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Rail News: March 2017

March 31

MARTA adds trains in response to I-85 bridge collapse

San Diego transit agencies launch mobile ticketing app

BART to kick off first Measure RR-funded project

RTA: Crosstie production, purchases down in February

Ontario to create battery backup system for Eglinton Crosstown rail route

Judge dismisses CSX lawsuit over Alabama fuel tax

Quebec pledges funds for new light-rail system in Montreal

Progressive Railroading names 2017 Rising Stars Award honorees

March 30

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Yusen, Strato, Geismar and OPW (March 30)

Report: Trump infrastructure plan to cover more than transportation

Local leaders back Eau Claire-Twin Cities passenger-rail plan

Bill would require FRA to notify Congress of passenger-rail safety audits

Hitachi delivers first new train to Miami-Dade Transit

TSB determines broken wheel led to CN train derailment

California Gov. Brown proposes higher gas tax to fix transportation

U.S. railroads logged 12 percent traffic increase in Week 12

March 29

WMATA extends University Pass pilot program

Metra gears up for McCormick Place Station upgrades

DART mulls three alternatives for downtown subway

Minnesota GOP asks Chao to kill light-rail grant request

Florida bill to regulate high-speed rail dies in committee

Metrolinx CEO McCuaig steps down

CSX to trim Stanley Yard operations, lay off 34 workers

AAR: Freight railroads tightly connected to international trade

March 28

Rail supplier news from Motive Power, Hoffman, Bombardier and Cando Rail (March 28)

VTrans authorized to install temporary bridges in Middlebury

Massachusetts DOT to phase in South Coast Rail project

USDOT announces small-business research awards

Gov. Christie signs bill authorizing $140 million for NJ Transit

SEPTA unveils $727.2 million capital budget for FY2018

CN, Duluth Cargo to open intermodal terminal in Twin Ports

Grupo Mexico to acquire Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corp.

March 27

Amtrak to expand Acela Express weekend service

Metra to shutter two ticket offices as digital fare sales increase

Metrolinx seeks firm to build third track on GO Transit line

DeFazio bill would raise gas tax to fund infrastructure projects

Ohio's PUCO approves rail crossing upgrades

CP's Pitz slated to address Secure Rail Conference

Bay Area Rapid Transit opens extension to Fremont

SEPTA taps Chinese rail-car maker for 45 new coaches

March 24

Schneider launches IPO

California panel OKs $50 million to double track part of LOSSAN rail route

Rail key to Port of Brownsville operation, CSC Sugar says

NYCT gears up to rehab three Brooklyn subway stations

North Carolina DOT to eliminate seven CSX rail crossings

Virginia Gov. McAuliffe taps LaHood to lead WMATA review

R. J. Corman withdraws from Cumberland River port project

L.A. Metro inks pact with CRRC for up to 282 new rail cars

March 23

Rail supplier news from Wi-Tronix, Siemens, Alstom, Holland and HNTB (March 23)

Lawmakers introduce infrastructure bills

Georgia Ports Authority commissions new Neo-Panamax crane

AAR cites technology, investment for freight-rail safety gains

UP consolidates Pocatello service unit, increases track speed in Iowa

CN, TFI agree to increase domestic intermodal service in Canada

U.S. rail traffic continues upward swing in Week 11

March 22

California High-Speed Rail Authority's board adds Camacho, Beall

TriMet gears up for switch machine replacement projects

Ray-Mont Logistics to build crop export facility at Port of Prince Rupert

Sound Transit marks first anniversary of University Link light-rail extension

Norfolk Southern highlights goals met in 2016

VIA Rail honored for support of Canada's Reserve Forces

Class Is' year-over-year employment fell 3.5 percent in February

OLI: Grade-crossing fatalities rose 13.7 percent in 2016

March 21

Smith appointed director of California State Railroad Museum

AAPA names Scalise 'Port Person of the Year'

Portageville Rail Bridge project reaches a milestone

CN, IBEW Council 11 negotiate tentative pact

NYCT to fast-track Canarsie Tunnel repairs

UP urges photographers to stop taking pictures on tracks after fatality

MBTA issues RFP for Green Line light-rail extension

Norfolk Southern slates 2017 'safety train' visits

March 20

House railroad subcommittee hearing to focus on emerging technology

Metra kicks off in-house rehab project of Nippon Sharyo cars

Operation Lifesaver names VanderClute chair

VRE scales back Manassas line extension plans

AAPA, CAGTC call on Trump to support TIGER grant program

UP reports PTC progress

March 17

Axion hosts congressional staff visit in Waco

Valley Metro hires Alternate Concepts for light-rail operations

Kansas City Southern disagrees with Mexican panel on freight-rail competition

NTSB's Hart wraps up chairmanship; Dinh-Zarr named acting chairman

Canadian Pacific, USW Local 1976 reach tentative agreement

Public transportation supporters blast Trump's budget

Sen. Durbin calls on NS to improve Chicago rail yard security after gun thefts

March 16

TransLink gears up to rehab Surrey Central SkyTrain station

Denver RTD unveils new real-time transit app

Pacific Harbor Line begins Tier 4 locomotive tests

Santa Clara VTA taps Siemens to install new light-rail power systems

U.S. rail traffic surged 4.4 percent in Week 10

Trump budget ends funding of Amtrak long-distance trains, TIGER grants

March 15

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, NRE, HNTB and Cando Rail (March 15)

Amtrak reschedules Susquehanna Bridge hearing, releases Gateway economic analysis

Chinese rail-car builder to break ground on Chicago assembly plant

BNSF agrees to contamination cleanup plan in Spokane

GAO: WMATA failed to adequately prepare for SafeTrack maintenance plan

FRA posts status update on PTC implementation

March 14

Dittmann, Hincke appointed to Canada's transportation safety panel

North Carolina DOT offers transit passes to Amtrak riders

Sound Transit names Honeywell chief HR officer, surpasses diversity goals

NTSB investigating ethanol train derailment in Iowa

MARTA approves new TOD partnership at King Memorial rail station

APTA makes case for including transit in Trump's infrastructure plan

March 13

Valley Metro honored for Northwest light-rail extension project

BART incentive program helps alleviate morning traffic congestion

Washington state panel OKs funds for safety improvements at oil-train crossing

Caltrain's Hartnett lobbies in D.C. for electrification project

South Carolina authority kicks off Inland Port Dillon project

Florida's Brightline passenger-rail service to launch in late July

March 10

Rail supplier news from Trimble, Railhead, Kapsch, STV and Greenbrier (March 10)

WMATA taps Cherrington as inspector general

ASCE's Infrastructure Report Card: D- for transit, B for rail

U.S. railroads post 1.8 percent traffic gain in ninth week

MBTA gears up to install PTC-related wayside and communication equipment

Watco's Jacksonville Port Terminal Railroad launches operations

March 9

Metra seeks bids for UP North Line bridge replacement project

MTA names Eng chief operating officer

CSX, Schneider seal new intermodal agreement

NTSB zeros in on grade-crossing in Biloxi crash

Texas Central fights legislators' efforts to kill high-speed rail project

Conrail's Batory to retire; Tierney promoted to president, COO

March 8

Rail supplier news from CH2M, Bombardier, LAN, AllTranstek and SIFER (March 8)

Siemens unveils first Charger locomotive for Washington DOT

Northern Plains Railroad celebrates injury-free safety milestone

Portland port, ICTSI Oregon agree to end terminal operator pact

Brightline adds to management team, appoints Howard CEO

Malloy: Connecticut supports FRA's Northeast Corridor plan with conditions

Moorman: Amtrak committed to reviving Gulf Coast service

March 7

WMATA's revised budget restores some service cuts, retains fare hikes

Wisconsin co-op obtains loan to build freight-rail spur

APTA: Almost 90 percent of public transit trips impact economy

'Railroad Day' on Capitol Hill breaks attendance record

L.A. Metro receives proposal to fast-track Orange Line conversion to light rail

CSX hires Harrison as CEO

March 6

MARTA solicits public input on future expansion

CTA preps for next phase of 95th Street Terminal renovations

NYCT replaces track, installs CBTC system on 7 Line

Montreal transit agency made record investments in 2016

Metra wraps up Amerail car rehab program

BNSF agrees to clean up coal, petcoke emitted from rail cars

March 3

Lawmakers visit Atlantic Track plant, Amtrak station

Metra seeks rider input on new fare options

Operation Lifesaver announces first national Rail Safety Week

CN honored for aboriginal relations

Great Lakes Basin requests more time on railroad application

California agency reports progress on high-speed rail project

March 2

Rail supplier news from STV, Wabtec, RailWorks, Nomad, and Railway Interchange (March 2)

Charlotte transit agency delays light-rail extension opening

Amtrak kicks off Paoli rail station improvements

RTA: January crosstie production, purchases fell

MTA board OKs $7.8 million contract for cameras on Metro-North's M7 cars

U.S. rail traffic rose 4.2 percent in February

March 1

Rail supplier news from First Transit, FreightCar America, The Andersons and GE (March 1)

TransLink's new SkyTrain extension logged 30,000 trips in January

Railroad 'quiet zone' begins in downtown Oklahoma City

Pittsburgh port authority's CEO McLean to resign June 1

MBTA unveils $7.9 million plan to upgrade trolley fleet

AAR offers rail-policy ideas for Trump's infrastructure plan

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