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Rail News: March 2019

March 29

Rail News from Railroad Software, Penn Machine, Strategic Rail Finance, CDM, ENSCO and Keolis (March 29)

ACE to release mobile ticketing app

MBTA to rename Yawkey Station

Cargo forecast: Slowing economy expected to moderate port traffic in 2019

ZIM begins marine carrier service at Port of Prince Rupert

Pennsylvania rail authority receives funds for Lackawana Cut-Off project

CN announces 2019 capex projects for Quebec

FTA to provide $4M in funding to fight human trafficking

March 28

Cleveland RTA re-elects board leaders

TransLink seeks SkyTrain rider amenity ideas

GO Transit to expand commuter-rail service in greater Toronto

Georgia ports, Kia mark decade of service

APTA solicits applicants for leadership program

CN, CP to serve two new G3 grain elevators in Alberta

GoTriangle calls off Durham-Orange light-rail project

U.S. carload volume tumbled, intermodal picked up in Week 12

March 27

Rail Supplier News from Trainyard Tech, FirstGroup, STV, Cubic and REMSA (March 27)

NJ Transit holds open house for contractors, business owners

Metra schedules 59 safety 'blitzes'

PANYNJ selects underwriters for $8 billion bond issue

Amtrak names New York station in honor of late congresswoman

Charah Solutions to open facility at Watco's Greens Port Industrial Terminal

KCS to use crew management software for U.S. operations

Norfolk Southern breaks ground on Atlanta HQ, names three new execs

March 26

Western Carolina Railway taps Durham for community engagement role

CTA partners with Apple to add fare card to iPhone

MARTA obtains asset management certification

Cap Metro set to begin new station construction

KC Streetcar officials encouraged by FTA's rating for proposed extension

CN slates capex projects for Manitoba rail network

FTA gives favorable rating to proposed NICTD commuter-rail extension

STB: Class I employment down a tad in February

March 25

Gov. Murphy nominates New Jersey Transit board members

California intercity rail services restore fare discount for veterans

Sound Transit calls for input on $40M parking improvement project

STB modernizes filing, payment procedures

Rail unions endorse two-person crew legislation

Metrolinx to alter Hurontario light-rail project to cut costs

KCS issues statement on Mexican competition panel's rail-service report

G&W subsidiaries lease two U.S. short lines

March 22

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Siemens, Alstom, Hardesty & Hanover, Focused Technology and Fugro (March 22)

TriMet installs wind turbines on light-rail poles

ACE partners to start grade separation in Southern California

Montreal port terminal poised for second major expansion

Metro-North to improve infrastructure on New Canaan Branch

CN closes TransX deal, highlights MOW programs for two provinces

MBTA releases long-term investment plan

Amtrak, CSX agree on Hoosier State schedule changes

March 21

STB sets demurrage hearing, seeks candidates for two advisory council openings

AAPA elects Nelson as chairman

St. Louis-Metro Transit cites TOD opening near Illinois light-rail station

TNW, United Rail land short-line deals

PATH names DeGraffe director of rail transit

AAR: U.S. railroads registered more traffic declines in Week 11

Metra issues RFP for 200 new rail cars

Railroads' flood-ravaged Midwestern tracks trigger FRA emergency declaration

March 20

Rail supplier news from Trinity, HDR, Fluor, Bombardier, Teleste, NYAB and Synder Equipment (March 20)

LIRR begins platform extension at New York station

Operation Lifesavers names new coordinators in three states

R. J. Corman Railroad Switching gains two new customers

CN sets MOW plan in Saskatchewan

CSX, North Carolina DOT eye April groundbreaking for intermodal terminal

APTA report identifies $232B in critical transportation investments

Sens. Baldwin, Cornyn draft bill to protect U.S. rail-car manufacturing

March 19

PATH’s travel information app hits 100,000 downloads

SMART carries 100,000th bicyclist

NEB cites options for addressing tight oil-moving capacity in Canada

MTA logs fewest weekend subway delays in more than four years

Canadian environmental agency polls public on proposed rail terminal assessment

G&W's Rail Link to serve another Louisiana port

FTA transfers WMATA safety oversight to Metrorail commission

NS, unions differ on merits of brake test simulator for hands-on training

March 18

DART track project to impact downtown Dallas weekend service

Milwaukee streetcar ridership counter malfunctions

Transit unions seek worker protections against automation impacts

LA Metro to evaluate routes for Crenshaw/LAX line’s northern extension

ASLRRA hosted congressional tax aides to address tax extenders measure

Operation Lifesaver solicits applications for transit-rail safety grants

FTA certifies all safety oversight programs for required transit-rail systems

WMATA’s board preliminarily approves Metrorail service extensions

March 15

IPS Cranes hosts congressman for plant tour, policy discussion

Rail supplier news from Knorr-Bremse, Rail Vision, Alstom, Acceleware, Saft, WPS and Penn Machine (March 15)

North Carolina campaign warns students of rail trespassing danger

Ohio panel approves CSX grade crossing project

OmniTRAX Energy promotes Remington to VP

BART OKs contract to replace escalators

Los Angeles, business officials break ground on $5 billion LAX people-mover

AAR asks STB to use cost-benefit analysis in rulemaking

March 14

AAPA names Diaz-Balart 'Port Person of the Year'

DART partners with Uber to provide on-demand options

Sound Transit converts underground transit to rail only

Capitol Corridor authority slates track siding project near Levi's Stadium

Trump includes Charleston Harbor deepening project in FY20 budget

WMATA issues RFP seeking on-demand transport for late night workers

ASLRRA's Baker urges Congress to pass short-line tax credit proposal

U.S. rail traffic slide continued in Week 10

March 13

Rail supplier news from Siemens, HNTB, OIS, Abloy, Gentry Locke and NRC (March 13)

Bipartisan bill would reauthorize Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

NYC Transit increases speed on more subway locations

SEPTA report charts sustainability actions in 2018

Biden recalls Boardman's Amtrak leadership; funeral services announced

MBTA OKs fare hike to fund improvements

USDOT's Chao creates council to review new transportation technology

Canada's rail accidents increased, fatalities decreased in 2018

March 12

Denver RTD, Lyft launch partnership

NYC Transit completes station expansion project

Panama City port, Oceaneering extend lease pact

WMATA to offer alternative service during platform reconstruction

Short Line Safety Institute creates research director post

Canadian government to fund Edmonton light-rail extension projects

Wisconsin Gov. Evers proposes funds to expand Milwaukee-Chicago Amtrak route

Trump budget slashes funding for Amtrak long-distance service

March 11

Denver RTD marks 50 years of transit service

New GO station to be built in Ontario

Sound Transit extends public comment period on light-rail extensions

Port of Virginia opens 12 new container stacks

CTA to invest $4 million to improve Red Line tracks

Amtrak: Host railroads earn 'C' average for on-time performance

Alberta transit grants to fund light-rail vehicles, electric buses

CP, CN and Railway Association of Canada appeal emergency handbrake order

March 8

Rail supplier news from Collins Aerospace, Trainyard Tech, Hubner, Ekyrail, PTS and InStar (March 8)

MTA begins underpass construction in New Cassel

Phoenix names Coleman light-rail administrator

Congressman's bill would strip California of federal high-speed rail funds

Las Vegas convention group, Boring Co. seek approval for autonomous transit system

Rail industry reacts to Boardman's death

California agency awards $13 million in rail project funding

UP announces new executive roles for Panzer, Hamann, Grosz

March 7

Colorado DOT names Grauberger project director

MBTA opens new commuter-rail station

Amtrak adds service in Virginia

Short-line tax credit included in proposed tax extenders bill

FRA should investigate MTA's PTC implementation, senator says

AAR: U.S. rail carload, intermodal volumes fell in February

BNSF breaks ground on logistics center near Denver

CSX restructures marketing, names two new VPs

Former Amtrak CEO Boardman dies

March 6

Rail supplier news from Alstom, ACEC, Urban Engineers, Macro, Parsons and Unipart Rail (March 6)

Texas Central bullet train named top global infrastructure project

MassDOT awards $5 million to transit authorities for 'innovative' services

OmniTRAX Energy names Taylor VP sales

Rail Passengers Association finds economic benefits in adding a second Chicago-Twin Cities Amtrak train

BNSF announces capex projects for Illinois, Oklahoma

Canadian agency proposes rail regulation updates

CRRC hires first assembly workers at new Chicago rail-car plant

March 5

Metro Transit-St. Louis launches trip-planning app

PATH logs record ridership in January

Senators to reintroduce grade crossing safety act

BNSF Logistics unveils new logo, website

WMATA tests automatic door operations

JAXPORT agrees to nearly $239M container terminal expansion

California to FRA: Threat to take back rail grants is 'rash and unlawful'

Maryland seeks federal grant to fund Howard Street Tunnel project

March 4

San Francisco's MTC elects Haggerty as commission chair

Port of Vancouver USA rail project recognized for engineering excellence

Denver RTD begins quiet zones for commuter-rail line

Canadian Pacific renews funding of heart research

Viterra acquires General Mills' stake in North Dakota grain facility

Connecticut governor calls for new investment into New Haven commuter-rail line

California public-private partnership proposes new Dumbarton Rail Bridge

STB: U.S. Class I workforce down a bit in January

March 1

Rail supplier news from Herzog, CAI, HNTB, Stahl Recruiting, HEPACO and LRW (March 1)

BNSF slates $95 million for Minnesota projects

WMATA to close stations to prepare for platform reconstruction

NTSB makes key leadership changes

R.J. Corman joins AAR

LA Metro to explore congestion-relief pricing, mobility fees to encourage transit use

Duke University won't support Durham-Orange light-rail project

FTA certifies state safety oversight programs in Florida, New Jersey, New York

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