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Rail News: February 2023

February 28

OCTA drafts long-term plan for stabilizing California coastal rail line

L.A. Metro OKs San Fernando Valley contract, logs ridership increase

UP, EPA agree to more testing at former wood-tie site

Buttigieg to Class Is: Sign up for close-call reporting system

Former KCS President and CEO Starling dies

BNSF reports higher revenue, lower income in 2022

February 27

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, RATP, Nexxiot and Western IntermodeX (Feb. 27)

OIG to audit SEPTA's Buy America compliance under CRRC contract

Ports: Virginia logs cargo increase in January, manufacturer expands at Jaxport

Class I employment rose 6% in January

NS agrees to paid sick leave for mechanical railroaders

Union Pacific CEO Fritz to step down in 2023

February 24

MTI awarded $15 million for transportation research

Global task force honors Ukrainian Railways for service during a year of war

CN employee, pensioner fund raises record donations

SEPTA awards contracts for rail expansion, new trolley fleet

BNSF, two unions negotiate sick leave benefits

NTSB's Homendy: Train derailment was preventable

February 23

Rail supplier news from Bohr, Siemens, RailInc and Transdev (Feb. 23)

In memoriam: Longtime short-line industry contributor David Buccolo

Montreal port unveils five-year infrastructure investment plan

BREAKING NEWS: NTSB issues preliminary report on train derailment

STB lauds CSX, UP for negotiating sick leave pacts

Another week, another traffic decline for U.S. railroads

NS enhances Ohio cleanup plan, agrees to paid sick leave for BMWED members

February 22

North Carolina DOT considers crossing closure on CSX line

Brightline West inks pact with High-Speed Rail Labor Coalition

NTSB opens public docket for 2021 Amtrak derailment in Montana

Tradepoint Atlantic to build transload warehouse at Tampa port

Illinois' federal lawmakers urge STB to put off CP-KCS merger decision

EPA orders Norfolk Southern to pay for derailment cleanup

February 21

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Siemens and TraConcepts (Feb. 21)

Brightline's 'Bright Orange 2' train arrives in Orlando

Transport Canada issues RFQ for high-frequency rail project

Ukrainian Railways CEO describes Biden's rail mission to Kyiv

UP, two unions OK agreements for paid sick leave

Buttigieg calls on railroads to improve safety now; NS updates latest actions in Ohio

February 17

Valley Metro transported more than 250,000 riders during Super Bowl

Los Angeles, Long Beach ports log cargo decline in January

Unifor members ratify new contract with Canadian Pacific

California, Brightline West agree to build overcrossings for wildlife

Report: Gov. Healey expedites MBTA rail-car contract with CRRC

Derailment update: NS' Shaw addresses East Palestine residents; NTSB's Homendy responds to critics

February 16

Rail supplier news from Stadler, Rail Vision and Wabtec (Feb. 16)

Metra OKs four-year strategic plan

Illinois commission approves grade crossing projects in two counties

Amtrak recognized as a 'best' large employer

Report: Canada's rail rates among the world's lowest

U.S. carload, intermodal volumes fall in Week 6

February 15

Rail supplier news from Duos, ENSCO, IntelliTrans and AllTranstek (Feb. 15)

FRA adds $2.2 billion to intercity passenger-rail grant funding

APM announces major rail expansion project at Mobile port

BNSF customers invested $1.6B in projects in 2022

CSX reaches sick leave pacts with additional IAM, BRC divisions

NTSB: Overheated wheel bearing may have caused derailment; NS sets up $1 million fund

February 14

Report highlights rail supply industry's U.S. economic impact

Indiana ports authority names Peacock CEO

CTA awards contract for Racine Blue Line station renovation

ZIM to increase express service, ship size at Baltimore port

TSB: Crossing incident raises concerns about Ontario railway safety oversight

Lawmakers reintroduce Freight RAILCAR Act

February 13

OMB proposes rule to revise 'Buy America' guidance

MARTA: Violent crime fell in 2022

Newark Penn Station to receive air conditioning upgrade

BLET ratifies new contract with Illinois Railway

CN on its way to meeting grain volume expectations

CSX inks sick-leave agreements with two more unions

February 10

Rail supplier news from Transdev, Diesel Technology, Tealinc and Duos (Feb. 10)

U.S. Sen. Kelly to chair EPW transportation subcommittee

Canadian Pacific, USW reach tentative labor agreement

USDOT seeks applications for small business funding

BLET reaches tentative agreements with CP, KCS, DM&E

U.S. Sen. Sanders calls on six Class Is to provide paid sick leave

February 9

Maryland transportation officials tap Fenner as DEI director

WMATA to step up police patrols, seeks input on strategic plan

Ohio Gov. DeWine directs state to apply for passenger-rail corridor ID funds

ASLRRA hires Sherman as AVP of policy, industry affairs

NS removes rail cars from Ohio derailment site

Week 5: U.S. rail volume slide continues

February 8

L.A. Metro's Red Line turns 30

Illinois commission OKs grade crossing projects in Randolph, Logan counties

FRA extends application deadline for passenger-rail corridor ID program

Class I employment rose nearly 4% in December 2022

NS begins clearing derailment site

CSX, two rail unions negotiate pacts for paid sick leave

February 7

Rail supplier news from Rail Vision, Duos, Scan Global, Harting, Comply365 and REMSA (Feb. 7)

OIG: Feds' oversight of Seattle transportation funds 'insufficient'

TriMet marks halfway point on MAX Red Line extension project

WisDOT seeks public input on state rail plan

Class Is again ask STB to stay rate-dispute arbitration program

NS completes controlled release of fumes at derailment site

February 6

UP named 'most admired' company; VIA Rail named 'best employer'

Rail unions adopt resolution calling for paid sick leave

MTA unveils new R211 subway cars

Progressive Railroading seeks Rising Stars nominations for 2023

Amtrak crews to begin training for future Gulf Coast route

Ohio officials issue urgent order following hazmat train derailment

February 3

OCTA completes upgrades at Metrolink's Anaheim Canyon station

Ukrainian Railways honored as 'Railway Champion' for wartime service

Port of Duluth-Superior logs slow 2022

Houston METRO's Lambert to retire in December

CP posts record January for Canadian grain transport

IANA: Intermodal volume down 3.6% in Q4 2022

February 2

North Dakota DOT publishes combined state freight, rail plan

ARCI: Rail-car orders fell, deliveries rose in Q4

INRD promotes Milton to safety, training director

Rail service is improving, AAR's Jefferies tells T&I Committee

California awards $2.5B to passenger rail, transit agencies

AAR: Last month was intermodal's worst January in a decade

February 1

Rail supplier news from Hitachi, Mitsui Rail, Talgo and STV (Feb. 1)

Georgia Ports to expand refrigerated container capacity

Feds award Metra UP North rebuild project $117 million

L.A. Metro releases draft environmental report for C Line extension

EPA outlines path for cleanup at UP's former wood-tie treatment site

CP reports revenue increases in Q4, full-year 2022

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