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Rail News: January 2021

January 29

Rail supplier news from Alstom, RailWise, Greenbrier, HDR, WSP, TRAC and Savage (Jan. 29)

NCTD to step up rail trespass enforcement

STB extends comment period for proposed Uinta Basin Railway

Summit to highlight rail technology advancements

BTS: Railed transborder freight value fell in November

NS helped 86 shippers find, expand rail-served sites in 2020

January 28

Transit group calls for accelerating Atlanta Beltline project

Study: Transit agencies face $39.3 billion shortfall

BART, corridor authority propose new transbay rail crossing

U.S. rail carload volume down slightly in Week 3

Payne to chair House railroad subcommittee

CP reports income growth, record-low OR in Q4

January 27

Unions make pitch for NMB appointments

Jaxport advances berth reconstruction project

BLET, Bombardier reach tentative pact for MARC engineers

BART to install denser air filters on trains

Metro-North to improve nine grade crossings

Amtrak CEO Flynn outlines railroad's legislative priorities

NS reports higher income, record operating ratio in Q4

CN posts higher profit, lower operating ratio in Q4

January 26

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Wabtec, Trinity, Whitmore, Shell and Alstom (Jan. 26)

TriMet expands mask distribution

GO Transit to begin Malton Station improvements

Austin Transit Partnership board elects officers

SLSI: Participants value hazmat safety training

ARCI: Rail-car orders, deliveries, backlog fell in Q4

NTSB: Failed brake system led to fatal Wyoming train collision

OmniTRAX names Piacente CEO

January 25

Sound Transit proposes parcel transfer to Seattle for affordable housing

Minneapolis Met Council commits to reform transit policing

CN among top 10 'most sustainable' corporations

Repauno Port & Rail names Alexander CEO

Rail labor, carriers schedule early 2021 meetings

Valley Metro to help small firms impacted by rail construction

Amtrak seeks contractor interest in New Carrollton project

Canada approves CN's proposed Milton Logistics Hub project

January 22

RCTC advances LA-to-Coachella Valley rail proposal

LA Metro to expand on-demand service

Pittsburgh port authority names Duse diversity director

Ohio rail commission awards rail improvement grants

Biden designates Oberman STB chair

USDOT leaders announced, including Bose at FRA

KCS reports 'strong' results in Q4

CSX revenue, net income falls in Q4, but OR sets a record

January 21

Rail supplier news from EnviroRail, Clever Devices, Luminator, Bombardier, Alstom and Rajant (Jan. 21)

MARTA to step up small-business mentorship

BLET's Allen reelected as Washington legislative chair

Intermodal gain drives rail traffic growth in Week 2

OmniTRAX recognizes shippers for safety

KCS, NorthPoint to develop Wylie Logistics Park

BNSF budgets nearly $3 billion for 2021 capex

UP posts Q4 2020 results, increases capex for 2021

January 20

Texas inland port transit association taps Freeland as exec director

MARTA names Srinath CFO, Lucek assistant GM of labor relations

Watco to issue private add-on offering

MBTA secures federal grant for North Wilmington Station improvements

Cando Rail names Bromley chief commercial officer

FTA awards grants to COVID-19 research projects

SCVTA CEO Fernandez to join Biden administration

STB: Class I workforce grew in December

January 19

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Stadler, Alstom and Greenbrier (Jan. 19)

Great River Rail Commission reelects officers

USDOT issues hyperloop standards review, draft accessibility plan

Minneapolis Southwest light-rail construction potentially delayed

STB seeks short-line reps on railroad-shipper council

NCTD completes Phase 4 Del Mar Bluff stabilization project

Biden taps Trottenberg for deputy transportation secretary

KCS pledges to set emissions reduction target

January 18

Survey: Nearly half of DCTA riders stopped using transit during pandemic

LA Metro to host energy resilience summit

MARTA to begin track replacement project

WMATA tightens security in lead-up to Biden's inauguration

Wisconsin city OKs rail panel to oversee proposed Twin Cities route

Santa Clara VTA board elects new members

Quebec announces funding for Montreal port container project

FRA solicits comments on DEIS for proposed Northeast Maglev system

January 15

Sound Transit awards ARM rail maintenance contract

LA port logs slight decrease in cargo for 2020

PUCO approves NS grade crossing projects in Ohio

Cuomo proposes $16B rebuild of Penn Station

LOSSAN panel identifies funding to stabilize railway in San Diego

Biden COVID relief plan includes help for transit agencies

Amtrak's Flynn calls on feds to increase security for rail workers, riders

NTSB closes PTC recommendations for CN, CSX, Metra

January 14

Rail suppliers news from Comply365, The Andersons, Jacobs, Ballard, Stahl and Transit Wireless (Jan. 14)

Bradbury steps in as acting transportation secretary

RTD-Denver anticipates $200 million in COVID-19 relief

San Diego MTS hires Stiehler as director of transit security

OmniTRAX expands rail-ready program to Georgia Woodlands

Metra OKs purchase of 500 rail cars

U.S. railroads kick off 2021 with volume increase

USDOT awards $40 million in grants for commuter-rail crossing fixes

January 13

Trudeau shuffles cabinet, names Alghabra transport minister

MARTA names Greenwood deputy GM of operations

NC Ports partner with Scoular to support ag transloading

FTA announces COVID-19 relief allocations

BNSF files plan to address grizzly bear deaths by train

R.J. Corman promotes Boyle to VP

Unions ask feds to beef up security on D.C. Amtrak service

Pennsylvania issues $31.3 million in freight-rail project funding

January 12

Marino appointed to SFRTA governing board

OCTA taps Do as chair

Schultz sworn in to STB

CTA advances RPM Phase One construction

SC Ports logged 'strong' rail moves in December

Reading & Northern reports growth for 2020

PANYNJ posted record cargo volume in November

FTA allocates funding to SCVTAs BART Silicon Valley Phase II project

January 11

Rail supplier news from Loram, Skanska USA, Wilson & Co. and WSP (Jan. 11)

TransLink names Chen-Kuo interim CEO

BTS: Transborder freight by rail rose in October from September's level

Michigan DOT names Anastor state rail director

RTD-Denver lays off 300 workers

Patriot Rail taps Itzkoff as chief policy officer

Colorado Pacific objects to UP's Tennessee Pass rail line deal

January 8

Primus sworn in as STB member

Caltrain extends TASI's rail service contract

G3 opens new grain elevators in Alberta

Sound Transit expects higher light-rail project costs

Report: MBTA to furlough workers, execs

New Orleans Public Belt Railroad marks safety milestone

NS' Squires talks Atlanta move, PSR and economic recovery

Transportation Secretary Chao resigns in wake of riot

January 7

Rail supplier news from Lineage, Cryo-Trans, STV, Dayton T. Brown and Alstom (Jan. 7)

Survey: Caltrain served a larger percentage of essential workers in 2020

MARTA to help preserve affordable housing near rail

IANA seats 2021 board, elects officers

SEPTA, Drexel partner to prevent coronavirus spread on transit

Progressive Railroading opens Rising Stars nominations for 2021

MassDOT issues final report for East-West passenger-rail service

AAR: Railroads close out 2020 with traffic near pre-pandemic levels

January 6

New England governors, DC mayor join effort to reduce pollution

Bi-State Development appoints Messner chief audit exec

BLET's Dinges reelected chair of Maryland legislative board

Pimentel takes the helm at California Transit Association

Sound Transit expands low-income fare program, launches fare inspection pilot

RTD-Denver elects board directors, officers

Fitch: MTA remains at risk despite stimulus

Sires reintroduces bill to notify lawmakers of rail safety assessments

January 5

Rail supplier news from Appalachian Railcar, Quarterhill, Ondas and Alstom (Jan. 5)

HART names Le Grand CEO

LIRR advances track expansion project

Norfolk Southern's Bayles named to CII's board

Santa Clara VTA issues RFQ for BART Silicon Valley tunnel

CP, CN again post grain-haul records

Patriot Rail finalizes SLGW acquisition

BNSF, Wabtec begin testing battery-electric locomotive

January 4

California law calls on rail agencies to identify human trafficking

Pittsburgh transit agency OKs labor contract

NYCT completes contactless payment rollout

Federal pilot to allow some projects to avoid NEPA

SMART to conduct in-house training of signal techs

U.S. railroads haul more traffic in Week 52

iCON acquires interest in Iowa Interstate Railroad

Colorado Midland & Pacific inks pact to run trains on UP's Tennessee Pass

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