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Railway Age News
A study by HNTB Corp. for regional transit organizations and mayors in Louisiana says that a new passenger train service linking New Orleans and Baton Rouge on existing freight trackage, with intermediate stops and beginning as twice-daily trips, could ultimately grow to regular service with a station near New Orleans International Airport.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) analysts are recommending two contractors be selected to construct the Downtown Regional Connector, improving connections among LA's subway and light rail lines.

CSX Corp. announced late Tuesday, April 15, 2014 first-quarter net earnings of $398 million, or 40 cents per share, down from $462 million, or 45 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013. But that still beat Wall Street analyst consensus estimates of 38 cents per share.

VIA Metropolitan Transit officials in San Antonio, Tex., on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, welcomed a judicial ruling that any appeal of a decision to use bonds to build a new multimodal station, to be used by streetcars among other modes, must pay nearly $4 million.

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) has selected Protran Technology’s Protracker System for roadway worker protection.
Legislation introduced in late 2013 in Mexico’s House of Deputies to amend certain provisions in the Mexican Regulatory Railroad Service Law could have “a material adverse effect” on Kansas City Southern’s consolidated financial statements if the proposed amendments “are ultimately adopted as introduced,” KSC warns its investors in the company’s 2013 Annual Report.

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) has maintained that success of its passenger rail startup in its California namesake counties was ultimately linked to ferry service to and from San Francisco. That vision now has been endorsed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area's metropolitan planning organization (MPO).

The Surface Transportation Board is directing BNSF Railway, Kansas City Southern Railway, and Union Pacific to "Engage in mandatory mediation to resolve" the issue of trackage rights over nine miles of right-of-way in Texas and Louisiana.

WTS International, the association for the professional advancement of women in transportation, announced the selection of the winners of its seven scholarships for 2014 on Monday, April 14, 2014.

STV Group, Inc. said Monday, April 14, 2014 it has helped guide a major expansion at Norfolk Southern's Bellevue Yard in Ohio, which when completed "will make the facility one of the largest rail car classification and switching yards of its kind in North America."

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