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Rail News: March 2020

March 31

Rail supplier news from TRAC Intermodal, Stonepeak, Greenbrier and NRC (March 31)

Rocky Mountaineer suspends train departures

BNSF, union settle dispute over employee medical privacy

Savannah port posts higher cargo volume in February

BART amps up station, rail improvements during reduced service

Metra launches 2020 construction program

WMATA set to approve FY2021 budget

BTS: Transborder freight moved by rail rose in January

March 30

DART approves Carrollton grade crossing project

USDOT to fund four new University Transportation Centers

BART to begin Orinda track replacement in May

Texas Central anticipates FRA approval in July of bullet-train construction

Caltrain to test first electrified trainset in April

Canada requires passenger health screenings on intercity rail

FRA allows certain regulatory relief during pandemic

CARES Act includes benefits for unemployed rail workers

March 27

Rail supplier news from Trinity and Abloy (March 27)

Ottawa light-rail line recognized for engineering excellence

NS to acquire hybrid RTGs for Chicago intermodal operations

USDOT extends FTA grant application deadlines

Cleveland RTA to begin East 79th Street Station reconstruction

Coronavirus update: APTA cancels rail events

NTSB: Ethanol train derailed after landslide

Stimulus bill includes $25B for transit, $1B for Amtrak

March 26

Coronavirus update: U.S. transit agencies continue to ratchet down service

Washington panel OKs funds for Newport grade crossing project

Vermont suspends Amtrak service

Rail Conference seeks benefit improvements in stimulus bill

NTSB: Undetected cracks in tank car led to ethanol release in CSX yard

Port of Virginia prioritizes COVID-19 test kit shipments

Freight-rail traffic in Week 12 reflects falling demand for certain products

TSA to require rail, bus operators to train employees to identify terrorist threats

March 25

Rail supplier news from RR Mergers, Allpress & Moore, CDL Electric, A. Stucki and Bombardier (March 25)

Sexual harassment on transit leads to less transit use, study finds

Cleveland RTA's board reelects Clough, Lucas to leadership roles

North Carolina Railroad taps Arant as VP of engineering

Secure Rail Conference postponed until August

Coronavirus update: Transit coalition requests $25B in federal aid

NS appoints Allen Sutherland EVP, chief legal officer

CREATE partners receive CRISI grant for Pullman Junction project

March 24

WMATA to improve access at future Potomac Yard Station

DART reports D2 Subway progress

AASHTO names Giulietti to chair rail council

Sound Transit completes Connect 2020 construction

Amtrak cuts management pay to address ridership loss

MBTA awards Green Line B Branch station consolidation contract

NS surveys customers on COVID-19 business impact

FRA awards CRISI grants to TNW short lines

March 23

Rail supplier news from Granite, Ardanuy, and in memoriam: Josef Theurer (March 23)

TriMet to close Portland airport station during concourse expansion

Rail unions petition FRA to issue COVID-19 protocols to protect workers

CISA identifies infrastructure workers critical to COVID-19 response

Coronavirus update: Passenger-rail agencies suspend fares, further revise schedules

Ashland Railway obtains Ohio grant for rail yard expansion

Class I employment dipped slightly in February

FRA proposes on-time performance measure for Amtrak

March 20

Rail supplier news from Tealinc and NRC (March 20)

Port of Long Beach's Cordero named AAPA chairman

United Freezer obtains Ohio grant for rail spur project

FRA should extend Texas Central comment period, Rep. Brady says

AAR launches COVID-19 webpage; CP to hold annual meeting online

Maryland bill calls for MARC commuter-rail extension into Virginia

APTA increases federal aid request to offset coronavirus costs

CSX emissions intensity reductions goal approved by SBTi

March 19

Rail supplier news from CloudMoyo, NRC and REMSA (March 19)

Washington state panel OKs grant for short line's grade crossing project

Caltrain suspends Clipper fare increase

Coronavirus update: MTA to draw on emergency funds; Amtrak, rail agencies adjust schedules

FTA to offer $11 million in AIM transit grants

OmniTRAX taps Walker as CFO

Pandemic's impact reflected in intermodal volumes

March 18

AASHTO campaign highlights transportation benefits

PANYNJ: No health crisis impact on intermodal rail capabilities

Washington State Legislature passes train crew bill

Alaska Railroad suspends Aurora Winter Train

Rep. Lipinski, House rail subcommittee chair, loses primary race

Metro-North Railroad implements PTC on Harlem, Hudson lines

FRA awards CRISI grant for Metrolink track, signal improvements

APTA: Transit agencies, railroads need $12.9 billion in federal help to offset coronavirus costs

March 17

Rail supplier news from Transdev, Teleste, Nokia and Loram (March 17)

DART OKs GoPass app for Oklahoma transit agency

Amtrak offers onboard bike storage in Michigan

Washington state panel OKs grant for BNSF crossing improvements

Metrolink train layover facility expansion to begin in April

Moody's: Transportation sector at risk in extended coronavirus outbreak

FTA awards grants to bolster transit access through technology

California passenger-rail services continue during stay-at-home order

March 16

Sound Transit Connect 2020 light-rail project delayed

BART logs drop in crime rate

TriMet unveils proposed FY2021 budget

Cenovus suspends crude-by-rail program

Lipinski proposes bills to reduce train noise, blocked crossings

Patriot Rail names Tonsager chief commercial officer

FTA increases funding flexibility to help transit agencies respond to coronavirus

FRA declares emergency in response to coronavirus outbreak

March 13

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Wi-Tronix, Nokia, ENGIE, Sasser Family, Hub and Schneider (March 13)

PANYNJ adds 120 police officers

Neopanamax cranes arrive at Port of Savannah

GoTriangle taps Lattuca as president, CEO

MTA takes ownership of Grand Central Terminal

NS addresses COVID-19 prep; CN to hold annual meeting via webcast

Coronavirus update: Passenger-rail agencies prepare for service changes, amp up disinfection

USDOT announces CRISI grants for rail infrastructure projects

March 12

Ohio panel OKs grade crossing projects

SEPTA proposes fare restructuring plan

South Carolina Ports Authority logs record cargo volumes in February

Genesee & Wyoming issues 2019 industrial development report

ASLRRA launches 'Hall of Fame,' will honor Blabey, Fuller, Silver

Amtrak, passenger-rail agencies log ridership declines among coronavirus concerns

FRA proposes draft safety standards for Texas Central bullet train

AAR: Coronavirus impact reflected in intermodal traffic volume

March 11

Rail supplier news from Danella, PST, Cambridge Architectural, USDG, Railserve, Alstom and Jacobs (March 11)

Caltrain operator issues 2019 progress report

Brightline recognized as a 'most innovative' company

NRF: Coronavirus to affect imports more than initially expected

RCR Rail advances logistics parks in Texas

OmniTRAX names Strickland to economic development team

Confederation Line rail contractor has not met expectations, Ottawa officials say

Ports of LA, Long Beach win federal grants for rail infrastructure projects

March 10

Metro Transit logged light-rail ridership increase in 2019

FRA awards CRISI grant for Pennsylvania freight-rail expansion project

New York City Transit to install CBTC on F subway line

Rail unions ask FRA to address coronavirus concerns; Class I execs cancel conference attendance

NJ Transit breaks ground on Hudson-Bergen light-rail extension

CP's Velani recognized as 'CFO of the Year'

PANYNJ leader tests positive for coronavirus

UP pledges science-based targets for GHG emission reduction

March 9

Heminger joins Caltrain's oversight board

Valley Metro taps Young to manage accessible transit services

LIRR implements PTC on another 108 route miles

Maratea to succeed Scardelletti as TCU/IAM's national president

Ellis & Eastern lands large federal grant for major infrastructure improvements

Coronavirus update: U.S. transit agencies enhance sanitization practices

CN earns high honors in Canada's Top 100 Employers competition

Hudson River rail tunnel environmental report to be delayed, Chao says

March 6

Rail supplier news from TekTracking, Stonebriar, Ridgewood, Savage, WSP and TKDA (March 6)

PANYNJ logs January rail volume increase

Amtrak's mandatory arbitration policy would end under new legislation

Georgia Gov. Kemp names Rising Star Campbell to state commission

MARTA to kick off track renovation project

Railroad Day on the Hill attracts 450 industry reps

Norfolk Southern creates, deploys autonomous track inspection system

FRA issues environmental assessment for Amtrak Sawtooth Bridge replacement

March 5

Santa Clara VTA solicits input on Tamien Station project

SEPTA reopens Exton rail station

CRISI grant awarded to rail project near Albuquerque airport

VIA Rail resuming normal train schedules

Metra's 'reverse-commute' rail service attracts new riders

NJ Transit forms coronavirus task force; rail events postponed

NS promotes three to VP roles, names chief sustainability officer

AAR: Coronavirus impact on February rail traffic 'limited'

March 4

Rail supplier news from AECOM, RailcarRx, ARS, Saft, ENSCO, and in memoriam: Richard Anderson (March 4)

BLET, PATH reach tentative agreement

FTA to offer grants for transit projects in poor communities

NHL Seattle to offer free rail, bus service to hockey games

SMART logs rail ridership increase

Port of Coos Bay opens rail reload yard to serve Oregon coast

Tulsa Port of Catoosa receives federal grant to repair rail crossings

MTA, transit agencies take extra steps to sanitize stations, trains

March 3

OneRail Coalition restructures, elects board

MTA to extend OMNY fare system to 200 subway stations

WMATA seeks input on FY2021 budget

CRISI grants awarded to Colorado for crossing safety project, passenger-rail study

Connecticut DOT obtains grant for new Hartford Line station

APTA assists transit agencies with coronavirus prep plans

CN begins post-blockade recovery

Amtrak names Flynn president, CEO

March 2

Sound Transit accelerates infill station construction

Chicago PD to add officers to patrol CTA system

LA Metro to study Gold Line eastern extension route

Secure Rail speaker appointed to AAR cybersecurity forum

CRISI grants awarded to improve rail infrastructure in Kansas, Mississippi

U.S. ports expect coronavirus to hit Q1 cargo volumes

FTA awards CIG funds to two Texas transit agencies

STB issues final rule to clarify demurrage regs

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