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Rail News: January 2019

January 31

In memoriam: Former Conrail safety and security expert Neil Ferrone

LA Metro to chose between heavy rail, monorail for Sepulveda corridor

House bill would allow states to count fed loans toward infrastructure financing share

APTA asks FTA to address shutdown's impact on transit agencies

ASLRRA holds fly-ins to build BRACE Act support in DC

OmniTRAX Energy names Renfro president

U.S. rail traffic dipped in Week 4

Virgin Trains USA unveils IPO

January 30

Rail supplier news from Ricardo, APM Terminals, Dover, Seyfarth Shaw, Hanson and AECOM (Jan. 30)

TransLink to adopt all-door boarding for first time

Coal helps propel Ports of Indiana's record year

EasyMile's self-driving shuttle to serve Denver rail station

Georgia ports marked record volumes in 2018, including railed containers

BNSF, Colorado city seek public input on quiet zones

Amtrak cancels Chicago services due to extreme weather

CN scores solid Q4 results, sets record capital spending for 2019

January 29

Orange County authority sets strategic initiatives for 2019

MARTA tells ATU to end labor action, abide by new agreement

Santa Clara VTA starts TOD study for Silicon Valley extension's second phase

NTSB: Accident investigation evidence may be lost due to shutdown

CN recognized for action on corporate climate change

Toronto commission green lights 2019 budget, fare hike and streetcar cameras

Cuomo threatens legal action against CSX over Whitesboro bridge concerns

AAPA: $4 billion needed to protect ports, supply chain security

January 28

Houston METRO marks 40th anniversary

Key transit-rail projects conclude in California

NJ Transit to start restoring PTC-impacted services in Q2

Denver's RTD sets May opening for Southeast light-rail extension

Secure Rail opens registration for 2019 conference

Short-line tax credit bill introduced in Senate

Wabtec, GE merger nears completion; Siemens, Alstom merger still a ways off

Kansas City Southern's Ottensmeyer to lead U.S.-Mexico Economic Council

January 25

Rail Supplier news from HNTB, Stantec, Greystone, Michael Baker and TE Connectivity (Jan. 25)

Port of New Orleans set container volume record in 2018

RTA to study potential expansion of Metra's North Central service

San Francisco transportation commission taps McMillan as new leader

CN, Unifor begin bargaining for new agreements

AAR: Class Is continue to expand PTC operations

NS: New records for Q4 operating income, full-year operating ratio

U.S. Rep. Lipinski to chair House rail subcommittee

January 24

LIRR schedules more rider forums

LA Metro to present latest West Santa Ana light-rail plan to the public

Tennessee DOT awards grant to build G&W short-line rail spur

Denton County transit agency continues to advance PTC implementation

U.S. rail traffic climbed in Week 3

NS appoints Cox to succeed Kesler as VP-taxation

CP reports 'strong performance' in 2018

UP set income record, advanced Unified Plan in Q4

January 23

Rail supplier news from Dewberry, HNTB, Roadrunner, Alstom and Trimble (Jan. 23)

North Carolina ports posted record cargo in 2018

Gov. DeSantis picks Thibault to lead Florida DOT

Rep. Sires calls for FRA notification of passenger-rail safety audits

UP, Berkshire Hathaway among 'most admired' companies for 2019

NS fills board seat with Morgan Stanley's Kelleher

MTA: Stations on way up in the Bronx; crime on way down in the rail system

Senators caution WMATA against cyber threats in new rail cars

January 22

Santa Clara VTA posts negotiation progress with two unions

Houston METRO offers free rides to federal workers

WMATA rail station projects recommended for Smart Scale funds

Denver's RTD marks A Line commuter-rail ridership growth

BLET members OK new contracts with Wheeling & Lake Erie

Vista Proppants opens rail-served transload terminal in Texas

ASLRRA appoints Baker president

Texas A-train operator issues RFP for mobility services provider

January 21

NJ Transit emphasizes employee training, Gov. Murphy says

Sound Transit touts construction progress on Northgate Link extension

MTA marks progress on NYC subway improvement plan

Cook County seeks applicants for Chicago-area transportation grants

APTA calls on Trump, Congress to open USDOT

LA Metro to modernize Blue Line, poll public on Union Station project report

North Carolina DOT obtains federal, state grants for locomotive upgrades

Amtrak issues RFP for Amfleet I replacements

January 18

Rail supplier news from Progress Rail, Alstom, Steel Dynamics, TranSystems and the NRC (Jan. 18)

House leader names transportation subcommittee ranking members

PANYNJ installs countdown clocks at PATH's WTC line stations

Confidence in equipment leasing sector dipped in January, foundation says

Port of LA broke annual cargo record

R. J. Corman appoints railroad president, numerous vice presidents

BNSF identifies two new 'Certified Sites'

KCS: Financial records in 2018, PSR in 2019

January 17

SORTA names Keesee chair, Robinson vice chair

BART seeks accreditation for police department

Milwaukee streetcar's ridership rose in December

Oakland port logged record cargo volume in 2018

WMATA seeks public input on proposed FY2020 budget

Connecticut DOT restores Shore Line East service

AAR: All U.S. rail commodities logged gains in Week 2

CSX set operating ratio record, ramped up revenue in Q4

January 16

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, GE, Mott McDonald, Skanska, Stantec, Bombardier and TekTracking (Jan. 16)

Intermodal institute taps Aurichio as executive director

SMART to soon exceed 1 million passengers

BRS appoints Boles president

Pin Oak acquires expansion site near KCS line in Corpus Christi

VTA seeks public feedback on 2019 draft service plan

Sen. Schumer calls for new railhead at Fort Drum

NY counterterrorism panel calls for enhanced security at Penn Station

January 15

Pennsylvania DOT leader Richards named to transportation research committee

CTA adds subway station to free WiFi network

NCDOT drafts 10-year transportation improvement plan

LA Metro starts turnback project, seeks public input on Sepulveda corridor

NJ Transit lease boosts non-farebox revenue

Met Council taps Kooistra as Metro Transit GM

U.S. Rep. Blumenauer introduces short-line tax credit bill

CP 'takes exception' to government probe into Vancouver rail service issues

January 14

Caltrain's oversight board elects officers

NS assists Georgia community affected by derailment

Metrolink’s authority installs board officers

TransLink, three partners seek to bundle mobility services

IANA's board elects Lhotak chair

MTA board to be briefed on revised L Line tunnel reconstruction plan

Congress names transportation committee leaders

MARTA's Parker pushes for long-term transit investment plan

January 11

Rail supplier news from Plasser, HNTB, Stantec, ShaleTech, Alstom and Stalco Construction (Jan. 11)

VIA Rail rang out the holidays with higher revenue

Ohio commission OKs safety improvements at 11 crossings

Twin Cities' Met Council names Slawik chair

Rhode Island business park awarded grant for freight-rail project

Metra adjusts Rock Island schedule for PTC impacts

Maryland and Delaware promotes Banks to president

APTA: Transit ridership fell, commuter-rail ridership rose in Q3

January 10

CTA surpasses workforce diversity goals for Garfield Green Gateway project

Valley Metro, Arizona city seek public input on transit studies

SEPTA begins next phase of trolley CBTC installation

Denver RTD forms 2019 board, fills communications post

PATH closes WTC Station on weekends for repair work

U.S. rail carloads, intermodal volumes rose in Week 1

NJ Transit contracts Bombardier to provide 113 commuter-rail cars

NS facilitated $1.5 billion in industrial projects last year

January 9

Rail supplier news from Kalmar, Vossloh, Greenbrier, TranSystems, Wilson & Co., LTK and Tealinc (Jan. 9)

Retailers: Imports at major ports leveled off in late 2018

Tri-Rail commuter service turns 30

R. J. Corman adds Evans, Graham to its board

Western Group names Astle GM of Oregon, Washington short lines

MARTA restructures leadership team

Reading & Northern broke traffic records in 2018

CSX-served South Carolina port home to new transload facility

January 8

BLET members ratify new pact with CF&E

CTA opens north terminal at new Red Line station

KC Streetcar set ridership records in 2018

USDOT opens second round of INFRA funding

TEXRail launch reset for Thursday

Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for 2019 Rising Stars

PANYNJ opens ExpressRail intermodal facility

Union Pacific taps former CN operations chief Vena as COO

January 7

WMATA: Serious crimes hit 19-year low in 2018

Minnesota DOT awards three grants for rail-service improvements

DeFazio to chair House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

NJ Transit installs Kenny as SVP, GM of rail operations

Canadian environmental agency seeks public feedback on proposed Kamloops yard

Watco, Oaktree form strategic partnership

TEXRail launch on hold pending full FRA clearance

Amtrak unveils RFQ for Washington Union Station project

January 4

Rail supplier news from Herzog Technologies, Ansaldo, The Andersons and Cubic (Jan. 4)

IANA publishes chassis repair guide

TTCI names Gonzales VP, CFO

Secure Rail extends deadline for conference presentation proposals

Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad broke carload record in 2018

APTA: Commuter roads met PTC deadline requirements at 2018's end

MTA to maintain subway service during L tunnel repairs

AAR: U.S. intermodal traffic set record in 2018

January 3

Sacramento agency axes fees at three parking lots

Gov. Brown reappoints two to CHSRA's board

BLET seats new board

WMATA to allow bikes on trains at any time

Senate confirms Fuchs, Oberman appointments to STB

RAC: Canada's rail industry broke records in 2017

R. J. Corman obtains automotive loading contract at four Toyota plants

Watco launches first short line in New York

January 2

BART to replace substation in San Leandro

Michigan DOT to draft new long-term transportation plan

CTA completes upgrades at four stations

BLET ratifies CN-Wisconsin Central contract

Denver RTD rolls out fare changes, pass programs

WMATA reduced insulator fire incidents in tunnels last year

CN, CP exceed grain revenue limits for 2017-18 crop year

USDOT: Four railroads fully met PTC implementation deadline

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