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Rail News: March 2021

March 31

SEPTA to stop accepting paper tickets on regional rail

Rescue plan extends benefits for railroaders, RRB member says

PANYNJ posts record February TEU volume

Alabama senator calls for more data before Amtrak resumes Gulf Coast service

Reading & Northern shuffles marketing, sales roles

USDOT announces funding availability for port infrastructure program

Class I employment grew a bit in February

Virginia inks deal with Amtrak, CSX, VRE to expand rail service

March 30

Rail supplier news from RSI, Alstom, Voith and LRW (March 30)

TransLink modernizes SkyTrain rider communication technology

Metrolink hires first chief people officer

SC Ports expands cold storage capabilities

BLET, St. Lawrence & Atlantic reach tentative agreement

FTA announces $30.5 billion in pandemic relief funding

Georgia Ports Authority OKs plan to increase container capacity

CN, Watco agree on sale of rail lines in Ontario, Wisconsin and Michigan

March 29

Rail supplier news from Loram Technologies, GB Railfreight and Alstom (March 29)

California High-Speed Rail Authority revises 2020 business plan

Virginia Gov. Northam signs law creating new passenger-rail authority

Sound Transit seeks input on SAFE analysis of Northgate light-rail extension

Langenstein named chair of New Orleans port, Public Belt Railroad

Lawmakers propose permanent funding for Amtrak

Study: COVID-19 has cost Illinois over $1B in transportation revenue

FRA extends DEIS comment period for proposed Northeast Maglev system

March 26

Rail supplier news from Procor, VIP Rail, Mitsui and Siemens (March 26)

GCRTA's board elects Lucas, Moss as leaders

Amtrak: Piedmont to resume full service from Raleigh to Charlotte

Dallas council backs federal funding for $1.7 billion downtown subway

Report: USDOT moving ahead on Gateway tunnel project

Rail shipper council calls on Congress to be fair to short lines

L.A. Metro OKs contracts for pre-development of Sepulveda Transit Corridor project

STB denies Colorado Midland's request to expedite Tennessee Pass proposal

March 25

Rail supplier news from Dayton T. Brown, WSP and MERMEC (March 25)

Valley Metro receives first streetcar for Tempe fleet

Twin Cities officials seek input on Metro Transit Blue Line extension route

Winchester & Western recognizes safety efforts with donation

BTS: Railed transborder freight dipped in January

Long Island Rail Road unveils technology for real-time trip planning

AAR: Rail traffic report reflects 2020 shutdowns

Savage to build, run intermodal terminal at UP yard in Idaho

March 24

Rail supplier news from Easy Aerial, VTG, Thales and HNTB (March 24)

Reader's Choice Awards deadline is next week

RTD-Denver to end N Line fare pilot

SEPTA police officers suspended for social media posts

Port Everglades commissions new super-sized cranes

Report: Canadian oil producers hope CP deal results in new route to Gulf Coast

New York City Transit made subway speed improvements during pandemic

STB to review CSX, CP-KCS cases 'expeditiously,' chair says

March 23

APTA honors MARTA for sustainability efforts

LA transportation agencies receive $1.6B in American Rescue Plan funds

Hilltop Tacoma Link light-rail extension work reaches milestone

Sheriff’s office takes command of TriMet police division

SRC: Community leaders support Amtrak Gulf Coast service

Illinois panel clears five-year grade crossing safety plan

NS concerns over CSX-Pan Am deal resolved

Wabtec to acquire Nordco

March 22

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Keolis, LocoTech and Travero (March 22)

USDOT launches 'Mask Up' campaign

MBTA advances Green Line D track, signal replacement project

Minnesota bill would fund state’s share of some rail infrastructure

Metra places initial order of 200 Alstom rail cars

U.S. Rep. Moulton introduces high-speed rail legislation

CP amends Creel's contract

Canadian Pacific to acquire Kansas City Southern

March 19

Caltrain adjusts schedule to maintain regional connections

Georgia moves to establish transit funding mechanism

North Carolina short line restores six locomotives

Metra names McCann COO

Colorado, Midland & Pacific amends STB filing to prevent oil, coal trains on Tennessee Pass

Wabtec, G&W, Carnegie Mellon to collaborate on new freight-rail technologies

Ontario advances Yonge North Subway Extension

In STB filing, CSX responds to critics of proposed Pan Am acquisition

March 18

Rail supplier news from LILEE, Selectron, BAI and STV

Metrolink: Essential workers represent core ridership

RTD-Denver issues certified green bonds

Metra to arm rail cars with high-tech air purification systems

Amtrak unveils 50th anniversary commemorative locomotives

U.S. freight railroads log carload, intermodal growth in Week 10

Canada announces funding for TransLink locomotive project

Sierra Northern Railway obtains funding to build, test hydrogen switcher locomotive

March 17

Metrolinx introduces Shisa Kanko pointing practice for GO Transit trains

MTA launches rider survey, anti-hate campaign

RAC annual report cites carload, passenger-trip growth on Canada's railways

AAPA honors Shelby, DeFazio with Port Person of the Year Award

IANA, BIC standardize intermodal facility identification

FAA issues final environmental statement on AirTrain project

WMATA picks Hitachi Rail to build 8000-series rail cars

Amtrak asks STB to force CSX, NS to allow passenger rail on Gulf Coast route

March 16

Rail supplier news from Brookville, Progress Rail, TekTracking, Teleste and Hatch LTK (March 16)

Alaska Railroad revises summer train schedule

Brightline names Kefauver SVP of corporate development

Unifor Council 4000 ratifies pacts with VIA Rail

R. J. Corman names Hosey VP of operations

NYCT subway logs busiest ridership day since pandemic's start

CN appoints Reporter VP of government, regulatory affairs

FRA solicits input on trespasser data collection request

March 15

Rail supplier news from Thales, Tutor Perini, IMC and Kaleris (March 15)

Caltrain reaffirms zero tolerance for hate/racism after attack

DC Streetcar marks fifth anniversary

BART to use federal grant to attract businesses

FTA seeks public input on VRE's new station

Short Line Safety Institute to offer emergency response plan

Canadian grain shippers call for rail capacity increase

Iowa Northern Railway develops short-line safety training program

March 12

ACTA unveils new website

Valley Metro workers prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines

North Carolina Railroad CFO retires

PANYNJ set volume record in January

OmniTRAX adds two rail-ready development sites in Ohio

Port of Long Beach logs busiest February on record

Georgia DOT considers replacing bridge over CSX line

CG Railway launches new rail ferry

March 11

Rail supplier news from Amsted Digital, Trinity and IBI Group (March 11)

MTA launches employee vaccination site at Grand Central Terminal

Metro Transit-St. Louis expands cleaning protocols

ORDC approves grants and loans for rail access projects

Freight-rail leaders testify on industry's economic, environmental impact

U.S. railroads post carload, intermodal gains in Week 9

Canada's Alghabra orders measures to reduce risk of rail accidents

Amtrak to restore long-distance routes, recall workers

March 10

WTS recognizes Hartnett with Ray LaHood Award

Retail imports expected to jump during first half of 2021

Iowa DOT panel OKs funding for container terminal project

Brightline to use box-jacking method to build rail underpass

WMATA rail maintenance machine program needs improvement, audit finds

Minnesota DOT seeks applicants for rail service improvement grants

Amtrak to complete platform repairs on Gulf Coast stations

CP to employ Ballard fuel cells in hydrogen locomotive project

March 9

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Keolis and Princeton Consultants

CAGTC praises Raimondo's confirmation as U.S. commerce secretary

Amtrak adds private rooms to overnight Northeast Regional trains

TransLink study: Copper kills bacteria on transit surfaces

NTSB investigating fatal accident involving UP track worker

Metrolinx picks FNPs for Scarborough, Eglinton Crosstown rail tunnel projects

BTS: Transborder freight moved by rail fell 17 percent in 2020

ENSCO awarded contract to manage Transportation Technology Center

March 8

FTA seeks input on new COVID-19 recovery reporting tool

BLET seeks mediation in LIRR contract talks

Maryland Purple Line partners short-list 3 design-build contractor teams

Brightline Holdings names Reininger CEO

WMATA issues RFP for Yellow Line tunnel, bridge project

STB names Itzkoff, Jakubowski to railroad-shipper council

Amtrak comments on NEC privatization proposal

Senate passes American Rescue Plan, includes $30.5B in funding for transit

March 5

Rail supplier news from L.B. Foster, FMW, Irdeto, TRAC and Hatch

Colorado Freight Advisory Council names Ogborn chair

DART to continue enforcing mask mandate

Rep. Steel's bill would end federal funding of California high-speed rail project

UP's Bailey Yard hosts COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Railway Interchange postponed to 2023

NTSB investigating fatal accidents involving BNSF, KCS workers

AmeriStarRail proposes privatizing Amtrak NEC service

March 4

Rail Runner passenger service to resume March 8

VIA Rail achieves LEED Gold certification for Ottawa station

AS Savanna makes first call to Savannah’s Ocean Terminal

Metra, BOMA to host return-to-work summit

Pandemic relief bill includes funding for Honolulu rail project

Montreal port terminal expansion project clears environmental hurdle

Winter storms slowed February rail traffic

U.S. railroads earn 'B' on infrastructure report card

March 3

Rail supplier news from Trapeze, Keolis, CJ Logistics and Quandel

Commuter-rail group seeks delay of passenger liability cap increase

Brightline told to finalize Orlando-Tampa plan by mid-summer

CHSRA meets federal funding deadline

BTS: Railed transborder freight value rose in December

NCDOT seeks applicants for short-line project grants

Wisconsin awards grant funding for rail spur at Komatsu plant

Maryland issues EA for Howard Street rail tunnel project

March 2

Engineers honor Michigan's accelerated rail project

SFRTA board appoints four new members

LA port launches cargo-tracking data tool

Caltrain’s first electric trainset shipped to TTCI for testing

Sound Transit names Robinson chief officer of diversity, equity, inclusion

Senators reintroduce bill to improve RRIF loan program

Canadian crude-by-rail exports rebounding after drastic drop in 2020, regulator says

CN marks grain-haul record for 12 straight months

March 1

RTD-Denver OKs housing development policy

SEPTA approves five-year strategic plan

Illinois & Midland, BLET reach tentative agreement

LIRR project eliminates final grade crossing

AAR calls for market-based solutions to combat climate change

Metrolink awarded $13.6 million for grade crossing safety projects

FRA issues face-mask mandate

BNSF posts lower revenue, higher income in Q4

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