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Rail News: June 2016

June 30

Caltrans unveils California's long-range transportation plan

NJ Transit unveils expanded light-rail vehicle on Newark lines

G&W short line to serve new Fort Wayne intermodal facility

Brightline marks installation of engine in first locomotive

U.S. rail traffic down 3.9 percent in week No. 25

Ontario to extend GO Transit rail service to Niagara Falls

Remains of two BNSF employees recovered at Texas crash site

FTA allocates final Hurricane Sandy repair funds

June 29

TransLink to install new doors, sensors at fare gates for riders with disabilities

SFRTA names Ryan chair, Abrams vice chair

EPA honors Georgia Ports Authority's eRTG program

CTA marks 10 years of Pink Line service

Tri-City's Miller to retire this week

SacRT leader Wiley moves up retirement date to August

Alameda Corridor authority completes $118 million grade separation

BNSF trains collide in Texas

June 28

Amtrak unveils $7 million lounge at Chicago's Union Station

Koppers signs contracts for rail joints with NS, UP

Joint venture to construct intermodal fuel terminal in Beaumont, Texas

Washington Gov. Inslee calls on USDOT to step up crude-by-rail oversight

WMATA to cut 500 positions to save money

CN appoints Jobin to board, announces new roles for Cory, Houle

FTA gives green light to Fort Worth's TEX Rail project

June 27

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Siemens and REMSA (June 27)

St. Louis County Exec Stenger proposes three new MetroLink routes

STB: CSX must report blocked crossings on Chicago rail line

UP unveils infrastructure projects for Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin

Georgia officials attend Panama Canal opening

RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases fell in May

L.A. Metro unveils draft environmental impact report for airport station

June 24

Port of Everglades, Crowley Liner ink new lease agreement

BART gears up for more bike riders

Canadian officials ink pact to improve British Columbia's public transit

USDOT: Columbus wins 'Smart City Challenge'

King to retire as R. J. Corman's top exec

FRA: Failure to maintain track, equipment caused UP train derailment

Sound Transit, L.A. Metro add expansion measures to November ballot

June 23

Rail supplier news from ShipXpress, Lilee, SmartDrive and Bombardier (June 23)

Wisconsin DOT wraps up Milwaukee rail station project

Reading & Northern promotes three to VP roles

WMATA names Leader chief operating officer

U.S. rail traffic decline drags on

SEPTA gears up for trolley tunnel repair work

Lac Megantic won't pursue legal action against CP for train disaster

Meridian Speedway rail line preps for upgrades in Louisiana, Mississippi

June 22

San Diego MTS earns 'perfect' state performance audit

NS intermodal subsidiary, MercuryGate sign Modal-X integration pact

FTA, FHWA recertify MTC's transportation planning for northern California

BLET announces election results

Ontario to expand GO rail service in Durham region

STB: Class I employment continued slide in mid-May

Wainwright/TVS plans second facility to serve South Carolina port

MARTA expansion projects approved for Atlanta ballot referendum

June 21

League of Railway Industry Women seeks nominees for 'Outstanding Woman of the Year'

Cincinnati transit agency names Demarcus diversity director

California High-Speed Rail Authority agrees to explore 'green' technology

TNW marks facility and service expansion for central Texas short line

APTA honors winners of safety and security awards, rail rodeo competition

WMATA wraps up installation of weather-tight seals on third-rail power feeds

CP expects 12 percent decline in 2Q revenue

June 20

Rail Supplier News from GREX, Parsons, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and HNTB (June 20)

Report recommends five-year investment plan to help Port Manatee keep pace with projected cargo volume

Valley Metro boards name new leaders

UP unveils infrastructure upgrade plans for New Mexico, Utah, Washington

CTA unveils final designs for 95th Street Terminal

Virginia panel OKs six-year, $14.4 billion transportation plan

Canadian government proposes locomotive emissions regs

June 17

Rail supplier news from Herzog, Miller Ingenuity, Masabi, CarMath, Hanson and CH2M (June 17)

Canadian railroads release video on AskRail mobile app

Crossing upgrades advance in five states

MBTA projects record commuter-rail fare revenue for FY2016

BMW begins to build auto plant in Mexico on KCSM line

Amtrak, SEPTA and other partners introduce Philadelphia station development plan

Canadian government postpones repeal of transportation act provisions

Maryland Purple Line lands $874.6 million TIFIA loan

June 16

NJ Transit marks 20th anniversary of Midtown Direct service to New York City

Carloads continued to slump for U.S., Canadian roads in week No. 23

UTA mulls new approaches to transit-oriented development

STB extends comment period for proposed Great Lakes line, proposes rate case rulemaking

Metra OKs $3 million contract to renovate Calumet Station

California, Arkansas ports cranked up cargo volume in May

AAR and ASLRRA to FRA: Withdraw proposal to mandate two-person crews

June 15

CH2M lands contract to rehab Trinity Railway Express bridge in Dallas

Kentucky cabinet seeks comments on draft freight transportation plan

TMSA selects CN's Savoy as top marketing executive for 2016

UP slates infrastructure upgrades in Nevada, Wyoming

WMATA investigates track machine derailment in Virginia

CSX releases social responsibility report, rates another IT workplace ranking

Ontario inks pact to clear way for expanded commuter-rail service between Toronto, Waterloo

June 14

Rail supplier news from Nomad Digital, Loram, Keolis and Eno Center (June 14)

Amtrak, MTA install backup power system for Baltimore Penn Station

SEPTA debuts fare payment system pilot

UP improves ranking on Newsweek's annual 'green' list

VIA Rail, Unifor ink tentative pact to avert strike

Canadian agencies seek comments on CN's proposed Milton hub

Washington state, federal inspectors to inspect track along Columbia River Gorge

Gov. Cuomo, New York legislators implement measures to improve rail safety

June 13

PATH to install PTC on 33rd Street Line

CTA awards contract for Quincy Station renovation project

Retail import patterns 'uneven' for the summer, retail federation says

Amtrak's Hoosier route improves on-time performance, revenue

USDOT unveils new hazardous materials safety grant

L.A. Metro unveils plan to accelerate transportation projects

New AAR report cites freight railroad industry's economic impact

June 10

U.S. Rep. Fitzpatrick visits New Hope & Ivyland Railroad for TRAC product demonstration

AAR, international rail community honor crossing awareness day

U.S. senators call on TSA to address passenger-rail security

Reading & Northern acquires coal company's rail line

BART OKs $3.5 billion ballot initiative to fund repair plan

XpressWest ends Vegas-L.A. high-speed rail pact with Chinese firm

Desert Line reconstruction to ease rail traffic between San Diego, Mexico

June 9

Rail supplier news from STV, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, LTK and Michael Baker International (June 9)

Panama Canal Authority receives report on third set of locks

New York agencies partner with short lines to cut gas emissions

Pasha Automotive gains direct access to CSX, NS at Tradepoint Atlantic site

EMD ships Metrolink's first Tier 4 locomotive from Indiana

AAR: U.S. rail traffic drops 17.3 percent in week 22

APTA: U.S. light-rail ridership grew 3 percent in Q1 2016

June 8

Toronto Transit Commission finishes laying track for subway extension

Michigan RTA slates meetings on Detroit transit plan

Washington State DOT soliciting applications for freight-rail grants, loans

New York State awards $16.3 million in grants to upgrade rail infrastructure

UP names Ferguson EVP, chief legal officer; Reading & Northern promotes Ludwig

Vermont budget allocates $33.4 million for rail projects

TIGER VIII applications total $9.3 billion in requests for funding

June 7

DART to mark 20th anniversary of light-rail system

TriMet promotes Witter to lead capital projects division

Oklahoma DOT issues RFQ for Heartland Flyer

BNSF, Southwestern Railroad help Iron Horse set frac sand unit-train record

Rail fastener may have caused UP train derailment, report says

Sacramento transit agency names Li general manager, CEO

Ontario pledges $1 billion to Ottawa's light-rail expansion project

CN CEO Mongeau stepping down; Jobin to take helm

June 6

Rail supplier news from Rockwell Collins, Harsco, Trinity and Alstom (June 6)

AAR recognizes Metra for rail safety education efforts

Nebraska Central Railroad promotes Greve to new role

RAC honors CN, Quebec North Shore & Labrador for safety efforts

L.A. Metro to build first Purple Line extension subway station

CN asks municipalities to offer input for key route risk assessments

LIRR awards major contracts for double-track project

Tank cars involved in UP derailment met new standards

June 3

U.S. Rep. Bustos visits Rail Construction Equipment to discuss industry concerns

Siemens completes 70th ACS-64 locomotive for Amtrak

Port of New Orleans posts record growth

UP preps infrastructure projects for Idaho, Oregon, Iowa

Santa Clara VTA finalizes sales tax measure for November ballot

Caltrain signs off on FY2017 capital, operating budgets

U.S. rail traffic up 1.9 percent during week of May 28

Sound Transit accelerates light-rail expansion timeline, adds new projects

June 2

Rail supplier news from Amsted, Thales, Timken, Alstom and Bombardier (June 2)

SEPTA preps for trolley line track renewal

UP report outlines last year's sustainability improvements

Gulf & Ohio Railways promotes four execs

NARP calls on FRA, NJ Transit to expedite Hudson River tunnel project

Pennsylvania panel awards grant to Reading & Northern bridge project

Sound Transit kicks off $120.5 million Tacoma trestle project

U.S. rail traffic falls 6.8 percent in May

June 1

Montreal transit agency to hike fares July 1

Washington state solicits input on crude-oil transport rules

FTA, FHWA release final rule for metropolitan transportation plans

VIA Rail logs ridership, revenue gains in first quarter

FRA's Feinberg to NARS: Embrace technology to improve safety

Needless radio communications are too distracting, union leader says

Sound Transit considers accelerating light-rail expansions

Norfolk Southern won't work with Great Lakes' proposed rail line

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