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Rail News: April 2020

April 30

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Trinity, Stadler and Trimble (April 30)

DART's GoLink shuttle service to serve Carrollton business park

Las Vegas Monorail pauses construction

UP to host annual meeting via audio

Operation Lifesaver Canada, Waze partner on crossing safety app

CN retains Pace as chairman

Pandemic's grip on freight-rail traffic continues

ASLRRA announces 2019 Jake safety award winners

April 29

Cap Metro rail operators to receive bonus

Metra advances UP North Line bridge project

RTA names Goodin executive director

Metro-North Railroad to begin Third Avenue Bridge reconstruction

California High-Speed Rail Authority to open worker development center

DeFazio: Use infrastructure investment to jumpstart economy

VTA revisits BART Silicon Valley Project tunnel design

NS posts lower Q1 revenue, withdraws full-year outlook

April 28

Rail supplier news from TRS, Cisco, Fluidmesh, Hub, Burns & McDonnell, Alstom and Keolis (April 28)

AAR's annual 'Research Review' to be held via webinar

Pandemic update: MTA expands employee temperature testing initiative

MBTA revises contract for fare system upgrade

Leue takes the helm at Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority

Federal stimulus funds allocated to Virginia transit agencies

Class I employment level remained flat in March

CN posts 'solid' Q1 results, revises 2020 outlook

April 27

Pacific Ethanol sells ownership interest in plants, rail assets to Aurora Cooperative

BART amends TOD policy to address California housing crisis

WMATA expands Orange, Silver line projects

FHWA awards OLI grants for grade crossing safety education

ARCI: Rail-car orders, deliveries fell in Q1

Sacramento transit agency awarded additional funding for light-rail improvements

FTA extends deadline for certifying safety plans

Railroaders may be eligible for pandemic unemployment benefits

April 24

Rail suppliers news from Duos, RADWIN, ATS, Savage, Cubic and Ross & Baruzzini (April 24)

CABT to governors: Return to lower truck weights after the pandemic

Ohio rail panel OKs Norfolk Southern, short line crossing upgrades

CP's Creel praises those serving others during health crisis

TTC lays off employees; California counties order rail passengers to wear masks

Operation Lifesaver, FRA award grants to rail-safety education programs

CN reveals Safe Handling Award winners

Amtrak projects $700 million loss due to COVID-19

April 23

SEPTA signs power contract for two solar farms

California agency awards grant to fund Inglewood's automated people mover

SacRT orders 20 new light-rail vehicles

ASLRRA adds Stark-Alcala to congressional affairs team

CHSRA, LA Metro to advance Link Union Station funding plan

Freight-rail traffic trend reflects uncertain times

CSX reports lower Q1 earnings, withdraws 2020 outlook

UP posts 'strong' Q1, expects Q2 volumes to fall 25 percent

April 22

STM, union agree to extend cleaning duties to administrative staff

NJ Transit reopens two West Side Avenue Branch light-rail stations

Port of Wilmington opens refrigerated container yard

BTS: Transborder freight moved by rail rose in February

California panel awards grant to update Amtrak Pacific Surfliner facilities

Report: UP to cut executive salaries, require nonunion workers to take unpaid leave

BART wins grant to fund future rail-car order

CP posts record Q1 revenue, updates 2020 outlook

April 21

Metra to replace Canal Street grade crossing

Garneau urges rail passengers to wear masks

San Diego MTA OKs capex budget, outlines pandemic's financial impact

Reynolds named FRA's chief legal counsel

TransLink lays off workers, reduces service to cut costs

NTSB: Amtrak modified safety rules after fatal backhoe accident

Thousands of MTA rail employees return to work after quarantines

CP posts record grain haul in Q1

April 20

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Skanska, Ohio Crankshaft and Transdev (April 20)

Sound Transit begins prep work for future Federal Way station

NRF: Delay of import duty collection helps retailers survive

Kansas City selects streetcar extension contractors

South Dakota panel OKs project to connect soybean plant to state rail line

Bay Area transit agencies plan for first wave of CARES funding

NJ Transit SVP Kenny dies of COVID-19 complications

FRA accepting applications for next round of CRISI grants

April 17

Rail supplier news from Progress Rail, Cambridge Systematics, Parsons and RSI (April 17)

Unions: FRA denies request for employee safety order

Jaxport defers foreign trade zone application fee

Pandemic update: Chicago passenger-rail agencies project millions in revenue losses

NS to record charge related to disposal of 300 locomotives, puts up another 400 for sale

MTA requests $3.9B in federal aid

Progressive Railroading announces Rising Stars for 2020

KCS posts record Q1, pulls full-year forecast on pandemic concerns

April 16

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Transfesa Logistics and REMSA (April 16)

RTD-Denver seeks citizen advisers

BART amps up power cable replacement work

Texas North Western Railway names Franklin GM

MTA, unions reach COVID-19 benefits agreement

APTA Chair Fernandez sets up transit recovery task force

FRA grants unions' request for extension to file certification petitions

U.S. freight-rail traffic plunges 22 percent in a week

April 15

Maryland awards track maintenance contract to RailWorks

TransLink seeks emergency funding

Cap Metro riders ordered to wear masks

California High-Speed Rail Authority extends draft EIR comment period

Amtrak, East Coast agencies to honor essential workers with #SoundTheHorn campaign

South Carolina Ports Authority revises FY2020 outlook

FTA issues COVID-19 safety advisory

California panel OKs tax-exempt bonds for XpressWest high-speed rail project

April 14

Skanska to restore Amtrak Acela maintenance facilities

HART receives new rail cars for future train service

Report: U.S. railroads push against rising demand for crude-oil storage in rail cars

Gov. Murphy orders NJ Transit riders to wear masks

Amtrak suspends Downeaster service

Unions to FRA: Railroads must recall furloughed workers before seeking safety waivers

April 13

FTA publishes transit workforce protection recommendations

Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon adds new overhead gantry crane

Pandemic update: MARTA provides additional sick leave to workers

Metrolinx selects technical adviser for Hurontario light-rail project

PANYNJ logged record rail cargo in February

Metra finalizes Electric Line schedule

USDOT formally announces $1B in CARES Act funding for Amtrak

Port of Long Beach obtains federal grant for Terminal Island rail project

April 9

Rail suppliers news from Greenbrier, Keolis and Hub Group (April 9)

Delaware River Port Authority awards rail bridge rehab contract

City approves DART Trinity Mills Station TOD project

CSX-served Port of Wilmington ready to receive huge ships

Texas state lawmakers ask USDOT to end high-speed rail project

NRF: March import levels expected to hit five-year low

Delaware lawmakers seek regional rail options

AAR: U.S. rail carload activity drops to Great Recession levels

April 8

Rail supplier news from Keolis, Cubic and Alstom (April 8)

Denver RTD chair honored for transportation leadership

Sound Transit seeks input on Northgate light-rail, bus connections

NTSB: Subgrade fill failure led to CSX train derailment, bridge collapse

AASHTO asks Congress for federal emergency funds for state DOTs

OLI names four state program coordinators

NJDOT to replace bridge project over Conrail, NYSW tracks

Terminal Railroad Association appoints Tindall president

April 7

Rail supplier news from ZTR, BlackBerry, Cyient, Hitachi Rail and Bombardier (April 7)

Amtrak extends Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg service suspension

FRA calls for rail research proposals

Pandemic update: Santa Clara VTA to resume light-rail service

Lawmakers back union's request for virus protections for rail workers

Sound Transit shutters noncritical construction projects

Hoosac Tunnel reopens to rail traffic

STB approves CN acquisition of CSX rail line

April 6

DCTA recognized for financial transparency

Pandemic update: Transit-rail agencies continue service reductions

LA Metro advances Purple Line subway extension

Alaska Railroad postpones launch of summer passenger service

KCS to hike train speed near Barksdale Air Force Base

MTA reviews proposals for subway signal modernization

CN moved record amount of grain in March

Garneau orders speed restrictions on key, higher-risk trains

April 3

Transit-rail agencies implement crew, rider distancing measures

APTA calls for infrastructure bill in response to COVID-19

FRA awards CRISI grants to four South Dakota rail projects

San Mateo County transit board OKs Caltrain sales tax ballot measure

MTA HQ redevelopment revenue to support capital program

Washington Gov. Inslee signs minimum train crew bill

Illinois panel OKs funding for 1,400 grade crossing improvements

FTA allocates $25 billion in virus aid to transit agencies

April 2

Rail supplier news from Gradall, MacAllister, FreightCar America and SENER (April 2)

Metra to begin Itasca Station platform project

Sound Transit reviews critical construction projects

NMB names Brown arbitration services director

Trinity Metro, health center offer COVID-19 testing to rail engineers, conductors

OmniTRAX offers rail-ready development sites in New Jersey

Alaska Railroad posts revenue gains in 2019

AAR: March rail traffic reflects pandemic's impact on U.S. economy

April 1

DART to test on-demand shuttle service in South Dallas

Alabama port completes APM Terminals dock extension

XpressWest advances Las Vegas high-speed rail plan

PANYNJ preparing for China's post-virus factory output

Guelph Junction Railway solicits bids for new operator

OCTA names Bergener deputy CEO

New England Central Railroad inks lease with Connecticut port

California rail panel unveils draft environmental report for Sacramento extension

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