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Rail News: December 2015

December 30

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Bombardier and Nomad (Dec. 30)

Miami-Dade pilots express rail service to downtown Miami

New Cleveland station boosts transit-oriented development plan

CTA completes 4G wireless installation on subways

Metrolink to introduce cheaper fares in 2016

Minneapolis Green Line Extension funding passes 80 percent mark

New rail line helps Amtrak trains bypass Detroit bottleneck

Canadian Pacific, CN exceed grain revenue entitlements for 2014-15 crop year

December 29

TTC's 13th new streetcar enters service

L.A. Metro preps Gold Line tracks for Regional Connector project

Former KCS leader Rowland dies at 78

RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases were down in November

BNSF transports cargo from largest ship to reach U.S. coasts

NJ Transit names Martin as interim executive director

STB solicits opinions for 'on-time' passenger-train performance, preference issues

December 28

Rail supplier news from NRC, Bombardier, Siemens and CDM Smith (Dec. 28)

L.A. Metro debuts videos to encourage people with disabilities to ride

Virginia state rail office hires Smith as policy chief

TriMet installs swing gates, signage at Orange Line crossings

Mica demands private-sector competition on Amtrak routes

Canadian railroads on track with greenhouse gas emission reduction, RAC report says

AAR: U.S. railroads post traffic decline in week No. 50

December 23

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, GREX and Gross & Janes (Dec. 23)

Canada completes intermodal access project in Edmonton

SMART union members OK agreement with MTA

TSB: Inadequate track conditions led to CN train derailment

MBTA inks $338 million PTC contract with Ansaldo

PortMiami reaches record 1 million TEUs

Amtrak, FRA release DEIS on Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel improvements

CP responds to NS board's latest rejection

December 22

Amtrak searches for next crop of writers in residence

BLET seeks applicants for James R. Hoffa scholarships

Ohio panel OKs rail-crossing safety updates

The Andersons to expand Michigan ethanol plant

SMART sets up law enforcement division, names Welch police chief

Elliott highlights changes under STB Reauthorization Act

Amtrak flips PTC switch on Northeast Corridor routes

MBTA oversight board paves way for 10 percent fare hike

December 21

Webcast to focus on 'active shooter' mitigation

Bass named executive director of Texas DOT

MBTA should put the brakes on expansions, Harvard fellow says

Canadian Pacific: Merger would benefit Chicago during holiday shutdown

OmniTRAX Canada to sell railway, port to Manitoba's First Nations

Omnibus bill includes transit-commuter tax benefit; increases funds for FTA, FRA

Sound Transit nets $75 million for Tacoma Link light-rail extension

December 18

CN counts 1,500 first-responder signups for rail-car safety app

Metrolinx unveils new fare payment system on TTC streetcars

AMT seeks firm for operation, maintenance of commuter trains

U.S. Class Is continued workforce trims in November

Sound Transit's new $1.2 billion budget funds light-rail expansions

TEX Rail project advances with track-sharing pacts

Chicago RTA OKs $3.9 billion capital budget for local transit agencies

CP responds to Iawmakers' concerns over proposed NS merger

December 17

Rail supplier news from RailComm, Hanson, Holland and Loram (Dec. 17)

Omnibus bill drops longer-truck proposal

Wabtec obtains $45 million PTC contracts from Metra, Parsons

UTA 2016 budget features more rail service, amenities

AAR: U.S. carload, intermodal traffic down again in Week 49

Minnesota-Duluth high-speed rail proposal reduces speed, costs

DC Streetcar begins pre-revenue operations

CP's latest offer doesn't address regulatory risks, uncertainties, NS says

December 16

Rail supplier updates from NRC, STV, GDF SUEZ and Bombardier (Dec. 16)

Santa Clara VTA names Chavez chair, Bruins vice chair

UTA streetcar ridership jumps by almost 19 percent in 2015

FTA releases second safety directive to WMATA

RAC: Rail, pipeline equally safe for moving crude oil

Canadian Pacific sweetens bid to acquire Norfolk Southern

December 15

Rail supplier news from Hanson, Hollysys, Alstom, Auto Truck and WAGO (Dec. 15)

Metra brings Wi-Fi to downtown stations, preps for onboard service

Greenbrier nets 1,800 rail-car orders since Sept. 1

California panel approves $154 million in transportation projects

Metro-North replaces nearly 98,000 ties, hires Vonashek as VP of system safety

Durbin, Illinois representatives concerned about proposed CP-NS merger

Short Line Safety Institute names Hynes executive director, seats new boards

December 14

Rose named chair of TransLink

North Carolina DOT, university collaborate on rail workforce assessment

PANYNJ advances Gateway rail tunnel project

CN pledges $5 million to help resettle Syrian refugees in Canada

Cuomo orders higher security measures on mass transit

RTD board to negotiate with Genova for GM, CEO post

NS formally rejects CP's revised merger bid

MBTA to terminate several Green Line Extension contracts

December 11

Rep. Kinzinger tours Colo Railroad Builders' Illinois facility

IANA's Casey earns lifetime achievement award

Arizona panel approves $66.6 million grade separation project

CN, Amsted Rail ink wheel-making deal

Atlanta OKs long-range streetcar expansion plan

Valley Metro to open Northwest Extension in March

New York City subways set one-day ridership record in October

House approves STB reauthorization bill

December 10

Secure Rail Conference fee to increase after Friday

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Advent Intermodal, ALAN, Shannon & Wilson and HOTSTART (Dec. 10)

CTA board OKs $13 million Green Line track renewal

AAR: U.S. railroads' intermodal volume holds steady in Week 48

Metropolitan Council to submit Metro Blue Line extension plans for local approval

Las Vegas RTC mulls light-rail system, monorail extension

Canadian Pacific, TCRC reach arbitrated agreement

CSX to switch from NYSE to Nasdaq exchange

Amtrak's Boardman announces retirement plans

December 9

Amtrak, PennDOT offer initiative to expand intercity rail travel

California high-speed rail agency gears up for Fresno bridge demolition

New York completes latest round of crude-oil tank car, rail inspections

Virginia DRPT names Burrus chief of rail

Sound Transit releases studies for potential projects for next ballot measure

WMATA seeks candidates for safety chief

Denver RTD narrows search for next CEO

BNSF penalized for not reporting hazmat spills on time

December 8

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Jacobs, Distribution International and Alstom (Dec. 8)

SMART TD certified to represent Central Maine & Quebec's train, engine workers

FTA proposes rule for safety oversight training

UP designated a 'military friendly' employer

Caltrain OKs 50-cent fare hike

MTA wraps up two major upgrades for East Side Access project

Amtrak, Connecticut reach funding agreement on Hartford Line commuter-rail service

CP issues revised buyout offer; NS rebuffs it as a 'reduced proposal'

December 7

Lat-Lon 'FastCast' set for tomorrow

Honolulu transit-rail agency finishes 5th mile of elevated guideway

TransLink earns top sustainability honors from APTA

OIG to audit FTA's oversight of Metrorail safety

Report highlights benefits of extending SEPTA's Norristown line

RTA: Crosstie production rose, purchases held steady in October

Operation Lifesaver awards rail-safety education grants to eight transit agencies

CSX, Pittsburgh-area officials mark start of intermodal terminal project

Obama signs FAST Act

December 4

Early bird rate still available for Secure Rail conference

BLET ratifies new contract with Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern

FTA initiates transit-oriented development technical assistance program

UP recognized for carbon emissions disclosure; BNSF issues 2014 sustainability report

AAR: Carload, intermodal activity down in November

Valley Metro boards accept Banta's resignation, names Anderson acting CEO

New York AG calls on PHMSA to close crude-by-rail safety loophole

Congress OKs five-year transportation funding bill

NS board to CP: Buyout offer is 'grossly inadequate'

December 3

Rail supplier news from Duos Technologies, Siemens, RailComm, FreightCar America and WSP (Dec. 3)

TTC's Upfold honored for transit leadership

DART to host meetings on D2 light-rail project

Washington state regulator raises rail safety concerns of Grays Harbor oil projects

Japanese fund to invest in Texas Central bullet train

CSX cuts yearly earnings outlook as coal demand diminishes

Phoenix light-rail project advances in FTA grant program

Amtrak reports higher losses, steady ridership for FY2015

December 2

Montana Rail kicks off Spurling track construction project

Short line, port associations to collaborate on intermodal opportunities

Cleveland RTA mulls fare increases for 2016

Sacramento transit agency gathers input on proposed light-rail extension to airport

Operation Lifesaver responds to fatalities related to photo-taking on rail tracks

Cloud Peak Energy, BNSF amend transportation agreement

Apache Railway changes hands, continues operations

FAST Act strengthens rail safety, includes rail title for Amtrak

December 1

Sound Transit to host open house on Tacoma Link expansion plan

NCDOT taps Gulf & Ohio to operate state-owned rail line

Texas Central expands executive team with new hires

Canadian crude-by-rail exports rebound in Q3

VIA Rail, international rail community vow to take action on climate change

Tongue River Railroad puts Montana coal line plan on hold

PANYNJ unveils 2016 budgets

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