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Rail News: January 2016

January 29

Georgia legislator to introduce bill to expand MARTA's rail system

Indiana ports broke shipping records in 2015

Crosstie production, purchases rose in December, full year 2015

Sound Transit hires Shimmick for $13.2 million yard expansion, restores funding for station improvements

RSI: Rail-car backlog fell throughout 2015

L.A. Metro's Washington addresses ridership decline in annual report

Minnesota DOT shelves proposed Twin Cities-Rochester 'Zip Rail' line

San Francisco MTC awards nearly $500 million for transit capital projects

January 28

MARS elects 2016 officers

San Diego MTS names Barletta to oversee trolley, bus security

Austin's Capital Metro taps AECOM for central corridor transit study

CTA credits security cameras for 32 percent drop in crime on rail system

Sen. Manchin wants Senate review of CP-NS merger proposal

MTA board OKs $663 million contract for East Side Access project

New York officials unveil RFP for $3 billion Penn Station project

U.S. rail traffic continues slide in Week No. 3

January 27

Sound Transit to open University Link extension early, under budget

CP names Paull to succeed Hilal on board

SEPTA to roll out PTC system in February

Phoenix OKs earlier opening dates for three light-rail extensions

BNSF announces $4.3 billion capex plan

AAR details safety investments in first 'state of the industry' report

CN posts higher profits in Q4, full year 2015

Norfolk Southern posts lower profit in 2015, initiates cost-cutting measures

January 26

Rail supplier news from First State Manufacturing, FreightCar America, ASLRRA and Triangle Fluid Controls (Jan. 26)

STB solicits nominations for RSTAC vacancy

FRA extends comment period on future Northeast Corridor plan

East Coast transit agencies work to restore rail service after blizzard

Georgia Ports Authority reports 2015 volume growth, orders new cranes

Minneapolis Metro Transit's Blue Line posts highest annual ridership in 2015

Morristown & Erie completes third straight year of traffic growth

Amtrak mulls plan to reintroduce Gulf Coast service

January 25

Human trafficking to be discussed at Secure Rail Conference

Rail supplier news from Duos Technologies, Siemens, TranSystems and RSI (Jan. 25)

Metra: More than 1 million rides taken with Ventra App

G&W adds transload locator to website

Seattle's First Hill Streetcar route opens for service

U.S. Rep. Duckworth asks STB to review use of 'voting trusts' in railroad mergers

Valley Metro names Smith interim CEO

CN files for regulatory approval of Milton logistics hub

January 22

Rail supplier news from Railhead, MOBI, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and EverBank (Jan. 22)

S.C. Ports Authority logs strong volumes in 2015, expects flat growth in 2016

SEPTA to reuse energy created by braking subway cars

Thunder Mountain Line suspends Idaho tourist train operation

Amtrak's Harrisburg station to undergo improvements

CP to eliminate 1,000 jobs in 2016

KCS' earnings fall in Q4, EPS beats estimates

East Coast railroads, transit agencies gear up for blizzard

January 21

RTD kicks off new safety campaign

Teamsters object to proposed CP-NS merger

VRE appoints 2016 board officers

Rail traffic produces mixed results in 2016's second week

BART to equip all rail cars with surveillance cameras

Report: Amtrak Gateway program to cost up to $23.9 billion

CP posts 2015 financial results, pledges $1.1 billion for capex in 2016

UP's profit falls due to lower traffic volumes in 2015

January 20

Secure Rail sessions focus on cyber 'phishing' attacks, hacking of IoT

WMATA kicks off escalator project at Waterfront Station

DART names Rhone VP of capital design, construction

BART to run longer trains, increase staffing during Super Bowl 50

CP issues second white paper on its NS merger argument

World Trade Center transportation hub to open in March

Metro-North to implement 'close call' reporting system

FRA collects highest civil penalty rate for rail safety violations

January 19

Progressive Railroading seeks Eastern U.S. Regional Sales Manager

Rail supplier news from Kelso, SISCOG, Bombardier and Sasser Family Holdings (Jan. 19)

Caltrain kicks off annual ridership count

San Diego MTS to fine riders for refusing to give up priority seating

Metrolink OKs $2.2 million for mobile ticketing readers

Valero's proposed California crude-by-rail project slated for hearing

CP asks U.S. DOJ to review Class I execs' opposition to proposed merger

CSX to consolidate operating divisions, close Huntington office

January 18

BLET prepares for move to new HQ in Cleveland suburb

Rocky Mountaineer names Sammut president

Metra bans hoverboards, cites safety concerns

NRF recommends key port performance indicators for new USDOT program

Calgary Transit's first 'Mask' car arrives

L.A. Metro rejects request to postpone opening Gold Line station

FRA: rail mergers would impact safety; SMART TD opposed to CP takeover of NS

CentrePort to break ground on new Manitoba rail park

January 15

Secure Rail Conference to feature session on cyber security

Presidential board issues recommendations in NJ Transit labor dispute

Pittsburgh transit authority preps for Red Line repair project

Portland Streetcar leaders plan station closures

Cando Rail to build new rail terminal in British Columbia

California High-Speed Rail Authority inks station funding pact with Burbank

MTA gears up for $395 million subway renovation project in Brooklyn

CSX unveils plan for major intermodal hub in North Carolina

January 14

Rail supplier news from TranSystems, RSI, RailComm and AllTranstek (Jan. 14)

Schumer seeks FTA funds to increase capacity on New York City rail line

Amtrak touts its new electric locomotives, sustainability practices

Rail carloads down, intermodal business up in 2016's first week

Metra OKs $1 million study of Union Station improvements

CP 'disappointed' in UP CEO's comments on proposed NS merger

Sound Transit leaders detail light-rail projects in 2016

AAR's Hamberger unveils industry's 2016 priorities

January 13

Sacramento transit agency logs 11 percent decrease in crime

Rail unions petition FRA for uniform speed signs

NYSDOT hearing to address LIRR grade crossing plan

Reading & Northern logged record traffic, revenue in 2015

Canadian Pacific white paper makes case for industry consolidation

NTSB's 'Most Wanted List' stresses PTC, transit-rail safety

NS to combine Virginia, Pocahontas divisions

CSX posts lower Q4 profit, achieves sub-70 operating ratio for 2015

January 12

Rail supplier news from ShipXpress, First State, Greenbrier, HNTB and Shannon & Wilson (Jan. 12)

SacRT unveils mobile fare payment app

NRF: Retail imports up in 2015, early results show

MBTA sets meetings on fare hike proposals

KCS Railway to invest $15 million to improve Louisiana rail line

CSX names new sales, marketing leaders

WMATA exec highlights safety changes since L'Enfant Plaza smoke incident

AAR outlines PTC progress, sets goals for 2016

January 11

Oklahoma DOT appoints Sullivan head of capital programs

DART names Orr VP of human capital; Peninsula Corridor JPB welcomes new directors, officers

U.S.-NAFTA freight movement fell in October, BTS reports

SEPTA equips police force with body cameras

Port of Virginia signs MOU with Cuban port authority

NVTC details suggestions for improving confidence in WMATA

Gov. Cuomo announces plan to expedite renovations at NYC subway stations

STB posts correspondence on proposed CP-NS merger

January 8

Secure Rail Conference hotel rate still available

Metrolink advances work on drainage improvement project

IANA reelects BNSF's Farmer as chair, welcomes new board members

VIA Rail logs record holiday revenue

Updegraff Trucking sets up shop at Lycoming Valley Railroad site

CSX reports $2.2 billion in customer investments, unveils food distribution grant recipients

CTA to make all rail stations accessible by 2036

CN submits EIS on Milton logistics hub

Paris, California attacks heighten security awareness at transit agencies

GAO: Amtrak's financial reporting 'incomplete'

January 7

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Wabtec, Sidley Austin and Parsons (Jan. 7)

Denver RTD's board names Tobiassen chair

Ports America to operate intermodal transfer service at Baltimore port

Ohio commission OKs grade crossing upgrades

Ag shippers rank Class Is on customer service; UP comes in first

California High-Speed Rail Authority identifies preferred bidder for next construction package

Total U.S. rail traffic falls in 2015, but intermodal sets a record high

Cuomo announces $3 billion renovation of NYC's Penn Station

January 6

Valley Metro slates meetings on west Phoenix transit options

Palm Beach port logs volume, revenue growth in 2015

BNSF: a new network for a new year

BART's 3.4 percent fare hike goes into effect

Wisconsin railroad commissioner resigns; Walker appoints successor

L.A. Metro awards $31.5 million signaling contract to Ansaldo

Murphy named Operation Lifesaver president, CEO

Cuomo unveils plan to expand Long Island Rail Road

January 5

NTSB cites signal issue in UP train collision

KC Streetcar Authority seeks sponsorships for stops, vehicles

RAC report documents Canada's rail trends in 2014

Report: Shippers express concerns over CP-NS merger

Wisconsin DOT allocates $31 million for freight-rail projects

KCS execs release annual 'state of the railroad' report

U.S. rail ridership inches up in first nine months of 2015

January 4

Rail supplier news from Stadler, Vossloh, Siemens, Vertex and Tealinc (Jan. 4)

Florida DOT considers proposed rail overpass for CSX line

L.A. Metro gears up for more Crenshaw/LAX Line construction

Panama Canal expansion completion expected in May, Varela says

WMATA's Orange, Silver line trains begin running at regular intervals

Holiday Train to raise $1.4 million, CP says

Denver RTD unveils 2016 fare changes

AAR: U.S. rail traffic falls 9.8 percent in Week 51

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