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Rail News: January 2017

January 31

TransLink reports record ridership in 2016

ARCI: Car orders, deliveries fell in fourth quarter

Denver RTD's R Line to open in late February

Creel succeeds Harrison as CP CEO

Iowa Pacific withdraws from Hoosier State Train service

Hakim named MTA's interim executive director

January 30

Rail supplier news from RailWorks, Alstom, RailTerm, HOTSTART and REMSA (Jan. 30)

Operation Lifesaver Canada unveils safety videos after uptick in crossing deaths

House T&I Committee slates first hearing

RTA: Crosstie production, purchases fell in December

STB extends date for Class I data reporting rule

Sound Transit chooses alignment for Federal Way light-rail extension

January 27

Sound Transit names Somers chair; Texas Central adds McClane to its board

UP: Employee injury rate hit record low in 2016

NS facilitated industrial development worth $4 billion in 2016

NTSB opens investigation docket for fatal Amtrak crash

Railmark acquires Yreka Western Railroad

L.A. Metro taps Tutor Perini joint venture for Purple Line extension Phase II

January 26

REMSA unveils 2017 advocacy agenda

BNSF identifies six rail-served sites for development

U.S. transit agencies report high ridership for women's marches

OmniTRAX kicks off Decatur Central Railroad operations

U.S. railroads' traffic rose 8 percent in third week

Trump appoints Begeman to lead STB

Most Class Is cut capital spending for 2017

January 25

Rail supplier news from GE, Aspen Technology, Brookville, HNTB, TranSystems and Bombardier (Jan. 25)

MBTA reports improved on-time performance for commuter-rail system in 2016

NS announces promotions, retirements

WMATA seeks input on 'reality check' budget for FY2018

CN logs higher net income in Q4, full-year 2016

Norfolk Southern posts higher Q4 net income

January 24

Florida DOT Secretary Boxold to step down

Santa Clara VTA slates environmental impact hearings for BART extension

Ohio, Washington OK grade crossing projects

NCTD files PTC application for passenger trains

Secure Rail's discount registration fee expires Friday

Shuster names T&I Committee vice chair, subcommittee chairs

MTA to expand sleep apnea program systemwide

January 23

MTA unveils first new Staten Island Railway station in decades

Amtrak honored with architecture award for 30th Street Station plan

Valley Metro names Stacy and Witbeck construction manager for Tempe Streetcar

Paducah & Louisville announce management changes

Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2017

FTA awards grant to Sacramento transit agency for track worker warning system

STB: Class I employment fell in December

January 20

R. J. Corman names Henderson, Rush to new roles

Reading & Northern logs uptick in freight, tourist traffic

U.S. railroads log traffic increase in 2017's second week

CSX comments on Harrison takeover reports

BNSF budgets $3.4 billion for 2017 capex plan

FTA allows Minneapolis Blue Line extension to advance

KCS' earnings down in Q4, revenue 'unchanged'

January 19

Metra reports 96 percent on-time performance rate for 2016

Feds launch mobile app for tracking rail regulations

TransLink boosts SkyTrain service

California high-speed rail agency settles suit with Kern County

CP posts lower revenue, higher EPS in Q4

UP posts higher net income in Q4 2016

Report: Harrison to retire early from CP to pursue CSX takeover

January 18

DCTA names Jensen to its board

MTA, TWU Local 100 agree on new contract

FTA gives green light to Valley Metro light-rail extension

Bill would mandate two-person crews on freight trains

FTA proposes rule to stop trains from running red signals

CSX earnings down 2 percent, revenue up 9 percent in Q4

January 17

Rail supplier news from Siemens, SNC-Lavalin, WSP, McMahon Associates; and, in memoriam: Walter Sellick (Jan. 17)

Ironhorse Resources appoints Matt Cundiff president

Minneapolis Green Line ridership grew 2.5 percent in 2016

Supreme Court rejects Wheeling & Lake Erie petition over train crew dispute

Charlotte transit agency breaks ground on streetcar extension

Feds seek input on crude-oil volatility through proposed rulemaking

January 16

Gulf & Ohio taps Wester as VP; TNW hires Davis as COO

G&W logged traffic increase in Q4

L.A. Metro considers Tutor Perini joint venture to build section two of Purple Line extension

AAR responds to latest 'reciprocal switching' comments filed with STB

Sound Transit kicks off construction on Northgate Link station

USDOT report cites growing transit maintenance backlog

January 13

Rail supplier news from CCI Thermal, Ansaldo, Bourque, OPW and SYSTRA (Jan. 13)

FTA permits Orange County streetcar to begin engineering phase

RAC: Canada's railroads on pace with emissions targets

Gov. Cuomo unveils plan to update 16 LIRR stations

Kansas City Southern's Ottensmeyer to lead U.S.-Mexico trade group

Chicago Union Station designated as USDOT 'emerging project'

January 12

Cincinnati streetcar tops 330,000 rides in first four months

USDOT creates new committee on automation

Railroads moved less traffic in 2017's first week

Brightline unveils first completed trainset

CSX customers planned capital projects totaling $9.5 billion last year

KCS, Watco, WTC forge pact to expedite liquid fuel exports to Mexico

January 11

Rail supplier news from Harsco, AECOM-Arup, SYSTRA, Salco, Advanced Rail Systems and NRC (Jan. 11)

Caltrain to develop mobile app

Rail unions sue over New Jersey substance abuse law

U.S. Sen. Fischer reappointed chair of surface transportation subcommittee

MARTA eyes bill to fund more expansions

U.S. senators call for NTSB review of certain passenger-rail practices

Houston METRO completes Green Line light-rail route

January 10

Sound Transit light-rail ridership soars in November 2016

SC Ports Authority beats TEU, rail lift records

KCS subsidiary appoints Jacobs VP of transportation

Texas council taps LAN to study proposed high-speed rail station

UP's 'GroTrain' now serving South Dakota regional

FTA OKs $1 billion for CTA Red, Purple project

January 9

North Carolina light-rail project secures local funding

MBTA to allow Keolis commuter-rail contract to expire

STB unveils spreadsheet for freight-rail performance data

Ferromex, Alstom ink contract for locomotive maintenance

LIRR train was speeding at time of derailment

PANYNJ proposes $32 billion capital plan

January 6

McCaul named GM of Cincinnati streetcar

IANA selects board officers, elects new members

MTA, L.K. Comstock ink $223 million contract to install CBTC system

Secure Rail attendee discount set to expire soon

OmniTRAX to sell Sand Springs lot for use as fire station

NYCT to get cellular, Wi-Fi service in all subway stations

January 5

Klepper to lead USDOT's Build America Bureau

Minnesota DOT proposes new bridge over BNSF grade crossing

Senate committee slates meeting for Chao's nomination

Freight railroads post lower traffic volumes for 2016; AAR previews 2017 priorities

Feds OK $1.6 billion for L.A. Metro's Purple Line Extension

Amtrak unveils corporate restructuring plan

January 4

Rail supplier news from Rocla, Jacobs Engineering, rMetrix, Stantec, Caterpillar and NRC (Jan. 4)

Metra asks passengers to help with courtesy campaign

BNSF, J.B. Hunt to enter arbitration over revenue division

N.C. Gov. Cooper appoints Trogdon transportation secretary

LIRR train derails, injures more than 100 people

Union Pacific acquires Railex assets

January 3

North Carolina DOT advanced rail improvements in 2016

Ohio panel OKs crossing improvement projects

MBTA, Keolis gear up for winter weather

RTA: Crosstie production down, purchases up in November

Santa Clara VTA unveils environmental statement for BART Silicon Valley extension

STB: Class Is employed fewer workers in November

New York MTA Chairman Prendergast to retire

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