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Rail News: May 2020

May 29

MTA begins Culver F Line signal modernization project

Brightline in talks with Miami-Dade to run commuter-rail line, report says

CSX recognized for 'Pride in Service' program

FTA to offer grants for transit technology innovation

UP publishes annual sustainability progress report

BART, Metra outline reopening plans

Minneapolis unrest prompts Metro Transit to suspend rail service

FRA extends temporary safety reg waiver for freight railroads

May 28

Rail supplier news from Fugro, Alstom, Uber, TekTracking, Rajant and RSI (May 28)

OCTA awards OC Streetcar operation, maintenance contact

Amtrak to restore Hiawatha service

Iowa Northern Railway's Sabin elected to ASLRRA board

Paterson, CP mark launch of largest grain unit train

CHSRA to release draft EIR for Burbank-to-LA section

AAR: Week 21 traffic trends show 'encouraging signs'

FRA announces $303 million in 'state of good repair' grants

May 27

Metro-North, LIRR increase service

Toronto Transit Commission lays off 450 workers

SMART approves plan to acquire California short line

FTA advances KC Streetcar extension project to engineering phase

New Orleans Public Belt Railroad updates locomotive fleet

Bill would increase federal funding for grade crossing safety projects

Amtrak asks Congress for another $1.5 billion in FY2021

FRA awards $91.5 million to Portal North Bridge replacement

May 26

NJ Transit reopens West Side Avenue light-rail station

LA Metro advances Purple Line extension tunneling

St. Louis transit board elects officers

BLET reaches tentative pact with Oregon short line, announces new legal counsel

MTA pilots UVC technology to kill virus

CN to offer intermodal service from Moncton to Halifax

FRA extends COVID-19 emergency relief for commuter railroads

Illinois Tollway OKs pacts with CP, UP for I-490 project

May 22

Rail supplier news from NRC, Railinc and Cubic (May 22)

PUCO approves Ohio Southern Railroad grade crossing project

Survey: Denver RTD riders apprehensive about transit use

UP reduces Bailey Yard workforce

St. Louis Regional Freightway identifies $2.2B in 2021 infrastructure projects

Bill would alter short-line loan program

Amtrak advances Acela testing, restores some East Coast service

STB adopts final rule for reporting chemical, plastics rail service data

May 21

Rail supplier news from FTS, Teleste, Alstom and WSP (May 21)

Volpe, rail unions conduct survey on information technology

Delaware Transit Corp. opens multimodal center in Wilmington

Port Everglades names Daniels chief executive

Former VIA Rail CEO to head Siemens Mobility in Canada

U.S. Rep. Moulton proposes national high-speed rail network

DART awarded $229 million in CARES funding

U.S. carload volume tumbles 30 percent in Week 20

May 20

Transportation Committee Chair DeFazio objects to USDOT IG's replacement

LA Metro to phase out in-house mobile app

Port of Virginia CEO Reinhart to retire in 2021

Pandemic update: MTA expands antibody testing program

BART to service Milpitas, Berryessa stations in June

Short Line Safety Institute unveils best practices guide

FTA grants CARES funding to five rail agencies

Class I employment level declined in April

May 19

Rail supplier news from Robel, Siemens, Ondas, Greenbrier, WWPC, STV and WSP (May 19)

BLET reaches tentative pact with WNYP

Sound Transit to resume fare collection in June

Port of Virginia receives final delivery from crane order

Denver RTD begins CEO search

Trump nominates Feinberg, Koos for Amtrak's board

NJ Transit awarded $1.4B in CARES funding

Norfolk Southern announces financial personnel moves

May 18

Rocky Mountaineer extends rail-service suspension

STB solicits more input on rate review options

Maryland's Purple Line light-rail opponents appeal lawsuit

Short Line Safety Institute taps Walsh to oversee hazardous materials programs

Trinity Metro to receive $55 million in CARES funding

G&W promotes Savage, Greene to financial leadership posts

Squires: NS adapting to pandemic's challenges

FRA: Four railroads at risk of missing PTC deadline

May 15

Chicago Transit Board amends fund to aid CTA families affected by virus

NTSB: Improper warning led to rail worker's death in 2017 LIRR accident

First Solar to open distribution hub near South Carolina port

Caltrain to begin Hillsdale Station reconstruction

Long Island Rail Road to eliminate Westbury grade crossing

Amtrak highlights pandemic-related safety measures

BNSF advances bridge projects in Idaho, Washington

San Diego MTS names Cooney CEO

May 14

Rail supplier news from TranSystems, OL USA, Blume Global, Siemens, Hanson and Abloy (May 14)

SMART seeks input on possible passenger-rail service cuts

Reading & Northern donates funds to Pennsylvania town

OmniTRAX identifies rail-ready sites along regional's West Virginia line

NJ Transit awards contracts for Raritan bridge, Penn Station projects

U.S. freight railroads log another dramatic decline in traffic

CN's Murray first woman to chair Railway Association of Canada

STB approves CP acquisition of Central Maine & Quebec rail line

May 13

MBTA accelerates Green Line extension work

CAGTC elects new board members

Pandemic update: Trinity Metro resumes fare collection; SEPTA defers fare increases

TransLink suspends layoffs, service cuts

Columbia Walla Walla Railroad awarded grants for crossing safety projects

Port Everglades' infrastructure projects 'on track'

WMATA balances budget with federal CARES aid

Transit execs state their case for more federal stimulus funding

May 12

Rail supplier news from Union Tank Car, FreightCar America and STV (May 12)

Report: High-speed rail to boost California economy

NRF: Ports to log big declines in imports even after stores open

Railroad Retirement Board begins paying extended benefits

WMATA forms COVID-19 recovery plan

UP shutters Cold Connect service

MBTA board approves South Coast Rail construction contract

PHMSA preempts Washington state's crude-by-rail law

May 11

Infinity launches Salt Lake City-Chicago refrigerated intermodal service

SunRail, SEPTA, STM to resume regular rail service

MBTA accelerates Blue Line track, infrastructure work

FTA addresses rolling-stock funding questions

Ohio panel OKs NS, Wheeling & Lake Erie grade crossing projects

Vermont Rail System to acquire NES assets

APTA to Congress: Transit needs another $24 billion

San Diego MTS CEO Jablonski dies

May 8

STM logs ridership increase in 2019

Port Freeport receives first rail shipment from Vulcan Materials

USDOT anti-human trafficking initiative exceeds goal

OCTA advances siding track project

OmniTRAX joins Georgia Pacific supply chain center

Texas Central praises court ruling declaring it a railroad

KCS names Loureiro VP, chief engineer

Amtrak to restore modified Acela service in June

May 7

Rail supplier news from BYD, Savage, Ridgewood, Bombardier and OPW (May 7)

Charleston Stevedoring Co. launches at South Carolina port

PATH ridership fell 55 percent in March

PANYNJ surveys warehouses for storage space

APTA provides COVID-19 briefing to House T&I Committee

CSX, Conservation Fund issue grants to expand access to food

Survey: Metrolink riders likely to return once stay-at-home orders are lifted

AAR: U.S. rail carload decline in April 'worst' on record

May 6

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Siemens, Burns & McDonnell and Alstom (May 6)

Pandemic update: NJ Transit closes Newark Penn for overnight cleanings

Northeast Maglev names Radford government relations VP

LaHood, Rendell urge Congress to include infrastructure in next stimulus bill

CN exceeds record for western Canadian grain hauled in April

NS appoints Paul VP human resources

FRA unveils grants for intercity passenger-rail expansion

CSX to end McKees Rocks intermodal operations

May 5

BART starts track replacement project

SEPTA to begin final phase of Southwest Connection construction

LIRR completes, Metro-North advances station upgrades

Metra increases Electric Line service for PTC completion

TIFIA loan issued to Long Beach port's Gerald Desmond Bridge project

CP logged record grain haul in April

ASLRRA honors four short lines for business development

BNSF posts Q1 revenue decline on lower volumes

May 4

Mexico's AMF to join Operation Lifesaver's Rail Safety Week

CP donates to pandemic assistance charities

DCTA receives $23.4M in federal stimulus funding

St. Louis' TRRA records drop in intermodal traffic

Southern Rail Commission wins grant for Gulf Coast passenger-rail line

CTA announces grain crop-year index for CN, CP

Maryland's Purple Line design-build contractor drops out due to delays

GAO: Railroads report PTC progress, but some face 'compressed' schedules to meet deadline

May 1

Rail supplier news from Composite Advantage, Michael Baker, Scanlog and JVD (May 1)

Amtrak extends Downeaster service suspension

MTA aims to further reduce GHG emissions

Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad owner signs pact for infrastructure upgrade

Pandemic update: NYCT begins overnight subway closures for deep cleaning

SVP Rush to retire from R. J. Corman

IANA: Virus, trade uncertainty hit intermodal volumes in Q1

STB issues decisions on demurrage rules, billings

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