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Rail News: February 2020

February 28

Rail supplier news from BNSF Logistics, Tutor Perini, Agility, STV, Abloy and G2 (Feb. 28)

Wyoming House passes two-person train crew bill

Ohio rail panel OKs crossing improvements

MARTA taps Kreher as chief of police

Chao: Fix Hudson River rail tunnel instead of building new

MTA unveils 2020 capex commitments

FRA: Eight railroads at risk of missing PTC deadline

TRRA awarded federal grant for Merchants Bridge project

February 27

Uber launches train-rider app feature in NYC, San Francisco

OmniTRAX donates historic locomotive to Pennsylvania rail museum

Calgary Transit orders 15 Siemens light-rail vehicles

U.S. railroads post traffic slump in Week 8

Federal lawmakers introduce bill to expand RRIF program

BNSF customers' economic development projects topped $1B in 2019

Report: CN, CP collaborate to circumvent some rail blockades

APTA: Commuter railroads on track for PTC implementation

February 26

Rail supplier news from ENSCO, The Andersons, STV, 4SECURail and REMSA (Feb. 26)

TTC makes Royal York Station accessible

NCTD Coaster commuter-rail service turns 25

North American transborder freight moved by rail rose in December

NTSB checks off safety recommendation issued after Lac-Megantic rail disaster

Progressive Railroading seeks Rising Stars nominations

CHSRA to release draft environmental report for Bakersfield-Palmdale segment

Former FRA Administrator Feinberg named NYCT's interim leader

February 25

TTC extends signal system to Queen Station

Delmarva Central Railroad opens new Seaford Transload Terminal

MARTA names Wright deputy chief of rail operations

North Carolina DOT to upgrade CSX southeast rail line

BART seeks design-build contractor for new headquarters

Class Is employed fewer workers in January

NYCT seeks proposals for subway car purchase

BNSF posts revenue decline on lower volumes in Q4, full-year 2019

February 24

Reading & Northern to restore Pennsylvania train station's platform

PATCO honored for elevator installation project

SEPTA makes service improvements to Market-Frankford Line

MBTA completes Orange Line track, station improvement project

U.S. Reps. McAdams, Curtis introduce bill to broaden FAST Act grant criteria

CP's Creel calls on Trudeau to hold talks with Wet'suwet'en

Navajo Nation, San Juan County consider forming new freight railroad

Norfolk Southern elects Huffard, Jones directors

February 21

Rail supplier news from Biarri Rail, Navis, STV, Infinity Intermodal and Abloy (Feb. 21)

OLI's new safety video addresses truck, train collisions

Rail Passengers Association to honor U.S. Rep. Lipinski

Milwaukee streetcar to install digital kiosks

Ontario's Mulroney calls for expediting subway projects

MARTA announces DeKalb County rail improvements

Rising Stars Award nominations deadline extended to March 6

UP in talks to sell Burnham Rail Yard to Colorado DOT

February 20

Midwest rail shippers group elects 2020 officers

Twin Cities' Metro Transit to increase policing

MTA rail systems record on-time performance improvements

Atlanta-area county commissioners OK sales tax extension to fund MARTA service

U.S. freight-rail traffic remains sluggish

U.S. Rep. Costa to unveil bill to fund California high-speed rail project

VIA Rail to lay off 1,000 due to rail line shutdown

USDOT: $1 billion in BUILD grant funding is available

February 19

Rail supplier news from OptiFuel, STV, Cylus, TRAC and Transfesa (Feb. 19)

WMATA partners with Strike Force to detect fraud

LA Metro reports crime decrease

TNW acquires Texas transload, logistics facility

NJ Transit to begin PTC revenue service; Metra announces PTC-related schedule change

CN lays off 450 workers after shutting down Eastern Canada network

FRA issues 'risk reduction' rule for freight railroads

Norfolk Southern to close Roanoke Distribution Center

February 18

Capitol Corridor logs record ridership in FY2019

MARTA names Allen chief customer experience officer

Alaska Railroad names Mesloh CMO

WMATA names joint venture for HQ redevelopment project

CSX recognized for sustainability efforts

CTA selects T.Y. Lin for Red Line extension

CN supports Garneau's train speed amendment

Alstom signs MOU to acquire Bombardier's rail business

February 14

Rail supplier news from Stadler, VLS, WSP, Jacobs and Ardanuy (Feb. 14)

Reading & Northern Railroad to resume train rides in Jim Thorpe

USDOT grant to help fund new rail spur at Louisiana port

KCS promotes Godderz to SVP, chief legal officer

FTA to provide $7.3 million in transit-rail safety research grants

BNSF Railway's latest logistics center to serve Houston area

Acela to begin high-speed testing on next-gen Acela train

CN shuts down operations in Eastern Canada due to protest blockades

February 13

San Diego trolley posts ridership gains

Connecticut DOT launches mobile ticketing app for CTrail

Pacific Harbor Line promotes Perri to VP

RTD-Denver approves interim CEO Ballardís contract

NYCT retires 1960s rail cars

U.S. railroads post traffic decline; Canadian, Mexican railroads post gains in Week 6

FTA rates Hudson River rail tunnel project 'medium-low' priority

NRLC: Federal court allows railroads to negotiate over train crew staffing

February 12

Rail supplier news from NYAB, Terracon, Skelly and Loy, Stantec and Alstom (Feb. 12)

Amtrak Northeast Regional set December ridership record in Virginia

Northern Indiana commuter district to enter engineering phase for track project

FTA improves NJ Transit Portal Bridge project rating

MTA selects qualified bidders for Penn Station access project

Duluth Seaway Port Authority awarded federal grant for rail-served warehouse

USDOT commits $1.3 billion for last phase of LA's Purple Line subway extension

Protest blockades prompt CN, VIA Rail to shut down rail service

February 11

Tar sands, maintenance issues impact LA Metro Purple Line tunnel project

Santa Clara VTA declares climate emergency

DART licenses GoPass app to Trinity Metro

RAC files latest locomotive emissions report

CTA creates scholarship for construction, engineering students

Canadian government to invest in new Alberta rail yard

Indiana panel awards grant to connect industrial park to CSX line

Trump's budget slashes Amtrak funding, phases out long-distance routes

February 10

APTA recognizes Keolis, Clever Devices for sustainability commitment

North Carolina DOT seeks proposals for Piedmont train mechanical services

Metrolinx expands anti-trepass panel installation

BNSF awards grant to support military behavioral health

Caltrain adopts land use, development policies

KCS disagrees with Mexico panel's report on competition in Veracruz

Senators demand FRA action on Gateway rail tunnel project

CP derailment prompts Canada to order train slowdown

February 7

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, SCI Rail, Salco, Asite, Alstom, HEPACO and FTS (Feb. 7)

NYC Transit to reopen Nostrand Avenue Station entrance

BLET ratifies contract with Great Western Railway

MBTA accelerates rail project timelines

Vitro Chemicals to locate in new KCS-served industrial park

Secure Rail 2020 adds presenters, new sessions

Montana Rail Link promotes Racicot, Lewis, Lane

IANA: Intermodal volumes fell 7.4 percent in Q4

February 6

Valley Metro preps track for Tempe Streetcar crossover

Sound Transit Connect 2020 project reaches halfway mark

Coalition gears up for legislative fight over bigger trucks

TriMet releases Southwest Corridor light-rail design concepts

Reading & Northern Railroad opens rail bridge

Rep. Lipinski: Grade crossing safety a priority for FAST Act reauthorization bill

CP sets record for grain movements in January

AAR: January rail traffic trends offer 'glimmers of hope'

February 5

Rail supplier news from HNTB, DSC Logistics, RR Mergers, Herzog, Network Rail Consulting and Stahl Recruiting (Feb. 5)

Brightline highlights 'carbon neutral' practices in February

Pennsylvania DOT warns against drone use during EMS events

Cascade and Columbia River Railroad obtains grant for crossing safety projects

Georgia Ports Authority acquires land to expand Savannah port

MTA names transformation team, issues RFP for overnight rail service

FRA report identifies four states with highest fatal railroad trespasser strikes

PANYNJ sets record cargo volume in 2019

February 4

Wisconsin DOT seeks public input on updated rail plan

DART to install light-rail platform barriers

NYC Transit expands contactless fare payment system

CN honored as a 'top employer' in Montreal, Canada

Caltrain's electric trains pass structural tests

BART kicks off station modernization project

UP launches API-driven portal for customers

BNSF budgets $3.4 billion for capital expenditures in 2020

February 3

Houston METRO revamps Magnolia Park Transit Center

Metro Transit-St. Louis delays start date for new security guards

MTA LIRR opens rebuilt Nostrand Avenue Station

Amtrak Downeaster logs record ridership in 2019

Durfee Avenue closes for ACE grade separation project

VIA Rail issues RFQ for rail maintenance project

Regional Rail to acquire Carolina Coastal Railway

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference ratifies CN contracts

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