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Rail News: February 2018

February 28

Charlotte transit agency cuts ribbon for Blue Line light-rail extension

Metrolinx to launch grocery pickup at GO train stations

First train leaves Bloom Lake Iron Ore Mine

NYSDOT grant awarded to rail siding project on NS line

Dewberry inks contract to support LIRR second-track expansion

BNSF to spend $110 million on Nebraska maintenance projects

FRA report details drone use on international railroads

Indiana lawmakers consider repeal of light-rail ban

February 27

RPA names Colucci VP resource development

MARTA rolls out free Wi-Fi on trains

PTC, low ridership prompt UTA to end Pleasant View commuter-rail service

MARS elects 2018 officers

Ontario releases hydrogen-powered train study

South Shore adds rail-car storage capacity

Los Angeles Metro breaks ground on Purple Line Extension's second phase

BNSF posts higher revenue, lower operating ratio in 2017

February 26

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Bihrle, ARI, Holland and Harting (Feb. 26)

Port Manatee explores global business opportunities

Bi-State Development names Smith VP of procurement

Ohio panels OK grade-crossing improvement projects

TransLink fast-tracks delivery of new SkyTrain cars

Buffalo agency taps WSP for light-rail environmental review

GE inks $1 billion locomotive agreement in Ukraine

Caltrain's board to consider PTC contract with Wabtec

February 23

TriMet names Devine interim general manager

LIRR to replace ties, renew crossings on Montauk Branch

Annis, Berman to lead California transportation agencies

Sound Transit logged more than 47 million rides in 2017

Canadian panel OKs funds to improve access to CN line

CABT: Municipal leaders ask Congress to oppose bigger trucks

VTA releases final environmental report for BART Silicon Valley extension

Feds certify D.C.'s transit-rail safety oversight program

February 22

Rail supplier news from Trimble, Ferrellgas, Presto Geosystems, Trinity, Trackmobile and STV (Feb. 22)

Washington state DOT solicits proposals for freight-rail service operator

BNSF budgets $150 million for Illinois projects

New York to award grants for rail, port upgrades

U.S. rail traffic up 3 percent in Week 7

NTSB: Truck was on tracks, gates were down before Amtrak crash

Metra to buy 21 used EMD locomotives

Rinaldi named president of Metro-North

February 21

DART to expand on-demand shuttle service to light-rail stops

FTA: Commuter-rail corridor improvements may qualify for grants

Cleveland RTA mulls delaying fare hike

BNSF slates $110 million for Oklahoma capex projects

STB: Class Is start 2018 with smaller workforce

Sound Transit taps Siemens for light-rail substations

EPA certifies emission-reduction system for NCDOT locomotive

TSB: More rail accidents reported last year in Canada

February 20

Los Angeles Metro marks 25th anniversary

FTZ warehouse opens near JAXPORT

Caltrain launches grade crossing improvement projects

North Dakota rail safety inspectors issued 49 violations in 2017

Ontario OKs backup power contract for Eglinton Crosstown light rail

North Carolina Railroad takes on drainage project in High Point

Baltimore transit agency unveils subway closure details

CP offers new service for shipping perishables

February 16

Rail supplier news from Brookville, Stantec, FOSA and Bombardier (Feb. 16)

Amtrak employees ratify SMART TD contract

BLET names Lyons to advisory board

BNSF budgets $625 million in capex for Texas, Kansas and Missouri

Amtrak-CSX, LIRR accidents prompt NTSB to issue 'urgent' safety recommendations

Report: Twin Cities' light-rail lines attract $8 billion in development

FRA to provide $73 million for PTC, crossing improvements

PTC hearing: Amtrak to suspend operations over non-compliant routes after 2018

February 15

Rail Passengers Association slams Trump proposal to cut Amtrak funding

WMATA gears up for rail improvement projects

Siemens, Atlanta Streetcar ink digital services pact

FTA lowers grant ratings for Amtrak tunnel, bridge projects

Intermodal trend continues for U.S., Canadian railroads in Week 6

Trump nominates Drake to serve as FTA administrator

NJ Transit OKs alignment for Hudson-Bergen light-rail extension

NTSB to FRA: Require railroads to screen for sleep disorders

February 14

Shale Support opens Louisiana rail terminal

Sound Transit names Arnold customer experience chief

Ports of Indiana logged 5 percent growth in 2017

Denver RTD tests PTC, crossing technology on G Line

Ontario taps Collenette to chair high-speed rail board

BNSF budgets $135 million for Montana improvements

TriMet unveils plans to replace oldest light-rail vehicles

Batory confirmed as FRA administrator

February 13

Rail supplier news from West Memphis Transload, Pandrol, Nisus, HNTB and AREMA (Feb. 13)

T&I Committee to mark up rail data security legislation

Louisville & Indiana uses logo to honor, recruit veterans

Schumer calls on USDOT to reconsider sleep apnea rule

Wabtec inks $62 million PTC contract with SunRail

Trump's infrastructure plan draws mixed reviews

Baltimore's subway system closed for emergency repairs

Trump's FY2019 budget would slash Amtrak funding

February 12

Coalition seeks Northeast Corridor funding in Trump's infrastructure plan

TransLink served record number of riders in 2017

Rail Workforce Collaborative forms to tackle recruitment, training issues

Rising Stars nomination deadline is Friday

Report: Hall steps down as FRA's acting administrator

L.A. Metro crews ready Green Line for Crenshaw/LAX connection

Four teams vie to build Chicago O'Hare express rail line

Kansas City Southern de Mexico to serve new energy terminal in Bajio region

February 9

Rail supplier news from Biarri Rail, Cummins, Strato and HNTB (Feb. 9)

BLET reaches tentative contract with M&NA

Ontario Northland to speed up locomotive overhauls

Secure Rail adds sessions to conference lineup

Metrolink nets $10.5 million to modernize signals, track

Operation Lifesaver: U.S., Canada to join forces for 2018 Rail Safety Week

G&W posts Q4 revenue, income growth; forms alliance with Cargomatic

Montreal light-rail construction to begin in April

Short-line tax credit extension included in budget bill

February 8

TTC to temporarily halt service to accommodate light-rail construction

Caltrain to launch mobile ticketing app

Curtis named president of BNSF Logistics

Infrastructure Ontario shortlists five bidders for GO Transit expansion project

BNSF slates $160 million in capex for Washington state

CTA to use fees from ride-hailing apps to repair rail

UP reports PTC status for Q4 2017

AAR: No warning signs in January rail traffic

February 7

Rail supplier news from Progress Rail, ARI, A. Stucki and RSI (Feb. 7)

Industry-Railway Suppliers acquires ESCO, signs Pandrol distribution pact

SANDAG opens new rail bridge over San Diego River

Alaska Railroad announces Gold Spike award winners

Six former MMA employees plead guilty to federal charges in Lac-Megantic disaster

Massachusetts DOT updates South Coast Rail environmental report

BNSF reports record year for economic development

NTSB: Sleep apnea probable cause of NJ Transit, LIRR accidents

February 6

Trump taps Gruters to serve on Amtrak board

MacDonald named chair of LOSSAN rail agency

Sound Transit to hold hearings for West Seattle, Ballard light-rail extensions

Texas Central picks Northwest Mall location for Houston bullet-train station

MBTA awards rail repair contract to SPS New England

CTA wraps up Wilson Station reconstruction project

Loram, GREX announce merger agreement

BNSF joins BiTA to help set technology standards

February 5

PANYNJ hires consultant for more analysis of cross-harbor freight program

Miles named director of Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville

WMATA completes work on three NTSB safety recommendations

PATH logged record ridership in 2017

Alaska Railroad installs Lindamood as VP of engineering

IANA: Healthy international container traffic drove intermodal volume gain in 2017

Amtrak train collides with CSX train in South Carolina

February 2

Rail supplier news from GE, Fluor, Trinity, RSI and moovel (Feb. 2)

Denver RTD names Ford chief operating officer

UP redesigns its charity program

Keolis among 15 companies to sign 'shared mobility' manifesto

House railroad subcommittee schedules PTC hearing

Rising Stars nomination deadline is in two weeks

Vancouver Energy: Gov. Inslee's crude-oil permit rejection is 'anti-development'

Heitkamp introduces two-person crew legislation

February 1

BART tests service monitors at fare gates

Carload Express names new executives

U.S. intermodal traffic outpaces carload volume in Week 4

Secure Rail Conference to be held April 24-25

California agency slots $51.9 million for passenger-rail upgrades

CP opens Shanghai office

Amtrak train carrying GOP lawmakers hits truck at grade crossing

BNSF budgets $3.3 billion for 2018 capex plan

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