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Rail News: May 2016

May 31

In memoriam: Forbis made an impact on short-line industry

Connecticut DOT, Metro-North advance Walk Bridge replacement

Zozaya to chair U.S.-Mexico chamber's binational board

L.A. Metro begins construction of light-rail vehicle maintenance facility

SEPTA board OKs capital, operating budgets for FY2017

FRA strengthens rules for MOW workers

Minneapolis Southwest light-rail project fails to secure state funding

BNSF trims management, realigns operations

May 27

Rail supplier news from Protran, FreightCar America, AllTranstek, Baker International and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 27)

TTC to open Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance facility

Virginia DRPT slates meetings on Richmond transit vision plan

NARP defends Texas Central's high-speed project in STB letter

UP charts infrastructure projects in Missouri, Arizona

Gas-tax revenue shortfall prompts California panel to cut, delay transportation projects

Virginia Gov. McAuliffe calls for new WMATA safety oversight agency

LA Metro OKs $5.66 billion budget for FY2017

May 26

Illinois bill would double fines for driving around crossing gates

TriMet proposes two-year extension of union contract, recognizes top operators

Operation Lifesaver announces rail safety grants

MTA awards contracts for station upgrades in Queens

LRIW calls for 2016 'Woman of the Year' nominees

Amtrak seeks 'master developer' for Chicago Union Station

Montreal transit agency ready to roll out AZUR trains

Sound Transit light-rail ridership soared 27 percent in Q1

AAR: U.S. railroad traffic falls 8.5 percent in week 20

May 25

Rail supplier news from Lilee, Greenbrier, Janam, Xplore, Ansaldo and RSI (May 25)

New York State receives FEMA grant for crude-oil fire training

Georgia Ports Authority elects Allgood chair, adopts FY2017 budget

RTA: Crosstie production, purchases up through April

SEPTA starts PTC operations on Fox Chase Line

Oklahoma DOT seeks buyers, operators for two state-owned lines

House transit panel grills Wiedefeld, Flowers on WMATA funding, safety

Panel OKs MTA's $27 billion capital program

Report: TSA failed to implement security measures for Amtrak

May 24

BLET names Collier to oversee accounting, compliance functions

South Shore Line double-track project wins FTA approval

MBTA GM DePaola to step down June 30

Toyota Logistics recognizes UP for customer service, efficiency

Foxx appoints adviser to help oversee WMATA safety

Legislation would require Amtrak to spend NEC profits on the corridor

Watco short line to lease NS rail lines in Ohio, West Virginia

Sacramento agency mulls shutting down light-rail line to cut costs

May 23

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Landstar, Alstom, Beacon Rail Leasing, Yusen Logistics and Alliance Shippers (May 23)

UP budgets $58 million for Louisiana trackwork

St. Louis' Loop Trolley names Scott general manager

Wisconsin judge's ruling favors BNSF's track plan

Michigan authority eyes commuter-rail service between Detroit, Ann Arbor

L.A. Metro opens Expo Line extension to Santa Monica

CSX makes senior leadership changes

USDOT receives FASTLANE grant requests worth $9.8 billion

May 20

Oklahoma legislative staffers gather for Tulsa Port of Catoosa's main dock dedication

Orange County rail bridge projects near finish line

Port of Tucson rail facility expansion project is completed

Public transit execs make 'urgent' call for infrastructure investment

New York Senate OKs bill calling for statewide study of grade crossings

Canada to require minimum liability coverage for moving hazardous materials by rail

Metra seeks $3.7 million grant for PTC disaster recovery system

WMATA unveils final 'SafeTrack' plan

May 19

VRE wraps up project to add third track

Metrolink lowers fares to boost ridership

Metra restarts work on BNSF Line extension, expands 'train observation' team

Japanese firm to open Dallas office to assist high-speed rail builder

UP prepares for Colorado infrastructure upgrades worth $70.9 million

BLET calls for FRA action, two-person crews in aftermath of Amtrak derailment

U.S., Canadian rail traffic down, Mexican traffic up slightly in week 19

California High-Speed Rail Authority updates federal grant, pushes back construction deadline

May 18

Rail supplier news from Wi-Tronix, Vertex, Double Crown, Duos Technologies, Siemens and Protran (May 18)

New York City Transit mulls F line express service

Montreal's AMT nixes train order wth Bombardier

Moody's cuts rail industry outlook to 'negative'

FTA issues safety advisory on third-rail traction power

Minnesota DOT seeks input on state freight plan

Lonegro: CSX expects full-year earnings decline

Amtrak engineer's distraction led to deadly derailment, NTSB finds

May 17

DART to offer cash-loading option for fare app, cards

MBTA trims overtime expenses, absenteeism

Operation Lifesaver honors Selby, Wilson for rail safety efforts

STB proposes new rules for investigations

Valley Metro to give update on South Central light-rail extension

BNSF's Fox to retire, Freeman to serve as exec VP of operations

Washington State DOT set to build new Amtrak station

NTSB reveals cause of deadly Amtrak derailment

May 16

Rail supplier news from Ceres, Harris & Williams, Beacon Rail and Duos Technologies (May 16)

Rocky Mountaineer to add 10 new rail cars to its fleet

Ohio panels approve rail crossing improvement projects

Montreal transit agency unveils train maintenance center

CAGTC names Lovain chairman, fills board posts

WMATA to begin SafeTrack repair plan with midnight subway closings

UP, Katoen Natie announce 'Dallas-to-Dock' service

FTA issues FEIS on Minneapolis' Green Line light-rail extension

May 13

RailWorks hosts legislative tour at Minnesota facility

L.A. Metro customer survey reveals decline in harassment

Brooklyn-Queens streetcar advocacy group steps up organizing efforts

BART to install rail dampers to reduce track noise

UP slates track, bridge projects in Kansas, Nebraska and Illinois

LIRR begins Wantagh Station rehab project; Metro-North orders track geometry vehicle

Pennsylvania OKs $36 million in grants for rail projects

Senate passes emergency-responders training bill

May 12

NJ Transit to open Wesmont Station on Sunday

Transportation Services Index tumbled in March

Portland panel favors more light rail over BRT

Florida port acquires land for rail-served forest products terminal

Metrolink to begin 91/Perris Valley Line service in June

AAR: Carload crunch continued for North American railroads in May's first week

OmniTRAX affiliate acquires Texas short line

FTA orders WMATA to conduct immediate track repairs at three sites

May 11

NJ Transit names Drewniak interim chief of staff; deputy director Yellin steps down

Hudson tunnel project permitting could be costly, report says

Sacramento transit agency kicks off systemwide station rehab project

Lac-Megantic studies proposed rail pass to avoid downtown

CN named Evergreen Shipping's 'railroad of the year'

DHS examines impact of potential chemical attack in NYC subways

Army Corps of Engineers denies petition for Gateway Pacific coal terminal

Kansas City Southern's Starling to retire Dec. 31, Ottensmeyer named successor

May 10

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, moovel, Alstom, Loram and Triangle Fluid Controls (May 10)

CN, Montreal officials pledge increased focus on safety

Caltrain logs record weekday ridership

RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases rose in first quarter

MBTA, MassDOT OK scaled-down Green Line Extension proposal

IANA: Intermodal volumes up 2 percent in Q1

VIA Rail Canada posts profit, ridership growth in 2015

California, FRA kick off environmental review of high-speed rail system

May 9

Cuomo unveils scoping report, website for LIRR expansion

UP plots Arkansas infrastructure projects

Caltrain nets $211 million for electrification project

Jacksonville port grows Asian container business

Kansas City launches streetcar service

TIGER grant to fund Amtrak service extension to Burlington, Vt.

BNSF's Q1 net income hit hard by coal decline

FTA demands WMATA take immediate action to address emergency preparedness

May 6

Amtrak turns 45, recognized as a top employer

Metrolink preps for more testing on 91 Line extension

CN recognized for safe transport of chemicals, receives TRANSCAER award

Canada's auditor notes 'significant' decline in VIA's on-time performance

BLET, Indiana & Ohio Railway reach tentative agreement

Denver RTD to open part of B Line in July, hosts congressional visits

UP plans California infrastructure projects worth $121.6 million

WMATA endures another smoke incident; GM to release track repair plan

May 5

TRANSCAER recognized for 30 years of emergency response training

Metra to step up efforts to work with small businesses

Metrolink names Campbell chief financial officer

Amtrak to retire older generation Northeast Corridor locomotives

All Aboard Florida receives FRA OK for engineering plans

U.S. rail traffic down 11.8 percent in April

MTA mulls months-long closures to fix L Line subway tunnel

CN CEO Claude Mongeau to receive Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends

May 4

Rail supplier news from Ansaldo, MERMEC, Holland and L.B. Foster (May 4)

Florida DOT won't seek TIGER grant for SunRail extension to DeLand

Detroit's M-1 Rail opens Penske Tech Center

ASLRRA installs Petry as chair, Claussen as vice chair

RTD gears up for construction on Southeast Rail Extension

UP charts $513 million in Texas infrastructure upgrades

FTA offers $8 million for 'mobility on demand' projects

NTSB: Ineffective inspection, maintenance led to WMATA's fatal smoke incident

May 3

Progress Rail acquires Inspired Systems

Houston transit agency OKs body cameras for police force

Two NJ Transit rail unions reject contract that avoided strike

CN presents 'Safe Handling Awards,' joins Midwest port coalition

Court: Passenger-rail law grants unconstitutional regulatory powers to Amtrak

WMATA's rail operations control center to be staffed by fire officer at all hours

STB proposes requiring Class Is to report service performance weekly

FRA begins environmental impact review for Hudson tunnel project

May 2

Bauman joins Dallas Area Rapid Transit's board

Amtrak allows bicycles on board the Vermonter

SEPTA wins environmental award for reusing braking energy

Expo Line Authority CEO Thorpe to retire this week

Tacoma Link remains fare free until extension opens

BTS: Rail, truck carried more U.S. freight by value in February

G&W's Q1 results beat company expectations

APTA's Melaniphy resigns as president, CEO

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