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Rail News: June 2020

June 30

VIA Rail pledges to improve rail accessibility

STM receives first AZUR train of 17-train order

LIRR replaces Carle Park rail bridge

Berger elected chair of New Orleans port, Public Belt Railroad

Iron Horse rail terminal connects to BNSF, UP service

STB withdraws proposal to change cost-of-equity calculation

BART OKs 2021 budget, awards new HQ design-build contract

Rail supplier news from RSI, MULR, Alstom and Stadler (June 30)

CN outlines CA$1.3 billion in 2020 capital expenditures

June 26

Rail supplier news from VTG, H&H, SightLogix, Strukton and Cambridge Systematics (June 26)

MARTA completes Inman Park Station upgrade

GPA: Savannah port achieves top status for ag exports

APTA posts white paper on sanitizing transit vehicles, facilities

SC Ports Authority OKs 2021 financial, capex plans

Santa Clara VTA to expedite federal funding request for BART expansion

Port of Longview to begin North Rail Connection project

NJ Transit to restore regular rail service

June 25

Poll: Bay Area voters support dedicated funding for Caltrain

WMATA to restore Silver Line service in August

USDOT extends short lines' RRIF Express loan deadline

DART to award bonuses to front-line, essential workers

Toyota honors CSX with logistics excellence award

ASLRRA recognizes Jimenez, Herod for rail safety efforts

NJ Transit to receive $13.3 million in CARES funding

Freight-rail traffic decline continued in Week 25

June 24

Rail supplier news from STV, RailSolutions, Bombardier, WSP, BNSF Logistics and Powerbrace (June 24)

Rail union warns members about coronavirus exposure

VIA Rail logged 5 million riders in 2019

Amtrak, Tri-Rail to resume more service

Purple Line consortium threatens to pull out of light-rail project, report says

SLSI taps Leone to oversee research, organizational development

RTD-Denver to open N commuter-rail line in September

BNSF adds intermodal option between Seattle, northwest Ohio

June 23

Sound Transit preps for Federal Way light-rail extension construction

Rail suppliers raise concerns about INVEST Act

Metra, BART return some commuter-rail service; WMATA reopens stations

A2A Rail Canada names Gladu president

Canada, Ontario invest in 10 Waterloo transit projects

NYCT surpasses 2 million ridership mark

Amtrak selects developer for Philadelphia station project

Class I workforce continued to shrink in May

June 22

San Diego agency to test new fare enforcement approach

OCTA properly administering funds, oversight panel finds

VIA Rail, Valley Metro to require riders to wear masks

OIG advises USDOT to monitor CARES grants for fraud, waste

NS donates locomotive to Kentucky Steam

Chemical shippers endorse proposed study of PSR practices

BART unveils police reforms

USDOT issues final rule for transporting LNG by rail tank car

June 19

Rail supplier news from Strato, Miller Ingenuity, Cubic, Keolis and Direct Access (June 19)

Metro Transit-St. Louis to launch mobile ticketing

NARS recognizes Dodd, Mann with leadership awards

SMART authorizes funds for second Petaluma station

PANYNJ posts dramatic loss in business in April

Chicago commission OKs South Shore Corridor plan

AAR, ASLRRA offer mixed reviews of T&I's updated INVEST Act

USDOT announces $906 million in INFRA grants

June 18

MBTA accelerates Red Line infrastructure work

U.S. Rep. Pence proposes bill to improve grade crossing safety

TriMet redirects police funding to community services

Import-export companies back Quebec port's Laurentia project

NJ Transit outlines service recovery guidelines

CN conductor killed during switching operation

Calgary council OKs Green Line light-rail alignment

U.S. rail traffic down nearly 15 percent in Week 24

June 17

Rail supplier news from ENSCO Rail, APTIM and ClearBlade (June 17)

Washington state panel OKs funds for grade crossing safety, trespass prevention

Amtrak updates essential services plan

MBTA tests new fare option as commuter trends shift

Port Tampa Bay receives INFRA grant for intermodal project

LIRR launches seat-tracker app feature to support social distancing

Virgin Trains selects Wabtec for PTC implementation

Norfolk Southern to idle Bellevue hump yard

June 16

TTl, longshore workers set cargo movement record

Pandemic update: TransLink promotes face mask use

LA Metro completes decking project ahead of schedule

Georgia Ports Authority elects board officers

New York GOP leaders call for additional MTA funding

South Louisiana Rail Facility to develop rice mill

OmniTRAX elects Scott chairman

MBTA, Keolis extend commuter-rail contract through 2026

June 15

Caltrain, SDMTS increase rail service in California

North American transit operators form alliance

Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority names Scott CFO

T&I Committee to mark up surface transportation bill

USDOT to distribute 15.5 million masks to transportation workers

VTA, BART mark opening of San Jose-Milpitas rail extension

Rail unions seek end to RUIA sequestration

MARTA OKs FY2021 budget

June 12

In memoriam: Benjamin Tarbutton Jr.

Rail supplier news from Keolis, Teleste, Thales, Genetec, Alstom and Cyient (June 12)

CN propane supply chain sets record

CapMetro OKs rail expansion plan in Austin

CIB, Alberta sign MOU for Calgary-Banff Rail study

FTA funds transit-oriented development planning

OCTA approves 2021 budget

CSX EVP Harris to retire Aug. 1

June 11

BART tests new swing style fare gate

MBTA Gloucester drawbridge replacement work requires full closure into 2021

RCR Rail marks groundbreaking for Taylor Logistics Park

TransLink logs gradual ridership recovery

U.S. freight-rail traffic down 15.6 percent in Week 23

Metro-North to replace Port Chester rail bridges

TSB calls for research into uncontrolled rail-car movements in train yards

FRA issues notice for $291 million in state-of-good-repair grants

June 10

Caltrain OKs deeper discount for low-income riders

Congressional hearing highlights COVID-19 impact on transportation workers

Doyle named executive director of Baltimore port

Pandemic update: STM invests in new sanitation technology

ASLRRA taps Lynch as VP of congressional affairs

Virginia Railway Express extends contract with Keolis

OmniTRAX names Diaz Page to industrial development team

FRA solicits applicants for suicide prevention grant funds

June 9

Rail supplier news from RR Mergers, Milman, VTG Rail, Carbo Rail, HUBER+SUHNER and Masabi (June 9)

IANA cancels 2020 EXPO

Santa Clara VTA sets sustainability targets

NRF: Pandemic's impact on imports easing

NJ Transit unveils 10-year strategic plan

FTA announces $3.5 million in grants for 'mobility' pilot program

MTA launches 13-point reopening plan

California lawmakers want high-speed rail authority to defer major contract

June 8

MBTA advances Lechmere Station relocation work

APTA leadership pledges support for racial equity

PATH reopens WTC Station on weekends

BART, METRO add rail service to meet ridership demand

TSB: Rail made in 1953 a factor in CN derailment in Saskatchewan

Port of Corpus Christi awarded TxDOT grant for safety improvements

Caltrain approves FY2021 interim budgets

FRA grants unions' request for another extension to file certification petitions

June 5

Rail supplier news from Harsco Rail, Duos, Tensar, WSP, LCS and LRW (June 5)

DART to hold virtual public hearing on D2 Subway plan

Denver RTD names Snyder general counsel

CP donates $1 million to Minneapolis charities

Ontario government advances Ontario Line subway project

UP's Fritz calls for action on racial injustice

Amtrak seeks STB's help in dispute with Metra

Volume decline prompts NS to pursue rail yard efficiencies

June 4

TTC advances Chester Station accessibility project

Ohio panel OKs grade crossing upgrades

Virginia Railway Express prepares for district's reopening

Lac-Megantic rail bypass project making progress, Garneau says

Sound Transit to consider project delays to save tax revenue

AAR: 'Heartening' signs in May rail traffic data

FRA issues final environmental statement for Texas bullet train project

House Transportation Chair DeFazio unveils infrastructure bill details

June 3

Metra starts Rock Island Line grade crossing project

Savannah harbor deepening project sets precedent

BART to begin interlocking, track replacement in Hayward

MnDOT: Willmar rail connector project making progress

MTA calls for New York City's assistance as reopening begins

Amtrak detects data breach

Metro Transit-St. Louis to receive $142 million in CARES funding

CP sets grain haul record in May, completes CMQ network acquisition

June 2

Rail supplier news from Brown Rail, Bombardier, Wabtec and FTS (June 2)

Port Authority of Allegheny County drafts transit plan

Majority surveyed won’t ride transit after the pandemic, report says

North Carolina Railroad to assist foundry's freight-rail infrastructure project

NORTA to move operations, maintenance in-house

FRA study: Short Line Safety Institute's assessments improved safety culture

CN set grain haul record in May

Norfolk Southern's Scheib steps down

June 1

Braskem to open new export hub at Charleston port

LA Metro drafts long-term transportation plan

Markey bill would fund intercity passenger-rail service

TriMet adjusts budget due to COVID-19 impact

Protests, curfews prompt rail service suspensions

GPA opens first nine tracks of Mason Mega Rail project

Transit industry leaders blast CDC for recommending commuters avoid mass transit

USDOT announces $891 million in funding for 12 rail, bus transit projects

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