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Rail News: December 2017

December 29

Minneapolis Metro Transit unveils 'Text for Safety' service

Calgary Transit rehabs two light-rail stations

LIRR lines up contractor for elevators at Murray Hill Station

Canada approves funding for freight-rail analysis

Connecticut Gov. Malloy announces grants to boost transit-oriented development

CN, CP exceeded grain revenue limit for 2016-17 crop year

NTSB learns derailment details from Amtrak train's event recorder, cameras

Tax Extender Act would revive short-line tax credit

December 28

Rail supplier news from Stone Canyon, Jacobs, LAN, Alstom and HNTB (Dec. 28)

TriMet completes $2.1 million renovation of light-rail station

Raritan Central appoints Klein, Walsh-Enloe to marketing team

Milwaukee Streetcar close to wrapping up track work

STB seeks nominations for railroad-shipper council

Union Tank Car to end rail-car storage in New York's Adirondack Park

PANYNJ launches military recruitment effort

North American railroads post carload, intermodal gains in Week 51

December 27

TransLink breaks annual ridership record

Florida East Coast provides hazmat safety training for emergency responders

Orange County transit agency seeks streetcar construction bids

Canadian Pacific, FEC holiday trains tally donations for charities

Senators demand USDOT hold railroads accountable for PTC

USDOT OKs Brightline's private activity bond allocation

Sound Transit applies for $1 billion grant for Lynnwood light-rail extension

CSX turns to Foote as CEO after Harrison's death

December 22

A relationship reset: Bombardier, Metrolinx amend Eglinton Crosstown LRV contract

Optic readers to ease Metrolink rider transfers to L.A. Metro

Gov. Cuomo orders heightened security at MTA, PANYNJ for holidays

Alabama port authority, APM Terminals approve container facility expansion

Thorne succeeds Galligan as head of KCS' investor relations

CN advances solid pellet pilot project, orders 200 GE locomotives

CSX reopens dialogue with partners on Howard Street Tunnel project

USDOT grants $100 million to MBTA for GLX light-rail project

December 21

Rail supplier news from Cad Railway, Allied Track, Arup, Holland, Pandrol and Network Rail (Dec. 21)

Connecticut DOT unveils long-range transportation plan

SEPTA to phase out token sales on subway lines

Feds approve Oklahoma DOT's five-year freight plan

New York petitions STB to stop Iowa Pacific's rail-car storage plan in Adirondacks

North American railroads report significant traffic growth in Week 50

TSA, L.A. Metro test new explosive detection system

Transportation groups weigh in on tax-reform legislation passed by Congress

December 20

California high-speed panel publishes sustainability report

TransLink mulls late-night SkyTrain service

WMATA brings Wi-Fi service to 24 more rail stations

Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project nears completion

Canadian lawmakers OK customs preclearance for travel between U.S., Canada

Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2018

MTA OKs $91.5 million contract to update five Metro-North stations

NTSB reveals Amtrak derailment details; rail enthusiasts among victims

December 19

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, Siemens, TranSystems, ZTR; and in memoriam: James Martin (Dec. 19)

Virginia's Northam names Valentine, Mitchell to transportation roles

USDOT seeks to speed up infrastructure projects

Port of Long Beach surpasses last year's cargo total

Report: MBTA 'gaining speed' on reforms

NECR's MOW workers ratify first labor pact

Ontario issues RFB for environmental assessment of high-speed rail corridor

NTSB: Amtrak train was speeding before derailment

December 18

Siemens delivers new locomotives to Baltimore, Philadelphia agencies

Ohio panel OKs grade crossing upgrades along NS, R. J. Corman lines

APTA: Public transit ridership fell in third quarter

Amtrak reports record ticket revenue in November

STB requests update on CSX operations

FRA approves high-speed passenger-rail projects in Florida, Texas

Harrison remembered for his unparalleled impact on railroading

December 16

CSX announces the death of E. Hunter Harrison

December 15

TriMet board ratifies three-year pact with ATU Local 757

UP earns vehicle logistics firmís service performance award

Chicago RTA OKs $3 billion in transit operating budgets

Quebec port to construct container terminal

NCFO becomes fifth union to ratify national agreement with major freight railroads

Amtrak: Moorman to step down as co-CEO; development team set for Baltimore Penn Station project

Govs. Christie, Cuomo commit to their financial share of Gateway Tunnel project

CSX: Harrison out on medical leave; Foote in as acting CEO

December 14

Amtrak Cascades ready to launch expanded service

Freight index set another record in October, BTS says

Amtrak, IDOT open latest new station on Chicago-St. Louis corridor

Michigan DOT identifies recipients of 2018 crossing improvement funds

AAR: Rail volume made more positive strides in Week 49

Rail Partners affiliate acquires AllTrans Port Services, Texas Transloaders

NJ Transit to purchase 17 ALP45 locomotives from Bombardier

MTA awards design-build contract for major LIRR project

December 13

Rail supplier news from GE, Wabtec, ABB, Strato and Advanced Polymer Coatings (Dec. 13)

Metrolink names Romero to board; SamTrans appoints Stone to Joint Powers Board

AASHTO's Wright receives WTS' LaHood Award

Port of Virginia: New equipment to bolster growth strategy

WMATA reduces Red Line service due to aging communications cable

KCS reports sustainability efforts in 2016

Sound Transit kicks off construction on East Link extension's elevated section

NCDOT awards $6 million for freight-rail improvements

December 12

Former Transportation Secretary Foxx to start infrastructure business at Related Cos.

Trump meets with Chao, Shuster to discuss infrastructure plan

Amtrak marks five years of service to Norfolk

AAR's Reilly to step down, Smith promoted to VP-communications

AASHTO, APTA seek delay of performance management reports

Metrolinx issues RFQ for GO Transit's Lakeshore West rail project

NYC transit agencies step up security following explosion

Norfolk Southern runs first train across new Portageville Bridge

December 11

Caltrain names Funghi head of electrification effort

NTSB would be 'modernized' under reauthorization bill

KCSM to help transport fuel for new ExxonMobile gas stations in Mexico

Alaska Railroad's Hopp to succeed Engebretson as COO

NRF: Despite NAFTA uncertainty, imports 'riding high' in 2017

NS' safety train educated thousands about hazmat response in 2017

Texas Central appoints McLane chairman

Freight railroads, four unions reach tentative agreements

December 8

Rail supplier news from GE, Stantec, Yusen, CTLGroup and Frauscher (Dec. 8)

TTC plans track upgrades to remove subway slow zones

SamTrans OKs policy goals for transportation projects

Schneider's Reich elected chair of NACFE

CTA narrows list of bidders for Red, Purple modernization project

TNW, The Andersons open rail-car service center at Texas industrial park

PANYNJ OKs 2018 budgets, new PATH rail cars

December 7

Metra touts GPS Center, winter prep work

Omnitrans names Rogers deputy GM

RTA: Crosstie production, purchases fell in September

TransLink posts ridership growth after opening Evergreen Extension

Brightline to launch simulated service

R. J. Corman adopts new apprenticeship program

FTA unveils environmental report for L.A. Metro's Purple Line extension

AAR: U.S. intermodal rail volume remains on a record-setting pace

December 6

DCTA adds Miller, Costa to board

Louisiana DOT seeks more public input on rail-crossing project

San Mateo transit agency seeks input on transportation improvements

CDPQ Infra delays contract decision for Montreal light-rail project

TSB: Collision caused by train's speed

Metrolink wraps up extension to downtown San Bernardino

U.S. Rep. Shuster receives Railroad Achievement Award

U.S. Rep. Comstock introduces WMATA reform bill

December 5

Indiana & Ohio Railway to upgrade Ohio crossings

SEPTA wraps up accessibility improvements at 40th Street subway station

St. Louis transit agency launches mobile health unit service

Tampa transit agency names Seward interim CEO

LIRR installs new switches near Brooklyn terminal

NJ Transit preps for winter weather

Frontier Sand acquires Wisconsin frac-sand plant

USDOT opts to repeal ECP brake rulemaking

December 4

Rail supplier news from The Andersons, Wabtec, Odyssey, Hitachi and Alstom (Dec. 4)

Louisville & Indiana, South Shore Freight add to sales, marketing teams

VIA Rail's ridership, revenue grew in third quarter

Gov. Cuomo names Karas to head New York State DOT

Foothill authority breaks ground on L.A. Metro Gold Line extension to Montclair

SMART TD members ratify contract with freight carriers

Report calls for sweeping changes to New York City's passenger-rail service

AAR to USDOT: Base regulations on 'safety successes'

December 1

Miami-Dade Transit rolls out first new Metrorail train in decades

Valley Metro's Smith to serve as CEO through 2020

BLET members ratify national contract with freight carriers

STB modifies rate review rules

RailTrends: G&W's Hellmann honored as industry innovator

FRA extends deadline for passenger railroads to create safety programs

BNSF identifies three new sites for industrial development

Chicago issues RFQ for express train to O'Hare

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