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Rail News: November 2020

November 30

St. Louis Metro Transit advances rail security improvements

STM tracks rider capacity levels on Azur trains

Canada unveils new rules aimed at reducing rail worker fatigue

BART, labor unions ratify new contracts

U.S. rail traffic climbs on intermodal gain in Week 47

LIRR wraps up rail storage yard construction

CP to serve expanded grain facility in Minnesota

TTD President Willis dies

November 25

Rail supplier news from Amsted Rail, DB, Bombardier, Thales, Keolis and Hub Group (Nov. 25)

MTA completes E Line track replacement project

Moynihan Train Hall set to open in January

USDOT solicits comments on proposed update to NEPA procedures

Amtrak, NJ Transit challenge North River Tunnel recommendations

WMATA sidelines 6000-series rail cars due to safety concern

Maryland DOT, private contractors settle dispute over Purple Line light-rail project

BTS: Transborder freight moved by rail down in September

November 24

MPPR orders rail snowplow for Pikes Peak renovation

STM recognized for gender parity efforts

Long Beach port to provide update on Pier B on-dock rail facility

TTC advances ATC signal upgrades

Gov. Baker names Sullivan to MBTA fiscal board, Lang to MassDOT board

Brightline, Disney agree to build train station in Orlando

NS appoints Hatfield, Smith to VP posts; Martinez to retire

Amtrak posts $801 million operating loss in FY2020

November 23

Cleveland RTA adopts APTA’s pandemic safety plan

Sound Transit approves rail service changes for 2021

Canadian agency issues report on Montreal port's Contrecoeur terminal project

Bill would require federal agencies to address blocked grade crossings

Chicago board approves CTA's 2021 budget

DART hires Leininger as interim president

CN unveils report on climate-related financial disclosures

UP to open Twin Cities intermodal terminal

November 20

Rail supplier news from Keolis, Bombardier, Mitsubishi Electric, Transdev and TRB (Nov. 20)

Amtrak proposes Brattleboro Station improvements

International Cushioning wins grant for rail-served site in Ohio

AAR, rail shippers praise Senate confirmation of new STB members

MassDOT awards grants for rail industrial projects

Class I employment continues downward trend

WMATA to offer buyout plan to address budget shortfall

CSX's Foote receives Railroad Innovator Award

November 19

CTA wins design award for Garfield Station renovation

STM wraps up cyber attack investigation

Rocky Mountaineer to launch U.S. route

Ohio panel OKs matching grants for rail projects

CSX named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Intermodal again drives up weekly U.S. rail traffic total

RAC honors Canadian railroads, services for safety actions

MTA proposes major service cuts, layoffs in 2021 budget

November 18

Rail supplier news from Mobilitie, Alstom, Cylus, Egis, SNCF Reseau and MTU (Nov. 18)

Sound Transit to improve pedestrian, bike access at Puyallup Station

Amtrak, northeast transit agencies launch 'Mask Force'

CN marks 25 years as publicly traded company

Brightline, Miami-Dade OK access fee for new commuter-rail system

UP names Vargas VP-Mexico, marketing and sales

SEPTA wins federal grant to improve signals on Harrisburg Line

FRA: PTC operating on over 99 percent of required route miles

November 17

Metrolink restores some rail service

STM to begin Place-Saint-Henri Station upgrades

DART subway project reaches design milestone

Metro-North adds train capacity tracker to app

R. J. Corman appoints Donfris CFO

CN, CP named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index

OmniTRAX's Shuba assumes new role with parent company

FRA final rule sets minimum standard for measuring Amtrak performance

November 16

Trinity Metro selects AECOM for TEXRail extension work

WMATA to accelerate Blue Line signal work

AASHTO elects Sheehan president, Wilson VP

MARTA extends CEO Parker's contract

PHL, Progress Rail to test electric locomotive at LA, Long Beach ports

CN recognized as a 'Top 100' employer

Metra OKs 2021 budget

South Plains Lamesa Railroad to develop Texas transloading facility

November 13

DCTA recognized for budget prep practices

Montreal metro prepares Blue Line extension action plan

SEPTA to redirect some overnight weekend rail service to buses

Short Line Safety Institute launches online hazmat training

NCTD outlines LOSSAN rail expansion plan

A&R opens CSX-served warehouse in South Carolina

APTA: Commuter-rail industry poised to meet PTC deadline

OIG to audit security of FTA's financial systems

November 12

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Huber+Suhner, Schneider and GKG (Nov. 12)

Cooksville GO Transit rail station reopens

Virgin Hyperloop demonstrates passenger travel

Moody's: Crude-by-rail poses higher social than financial risk for CN, CP

MTA completes NYC subway station accessibility improvements

West Virginia opens online portal for reporting blocked grade crossings

U.S. intermodal-rail volume spikes in Week 45

LA Metro's Washington to lead Biden's transportation transition team; AAR, ASLRRA welcome president-elect

November 11

Rail supplier news from WSP, Loadsmart, Siemens, Extreme Networks, Urban Engineers and Hanson (Nov. 11)

Santa Clara VTA advances 2021 transit service plan

Sound Transit seeks comments on proposed 2021 budget

Gron Fuels considers new facility at Greater Baton Rouge port

PennDOT solicits input on state rail plan

TransLink to test copper-coating product on SkyTrain cars

STM's 2021 budget would maintain 2019 transit service levels

UP to pay pandemic bonus to agreement employees

November 10

Transdev launches autonomous shuttle to WMATA rail station

Denver-RTD CEO Johnson takes helm

NRF: Ports log record peak season imports

Rail Pulse reps to discuss new venture at RailTrends

KCS updates capital allocation policy

Alabama port wins grant to expand storage at Watco terminal

NS concerned about CSX efforts to acquire Pan Am Railways

BNSF posts lower Q3 revenue, issues sustainability report

November 9

Metra adds bike storage on Milwaukee District North Line

Montreal transit agency adopts APTA’s pandemic safety plan

NYSDOT completes construction of Buffalo Amtrak station

Caltrain to close Atherton Station

STB OKs Pacific Sun's request to end operations, trackage rights on BNSF lines

Garneau revises order affecting winter train speeds

Cleveland-Cliffs to acquire six short lines

Flynn: Amtrak looks forward to working with Biden, Congress

November 6

Rail supplier news from Jaguar, CGI, Alstom and NRC (Nov. 6)

In memoriam: Former BLET General Chair Pat Williams

DCTA honored for procurement excellence

NJ Transit to restore some weekend rail service

A&R Logistics opens new site at rail-served Texas industrial park

California transit agency names McKillop CFO

Virginia port receives two massive container cranes

TSB: Sudden track failure led to CN train derailment

November 5

RTD-Denver offers trip planning app for paratransit service

Caltrain considers winter rail service adjustments

MassDot releases draft study of proposed East-West passenger-rail service

Florida Gulf & Atlantic completes new rail bridge project

BLET ratifies contract with Indiana Southern Railroad

Voters deliver mixed results for passenger rail

Jaguar Transport, Ontario pension fund acquire five short lines, construction firm

AAR: U.S. rail intermodal had 'best month ever' in October

November 4

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Bombardier, Alstom, Cubic and Infinity Intermodal (Nov. 4)

CTA kicks off contactless fare payment option

MBTA solicits input on transit preservation plan

OIG: Amtrak's random drug-testing program doesn't cover all in safety-related roles

Reading & Northern establishes new rail-truck transload facility

DCTA selects commuter-rail operations, maintenance contractor

Moody's upgrades freight-rail industry outlook for 2021

Legislation would end cut to railroad unemployment benefits

November 3

Fox joins North Carolina Railroad's board

BLET reaches tentative pact with NYS&W

Virginia's Newington Bridge project to separate passenger, freight trains

NJ Transit seeks builders for TOD projects

Edmonton identifies preferred contractor for Valley Line light-rail project

Canadian Pacific sets new record with October grain haul

STB: CN can't unilaterally designate CP interchange at Clearing Yard

IANA: Intermodal traffic turns a corner in Q3

November 2

Rail supplier news from Hitachi, Hatch, LTK, AECOM, Thales and Ensco (Nov. 2)

BLET’s Verna succeeds Tolman as VP, national legislative rep

SunRail commission advances proposed DeLand commuter-rail extension

Canada's TSB adds 'unplanned railway movements' to safety Watchlist

CN shatters grain delivery record in October

STB issues environmental document for proposed Utah rail line

DART President Thomas to retire

Short lines endorse USDOT changes to RRIF loan program

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