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News November 13, 2014
FRA Administrator Szabo Resigns
Joseph C. Szabo, who has served as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) since 2009, announced he will be leaving the agency in January 2015. Read more
L.A. Metro Breaks Ground on Purple Line Extension
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) leaders recently joined federal, state and local officials at the groundbreaking of the first segment of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project. Read more
AAR Reports Record Monthly Intermodal Traffic
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported increases for U.S. rail traffic in both carload and intermodal volumes for October 2014 when compared with October 2013, with monthly intermodal traffic the highest ever recorded for the U.S. rail industry. Read more
Construction Alternative Approved for CSX DC Tunnel Project
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved a preferred construction alternative for the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project in the District of Columbia. Read more
Leroy Ball Named Koppers President & CEO
Koppers Holdings Inc. has appointed Leroy Ball as president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2015, as part of its long-term strategic planning process. Read more
Metrolinx Upgrading Toronto's USRC Signaling System
Metrolinx, the provincial agency that oversees transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, will begin to upgrade and modernize the signaling system in Toronto's Union Station Rail Corridor (USRC). Read more
BNSF Opens New Permian Basin Logistic Center
BNSF Railway held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new logistic center in Sweetwater, Texas. Read more
FRA Rule Strengthens Training Requirements for Railroad Safety Employees
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a final rule that requires railroad employees and contractors who perform safety-related work to be trained and qualified to comply with any relevant federal railroad safety laws, regulations, and orders. Read more
Bombardier & CSR Puzhen Developing Vehicles for China Transit Systems
Bombardier Transportation has formed a joint venture with CSR Nanjing Puzhen Co. Ltd (CSR Puzhen) to develop and manufacture vehicles for China’s urban and airport transit systems. Read more
Just Published
The Fourth Quarter 2014 edition of The Official Railway Guide (Vol. 147, No. 4) has been sent to subscribers. Highlights of the latest issue include:

  • Coal/Lumber Connections, exclusive to this issue.
  • Extensive updates on many of the 30 regional railroad maps.
  • New listings for Eastside Freight Service, LLC; Blue Ridge Southern, L.L.C.; and East Broad Top Connecting Railroad.
  • Updated contacts at numerous Class I, II and III freight railroads, rail industry associations, and agencies and commissions.


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