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Rail News: June 2017

June 30

Rail supplier news from Transdev, Greenbrier, Strukton, Kontron and Siemens (June 30)

SMART commuter-rail system begins 'preview' rides

BLET vote authorizes strike at Wheeling & Lake Erie

Transit security bill introduced in Congress

Kansas opens Great Bend transload facility

Ottawa taps RTG to deliver rolling stock for O-Train extensions

USDOT retools FASTLANE to leverage non-fed funding

MTA's Lhota to overhaul NYC subways

June 29

WMATA tests tunnel material to prevent arcing incidents

Cando awarded contracts for rail switching in Wisconsin

BART installs security cameras in all rail cars

U.S., Canadian railroads post traffic gains in Week 25

Metropolitan Council to install Tchourumoff as chairwoman

Brightline trains to run on biodiesel

CN, Whirlpool break ground on new distribution center

AAR recognizes Andrew Paul with Chafee environmental award

Gov. Cuomo declares state of emergency for MTA

June 28

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Skanska, Savage, Nordco and L.B. Foster (June 28)

Omnitrans names Baysden director of rail

Musk, Emanuel discuss tunnel idea for O'Hare high-speed rail line

RTA: Crosstie production up, purchases down in May

APTA recognizes Toronto Transit Commission as 'outstanding'

DERA reauthorization bill introduced

New York City A-train derails, injures 34

CSX crew members killed on Amtrak route near D.C.

June 27

Sacramento transit agency fast-tracks rail car repairs following heat wave

TransLink expands retail offerings at SkyTrain stations

Bill would create dedicated funding for freight infrastructure

MTA gears up for M line bridge replacements

UP honors customers for safe chemical transportation

Virginia panel OKs six-year plan for rail, transit projects

Hall named FRA's deputy administrator

Amtrak taps former Delta CEO Anderson as railroad's next leader

June 26

Metra names Deno chief HR officer, preps for new rail-car seats

UP budgets $2.5 million for Wisconsin projects

OmniTRAX affiliate files patent complaint against U.S. Silica

BART OKs funding for new rail-car fleet

Sound Transit secures $88 million federal loan for light-rail shop

VTG acquires Redwood Rail rail-car fleet

Canada pledges $333 million for Finch West light-rail line

L.K. Comstock obtains MTA contract for LIRR project

June 23

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Nomad, Yusen, Road & Rail and Transdev (June 23)

Canada pledges funds for Yonge subway extension

BLET ratifies pact with Indiana and Ohio Railway

Great Lakes Basin clarifies location of proposed freight-rail line

Kiewit named construction manager of Valley Metro light-rail extension

Operation Lifesaver, FRA award $217,000 for rail safety education

L.A. Metro OKs $1.4 billion budget for Gold Line extension

Lhota named MTA's chairman

June 22

Metro Transit to install light-rail track, improve signaling

Calgary Transit rolls out light-rail inspection car

UP to spend $5 million on infrastructure in Washington

SEPTA gears up for trolley tunnel work

STB: Class I employment declined in mid-May

L.A. Metro retires old Blue Line rail cars, unveils new units

AAR: North American rail traffic grew in Week 24

National Steel delivers first of new domestic rail cars to K+S Potash

June 21

MARTA launches rail system art program

Short Line Safety Institute unveils interactive training

Operation Lifesaver names new board members

NARP to rally for funding of Amtrak long-distance trains

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor names Metro Ports terminal operator

Metrolink to solicit input on proposed 2018 budgets

Chevron achieves milestone on Gulf Coast petrochemical project

Metro-North President Giulietti to retire in August

June 20

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, GE, PowerRail, 360 Rail, CTLGroup and Revolution Rail (June 20)

Valley Metro forms training program for HVAC equipment on light-rail cars

Quebec railroad to haul iron ore concentrate from Bloom Lake mine

U.S. House reps sign bipartisan letter seeking Highway Trust Fund solution

MTA reopens two elevated rail stations in Brooklyn

North Carolina Ports set for arrival of new container services

FTA reminds states to set up safety oversight programs for transit rail

Ontario begins environmental review of GO Transit's rail electrification

June 19

Caltrain takes steps to reduce stormwater pollution

Metra to replace grade crossing on Electric South Chicago Branch

MBTA pilot boosts ridership on Fairmount rail line

CN fined for diesel fuel discharge into river

Nevada's Sandoval vetoes two-person crew bill

Trudeau commits funds for Ottawa light-rail extension

Port Manatee, Chile officials explore trade potential

Cuomo: Financial deal set to start Penn-Farley train hall construction

June 16

Rail supplier news from Thales, CTC, Retlif, AngelTrax and Alstom (June 16)

USDOT solicits input on transportation project regs

St. Louis transit agency breaks ground on MetroLink rail station

UP maps infrastructure projects in Minnesota

MBTA to study future commuter-rail needs

FRA, MDOT issue 'no impact' finding for Susquehanna rail bridge project

Trudeau pledges funding to build light rail in Montreal

Amtrak should pay for Penn Station disruptions, Cuomo says

June 15

Pacific Harbor Line honored for Guard, Reserve support

NTSB: Amtrak derailment in Vermont caused by rock-slide debris

PortMiami handles largest container ship to call on Florida port

U.S., Canadian rail traffic gains continue

ASLRRA announces Jake Award winners

NJ Transit adjusts rail schedule for Penn Station repairs

G&W subsidiary opens bulk transfer terminal in North Carolina

Amtrak to build new locomotive shop in Seattle

June 14

Rail supplier news from Vertex, Trainyard Tech, Duos, RATP Dev and Louis Berger-Egis (June 14)

GO Transit to run all-day train service on Stouffville Line

CN publishes investor fact book

Former BLE VP Shell dies

UP announces capex plans for New Mexico

RTD to continue G Line testing

L.A. Metro to begin environmental process for West Santa Ana rail line

BART wins top prize at APTA Rail Rodeo

June 13

R. J. Corman celebrates 30th year

Gov. Sandoval signs bill to seek funds for Las Vegas light rail

Ohio panel OKs grade crossing improvements in Ravenna

Metrolinx issues RFP for Barrie Line double-track project

Pontiac station opens on Chicago-St. Louis high-speed line

MTA unveils Penn Station summer service plan

Florida East Coast Railway honored for business development

APTA recognizes rail agencies for safety, security

June 12

Denver transit agency launches 'MyRide' fare payment system

SEPTA gears up for trolley track renewal

Senate committee advances USDOT nominees

UP announces $68 million in capex projects for Iowa

GE names Flannery to succeed Immelt as CEO, chair

Metrolink tests Tier 4 locomotives

CTA issues RFQ for Red, Purple modernization project

Port of New Orleans to acquire Public Belt Railroad

June 9

Rail supplier news from ARI, Railserve, Hub Group, HNTB and RailPros (June 9)

ASLRRA honors GE's Griswell for distinguished service

Metro-North gears up for Waterbury Branch track improvements

UP schedules $24 million in capex plans for Arizona

Hampton Roads Transit mulls light-rail extension to Norfolk naval base

Belt Railway Co. of Chicago contracts with Wabtec for PTC

Sacramento transit agency moves security in-house

U.S., Canadian railroads post traffic gains in Week 22

June 8

TNW marks 35 years in business

Valley Metro kicks off light-rail station construction

North Dakota DOT publishes draft of new state rail plan

Metrolinx picks three teams to bid on Hurontario light-rail project

L.A. Port's FY2018 budget includes rail projects

WMATA to pull older fleets from service ahead of schedule

U.S. railroads posted 6.4 percent traffic growth in May

Denver RTD to resume rail line testing, but contractor concerned about approval time

June 7

Rail supplier news from IPS Cranes, CakeBoxx, Siemens, GE and RATP (June 7)

BART offers public access to station crime data

UP plans $70 million in projects for Colorado, Idaho

Mississippi Export Railroad promotes Luce to CEO

Connecticut DOT delays two New Haven Line projects

Washington bill clarifies regs of short lines hauling cooking oils

CTA marks 125th anniversary of 'L' rail system

CP unveils sales and marketing initiatives

June 6

WMATA replaces escalators at Woodley Park Station

MBTA breaks ground on new commuter-rail station

Port of Oakland seeks more rail business

Amtrak to prep train crews for new Roanoke service

Former rail union leader Watson dies

USD Partners acquires crude-oil terminal in Oklahoma

CHSRA pledges $115 million for L.A. Regional Connector rail project

CSX shareholders approve CEO Harrison's reimbursement

June 5

Iowa DOT solicits responses to freight plan amendment

San Mateo transit agency OKs $86.8 million budget for FY2018

L.A. Metro slates hearing on Purple Line extension environmental study

RTA: Crosstie production fell, but purchases soared in April

SEPTA board OKs solar project, fare hikes

CSX publishes 2016 corporate responsibility report

Oklahoma City agency taps Herzog for streetcar operations

STB wants more details on GLBT's freight-rail proposal

June 2

VRE to hike fares by 3 percent

L.A. Metro boring machine hits a milestone

WMATA preps for new preventive maintenance program

SMBC Rail acquires American Railcar Leasing

Union Pacific reports sustainability progress in 2016

Cleveland RTA breaks ground on new Campus Station rail hub

Canada safety panel cites inadequate train handling, fatigue in CP derailment

Greenbrier, MUL finalize $1 billion rail-car pact

June 1

Rail supplier news from AECOM, ZTR, McMillen Jacobs and Alstom (June 1)

Metra police charge suspect in yard theft

NS honors North Shore Railroad as 'Short Line of the Year'

U.S., Canadian railroads post traffic gain in Week 21

UTA reports ridership growth on S-Line streetcar

G&W acquires Heart of Georgia Railroad

G&W's Hellmann to receive 2017 Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends

FRA, FTC to award $197 million in PTC grants

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