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Rail News: December 2019

December 30

PATCO moves forward with elevator installation project

LA Metro to restore street near Little Tokyo Station

WMATA review of service disruption finds safety violations

USDOT seeks public input on rural transportation initiative

MTA solicits proposals for L Line tunnel wireless service

U.S. freight-rail volume decline continued in Week 51

FAA proposes rule to better identify drones

South Dakota DOT to negotiate sale of Sioux Valley Line

December 27

Rail supplier news from Vossloh Tie, Transdev, Keolis and TranSystems (Dec. 27)

New Orleans RTA restores some streetcar service

Minnesota Gov. Walz names Zelle chair of Metropolitan Council

BNSF-served Port of Quincy launches terminal expansion

DART backs new nonprofit to coordinate regional transit solutions

Canadian Pacific publishes 2018 sustainability report

Cuomo proposes new plan for high-speed rail in New York

U.S. Class Is employed fewer people in November

December 26

BART elects Simon president, Foley VP

MTA to make 70 subway stations ADA accessible

Freight-rail union calls on FRA to require air brake valve replacement

Sound Transit's board elects Keel chair, Constantine vice chair

T&I Chair DeFazio seeks LNG-by-rail safety analysis

CP raises millions for food banks during 2019 Holiday Train tour

VRE to explore financial contribution for Potomac River rail crossing

FRA extends deadline for intercity passenger-rail grants

December 23

New York City Transit reopens 168 Street, Astoria stations

BLET members ratify contract with Indiana Rail Road

Michigan DOT awards funds for grade-crossing projects

WMATA OKs labor contract with ATU Local 689

MARTA selects joint venture to manage massive expansion project

FRA sets up web page for reporting blocked crossings

MARC service to continue across West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle

Short-line tax credit extension signed into law

December 20

Rail supplier news from LTK, Railinc, Alstom and Michigan State (Dec. 20)

Bi-State board approves Metro Transit-St. Louis security contracts

Metra solicits public input on new rail-car design

CSX names Vautrinot to board

RTD-Denver's board eyes reduced rail service in May

CN: Network performance is back to normal

FRA proposes changes to track, brake system safety rules

CSX, Virginia reach $3.7B deal to expand passenger-rail service

December 19

Santa Clara VTA accepts audit's recommendations

Transport Canada announces rail safety education grant award

Orange County transit authority passes FTA review

MTA approves $17B budget for 2020

U.S. railroads report another dip in traffic

Reading & Northern expands coal marketing department, names Cerulli VP

Metro-North Railroad to replace Mount Vernon bridge

North American freight-rail industry backs new trade deal

December 18

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Thales, Tai Ginsberg, Timken, Sperry Rail and NRC (Dec. 18)

North Carolina DOT recaps 2019 rail projects

Sound Transit to enter major light-rail construction in January

VIA Rail endorses government support for high-frequency rail

PANYNJ's 2020 budget includes millions for PATH rail projects

NS to install new tire pressure monitoring system

Cando Rail begins construction of rail-car terminal

CN to move rail traffic control operations to Edmonton

December 17

WMATA to rebuild four station platforms in 2020

New York subway logs faster run times in November

Toronto Transit Commission OKs 2020 budget

NTSB: Metro-North, LIRR meet safety recommendations

ASLRRA: Short-line tax credit to be part of spending bill

CSX names Wall VP of labor relations

UP completes PTC implementation; interoperability work continues

Sound Transit to receive major federal grant, loan for light-rail extension

December 16

Lyft to offer rail-to-airport connection in Southern California

NCTD repairs Del Mar Bluff track washout

DART approves second TOD at SMU/Mockingbird Station

OmniTRAX pledges support for National Guard, Reserve

BLET, Pacific Harbor Line reach tentative contract

Transportation Safety Board: Unsecured load led to CP derailment

Report: Metrolink's rail infrastructure to create 1.3 million jobs

December 13

Rail supplier news from Iteris, HNTB, Nokia, Alstom, LTK and Penn Machine (Dec. 13)

Report: San Diego transit services boost regional economy

MTA hosts summit to accelerate signal system innovation

Bi-State CEO to explore takeover of St. Louis Streetcar

CP, CN to serve two new G3 grain elevators

Pennsylvania OKs freight-rail projects for state funding

Rocky Mountaineer receives final car from Stadler order

USDOT unveils new loan program for short lines, regionals

December 12

MTA expands contactless fare payment system

Maryland DOT reopens renovated BWI Airport Station

CTA to triple digital advertising network

Brightline to build rail station in Boca Raton

Sound Transit nears completion of Northgate light-rail extension

U.S. rail traffic slump continued in Week 49

APTA: Public transit ridership rose in Q3

CN grain shipments return to pre-strike pace

December 11

Rail supplier news from Hitachi Rail, RKH, Siemens, Arup and FTS (Dec. 11)

TTC named top employer in Toronto

Cleveland RTA announces new board appointments

San Francisco MTA to hike cable car fares

Amtrak honored for Chicago Union Station restoration project

APTA: House conference report includes provision to prohibit Chinese rolling stock procurements

WMATA, ATU Local 689 reach deal on four-year contract

AAR, truckers laud North American trade deal

December 10

WMATA extends wireless service on Green Line

Retailers: Imports surged in November ahead of December tariffs

BRS elects Tarrant VP headquarters

SkyTrain strike averted: Union, TransLink reach tentative deal

U.S. Reps. DeFazio, Malinowski slam PHMSA for granting LNG-by-rail permit

Early construction work starts on NJ Transit resilience project

UP reorganizes marketing and sales structure

MBTA acknowledges safety review panel's recommendations

December 9

Federal Highway Administration updates grade crossing handbook

Foothill Gold Line authority, Trinity Metro appoint board leaders

SMART to soon launch service to Larkspur, Novato stations

AAR, ASLRRA outline freight-rail industry's priorities for surface transportation reauthorization

Union: SkyTrain strike could start Tuesday

Amtrak: New Acela trains a boost to nation's economy

Watco Australia moves first GrainCorp train

CSX, Maryland find extra funding for Howard Street Tunnel project

December 6

Rail supplier news from TKDA, Wabtec, Teleste, Gradall, Icomera and Visiostack (Dec. 6)

TTC eliminates ticket, token sales at stations

SunRail to test PTC on central Florida rail corridor

Ohio, Washington regulators OK grade crossing safety upgrades

WMATA solicits input on rail service improvement study

NJ Transit seeks 'next-generation’ solutions for Meadowlands service



CSX picks Kentucky rail bypass as latest ‘Select Site’

Florida DOT launches crossing safety initiative

December 5

NJ Transit unveils performance dashboard

Orange County charts progress on streetcar work

MTA technology accelerator program expands to six agencies

Secure Rail deadline approaching for 2020 conference presenters

Vancouver residents support TransLink expansion, improvement

TWU Local 100, BLET announce tentative agreements

Gibson Energy, USD to build diluent recovery unit; CP, KCS to ship crude-oil product

AAR: Uncertainty hurt rail traffic in November

December 4

Rail supplier news from Wi-Tronix, Icomera, CloudMoyo, Alstom, HNTB and RSI (Dec. 4)

SEPTA-TCU Carmen ratify contract

UTA marks 20 years of light-rail service

Georgia Ports Authority touts rail cargo growth

Denver RTD to name interim GM in January

Port of Virginia kicks off first phase of port deepening project

Sound Transit appoints Cummings chief administrative officer

CN, Teck announce long-term coal shipping agreement

December 3

WMATA adds real-time rail data to Apple Maps

BART announces fare hike for 2020

Illinois panel seeks applicants for grade-crossing grants

VIA Rail posts Q3 ridership increase

STB to revise railroads' waybill sample reports

PANYNJ, ExpressRail set records in October

CN revises full-year outlook to include strike's impact

CP sets new monthly record for transporting grain

December 2

USDOT solicits comments on new transportation tech council

MTA preps rail for winter weather

UTA pilots on-demand solution

Glen Ellyn Metra Station upgrade project receives federal grant

North American rail volume dipped in Week 47

Gov. Wolf to nominate Gramian as PennDOT secretary

Toronto Airports Authority commits funds to Metrolinx extension

CN launches post-strike recovery plan

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