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Rail News: February 2017

February 28

Sound Transit kicks off light-rail tunnel construction in downtown Bellevue

ATU Local 689 threatens to reject overtime work at WMATA

Amtrak ready to take over Hoosier State service

Georgia, Virginia ports seek federal approval of 'East Coast Gateway' pact

Caltrain pushes back start date for electrification construction

BNSF's 2016 earnings hit by decline in coal, crude oil volumes

February 27

PennDOT seeks more community input in transportation planning

Caltrain nixes PTC contract with Parsons

AASHTO to Congress: Fix transportation funding

Gov. Brown deems Orange County streetcar line a 'high-priority'

WMATA takes legal action to enforce anti-fatigue policy

Metra CEO Orseno to retire by 2017's end

February 24

WMATA aims to cut electricity costs

UP to host hearing on police department standards

L.A. transit board approves multi-agency police contract

Progress Rail, PHL to test Tier 4 switch locomotive

Connecticut panel OKs $50 million for CTrail Hartford Line

CSX extends nomination deadline to March 10

February 23

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, PNC, Road and Rail, and HNTB Corp. (Feb. 23)

Reading & Northern appoints Clark to oversee anthracite coal business

U.S., Canadian railroads report higher traffic in Week 7

New York City subway ridership slipped 0.3 percent in 2016

STB: Class I employment dropped in January

MBTA lists bidders for Green Line light-rail extension

February 22

Report: Rail industry optimistic about Trump's pro-business stance

Metra slates meeting on Fox River bridge replacement project

CP unveils logo during Canada's sesquicentennial year

Sound Transit light-rail ridership rose 65.8 percent in 2016

BNSF customers' 2016 development projects worth $3.5 billion

APTA: Commuter railroads on target to meet PTC deadline

CSX to cut 1,000 management jobs

February 21

Milwaukee Streetcar track installation to start in April

Short-line tax credit bill introduced in U.S. Senate

Infrastructure Ontario issues RFP for Metrolinx rail tunnel

Port of Baltimore logged record cargo traffic in 2016

PANYNJ's 10-year capital plan includes $2.7 billion for Hudson tunnel project

FTA delays grant for Caltrain's electrification project

CSX's Ward, Gooden to retire May 31; Eliasson named president

February 17

Rising Stars nomination deadline is today

Rail supplier news from IBM, Union Tank Car, Road and Rail, Pettibone and WAGO (Feb. 17)

UP named 'most admired' by Fortune magazine

Massachusetts Gov. Baker launches search for MBTA CEO

Mantle Ridge responds to CSX's call for shareholders' meeting

Illinois AG, BNSF reach settlement over Galena crude-oil spill

Moorman makes Amtrak's case to Congress

Canada's safety board seeks strategies to reduce severity of hazmat derailments

February 16

New Jersey congressmen want greater transparency in rail safety audits

CP names Brooks senior VP, chief marketing officer

Mercer Island to sue Sound Transit, WSDOT over light-rail plans

STB adopts tentative measure of average change in rail industry productivity

U.S. rail traffic inched up 2.6 percent in Week No. 6

SoftBank to acquire Fortress Investment Group

February 15

BART board greenlights plan to modernize El Cerrito del Norte Station

CTA board OKs $42.9 million project to upgrade three substations

NARP: Delaying Caltrain electrification funding could increase cost

CP campaign calls for more locomotive video, voice recorders

Norfolk Southern opens new locomotive repair shop in Chicago

CSX shareholders to meet to consider Mantle Ridge, Harrison proposals

February 14

Rail supplier news from Konecranes, Alstom, NRC, Network Rail and Quandel (Feb. 14)

U.S. Rep. Courtney aims to block funding for FRA's Northeast Corridor plan

Connecticut completes rehab project for New Haven Line station

Dewberry to prepare master plan for CSX intermodal hub

California high-speed rail agency unveils online vendor registry

Virginia International Gateway project begins at Port of Virginia

February 13

SEPTA gears up for 'Key' fare payment launch

Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville surpasses 2 million tons of cargo in 2016

Short Line Safety Institute launches safety tip program

CTA to build new rail station near Chicago's United Center

CSX extends board nominee deadline for 2017 annual meeting

Alaska Railroad cuts employees, costs to address operational losses

FTA pulls some WMATA funding for now

February 10

IANA launches new web tool for potential customers

Oklahoma City officials kick off streetcar construction

MBTA commuter-rail operator unveils severe weather advisory system

CN reveals 2017 capex plans

U.S., Canadian rail traffic up, Mexican rail traffic down in Week 5

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor logs 2.6 million tons of cargo in 2016

February 9

Rail supplier news from Trimble, Greenbrier, AECOM and Transdev (Feb. 9)

Patriot Rail restructures commercial sales team

PANYNJ issues RFP for LaGuardia AirTrain system

Virginia issues RFP for manager of Atlantic Gateway rail projects

Genesee & Wyoming posts earnings growth in Q4 2016

Caltrain challenges GOP call to block grant for electrification project

February 8

Rail supplier news from Archer Western, Sasser, Savage, Railmark and RailPros; and, in memoriam: Robert Bartholic (Feb. 8)

VRE slates meetings on proposed 3 percent fare hike

CTA kicks off $23 million Blue Line station rehab project

Texas Central reaches 'milestone' on land options for high-speed rail

G&W to acquire Heart of Georgia Railroad

NTSB: Defective axle led to Casselton crude-oil train derailment

February 7

Texas short-line association elects Treangen president

WMATA to retire 4000-series rail-car fleet

Georgia Ports Authority slates new development; Port Everglades logs record TEUs

Cracks prompt SEPTA to pull 90 subway cars from service

L.A. Metro advances proposals to fast track Measure M projects

Industry coalition asks Trump for long-term Highway Trust Fund fix

February 6

Ohio commission OKs crossing upgrades in five counties

Indiana's Mount Vernon port tops record in Q4

Rhode Island DOT seeks proposals for new commuter-rail station

CSX slates public meeting on Illinois intermodal terminal

Metro-North logs ridership record, slates meeting for Port Jervis Line upgrades

IANA: Intermodal shipments rose 1 percent in Q4, fell 2 percent for full year

February 3

LIRR unveils firms qualified to bid on $2 billion expansion project

Denver RTD officer fatally shot outside Union Station

KCS appoints Barr to VP human resources

Union Pacific OKs $3.1 billion capex plan

Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario seek firms to build Hamilton light-rail project

G&W Chairman Fuller to retire in May

February 2

Rail supplier news from AECOM, Alstom, Siemens and RSI (Feb. 2)

NITL elects Pileggi chairman

MBTA fiscal control board OKs contract for new commuter-rail station

MTA appoints Irick NYCT's acting president, Monaghan police chief

Cuomo awards $25 million in grants for New York rail, port projects

U.S. rail traffic rose slightly in January

February 1

Pittsburgh transit agency OKs Wi-Fi at light-rail stations

OmniTRAX, real estate firm to develop industrial hub warehouses

Minneapolis light-rail routes spur $6.8 billion in development, Met Council says

Short-line tax credit bill reintroduced in Congress

Amtrak names Feidt executive vice president, CFO

U.S. Senate confirms Chao as transportation secretary

AAR: Freight railroads to spend $22 billion on capex in 2017

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