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Rail News: October 2016

October 31

L.A. Metro receives more proposals to deliver Measure M projects

NS 'Safety Train' offers hazmat training to Chattanooga first responders

CN named to climate action 'A List'

PortMiami to receive $33 million in state grant allocations

FRA unveils three potential routes for Atlanta-Chattanooga rail line

WMATA proposes rail-service cuts, fare hikes in 'reality-check' budget

USDOT issues call for FASTLANE grant applications

Honolulu transit agency names Murthy interim exec

October 28

Watco, Knox Kershaw, NECR host congressional visits

UP plans trackwork on three Metra lines

Greater Cleveland RTA names Thompson rail director

WMATA mulls increased yard supervision, LED lights to reduce stop signal violations

Ports America to run Baltimore intermodal facility

AAR: STB's proposed competitive switching rules are 'unlawful'

Illinois DOT opens first new station on Chicago-St. Louis higher-speed route

Amtrak settles Philadelphia crash claims for $265 million

October 27

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Cubic, Greenbrier and Trinity (Oct. 27)

NCDOT wraps up two Piedmont rail improvement projects

PennDOT kicks off Mount Joy rail station project

U.S. rail traffic dipped 1.7 percent in week 42

Siemens inks contract to build light-rail vehicles for Minneapolis Green Line extension

NJ Transit advances PTC plan with radio spectrum lease, adopts budget

Providence and Worcester shareholders OK sale to G&W

October 26

Rail supplier news from RailComm, Argenia, Koppers, Retlif and Cubic (Oct. 26)

Savage opens transloading operations in Quad Cities

DART light-rail stations generate $7 billion in TOD

Hoosier passenger-rail ridership, revenue soared in September

Amtrak leader Moorman to speak at RailTrends 2016

CN's Q3 revenue falls 3 percent

NS posts 2 percent net income gain in Q3

October 25

Metra wraps up Pullman Station rehab project

First rail cars in Miami-Dade's new fleet ready for testing

Connecticut installs wayside horns to mitigate noise on Hartford Line

JAXPORT logs record container cargo in FY2016

DART opens Blue Line light-rail extension

Palmetto Railways seeks permit for proposed intermodal facility

CTA calls for new stations, rail cars in $3.5 billion capital budget

CSX, Maryland agree to pursue Howard Street Tunnel project

October 24

Santa Clara VTA gears up to build pedestrian tunnel to Caltrain station

Honolulu transit agency breaks ground on Pearl Highlands station

Chisholm grain terminal ships first load on UP

SEPTA marks replacement of Crum Creek rail bridge

RSI: Rail-car backlog, orders and deliveries fell in Q3

California commission slots millions for trolleys, rail improvements

OmniTRAX Logistics acquires Terracor Group assets

PANYNJ authorizes funding for Gateway program

October 21

Texas Central solicits student designs for bullet-train stations

Inland port rail moves pumped up quarterly volume for S.C. authority

BNSF, CSX, FECR help ship tons of hurricane relief supplies to Haiti

Schumer seeks federal grant for New York PTC installation

U.S. Class I workforce shrank a bit in September

BNSF honors Burlington Junction Railway as short line of the year

Freight rail, shippers honor hazmat handlers

Lawmakers seek closer look into NJ Transit's safety, funding

October 20

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Thales, Siemens, Herzog and Railway Interchange (Oct. 20)

L.A. Metro lowers piece of boring machine for Regional Connector project

Metra taps Benz as acting chief audit officer

Secure Rail abstracts due Friday

AAR: U.S. carload traffic fell, Canada's rose in week 41

NJ Transit names Santoro executive director, restores service at Hoboken

Genesee & Wyoming Australia to acquire Glencore Rail

UP's Q3 earnings take hit from freight volume 'challenges'

October 19

Foxx tours California high-speed rail work sites

Hampton Roads Transit tabs Jackson as director of transit development

STB releases report on rate-case procedures

Metro Transit slates meetings on Blue Line extension station design

NTSB issues early findings in chlorine gas tank-car incident

RailTrends 2016 to present a 'who's who' of rail industry

Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx seek firms to build Hurontario light-rail project

CP Q3 revenue falls 9 percent, names Velani CFO

October 18

SEPTA expands Quick Trip program to all Market-Frankford, Broad Street stations

KCSR to hike train speed in Gulfport, Miss.

Indiana, Quebec ports partner to study market opportunities

L.A. Metro wraps up deck work for Purple Line extension station

PennDOT to award $40 million in multimodal improvement grants

Metra proposes 5.8 percent fare hike, elects Carlson chairman

KCS posts Q3 revenue, income decline

October 17

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Alstom, Bombardier and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (Oct. 17)

Halliburton, U.S. Silica set frac sand unit-train record

Schneider adds 15,000th unit to growing container chassis pool

UP completes rail fastening system project in Oregon

BART unveils report highlighting need to update infrastructure

TWU authorizes SEPTA strike

In memoriam: NS strategic planner and Conrail-split contributor Jim McClellan

Gateway program poised to move ahead at 'record speed,' Amtrak says

October 14

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Road and Rail, Strato, Caltrax and STV (Oct. 14)

Wisconsin sand supplier acquires Canadian transload facility

U.S. Rep. Gohmert tours American TieTek facility

STB slates roundtable discussion on rate regulation

TTCI receives federal grant for emergency preparedness and response training

FTA awards $8 million for 'mobility on demand' projects

CP 'well positioned' to move grain crop; supply chain scorecard launch set for next week

NTSB: NJ Transit train's brakes, signal and train control system 'functioned as designed' during Hoboken crash

October 13

Metro-North seeks proposals to revitalize unused rail line

KCS to replace crossties, improve grade crossings in Mississippi subdivision

RTD marks progress on South Platte River bridge refurbishment

OmniTRAX, Arrows Up partner on bulk storage, transportation

Transport Canada boosts funding for rail safety

U.S. rail traffic dips while Canadian carloads tick up

GAO: USDOT relied on limited data in ECP analysis

CSX posts Q3 earnings decline on lower volumes

October 12

UTA board names McKinley chair

San Mateo County agency OKs funds for Caltrain grade separation project

Secure Rail seeks conference abstracts for 2017

St. Louis Metro Transit marks completion of Eads Bridge renovation

Bay Line to operate Panama City bulk transload facility

L.A. Metro receives proposal to fast-track Measure M projects

R. J. Corman names Quinn president, CEO

FTA announces $14.7 million in grants for TOD projects

October 11

LIRR resumes full service after derailment

NRF: October imports spike in preparation for holidays

RTA: Crosstie production up, purchases down in August

G3 Canada opens CN-served grain elevator in Manitoba

Valley Metro set to kick off construction of light-rail extension

Hurricane Matthew prompts NS to invoke 'force majeure' in North Carolina

OIG: Amtrak hasn't estimated full cost of PTC

October 10

Rail supplier news from Granite, Alstom, RSI, TRANSCAER and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (Oct. 10)

Chicago Rail Link pilot project highlighted at AASHTO committee meeting

Transdev boosts Cincinnati streetcar service to meet demand

NuBlu Energy constructing LNG plant in Louisiana

MBTA fiscal control board taps outside firm for cash collection

Shell drops proposed crude-by-rail facility in Washington

New California law paves way for Caltrain electrification funding

RailWorks appoints Riddett president, CEO

October 7

Flexovit, Rocla host congressional visitors

Amtrak's Melnkovic named HR exec of the year

Port of Longview performs ship-to-rail transfer of wind blades

U.S. rail traffic slump continues in week 39

Amtrak Hiawatha project environmental study released

MBTA seeks firms to design, build Green Line Extension

KCS, Watco open new Dallas intermodal terminal

NTSB: NJ Transit train sped up seconds before crash

October 6

Vermont slates meetings on rail growth policy

Ohio panel OKs CSX, Ohio Central rail crossing improvements

Connecticut DOT plans fare hike on commuter-rail routes

TSB cites improper signal, incomplete communication in VIA train incident

Metro-North, LIRR expand digital payment options

Railroads preparing for Hurricane Matthew

CTA releases environmental study for Red Line extension

AAR: U.S. rail traffic fell 4.8 percent in September

October 5

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Bombardier, Associated Rail, Nomad, Chicago Freight Car and Maser (Oct. 5)

TSA to use old San Diego MTS trolleys for security training

EDA funds to support Illinois short line's expansion

FECI appoints Snyder CFO

SEPTA's commuter-rail schedule returns to normal

CGB to expand soybean operation at Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon

Virginia Beach light-rail extension would cost $243 million

Washington solicits input on Shell's proposed crude-oil facility

October 4

Amtrak issues new national magazine

New Jersey city pays for Uber rides to NJ Transit station

Rail suppliers object to STB proposals for 'reciprocal switching,' commodities

Metra revises BNSF Line schedule to reflect actual arrival times

ASLRRA: BRACE Act's support reaches 'critical threshold'

Texas agency solicits input on high-speed rail plans

LRIW names Metro-North's Bonilla 'Outstanding Woman of the Year'

USDOT awards grants for hazmat preparation

October 3

Foothill Gold Line engineering documents released

NS 'safety train' educates first responders in South Carolina

NTSB: NJ Transit locomotive's data recorder wasn't working

New Orleans RTA opens North Rampart streetcar extension

STB adopts final arbitration rules

San Diego agency hires general contractor for trolley extension

FRA issues directive for flawed DOT-111 tank cars

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