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Rail News: September 2015

September 30

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Kelso, CIG, Bombardier, Hanson and WSP (Sept. 30) Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA finishes $50 million rehab of Red Line station Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro to begin station construction for Purple Line extension Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX launches app to aid businesses during Virginia tunnel reconstruction Read More »
Safety
PHMSA to provide $5.9 million for rail incident response training Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Foxx unveils new transportation investment center Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS renames Memphis yard in recognition of Butler's service Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP acquires Steelcare Inc. Read More »

September 29

People
AASHTO names Trombino president, Bernhardt VP Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink mulls fare policy changes Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
North Carolina Railroad to construct new bridge over Crabtree Creek Read More »
People
L.A. Metro names Schank chief innovation officer Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
G&W adds Neupaver, Pyne to board; Melzer, Ringo to end terms in 2016 Read More »
Labor
Presidential Emergency Board proposes contract terms for NJ Transit workers Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX, mechanical unions praise 'progressive' labor partnership Read More »
M&A
Progress Rail to acquire Rail Product Solutions from Amsted Read More »
Passenger Rail
SunRail secures $93.4 million federal grant agreement for expansion Read More »

September 28

People
Virginia rail agency names Craig director of engineering and project oversight Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minneapolis transit agency aims to up solar energy usage Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART proposes rail station improvements near UC Berkeley Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA kicks off subway recycling program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra safety director Konczal receives international award for safety efforts Read More »
Labor
Kinnear named president of Amalgamated Transit Union Canada Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP eyes expansion of Port Laredo Intermodal Ramp Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority proposes drilling under Angeles National Forest Read More »

September 25

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Alstom, Siemens, Harris Williams, Cubic, and Alcatel-Lucent (Sept. 25) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
L.B. Foster, Georgia & Florida RR host congressional visitors Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario continues tunneling work for Eglinton Crosstown light-rail line Read More »
Labor
BLET letter to railroad CEOs raises concerns about locomotive engineer fatigue Read More »
High-Speed Rail
More than 60 percent of Americans would use high-speed rail, APTA study finds Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro OKs contract to study rail-crossing safety enhancements Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia Ports Authority posts record growth in FY2015 Read More »
Safety
FTA approves WMATA's safety improvement plan Read More »

September 24

Class Is
Eight BLET family members receive James R. Hoffa scholarships Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS appoints Merilli VP engineering Read More »
People
Cincinnati Metro adds Weaver, Jones to exec team Read More »
People
Metra names Jones to oversee HR Read More »
Safety
Tri-state board OKs $3.75 million grade separation project in Ohio Read More »
Passenger Rail
Seattle Streetcar schedules open houses for Center City Connector route Read More »
MOW
NCDOT approves contract for Sugar Creek grade separation project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. traffic dips 2.5 percent in Week 37 Read More »

September 23

Amtrak
Amtrak adds Saturday night routes between Milwaukee and Chicago Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian railways honored for environmental, safety initiatives Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia commission slates meetings on new transit route Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland transit agency wins FTA award for Purple Line planning Read More »
People
Operation Lifesaver's Rose to step down as president Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama administration to speed up infrastructure project decisions Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA's fiscal oversight board details 'serious, deep-seated' problems Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS announces leadership changes: Moorman to exit as exec chair, Squires named chair, Manion to retire Read More »

September 22

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Kelso, Battelle, HNTB, Hub and SNC-Lavalin (Sept. 22) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit's commuter-rail service turns 15 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Foothill Gold Line stations completed in Azusa Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia Ports Authority OKs capital projects to accommodate growth Read More »
Passenger Rail
Substation fire suspends service along three WMATA rail lines Read More »
Intermodal
Ports of Virginia, Richmond agree to new 40-year lease Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra: No rail service after Dec. 31 without PTC deadline extension Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak set to choose Alstom to build new high-speed trains, Schumer says Read More »

September 21

Safety
Port of Vancouver event highlights new crude-oil tank cars, safety measures Read More »
Passenger Rail
HNTB Corp. tapped to design Orange County Streetcar Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Schumer lauds FRA's call to increase transparency on bridge conditions Read More »
Intermodal
PortMiami completes deep dredge, on-dock rail terminal project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland transit agency to purchase eight new diesel locomotives Read More »
People
Knueppel named SEPTA's new general manager Read More »
High-Speed Rail
States give green light to Richmond-to-Raleigh high-speed rail line Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS completes acquisition of Delaware & Hudson line from CP Read More »

September 18

Labor
TTD endorses efforts to advance Hudson rail tunnel project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Keolis surpasses disadvantaged business participation goal at MBTA Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu transit-rail project shortfall balloons to more than $1 billion Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro integrates TAP fare card with 25 area transit systems Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet board OKs payroll tax increase Read More »
High-Speed Rail
XpressWest, Chinese firm agree to launch Vegas-to-L.A. high-speed rail line Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern to restructure Triple Crown Service Read More »
Passenger Rail
Charlotte transit agency to receive TIFIA loan for light-rail extension Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate committee grills FRA's Feinberg on PTC Read More »

September 17

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from CTC, Rail Logix, Hanson, Rocky Mountaineer and Danella (Sept. 17) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu slates transit-oriented development workshop Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA plots improvements to Ventra app Read More »
Intermodal
Schneider streamlines cross-border intermodal service Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
New on ProgressiveRailroading.com: Rail Product News Read More »
Class Is
CSX, CN recognized for sustainability practices Read More »
Class Is
AAR: U.S. rail traffic volume slowed during Labor Day week Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Long Beach finishes $93 million rail project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
GAO report underscores need for PTC extension, AAR's Hamberger says Read More »

September 16

Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida nabs design award Read More »
Security
L.A. Metro to debut new security technologies Read More »
Passenger Rail
MassDOT slates meetings for passenger-rail expansions in New England Read More »
Safety
FRA, NY inspectors complete latest round of crude-by-rail safety checks Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailTrends 2015 early-bird deadline is Friday Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
U.S. Rep. Ribble wants states to decide truck weight Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra eyes $5.7 million in cost reductions for 2016 budget Read More »
Amtrak
Cuomo, Christie propose 50-50 funding solution for Hudson rail tunnel project Read More »

September 15

People
APTA's Waters to retire; White named successor Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority, Bakersfield agree on station planning effort Read More »
Shippers
Charleston Harbor project advances to make room for post-Panamax ships Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYC Transit opens first new subway station in decades Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Crosstie production fell, but purchases increased in July Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet opens new Orange Line light-rail route Read More »
People
GE Transportation names Miller president, CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA awards $19.5 million in grants to bolster transit-oriented development Read More »

September 14

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from TTS, BNSF Logistics, Kelso, Alstom and Cubic (Sept. 14) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Monrovia Station dedicated along Foothill Gold Line extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD tests A Line commuter trains at 45 mph Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA granted $1.25 million for Red, Purple lines Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Nevada Gov. Sandoval names five to high-speed rail agency Read More »
Passenger Rail
Derailment prompts MTA's Prendergast to call for greater funding from NYC Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA's Feinberg to get Senate confirmation hearing this week Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Railroads warn of service disruption as PTC deadline looms Read More »

September 11

People
North Carolina Railroad, TNW make management changes Read More »
Safety
Metra gears up for Illinois rail safety week, seeks to reshape brand Read More »
Shippers
Consumers United for Rail Equity becomes Freight Rail Customer Alliance Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu transit-rail agency completes four miles of elevated guideway Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD plots service changes for new rail lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index a tad stronger in July Read More »
Labor
California enacts two-person crew legislation Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto suburb supports freight bypass to expand transit services Read More »

September 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Siemens, CIG, Bombardier, Alstom, The Andersons, and Skelly and Loy (Sept. 10) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Short lines: INRD workers join BMWED, OmniTRAX joins Colorado economic organization Read More »
MOW
NCDOT awards $10.2 million contract for rail link Read More »
MOW
Washington state DOT seeks applicants for freight-rail funding Read More »
Intermodal
Kansas DOT unveils finalists for transload center sites Read More »
C&S
CTA awards $32.6 million signal replacement contract Read More »
Financials
Coal crunch continues to crimp financial performance, CSX says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Intermodal gains continue to prop up U.S. traffic levels Read More »

September 9

MOW
Rocla kicks off construction of tie manufacturing plant in Florida Read More »
Intermodal
Joint powers authority to review proposed ICTF expansion near L.A.-area ports Read More »
M&A
European, U.S. regulators OK GE's plan to buy Alstom's energy business Read More »
Passenger Rail
Arizona DOT publishes DEIS on Tucson-Phoenix passenger-rail project Read More »
Class Is
Only four Class Is were 'revenue adequate' in 2014, STB says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario issues RFQ for Finch West light-rail project Read More »
PTC
AAR to Congress: Clarity needed ASAP on PTC Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX shakes up senior management team after Munoz resigns Read More »

September 8

Passenger Rail
Cubic wins $12.6 million contract to update BART's revenue management system Read More »
Passenger Rail
Keolis to hire additional conductors on MBTA lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Iowa DOT unveils new freight transportation grant program Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Maine DOT contracts Central Maine & Quebec to operate state-owned branch line Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA taps firms for transit-oriented development plans Read More »
PTC
TEX Rail line to be equipped with PTC Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chinese rail-car manufacturer breaks ground on Massachusetts facility Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Governors coalition calls on Congress to institute long-term surface transportation bill Read More »

September 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from REMSA, Holland, Bombardier, Schwartz and Encore (Sept. 4) Read More »
MOW
Caltrain preps corridor for new fencing Read More »
People
Port Tampa Bay CEO Anderson to chair Florida Ports Council Read More »
Logistics
Americold to build cold-storage warehouse near Maine port Read More »
Safety
Metra awards contract to Parsons for PTC implementation Read More »
Safety
Metrolink adds locomotives to Hyundai-Rotem cab cars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina board OKs plan to upgrade rail service statewide Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, TSA to beef up security over Labor Day weekend Read More »

September 3

Passenger Rail
Denton County transit agency nabs platinum award for financial transparency Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA seeks public input on 'XPEDITE' initiative Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro seeks ridership ideas; California high-speed authority slates meetings Read More »
People
Eno Center President and CEO Schank to step down Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA turns over FY2014 audit to FTA Read More »
Class Is
AAR: Carloads slip in August, but intermodal still on the upswing Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS to realign exec reporting structure for IT, strategic planning Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FCC's proposed rule would let railroad police use public safety radio Read More »

September 2

Passenger Rail
Santa Clara Valley transit agency reopens Montague light-rail station Read More »
Labor
BLET picks construction firm for new headquarters building project Read More »
Passenger Rail
PATCO preps for final stage of $103 million Ben Franklin Bridge rehab project Read More »
Safety
Capitol Corridor debuts rail crossing safety video Read More »
Logistics
Twin Eagle marks start of Permian Rail Park project Read More »
Financials
VIA Rail Canada reports 5.2 percent revenue increase in 2Q Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS debuts first of new Tier-3 'Eco' locomotives Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA makes $10 million available to states for rail crossing safety projects Read More »

September 1

Federal Legislation & Regulation
Foxx, Barbour and Hoffa to address transportation infrastructure needs Read More »
Class Is
Cenovus acquires crude-oil transloading facility in Alberta Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pennsylvania DOT solicits comments on statewide rail plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART, MTA receive $700,000 in workforce grants Read More »
People
Metrolink names Konove deputy CEO Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Washington agency solicits comments on crude-by-rail projects Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF feels heat of wildfires in northwestern Montana Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA report: Inspector deleted data about track defect that led to derailment Read More »
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