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Rail News: June 2019

June 28

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Thales, Focused Technology, Appalachian Railcar, Ondas Networks and HNTB (June 28)

NJ governor signs NJ Transit worker bill, highlights agency's progress

WMATA hands chairman's gavel to Smedberg

Former CSX exec Kendall joins FRA as deputy administrator

TriMet adopts 2020 budget, anticipates station consolidation plan vote

Norfolk Southern kicks off TOP21 operating plan

FTA allocates $60 million grant to DART for platform extensions

Alaska Railroad OKs historic pact to build new U.S.-Canada rail connection

June 27

MBTA lets contract for improvements at four subway stations

Austin's Cap Metro garnered high ridership growth in May

South Carolina ports set cargo record in May

Montreal agency to obtain more AZUR trains from consortium

GoTriangle CEO Mann to step down

U.S. rail traffic slide continued in Week 25

Senators introduce two-person train crew bill

ASLRRA names 293 winners of annual 'Jake' safety awards

June 26

BART to phase out paper tickets at four stations

Retailers call for boosting congressional authority over tariffs

VIA Rail gains Canadian government, infrastructure bank funding for service ramp up

House OKs legislation including THUD appropriations bill

MBTA to hasten capital construction projects under new state plan

FTA taps VTA as first entrant in expedited project delivery program

Schneider launches intermodal service at CSX ramp in Indianapolis

APTA honors transit-rail agencies' safety, security efforts

June 25

Rail supplier news from Keolis, FRA, DMI, Bourque Logistics and Alstom (June 25)

TEXRail receives CLIDE Award

MBTA creates rail safety review panel

BART earns top award at APTA's 2019 International Rail Rodeo

Utah Transit Authority names Gonot executive director

Virgin Trains breaks ground on Orlando passenger-rail line

PANYNJ unveils major plan to reduce delays on PATH trains

NTSB calls on FRA to stop delaying passenger-rail safety rule

June 24

Little Rock Port Authority's board re-elects Hendricks chair

San Diego MTS green lights TOD near Grantville Station

WMATA to enable automatic door-opening on Red Line

TC&W promotes Ryberg to assistant VP

Richardson appointed BART's first inspector general

Ohio commission OKs CSX grade crossing projects

BLET ratifies new contract with M&NA, reaches tentative pact with SEPTA

DART names future commuter-rail service the Silver Line

June 21

Rail supplier news from Vossloh, Nomad Digital, MUL Railcars, SNC-Lavalin, Railway Equipment and EnviroServe (June 21)

Caltrain completes 22nd Street Station improvements

California transit board names Padgette managing director of Capitol Corridor

UP recognizes 46 companies for safe hazmat practices

AAPA names Connor to succeed Nagle as top exec

Short-line tax credit advances in House, picks up 50th cosponsor in Senate

U.S. Class Is employed fewer workers in May

FTA allocates $300M to BARTís heavy-rail system

June 20

Sound Transit receives new light-rail vehicle

LA Metro report highlights on-demand service, congestion pricing study

U.S. rail traffic down again in Week 24

Denver RTD light-rail derailment prompts safety action plan

STB solicits comments on proposed Uinta Basin Railway's environmental impact

MassDOT, MBTA OK $18.3 billion capital plan

PANYNJ wraps up ExpressRail Port Jersey project

Amtrak police force cuts prompt lawmakers' security concerns

June 19

Rail supplier news from Thales, Wabtec, Cubic, HDR, Roadrunner, Wasatch and James Street (June 19)

Amports to expand acreage at Jacksonville port

Metro Transit-St. Louis logs ridership record during Stanley Cup celebration

NS honors Delaware-Lackawanna as 'short line of the year'

WMATA seeks improvements for Blue, Orange, Silver lines

CP recognized for logistics excellence

Connecticut DOT Hartford Line marks one-year anniversary

ASLRRA: House bill includes short-line tax credit

June 18

APTA to host maintenance, operator skills competition

Capitol Corridor increases train speeds

LA Metro begins work on Blue Line northern segment

NCDOT's Trogdon to chair AASHTO rail council

NTSB issues preliminary report on ethanol train derailment in Texas

Teamsters rail traffic controllers ratify new CN contract

NCTD board approves Siemens locomotive order

NYC Transit: Pact adds 500 officers to improve safety, combat fare evasion

June 17

NJ Transit to highlight accessibility options in video campaign

TransLink completes Joyce Collingwood Station project

DART forges pact with Anland North to develop Victory Plaza

Amtrak wraps up Acela interior 'refresh'

United Rail enlists Peakstone to raise capital for short-line acquisitions

Howard Energy expands rail-served bulk terminal facilities in Texas

Bombardier to move BART rail-car assembly to California

FRA issues proposed rule for passenger rail safety, risk-reduction systems

June 14

Rail supplier news from NRC, Tramont, Alstom, ABB Turbocharging, TekTracking, CRRC and HNTB (June 14)

PATH to open eastbound Harrison Station

LA Metro tunnel boring machine breaks through to Wilshire/Western Terminus

Palmetto Railways to serve new plastics transload facility

DART names Schulze chief of staff

North Dakota lawmakers seek Chao's help to fight Washington state's crude-by-rail law

USDOT seeks applicants for new port infrastructure grant program

MARTA OKs timeline for major transit expansion

June 13

WMATA names Mobbs counsel to inspector general

South Florida RTA to start PTC revenue service demos at Tri-Rail

FRA: Short Line Safety Institute's assessment model is 'robust'

Washington state to update railroad oil-spill response rules

NJ Transit lands federal grant for distributed generation project

U.S. rail traffic slump carries into June

BMW opens KCSM-served plant in Mexico

FRA announces $326M in rail safety, improvement grants

June 12

Amtrak's Empire Builder route turns 90

Orange County authority OKs FY2020 budget

Utah Transit Authority completes major construction project in one month

Coos Bay Rail Line rehabs 37 timber bridges

LA Metro installs new senior team members, announces Wiggins' departure

Louisville & Indiana Railroad, malting company to open transload facility

FRA awards grants for CREATE project, rail upgrades in Florida and Michigan

ASLRRA: House majority cosponsors short-line tax credit bill

June 11

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Infinity Transportation, Railroad Software and Road & Rail (June 12)

Met Council identifies Metro Transit police chief finalists

Amtrak trains again stop at Springfield Union Station

Arrows Up: CEO Allegretti retires, Renfro named successor

NJ Transit calls for bids to fill track-side canal

Santa Clara Valley authority OKs environmental report for light-rail extension

Watco to serve as rail manager of Meridian's new crude-oil refinery

FRA awards rail improvement grants in Arkansas, Missouri

June 10

LIRR to begin Penn Station construction

Wisconsin lawmakers OK funds to expand Amtrak Hiawatha service

Port of Virginia debuts on-dock rail yard

VTA transfers Berryessa extension testing to BART

Indiana short line obtains federal grant for infrastructure upgrades

CN marks 100th year in business

Caltrain approves FY2020 operating, capital budgets

FRA to award grant for Gulf Coast passenger-rail service

June 7

Rail supplier news from Hub, All Hands Fire, Hanson, Cloud Logistics, Raven Logistics and Cylus (June 7)

SMART, BART receive Bay Area Metro Award

Canada OKs new Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority

NJ Transit taps Khan as CTO for infrastructure, operation

Illinois OKs infrastructure bill that boosts transit-rail funding

BNSF to serve Ceres Global's new hydrocarbon transloading venture

Sound Transit begins Hilltop Tacoma Link construction

Canadian Pacific opens automotive compound in Vancouver

June 6

VTA redesigns website with focus on trip planning

United Rail launches Las Vegas Xpress project

Metro-North Harrison Station begins TOD construction

PUCO approves rail crossing upgrades in Ohio

Lacassine Operating to build blending plant at Louisiana rail terminal

Metra seeks input on transit connection pilot

Amtrak names Gardner, Winbigler to new exec roles

U.S. rail traffic slump continued in May

June 5

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Alstom, Veea Systems, Angel Trains, Geotab, Cubic and Schneider (June 5)

MTA NYCT updates train service status

Modesto short-line's Bienvenu elected chair of Beard's board

TransLink names Ladrak president of BC Rapid Transit

LA Metro reaches halfway mark on first section of Purple Line Extension construction

AAR responds to Supreme Court's decision on metrics, standards

League of Railway Women seeks 'Woman of the Year' nominees

House Appropriations OKs FY2020 THUD bill

June 4

Transit industry veteran Stephens dies

VIA Rail posts Q1 ridership, revenue growth

Amtrak upgrades track between DC, Baltimore

TriMet awards $80M fleet overhaul contract to Siemens Mobility

RailUSA acquires CSX line in Florida

DART orders FLIRT trains from Stadler

Canadian Pacific continues moving record amounts of grain

NS readies operating plan for precision scheduled railroading

June 3

DART, Uber partner on last-mile service

Metra opens new station shelter on Milwaukee District North Line

Amtrak, freight railroads continue service suspensions due to flooding

Corpus Christi port begins channel improvement project to serve energy market

MTA launches contactless fare payment pilot

Washington State DOT picks Omaha Track to operate short-line branch, announces $5.7 BUILD grant

CDOT issues RFP for Front Range passenger-rail study

Pat Ottensmeyer to receive 2019 Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends

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