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Rail News: April 2018

April 30

LIRR's double-track project nears completion

King to step down at TransLink as SkyTrain's leader

BMWED ratifies Amtrak contract; BLET, Indiana Rail reach tentative pact

UP unveils partnership with National Park Foundation

Schumer urges Metro-North to fast-track PTC

Watco Supply Chain invests in MID-SHIP Group

Kansas City Southern joins BiTA

California distributes $2.6 billion for rail, transit work

April 27

U.S. Rep. Perry tours Aaron Enterprises; Illinois Gov. Rauner visits HARTING

Rail supplier news from Siemens, TRAC, WSP, ENSCO and Trackmobile (April 27)

MTA board OKs funds for subway station accessibility upgrades

California commission to provide grants for ACE's final two grade separations

UP notes PTC implementation progress in Q1

Senate commerce committee OKs Fuchs, Schultz for STB seats

Brightline preps for simulated service to Miami

AAR: U.S. carload, intermodal volumes climbed in week 16

April 26

SEPTA eyes C&S upgrades, catenary replacement in FY19 capital budget

LA Metro upgrades 27 Blue Line crossings

WMATA safety commission taps Mayer as CEO

Metrolink, UP mark PTC interoperability achievement

KCS relaunches intermodal service between Louisiana port, Texas terminal

BART's Antioch extension to open next month

AAR honors CSX's Bailey for environmental excellence

Q1 results were 'solid' despite network congestion, UP says

April 25

RTA report: Tie production, purchases posted gains in March

Port of Brownsville, Big River Steel sign option agreement for steel plant

UP slates infrastructure upgrades in Minnesota, Montana

ARCI: Car orders, backlog up in Q1

RTA’s agency peer review: Metra, CTA rank high in service coverage, efficiency

Class I-served auto facility coming to Alabama port

FTA certifies rail safety oversight programs in three more states

NS set four financial records in Q1

April 24

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Bourque Logistics and Thales (April 24)

MBTA boosts real-time arrival information for subway lines

STB task force to hold informal meetings on rate review reforms

BART launches new train-testing phase on Berryessa Extension

BNSF earns INFORMS award for analytics, operational research efforts

Blue Line extension contributes to big boost in CATS' light-rail ridership

CSX, Belt Railway and Watco make high-level management changes

CN's income fell, operating ratio and expenses rose in Q1

April 23

NYCT to install elevators at Astoria Boulevard Station

VIA Rail unveils 2017 sustainability report

Report: GE in talks to sell rail business to Wabtec

STB: U.S. Class I employment steady in March

In memoriam: Rail industry leader Nathan Henderson

CTA opens new south terminal at 95th Street Station

USDOT creates BUILD grants to replace TIGER program

Strike averted: CP, two unions reach 11th-hour agreements

April 20

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Road & Rail, TRAC, Greenbrier and Cambridge Systematics (April 20)

Metra to install, test new signal system for PTC

VIA Rail releases RFQ for new Quebec-Windsor fleet

UP budgets $34.7 million for projects in Missouri, Wisconsin

DART seeks public input on Cotton Belt DEIS

BNSF receives Toyota President's Award for rail logistics

APTA: U.S. public transit ridership fell nearly 3 percent in 2017

KCS reports record Q1 results

April 19

Metrolinx to study commuter-rail connection to Toronto airport

Report: Merge NYC, New Jersey commuter-rail service

U.S. rail intermodal volume outpaces carloads in Week 15

CTA OKs $153 million contract for Blue Line signal upgrades

NS recognizes 52 customers for safe rail-shipping practices

Sturges named deputy FRA administrator

CN to acquire more boxcars

CP posts higher Q1 revenue, lower profit

April 18

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Cad, Heartland Rail, RTA, ARI and Hausfeld (April 18)

Gannett Fleming, WSP to manage construction on Durham-Orange light-rail project

Batory calls on public to help improve rail-crossing safety

Port Manatee posts record first half of FY2018

Metra unveils $84.8 million construction program for 2018

Teamsters Canada, IBEW notify CP of possible strike

Hartford Line commuter rail to launch in June

CSX posts record first-quarter earnings

April 17

Sound Transit begins public meetings for Tacoma Dome light-rail extension

Washington state panel OKs funds for rail-crossing improvements

Port of Montreal project set to expand rail infrastructure

APTA recognizes sustainability at MARTA, Caltrain and SamTrans

BNSF honors employees for outstanding work in 2017

SEPTA proposes $1.4 billion operating budget for FY19

CSX-served Inland Port Dillon opens in South Carolina

FTA calls on states to get rail safety programs certified early

April 16

St. Louis transit agency unveils personal safety app

NYSDOT announces bridge replacement over CSX track

Metrolink launches survey to boost millennial ridership

UP to spend $24 million on Colorado infrastructure

Amtrak ends ticket discounts for veterans

R. J. Corman names Lauritzen VP transportation

Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario tap Mosaic Transit Group to build Finch West light rail

CP: 'Significant gap' remains in TCRC, IBEW negotiations

April 13

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Protran, Conrad Machine, RSI, HiRail and Schneider (April 13)

Metrolinx, IO issue RFPs for Lakeshore East line upgrades

Denham: USDOT inspector general to audit California high-speed rail project

RAC honored for rail safety education

Trump nominates Homendy to serve on NTSB

LIRR names Eng president

Alstom consortium awarded contract for Montreal's driverless light-rail system

LA council OKs $4.9 billion contract for new rail system at LAX

April 12

UP to spend $22.3 million on Idaho infrastructure

Brightline heightens rail safety ahead of Miami extension

ASLRRA honors short lines for marketing, veteran recruitment; awards scholarship

LIRR President Nowakowski to step down

Amtrak slates summer projects for NY Penn Station

Secure Rail webcast: Industrial IoT apps boost efficiency, safety

U.S. rail traffic continued upward climb in Week 14

LA Metro applies for $1.4 billion in state funds for transit expansions

April 11

CATS links with Lyft at two light-rail stations

Chao signs MOU to shorten infrastructure project reviews, permitting

Patriot Rail names Campian chief commercial officer

NJ Transit to rebuild Elizabeth commuter-rail station

UP unveils infrastructure upgrades in Arizona, Washington

ASLRRA honors Fuller with Schlosser award; LRW inducts Keeney into Hall of Fame

House passes rail data security bills

NTSB: Fatigue led to fatal train crash in New Mexico

April 10

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Thales, Wabtec, WSP and NRC (April 10)

Teamsters' rail conferences seek NAFTA improvements

SFRTA names Pittman director of operations, maintenance

APTA appoints McCarragher VP

GAO report calls on FTA to toughen safety oversight programs

FTA awards $22.5 million grant to SMART for commuter-rail extension

ASLRRA honors Kramer, Harris for safety efforts

Kansas City Southern responds to STB's service concerns

April 9

Caltrain to partner with Stanford on business plan

Bi-State Development names Vago CFO

Short Line Safety Institute offers hazmat training program

FRA seeks applicants for job vacancies

Ontario's high-speed rail project gets CA$11 billion boost

CSX selling rail lines in Alabama, Georgia

Teamsters at CP vote to authorize strike action

FTA certifies rail safety oversight programs in Colorado, Virginia

April 6

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Rio Grande Pacific Dispatch, HOTSTART, Bourque Logistics and AllEarth Rail (April 6)

Retail federation warns against trade war with China

Missouri DOT seeks input on long-range transportation plan

BLET, New England Central tentatively agree on new contract

Georgia lawmakers OK bill to unify Atlanta transit agencies

Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario issue RFP for Milton rail corridor project

UP slates $38 million for New Mexico capex; advances intermodal plans for Port Walla Walla

SFMTA OKs $1.2 billion budget to expand transit service

April 5

LIRR to test upgraded signal system for East Side Access project

Ohio panel OKs CSX grade crossing projects

Metra gears up for safety 'blitzes'

LA Metro names Sastokas CIO

Norfolk Southern's safety train launches 2018 tour

Idaho panel sets hearing on BNSF bridge proposal

Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario issue RFQs for GO RER projects

U.S. rail traffic up 5 percent in March

April 4

Trinity Railway Express, Metro-North advance bridge, track projects

Bombardier to improve accessibility on VIA Rail cars

Caltrans seeks input on 20-year freight mobility plan

BLET ratifies five-year pact with Amtrak

UP budgets $45 million for Oklahoma infrastructure work

G&W's board adds Carter, Hostetler

MBTA awards $102 million contract to rebuild Wellington rail yard

Norfolk Southern responds to STB on service issues

April 3

Progressive Railroading names 2018 Rising Stars Award honorees

Rail supplier news from Dewberry, Peaker Services, RSI and NRC (April 3)

Metra to end website ticket purchases

Cleveland RTA Board President Dixon steps down

Operation Lifesaver launches e-learning tool for first responders

Seattle Mayor Durkan halts streetcar project over cost concerns

LA Port to get new container staging facility

Indiana DOT to offer $125 million in grants for rail crossing safety projects

April 2

Northern Virginia groups seek WMATA funding bill amendments

UP budgets $56.2 million for Nevada infrastructure work

Metro-North kicks off White Plains Station renewal

Sound Transit begins construction of East Link light-rail guideway

Watco acquires Industrial Terminals' assets

Amtrak service proposed for NYC to western Massachusetts

CP, CSX, UP respond to STB's rail-service concerns

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