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Rail News: February 2019

February 28

PATH adds Sprint to complete cellphone service coverage

TSB: Broken axle led to CN coal train derailment

MTA adjusts fares, tolls as part of reforms

ASLRRA names Oelsner AVP data and technology

BNSF unveils capex projects for Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

NJ Transit to restore full service of Atlantic City Rail Line in May

U.S. rail traffic down a bit in Week 8

Amtrak to provide matching funds for Southwest Chief route

February 27

Rail supplier news from RailWorks, Cubic, TRIG, STV, Sassar and KAI (Feb. 27)

WSDOT, Sound Transit to expand small business mentoring program

Cap Metro inks contractor to build downtown Austin station

LIRR trains collide after car drives around lowered gates

BNSF unveils $105 million capex plan for Montana

Rail groups ask Congress to oppose lifting truck weight, size limits

Watco announces Roach's retirement, changes at Chicago Ferro Terminal

New York's Cuomo, de Blasio propose restructuring of MTA

February 26

Regional Transportation District rebrands microtransit service

UE announces strike at former GE locomotive plant in Pennsylvania

LA Metro expands bike share network

TTCI hires Moreira to direct business development

Port of Long Beach closes rail crossing to improve operations

Georgia DOT partners with railroads to add grade crossing signage

MBTA, TransLink ready new commuter-rail stations

BNSF posts revenue, income growth in 2018

February 25

Tutor Perini to take on major LA Metro station, NYC signal system projects

MBTA resumes construction of Green Line light-rail extension

MTA calls for more funding following NYC subway performance improvement

BNSF slates $175 million for capex projects in Washington

United Rail acquires New England Southern Railroad

Secure Rail adds Dierkx to conference speaker lineup

NJ Transit, Amtrak wrap up early construction of Portal North Bridge replacement

Wabtec, GE Transportation complete merger

February 22

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, BBM Railway, Trinity, SightLogix, Alstom and Shimmick (Feb. 22)

Rocky Mountaineer named a top employer in British Columbia

Cuomo nominates former FRA leader Feinberg to MTA board

Texas Central names financial advisers for bullet-train project

Ohio panel OKs crossing projects for two Class Is, R. J. Corman

Sound Transit logged rail ridership increase in 2018

Walmart tests pilot program that calls for more rail

Metra to begin reverse-commute service from Chicago to Lake County

February 21

Midwest Association of Rail Shippers elects 2019 officers

Lycoming Valley Railroad honored as small business of the year

Port of Oakland gets new cranes to service megaships

U.S. rail carload, intermodal traffic fell in Week 7

OmniTRAX adds Scott, Garin to board

Sound Transit proposes car maintenance facility, multimodal access funds

Metra begins replacing aging fleet with $71 million purchase contract

BNSF outlines capex plans for California, New Mexico and Texas

February 20

Rail supplier news from Progress Rail, Jacobs, Chicago Freight Car, Siemens, RGCX, Keolis and ABB (Feb. 20)

Port Manatee opens trade hub offices in Latin America, Europe

Northern Plains to build new rail-car center in North Dakota

Vancouver subway partners issue RFQ for design-build contractor

WMATA proposes new rail-car repair facility in Maryland

FRA creates strategy to prevent railroad trespassing

Alberta announces CBR pact with CN, Canadian Pacific

Trump administration to cancel California's high-speed rail funds

February 19

OCTA to open parking structure near Metrolink station

Virginia port wraps up container stack-yard work

Sound Transit seeks public input on two proposed light-rail extensions

Rising Stars' nomination deadline extended to Feb. 26

North Carolina DOT receives federal grant for grade crossing project

Quebec government issues more green bonds for Montreal light-rail system

FRA report: All railroads met statutory PTC requirements by 2018's end

USDOT issues final rule requiring rail oil-spill response plans

February 15

Rail supplier news from Wilson & Co., Alstom, Kelso, Midland and Redwood Logistics (Feb. 15)

Capitol Corridor authority appoints new board leaders

Trump, others react to California's shrinking high-speed rail project

Austin's Capital Metro to soon advance commuter-rail line study

Metra issues RFP for onboard camera systems, discounts passes due to service disruptions

NTSB recommends new safety measures following tank car chlorine incident

AAR calls for higher gas tax, weight-distance fee to shore up trust fund

CN to increase rail capacity at Port of Vancouver's Burrard Inlet corridor

February 14

Milwaukee streetcar rolls out rider app

PATCO set to celebrate golden anniversary

Operation Lifesaver sets Rail Safety Week dates for U.S., Canada

BRS taps Elvey as VP of railroad adjustment board

TransLink turns to birth-control pellet to curb unruly pigeon population

Carload volume a drag on total U.S. rail traffic in Week 6

Amtrak, NJ Transit reach joint infrastructure spending deal

BNSF budgets nearly $3.6 billion for capex in 2019

February 13

Rail supplier news from the NRC, Harsco, Wabtec, TransRail, HNTB, CloudMoyo and NFI (Feb. 13)

South Florida RTA restructures senior management team

Ontario, Toronto agree to work better to improve the area's transit network

NTSB examines roadway worker safety standards in fatal CSX accident

Cuomo: New York performed 20 counter-terrorism exercises along rail lines

Virgin Trains USA calls off IPO

ASLRRA: Short-line tax credit bill attracts over 100 co-sponsors

California Gov. Newsom puts the brakes on LA-to-San Francisco rail line

February 12

Metrolink, ATU approve multiyear contract

Valley Metro to begin light-rail tests on Gilbert Road extension

Chicago transit: RTA proposes projects; Metra sets ticket office closure

Shippers group calls for increase in twin-trailer standard

Twin Cities' Metro Transit broke light-rail ridership records last year

Denver RTD to implement quiet zones on commuter-rail line next month

Transit Worker and Pedestrian Protection Act enters House

February 11

SEPTA acquires more snow-fighting equipment

Sound Transit sets East Link construction strategy, adds board member

Metrolinx nears Barrie Corridor start, installs new board members

NJ Transit helps complete long-delayed grade separation in North Bergen

Norfolk Southern to aim for 60 operating ratio by 2021

CP derailment prompts Transport Canada to add rail safety measures

U.S. Coast Guard seeks input on BNSF's proposed bridges in Idaho

FRA issues CRISI grants for 18 rail projects

February 8

Rail supplier news from Bombardier Transportation, Wi-Tronix, TKDA, Duos, WSP, AFL and Stantec (Feb. 8)

TriMet taps Desue as COO

Kia to export Telluride SUVs at Port of Brunswick

MBTA seeks public feedback on commuter-rail study

Posner Foundation donates funds to Operation Lifesaver projects

CN recognized as a top Montreal employer

T&I hearing highlights cost of neglecting infrastructure investments

Metro-North gains another FRA grant for PTC work

February 7

VIA Rail amps up accessibility efforts

Testing underway on Silver Line extension to Dulles airport

U.S. rail traffic held steady in January

Washington State DOT seeks operator for P&L Branch Line

RTD obtains key approvals toward G Line commuter-rail launch

PTC: Rail Runner receives another grant; FRA holds 'collaborative' session

G&W attributes Q4 operating income growth to North American operations

Kansas City Southern taps Fahmy to lead PSR drive

February 6

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Alstom, GE, Progress Rail, PS Technology, Astronics, Ondas and RailcarRx (Feb. 6)

APTA poll: Most respondents want bipartisan infrastructure legislation

Union Pacific: PTC equipment now in place on all required route miles

Idaho legislator proposes short-line tax credit

MARTA gained huge ridership boost from Super Bowl weekend

USW Local 2004 ratifies pact with CN

Houston METRO orders more Siemens light-rail vehicles

TSB: Canadian Pacific train moved on its own before fatal derailment

February 5

R. J. Corman starts major track project for South Carolina short line

San Francisco terminal closes for steel repairs

STB: U.S. Class I workforce dipped in December

Progressive Railroading seeks Rising Stars nominations for 2019 awards

NTSB updates list of most wanted safety improvements

Amtrak advances proposals for Metro-North service to Penn Station, Long Island service study

GAO: WMATA needs to improve capital planning, preventive maintenance program

CP derailment in British Columbia kills 3 crew members

February 4

Tampa transit authority taps Limmer as CEO

Texas Central chooses ecological services firm for bullet-train project

STB installs Fuchs as vice chairman for 2019

LIRR to launch South Fork train-shuttle service next month

Amtrak names Winters inspector general

NMB proposes rule to trim union decertification steps

PANYNJ touts cargo records, PATH ridership in 2018

Intermodal growth was solid in Q4, IANA says

February 1

Rail supplier news from Uber, HNTB, Michael Baker, Greystone and Keolis (Feb. 1)

Ohio panel OKs Camp Chase Railway's crossing project

Montreal agency to refurbish, upgrade Viau Station

Unifor Local 100 ratifies CN contract

OmniTRAX's Arrows Up reports more litigation by US Silica

Connecticut DOT installs state's first automated horn system

Alberta, Calgary sign funding pact for Green Line light-rail project

BNSF customers invested $3 billion in industrial developments in 2018

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