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Rail News: May 2017

May 31

GO Transit celebrates 50 years

AASHTO: Some FASTLANE grant awards to be revealed 'soon'

TransLink, Vancouver panel call for transit expansion funding

UP to spend $85 million on Illinois infrastructure

HNTB to wrap up Chicago-Columbus rail line study this year

U.S. Sen. Baldwin introduces rail shipper 'fairness' bill

Amtrak announces summer service changes

L.A. Metro OKs $6.1 billion budget for FY2018

May 30

Rail supplier news from GE, Arrows Up, Direct ChassisLink, AllTranstek and Strato (May 30)

BNSF honors 117 shippers for hazmat product safety

MTA Staten Island Railway appoints Librera VP, chief officer

CN, Teamsters agree to tentative pact for conductors, yard workers

CATS tests catenary on Blue Line light-rail extension

KCS appoints four new board directors

Metra nets $20 million in federal funds for PTC implementation

G&W's Hellmann named board chairman

May 26

House passes bill to reduce pesticide-use regulations

STB requests budget increase for FY2018

Brightline offers first look at West Palm Beach station

MBTA's fiscal control board to serve for two more years

Twin Eagle to expand Permian Rail Park

Amtrak, NJ Transit routes qualify for federal PTC funds

Sound Transit, L.A. Metro CEOs blast Trump's transit funding cuts

Amtrak designates master developer for Chicago Union Station project

May 25

Odyssey opens metals transload facility in Illinois

NJ Transit to lower some commuter-rail fares during Penn Station work

Rail traffic growth trend continues in U.S., Canada

UP budgets $49 million for Missouri rail improvements

Metra to install inward-facing cameras

LRIW opens nominations for 'Outstanding Woman of the Year'

OLI awards grants for grade-crossing safety campaigns

AAPA: Ports concerned about Trump's proposed funding cuts

May 24

Rail supplier news from Luminator, Strato, Arrows Up, Goldschmidt Thermit and IPS Cranes (May 24)

MBTA issues final RFP for Green Line light-rail extension

Port of Seattle OKs funds for grade crossing separation

EPA, BNSF reach agreement on uranium mine site cleanup

KCS announces speed increase in Louisiana

Cuomo unveils 'aggressive action plan' for Penn Station

Broward County panel OKs Port Everglades expansion

APTA decries Trump's budget cuts to transit programs

May 23

Honolulu agency to install pedestrian bridge at West Loch rail station

SFMTA completes new platform at Balboa Park Station

Watco opens safety training center in Alabama

MTA issues RFP for next round of subway station projects

BNSF to serve American PetroLog's new Texas terminal

Orange County panel OKs grant application for streetcar project

Attorneys general seek tighter crude-by-rail standards

FTA approves funding of Caltrain electrification

May 22

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Rockwell Collins, Greenbrier, Urban Engineers, Holland and Road & Rail (May 22)

WMATA gears up for final SafeTrack repair project

Legislation would reauthorize FEMA

Port Manatee, Guatemala seek to grow trade

STB: Class I employment dipped in April

NJ Transit board OKs contract for Portal Bridge replacement work

Cuomo asks Trump for emergency funds for Penn Station

Ontario advances Toronto-Windsor high-speed rail line

May 19

U.S. Rep. Womack visits Arkansas River Bridge

CAGTC re-elects board directors

Chao won't OK Caltrain electrification funding just yet

Washington DOT to unveil Amtrak Cascades locomotive

UP slots $41 million for Wyoming infrastructure projects

Senators reintroduce infrastructure investment bill; APTA calls for federal support for transit

M. Holland opens new rail-served terminal in Mexico

Valley Metro contracts with Siemens, Brookville for new rail fleet

May 18

Portland Streetcar resumes regular service after track work

South Shore Line adjusts station plans for West Lake Corridor project

OLI names new board members

AAR: U.S. rail traffic up 5.7 percent in Week 19

KC Streetcar picks HDR team to study proposed extension

Rosen named USDOT's deputy secretary

MBTA marks completion of privately funded commuter-rail station

CP, CN react to Canada's proposed Transportation Modernization Act

May 17

Rail supplier news from ANGI, Snap-on, RailTerm, CSiT, Yusen and AECOM (May 17)

MARTA begins work on Chamblee Station TOD project

LRIW solicits board nominations

UP slates $48 million for 2017 capex in Utah

Sound Transit, Siemens finalize order for 30 light-rail vehicles

KCS slates rail line projects in five states

Metra breaks ground on Romeoville station

Canada proposes mandatory inward-facing cameras in locomotives

May 16

CAGTC calls for federal investment in freight movement

Sound Transit slates meeting on Redmond light-rail extension

Caltrain mulls fare hike to cover rising operations costs

Cemex to build rail terminal in Southern California

MBTA's fiscal board OKs contract to rehab rail-car facility

BNSF appeals environmental review of proposed coal terminal

MTA unveils plan to improve New York City subway

Trump's infrastructure plan will be unveiled in weeks, Chao says

May 15

L.A. Metro marks fifth anniversary of Expo Line

WMATA preps for fare hikes, rail service cuts

BLET, Indiana & Ohio agree to tentative contract

Detroit's QLINE streetcar opens

CN's Ruest named to International Maritime Hall of Fame

California Gov. Brown asks for Trump's help on high-speed rail project

CP, TCRC-MWED agree to five-year pact

Metrolinx inks 'safety net' rail-car order with Alstom

May 12

U.S. Rep. Marshall tours Dymax Rail plant in Kansas

VIA Rail logged ridership, revenue gains in 2016

Maryland Transit Administration announces fare hike

UP slates $41 million in capex for Oklahoma

Middle Tennessee RTA breaks ground on new Music City Star station

WisDOT provides $2.6 million loan for co-op's freight-rail project

Port of Virginia marks arrival of East Coast's largest cargo ship

Amtrak to seek private developer to manage Penn Station

May 11

Rail supplier news from Duos Technologies, Bombardier, Alstom and Predikto (May 11)

Caltrain rolls out website to gather input on electric train design

U.S. railroads post 4.6 percent traffic gain in Week 18

UP kicks off celebration of transcontinental railroad history

Siemens ships two more Brightline trains

Sens. Thune, Nelson receive first Railroad Achievement Award

Hoosier State service logged ridership, revenue growth in April

Norfolk Southern's Squires touts strategic plan achievements

May 10

Survey: San Joaquin Valley residents back high-speed rail project

Metra breaks ground on Healy Station renovation project

Forbes names Amtrak to 'Best Employers 2017' list

CN to help fund Waverley Underpass project

NYCT gears up for N line track upgrades

New inland port under construction on U.S.-Canada border

Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario issue RFQ for Rutherford Station upgrades

NRF: Retail imports expected to grow through summer

May 9

Rail supplier news from Kiewit/Kobayashi, The Andersons, TranSystems and Hanson; and in memoriam: Benjamin Whiteley (May 9)

Ohio panel OKs NS, CSX grade crossing projects

BLET marks 154th anniversary

UP announces Kansas infrastructure projects

MBTA to prep test track for new Red Line subway cars

Mega vessel arrives at GCT Deltaport terminal

WSP Parsons Brinckheroff selected for LaGuardia AirTrain project

RFP issued for Cross Harbor Freight Movement Project

May 8

LIRR preps to renew William Floyd Parkway crossing

Kansas City Streetcar marks first anniversary, surpasses 2 million rides

Freight-car demand remains flat, report says

Valley Metro to break ground on Tempe Streetcar in June

Cando Rail opens terminal in British Columbia

Santa Clara VTA gears up for new light-rail route

AASHTO, NRC highlight rail benefits under omnibus bill

BNSF posts higher Q1 revenue, income

May 5

Rail supplier news from Tutor Perini, Greenbrier, Schneider, Yusen and Tealinc (May 5)

Texas short line honored for community involvement

Connecticut DOT picks team to study New Haven Line improvements

Floods, landslide interrupt Amtrak, freight-rail service

Sound Transit nets $100 million in federal funds for light-rail extension

BART to issue 'green' bonds to fund rail infrastructure improvements

G&W announces 'weaker than expected' Q1 results

NEC panel identifies $38 billion backlog of repair projects

May 4

CTA seeks input on Red Line TOD plan

TransLink ridership grew in first quarter

CSX named to magazine's 'best citizens' list

San Diego MTS taps Curran to oversee field security

U.S. railroad traffic rose 5.2 percent in April

G&W acquires Pentalver Transport

Caltrain electrification funding included in House bill

IANA: Intermodal volume up 2 percent in Q1

May 3

Rocky Mountaineer honored as one of Canada's top employers

MBTA to offer free trips to boost Fairmount Line ridership

BART aims to increase renewable energy usage

RTA: Crosstie production, purchases up in March

TWU names Samuelsen international president

Canadian Pacific, K+S Potash open mine site

Great Lakes Basin files plans to build new railroad, proposes new highway

NS to implement train crew management software

May 2

Rail supplier news from IONX, Greenbrier, Alstom, PowerRail and NRC (May 2)

NJ Transit seeks input on Hudson-Bergen light-rail expansion

NYCT to perform repairs in preparation for Canarsie Tunnel closure

Aberdeen & Rockfish to turn 125 in June

Feds OK $50 million for Orange County Streetcar

Indiana Harbor Belt receives locomotive engine systems for CNG program

Toyota honors UP for customer service, continuous improvement

APTA: Appropriations bill would help transit

May 1

VIA Rail unveils sustainability report

MassDOT unveils environmental assessment for South Station expansion

Transport Canada begins Rail Safety Act review, seeks grant applicants

WMATA tests for stray electrical current on Red Line segment

ARCI: Car orders, deliveries down in Q1

CP, Canadian Tire unveil 60-foot intermodal container

STB: Class I employment rose slightly in March

PANYNJ authorizes funds for PATH extension to Newark airport

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