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Rail News: July 2016

July 29

Rail supplier news from ARI, Jacobs, HARTING and Aztec (July 29)

Amtrak to launch national on-board magazine

UP notes lowest employee injury rate

Volpe appoints Aylward as center's next director

RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases up in June

Sound Transit taps HDR for Tacoma Link expansion, names Carter chief of staff

MTA unveils budget and financial plans, proposes fare hikes

STB withdraws proposal to prioritize freight trains over Amtrak

July 28

Metra taps firm to re-evaluate fare zones

AAR: U.S. rail traffic falls 5.3 percent in Week 29

Contra Costa transit agency OKs sales tax ballot measure

MTA's subway car RFP includes provision to encourage U.S. job creation

USDOT makes available $199 million in grants for PTC on commuter railroads

Congressional committee seeks audit of FTA's safety oversight of WMATA

Lawmakers announce TIGER VIII grant awards

STB proposes competitive switching rule

July 27

Metra to host second annual vendor fair in August

FRA's Feinberg calls for stronger measures to prevent rail-crossing fatalities

PHMSA seeks comments on hazmat insurance study

FTA unveils rule requiring transit asset management plans

WMATA's Wiedefeld proposes ending late-night rail service

Watco to begin transloading operations at NS terminal in Sandusky

MBTA OKs $18.5 million contract for Red Line winter resiliency work

Norfolk Southern's Q2 profit falls on lower volumes

July 26

APTA honors six transit agencies for sustainability accomplishments

Metro Transit-St. Louis picks HNTB-led team to design new station

Canadian environmental agency solicits public input on proposed CN-served yard project

Final two NJ Transit labor unions OK new agreement, avert strike

Kansas City Southern's Mexican rail operations blocked by protesters

New York City Transit to close L line subway tunnel for 18 months

Canada to speed up phaseout of DOT-111s for crude oil use

CN's Q2 profit slips on lower carload volume

July 25

Rail supplier news from Herzog, Trinity, Hill International, Wabtec, Ansaldo and RSI; and in memoriam: ShipXpress' Charith Perera (July 25)

ARCI: Car orders climbed, deliveries slipped in second quarter

Twin Cities & Western turns 25

USDOT creates 'Build America Bureau' to streamline financing for infrastructure projects

ASLRRA lauds tax credit legislation's 2,000th cosponsor since 2004

RTD opens B Line commuter-rail route

CSX to build intermodal terminal in North Carolina, serve inland port in Georgia

Transport Canada to fund improvements for VIA Rail's stations, maintenance facilities

July 22

Harsco Rail, Siemens host U.S. lawmakers for plant tours

WMATA seeks feedback on redesigned website

TriMet names Shin deputy general counsel

MBTA issues $337.3 million in bonds

Amtrak to hold 'Industry Day' for Baltimore Penn Station plan

Arkansas Midland Railroad to roll out ethanol unit train

STB: Class I employment decline continued in June

Honolulu transit agency awards $875 million contract for airport guideway, stations

July 21

Brightline marks progress on MiamiCentral transportation hub

AAR: U.S. rail traffic dips 5.6 percent in Week 28

MARTA names Springstead assistant GM

LRIW accepting 'Woman of the Year' nominations until Aug. 15

DCTA contracts with First Transit to operate, maintain A-Train

OmniTRAX to help run Decatur railroad, wins GE's Fast Track Award

FRA OKs environmental report for New England passenger-rail plan

UP's Q2 profit drops 19 percent on lower volumes

July 20

Rail supplier news from Progress Rail, Logistical Labs, Amphenol, Cubic, Nomad and Vossloh (July 20)

Metra kicks off renovation of Union Station's Madison Street entrance

Secure Rail Conference to return April 2017

Former TTC chair Giambrone named director of NYC streetcar project

VRE posts ridership surge as WMATA closes lines for maintenance

CSX, North Carolina announce pact for direct intermodal rail service

APTA opposed to GOP's call to end federal funding of public transportation

CP posts 12 percent decline in Q2 revenue, announces Creel as next CEO

July 19

Sound Transit, NJ Transit mark light-rail anniversaries

Northern Virginia transportation budget includes new Metrorail station

Metrolink puts its first Tier 4 locomotive on display

CSX dubbed 'best place to work' based on disability inclusion practices

SacRT's Li shakes up executive leadership team

Cuomo unveils MTA subway car design, announces station renovation plan

STB has no oversight of Texas Central's high-speed rail project

Kansas City Southern posts higher profit, flat carload volume in Q2

July 18

Amtrak picks second crop of 'writers in residence'

SEPTA adds five more leased commuter-rail cars

UP seeks input on communication center standards

Miami Beach moves ahead with streetcar negotiations

Minnesota Gov. Dayton announces new council on freight rail

FTA unveils final environmental statement for Minneapolis' Blue Line extension

FRA, Texas DOT solicit public input on passenger-rail options

Freight-rail industry opposes, unions support FRA's two-person crew proposal

July 15

Rail supplier news from Ansaldo, Duos, IMC Cos. and CMA (July 15)

Ontario Northland to refurbish luxury rail cars for tourist train

Transit agencies use 'Pokemon GO' to encourage ridership

Caltrain to swap train sets to relieve crowding, perform maintenance

OmniTRAX Logistics manages major steel shipment in Oklahoma

Oregon senators introduce bill to improve safety of oil trains

FTA: WMATA crews broke safety rules during 'SafeTrack' work

NTSB: BNSF trains collided after one train missed a red light

July 14

Unifor members ratify new contract with VIA Rail

MassDOT unveils state transportation improvement plan

L.A. Metro Expo Line extension boosts ridership

AAR: U.S. rail traffic drops 17.2 percent in week 27

Electrical problems cause systemwide delays on NYC subways

USDOT proposes new oil-spill rule for high-hazard trains

Indiana Rail Road opens new transload facility in Indiana

CSX: Q2 revenue down 12 percent due to lower volumes

July 13

Rail supplier news from NMC Railway Systems, Alstom, TranSystems and Ohio Crankshaft (July 13)

Grade separation project advances on North Carolina rail line

Equipment, leasing report: 'Sluggish' investment growth ahead

Kansas begins construction of Great Bend shipping center

New Orleans RTA nears completion of North Rampart streetcar extension

South Dakota short line completes main line siding project

Metrolink OKs $1.5 million expense to repair defective car parts

July 12

Rail supplier news from Freightcar America, U.S. Bank, Omega Industries and NRC (July 12)

U.S., Canadian freight-rail regulators meet in Ottawa

WMATA begins fourth safety 'surge'

FECR welcomes first neo-Panamax ship bound for PortMiami

MassDOT unveils final environmental report for South Station expansion plan

New Illinois bridge will link Joliet intermodal center to I-80

Amtrak selects Arup for Chicago Union Station design team

SEPTA adds leased cars, locomotives after pulling Silverliner units from service

July 11

Metra wraps up Ravinia Station repair project

Brookville ships third Liberty streetcar to DART

GE manufactures 1,000th locomotive in Fort Worth

Anacostia appoints Fox managing director

Port of Oakland welcomes first train to stop at new rail facility

Sound Transit: $53.8 billion expansion plan would cost locals $169 a year

STB wants alternative routes for Great Lakes Basin's proposed rail line

Caltrain awards $1.25 billion worth of electrification contracts

July 8

South Carolina Ports Authority's Newsome honored by ag coalition

MBTA to select preferred transit app

IANA unveils new website to streamline 'street interchanges'

Operation Lifesaver reveals grants for 11 state campaigns; NS brings safety message to Indiana

U.S. rail traffic rose in Week 26, but data excluded holiday impact

New York receives $22.7 million for counterterrorism efforts on transit systems

DART police officer among those killed in Dallas

July 7

FTA unveils website for TOD projects

Metro-North, LIRR mobile ticketing app to launch in August

Milwaukee council OKs $20 million for streetcar extension

NS settles hiring discrimination case

Melford Atlantic Gateway terminal will serve U.S., Canadian markets via CN

WMATA wraps up second round of accelerated repair work

U.S. rail traffic fell 6.3 percent in June

USDOT identifies freight projects to receive FASTLANE grants

July 6

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Alstom and Hanson (July 6)

Schumer wants oil companies to stabilize volatile crude before shipping

California panel OKs 156 transportation improvement projects

PANYNJ to welcome first neo-Panamax vessel

Transdev obtains $15.5 million contract to operate Detroit streetcar

Quebec, federal officials ink new transit funding agreement

Rail projects in Virginia, Oregon to receive federal grants

July 5

Metra updates purchasing plan

Port Everglades partners with EPA on air emissions project

NS exec to meet with manufacturers in China

Food Logistics recognizes UP's sustainable shipping practices

Ontario starts Laird Station construction

WMATA replaces porcelain third-rail insulators

NTSB to host meeting on tank-car safety

SEPTA pulls 120 rail cars from service due to structural defect

July 1

Congressman Polis visits Encore Rail Systems' plant in Colorado

Rail supplier news from RSI, Bombardier, J.B. Hunt and PFL Petroleum (July 1)

Allegheny County port authority approves FY2017 budget

WMATA names Lee general counsel

Anacostia Rail promotes Perri, Lurkins; hires Elkins

BART unveils new diesel trains for Antioch extension

CP to lay off 500 MOW workers

Report: Rail-car demand 'weakened significantly' in Q1

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