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Rail News: August 2016

August 31

New STB website address to reflect agency's independence Sound Transit to add extra train on commuter-rail route MBTA names Chan real estate manager BART debuts rewards program to encourage ridership outside peak hours Researchers: Light-rail flywheel system could save energy, money Great Western Industrial Park partners with real estate firm NTSB opens public docket for 2015 Metrolink accident GE acquires ShipXpress to expand digital rail offerings

August 30

Rail supplier news from Lilee, VHB, Ultimate Software, Contech, Gannett Fleming and Direct ChassisLink (Aug. 30) Metro-North wraps up $3.6 million station renovation project New Joliet intermodal center will have BNSF access Metra takes delivery of final two Highliner cars Rail subcommittee hears praise, criticism of California's high-speed rail project WMATA pilots Wi-Fi service at six rail stations Short Line Safety Institute completes safety assessment pilot project AREMA honors CREATE's Englewood Flyover with annual Hay award

August 29

M-1 Rail is testing track for new Detroit streetcar Sound Transit taps Absher Construction Co. to build Northgate Station RTA: Crosstie production, purchases fell in July Benson recommended as UTA's next president, CEO North Carolina to buy PTC equipment with federal funds Japan commits $2 million toward Baltimore-D.C. maglev study Amtrak receives $2.5 billion RRIF loan for Alstom trains, Northeast Corridor upgrades

August 26

Kentucky lawmaker Guthrie visits R. J. Corman's headquarters NARP names Nelson director of resource development Genesee & Wyoming short line to serve diesel exhaust fluid terminal in Ohio CP calls for on-board recording technology legislation Sound Transit's Q2 light-rail ridership soared 77 percent Washington state sets new crude-by-rail rule FTA: WMATA fails to properly secure unattended trains TIGER grant to help fund safety project at California rail crossing

August 25

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Rail.One, Lilee, Siemens and Unmanned Experts (Aug. 25) Continental Refining begins shipping oil via Kentucky rail park FECR appoints Hall as VP of carload sales U.S. railroads post traffic increases in grain, autos Sound Transit to open South 200th light-rail extension in September CN, CDPQ reach Montreal track agreement for REM project In memoriam: Emilio Sacristan Roy, architect of Mexico's railway privatization Fort Worth Transportation Authority kicks off TEX Rail construction

August 24

Metra to paint station in Pullman rail-car colors RICA names UP 'railroad of the year' Milwaukee taps Kiewit to build streetcar line CSX to add, speed up trains in Indiana LIRR wraps up track installation for first phase of double-track project CN, Archer Daniels Midland log traffic increase at Decatur ramp Congressional hearing to examine status of California high-speed rail project Class I employment in July down from last year

August 23

Fasana appointed L.A. Metro chair; Whitmore named Fort Worth agency's VP of administration Cincinnati Bell buys streetcar naming rights STB discontinues chairman's annual 'outlook' letter Valley Metro taps Stacy and Witbeck to lead station construction FRA, AAR warn Pokemon Go maker about gamers near railroads ConnectOregon grants awarded to intermodal projects UP applies for permit to operate Texas cross-border bridge U.S. Sen. Blumenthal to Metro-North: Expedite PTC

August 22

TransLink unveils Mark III train Indiana panel OKs $20 million for commuter-rail expansion efforts California state grants to fund San Diego passenger-rail double-track projects Indiana Rail Road, Venture Logistics to open warehouse in Indianapolis FTA to hire new contractors to assist in WMATA safety oversight Honolulu transit-rail agency exec Grabauskas resigns Grain shippers object to rail carriers' views on STB's investigative authority Rail groups praise Amtrak's choice of Moorman as next CEO

August 19

U.S. lawmakers tour rail facilities in Texas, Iowa The Tide marks five years of light-rail service Del Monte extends lease at CSX-linked Port Manatee Metrolinx to increase train trips on GO Transit's Milton line South Carolina ports log higher volume, earnings in FY2016 BLET members OK new SEPTA contract Minnesota rail authority issues RFP for St. Paul rail yards project WMATA police investigate East Falls Church derailment Former NS CEO Moorman to lead Amtrak

August 18

New Orleans railroad names Sleeth director of business development Reading & Northern lawsuit can proceed, judge rules Infiniti vehicles processed at CSX-served JAXPORT terminal Metra preps for tie replacement project on Electric District line CP ready to move this year's larger grain crop Amtrak police chief investigated for fraud, conflict of interest North American railroad traffic slump continues

August 17

Rail supplier news from Hexagon, Michael Baker, LTK and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (Aug. 17) UP, Operation Lifesaver issue public safety messages FRA updates railroads' PTC implementation status FTA orders WMATA to curb stop signal overruns Caltrain inks contracts with Balfour Beatty, Stadler for electrification project Canadian Pacific fined $1.2 million for violating FCC rules California panel awards $390 million in transit grants

August 16

Valley Metro light-rail extension named project of the year BLET releases details of NJ Transit labor pact Train traffic, speed to increase on LIRC line in Kentucky, Indiana Itawamba County Rail Authority takes control of Mississippi short line BART: Bond revenue would fund repairs L.A. Metro opens North Hollywood pedestrian tunnel AAR again urges FRA to drop two-person crew proposal FRA awards $25 million in PTC grants

August 15

Rail supplier news from NESCO, Schindler, Systra and Auto Truck (Aug. 15) STB Reauthorization Act will help expedite rate cases, FRCA says Ontario to add new GO Transit track on Toronto bridge Saskatchewan leaders advise preparation for large grain crop CTA gears up for $23 million renovation of medical district station FRA awards $3 million toward SMART's PTC efforts Rail shippers petition USDOT over tank-car safety regs Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Providence and Worcester

August 12

Freight index increased in June, second quarter U.S. railroads post 5.5 percent traffic decline in week 31 New York City Transit fails to collect nearly half of fines Pennsylvania panel OKs $62 billion transportation improvement plan APTA: A majority of Americans back tax spending on public transit Metropolitan Council OKs FEIS for Minneapolis Green Line extension Kansas City Southern slates projects for Texas, Louisiana FTA unveils final rule for comprehensive safety programs

August 11

DART's board elects Kelly Amtrak preps RFQ for Baltimore station redevelopment Caltrain logged ridership record in FY2016 Former New York MTA Chair Kiley dies WMATA beefs up track inspection after derailment APTA names Metro Transit 'system of the year' Feds announce final rule for flammable liquids, tank cars AAR appeals STB's on-time performance ruling

August 10

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Goldschmidt Thermit, L.B. Foster, Michael Baker and Retlif (Aug. 10) Illinois, Ohio DOTs win awards for railroad projects MTA gears up for systemwide subway cleanup Cargo import increase likely for 2016, national retailers say Dallas Streetcar's Bishop Arts extension to open in late August Florida East Coast Railway's Hertwig to receive IANA 'Kingpin' award Metra puts rail-car RFP on hold CSX designates Indiana business park a 'Select Site'

August 9

Norfolk Southern touts sustainability achievements South Carolina ports take delivery of two giant cranes Minneapolis Green Line extension cost jumps by $19 million Patriot Rail names Reddell VP, safety chief Baton Rouge streetcar project obtains environmental clearance STB determines cost of capital for 2015 FTA lays out plan for improving WMATA's track problems

August 8

Rail supplier news from L.B. Foster, uGRIDD, Argenia Railway Technologies, GE Transportation and Gannett Fleming (Aug. 8) MassDOT names DeWolfe director of sustainable mobility FTA encourages 'dialogue' on transportation research plan North Shore Railroad names three to new posts Michigan nonprofit to study passenger-rail route between Traverse City, Ann Arbor One week to go for LRIW's 'Woman of the Year' nominations Toronto proposes massive new 'Rail Deck Park' in city's downtown BNSF's Q2 revenue off on lower volume, fuel surcharges

August 5

Former U.S. Rep. LaTourette dies Denver RTD's G Line test train arrives at Arvada Station U.S. rail traffic down 7.9 percent in July Ferromex contracts with Duos Technologies for train imaging system Amtrak: New locomotives reduce delays on Northeast, Keystone corridors IANA: Intermodal growth streak ended in Q2 Maryland agency must reevaluate Purple Line's projected ridership, judge rules Pershing Square sells stake in Canadian Pacific

August 4

Rail supplier news from Brookville, Harsco, Ericsson, TranSystems and HNTB (Aug. 4) EIA: Crude-by-rail shipments to East Coast are declining Cincinnati Streetcar gears up for pre-revenue service UP kicks off bridge work over Bayou Lafourche WMATA officer charged with attempting to support ISIL Kia to ship auto parts via rail to Georgia terminal SEPTA to start returning Silverliner V cars to service in late August BNSF to appeal court ruling against Southern California intermodal project

August 3

Hoosier State service crosses one-year mark under new contract STB updates fees for case filings MBTA panel OKs use of solar energy at parking facilities UP promotes four to marketing, sales leadership posts WMATA mulls sale of D.C. headquarters building Central Texas & Colorado River short line begins operations MTA, New York health officials take aim at Zika transmission in subways

August 2

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Greenbrier, FreightCar America, Granite Construction, Vossloh and moovel (Aug. 2) CentrePort names Johnson CFO CTA wins APTA 'Innovation Award' for Ventra app NARBW names Gutteridge Anos president MBTA mulls layoffs to close projected $110 million deficit New Illinois law cracks down on drivers who ignore grade crossing signals, gates Metrolinx orders 125 bilevel rail cars from Bombardier Genesee & Wyoming's Q2 revenue falls, but company beats expectations

August 1

NARP names Becker VP of operations PATH broke ridership record in June PennDOT opens application period for 2016 freight-rail grants WMATA Silver Line train derails STB proposes regs for implementing FAST Act provisions Environmental study unveiled for Montreal's proposed light-rail system FRA unveils final version of new rule governing passenger-rail safety USDOT awards $500 million in TIGER VIII grants << Previous Next >>
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