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Rail News: May 2018

May 31

Cleveland transit agency begins East 116th Station project

FTA finalizes rule for private investment in transit projects

Amtrak introduces assigned seating on Acela trains

CP, Teamsters reach tentative deal to end strike

AAR: U.S. carloads, intermodal traffic up in Week 21

CSX appoints Schwichtenberg to lead safety efforts

APTA: Commuter railroads making progress on PTC

Groups reach agreement with OmniTRAX for Hudson Bay Rail, Port of Churchill

May 30

Railinc names Smemoe chief information officer

TriMet board nominees confirmed

Caltrain marks progress on new electrified fleet

UP issues annual sustainability report

CSX recognizes 64 companies for chemical safety efforts

LA Metro OKs light-rail studies for West Santa Ana Branch

Teamsters go on strike at CP; IBEW reaches tentative pact

Ed Hamberger to receive 2018 Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends

May 29

Rail supplier news from DTi, Strato, Transit Wireless and WSP (May 29)

Georgia Ports Authority moved record TEUs in April

AASHTO leader Wright announces retirement

House committee OKs $2.6 billion for FTA's CIG program

CSX hires consultant to conduct safety assessment

TCRC, IBEW reject CP's final contract offer, issue strike notice

Norfolk Southern joins BiTA

May 25

NJ Transit rolls out interactive touchscreens at rail stations

FTA makes grants available for TOD planning

California signs off on grant to connect ACE, BART

KCS promotes Adamiak to VP energy, industrial development

OmniTRAX Energy boosts storage capacity in Eagle Ford Basin

SEPTA OKs FY19 capital, operating budgets

BNSF certifies Ceres' Saskatchewan terminal site

NS dedicates rail bridge in NY's Letchworth State Park

May 24

DHS announces anti-terrorism grant opportunities

CN locomotive engineers ratify five-year contract

NTSB slates two-day hearing on fatal Amtrak crashes

NYCT's Byford unveils 10-year subway repair plan

CN to acquire 1,000 new hopper cars

Intermodal rail volume reaches near-record in Week 20

RAC calls on Canadian government to boost short-line funding

Colorado DOT, Virgin advance hyperloop study

May 23

Rail supplier news from Miner, Wavetronix, dFuzion, HNTB and Network Rail Consulting (May 23)

New York City Transit plans subway service increase

CTA kicks off security initiative

FRA to host webinar on PTC grant program

TEXRail train storage facility opens

LA's Regional Connector project reaches halfway mark

iChurchill calls off Hudson Bay Railway acquisition

G&W: Huron Central Railway to halt operations

May 22

MBTA to install PTC on Worcester Line

Trees named to DCTA's board

Chicago RTA adds Sager to board

Center for LNG joins TRANSCAER sponsors

Amtrak to rehab Acela Express train interiors

Long Island Rail Road unveils plan to tackle delays

Kansas City Southern promotes Walczak, Parkerson, Godderz

Report: CSX to beef up safety resources

May 21

Metra OKs new day pass, fare zone reassignments

Portland Streetcar logged ridership record in April

Virginia International Gateway launches new terminal operating system

STB: Class I workforce up slightly in mid-April

Senate committee OKs Drake as FTA leader

Survey: Many ports need better rail access

California panel OKs $704 million in gas-tax funding for LA Metro

GE to merge rail division with Wabtec

May 18

NJ Transit launches new train fare collection technology

Massachusetts DOT unveils $17.3 billion capital investment plan

WMATA's Wiedefeld orders assessment of Silver Line concrete

Bill would make assault of rail crew members a federal crime

CN fined for renewable fuels violation

FTA: Minneapolis' amended Southwest light-rail project meets environmental regs

Canada commits federal funding for freight-rail projects in British Columbia

APTA: Transit repair backlog harms U.S. economy

May 17

Rail supplier news from Savage, Trinity, ENSCO and HNTB (May 17)

Milwaukee receives second streetcar from Brookville

CIRB changes voting dates for CP labor contract

Minneapolis light-rail project cost jumps to $2 billion

California panel OKs grant funds for grade separations

Blacklands Railroad opens terminal at Northern Nevada Railport

Montreal transit agency gets green light to buy more Azur trains

Rail traffic rose 5.8 percent in Week 19

May 16

National Mediation Board reorganizes offices

CN awards rail-car inspection contract to Duos Technologies

Brightline forms partnership with Lyft

PANYNJ names Cetnar police department superintendent

Trudeau pledges funding for Calgary's Green Line light-rail project

FTA certifies Maryland's transit-rail safety oversight program

FRA announces $250 million in PTC grants

AAR's Hamberger to retire in 2019

May 15

Rail supplier news from GE, Savage, Kelso and Hanson (May 15)

Ohio panels OK rail-crossing projects in Sandusky, Wood counties

Las Vegas Railway Express names Schillinger president

Metrolink to reduce fares on San Bernardino Line

Durbin asks FRA to address Amtrak on-time performance issues

AAR report outlines tech's influence on rail safety, reliability

FTA awards $75 million grant for Sound Transit's Tacoma Link extension

Port of Quebec projects to include rail infrastructure

May 14

Ottawa leaders lay final piece of rail for O-Train Confederation Line

BRS members OK labor pact with Amtrak

NYCT preps for Penn Station subway complex repairs

Santa Cruz RTC considers new rail operator pact

NJ Transit names Viqueira CFO

UP hires Ponthier as senior VP supply chain, improvement

Brightline to begin Miami service May 19

Canada, Quebec to fund Lac-Megantic rail bypass

May 11

Rail supplier news from NRC, Siemens, LAN, AECOM and WSP USA (May 11)

Bakersfield OKs California high-speed rail station plans

Pacific Harbor's Cliatt chairs LA's World Trade Week

New York's MTA rejoins APTA, Hakim elected to board

Unions urge FRA to prioritize safety in rail automation

Ex-CEO Boardman knocks Amtrak management's decisions

PATH tests new passenger screening technology

Squires: NS meeting key business goals

May 10

TriMet to renovate East 162nd Avenue light-rail station

Metra to wrap up Beverly Branch tie replacement

Metrolink readies second Burbank Airport station for opening

Florida East Coast Railway joins BiTA

Norfolk Southern partners with startup accelerator Plug and Play

AAR: Carload, intermodal traffic growth continues

FTA OKs West Virginia's rail safety oversight program

ASLRRA signs Herzog to offer PTC support to members

May 9

Rail supplier news from voestalpine, TRAC, NRC, REMSA and Cambridge Systematics (May 9)

Kansas City Streetcar marks two years of service

MBTA taps Hardesty & Hanover to design commuter-rail bridge

BLET celebrates 155th anniversary

OmniTRAX joins BiTA

APTA to Trump: Use rescinded funds for rail, bus repairs

VIA Rail logged ridership, revenue growth in 2017

Federal grant to boost rail connection to Port of Pascagoula

May 8

Indiana DOT seeks applicants for rail-crossing improvement grants

Sound Transit taps Billen to lead planning, project development

Court ruling authorizes Carload Express to operate Pennsylvania short lines

Amtrak, UP ranked among top employers for veterans

WMATA to rebuild 20 rail station platforms

AAR, NS seek flexibility in rail automation regs

Metrolinx, IO sign Mosaic Transit to build Finch West light-rail project

BNSF posts 37 percent gain in Q1 net income

May 7

BLET, CN-IC reach tentative contract

LA Metro unveils 2028 mobility plan

OSHA solicits input on rail, trucking whistleblower laws

PATH on track to meet PTC deadline

Librera named head of NYCT's subways department

NTSB issues initial report on fatality at LIRR station

Rail expansion slated for crude-oil transload facility

Amtrak, Texas Central OK ticketing agreement

May 4

Tensar hosts U.S. Rep. Scott for plant tour

Rail supplier news from Railinc, FreightCar America, ARI, Koppers and CIT Group (May 4)

NYCT inks contract for paint, repair work along Flushing Line

Ohio panel OKs grade crossing work by CSX

Pierce, Pruitt and Joynt elected to Teamsters Rail Conference leadership roles

Meyer named UTA's interim executive director amid agency restructuring

Amtrak issues RFQ for Philadelphia station

First Nations, private firm agree to acquire Hudson Bay rail line, port

May 3

TriMet preps for elevator rehab project

TransLink unveils details of Vancouver transit investment plans

CTA issues final RFP for first phase of Red, Purple line modernization

Texas Central picks Bechtel to manage bullet-train project

TCRC, IBEW to vote on Canadian Pacific's contract proposals

California agencies OK funds for major grade separation project

CN meeting grain car order demand in western Canada

AAR: U.S. rail traffic up 5 percent in April

May 2

Study: Baltimore agency 'safest' among largest U.S. transit systems

Metra breaks ground on mechanical shops expansion

Kansas City Southern recognized for IT innovation

Canada pledges funding for GO Transit bi-level coaches

UP to repower locomotives to cut emissions in California

CN to purchase 350 lumber cars

Amtrak marks 47 years, nets funds for Pacific Surfliner improvements

IANA: Q1 intermodal growth strongest since 2014

May 1

Rail supplier news from nVent, STV, Siemens and Progress Rail (May 1)

UTA marks 10 years of FrontRunner commuter-rail service

KCS partners with CloudMoyo to modernize railroad operating system

San Diego MTS opens first new trolley station in years

DCTA targets commuter-rail extensions in FY18 strategic plan

Norfolk Southern receives chemical industry award for safety

UP 'safest' Class I for employees

G&W reports Q1 income, revenue growth

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