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Rail News: October 2017

October 31

Rail supplier news from Granite, ARI, GATX, HNTB and Lewis Bolt; and in memoriam: Michael Perlman (Oct. 31)

Caltrain slates meetings on electrification project

LRIW unveils new leadership team

South Louisiana port to build railroad for Dow

New York City ranked most sustainable in North America for transportation

CSX moves first unit coal train from Kentucky plant

Watco Transloading acquires Oklahoma facilities

G&W: Q3 2017 results 'weaker than expected'

October 30

Metrolink marks 25th anniversary

FTA seeks input on 'Buy America' waiver request related to Wave Streetcar project

BART to crack down on fare evaders in 2018

MBTA Green Line extension bids 'on budget,' agency says

RAC honors VIA Rail, ArcelorMittal for safety, environmental efforts

Port of Everett to seek construction bids for South Terminal project

WMATA proposes $3.1 billion budget for FY2019

CN, Norfolk Southern create joint interline service to cut transit times

October 27

Rail supplier news from DCLI, Milwaukee Composites, Greenbrier and WSP USA (Oct. 27)

CSX honored for national defense support

Minneapolis Met Council awards $4.6 million in TOD grants

ARCI: Mixed results for Q3 car orders, deliveries

CN publishes latest report on sustainability practices

Merced County, L.A. port to create joint business plan

L.A. Metro OKs study of converting BRT line to light rail

Operation Lifesaver's Murphy to join DART

UP, Katoen Natie break ground on Texas plastics facility

October 26

MacGregor named VP operations for DPH, Patriot Rail

TTCI's Gonzales joins League of Railway Industry Women's board

ASLRRA honors Alabama short line for safety efforts

Intermodal volumes continue to boost U.S. rail traffic

MTA to end MetroCard system, alcohol ads

CSX holds off investor conference

FTA restores WMATA's full access to grant funds

UP's Q3 earnings better than expected despite Hurricane Harvey impact

October 25

Rail supplier news from GE, Pentair, RATP, Werner and Dewberry (Oct. 25)

Ontario to establish high-speed rail advisory board

Montreal transit agency rolls out Azur trains on Green Line

AAR honors CSX's Williamson for environmental excellence

OCTA wraps up grade separation projects along BNSF line

CN posts 1 percent dip in Q3 net income

NS posts 10 percent profit increase, record operating ratio

CSX announces executive team shake-up

October 24

USDOT solicits public input on draft strategic plan

Ohio commission OKs seven grade-crossing improvement projects

MTA, PATCO begin 'leaf-slime' removal from commuter-rail tracks

Jacksonville port set cargo record in FY2017

Metrolinx taps EllisDon, Strabag to upgrade Toronto rail tunnel

KCSM to serve new petroleum terminal near Mexico City

Connecticut DOT proposes fares for new CTrail Line

North Shore Railroad & Affiliates names Stotter president, CEO

October 23

Chicago RTA names Kotel to board

L.A. Metro slates meetings on subway improvements

McLaughlin to serve as Virginia's rail transportation chief

Seattle station's Great Hall renamed after former Sound Transit CEO Earl

STB: Class I employment fell in September

PHMSA seeks input on revised ECP brake rule

Caltrain gears up for 25th Avenue grade separation

PANYNJ marks $1 billion in Sandy-related infrastructure work

October 20

Government officials help celebrate TRAM's 35th anniversary

Rail supplier news from Stadler, Railway and Industrial Services, Keolis and Alstom (Oct. 20)

Valley Metro OKs new code of conduct for light rail

San Diego MTS sells Green Line naming rights to casino

TriMet GM McFarlane to retire in early 2018

BNSF awards short-line award to Farmrail System

AAR announces Holden-Proefrock, Grand Slam awards for hazmat handling

KCS posts 'strong' Q3 financial results

October 19

TransLink logs ridership growth through September

Longview Port, International Raw Materials sign terminal lease

BART's new wheel profile reduces noise pollution

U.S. railroads report carload, intermodal increases in Week 41

MBTA, NJ Transit advance PTC plans

Metra, CP break ground on CREATE project

Nashville mayor proposes 26-mile light-rail system

NTSB: Crew members' sleep likely cause of train collision

October 18

Rail supplier news from Protran, dFuzion, Ontario Trap Rock, Strato and Avtec (Oct. 18)

Cleveland transit agency upgrades Lee-Shaker light-rail station

Savannah port moves 1 million TEUs in Q1

GO Transit's Whitby rail shop to open by year's end

Preferred Proppants to sell sand mine, rail terminals

L.A. Metro taps STV, WSP for rail-car consulting

KCS appoints Howard to lead new health, safety and environmental group

CP raises 2017 guidance on Q3 performance

October 17

NYCT begins accelerated repairs on Seventh Avenue Line

Quebec Iron Ore inks rail, port pact

CTA solicits public input on TOD plans near Red Line

USD Partners retrofits terminal for heavy-grade crude oil

Chinese rail-car manufacturer to finish Massachusetts plant by winter

Amtrak taps Griffin as new EVP, CMO

NJ Transit's Raritan River Bridge project clears environmental review

CSX posts revenue, income gains in Q3

October 16

Georgia Ports Authority announces record cargo in FY2017

APTA names new board members, honors transit agencies' marketing efforts

New York City Transit to renovate Astoria Line stations

Denver RTD receives FRA approval to wrap up G Line testing

Freight index reaches monthly high in August

FTA unveils environmental report for SEPTA's King of Prussia Rail project

Santana to become CEO of GE Transportation

Gov. Christie kicks off Portal Bridge replacement project

October 13

NJ Transit rolls out 'AquaTrack' units to remove leaves on rails

Pennsylvania DOT slates meeting for removal of road bridge over CSX tracks

Washington panel OKs safety grants for BNSF, short-line crossings

Caltrans seeks public input on state rail plan

TTC: Bombardier will miss streetcar delivery deadline

CN allows Nicor to resume work on Illinois pipeline replacement

Metrolink's first Tier 4 locomotive enters service

Report: Rail industry should do more to safely move crude oil, ethanol

October 12

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, GE, Masabi and NRC; and in memoriam: Dan O'Neal (Oct. 12)

Stadler unveils FLIRT unit for TEX Rail commuter line

FRA OKs RTD plan to remove flaggers from private crossing

Hertwig elected chair of Denver's Transportation Institute

West Memphis breaks ground on port rail project

Sound Transit's Rogoff urges Congress to sustain federal funding for transit

U.S. rail traffic rose 6.3 percent in Week 40

FTA signs off on Minnesota's rail safety program

October 11

PANYNJ installs phone charging kiosks at six PATH stations

RailTrends to feature short-line heavy hitters

Ohio panel OKs Norfolk Southern grade-crossing projects

FRA slates hearings for proposed Richmond-D.C. higher-speed rail line

OmniTRAX, Charah partner on new rail terminal near Denver

California law paves way for Caltrain's sales tax ballot measure

APTA presents 2017 public transit awards

House panel's Democrats call on Chao to act on opioid rule

October 10

Rail supplier news from GE, LAN, Railhead, HNTB and Kontron (Oct. 10)

Amtrak opens new station in New York

Illinois completes CREATE grade separation project

Trump nominates Westmoreland to serve on Amtrak's board

APTA opens EXPO transit trade show

UP announces retirements, appointments

California high-speed rail agency recommends German firm as early train operator

CP extends reach into Ohio Valley via Bluegrass Farms intermodal facility

October 9

TriMet logs millionth 'tap' on electronic fare system

Maryland Transit wraps up track maintenance, rail replacement

Senate confirms Elliott as PHMSA administrator

LIRR to replace Post Avenue bridge

NS begins Hurricane Nate recovery in Louisiana, Mississippi

Siemens acquires minority stake in Wi-Tronix

Gov. Dayton names Dolkar Minnesota's rail director

Metra mulls service cuts, fare hikes to cover budget shortfall

October 6

Rail supplier news from Rockwell Collins, TrinityRail, Lilee and Ross & Baruzzini (Oct. 6)

VTA, BART to initiate peer review of rail tunnel boring methods

Port of Columbia, Frontier Rail to reopen Washington short line

APTA floats new ways to evaluate passenger-rail project ROI

MassDOT awards $3 million in grants to industrial rail projects

CAF to provide streetcars to Seattle, Kansas City

CSX reports progress in service model transition

Unions, freight-rail carriers reach tentative agreement on five-year contract

October 5

DART names Bauman chair

Panama Canal welcomes 2,000th 'Neopanamax' ship

Texas Central selects WSP for engineering work on bullet-train project

House rail subcommittee hears from industry stakeholders

Sound Transit marks progress on East Link tunnel

Intermodal volumes lifted U.S. rail traffic in September

Austin's Cap Metro OKs FY2018 budget

Amtrak kicks off 'Ready to Build' infrastructure campaign

October 4

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Herzog, Greenbrier, Quintiq and Outfront Media (Oct. 4)

ASLRRA adds Elavon to preferred provider list

Utah Transit Authority launches mobile ticketing app

Reyes to serve as FRA's chief counsel

MTA rolls out refurbished R-160 cars on 'E' line

L.A. Metro eyes public-private partnerships to fast-track Measure M projects

TNW Corp. opens transload facility to serve Texas Panhandle

NS names Ehlers CIO

October 3

SEPTA kicks off commuter-rail infrastructure improvements

STB to review rules on ex parte communication

Pacific Harbor Line to lease new Tier 4 locomotive

MTA launches subway performance dashboard

Portland port obtains federal grant to upgrade security

California high-speed rail agency invests recovery dollars on schedule

MBTA trims expenses in FY2017

Port of Oakland OKs rail spur project

October 2

Chicago Transit Authority marks 70th anniversary

Cleveland transit agency names Caver deputy GM of operations

NARP: Amtrak long-distance trains boost local, national economies

KC Streetcar Authority advances riverfront extension plans

Post-hurricane draft restrictions lifted at Port of Corpus Christi

Construction authority OKs contract for L.A. Metro Gold Line light-rail extension

FTA awards funds to help repair Puerto Rico's transit system

FRA wraps up environmental review of proposed Atlanta-Chattanooga high-speed rail line

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