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Rail News: November 2021

November 30

Rail supplier news from WSP and SNC-Lavalin (Nov. 30)

TransLink to add Interac Debit as contactless payment option

TSA names surface transportation security committee members

PANYNJ proposes $7.9 billion budget for 2022

Transport Canada amends grade crossing regulations

Build America Bureau refinances TIFIA loan for Moynihan Train Hall

STB grants Amtrak's request for CSX Choctaw Yard access

In memoriam: CSX senior executive and change agent Mark Wallace

November 29

San Diego MTS off to promising ridership start on trolley extension

Sound Transit's Lynwood Link extension reaches halfway point

U.S. intermodal volume slide continued in Week 46

Rail unions countersue Metra over COVID vaccine policy

CP's Creel is magazine's top strategist of 2021

CN Indigenous Advisory Council holds inaugural meeting

Groundbreaking set today for long-planned Howard Street Tunnel project

Mexican regulatory agencies green-light proposed CP-KCS merger

November 24

WMATA to maintain reduced rail service through Dec. 31

Illinois panel OKs grade crossing improvements in Kankakee County

FRA recharters Rail Safety Advisory Committee

UP launches employee-led environmental group

Rail unions sue Amtrak over vaccine mandate

Winchester and Western Railroad names Posey president

Montreal port releases RFQ for Contrecoeur terminal expansion project

STB accepts CP-KCS merger application as 'complete'

November 23

Court consolidates lawsuits related to Class I vaccine mandates

Metro-North completes PTC, signal system work on Waterbury Branch

Unions, Metra reach tentative agreement on new contract

WisDOT: Federal grant will help fund rail infrastructure project

Amtrak to invest $16 million in Johnstown Station

RCP&E Railroad to upgrade main line in South Dakota

CP to open British Columbia rail corridor today

November 22

U.S. Sen. Carper tours Delmarva Central Railroad operations

RTD-Denver seeks developer for TOD project near light-rail line

CP service to resume in BC corridor this week; CN donates to disaster victims

CTA opens new Red-Purple Bypass on Brown Line

CP-KCS merger application with STB is 'incomplete,' UP says

Valley Metro obtains CIG grant to fund light-rail construction

USDOT awards $1 billion in RAISE grants for FY2021

November 19

In memoriam: Ronald McLaughlin

USDOT explains infrastructure law's impact on each state

CSO: Sound Transit set safety measures for Point Defiance Bypass

Georgia and Florida Railway recognizes shipper safety

UP implements OptRail's AMP technology

Major flooding in British Columbia leads to CP, CN track outages

Virginia Port Authority OKs construction bid for rail expansion project

CSX, NCDOT open Carolina Connector intermodal terminal

November 18

Rail supplier news from RSI, Railhead, Thales and Huber+Suhner (Nov. 18)

RTD-Denver offering $4,000 hiring bonuses for rail, bus employees

Trinity Metro TEXRail names Anderson first female engineer

MBTA opens two new Green Line stations

Ohio rail panel OKs grant to replace tracks on NDW line

U.S. freight-rail volume dips 4.7% in Week 45

USDOT awards RAISE grants to fund rail projects in Washington

Canadian Pacific launches debt offering in U.S., Canada

November 17

Rail supplier news from Stadler, Alstom and STV (Nov. 17)

Long Island Rail Road opens first new station in 50 years

Ports of L.A., Long Beach delay consideration of container dwell fee

Progressive Railroading hires Connatser, Kavanaugh

CREATE partners mark completion of Metra-CP crossover upgrades

FTA grant funds available for transit mobility, innovation projects

CN listed on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for 10th consecutive year

BNSF to STB: Extend CP-KCS comment period to assess impact on Mexico

November 16

Rail supplier news from Brookville, Stadler, Remark and Alstom (Nov. 16)

Wabtec publishes 2021 sustainability report

Metra OKs $13 million station renovation contract

OIG: Many Amtrak engineers didn't meet physical exam requirements

FTA unveils transit infrastructure funding priorities

STB advances rate review rules for small rate disputes

CSX named to Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for 11th straight year

AAR, rail groups hail potential impact of new infrastructure funding law

November 15

Port of Salem to receive federal grant for terminal upgrades

Maryland Gov. Hogan names Arnold MDOT MTA administrator

STB schedules three hearings in Q1 to address major proceedings

Connecticut DOT to boost service on Waterbury Branch next year

Georgia Ports Authority caps off Mason Mega Rail Terminal

Louisville & Indiana receives 2022 'Military Friendly Employer' designation

Metra approves 2022 operating, capital budget

CP named to Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for second consecutive year

November 12

Rail supplier news from Hyundai Rotem, WSP, Cedar AI and RR Mergers (Nov. 12)

Davis to direct TxDOT's rail division

RTD-Denver to resurface N Line track

UP recognized for recruiting, hiring military veterans

CN commits to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

CSX responds to STB letter regarding service issues

STB to prepare environmental statement on proposed CP-KCS merger

November 11

LIRR completes Carle Place Station renovations

Port of Virginia sets new single-month volume record

NJ Transit awards contract for Perth Amboy Station project

U.S. railroads report 3.5% traffic decrease in Week 44

PHMSA proposes temporary suspension of LNG by rail

Jaguar Transport to operate Oklahoma rail park

Norfolk Southern opens new HQ in Atlanta

BNSF joins Class I legal battles with unions over COVID vaccine mandate

November 10

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Eversholt Rail, RailWorks and Thales (Nov. 10)

ATA challenges Biden administration over vaccine mandate

CTA ridership nearly doubles since January

UP ties $5.5 million in grants to DEI goals

East Coast governors agree to split transit emergency funds

Infrastructure bill includes NTSB's rail safety priorities

Amtrak to resume Cascades service on Point Defiance Bypass

White House announces immediate actions to unclog congestion at U.S. ports

November 9

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Sumitomo, Progress Rail, PSI and Alstom (Nov. 9)

NJ Transit adds contactless payment option

NRF: Retail iImports at near-record pace

APTA honors transit agencies for rail safety, security, COVID response

CSX, NS: Amtrak Gulf Coast service would 'impair' freight-rail service

Maryland Transit Solutions selected to finish Purple Line

Infrastructure bill will spur 'new era' for U.S. passenger rail, industry execs say

BNSF posts revenue, income and volume gains in Q3

November 8

WMATA delays reopening of Rockville, Shady Grove stations

Illinois lawmakers propose new federal funding for grade separations

AASHTO elects first African-American president

Ports America, Ceres Marine, SSA Atlantic form joint venture to boost Savannah port's efficiency

ATA: Truck drivers exempt from OSHA vaccine mandate

Alghabra provides update on Lac-Megantic bypass project

CHSRA releases final environmental reports on Los Angeles high-speed rail project

Rail industry applauds 'historic' funding levels in infrastructure bill

November 5

Rail supplier news from Capital Rail Constructors, Alstom and Intramotev (Nov. 5)

Michigan DOTís long-range plan covers passenger rail improvements

NJ Transit adds 36 trains in response to increasing demand

GCT Deltaport expansion proposal referred to review panel

Montana introduces grant project to repower diesel switcher locomotives

Operation Lifesaver awards $107,000 in grant funding to transit agencies

Regional Rail, Port Manatee ink pact to operate short line

U.S. Class Is react to new OSHA policy on Biden's vaccine mandate

November 4

South Florida RTA conducts Tri-Rail safety exercise

FTA issues safety advisory on wheel gauges following derailment

New York Gov. Hochul unveils her vision of Penn Station project

CP honors most productive grain elevators of the year

TTCI names Vecellio senior AVP of operations and safety

Canadian Pacific sets shareholder meeting for KCS merger vote

CN purchases Wabtec's battery-electric locomotive

Supply chain issues sink October's rail volume total

November 3

Metrolink, Moovit partner on mobile app

Sound Transit begins scoping work for light-rail extension, hires Izquierdo as CCO

MTA renovates Metro-North's White Plains station

USDOT, California agree to expedite supply-chain infrastructure projects, including rail

Pennsylvania awards $8.6 million for rail air-quality initiative

OmniTRAX begins rail operations at southern Indiana industrial park

CN, Progress Rail to test renewable fuel blends

STB seeks input on proposed CP-KCS schedule, allows Sanimax complaint against UP to proceed

November 2

Rail supplier news from Balfour Beatty, Railhead, Greenbrier and LRW (Nov. 2)

Metra begins construction of new station on UP North Line

FTA awards ARP funds to Sound Transit

Illinois panel OKs crossing upgrades on NS track in two counties

VIA Rail announces mandatory vaccination policy for riders

R. J. Corman names Drown AVP of commercial development

CP wins grant to expand hydrogen locomotive program

CN issues shareholder letter to counter TCI claims

November 1

MTA completes LIRR's New Cassel substation upgrade

Amtrak rolls out new ticket kiosks

SEPTA, labor union reach tentative contract agreement

Trinity Metro names new interim president, CEO as Baulsir retires

Rail unions countersue NS over vaccine policy

Class I employment levels fell in September

IANA: Supply-chain disruptions take a toll on intermodal in Q3

CP, KCS file merger application with STB

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