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Rail News: July 2017

July 31

WMATA preps for Green Line interlocking replacement

Georgia Ports Authority posts record TEUs in FY2017

BNSF, UP to serve new ethyl acetate plant in Nebraska

Ferromex to use GE digital services to monitor locomotives

FTA allows Durham-Orange rail project to begin engineering

L.A. Metro launches workforce development program

Longshore workers' approval of West Coast port contract appears likely

Senate Appropriations OKs transportation funding bill

July 28

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Protran, Avtec, Arcadis, WSP and CHA (July 28)

Railway Association of Canada rolls out new website

USDOT releases TIGER funds for Illinois rail project

Massachusetts DOT taps Arup to study proposed rail connection in Boston

PANYNJ, ExpressRail post records in 2017's first half

GE to transfer locomotive production to Fort Worth

L.A. Metro inks five-year pacts with transit labor

STB concerned about 'deteriorated service' at CSX

July 27

TransLink logs ridership boost in 2017's first half

TriMet adopts new crime reporting system

U.S. carload traffic dipped in Week 29

Railway Interchange exhibit space sold out for September conference

Union Pacific elects Patel to board of directors

Senate panel restores funds for Amtrak long-distance trains, TIGER grants

KCS appoints Adamiak, Selby to new posts

Maryland Transit awards subway car, CBTC contract to Hitachi-Ansaldo team

July 26

BART's 'Fleet of the Future' to launch service in September

San Gabriel trench opens to train traffic

PATH logs ridership surge during Penn Station repairs

NTSB: SUV driver's actions led to deadly Metro-North accident

AAR calls on STB to withdraw proposed new regs

Lhota unveils plan to tackle NYC subway problems

CN's Q2 profit jumped 20 percent on volume growth

Norfolk Southern's Q2 net income surges 23 percent

July 25

CTA reopens Illinois Medical District Station entrance

Chao appoints federal reps to WMATA's board

UP safety videos win Telly Award

MBTA, Keolis to step up rail ticket checking

Pacific Harbor Line names Hoye VP

Metrolinx begins search for new rail operator

Trump administration seeks repeal of Obama's fracking regs

Connecticut taps TransitAmerica, Alternate Concepts to operate Hartford Line

July 24

Rail supplier news from Alstom, GCT, Quandel Consultants and Kontron (July 24)

UP notes six-month decline in crossing collisions

Tucson streetcar marks third anniversary

Metra bested on-time performance goal in June

CSX designates Alabama location a 'Select Site'

STB: Class I employment slide continued in June

Anderson takes helm as Genesee & Wyoming Australia CEO

Caltrain breaks ground on electrification project

July 21

Caltrain seeks input on new train seats

San Francisco transit agencies begin new rail-car testing

Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago passenger-rail service proposal enters next phase

Teamsters MOW division ratifies new pact with CP

L.A. Metro forms panel to oversee Measure M implementation

CSX, NC Ports to offer new intermodal rail service

PANYNJ OKs $134.5 million for PATH substation work

Kansas City Southern's carload growth drives record Q2 revenue

July 20

Rail supplier news from FreightCar America, Seneca Group, Jacobs, and JAGGAER (July 20)

Metra to install suicide prevention signs

Rail traffic gains continue for U.S., Canadian roads in Week 28

LRIW's 'Woman of the Year' nomination deadline extended

California cap-and-trade extension to fund high-speed rail

Cuomo slots $5.6 billion for LIRR improvements

Canadian Pacific posts record Q2 earnings

Union Pacific's Q2 net income soars 19 percent

July 19

Maryland Transit preps for light-rail repairs

Delaware DOT begins renovating Newark rail station

Metra to close ticket office on BNSF Line

Progressive Railroading launches Railway Interchange news feed

TTD elects Willis, Regan as labor group's new leaders

FRA unveils report on restoring Amtrak Gulf Coast service

Norfolk Southern to consolidate operating divisions

CSX posts Q2 revenue, profit gains as restructuring continues

July 18

Rail supplier news from PowerRail, ABB, Nebraska Central Dispatch, MEN Mikro and Tideworks (July 18)

Amtrak launches W.V. bus connections to Cardinal rail service

TriMet launches electronic fare payment system

PennDOT to review public-private TOD proposals for Amtrak stations

Sound Transit's Angle Lake rail station earns LEED Gold

Kentucky awards grade-crossing improvement grants

California rail agency begins geotechnical work for underground tunnels

Talgo ramps up rail-car overhaul work in Milwaukee

July 17

WMATA fires track supervisor for overtime abuse

USDOT should increase fed share of TIFIA financing, AASHTO says

Valley Metro adds Modelski, Novacek to management team

Freight infrastructure must be improved to maintain U.S. competitiveness, CAGTC says

NYCT gears up to renovate Brooklyn N line stations

Acquisitions boost G&W's North American traffic

MBTA to install PTC on Lowell commuter-rail line

ASLRRA: 45G tax credit achieves majority support in Congress

July 14

U.S. Rep. Hollingsworth tours Louisville & Indiana project

Rail supplier news from RCE, Alstom, Siemens and Cambridge Systematics (July 14)

TSB: Crossing design, distracted driver played roles in 2015 crossing accident

Toronto transit agency marks 31 billion rides

Parsec workers at Illinois terminal join Teamsters

Freight services index reached record level in May

BNSF to serve refrigerated warehouse in new South Dakota industrial park

Metro Transit solicits bids to build track for Southwest light-rail project

July 13

Ohio commission OKs safety improvements at two crossings

NJ Transit board blesses $1.34 billion capital budget

Amtrak station underway in Schenectady

UP consolidates management at Council Bluffs Service Unit

Alpenglow Rail acquires VIP Rail

FRA unveils record of decision for NEC FUTURE project

AAR: U.S., Canadian rail traffic rose in July's first week

NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal Amtrak incident in D.C.

July 12

Royal Palm Railway tourist trains to begin rolling in late summer

Rail supplier news from United Rail, Vertex, Lochner and WSP USA (July 12)

Bay Line Railroad to continue serving Enviva at Florida port

AGT Food amps up unit-train abilities with Montreal port terminal deal

Progressive Rail to operate state-owned line in North Carolina

CTA rail operators opt to strike

California, Virginia ports pumped up container volume in June

House committee's funding bill would ax TIGER program

July 11

Pennsylvania city to cue up quiet zone

TriMet wraps up renovations to Gresham City Hall light-rail station

Watco wins stevedoring safety award from insurance carrier

Select Sands expects bump in frac sand production, rail-car commitments

Suppliers partner with U.K. universities to conduct rail research

PATH nears ridership high-water mark

Grupo Mexico completes Florida East Coast Railway acquisition

Trump taps former Conrail President Batory to lead FRA

July 10

AECOM to acquire Shimmick Construction for $175 million

Sand Spring's transload facility lands 'premier' label from BNSF

Caltrain's average weekday ridership dips slightly

No new labor accord yet between union bargaining group, carriers' conference

Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern marks soon-to-start mainline upgrades

APTA kicks off search for new leader

Alberta commits funds for Calgary light-rail project

USDOT's inspector general to review federal oversight of PTC funding

July 7

Rail supplier news from Union Leasing, Kapsch TrafficCom, Steel Dynamics and Tiger Cool (July 7)

Saskatchewan short line buys grain hoppers from province

CSX, short line to help fund overpass in Indiana

Amtrak trains to temporarily return to Grand Central Terminal

Texas port contracts Primoris to complete rail project

Hoglander takes NMB's gavel for sixth time

State transportation funding includes $20 million for Caltrain electrification

FRA issues draft environmental report for Hudson Tunnel project

July 6

Rhode Island DOT offers free commuter-rail trips through year's end

LRIW seeks 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' nominations

Metrolinx's Mohyla wins Operation Lifesaver Canada's top safety award

MARTA names Goode executive director of diversity, inclusion

Short Line Safety Institute names Murta executive director

Metra unveils new Maywood Station

North American rail traffic gains continued in week 26

USDOT to provide $537 million loan for Moynihan Train Hall project

July 5

Rail supplier news from Leica Geosystems, Harsco, United Rail, HNTB and WAGO (July 5)

Minnesota DOT opens application period for freight funding program

Pittsburgh transit agency postpones new light-rail fare payment system

CIT to sell European rail leasing arm to VTG

Valley Metro names new chairs

Western New York & Pennsylvania workers join BLET

Western Group appoints Pajor to top business development post

UTA nets funds to double track S-Line streetcar route

July 3

Caltrain slates meeting on fare hikes

NTSB determines probable cause of 2015 BNSF derailment

Sound Transit begins building light rail on interstate bridge

Northern Plains Railroad marks 20 years of service

Amtrak updates progress on Penn Station renewal work

Transport Canada takes action on rail security, locomotive emission regs

North County Transit District gears up for PTC revenue service demo

Kansas City authority gets green light to purchase two new streetcars

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