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Rail News: November 2018

November 30

Rail supplier news from RF Industries, Hollysys, Siemens and Alstom (Nov. 30)

BLET conducts vote for CN-Wisconsin Central pact

Streetcars the preferred choice for Minneapolis-area transit corridor

Secure Rail 2019 seeks conference presenters

Orange County authority to launch streetcar construction

Amtrak wraps up Great Hall restoration at Chicago Union Station

Alberta Premier Notley calls for expanded crude-by-rail capacity

Brightline bags Florida DOT approval to lease land for Orlando-Tampa line

November 29

San Francisco MTA kicks the tires on new parking meters

CSX, NS to upgrade four Ohio crossings

Oregon DOT kicks off hearings for Portland-Eugene passenger-rail plan

CN awards second rail-car inspection contract to Duos Technologies

U.S. railroads post carload, intermodal gains in Week 47

Metropolitan Council set to break ground on Southwest light-rail line

Trump, Cuomo meet to discuss Amtrak rail tunnel project

FTA to provide FY2018 capital grants for four transit-rail projects

November 28

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Southern National Track Services, HNTB and Advent Intermodal (Nov. 28)

TTC to end Metropass sales next month

VIA Rail service coming again soon to northern Manitoba

Sen. Schumer repeats call for CSX to fix grade crossings

TransLink shattered ridership record in October

Norfolk Southern: Ledoux becomes VP of government affairs, Maestri to retire

UP's Bolin to succeed Rock as VP-external relations

RAC recognizes safety efforts of three railroads, one service provider

November 27

Washington state DOT seeks input on proposed multimodal projects

Valley Metro unveils smartphone app to enhance safety, security

Charleston Harbor project qualifies for more federal funds

AAR to new Congress: Be 'sensible' with oversight

Viterra to upgrade two rail-served grain terminals in Canada

Transbay authority releases final environmental report for downtown rail extension

UP's Knight dubbed 'Best CFO' for sixth-straight year

Amtrak picks four teams to compete for Philadelphia station project

November 26

Delaware officials break ground on Wilmington Transit Center

Port of Oakland set peak-season import record

FRA: Railroads advanced PTC implementation in Q3

U.S. carload volume dipped in Week 46

Parrish & Heimbecker to build Class I-served grain terminal near Vancouver port

FRA issues safety advisory for railroads under signal suspensions

Former BLE-Canada VP Hucker dies

South Florida RTA honored for transit service, marketing

November 21

Rail supplier news from Rio Grande Pacific, ABDW, PFL Petroleum and Stantec (Nov. 21)

BART launches official app

Bi-State board OKs TOD near Metro Transit-St. Louis light-rail station

Union Pacific updates PTC progress report

STB: U.S. Class I workforce grew in October

Connecticut DOT unveils $12 billion capital plan

Port of Long Beach obtains $14 million grant for rail project

FRA defines new category of high-speed passenger trains

November 20

CTA installs pedestrian bridge at 95th/Dan Ryan Station

MARTA inks contract with RailWorks for rail upgrades

Port of LA sets new monthly cargo record

Streetcar systems can impact economic development, study says

EDA grant to pay for rail infrastructure project in Georgia

MTA's Second Avenue Subway clears environmental hurdle

New York issues $27 million in grants for rail infrastructure work

FTA pledges $1.2 billion for Seattle's Lynnwood light-rail project

November 19

North Carolina DOT's Mobi Award to recognize multimodal transportation projects

TransLink issues first 'green' bond to finance new rail lines

BART mulls second Transbay Tube

Congress creates new cybersecurity agency

MassDOT issues RFP for transit study in Boston suburb

Sound Transit posts rail ridership gain in Q3

Brightline, Virgin Group to form Virgin Trains USA

Amtrak touts 'best operating performance' in FY2018

November 16

Rail supplier news from GE, Bombardier, Stantec, Hardesty & Hanover and WAGO (Nov. 16)

Ohio panel seeks comments on state's new rail plan

Port of Savannah set container cargo record in October

Cleveland RTA nets $9 million grant for Red Line heavy-rail trackwork

MTA mulls fare hikes to stave off service cuts

Met Council taps Lunda, McCrossan to build Southwest light-rail line

CSX to sell 373 miles of rail lines in Florida, Georgia

FRA issues funding notice for state-of-good-repair projects

November 15

League of Railway Women to kick off 'Railroading 101' series

LIRR renovates three rail stations

SFMTA names Levenson CFO

ASLRRA identifies President's Safety Award winners in Central, Pacific regions

U.S. railroads carried a bit more traffic in Week 45

Kansas City Southern's Wochner to retire as SVP, chief legal officer

APTA: Commuter railroads acquire all radio spectrum for PTC

Feds green light Metro Transit's Southwest light-rail extension

November 14

MTA to buy Grand Central Terminal, Harlem and Hudson lines

Rail supplier news from Trainyard Tech, Bentley Systems, RSI, W.E. Lott, Savage and Cando (Nov. 14)

Brownsville & Rio Grande's former caboose to become a library

BART unveils new station canopies in downtown San Francisco

BNSF Logistics adds TEXX 900 to specialized rail-car fleet

LA construction authority mulls plan to build final Gold Line segment in two phases

House rail subcommittee's Denham ousted in re-election bid

Port of Hamilton expansion to increase rail access

November 13

LIRR to wrap up Montauk Branch tie replacement

MBTA launches new site for weekend rail service disruptions

KCS locomotive sports patriotic paint scheme to honor vets

Toronto creates transit expansion office

Blumenthal urges Amtrak to address overcrowding on Hartford, Shore Line East lines

Perdue AgriBusiness to build grain facility at Maryland logistics park

G.I. magazine's military friendly employer list includes five railroads

PANYNJ seeks public comments on next year’s operating, capital budgets

November 12

Trinity Metro logs uptick in college student ridership

South Carolina, Virginia ports set cargo records in October

Metra to buy three used locomotives

NRF: Retail imports remain strong ahead of tariffs

GAO: USDOT should evaluate grade crossing safety program

CSX launches program to support veterans, active military, first responders

Montreal transit agency taps Bombardier, Alstom to supply more Azur rail cars

MTA Chair Lhota resigns

November 9

U.S. Rep. Loebsack visits Sivyer Steel for post-bankruptcy update

Rail supplier news from RSI, GREX, Bombardier, Cornerstone Systems and Parsons (Nov. 9)

Operation Lifesaver, Metrolinx unveil virtual reality rail safety video

Caltrain to use renewable energy at San Jose facilities

Kansas City Southern to kick off Holiday Express tour

Report: Brightline submits sole proposal for Orlando-Tampa rail service

ASLRRA, Wabtec to offer PTC solution for short lines

South Shore Line double-track project clears environmental hurdle

November 8

NJ Transit boosts locomotive engineer recruitment efforts

PATH rolls out cell service in underground stations

NRLC's Gradia to retire; Branon named next chair

Citing PTC costs, VRE eyes fare increase

Utah Transit Authority marks commuter-rail ridership record

Norfolk Southern proposes new HQ building in Midtown Atlanta, report says

Prince Rupert port projects to include rail infrastructure

AAR reports 'mixed' traffic results for October

November 7

TransLink begins winter prep

LA Metro to begin tests at new light-rail yard

OIG: Amtrak should improve worker background checks

Rhode Island breaks ground on MBTA rail station

Canada seeks buyer for Ridley Terminals

NJ leaders ask Coast Guard to limit Portal Bridge openings

Voters OK transit ballot measures in several states

Norfolk Southern names Farrell SVP transportation

November 6

Rail supplier news from GE, Duos Technologies, Tealinc, Trinity, Peerless Electronics and Aspen Equipment (Nov. 6)

El Paso transit agency wraps up streetcar construction

Chao calls on agencies, railroads to improve grade crossing safety

Amtrak Downeaster service to get service boost

CP broke grain, biofuel shipping records in October

Capitol Corridor ready to start fleet PTC implementation

R. J. Corman acquires two short lines, commuter-rail service

BNSF posts higher revenue, expenses in Q3

November 5

CSX Santa Train to travel through Appalachia this month

Milwaukee streetcar begins passenger service

Connecticut Gov. Malloy opens new Hartford Line station

Cool Port storage facility opens at Port of Oakland

BART tallies 1 million rides on Antioch extension

RTA: Crosstie production, purchases fell in September

North Virginia panel releases first WMATA performance report

Kentucky awards $1.3 million in grants for rail crossing projects

November 2

Congressmen visit A&K, New England Central Railroad

DCTA names Bloomer VP of operations

Operation Lifesaver names Maleh executive director

Honolulu to provide city funds to help build passenger-rail system

Reading & Northern acquires transload warehouse

Denver RTD to begin testing Southeast light-rail extension

USDOT OKs RRIF loan for Port of Everett Marine Terminal rail project

Trudeau: Hudson Bay Rail Line to reopen by Nov. 30

November 1

Rail supplier news from Hitachi, Bombardier, Schneider, Omaha Track and Skanska (Nov. 1)

National Mediation Board names Sims mediation services director

DART to offer digital communications platform

AAR: U.S. carload traffic back up in Week 43

Delaware infrastructure proposal includes funds for transit, rail

PATH opens new Harrison station

NTSB: Ethanol train derailment underscores need for safe tank cars

IANA: Intermodal volumes up 4.7 percent in Q3

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