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Rail News: May 2019

May 31

Rail supplier news Alstom, WPA, BGL, A. Stucki and J.B. Hunt (May 31)

LA Metro installs interactive information screens on Blue Line

UP's 2018 'Building America' report addresses cybersecurity

Valley Metro names Hillyard chief administrative officer

Louisiana commits funds to improve rail access at Port of Greater Baton Rouge

CP to serve as Yang Ming's Canadian rail carrier

Louisville & Indiana promotes Kramer to VP

Canada Infrastructure Bank to invest up to CA$2B in GO Transit expansion

May 30

TransLink survey shows support for Surrey Langley SkyTrain

Savannah port, St. Louis Regional Freightway partner to offer lower-cost rail service

CSX to speed up trains on Alabama-Georgia line

LA Metro completes southern Blue Line upgrades

U.S. rail carload, intermodal traffic fell in Week 21

Amtrak slates $72 million in station improvements for 2019

CREATE partners complete BNSF Western Avenue Corridor project

FRA: Railroads made significant PTC progress in Q1

May 29

Rail supplier news from Allied Track Services, Alstom, McMillen Jacobs, Encore Rail, Pettibone and Clarendon (May 29)

Canada's railways endorse locomotive video, voice recorder regs

San Gabriel trench named transportation project of the year

BART police combat cellphone theft, opioid overdoses

STB: Class I employment level fell in April

CTA begins tie replacement on Green and Pink lines

Lonegro departs CSX; Boone named interim CFO

CN, Hutchison Ports to develop new container terminal

May 28

TransLink to install trip planning kiosks at SkyTrain stations

VIA Rail reports record ridership during Victoria Day

APTA praises THUD's 2020 funding levels for transit, passenger rail

LA Metro extends homeless outreach services

AAR, Class Is urge Congress to pass new North American trade pact

CN recognized for supply chain contributions

Sound Transit advances light-rail extension projects

Transport Canada proposes regs for locomotive video, voice recorders

May 24

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Helaba, IntegriCo, Ondas, Saft, Ricardo and Freightera (May 24)

Buckingham Branch Railroad achieves safety milestone

Metro Transit-St. Louis to test mobile ticketing platform

NS recognizes 58 chemical customers for safe hazmat practices

Canadian officials unveil first light-rail vehicles for Eglinton Crosstown Line

Oregon Sens. Wyden, Merkley express concerns over UP layoffs

LA Metro adopts 2020 budget

FRA withdraws proposed train-crew staffing rule

May 23

TTC increases fare evasion enforcement

WMATA to replace electrical components after door malfunction

California sues Trump administration for canceling high-speed rail funds

MBTA awards North Station signal system contract

Trump honors DART police officer with Medal of Valor

AAPA: House T-HUD bill includes port infrastructure funds, rail grant increase

WSDOT to replace rail cars like those involved in fatal derailment

U.S. railroads registered higher carload volume in Week 20

May 22

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Balfour Beatty, Hanson, WSP, CII and NRC (May 22)

Metra revises BNSF Line service to address crowding

BLET reaches tentative contract with M&NA

CN recognizes customers for hazmat safety

MTA Metro-North meets roadmap milestones

Virgin Trains starts construction of Orlando-South Florida rail line

CSX taps Bezar to serve as senior VP, chief of strategy

NTSB: Inadequate planning, training led to fatal Amtrak derailment

May 21

Cape Cod summer train service begins

USDOT's Chao names new members to Drone Advisory Committee

Survey: New Hampshire residents support passenger-rail expansion

MBTA to extend night service in Boston

Georgia Ports Authority's board elects McKnight chairman

Metro Transit kicks off maintenance facility improvement project

Schumer calls on feds to investigate Chinese rail-car manufacturer

CN announces executive team changes

May 20

Report: Hitachi must retrofit HART's rail cars

Ohio agency OKs grade crossing projects for NS, Wheeling & Lake Erie

WMATA moves up plan to offer Yellow Line trains to Greenbelt

Cleveland RTA begins $6.4M track improvement

MTA logs on-time performance improvements

Cimarron Valley Railroad obtains state grant to upgrade locomotive fleet

Ontario seeks expedited federal transit funding

Union Pacific: PTC operating on 80 percent of route miles

May 17

Rail supplier news from Birmingham Rail, Wabtec, Bombardier, Cubic, Hub and NRC (May 17)

CAGTC elects board members, officers

SunRail develops trip planning mobile app

ACE grade separation projects recognized for construction management

UP to serve logistics park near Houston

House lawmakers introduce bill to protect U.S. rail-car manufacturers

BRX Transportation to acquire Pioneer Railcorp

FRA cancels $929 million in California high-speed rail funds

May 16

Capitol Corridor station renamed to honor Hannigan

Texas Central updates ridership study for proposed bullet train

Houston METRO restores service after partial shutdown

MBTA to suspend some rail service during Gloucester bridge replacement

CN, Teamsters OK tentative pact for rail traffic controllers

Metra to boost summer weekend service on two lines

U.S. rail traffic slide continued in Week 19

Nevada governor signs two-person crew bill

May 15

Rail supplier news from Marmon, Transco, Alstom, Stadler, Bentley, Road & Rail and Strato (May 15)

Rocky Mountaineer dedicates new rail car to former CN chairman

CAGTC calls for billions in federal freight infrastructure grants

New Orleans Public Belt Railroad names Stolzman GM

California rail authority awards contract to rebuild rail cars for Metrolink

CSX recognizes 70 shippers for hazmat safety

Port of Prince Rupert plan outlines future expansion

Amtrak, NJ Transit to invest $31M in Northeast Corridor

May 14

LRW seeks women railroaders to serve on its board

Panama Canal, soy coalition extend MOU

Denver RTD to open Southeast light-rail extension this week

Toronto Transit Commission extends ATC system upgrade

Ports of L.A., Long Beach broke cargo records in April

Sound Transit seeks location for light-rail maintenance facility

Railroad Day 2019: Hundreds of industry reps advocate for pro-rail legislation

Private partner to finance, build Uinta Basin Railway

May 13

LA Metro recruiting women for transportation, construction careers

KC Streetcar adds to fleet

Denver RTD begins fare collection on G Line

Houston METRO makes emergency electrical wire repairs

UP marks transcontinental railroad's 150th anniversary

Unifor Council 4000 ratifies three CN agreements

Valley Metro to open Gilbert Road light-rail extension this week

Caltrans awards $15 million in grade-separation project grants

May 10

Rail supplier news from Timken, Siemens, LAN, RKH Qitarat and Hanson (May 10)

Shippers encouraged to plan now for Illinois Waterway lock closures

San Francisco MTA appoints Kirschbaum transit director

The Andersons recognized as Port of Virginia's 'Shipper of the Year'

WMATA seeks master developer for Metro station near future Amazon HQ

NJ Transit to construct storm-resilient substation

NYCT implements automatic train operation on Flushing Line

KCS appoints new leaders of chemical and petroleum, industrial and consumer groups

May 9

CTA adds Wi-Fi service to downtown subway stations

House transportation committee OKs harbor maintenance bill

VIA Rail reports 2018 ridership, revenue increases

AAR: U.S. rail traffic fell 2 percent in Week 18

FRA proposes changes to locomotive engineer certification

FTA announces $15M mobility funding opportunity

Norfolk Southern's strategic plan is producing results, Squires says

CN expands service in western Canada, agrees to acquire H&R Transport

May 8

Rail supplier news from Loram, Railhead, Alstom, Siemens, J.B. Hunt, Heartland and NRC (May 8)

DART creates new report for construction updates

TransLink seeks comment on 30-year transportation plan

Santa Clara VTA OKs transit service plan

Boston Surface Railroad, Siemens test new PTC prototype

AAR highlights rail safety technology at Capitol Hill event

Canadian Pacific elects Courville board chair

BLET marks 156th anniversary

May 7

NYCT to solicit public feedback on Staten Island transit needs

OneRail Coalition names Barnhart deputy director

DCTA to allocate $2.4 million for mobility service model

Watco, SCH Services form joint venture for terminal network

SMART report outlines passenger-rail feasibility in northern California

Allegheny Valley Railroad to acquire portions of CSX lines

LA Metro proposes $7.2B FY2020 budget

BNSF posts higher revenue, income in Q1; Buffett warms to PSR, report says

May 6

NYCT to improve Rockaway Parkway station accessibility

Denver RTD commuter line reaches 20 million riders

CTA breaks ground on Green Line station

Milwaukee proposes streetcar expansion

Charah Solutions opens rail-served fly ash terminal in Massachusetts

California High-Speed Rail Authority releases environmental report

UP plans $20 million project for New Mexico block swap yard

Canadian Pacific sets grain traffic record in April

May 3

Rail supplier news from Wi-Tronix, 360 Rail, TekTracking, Bison Transport, HNTB and Hub Group (May 3)

NJ Transit seeks input on disadvantaged business enterprise goal

WMATA adds cellphone service coverage in two-thirds of tunnels

Canadian government requires more durable tank cars for certain hazmats

Denver RTD, Uber launch in-app transit ticketing

SANDAG proposes transit expansion in San Diego

Amtrak: Hoosier State trains to stop, New York Penn Station work to continue in summer

UP to close Rochelle intermodal ramp as part of Chicago-area simplification plan

May 2

Capitol Corridor authority topped 1.7M annual riders in March

PANYNJ reports record cargo volume, PATH ridership boost in March

Ontario government introduces plan to build subways faster

MTA to investigate excessive overtime pay claims

U.S. rail traffic much improved, but still down in April, AAR says

Amtrak on track for best performing year

CN retains Pace as chair, assigns CEO Ruest and others to board

IANA: North American intermodal volume dipped in Q1

May 1

Rail supplier news from Fluor, Icertis, STV, Pandrol, Transplace, Bourque Logistics and Gannett Fleming (May 1)

Jacksonville port sports new logo, website

BART picks up the police officer hiring pace

Moody's lowers North American railroads' outlook to 'stable'

Sound Transit, King County Metro might extend Link light-rail pact

MBTA awards contracts for new station, more locomotive overhauls

KCS revises two service metrics

Trump, Democratic leaders agree on $2 trillion surface transportation package

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