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Rail News: January 2018

January 31

Rail supplier news from GREX, Harsco, FreightCar America, HNTB and NAI Global (Jan. 31)

New Hampshire business group calls for Boston-Manchester passenger rail

Caltrain awarded $2.5 million in state funding under new law

TNW names Delgado to market development role

RTA: Crosstie production, purchases tumbled in 2017

Texas Central unveils plans for Dallas train station

New Jersey Gov. Murphy taps Corbett to lead NJ Transit

Trump calls for $1.5 trillion infrastructure package

January 30

PATCO train strikes dangling utility pole

DCTA names Baker director of strategic partnerships

Report: FRA chief counsel Reyes serving as acting administrator

CN named to CDP's 'A List' for environmental actions

Brightline fatalities prompt rail groups to step up rail-crossing safety education

New York short line to test, treat employees for sleep apnea

L.A. Metro OKs plan to fast-track transit projects by 2028 Olympics

Washington Gov. Inslee accepts permit rejection for crude-oil terminal

January 29

APTA to fight proposed cuts in public transit funding

Valley Metro adds Cummings, Ozlin to management team

WMATA to refund fares for late trains, buses

SEPTA board OKs alternative for King of Prussia rail project

Chicago South Shore to lease track from CN in Indiana

CTA unveils preferred alignment for Red Line extension

UP taps former CSX exec Sanborn as regional VP of transportation

Forum Media Group acquires Progressive Railroading magazine and its conference business

January 26

Rail supplier news from REMSA, Drapeau Rail, Harting, Cylus, Tiger Cool and CIT (Jan. 26)

Keolis graduates new class of assistant conductors for MBTA

L.A. Metro OKs new policy aimed at creating local jobs

Rising Stars nomination deadline is Feb. 16

FRA slates hearings on environmental report for Texas bullet train

UP kicks off Brazos Yard construction

Metro Transit's rail lines set ridership record in 2017

NTSB: Amtrak engineer missed speed-limit sign before train derailed

January 25

CN police ratify new contract; BMWED organizes SunRail MOW workers

ARCI: Mixed results for Q4 car orders, deliveries

U.S. rail traffic declined 2.9 percent in Week 3

Metrolinx victim of North Korean cyberattack

Las Vegas Railway Express acquires United Rail

FTA delays deadline for BART Silicon Valley project

MTA board OKs $4 billion Kawasaki rail-car order

UP boosts bottom line in 2017

January 24

Rail supplier news from Stadler, Harsco, Alliance Shippers, Bergmann and NRC (Jan. 24)

Long Beach port OKs on-dock rail facility

NS names Scheib exec VP, chief legal officer

New Jersey Gov. Murphy calls for NJ Transit audit

Report: CSX to require CEOs to get medical exams

TCU, BRC ratify labor contracts with freight railroads

CN: Q4 adjusted net income down 6 percent

NS attributes higher profit to volume growth, strategic plan

January 23

MassDOT kicks off efforts to update state rail plan

Metra seeks rider input on fare restructuring

Georgia Ports Authority posts record TEUs in 2017

STB: Class Is end 2017 with smaller workforce

Amtrak's Michigan trains travel faster after rail upgrades

Scanlon elected to Norfolk Southern's board

New York City MTA to sign $4 billion contract for new subway cars

Freight-rail groups: Don't scrap NAFTA

January 22

In memoriam: Walter Winzen

Chicago RTA calls for stable public transit funding

Gov. Brown adds execs to California high-speed rail team

UP again recognized as 'most admired' company

R. J. Corman sells Roadway Worker Training to RailPros

WMATA unveils $3.2 billion budget for FY2019

Maryland's Purple Line rail route on track to open in 2022

Brightline steps up safety initiatives in response to rail-crossing deaths

January 19

Rail supplier news from Bourque Logistics, ABB, Auto Truck and MUL Railcars (Jan. 19)

WMATA taps Howell as assistant inspector general

Texas Central unveils bullet train station details

ASLRRA, APTA, REMSA call for public infrastructure investments

BART's 'Fleet of the Future' cars cleared for service

Carload Express buys Delaware industrial plant

KCS logs record revenue on volume growth in 2017

Canadian Pacific posts record Q4, full-year 2017 results

January 18

St. Louis leaders release details about proposed light-rail extension

TriMet eyes Kelsey for general manager job

U.S. Chamber: Increase gas tax to pay for infrastructure

S.C. Ports Authority set TEU record in 2017

Congressmen press Amtrak for PTC status update

U.S. Rep. Comstock criticizes WMATA after latest derailment

U.S. rail volume steady in Week 2

January 17

Valley Metro receives rail for Gilbert Road light-rail extension

Port of L.A. breaks cargo record in 2017

Panel releases report on $1 billion plan to overhaul SEPTA trolleys

NRF: Retail imports up 7 percent in 2017

GE inks locomotive, service contracts with Kazakhstan railroad

BNSF to move coal that will power new IGCC plants in Japan

California high-speed rail agency taps Kelly as CEO

CSX posts lower Q4 revenue, higher profit

January 16

Rail supplier news from Dewberry, ELM, American Rail Engineers, Wabtec, SunTrust Bank and Antea (Jan. 16)

Amtrak boosts Pacific Surfliner capacity in response to mudslides

Central Maine & Quebec announces new operations leaders

UP's Knight named 'Best' CFO; Class I to hike train speed in Minnesota

Amtrak, CN reach tentative pacts with unions

Long Beach port unveils environmental study of proposed on-dock rail facility

Austin's Cap Metro names Clarke president, CEO

Broken rail likely cause of WMATA derailment, agency says

January 15

CTA wrapped up $300 million worth of station projects in 2017

Denver RTD names Tisdale chair

N.J., N.Y. congressmen call on Chao to fund Gateway rail project

LIRR lays final 5 miles of rail for double-track project

Amtrak's Anderson outlines safety efforts for Oregon, Washington

Metra's Romeoville Station to open next month

DeFazio bill would speed up PTC implementation

Florida East Coast Railway names Asplund president, CEO

January 12

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner resumes service following mudslides

IANA elects 2018 board members

UP estimates $6 billion benefit in 2017 from new tax law

CSX schedules investor conference for March 1

USDOT outlines automated vehicle policy

NTSB issues safety recommendations to UP, FRA and AAR

MARTA to sign contract for new rail cars in 2018

North Carolina wraps up Piedmont Improvement Program

January 11

Rail supplier news from HDR, Signet, AECOM, Hanson and FTR (Jan. 11)

Montreal transit agency's 2018 budget paves way for subway service increases

Port commission sets tight deadline for Vancouver Energy terminal approvals

U.S. rail traffic down a bit in Week 1

L.A. Metro unveils alternatives for Green Line light-rail extension

Minnesota ends Twin Cities-to-Milwaukee high-speed rail study

Brightline to begin serving passengers Jan. 13

NS assists in $1 billion worth of industrial development

January 10

MBTA taps firm to improve procurement efficiency

TNW names Evans director of customer success

Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad reports record carloads in 2017

Reading & Northern's 2017 growth fueled by anthracite coal

Alaska Gov. Walker calls for commuter-rail study

Charlotte transit agency's Blue Line light-rail extension to open in March

Trump team meets with senators to discuss infrastructure priorities

Amtrak names Hylander chief safety officer

January 9

Charlotte transit agency installs new ticket machines at light-rail stations

California transit agencies elect board leaders

Report highlights Canadian rail industry's 2016 performance

Caltrain slashes fare evasion fines, improves fare-checking process

Ontario opens Downsview Park GO train station

Amtrak, TCU reach tentative pact

FRA proposes delay in safety training requirements

CSX taps Harris as exec VP of operations

January 8

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Greenbrier, Network Rail and Parsons (Jan. 8)

Oregon DOT begins early review of transload facility plans

Trade groups urge Congress to advance federal infrastructure plan

Red River Valley & Western Railroad appoints new executive team

FTA: KC Streetcar may begin proposed extension project's development

North Carolina Railroad to build rail spur, tracks at Triangle Tyre site

NJ Transit Executive Director Santoro to resign

BNSF offers new rail service at Port of Portland

January 5

SamTrans, Santa Clara VTA announce new board leaders

OmniTRAX to sell Sand Springs lot for retail development

Report: Canadian railroads on track to meet emissions reduction goals

Class I workforce continued to shrink in November

New York DOT builds new bridge over Norfolk Southern tracks

NTSB issues preliminary report on fatal Amtrak derailment

Metra issues RFP for locomotives

CSX's Foote updates STB on railroad's restructuring plan

January 4

Rail supplier news from Progress Rail, IMC, PowerRail, Cubic and NRC (Jan. 4)

Metrolinx pre-qualifies candidates for Regional Express Rail project

Ohio panels OK rail-crossing projects in Montgomery, Perry counties

RTA: Crosstie production, purchases fell in November

Gov. Cuomo seeks MTA study of subway expansion to Red Hook

Lighthouse Resources sues Washington state for blocking coal export terminal

Amtrak preps for next NY Penn Station repair phase

AAR: Railroads post traffic gains in 2017; intermodal sets record

January 3

Austin's Cap Metro boosts train service to alleviate overcrowding

L.A. Metro's Regional Connector tunnels nearly finished

Smart Sand ships first unit train from Wisconsin transload site

Denver RTD resumes G Line testing

FTA letter casts doubt on federal support of Gateway tunnel project

T&I Chair Shuster won't seek re-election

Brightline to launch initial service next week

Chao calls on railroads to speed up PTC implementation

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