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Rail News: March 2024

March 28

Rail supplier news from Cad Railways and Siemens Mobility (March 28)

RTD-Denver OKs contracts for downtown rail intersection reconstruction

Caltrain retires 32 diesel passenger cars, issues RFI for new HQ

Atlanta Mayor Dickens announces plans for 4 new MARTA stations

AAR: U.S. freight-rail traffic rose 2.1% in Week 12

Progressive Railroading publishes 'Inspiring Inclusion: Women in Rail and the Equity Embrace'

BTS: Transborder freight-by-rail value fell 6.9% in January

March 27

Met Council, HRA seek developer for St. Paul Central Station block

Illinois panel OKs crossing safety improvement program

CSX donates $10M to Jacksonville museum

RSI seeks STB review of boxcar compensation rule

CN releases new Indigenous relations policy

NTSB issues prelim report on NS train collisions; Canada TSB cites rail flaw in CP train derailment

March 26

Metro-North to use federal funds for automated rail-car inspection

Ancora outlines path to a 57% OR at Norfolk Southern

Cando Rail names Servis CFO

Amtrak begins Harrisburg Line track renewal

ASLRRA honors railroaders for safety, Sierra Northern for environmental actions

Bridge collapses after container ship strike at Port of Baltimore

March 25

BLET members ratify pact with Utah Railway

CSX's Korn named 'best' investor relations professional

EPA finalizes waste-storage settlement with Arkansas Midland Railroad

FTA seeks input on proposed rule to protect track workers

UP announces retirements, executive appointments

ASLRRA to honor 3 short lines for biz development, Watco for veterans program

March 22

New tap-and-go payment system now in all PATH terminals

Ohio commission approves NS crossing upgrades

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet polls public on state rail plan

L.A. Metro installs three executives in high-ranking roles

U.S. Class I workforce widened in February, STB data shows

Bill that would standardize federal security clearance for transportation workers enters Senate

March 21

Union Railroad opens car repair shop in Pennsylvania

Canada's three largest transit agencies urge early launch of permanent transit fund

MxV Rail completes loop track for FAST facility in Colorado

Pittsburgh Regional Transit to begin multiyear light-rail project next month

UP enhances training programs to help boost safety

AAR: Intermodal volume remained strong for U.S. roads last week

March 20

Rail supplier news from FreightCar America, STV, Nexxiot, Thales, MaxAccel and WAGO (March 20)

Rail Safety Week will have a new name in September

Brightline ranked No. 1 for 'social good' by Fast Company

NC By Train ridership continues to grow in 2024

South Carolina authority to buy paper mill site for port expansion

NS: Recruits Orr from CPKC as new COO; sets shareholders meeting date in May

March 19

Rocky Mountaineer taps second-generation family member as new leader

Transport Canada allocates funds for Port of Thunder Bay upgrades

Fabrication underway for two high-tech rail cars, Department of Energy says

CPKC marks opening of K.C. soccer stadium bearing its name

STB arm releases draft environmental analysis of Meridian & Bigbee proposals

NS, city close sale of Cincinnati Southern Railway

March 18

Rail supplier news from Teleweld, Herzog, Progress Rail and Thales (March 18)

RTD launches elevator pilot program to address illegal activities

CSX commits $10,000 to Red Cross storm-relief efforts in Midwest

President Biden nominates Homendy to continue as NTSB chair

CSX gains Michigan DOT grant to upgrade Detroit intermodal yard

NS appoints corporate communications, compliance VPs

March 15

TriMet proposes $1.75B budget; San Diego MTS OKs FY25 capital program

Metra to seek public input on proposed Woodstock layover yard project

Transport Canada to fund rail safety projects in Quebec

FRA awards $900,000 through first Interstate Rail Compacts grants

FRA issues final environmental statement for Washington Union Station project

STB to UP: Employment data must be public; Ancora responds to Oberman's criticism

March 14

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Acciona, Amico, Alstom, Unipart and AECOM (March 14)

MARAD solicits grant applications for port infrastructure funding

NJ Transit advances ambitious projects at Hoboken Terminal

Strong intermodal volume propped up U.S. rail traffic in Week 10

Michigan DOT ponies up $16 million for 10 freight-rail projects

Train accident highlights need for stricter alcohol consumption regs, Canada safety board says

March 13

Brightline aims to locate rail station on Florida's Space Coast

Caltrain aces first tests of electric trains, overhead wires

American High-Speed Rail Act returns to the House

People news from Houston METRO, SEPTA, STB and NMB

New York awards $111 million to fund port, freight-rail infrastructure upgrades

EPA to host hearing on California's in-use locomotive rule

March 12

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Rail Vision and Alstom (March 12)

PANYNJ: January volume indicates strong start to 2024

Tri-Rail reaches pre-pandemic ridership mark

Reading & Northern updates Nesquehoning campus

Savage acquires Cascade Warehouse's transload business

Biden FY25 budget proposes nearly $4B for major transit projects

March 11

Rail supplier news from HNTB and Alstom

WMATA: New strategy produced ridership increase, other improvements

USDOT announces funding opportunity for new grant program

BLET members ratify contract with B&E Railroad

Santa Clara VTA approves construction of East San Jose light-rail extension

Washington state lawmakers OK $4M for Connell Rail Interchange project

March 8

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner resumes limited service through San Clemente

Ohio panel OKs grade crossing upgrades in three counties

Colorado Gov. Polis rides demo train on Front Range rail route

Canada to award rail-safety funding for Toronto area projects

Ancora lays out NS safety plan; TTD asks shareholders to reject ouster of CEO Shaw

ASLRRA calls on Congress to ensure a level playing field for short-line funding

March 7

Rail supplier news from A. Stucki, RailPulse, Nexxiot, Nokia, Siemens and Pandrol (March 7)

IANA backs congressional action to overturn independent contractor rule

Georgia OKs $6M for Brunswick port harbor project

REEF Act would exempt RRB insurance account from automatic budget cuts

U.S. freight-rail volumes rose nearly 5% in February

Gov. Hochul to deploy National Guard, state police to help protect NYC subway riders

March 6

Rail supplier news from Bohr, Hitachi, Alstom, Stahl, Tealinc and RSSI (March 6)

CN, United Steelworkers reach tentative deal

TTC issues RFP for Bloor-Yonge subway project

Canadian agency seeks input on Cando Sturgeon Rail Terminal expansion project

Caltrans, San Joaquin commission launch Venture passenger trains

CN committed to Milton Logistics Hub despite court ruling

March 5

Rail supplier news from North American Rail, TransmetriQ and STG Logistics (March 5)

Brightline to locate train station in Stuart, Florida

Port NOLA container-on-barge service sets record

Maryland to delay Purple Line light-rail opening

STB allows alternative service on Oklahoma rail line

Amtrak names AECOM to develop $1.5B Susquehanna rail bridge project

NS, Florida East Coast to expand joint intermodal service

FRA data affirms rail industry's actions to improve safety, AAR says

March 4

Met Council OKs labor pact for Metro Transit workers

People news from Gulf & Atlantic Railways and J.B. Hunt Transport

NTSB issues preliminary report of fatal accident involving NS engineer

Union asks FRA to inspect BNSF locomotives, rail cars

Amtrak awards contract for Philadelphia rail yard project

STB issues final environmental assessment of proposed Utah rail line

Rising Stars Award nominations are due March 8

Norfolk Southern addresses 'mischaracterizations' of its strategy

March 1

FTA announces $9.9B in FY2024 funding

Mass Coastal Railroad asks police chiefs to help stop trespassing

People news from Norfolk Southern, R. J. Corman and TriMet

NS, RapidSOS roll out safety platform to aid first responders

NTSB: Roadway worker's workload a factor in Caltrain accident

Ancora complains NS is conducting a smear campaign

FRA, STB leaders raise red flags over UP worker furloughs

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