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Rail News: December 2018

December 28

Illinois Soybean Association hires containerized shipping campaign consultant

Rail supplier news from Gannett Fleming, EllisDon, Alstom, HDR and Keolis (Dec. 28)

In memoriam: Former BLET VP Willard Knight

New Orleans port expands Ports America partnership

Transportation leaders named in Colorado, Maine and New Mexico

U.S. rail carload, intermodal traffic rose in Week 51

CP, Unifor ratify pact for mechanical employees

BNSF cranks up volume, caps off capital plan as year draws to a close

December 27

BART to build pedestrian bridge at Warm Springs station

WMATA continues upgrade of trackbed lighting at stations

FRA allows Denver RTD to proceed with corrective plan

Texas DOT solicits public feedback on updated rail plan

Transport Canada calls on railroads to revise work/rest rules

MBTA launches first new car on Green Line in a decade

CN meets year-end PTC deadline, applies for extension

STB reveals four Class Is were 'revenue adequate' in 2017

December 26

Baugh to chair Manatee County Port Authority for another term

Bi-State Development taps Roach to succeed Nations as CEO

GO Transit to boost Kitchener line commuter-rail service

Canadian Pacific tallies 2018 Holiday Train donations

Transportation leaders named in Connecticut, Minnesota and Wisconsin

Sound Transit's board OKs 2019 budget

FRA provides grants for 11 PTC projects

Amtrak orders 75 new locomotives from Siemens

December 21

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Altech, Peerless, Quandel, Modjeski and Masters, and Alstom (Dec. 21)

Gov. Malloy: Connecticut passenger-rail lines will meet PTC deadline

STB seeks comments on Palmetto Railways' proposed Camp Hall line

BRS President Mason to retire on New Year's Day

CN, United Steelworkers forge tentative pact

Feds award PTC grants to Amtrak, Metra and NJ Transit

Sound Transit advances two light-rail extensions

Gov. Murphy signs NJ Transit reform bill

December 20

MBTA unveils first pair of new Orange Line subway cars

BLET, Wheeling & Lake Erie agree on tentative contracts

LA Metro taps Lee as first interim chief of staff

CN, Prince Rupert port mark container milestone

Minnesota council OKs agreements for Willmar Wye rail project

Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary lands UK aggregate hauling contract

Trinity Metro selects Baulsir to succeed Ballard as CEO

U.S. railroads log carload, intermodal gains in Week 50

December 19

Rail supplier news from Alstom, A. Stucki, TranSystems and Stahl Recruiting (Dec. 14)

SORTA CEO Ferrell to resign

Milwaukee streetcar reports first-month ridership totals

Denver's RTD sends corrective action plan to FRA

PANYNJ's 2019 budget includes funds for PATH, Gateway projects

Amtrak receives FRA grant for Washington Union Station project

FTA awards $16.6 million in TOD grants

Canadian Pacific Chair Reardon to retire, Courville to lead board in 2019

December 18

Soy Transportation Coalition elects officers

Washington state panel OKs grade crossing projects

Santa Clara VTA elects O'Neill chair, Chavez vice chair

CN, Unifor reach tentative pact

Penn State Altoona to establish rail engineering scholarship

OmniTRAX affiliate to serve new Georgia-Pacific plant

DART to close on RRIF loan agreement for Cotton Belt project

NJ Transit to meet year-end PTC requirements, governor says

December 17

Alameda Corridor-East authority’s rail trench earns public works honor

TransLink contracts Shaw to develop systemwide Wi-Fi service

Oklahoma City's streetcar open for business

Metra pursues better passenger tracking system, rider app

Port of Long Beach expects to end 2018 with another cargo record

WMATA extends rush-hour program, improves rider alert system

Metrolink names LA Metro's Wiggins to succeed Leahy as CEO

Howard Street Tunnel project back on with CSX support, Maryland delegation says

December 14

Rail supplier news from Alstom, GE, Bombardier, DXC Technology, HNTB and Ballard (Dec. 14)

Metrolink taps Filippi to head safety, security

APTA: Most commuters view public transit as key to their lifestyle

Houston METRO's $7.5 billion plan would double light-rail system

Norfolk Southern appoints Zampi VP, controller

Secure Rail 2019 seeks presenters for expanded agenda

G3 Canada, Parrish & Heimbecker advance grain facility plans

Indiana DOT awards Local Trax rail grants for crossing projects

December 13

DC Streetcar registers 3 millionth rider

Canada's TSB reveals cause of fatal 2017 derailment in British Columbia

AAR: U.S. railroads post slight traffic gain in Week 49

CTA lets contracts to advance two major projects

NJ Transit to buy 113 cars from Bombardier

VIA Rail orders 32 trainsets from Siemens Canada

Norfolk Southern will move its HQ to Atlanta

Rail associations keep fingers crossed for short-line tax credit renewal

December 12

Rail supplier news from GE, Pandrol, Michael Baker, Urban Engineers, HNTB and NRC (Dec. 12)

Port of Long Beach to close crossing to improve rail operations

SANDAG appoints Ikhrata executive director

New York port authority brings Verizon service to PATH system

Chicago Mayor Emanuel calls for state gas tax hike to fund transportation infrastructure needs

BNSF Logistics taps Blume Global to power digital supply chain

New York state DOT lets design-build contract for Buffalo station

MBTA: Ramirez out, Poftak in as GM

December 11

Orange County transportation board names new members

NYCT targets higher speeds, functional signals on subway system

Gulf Coast Switching reaches 10-year milestone

Report: LA Metro CEO endorses 'congestion pricing' system

Northern Plains Rail taps Mack as VP finance, marketing

BUILD grants pegged for additional rail-related projects

Norfolk Southern report outlines sustainability efforts in 2017

Caltrans announces $600 million in funding for rail, transportation projects

December 10

BART OKs four-year pact with police officers

Operation Lifesaver taps Thomas as education manager

Valley Metro marks 10 years of light rail in Phoenix region

FTA to increase random drug testing rate next month

MARTA board elects new leaders, advances new commuter-rail line

NRF: Major ports set import record in October

New Progressive Rail short line to operate BNSF lines in Washington state

Caltrain OKs option for more electric cars, adopts fare policy

December 7

U.S. Rep. Bustos tours Koppers tie plant

Rail supplier news from Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Transit Innovations, Network Rail, Trimble and T. Parker Host (Dec. 7)

Sound Transit taps Lewis to manage engineering, construction

Reading & Northern taps Goetz as VP of MOW, Yoder as AVP of real estate

NJ Transit rolls out rider communications initiative

Trump to nominate Bragg, Jayne to Railroad Retirement Board

MTA hires signaling expert to fix NYC subway signal system

BUILD grants on way for rail work in five states

December 6

ITE closes on American Railcar acquisition

OmniTRAX subsidiary recognized for safety in Eagle Ford Shale region

TransLink to install better information signs, speakers at 33 stations

Buffalo agency seeks public input on planned rail extension

Police Chief Dunham joins MARTA executive team

Virginia panel approves rail grant, solicits FY2020 grant applications

Watco assumes operations of Canadian short line

AAR: U.S. monthly carload volume down for first time in nine months

December 5

Rail supplier news from Alstom, dFuzion, MUL Railcars, CIT Group, AllTranstek and LTK (Dec. 5)

BART to test its first mobile ticketing app

Alaska Railroad restores service after earthquake

Amtrak to install digital info system at Philadelphia station

Delmarva Central Railroad to operate two Delaware-owned rail lines

WMATA extends RFP deadline for Silver Line extension operator

FRA certifies PATH's PTC system

CP and grain: New high efficiency train, new monthly volume mark

December 4

SFMTA, BART mark completion of Balboa Park Station upgrades

FRA wants Denver’s RTD to submit corrective plan for A-Line issues

Metrolink to make lower fare permanent on busy San Bernardino line

Michigan DOT awards funding for grade crossing projects

VIA Rail’s ridership rose for 11th-straight quarter in Q3

Trinity Metro CEO Ballard to retire in April

AAR urges feds to be 'pro-innovation' with automation regs

Norfolk Southern to serve new Georgia inland port

December 3

Canadian Pacific, short line reach tentative labor agreements

RTA’s October tie counts: Production climbed, purchases fell

Las Vegas Xpress taps First Transit Group to operate X Train

Alaska Railroad assessing earthquake damage

AAR, NRF call on Congress to pass new North American trade agreement

Wisconsin DOT issues grants, loans for eight freight-rail projects

FTA issues full funding agreement for OC Streetcar

Union Pacific to participate in Bush funeral procession

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