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Rail News: May 2023

May 31

TexAmericas Center launches qualified sites program

PANYNJ 'well positioned' to expand flow of goods to St. Louis, deputy director says

MxV Rail, CSU Pueblo to partner on rail education, research

Amtrak names Grasty EVP, chief HR officer; CEO Gardner receives LaHood Award

Union Pacific, Port Houston form new intermodal service

FRA proposes certification for rail dispatchers, signal employees

May 30

Wilmington port named 'most productive' in 2022

LA Metro, TriMet approve FY2024 budgets

TCRC ratifies pact with CN

Rail service cleared to resume in San Clemente

Essex Terminal Railway awarded funds for Port Windsor project

CPKC adds 1,000 reefers to expanding MMX service

May 26

Rail supplier news from Hitachi Rail, Turntide, STV and Assa Abloy (May 26)

MARTA partners with Kia, Hyundai to prevent car thefts at rail stations

Metro-North to expand use of lasers to combat leaf-fall on rails

PennDOT extends funding for intermodal cargo incentive program

Minnesota passes two-person train crew law

NS taps ANS to evaluate safety; NTSB sets June hearing in East Palestine

May 25

CSX earns spot on climate leaders list

Austin Transit Partnership recommends option for proposed light-rail line

AAR: Intermodal nosedive continued in Week 20

Gateway panel invites shortlisted teams to respond to Hudson Tunnel RFP

T&I Committee OKs bills to address truck weight, supply-chain issues

UP, BLET agree to predictable schedules for locomotive engineers

May 24

Rail supplier news from Knorr-Bremse, Arup, SISCOG and Cylus (May 24)

Broyles, Rogers join STB's rail-shipper advisory panel

Virginia port first stop for reworked Asia vessel service

Amtrak adds two Northeast Regional trains

STB: Class I employment rose in April; unions question data

NS CEO Shaw, rail unions agree to work together on safety improvements

May 23

Valley Metro names Pal chief transportation officer, Boyles chief of staff

GEM, Rail + Industrial to develop rail, transload site in Utah

Los Angeles Regional Connector to open June 16

Progressive Railroading to host summit on rail cybersecurity, recruiting

CSX, SMART-TD unit tentatively OK sick-leave benefits

TNW Corp., TrinityRail announce alliance; Hart named sales, marketing director

May 22

Chicago planners OK guide for development along Red Line Extension

Blue-ribbon panel offers solutions for MTA's fare evasion issues

NS conducts training event for first responders in Alabama

Amtrak, NC by Train to expand Piedmont service in July

Honolulu's transit-rail service to launch June 30

CSX earns top spot as best-performing railroad for intermodal customers

May 19

Rail supplier news from Alstom, TiEnergy, NARSTCO, Duos and SGR (May 19)

SEPTA breaks ground on Wissahickon station expansion

Illinois, Ohio panels OK funds for grade crossing safety projects

Rail industry fights new bills allowing bigger trucks on highways

NS, BLET agree to paid sick leave; NS unveils emissions report tool

Union Pacific promotes Jalali to EVP

May 18

PennDOT updates freight movement plan

Peloquin named president, CEO of VIA Rail

Intermodal behind rail volume slump in Week 19

NCDOT awards funds to upgrade short-line rail infrastructure

OIG: Big federal investments increase Amtrak's fraud risks

BNSF to offer intermodal service from Houston port to Dallas, Denver

May 17

Rail supplier news from Arup, Balfour Beatty, Steel Line Rail, PSC and SecurityScorecard (May 17)

WisDOT seeks input on final draft of long-term rail plan

STB allows UP to keep some service reporting info confidential

Short line advocates to visit Congress today

Ag Secretary Vilsack asks STB to do more to fix rail service

Gulf & Atlantic Railways completes acquisition of three short lines

May 16

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Cargo-Partner, Duos, Starlink, Doran and REMSA (May 16)

Canada announces funding for SkyTrain project

Metro-North rebrands locomotives to mark 40th anniversary

CTA selects teams to submit proposals for Red Line Extension

Connecticut DOT begins construction of new Walk Bridge

FRA solicits input on revised documents for Washington Union Station project

May 15

SEPTA names Lawson police chief

ORDC awards $750,000 grant to Ohio short line

CPKC releases some combined historical data, begins reporting consolidated weekly data

Working group recommends Amtrak improve food, beverage offerings

Chicago suburbs appeal CPKC merger decision

Rail workers' benefit cuts resume now that COVID-19 emergency is over

May 12

California completes high-speed rail viaduct project

Georgia Gainesville rail hub project obtains environmental OK

Canton Development taps Barnes as president, CEO

UP issues 2022 'Building America' report

Rail industry leaders update House panel on supply-chain progress, challenges

NS CEO Shaw: Current strategy is 'better way forward'

May 11

Rail supplier news from Rail Vision, Hitachi, Ricardo, Amsted, Intramotev and Nokia (May 11)

OmniTRAX parent Broe taps Tecu to lead industrial development

US carload, intermodal volumes fell in Week 18

Amtrak advances plans for train maintenance facilities

CPKC kicks off Mexico Midwest Express intermodal service

Senate Commerce Committee approves rail safety bill

May 10

Ohio panel OKs two crossing safety projects

Montreal port officials detail plan for decarbonization

VIA Rail reports ridership, safety achievements in 2022

BLET ratifies labor pact with South Buffalo Railway

CSX to serve new Oleo-X plant in Mississippi

Norfolk Southern to reimburse East Palestine homeowners

May 9

Rail supplier news from Alstom, HDR, Stacy & Witbeck, Myers, Meltar and Keolis (May 9)

APTA names Cameron CFO

BRS ratifies contract with Amtrak

Victorville cancels plans for Southern California logistics rail site

UP, Tiger Express prep for new Northwest intermodal center

FRA issues funding notice for interstate passenger-rail compacts

May 8

BLET marks 160 years, was first union to contract with railroads

Minneapolis Metro Transit logs 21% ridership increase in Q1

USDOT launches supply-chain data exchange

CN objects to CPKC's data reporting intentions under STB oversight

FTA allocates $703 million in grants for rail-car replacement

BNSF posts lower net, operating income in Q1

May 5

Union Pacific Railroad Museum marks 20 years

Rail supplier news from R. J. Corman and Loram (May 5)

BMWED ratifies contract with LS&I Railroad

St. Louis light-rail system to debut metal detectors

PHL to test new electric locomotive at California ports

Kansas Gov. Kelly calls for two-person train crew rule

May 4

Rail supplier news from Amsted, Greenbrier, Pandrol, Bow Transit and Bear Power (May 4)

San Diego MTS receives its largest state grant to date

Ohio's Sen. Brown calls on NS to fix Cleveland rail bridge

Amtrak to begin 110 mph train speed on Chicago-St. Louis corridor

US railroads faced intermodal headwinds in April

CPKC, Teck ink new agreement; hydrogen locomotives to haul coal

May 3

Metra unveils 2023 construction plans

Virginia port to buy 36 automated stacking cranes

MassDOT seeks applications for industrial rail grants

ASLRRA upset with California's new locomotive emissions reg

CN, Crowley to launch Mexico-to-Canada multimodal service

STB extends reporting rule for Class I service, employment data

May 2

Rail supplier news from AITX, TYLin, Ermewa and Nexxiot (May 2)

MTA advances NYCT subway station rebuild project

SFRTA honored for financial reporting excellence

PATH ridership in Q1 hit 59% of pre-pandemic levels

FRA to fund rail safety research

CTA announces grain crop-year index for CN, CPKC

May 1

ARCI: Rail-car orders, deliveries dipped in Q1 2023

RAC: Canadian rail service 'reliable' in pandemic

Metrolinx issues RFQ for tunneling; SEPTA awards ADA improvements contract

Railroads, unions announce labor pacts

IANA: Low freight demand weakened Q1 intermodal volumes

Progressive Railroading announces Rising Stars for 2023

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