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Rail News: September 2013

September 30

Passenger Rail
Twin Cities' Metro Transit adds Wi-Fi to Northstar trains Read More »
People
APTA elects 2013-14 Executive Committee Read More »
People
Moody to manage Oklahoma DOT's rail division Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX earns recognition for sustainability efforts Read More »
People
FRA assigns Lauby, Fiorenzo to new posts Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA to solicit comments on proposed rulemaking for transit safety, asset management Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida advances plans for proposed intercity passenger-rail service Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian agency again extends suspension date of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic's operating license Read More »

September 27

Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to start charging fares for Tacoma light-rail service Read More »
C&S
Crossing projects a priority in North Carolina, Ohio and Oregon Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to begin trackwork in Michigan next week Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Carloads rose in Canada, fell in U.S. and Mexico last week Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet posted commuter-rail ridership increase in summer Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP garners veteran magazine and AAR honors, advances trackwork in two states Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland transit agency provides public more time to review Purple Line environmental document Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN to resume service on major portion of Kelowna Pacific's shuttered line Read More »

September 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from ARL, Wabtec, BSM Technologies, Brandt, QLS Logistic, Husch Blackwell, Voith Turbo and New York Air Brake (Sept. 26) Read More »
CSX Transportation
Frulla to succeed Bethel as VP of transportation for CSX's Northern Region Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
New Jersey provides $12.9 million for freight-rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Power failure on Metro-North's New Haven Line could take weeks to repair Read More »
Amtrak
Indiana, Amtrak begin negotiations for Hoosier State rail service contract Read More »
People
Obama nominates Miller as STB member Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD to evaluate four proposals to build North Metro line Read More »
Intermodal
Florida allocates $150 million for port infrastructure projects Read More »

September 25

MOW
Pennsylvania rail authority posts progress on bridge replacement project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB to hold investigative hearing on Metro-North accidents Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak takes steps to preserve Hudson Yards right of way Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Early bird rate for RailTrends conference ends Friday Read More »
MOW
Washington state port onto second phase of rail entrance project Read More »
Safety
Crossing safety: Illinois transportation center releases study; Canadian rail association anticipates new regs Read More »
Passenger Rail
SMART project accepted into federal 'Small Starts' program Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP touts high carbon disclosure score, high magazine honor for VP Betsworth Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA signs interagency agreement to strengthen 'Buy America' rules Read More »

September 24

MOW
BNSF to bolster infrastructure, add capacity in Illinois Read More »
Passenger Rail
M-1 Rail sets up business council to advise Detroit streetcar construction process Read More »
Labor
CN, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference disagree on potential impacts of Class I's proposed contract concessions Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS helps commemorate opening of Ray-Carroll grain elevator in Missouri Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS reassigns seven execs, sets another loading record at Virginia coal transload facility Read More »
Safety
MTA appoints 'blue ribbon' panel to review safety at its three railroads Read More »
Passenger Rail
Corps of Engineers releases final environmental statement on Massachusetts' South Coast Rail project Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce contracted again in August Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA: Public transportation ridership rose in second quarter Read More »

September 23

Labor
Temporary restraining order ends BLET's strike against Wheeling & Lake Erie Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA aims to improve fare-payment options Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Early bird rate for RailTrends conference ends Friday Read More »
Safety
CTA's new campaign warns of trespassing dangers Read More »
Intermodal
Three Class Is to serve ADM's new intermodal facility in Illinois Read More »
Amtrak
Colorado flooding prompts Amtrak Zephyr detour; Pacific Surfliner adds four stops Read More »
Amtrak
Capitol Corridor's ridership dipped in August following bounce in July Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS reaches yard expansion emissions agreement with Chicago, installs Stewart as CFO Read More »
Intermodal
Ports: New volume marks in South Carolina and Virginia, new rail facility in Washington and new director in Minnesota Read More »

September 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from EMD, Alstom, Bombardier, Red Hat, Savage, OmniTRAX Logistics and Timken (Sept. 20) Read More »
MOW
BNSF shares slate of work planned in Minnesota Read More »
People
WTS honors LaHood for diversity efforts in transportation Read More »
Labor
BLET-represented workers launch strike at Wheeling & Lake Erie Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN's business approach supports Halifax gateway growth, CEO says Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT releases $236 million for Honolulu's light-rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Los Angeles transit agency to restore historic train depot in North Hollywood Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR data: U.S. railroads making traffic strides in September Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific to close locomotive shop in Calgary Read More »

September 19

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from GE, Harsco, R.J. Corman, Nomad Digital, GFS and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Sept. 19) Read More »
Intermodal
ContainerPort's Coleman earns IANA's 2013 Silver Kingpin Award Read More »
PTC
Caltrain begins installation of advanced signaling system Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT boosts TIGER IV grant allocation for Raleigh Union Station project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Washington senators introduce Maritime Goods Movement Act Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Casey calls on Congress to start work on next transportation bill Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS marks 50th anniversary of Virginia coal transload facility Read More »
People
MTA's Prendergast picks Bianco as next NYCT president Read More »

September 18

Rail Industry Trends
Illinois DOT to form freight advisory council Read More »
Safety
Anti-trespassing research to focus on Amtrak route in Maine Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Join Progressive Railroading's LinkedIn group Read More »
C&S
California grade separation program continues to garner political support Read More »
Passenger Rail
Construction begins on Rail Runner station in New Mexico Read More »
Passenger Rail
Construction under way to renew San Diego Trolley's Blue Line Read More »
Intermodal
Long Beach port's volume reached six-year high in August Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR, unions agree on cost-saving measures for construction projects Read More »
PTC
GAO report: Congress should allow FRA to extend the PTC deadline on a case-by-case basis Read More »

September 17

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Timken, Siemens, Alstom, Bombardier, CIT, Westport and Nomad Digital (Sept. 17) Read More »
Labor
Indiana Rail Road, BLET reach tentative agreement Read More »
MOW
BNSF budgets $125 million for Oklahoma capex projects Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX lands on Dow Jones Sustainability Index for third-straight year Read More »
People
Fort Worth transit agency leader Ruddell to retire next month Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA kicks off construction on Salem commuter-rail station Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF a top IT innovator, InformationWeek says Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA needs additional state funding to carry out critical repair projects, GM says Read More »

September 16

Labor
Amtrak, BMWED agree to arbitration process for contract dispute Read More »
Intermodal
FY2015 federal budget should include funds for Virginia port's expansion project, two senators say Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia Ports Authority set cargo, container volume records in FY2013 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu transit-rail project to restart today Read More »
Mechanical
Long Island Rail Road, WMATA order cars from Kawasaki Read More »
MOW
Wisconsin DOT provides grant, loans for four freight-rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Capital Metro schedules meetings on Central Corridor study, gains TIGER grant for rail work Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian rail association, government renew pact to further reduce locomotive emissions Read More »

September 13

C&S
Ohio utilities commission OKs upgrades at four grade crossings Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA, labor leaders OK agreement to provide job opportunities to disadvantaged workers Read More »
CSX Transportation
North Carolina rail park now a 'CSX Select Site' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Washington's Supreme Court rules in favor of Sound Transit's East Link light-rail project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
FRA signs off on environmental work for Minneapolis-Duluth high-speed rail project Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Dow Jones recognizes CN's sustainability efforts Read More »
Amtrak
AASHTO executive urges Amtrak, states to complete passenger-rail agreements Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR cites strong Week 36 traffic results, promotes rail careers at Chicago event Read More »

September 12

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Continental Rail, Road & Rail, L.B. Foster and Gannett Fleming (Sept. 12) Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF budgets $110 million for Nebraska capex projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index inched up in July Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. transit agency issues 'notice to proceed' on Crenshaw/LAX line, reports 'strong' ridership for August Read More »
MOW
CREATE update: Crossover project completed in Blue Island Read More »
Labor
New York reaches labor agreement for new Rochester intermodal station Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Quebec accident fallout: TSB calls for review of haz-mat property analyses Read More »
Labor
CTA approves workforce plan, cuts 149 jobs Read More »

September 11

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Thales, AXION, Alstom, Napier and Kiewit (Sept. 11) Read More »
Logistics
BNSF Logistics to relocate Texas headquarters Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA drafts new rider conduct policy Read More »
Intermodal
Milwaukee allocates $500,000 for rail upgrades at city's port Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART, The T, DCTA collaborate on new mobile ticket app Read More »
Labor
Longshoremen union members OK Virginia port pact; BLET members consider CN-IC contract Read More »
Passenger Rail
OCTA chosen as local manager of LOSSAN passenger-rail corridor Read More »
Logistics
U.S. Silica, CSX's TRANSFLO open frac sand storage facility in West Virginia Read More »

September 10

Safety
HART to install safety gates at 21 rail stations Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Nebraska Central Railroad marks 20th anniversary Read More »
MOW
WMATA improved escalator availability in second quarter Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA, LIRR offer express service to LaGuardia from Long Island Read More »
Intermodal
Cold Train adds resources to accommodate refrigerated cargo growth Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB adopts new rules on transactions involving interchange agreements Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland transit officials seek public comments on Purple Line's environmental statement Read More »
Intermodal
About one-fifth of TIGER V grants target port projects, AAPA says Read More »

September 9

People
TTCI, North Carolina Railroad install new board members Read More »
MOW
CTA begins rehabbing Ravenswood Connector Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad turns 115 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to update public on East Link's Bel-Red corridor design work Read More »
MOW
Rail infrastructure upgrades on tap in four states Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak signs on for Carbon Disclosure Project, reaches bronze status under APTA sustainability program Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Indiana Rail Road to mark openings of new locomotive facility, intermodal terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia transportation department to explore transit options for U.S. Route 1 corridor Read More »

September 6

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news for The Andersons, Cubic Transportation, Alstom, Trinity and Delta Railroad Construction (Sept. 6) Read More »
Intermodal
Port Metro Vancouver to add two container examination facilities Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA's S Line streetcar to begin service Dec. 8 Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA, city of Decatur issue RFP for development near Avondale rail station Read More »
CSX Transportation
National Gateway's first phase now complete Read More »
Passenger Rail
Second-quarter ridership up, revenue down for VIA Rail Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: August a record-breaking month for intermodal traffic Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT announces $474 million in TIGER V grants Read More »

September 5

Safety
California launches new rail-safety campaign Read More »
Intermodal
Containerization & Intermodal Institute honors Norton Lilly's Thurber with 2013 Connie Award Read More »
Intermodal
Virginia port broke container record, set second-best rail mark in July Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Florida East Coast tabs Costantini as CTO; Patriot Rail assigns Haugh as SVP Read More »
Amtrak
Next phases of Amtrak infrastructure work to start this month in Illinois, Michigan Read More »
Logistics
Two partnerships target crude, grain rail facilities Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
SEPTA to receive $10 million TIGER V grant for rail line upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland Gov. O'Malley unveils $1.5 billion in Baltimore transportation investments Read More »

September 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Amsted Rail, Alstom and Bob Andrews Group (Sept. 4) Read More »
People
AARS awards Frank J. Richter Scholarships to three college students Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit makes room for more riders on Hudson-Bergen line Read More »
People
OmniTRAX installs Tweed as OmniTRAX Canada president, Mathieu as chief strategy officer Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF budgets $240 million for Texas capital projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTA adopts strategic plan, chairman proposes transit agencies merge planning departments Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific to pilot aerodynamic add-on for double-stack trains Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
TIGER V grants announced for Atlanta Beltline, Connecticut rail station Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Delaware, Maine and Minnesota port projects land TIGER V grants Read More »

September 3

Passenger Rail
Veolia awarded contract extension for South Florida RTA's Tri-Rail service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NAI Houston markets Cline Shale properties near BNSF, UP lines Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak board should have Long Island representation, Schumer says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT proposes rule to help expand transportation project delivery program to more states Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hawaii board OKs archaeological studies for Honolulu transit-rail project Read More »
Intermodal
Indiana port lets contract for rail loop work Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sound Transit to receive $24 million in TIGER V grants Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
TIGER V grants on tap for six rail projects, congressmen say Read More »
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