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Rail News: March 2016

March 31

Sound Transit completes tunnel for Northgate Link Extension

Denver RTD's board OKs general manager contract with Genova

AAR: Rail traffic down in U.S., Canada and Mexico in Week 12

Minnesota lawmaker proposes 27-mile expansion of Northstar Line

STB completes final EIS of Tennessee port's proposed rail line

U.S. senators push for $150 million in WMATA funding

Watco to build new liquid fuels terminal in Mexico

Amtrak debuts $50 million renovation plan for D.C.'s Union Station

March 30

Rail supplier news from Rocla, PS Technology, Atlantic Track and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 30)

CN honors businesses for sustainability efforts

Amtrak Cascades station construction to start in June

SEPTA unveils $1.4 billion operating budget for FY2017

OCTA unveils RFP for streetcar construction, hires design firm

FRA awards California $1.5 million grant for rail bridge project

LIRR awards $6.95 million contract for environmental review of expansion

CP files proxy for shareholder resolution at NS' annual meeting

March 29

Foxx announces appointments to transit safety committee

MassDOT launches MBTA performance dashboard

NYCT names O'Grady head of capital program management

Oklahoma City OKs $24.9 million contract to buy five streetcars from Brookville

Amazon to build giant fulfillment center next to BNSF intermodal site

U.S. lawmakers seek increase in transit security funding

Sound Transit eyes major light-rail expansions in ballot measure proposal

Norfolk Southern sets annual meeting for May 12

Progressive Railroading announces Rising Stars for 2016

March 28

FRA to host meeting on Union Station expansion project

UP Twin Cities unit posts safety improvements; Class I ranks No. 2 on 'Best for Vets' list

Quicken Loans dubs Detroit streetcar 'QLINE'

ASLRRA's Short Line Safety Institute hires Long, Malski

Illinois Railway engineers, trainmen ratify first BLET contract

Panama Canal expansion opening pushed to June

L.A. Metro kicks off public review of $120 billion sales tax measure

Hudson River rail tunnel project receives funding commitment

March 24

Houston transit agency names Patman chair

CTA kicks off second phase of Wilson Station reconstruction

NS board names Miles to audit committee

Keolis gears up for tie replacement project on MBTA commuter-rail line

New grant program to help fund transportation improvement technologies

AAR: U.S. carload, intermodal traffic drops 14 percent in week 11

Metra adds $64.5 million to 2016 capital budget

STB proposes to revoke class exemptions for some commodities

March 23

Former Denver RTD leader Marsella dies

Virginia county slates meeting on D.C.-Richmond high-speed rail route

Revitalization work continues on New York regional's Utica main line

NS appoints Adams VP of human resources

UP names Decher president of ShipCarsNow, improves safety in North Platte unit

L.A. Metro kicks off pre-revenue service of Expo Line extension

CN rolls out 2016 plan for safety innovation

Amtrak, U.S. transit agencies step up security after Brussels terrorist attacks

March 22

Rail supplier news from RR Mergers, Alstom, AMPS and Network Rail Consulting (March 22)

SORTA names Stringer senior VP of operations, chief operations officer

Savannah port posts record in February

PATH becomes latest rail system to ban hoverboards

MBTA unveils rehabbed Government Center Station

RTA report: Crosstie production down, purchases up in February

New York City Transit gears up for bridge rehab projects

STB: Class I workforce shrinks across the board in February

March 21

San Diego MTS OKs $108 million capital improvement program

California panel approves $170 million for projects, including rail, transit

UP to speed up trains on rail line in Las Vegas area

New York City Transit appoints Habersham head of subways

NS to expand Norfolk HQ as part of office consolidation

Valley Metro, Sound Transit open light-rail extensions

L.A. Metro unveils transportation projects for $120 billion sales tax measure

STB to prepare environmental statement for proposed Great Lakes Basin rail line

March 18

U.S. Rep. Young visits Paxton & Vierling Steel Co.

Indiana DOT issues contract for rail crossing, intersection projects

Canada unveils flammable liquid safety website for first responders

Caltrain preps for Poplar Avenue rail bridge replacement

TSB: Poor track conditions, maintenance delays led to CN derailment

BART seeks source of rail-car damage

OmniTRAX Logistics to expand service territory in 2016

MBTA unveils preliminary $2.02 billion operating budget for FY2017

March 17

Rail supplier news from GE, Hitachi Rail, Alstom, CH2M and WSP (March 17)

Maalt opens frac sand terminal on Texas Pacifico rail line

BNSF announces $490 million in capex plans for Texas, Illinois, Kansas

MTA's Fulton Center earns LEED certification

FRA revamps website on rail crossing safety, trespass prevention

SacRT board OKs 10 percent fare hike

AAR: U.S. rail traffic volume falls 11.6 percent in week No. 10

WMATA uncovers 26 defective areas during emergency inspections

March 16

TRB solicits IDEA proposals for railroad safety innovations

MBTA logs drop in employee overtime rates, absenteeism

STB to hold stakeholder meetings aimed at expediting rail rate cases

Metra increases Heritage Corridor service, gears up for 'safety blitzes'

FRA issues RFP for high-speed rail system without federal funding

CSX to streamline operations in Kentucky

NTSB: Truck hit track prior to Amtrak derailment

OLI: Trespassing fatalities rose in 2015, crossing collisions fell

WMATA shuts down rail system for emergency inspections

March 15

Rail supplier news from Sharma and Associates, Ansaldo, Alstom and Optimas (March 15)

Reber joins Progressive Railroading sales team

Reading & Northern hires Nemeroff as VP for forest products

BART marks completion of inaugural 'Fleet of the Future' rail car

Norfolk Southern increases Charleston-Charlotte intermodal service

Redlands passenger-rail project advances to final design

FTA announces final rule for states' transit-rail safety oversight

AAR objects to FRA's proposed rule requiring two-person crews on most trains

March 14

WSDOT marks milestone in eight-locomotive order from Siemens

WMATA orders more visible transit police uniforms

OmniTRAX, development authority to launch industrial hub near Savannah port

FTA OKs next step in Santa Clara VTA's BART Silicon Valley project

STB sets schedule for replies to CP's declaratory order request

Amtrak train derails in Kansas

Foxx announces TIFIA funding availability

NJ Transit reaches agreement with rail unions, averts strike

March 11

U.S. Reps. Cartwright, LoBiondo tour NRC member companies

Rail supplier news from RR Mergers, Alstom, Retlif, HNTB, and Herzog (March 11)

North Carolina DOT finishes improvement project at NS crossing

Metrolink unveils mobile ticketing app

CP files preliminary proxy statement for NS shareholder resolution

Sacramento transit agency to hire 30 fare inspectors

KCS promotes Songer to executive VP, COO

BNSF rolls out 'site certification' for rail-served locations

March 10

Maryland transit agency to partially close Baltimore subway for rail updates

Rail intermodal drives up freight index in January

Metra expands close call reporting system

Court ruling allows Caltrain to proceed with electrification plans

BNSF reaches agreement with federal agencies over spill cleanups, response plans

WMATA's Wiedefeld outlines steps to improve safety, finances

AAR: U.S. rail traffic slides 1.9 percent in first week of March

CTA selects CSR Sifang America for $1.3 billion rail-car contract

March 9

Rail supplier news from Kinkisharyo, Alstom, STV and HARTING (March 9)

Study: Public transit investment helps boost emerging tech-sector sales

Paradigm Energy expands North Dakota crude-oil footprint

LIRR expansion plan won't require property acquisitions, Cuomo says

U.S. Sens. Lee, Klobuchar ask AG's office to review proposed CP-NS deal

MBTA OKs 9.3 percent fare hike; Cleveland RTA mulls fare increase

CTA to buy more than 800 new rail cars

FRA, motor carrier agency consider rule on sleep apnea screening

March 8

Webcast to focus on ELD mandate

Canada's TSB investigating CP train collision, runaway rail-car incident

Fort Worth transit agency adopts plan calling for expansion

L.A. Metro opens Foothill Gold Line extension to Azusa

San Francisco Bay Area commuter train derails amid heavy rainfall

Nevada lawmakers unveil bill to expedite Las Vegas-L.A. high-speed rail project

MTA to issue RFPs for next phase of Second Avenue Subway extension

CP to sell Arbutus Corridor to Vancouver for $55 million

March 7

Rail supplier news from Riverside Rail, Harsco, HNTB and STV (March 7)

UP set new safety record in 2015

Maryland Transit Administration logged 11 percent drop in serious crimes in 2015

South Carolina Ports Authority to install solar panels

Colorado House passes bill requiring two-person rail crew

USDOT to create national public transit map

Minneapolis suburbs OK preliminary plans for Blue Line rail extension

FRA seeks public comments on train-horn rule

March 4

CP considering legal options against some merger opponents

NJ Transit, MTA prep for possible rail strike

Metra launches onboard police patrol unit

BNSF rolls out 2016 capex plans for California, Montana, North Dakota

Foxx: Freight projections underscore need for better infrastructure

Bill would help speed up Amtrak clearance over U.S.-Canada border

FTA's McMillan named L.A. Metro's chief planning officer

Virginia, Maryland and D.C. leaders agree to WMATA safety commission

March 3

Calgary Transit adds public Wi-fi to six downtown CTrain stations

TransLink to close all fare gates in April

CSX announces new engineering leadership

CP asks STB to clarify voting trust issue, revives CSX talks

Wabtec inks $97 million contract to build Tier 4 locomotives for Metrolinx

NTSB: Broken rail probable cause of 2014 Lynchburg train derailment

Maryland chooses team to build, maintain Purple Line light-rail route

AAR: Intermodal lifts U.S. rail traffic numbers in February

March 2

Rail supplier news from Union Tank Car, LGS, L.B. Foster, Ricardo and Kelso (March 2)

Georgia & Florida Railway deploys new revenue sharing system

Houston transit agency unveils mobile ticketing app

Finger Lakes short line opens new Seneca Falls rail terminal

Caltrans seeks feedback on state rail plan

RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases dip in January

SEPTA slates meetings on Norristown line extension

Norfolk Southern to consolidate into northern, southern segments

March 1

WMATA's rail turnstiles will no longer accept paper fares

Moorman elected to Duke Energy's board

NCDOT wraps up improvement project at CSX crossing

Texas DOT to replace Forth Worth & Western Railroad bridge

Most TriMet riders satisfied with overall experience, survey says

KCS names Garza to board of directors

MBTA trims deficit, plans rail upgrades

BNSF posts 10 percent net income gain in 2015

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