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Rail News: December 2016

December 29

Rail supplier news from GREX, Knorr-Bremse, Global Partners and NRC (Dec. 29)

Quiet zone begins along Metrolink line

Oregon senators praise FRA, UP agreement on safety standards

TriMet names Preusser transportation director

U.S. rail traffic increases in week 51

Illinois law to double fines for drivers who ignore crossing gates

New Mexico rail park will link to BNSF

December 28

WMATA releases Inauguration Day passes

Honolulu transit agency wraps up elevated guideway section

CREATE officials mark opening of 25th Avenue overpass

OmniTRAX, Missinippi Rail Consortium sign MOU

Wisconsin DOT secretary to step down

Feds OK Port Everglades deepening project

TransLink sells transit center site, earmarks proceeds for rail projects

CN, CP exceed Western grain revenue entitlements

December 27

Cuomo debuts 96th Street Station ahead of Second Avenue Subway opening

Railroads wrap up holiday charity events

Watco acquires Australia's Intermodal Group

CSX train passes through new D.C. tunnel

Feds to study Chicago-Columbus higher-speed rail route

Former CN senior exec Trafton to join CP's board

Sound Transit secures $2 billion in TIFIA loans for light rail

FRA collected a record $15.75 million in civil penalties in FY2016

December 22

Chicago RTA OKs 2017 operating budget, five-year capex plan

UP recognized for safe transportation of hazardous materials

Kansas City authority to study potential streetcar extension

G3 to build new grain terminal at Port of Vancouver

Amtrak: FRA's Northeast Corridor report affirms railroad's plans

U.S. railroads' traffic volume down 0.3 percent in week 50

Pan Am Southern, Pan Am Railways seek resolution with MBTA over PTC dispute

FTA OKs Minneapolis light-rail extension, North Carolina train station

December 21

Rail supplier news from R. J. Corman, Trimble, Road and Rail, Progress Rail and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (Dec. 21)

Amtrak to boost service for Trump's inauguration

Vermont postpones Middlebury tunnel project to examine environmental impact

PATH installs PTC on 33rd Street rail line

Wabtec acquires Workhorse Rail

Orange County transit agency seeks streetcar vehicle builder

Alstom inks pact to acquire Nomad Digital

NTSB wants rail crossing alerts added to navigation apps

December 20

Valley Metro names Hodgins chief financial officer

TransLink orders 28 rail cars for SkyTrain

TSA mulls security training for rail workers

North Carolina Railroad completes track to serve industrial park

FRA allocates funds for Amtrak Gulf Coast service

NYC's Second Avenue Subway to open in January

Icahn Enterprises to sell American Railcar Leasing to SMBC Rail

PANYNJ kicks off construction of ExpressRail Port facility

December 19

APTA: Most Americans support public transit investments

BART board names Saltzman president, Raburn vice president

MBTA's fiscal panel to speed up state-of-good-repair projects

California high-speed rail agency seeks train operator

Port of Long Beach unveils draft environmental impact study for rail yard project

FRA unveils long-range plan for Northeast Corridor

STB approves G&W's acquisition of Providence & Worcester

Maryland reapplies for federal grant for Howard Street tunnel project

December 16

Metra chooses Uber as rideshare partner

Rail shippers call on Trump to appoint a shipper-friendly STB

PANYNJ charges 44 police officers with 'shirking duties' while on the clock

OmniTRAX, West Plains to reopen grain silo at Brownsville port

Sound Transit OKs $1.6 billion budget for 2017

Port of Prince Rupert terminal expansion reaches 75 percent completion mark

TEX Rail project secures federal funding

WMATA fires six workers after review reveals falsified inspection records

December 15

Rail supplier news from Hanson, Otis and Nomad Digital (Dec. 15)

Santa Clara VTA receives bomb threat

OEA suspends environmental review of Great Lakes' freight-rail line

California high-speed rail authority OKs funds for Central Valley segment

Progressive Railroading opens registration for Secure Rail 2017

Siemens completes first Brightline trainset

STB sets final rule for investigative authority

U.S. rail carloads down 4.3 percent in week 49

December 14

Rail supplier news from Railtech Boutet, Industrial Television Services, Thales and PTV (Dec. 14)

STB solicits nominations for advisory council

North Carolina DOT kicks off rail improvement project

UP to upgrade Portland bridge electrical system

Detroit's M-1 Rail unveils QLINE station designs, begins testing streetcars

CP names Peverett to board

Sound Transit sells $477 million in 'green bonds' to fund light rail

December 13

FTA to assist Charlotte, Tacoma with rail-related TOD

New York City Transit to begin Sandy-related repairs in Clark Street Tube

Texas A&M TTI names Winfree director

Schumer: Crosscheck all transit-rail employees with terror watch list

NRF: Retail imports up for holiday season

MBTA OKs plan to replace Red Line fleet

SEPTA, unions agree to implement close-call reporting system

G&W subsidiary to acquire Pentalver Transport

December 12

SEPTA opens travel info center at University of Pennsylvania

Water infrastructure bill includes South Carolina port expansion

MBTA delays Green Line extension opening to 2021

FRA issues advisory on sleep apnea screening, cameras in locomotives

FTA orders WMATA to fix 'deteriorated' traction power system

PANYNJ's 2017 budget includes PATH, Greenville Yard projects

December 9

Port of Los Angeles recognized for berths project

Quiet zone created for Metrolink, BNSF crossings

Caltrain's customer satisfaction rate improves

U.S., Canadian rail regulators sign MOU

GAO: Contracts provide 'flexibility,' but high rates concern shippers

U.S. rail traffic up 2 percent in week 48; crude oil down 52 percent in Q3

GE acquires Iders Inc.

December 8

Rail supplier news from voestalpine, Hexagon, McDonald Transit and Bombardier (Dec. 8)

Amtrak welcomes pets on Vermonter trains

FBI: Bomb threat against L.A. Metro station not credible

Mineta transportation consortium receives federal research grant

Transport Canada seeks input on hazmat transportation by rail

Obama nominates STB's Begeman for another term

Metro-North, LIRR mobile ticketing sales top $47 million

AAR: 'Glimmers of hope' in November rail traffic data

December 7

Metrolinx to increase GO Transit rail service on Barrie line

Metrolink slashes fares on Perris Valley extension

Canada appoints panel for Milton Logistics Hub project

VRE slates meeting on Gainesville-Haymarket Extension

Amtrak trains roll into new Niagara Falls station

CSX schedules public meeting on Carolina Connector project

Texas high-speed rail company names Aguilar CEO

NTSB: Fatigued crew cause of deadly UP train crash

December 6

TOD plans OK'd near Palatine, Bartlett Metra stations

GAO completes review of trains' hazmat response documents

Vehicle testing begins for Ottawa's O-Train light-rail line

USDOT unveils grants to University Transportation Centers

Freight report outlines need for infrastructure investment

L.A. Metro increases security after bomb threat

FTA: WMATA has a long way to go to improve safety

Vossloh to acquire Rocla Concrete Tie

December 5

Rail supplier news from United Rail, Alliance Shippers, Gannett Fleming and TranSystems (Dec. 5)

APTA hires Ford as chief counsel

RTD continues free rides for active duty military personnel

UNLV to establish university research center for rail infrastructure

Keolis launches 'biometric' time-clock system at MBTA commuter-rail facility

RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases fell in October

Cuomo signs bill requiring study of New York's grade crossings

SEPTA unveils commuter-rail improvement program

December 2

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Road & Rail, Hollysys, Interpipe and RSI (Dec. 2)

OmniTRAX commemorates 115th years of Great Western Railway

Shuster to return as House T&I Committee chair

L.A. Metro OKs environmental review for Airport Connector station

AAR: Freight railroads improving train operations in Chicago region

FRA unveils preferred alternative for Amtrak B&P tunnel replacement

NTSB: WMATA found defective ties more than a year before July derailment

December 1

Rail supplier news from Siemens, DBi, Wi-Tronix and Bombardier (Dec. 1)

L.A. City Council OKs streetcar route

U.S. railroads' traffic volume up 0.6 percent in week 47

WMATA CEO unveils plan to overhaul, repair trains

Genesee & Wyoming Australia acquires GRail, issues 49 percent equity stake

NS recognized as 'military friendly' employer

Alstom to receive $30 million in NY funds for Amtrak train deal

STB adopts final rules for Class I performance metrics, Amtrak cost disputes

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