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Rail News: March 2018

March 29

U.S. Sen. Klobuchar tours Loram's Minnesota plant

Rail supplier news from Cubic, Siemens, Willamette Valley, Spectrum and Brookville (March 29)

UP slates $59 million for Utah track, bridge projects

Cleveland RTA postpones fare hike

RTA: Crosstie production, purchases rose in February

FRA seeks input on railroad industry automation

California panel OKs funds for proposed light-rail line

U.S. rail traffic up slightly in Week 12

March 28

Rail supplier news from TRAC Interstar, Bombardier, BSM and Peerless Electronics (March 28)

BART arrests soared 40 percent in 2017

NICTD mulls South Shore Line fare hike to cover PTC costs

Norfolk Southern names McClellan, Elkins to new VP positions

OCTA taps Siemens for eight streetcars

BNSF slates $230 million for California capex projects

Georgia Ports Authority launches Mason Mega rail project

Pennsylvania OKs funding for 27 freight-rail projects

March 27

Metra to replace UP North Line bridges

UP's Iowa infrastructure to get $47 million boost

Milwaukee receives first streetcar from Brookville

Bombardier inks $288 million contract for MARC commuter-rail maintenance

Secure Rail webcast to focus on Industrial IoT

Illinois panel OKs $194 million plan for rail crossing projects

Ontario to issue RFQs for GO Regional Express Rail project

BNSF addresses STB's service concerns

March 26

Portland to buy two new streetcars

ConnectWork establishes apprenticeships for rail-car remediators, mechanics

UP slates $128 million for capex projects in Nebraska, Oregon

MARTA confirms Jeffrey Parker as general manager, CEO

Siemens, Alstom approve merger terms

PANYNJ's agreements pave way for new PATH power facility

CN responds to STB's rail-service concerns

Transit, rail programs get funding boost under FY18 omnibus bill

March 23

Rail supplier news from Brookville, Trackmobile, CMiC, STV and KAI (March 23)

STB: Class I employment up a bit since January

NYCT gears up for subway flood protection project in Queens

Amtrak grades host freight railroads' performance

Aadnesen retires as GREX executive chairman

CN, Teamsters tentatively agree on contract for locomotive engineers

Bombardier inks contract to extend Phoenix airport people mover

UP to serve Ocean Network at West Coast ports

March 22

RTD to host town halls to discuss transit expansions

Georgia port begins use of neo-Panamax crane

LIRR unveils performance improvement plan

Amtrak to rename Rochester station after late congresswoman

CP to serve new Smart Sand terminal in North Dakota

Two teams qualify for Chicago O'Hare express rail line bid

U.S. rail traffic up 10 percent in Week 11

Metra OKs contract to upgrade rolling stock rehab shops

March 21

Rail supplier news from Rolls-Royce, Schneider, TRC, Axion and Michael Baker International (March 21)

UP outlines $87 million capex plan for Louisiana

Amtrak unveils sustainability report

CN, CP to serve new grain elevators in Alberta, Saskatchewan

GE to modernize locomotives for NS, CP

Begeman officially becomes STB chair

LA Metro unveils environmental report for Union Station subway project

FRA: PTC operating on 56 percent freight route miles

March 20

Metra to renovate LaSalle Street Station in downtown Chicago

Pacific Harbor Line marks two decades of service

BRS, Amtrak sign tentative agreement

Canada to fund replacement of VIA Rail's Quebec City-Windsor fleet

CSX appoints Williams vice president, controller

FTA certifies transit-rail safety plans in Massachusetts, Hawaii

APTA leaders question Trump plan to cut funds for transit capital projects

STB seeks Class Is' response to rail service complaints

March 19

Fort Worth transit agency receives second TEXRail trainset

Vancouver, B.C. officials OK TransLink project funding

CSX, Virginia rail officials OK pact for new VRE station

UP charts Wyoming projects worth $85 million

NY officials seek to rename Rochester Amtrak station after Slaughter

CAGTC: More than half of TIGER IX awarded to freight

Ontario nets funds for subway, light-rail projects

CATS opens Blue Line light-rail extension

March 16

Rail supplier news from Pandrol, Stantec, Protran, WSP and REMSA (March 16)

Ports of LA, Long Beach post higher volume in February

MBTA aims to boost real-time train arrival data

STB to hold meetings on directed service regs

California high-speed rail agency begins Kern County construction

Hexion completes plant's rail-yard expansion with CN

New Jersey governor's budget would triple NJ Transit funding

Operation Lifesaver 'alarmed' at hike in rail trespass, crossing deaths

March 15

Metrolink debuts new blog

NCDOT to host drone workshop

CTA unveils real-time service bar on digital ad screens

UP slates $103.6 million for Illinois infrastructure

TriMet's FY2019 budget calls for light-rail upgrades, security boost

Port of Stockton posts a record year

Sound Transit taps Mott MacDonald, SNC-Lavalin for design-build management

U.S. railroads' carload, intermodal traffic up in Week 10

March 14

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, Sasser, Cubic and Tealinc (March 14)

SEPTA to renew decades-old trolley track

Metra gears up for major tie replacement project

Transport Canada to review port authority system

NCTD marks 10 years of Sprinter light-rail service

Ferromex to serve new USDG terminals in Central Chihuahua

Secure Rail unveils 2018 conference agenda

APTA calls out cut in TIGER funds for public transit

March 13

Long Beach port taps Lambrigger for construction management

UP budgets $113 million for Kansas track, bridge work

STB's railroad-shipper council elects new leaders

Texas Central blasts SNCF's comments about Dallas-Houston bullet train

Watco to perform stevedoring, terminal services at Greens Port park

Metrolinx to sign EllisDon team for Stouffville line improvements

ASLRRA: Railroad Day draws record attendance

Virginia General Assembly OKs WMATA funding bill

March 12

MTA announces winners of Genius Transit competition

Toronto transit agency unveils sixth 'customer charter'

NRF: Port traffic likely to dip in March

BNSF budgets $90 million for Minnesota capex

UP slates $127 million for Arkansas maintenance

Baltimore subway system reopens after systemwide closure

California high-speed rail project costs soar to $77 billion

USDOT unveils 41 TIGER grant recipients

March 9

Rail supplier news from Thermo King, HOTSTART, Saft and Urban Engineers (March 9)

Caltrain to kick off Sunnyvale Station rehab

Rail groups deliver 'balanced regs' message to Capitol Hill

CSX recognizes Northern Ohio & Western for carload growth

Freight railroads, two unions agree to final, binding arbitration

MARTA eyes Jeffrey Parker as next CEO

CP names Hardy VP of grain, fertilizer sales

FRA rules 'no significant impact' for Minneapolis-Duluth express rail project

March 8

TriMet names Hoskins head of maintenance operations

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor's cargo growth capped off 'landmark' year in 2017

Senate Democrats call for federal investment in rail infrastructure

TEXRail helps launch $105 million TOD

UP to spend $122 million on California infrastructure

AAR: Carloads trailed intermodal volume in February

KCS: Mexican panel dismisses report on lack of freight-rail competition

USDOT issues $46 million in TIGER grants for rail projects in Maryland, Indiana and New Mexico

March 7

Rail supplier news from Rolls-Royce, TransRail Innovation, LAN, REZ-1, Saft and Hack Partners (March 7)

DART touts security efforts, unveils new crime-reporting app

Norfolk Southern overhauls e-commerce tool

GE, Long Beach port to pilot data-sharing software

USDOT awards $8.5 million TIGER grant for Arkansas rail bridge projects

Metrolinx issues RFQ for GO Transit Lakeshore expansion

Chao confirms Trump opposes Hudson rail tunnel project

CN, CP respond to grain shippers' concerns over rail shipment backlog

March 6

VRE releases facility condition report

JAXPORT's heavy-lift berth used to move locomotives

SFMTA tests three-car Muni trains

Savannah harbor deepening reaches halfway mark

FRA kicks off rail-crossing safety campaign

UP slates $450 million for 2018 capex in Texas

Los Angeles Metro logged crime decrease in 2017

Kansas City Southern to serve future logistics park in Illinois

March 5

SEPTA to begin phasing out token sales at commuter-rail stations

Metro-North gears up for White Plains Station rehab

RTA: Crosstie production, purchases rose in January

Tri-Rail reports highest monthly on-time performance in more than a decade

BNSF oil-spill plan OK'd in Washington state

GE Transportation joins blockchain alliance

Trump nominates Fuchs, Schultz to serve on STB

CN's Jobin steps down, Ruest named interim CEO

March 2

Rail supplier news from LAN, Mitsui, HNTB, BSM, Phoenix Contact and NRC (March 2)

BLET, Amtrak reach tentative agreement

TriMet names Kelsey general manager

Vancouver Energy ends lease early at Port of Vancouver

CTA's new security plan funded by ride-hailing fees

BNSF budgets $80 million for capex in New Mexico

Amtrak awarded five-year contract for MARC Penn Line

Report: Chao backs away from Hudson tunnel funding plan

March 1

FreightCar America to buy Navistar Inc. rail-car plant

Intermodal traffic led volume growth in Week 8

Batory sworn in as FRA administrator

NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal Amtrak-CSX crash

Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad obtains grant for locomotive purchase

Amtrak, TSA test explosive detection technology

BNSF seeks to join lawsuit over Washington state denial of coal terminal permit

CSX targets 60 percent operating ratio by 2020

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