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Rail News: April 2017

April 28

ASLRRA, BLET testify at rail hearing; Pallone tours Cembre

BART opens electric vehicle charging site at Warm Springs Station

STB names Campbell regulatory reform officer

Nashville mayor pledges support for new light-rail system

Thales to acquire Big Data firm Guavus

Canadian official seeks ban on U.S. coal exports out of British Columbia

Sound Transit orders 30 light-rail vehicles from Siemens

MTA OKs environmental findings for LIRR expansion

April 27

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, ITS, Sundt, RSI, Trinity, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Siemens (April 27)

IBEW Council 11 ratifies new pact with CN

L.A. Metro releases RFP to study Sepulveda Pass transit options

U.S. rail traffic up 4.7 percent; AAR comments on Trump tax plan

ASLRRA announces annual award winners at Texas conference

APTA: Trump's transit cuts would reduce jobs, jeopardize major projects

UP posts 9 percent increase in net income, record Q1 EPS

Amtrak's Moorman speeds up Penn Station work, taps Prendergast to review operations

April 26

Phoenix council OKs funds for Valley Metro light-rail extension

MBTA adopts strategy to fast-track repairs

Minnesota DOT, FRA unveil environmental review of NLX project

Amtrak preparing infrastructure plans for Penn Station

CN names national training center after Mongeau

FTA demands WMATA address worker safety

CP, port officials meet to discuss business opportunities

NS posts Q1 records, announces CFO Stewart's retirement

April 25

TriMet begins renovation of Washington Park light-rail station

House hearing to review rail safety regulations

NYCT preps for Brooklyn station overhaul

Caltrain to kick off rail grinding project

Pennsylvania panel OKs 34 freight-rail projects for funding

BART addresses robbery incident, hires police chief

ASLRRA honors safety person, professional of the year at Texas convention

CN posts 'solid' Q1 results, increases outlook for 2017

April 24

Middle Tennessee RTA picks firm for Music City Star TOD project

Siemens' Charger locomotives begin rolling in California, Illinois

UP plans Nevada infrastructure projects worth $26.8 million

Metra, UP kick off third-track project on UP West Line

MassDOT acquires remote-operated ballast cars

Harrison to serve CSX as president in addition to CEO

California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Morales to step down

It's Rail Safety Week in Canada

April 21

R. J. Corman, Industry-Railway Suppliers, host visits with Illinois congressmen

MTA names Lieber chief development officer

KCS challenges Mexican panel's rail competition report

CSX announces full-year guidance, share repurchase plan and dividend increase

Wiedefeld proposes new financial plan for WMATA

BNSF Logistics adds location in Mexico

NY, NJ senators call on Chao to visit aging rail infrastructure

Kansas City Southern posts 'solid and clean' Q1 results

April 20

WMATA adds wireless service in Red Line tunnel

Cordero to run Port of Long Beach as executive director

Metra to issue RFPs for new rail cars, locomotives

U.S. rail traffic climbs 3.9 percent in Week 15

California Legislature OKs first gas tax hike in 23 years

Siemens launches new division to 'digitalize' U.S. rail network

CP posts first quarterly revenue gain since 2015

CSX posts revenue, earnings growth in Q1

April 19

NARP honors lawmakers for efforts to boost U.S.-Canada rail travel

Report: Pipeline shortage could boost crude-by-rail activity

Ports of Indiana welcomes first ocean vessel of 2017

SEPTA launches new electronic bid system

Tiger Cool Express announces growth funding, management changes

Sound Transit light-rail trains to run on wind energy in 2019

Bill would expand short-line access in Washington state

WMATA reports improved reliability as older rail cars are retired

April 18

Rail supplier news from Miner, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Quandel, and Road and Rail (April 18)

Brightline prepares for next trainset deliveries

UP charts Louisiana infrastructure work

California panel seeks stricter locomotive emissions standards

Denver RTD's A Line route served 5 million riders in first year

NJ Transit train gets stuck in Hudson River tunnel for hours

Schumer wants feds to require stabilized crude oil

MBTA OKs $2 billion operating budget for FY2018

April 17

BART begins work on Concord station plaza renovation

Aberdeen eyes Maryland DOT grant to improve commuter-rail station

NRC's annual auction tops $58,000 raised for safety education

WMATA seeks input on TOD for College Park rail station

Metra to close cash-only ticket machines

UP slates Arkansas capex projects

Port of Everett begins rail siding construction project

Industry groups call on Congress to protect transit, highway funding

April 13

U.S. Rep. Carter tours SENSR plant in Texas

Rail supplier news from GE, ENSCO, A & K Railroad Materials, Metrom Rail and REMSA (April 13)

Port of Vancouver logged record tonnage in 2016

BNSF honors employees for exceptional work

Brookville wraps up Detroit streetcar order

Illinois panel OKs five-year plan to improve rail crossing safety

LIRR completes FEIS for $2 billion expansion project

U.S. rail traffic grows as coal shipments rise

April 12

Baltimore transit agency's crime rate remained low in 2016

MARTA adds parking space, rolls out real-time parking tracker as ridership grows

Valley Metro slates meeting on Tempe Streetcar design

CP commemorates Battle of Vimy Ridge

Sound Transit to host open house on Tacoma Link light-rail extension

Cuomo, Christie call for review of Amtrak infrastructure protocols

Wisconsin silica sand supplier expands rail sidings on CN line

TNW partners with Indiana port authority to expand rail service

April 11

Rail supplier news from Dewberry, Lilee, Alstom and GREX (April 11)

New Mexico Rail Runner to open Zia Road Station

BART deploys technicians to cut delays in Transbay Tube

UP outlines $77 million infrastructure investment in Oregon

Federal commission OKs Georgia, Virginia ports pact

Metra launches $216 million construction program for 2017

Norfolk Southern announces hazmat safety awards

Schumer: Congress must 'get serious' about passenger-rail investment

April 10

DART to review downtown Dallas subway route options

Georgia Port Authority advances Savannah Harbor expansion

TTC powers up third rail on Line 1 subway extension

Short Line Safety Institute launches latest round of safety advice

L.A. Metro partners with navigation app to offer grade crossing alerts

NCDOT obtains grant to reduce locomotive emissions

Trump to nominate Kan as USDOT undersecretary

Five teams vie for California's high-speed rail operations

April 7

Smart Sand to expand UP-served transload facility in Wisconsin

City short-lists five firms to submit operator bids for New Orleans Public Belt

Corpus Christi port scraps plans for container terminal

ASLRRA establishes short-line education fund

CN honors 32 shippers' sustainability efforts

FTA approves MBTA's scaled-down Green Line light-rail extension plans

Toyota honors BNSF's service performance for third straight year

Track problems caused recent Penn Station derailments, Amtrak's Moorman says

April 6

Rail supplier news from Vossloh, Wabtec, Michael Baker International, Advanced Polymer Coatings and moovel North America (April 6)

Iowa DOT issues 2017 version of state rail plan

CTA to expand digital advertising display network

UP budgets $180 million to bolster infrastructure in California

TransLink launches annual running rail replacement project

Montreal port reaches half-century mark

AAR: U.S. roads reached a few traffic highs in March, first quarter

House lawmakers seek 'robust funding' for transit security following Russia subway attack

April 5

Final Four event drives weekend ridership for Valley Metro

Select Sands to acquire UP-served loading facility in Arkansas

SEPTA launches 'Key' fare payment on airport line

NTSB reinstalls Sumwalt as vice chair, reaches golden anniversary

Texas railroad authority to negotiate operator contract with The Western Group

Greenbrier enters $1 billion pact to produce, jointly manage rail cars for MUL

Ontario to redevelop GO Transit station into Toronto transportation hub

Annual report: Alaska Railroad's revenue, freight traffic tumbled again in 2016

April 4

Rail supplier news from Kelso, Bombardier, Lilee, Cando and Gannett Fleming (April 4)

TriMet to rehab light-rail track in downtown Portland

'Rising Star' Chodorow to address Secure Rail Conference

NTSB issues preliminary report of fatal Biloxi bus-train crash

UP achieves best performance for 2016 employee safety

CSX recognizes 71 customers for safe hazmat practices

OIG report examines Amtrak management challenges

MTA OKs $492 million contract for Canarsie Tunnel repairs

April 3

Greenville & Western promote Julian, Martin

MARTA ridership jumps 25 percent after I-85 bridge collapse

MBTA slates meetings for Red Line station improvements

KC Streetcar Authority to buy more vehicles, increase service

NTSB unveils preliminary report of ethanol train derailment

FRA issues decision on B&P Tunnel environmental review

Trudeau pledges funds for GO Transit's Regional Express Rail project

STB proposes rules for rail rate cases

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