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Rail News: January 2020

January 31

Rail supplier news from Benesch, Alstom and Abloy (Jan. 31)

SEPTA renames University City Station

Kansas City Streetcar logs 2 million riders in 2019

House railroad subcommittee slates hearing on grade crossing safety

North Texas transit agencies to study ridership patterns

NTSB checks off eight safety recommendations on 'Most Wanted' list

New York state lawmakers introduce bill to mandate two-person train crews

CSX picks consultant team for CREATE right-of-way services

January 30

OLI receives renewed Posner Foundation funding

VIA Rail names engineer to analyze proposed high-frequency rail project

DART awards light-rail station construction contract

CN to equip truck fleet with telemetry solution

U.S. freight-rail traffic slump continues

NS assisted 77 rail-served industrial projects in 2019

MTA to begin work on $8.8B worth of construction projects

House Democrats unveil $760B infrastructure plan

January 29

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Thales, Tiger Cool, HDR, First State and Ricardo (Jan. 29)

Denver RTD names Ballard interim CEO

AAR: PTC operating on nearly all required Class I route miles

NYCT returns Bombardier rail cars to service

USDOT grants $5.4 million to combat human trafficking

Canadian Pacific posts record revenue in Q4

NS posts Q4 profit, revenue decline on lower volume

Strike, 'weak' freight demand hit CN's bottom line in Q4

January 28

In memoriam: Onita and Tony Wayland

California voucher plan targets cost of green off-road equipment

Rail advocates back creation of Indiana Passenger Rail Commission

MTA launches campaign to combat hate crimes

LA Metro to present updated Eastside light-rail route alternatives

ARCI: 2019 rail-car deliveries beat 10-year average

MBTA to boost Fairmount commuter-rail capacity

Lawmakers seek Amtrak policy review after wheelchair users were quoted $25,000 ticket price

January 27

NJ Transit marks record locomotive engineer recruits

LA Metro extends ride-hailing pilot program

APTA names Henry CFO

BART to install 22 escalator canopies

OIG: FRA 'missed opportunities' in oversight of California's high-speed rail program

Report: Missouri owes Amtrak millions for River Runner service

Sound Transit solicits opinions on Sounder South commuter-rail expansion

U.S. Class I employment dipped in December

January 24

Rail supplier news from PrecisionHawk, CHA, ADVA, Urban Engineers, Unity Alliance and Tealinc (Jan. 24)

Pacific Harbor Line's Khatami to lead harbor association

NJ Transit to build storm-resilient power substation

TTC recommends state-of-good repairs, vehicle procurement

Cuomo calls for permanent ban on fracking in New York

LOSSAN names DeMartino managing director

Class Is to serve new auto terminal at Alabama port

Andy Byford resigns as NYCT president

January 23

TransLink increases capacity on Canada Line rail service

MTA explores passenger-rail service on Bay Ridge freight line

FRA approves Amtrak permit to move new Acela train to Colorado

Rail industry honors Rep. Clyburn with 'Railroad Achievement Award'

LA Metro names seven to executive team

North American railroads report mixed traffic results for Week 3

FTA awards major grant, loan to Sound Transit for Federal Way Link light-rail extension

UP reports net income, revenue fell in Q4

January 22

Toronto transit agency named a top employer for young people

SEPTA honored for Chestnut Hill station restoration project

Denton County transit agency completes A-train rail trail

Progressive Railroading solicits nominations for Rising Stars Awards

Atlanta-Charlotte high-speed rail DEIS subject of public hearings

VTA seeks small business contractors for BART extension project

NYCT unveils next-gen rail car design

Norfolk Southern mainline to serve Little Canoe Creek Mega-Site

January 21

Rail supplier news from TransSystems, London Trackwork, WSP, Rail Partners, H&H and HDR (Jan. 21)

Metro Transit to install new security cameras on light-rail trains

Ontario seeks public input on regional transportation plan

Montreal transit agency awards Blue Line station design contracts

Metra to step up fare validation efforts

BLET creates website for national bargaining news

Secure Rail 2020 conference opens registration

MTA improved rail on-time performance in 2019

January 20

PortMiami reports cargo growth

Disney, Brightline confirm talks over theme-park rail station

FRA study examines drone usage for producing grade crossing data

New York City Transit consolidates 42nd Street projects

UP testing new tie removal technology

Ontario Northland, union reach tentative five-year agreement

WMATA enters 10-year ad contract to build revenue for rail service

ASLRRA names Yurasko general counsel

January 17

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Siemens and Omio (Jan. 17)

DART approves TRE train refresh

Study: SMART riders reduce GHG emissions

DeFazio questions Class Is' commitment to fighting climate change

Metrolink completes Van Nuys Station reconstruction

AAR praises Senate vote on USMCA

KCS posts higher revenue, lower net income in Q4

CSX posts lower Q4 earnings on lower volume

January 16

Capitol Corridor authority releases draft business plan

Select Sands acquires UP-served rail loading plant in Arkansas

NJ Transit to replace River Line diesel engines

IANA elects 2020 board, officers

Cap Metro to consider light rail in downtown Austin

North American freight-rail volume tumbled in Week 2

WMATA logs 2019 ridership increase

Rail industry, safety advocates weigh in on proposed LNG rule

January 15

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Duos Technologies, Global Train, Seco Machine, Tideworks and Railinc (Jan. 15)

Utah DOT considers rail, other transit options for Little Cottonwood Canyon

Massachusetts governor renews MBTA investment

Tri-Rail logs record ridership in 2019

Reading & Northern preps locomotives for passenger excursion

LA Metro clears contractors to compete for Sepulveda transit project

FTA unveils 'AIM' grants to fund transit innovation

OmniTRAX promotes Sabatini, Anutooshkin to leadership roles

January 14

OCTA selects Jones as chairman

LA Metro advances Purple Line extension work

BART names Alvarez police chief, boosts security

NJ law requires rail operators to remove vegetation near crossings

Virginia senators request federal grant to help fund new Amtrak rail cars

KCS recognized for corporate responsibility

NYCT awards CBTC contract to L.K. Comstock

USDOT seeks applicants for latest round of INFRA funding

January 13

Caltrain governing body elects 2020 officers

Denver's RTD reveals finalists in interim CEO search

South Carolina ports logged record TEUs in 2019

TexRail logs 500,000 riders in first year

NRF: Retail imports settling down after year of trade uncertainty

GoTriangle studying feasibility of new commuter-rail line

NYCT pulls nearly 300 rail cars from service

U.S. Rep. Garamendi introduces crude-by-rail safety bill

January 10

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Cubic, Moovit, Ondas, Railway & Industrial, NRC and RSI (Jan. 10)

Virginia rail department to host 'Rail Industry Day' for contractors

NCTD to redevelop Oceanside Transit Center

California panel seeks small businesses to work on high-speed rail segment

Schumer calls on FRA to let Amtrak move new high-speed train to test track

BART awards contract for new CBTC system

AAR endorses Trump administration's goal to speed up NEPA process

OmniTRAX names Russell senior VP

January 9

Landslides force Pittsburgh light-rail service detour

Metro-North Railroad to make three stations accessible

USDOT unveils updated AV guidance

Amtrak, NJ Transit to refresh ticketing area at New York Penn Station

Wabtec acquires RELCO locomotive service business

Connecticut, AT&T to enhance cellular service on New Haven Line

U.S. rail traffic starts out slow in 2020

CN, NorFalco sign long-term pact to move sulphuric acid

January 8

Rail supplier news from Shuttlewagon, Ondas, Wells Fargo Rail, Teleste and Alstom (Jan. 8)

Operation Lifesaver kicks off PSA to raise pedestrian safety awareness

RTD-Denver's board elects executive committee officers

Canadian government awards rail safety education funds

STB names Oberman vice chairman

MTA expands contactless fare system to 60 stations

R. J. Corman taps Campian for VP role

Reading & Northern posts 2019 traffic, revenue growth

January 7

USDOT map identifies 'opportunity zones' for economic development

Caltrain ramps up construction projects

LIRR modernization reaches one-third completion mark

DART awards Stadler train maintenance contract

PANYNJ, ExpressRail set November records

North Carolina Railroad leader Saylor to retire in July

Cuomo unveils plan to expand New York Penn Station's capacity

Canadian Pacific sets grain record in Q4

January 6

Rail supplier news from Knorr Brake, Bombardier and Alstom (Jan. 6)

Washington DOT cites challenges in latest draft of state rail plan

Metro Transit-St. Louis, ATU agree to new labor pact

Sound Transit marks start of East light-rail extension project

USDOT solicits public input on national freight plan

Progressive Railroading seeks Rising Stars nominations for 2020 awards

Denver RTD to interview interim GM candidates

AAR: Coal, trade disputes caused U.S. rail traffic decline in 2019

January 3

MBTA to add fare gates at three commuter-rail stations

Denver RTD announces proposed light-rail service changes

Metrolinx moves forward with Finch West light-rail project

Amtrak set to begin latest renewal work at New York Penn Station

Railway Association of Canada's annual report highlights record carloads, trips in 2018

NTSB to add new members Graham, Chapman

MTA seeks contractors for subway station accessibility projects

Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad posts record carloads in 2019

January 2

Rail supplier news from Keolis, Miller Ingenuity, HNTB and IMC (Jan. 2)

MBTA restores Worcester Line following derailment

Maryland DOT announces first Purple Line light-rail segment

Progress Rail sells MOW equipment leasing business

CN, CP under maximum grain revenue entitlements for 2018-19, agency rules

Canadian Pacific acquires Central Maine & Quebec Railway

Santa Clara VTA debuts Orange Line light-rail service

Brookfield Infrastructure acquires Genesee & Wyoming

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