

August 10

People
Tennyson named North Carolina's transportation secretary Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro unveils new station names, advances construction of Crenshaw/LAX transit-rail Read More »
MOW
First new rail bridge in 100 years opens between U.S., Mexico Read More »
People
LRIW's 'Woman of the Year' nominations are due Friday Read More »
Passenger Rail
California Gov. Brown signs bill allowing BART to pursue clean energy Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Claremont Concord Railroad Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority issues RFQ for environmental, engineering services Read More »
PTC
FRA updates Congress on PTC status, says most railroads will miss deadline Read More »

August 7

Canadian National Railway - CN
Transportation Safety Board issues report on CN train collision Read More »
Passenger Rail
Car usage drops among L.A. Metro's rail riders Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet preps for installation of e-fare system at Lloyd Center light-rail station Read More »
Financials
Independent firm completes audit of WMATA's 2014 financial statements Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate confirms Dominguez as PHMSA administrator Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York City Transit: Removing trashcans helps reduce rate of track fires Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Schumer wants FRA to do more to ensure safety of rail-crossing signals, rail cars Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA completes FEIS for All Aboard Florida; state panel OKs bond financing Read More »

August 6

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from REMSA, Miller Ingenuity, FreightCar America, American Railcar and Chicago Freight Car Leasing (Aug. 6) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit sells nearly $1 billion in 'green bonds' Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP recognized for employee wellness programs Read More »
Safety
New Jersey completes safety improvements at NJ Transit crossing Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Carper introduces bill to increase federal gas tax Read More »
Safety
Safer rail not just a 'pipe dream,' new report says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Charlotte transit system mulls passenger-rail extension Read More »
Class Is
AAR: Energy sector weighing heavily on U.S. rail traffic Read More »

August 5

Rail Industry Trends
New on ProgressiveRailroading.com: Rail Product News Read More »
Passenger Rail
Iowa DOT drafts transportation improvement plans Read More »
People
Massachusetts Gov. Baker names Sullivan, Mazzarella to MassDOT board Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Monica gears up for Expo Line testing Read More »
People
Bravo named director of Miami-Dade Transit Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro establishes office of 'extraordinary innovation' Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Study: Washington state's short lines need $600 million in upgrades Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern's Butler to retire Oct. 1 Read More »

August 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Thales, Xplore, Wabtec, Bombardier and CIT (Aug. 4) Read More »
Shippers
Canadian Grain Commission updates producer car program for 2015-16 crop year Read More »
Labor
Paducah and Louisville engineers ratify labor pact Read More »
Passenger Rail
Portland Streetcar spurs $4.5 billion in new real estate development, study says Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA recognizes transit agencies, businesses for sustainability initiatives Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario plots GO Transit grade separation project Read More »
People
Intermodal industry to honor CSX's Gooden with Silver Kingpin Award Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Weak coal market, mine closures impact Genesee & Wyoming 2Q earnings Read More »

August 3

Passenger Rail
WMATA completes replacement of first entrance escalator at Bethesda Station Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP reports enviromental sustainability efforts Read More »
People
Tennyson named North Carolina's acting transportation secretary Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco's E Embarcadero streetcar line opens Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Pacific to operate Grenada Railway in north central Mississippi Read More »
People
In memoriam: Michael Paras, longtime railroader Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail to undergo federally funded infrastructure improvements Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, Iowa Pacific and INDOT sign agreement for Hoosier State route Read More »
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