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Rail News: October 2018

October 31

Texas Central, Renfe sign bullet-train operator pact

LIRR opens renovated Farmingdale, Wantagh stations

Metra starts PTC service demos on Rock Island line

Metropolitan Councilís Tchourumoff to step down as chair next month

Pan Am Railways, Boston & Maine fined for tie disposal in Massachusetts

Canada's TSB highlights fatigue on safety watchlist

WMATA selects site for new HQ

Port of Coos Bay subsidiary to operate Oregon short line

October 30

San Francisco MTA's Haley retires

BART to add parking at Antioch Station

PANYNJ appoints Ruda interim director to succeed Campbell

Ontario, Metrolinx form PPP to redevelop Toronto station

BNSF issues 2017 corporate responsibility, sustainability report

Amtrak reveals next steps in Chicago Union Station development

G&W posts 'strong' third-quarter results

CN to acquire TransX Group, move more frac sand for Source Energy

October 29

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Alstom, Bombardier, HARTING, WSP USA and STV (Oct. 29)

Ohio panel OKs Wheeling & Lake Erie's grade crossing project

Montreal transit agency launches worker recruitment campaign

Abrams to succeed Stephens as South Florida RTAís executive director

G3 Canada to establish CP-served grain elevator in Alberta

Reading & Northern to appeal court decision on rail authorityís RFP

WMATA leader to seek board approval for operating budget proposal, service changes

AASHTO: USDOT to streamline environmental rules to speed up project delivery

October 26

Several rail suppliers host U.S. representatives for tours, talks

California coalition aims to improve coastal passenger-rail service

ARCI: Car orders climbed, deliveries declined in Q3

California HSR agency, city settle environmental report litigation

Coast Guard seeks public input on BNSF bridge project in Seattle

FTA certifies California, Oklahoma transit-rail safety programs

Private investment group helps International Rail Partners form RailUSA

Senate bill would provide railroads, ports equal footing for INFRA grants

October 25

WMATA to add Shady Grove stairway, eliminate rush-hour service pattern

DCTA installs Holcomb as deputy CEO

Port of LA receives $21 million grant for rail yard expansion project

AAR honors KCSM's Puente for environmental work

MassDOT to help fund Amtrak grade crossing safety project

United Rail to apply PSR to its short lines

AAR: U.S. intermodal volume up, carloads down in Week 42

UP touts Q3 financial performance, Unified Plan 2020 progress

October 24

DART re-elects Bauman chair

NJ Transit fast-tracks locomotive engineer training

Caltrain reports progress on electrification plans

Katoen Natie opens UP-served plastic packaging facility in Texas

FRA's Ries receives Operation Lifesaver's Champion Award

Texas DOT breaks ground on Presidio rail bridge reconstruction

CN reports 'solid' growth, record revenue in Q3

NS announces record Q3 results, plans to implement PSR

October 23

Rail supplier news from Sivyer, WSP, STV and Koppers (Oct. 23)

BART opens new downtown Berkeley plaza

Vegalab to expand shipping services on BNSF line in San Joaquin Valley

FIT opens new terminal at Port Everglades

Oregon governor's transportation plan calls for high-speed rail

OmniTRAX, 1845 Oil Field Services form joint venture

Metro-North rolls out 'Way Ahead' improvement plan

Norfolk Southern could move HQ to Atlanta, report says

October 22

Port Manatee broke cargo records in FY2018

MTA to test energy-reduction technology on subway system

Ironhorse Resources acquires San Pedro and Southwestern Railroad

MARTA to boost rail service for Super Bowl LIII

STB: U.S. Class I workforce steady in September

American Railcar to be acquired by ITE Rail Fund subsidiary

Oregon DOT releases DEIS for Eugene-Portland passenger-rail plan

CTA unveils operating, capital budget proposals

October 19

Rail firms host congressional visits in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Iowa

Rail supplier news from The Andersons, Thales and Brookville (Oct. 19)

Las Vegas Railway Express changes name to United Rail

TEXRail tests Stadler trains at DFW airport

BNSF honors Kiamichi as 'Short Line of the Year'

California panel OKs $91 million to boost rail service for 2028 LA Olympics

KCS reports record revenue despite a 'challenging' Q3

Canadian Pacific posts record Q3

October 18

Metro-North logs rail maintenance record

Sound Transit names Butler CFO

U.S. rail traffic growth continued in Week 41

Cuomo tours Hudson River tunnels in push for federal funding

SEPTA solicits renewable energy proposals

FRA's Batory meets with PTC system suppliers

AAR honors Norfolk Southern's Schoendorfer, shippers for hazmat work

CUTA wants drug testing now that pot is legal in Canada

October 17

Rail supplier news from AllTranstek, ABB, Kontron and WSP (Oct. 17)

North Carolina Railroad's Kessler named AREMA president

Chicago South Shore earns ASLRRA 'President's Award' for safety

Amtrak's Acela seats to be upcycled into luxury bags

Schumer wants railroads to notify locals when transporting hazmat

LA Metro starts tunnel dig for Purple Line subway

California High-Speed Rail Authority OKs EIR for Fresno-Bakersfield segment

CSX reports 'strong performance' in Q3

October 16

Metra PTC project prompts Rock Island schedule changes

Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council to study local travel behavior

Operation Lifesaver taps Puchala for communications, marketing role

LA Metro marks design milestone on Airport Metro Connector

EDA grant to aid BNSF-served Port of Pasco industrial park

CN unveils new centerbeam rail car

MTA orders 65 flat cars from Harsco

Short Line Safety Institute awarded $2.4 million grant

October 15

LIRR to perform PTC, rail safety tests on Montauk Branch

Ohio panel OKs rail crossing improvements in Columbiana, Tuscarawas counties

Port of Virginia logs first-quarter volume increase

VIA Rail taps Rail GD to renovate dining cars

Port of Long Beach breaks TEU record in FY2018

BART fined $1.3 million for 2013 track worker deaths

Norfolk Southern continues Hurricane Michael recovery

Metrolink CEO Leahy to retire in January

October 12

U.S. Rep. Paulsen tours Meyer Contracting

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Siemens, WSP and LTK (Oct. 12)

CSX-served Florida business park completes first phase

Northern Lines Railway obtains Minnesota funds for grade crossing projects

LA Metro to break ground on Orange Line's light-rail conversion project

Feds award Texas $10 million to shore up two Gulf Coast ports

TransLink to issue green bonds to finance transit expansion

BNSF awarded $22.3 million California grant to pilot clean technology

October 11

MBTA, Keolis to replace ties on the Fitchburg Line

USDOT report highlights nearly $64 billion in transportation investments

MTA launches transit tech accelerator lab

Canadian Pacific announces 2018 Holiday Train tour

ASLRRA unveils President's Safety awards for Southern Region

U.S. rail traffic up a bit in Week 40

Metra proposes 2019 budget, warns of railroad's 'deterioration'

Texas Central picks Spanish firm Renfe as bullet train operator

October 10

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Transplace, RailPros and Brookville (Oct. 10)

U.S. High Speed Rail Association names Richard chair

Iowa panel OKs $3.1 million in rail project loans, grants

AAR hires Arnakis as SVP of government affairs

NJ Gov. Murphy releases NJ Transit audit

Report: CSX sues NS, short line over port terminal business

El Paso streetcar starts pre-revenue service

Metra, business group to test new reverse-commute service

October 9

NYCT reopens 72nd Street subway station

Tampa transit agency drops streetcar fares, boosts service

Report: Brightline finalizes construction bids for Miami-Orlando segment

Ohio panel to solicit input on rail crossing exemptions

BART tests upgraded earthquake alert system

NCDOT seeks input on Norfolk Southern rail crossing project

SunRail tests PTC system

Batory: FRA to complete Hudson tunnel project's EIS by early 2019

October 8

Metrolink honored for Tier 4 locomotive purchase

Caltrain forecasts 300 percent surge in ridership demand by 2040

Rail advocates to be inducted into Michigan's Hall of Honor

California High-Speed Rail Authority issues EIR for Fresno-Bakersfield segment

ASLRRA signs Rockwell Collins to help short lines prep PTC documents

MARTA's board OKs $2.7 billion transit expansion plan

CSX Chair Kelly to retire; Zillmer elected successor

New York City Transit continues CBTC installation

October 5

Rail supplier news from GE, CIT Michael Baker and WAGO (Oct. 5)

Baltimore transit agency to redevelop MARC Camden Station

TriMet taps Sewell to head labor relations, human resources

APTA, UITP sign pact on joint programs, training

BLET delegates re-elect Pierce national president, voice support for Amtrak

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

GAO: Passenger railroads lag on PTC testing

Texas Central adds Salini Impregilo to bullet-train project

October 4

Baltimore transit agency launches mobile ticketing app

PennDOT seeks P3 proposals for rail, other projects

Minnesota DOT seeks grant applications for freight-rail projects

CSX resumes service to Port of Wilmington

Phoenix postpones Northeast light-rail extension

CN recognized for work with Aboriginal communities, businesses

Udall: Amtrak pledged to continue Southwest Chief rail service

CP reports preliminary Q3 results, updates 2018 guidance

October 3

Rail supplier news from Encore, GE, Stella-Jones and Appalachian Railcar (Oct. 3)

Santa Clara VTA slates TOD meetings

Ohio panel OKs safety updates at Class I, short line crossings

Iowa Interstate Railroad orders new GE locomotives

MBTA inks $218 million contract for signal system upgrade

G&W promotes Miller to president, North America

BNSF, CSX to launch LA-Ohio intermodal service

Rose to retire from BNSF in 2019

October 2

Retailers applaud new trade agreement

Metra to shutter ticket office at Rock Island Line station

LIRR to replace century-old bridge on Oyster Bay Branch

LA Metro releases final environmental impact report for Union Station subway project

Diversified Port Holdings changes name to Patriot Ports

Caltrans unveils new Amtrak Pacific Surfliner locomotives

TriMet picks preferred route for Southwest Corridor light rail

Rail, government officials mark 75th Street Corridor project in Chicago

October 1

Denver's RTD offers incentives to riders to 'ditch' their cars

BART kicks off engineer 'hiring blitz'

Milwaukee sets Nov. 2 for streetcar's debut

MTA names Warren chief safety officer

Report: Scheduled railroading could improve North American freight-rail service

HART seeks public-private partnership for Honolulu rail project

FRA to relaunch Railroad Safety Advisory Committee

AAR 'pleased' with new North American trade pact

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