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Rail News: July 2018

July 31

Landsberg, Homendy confirmed to NTSB

North Carolina ports report record traffic in FY18

RTA: Tie production, purchases rose in June

WMATA announces two labor agreements

Nissan honors UP for transportation solutions, hurricane recovery

IANA to honor Manning with Silver Kingpin Award

SunRail opens 17-mile extension

OIG: Amtrak's Washington Union Station projects face delays, cost overruns

July 30

NJ Transit police partner with Nextdoor to boost community policing

Amtrak's Michigan network adopts bike-friendly policy

FTA announces course on transit project planning

SMART TD's Lesniewski retires

LA Metro OKs bus-line crossing upgrades to prep for light-rail conversion

Oregon DOT, British Columbia, Microsoft pledge funds for high-speed rail study

RailTrends unveils 2018 conference agenda

G&W posts operating revenue, income growth in Q2

July 27

BLET meets with lawmakers over Tex Mex crew dispute

Rail supplier news from RSI, Bombardier, Alstom and WSP (July 27)

APTA names Houston METRO's Lambert 'outstanding' manager

Sound Transit taps Walsh to build light-rail extension

LRW seeks nominations for 'Outstanding Woman of the Year'

Amtrak projects aim for a smoother ride along Northeast Corridor

UP promotes Tennison to EVP, chief strategy officer

Mineta report highlights terrorist attacks on rail targets

July 26

San Mateo County to vote on proposed sales tax to relieve traffic congestion

Seattle mayor questions new streetcars' size

AAR: Rail traffic growth trend continues

Report: Short lines contribute significantly to U.S. economy

Senate OKs measure to analyze impact of Amtrak's on-time performance

Watco promotes four to executive team

FTA clears rail safety oversight programs in four more states

Feds: CSX to pay $2.2 million in penalties for derailment, oil spill

July 25

Rail supplier news from Dewberry, Railroad Software, Alstom and REMSA (July 25)

Sound Transit logged light-rail ridership record in May

Thermite weld failure caused CP derailment, agency says

LIRR launches accessibility program

Cleveland RTA exec Calabrese to step down sooner than expected

Operation Lifesaver, FRA announce rail-safety grant awards

CN boosts financial outlook after posting strong Q2

Norfolk Southern's Q2 results break records

July 24

NYCT to boost accessibility at Brooklyn G Line station

Sound Transit wraps up Bellevue tunnel excavation

North Carolina officials mark start of Charlotte Gateway Station project

LA Metro unveils alternatives for Crenshaw/LAX northern extension

ARCI: Rail-car orders increased in Q2

APTA: Majority of Americans favor increased public transit funding

T&I Chair Shuster introduces draft of infrastructure plan

CN appoints Ruest president, CEO

July 23

MTA crews relocate LIRR tracks to make way for Grand Central entrance

Port of Savannah set container volume record in FY2018

BNSF to help fund Moorhead grade-crossing project

CTA unveils details for rail station accessibility plan

Feds OK next phase of testing on RTD's G Line

TCRC ratifies four-year pact with CP

Metro Transit on track to beat rail ridership records

Court ruling allows Amtrak, FRA to set on-time standards

July 20

Rail supplier news from GE, Dewberry, Road & Rail, Wabtec and Kontron (July 20)

DHS slates cybersecurity summit

STB: Class I employment steady in mid-June

MBTA unveils new Green Line rail car

Long Ridge terminal wraps up rail loop project in Ohio

BNSF rail service extended at Port of Portland

NYC Comptroller's report cites lack of accessible subway stations

Kansas City Southern posts record Q2 results

July 19

Trinity Metro names two rail division VPs

OSHA solicits input on rail roadway work rule

Metra to reissue rail-car RFP

U.S. rail traffic grew 5 percent in Week 28

FTA unveils two new safety regs

FRA announces $318 million in CRISI grants for rail projects

Canadian Pacific posts Q2 revenue growth of 7 percent

UP reports 29 percent growth in Q2 net income

July 18

Alstom shareholders OK merger with Siemens

LA Metro slashes bike-share fares

Caltrain slates electrification meeting in Burlingame

MBTA names Levy customer experience chief

House subcommittee to address 2018 hurricane preparation

Virginia Railway Express hosts TSA security training

Emerge Energy to locate frac sand terminal on CN line

CSX beat expectations for Q2

July 17

Rail supplier news from STV, Cad Railway, WSP and VTG (July 17)

Morales joins Houston METRO's board

Caltrain slashes fines for fare evasions

FTA unveils FY2018 apportionments document

Long Beach port shattered monthly volume record in June

ATU members authorize WMATA strike

Met Council reaches agreement with TC&W to advance Southwest light-rail line

'Freight NYC' aims to modernize rail, maritime infrastructure in the Big Apple

July 16

Kansas City Streetcar reports ridership records

APTA forum focuses on 'future of mobility'

Sound Transit preps for 'floating bridge' post-tensioning

FRA hosts PTC symposium on interoperability issues

Santa Clara VTA seeks transit-oriented developers

Transport Canada announces clean-rail research grant awards

Rail Enterprise Group to launch rail services in Iowa, Tennessee

Watco names Webb exec chair, Smith CEO

July 13

Rail supplier news from GE, Siemens, Hanson and LRW (July 13)

FRA's Batory tours CSX's Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Caltrain wraps up Redwood City grade crossing work

FRA seeks applicants for state rail safety grants

MTA upgrades LIRR interlocking in Queens

Report: CSX VP O'Malley to join Brightline

Panhandle Northern Railroad seeks CRISI grant for safety improvements

Metrolinx Chair Prichard steps down

July 12

CTA reveals design for new Damen Green Line station

LA Metro to retire remaining P865 light-rail cars

Patriot Rail's Seaonus Stevedoring granted free-trade zone status at New Orleans port

CN budgets CA$315 million for Ontario projects

TRRA picks Walsh to rebuild Mississippi River rail bridge

AAR: U.S. intermodal volume jumped 12 percent in Week 27

SEPTA's first new Siemens locomotive hits the rails

NYSDOT awards $19 million to expand CSX's DeWitt terminal

July 11

Rail supplier news from HollyFrontier, Bergmann, NRC, Siemens and Lewis (July 11)

Windmiller joins St. Louis Bi-State Development board

Jury favors Sandbox Logistics in case against Arrows Up

South Carolina ports post record year in FY18

BLET seeks Trump's help in crew dispute with KCSR

MassDOT announces $1.8 million in grants for freight-rail projects

FTA certifies rail-safety programs for N.C., Puerto Rico and Washington

AAR, shippers: Trade war threatens U.S. economy

July 10

Metra to test fare zone changes

NJ Transit wraps up Cranford rail station rehab

APTA seeks feedback on three-year strategic plan

UP recognizes 54 shippers for chemical safety

NCTD to buy five new Siemens locomotives

OmniTRAX affiliate acquires two rail lines from CSX

CSX announces senior exec changes

Retailers: Imports to set new record in July

July 9

Amtrak expands pets-on-board program to Chicago-St. Louis trains

U.S. Rep. Hurd tours UP's border protection facility in Texas

Federal Transit Administration reaches golden anniversary

Short Line Safety Institute boots up new website

RTD slates public meetings on proposed fare changes

Container maintenance facility coming to South Carolina inland port

Watco turns 35, preps for new grain service in Australia

Trump chooses former Metra Chair Oberman for open STB seat

July 6

Arizona DOT seeks input on state rail plan

DCTA to offer free A-train rides for college students

SFRTA launches suicide prevention campaign

NARBW taps Bennett McKim as president

BNSF Logistics acquires Unlimited Freight

Mobile to contract Mott MacDonald to design downtown Amtrak station

TSB's Fox: Five years after Lac-Megantic, safety steps still needed

CSX to reopen hump yard near Nashville

July 5

Rail supplier news from LTK, CAF, Balfour Beatty and Keolis (July 5)

Valley Metro's rail board names Williams chair

SEPTA preps for annual trolley 'blitz' repairs

Canada issues funds for Thunder Bay port project

Alaska Railroad taps Newman to run PTC-focused department

Report: Honolulu's passenger-rail system faces $134 million shortfall

Hudson Bay Railway, Port of Churchill sale is off

AAR: Trade war could hurt U.S. rail traffic growth

July 3

MTA pilots new app, mobile site

Fortson named National Mediation Board chair

California High-Speed Rail Authority, church agree to settle lawsuit

UP diversion route completed near Cal Poly Pomona

Metro Transit-St. Louis names Mefford-Miller interim leader

Vossloh, CN sign pacts for ties, special trackwork

SEPTA seeks engineering proposals for King of Prussia Rail extension

Virginia port project to deepen, widen shipping lanes gets federal OK

July 2

SFRTA elects Bovo, Ryan to leadership roles

Sound Transit light-rail tunnel construction nearly finished

RAC, employers seek drug-testing for 'safety-sensitive' jobs in Canada

TransLink OKs funding for major transit improvements

House Democrats warn FRA against PTC exemptions

NJ Transit could qualify for PTC extension under new testing plan

IBEW group ratifies three-year pact with CP

FEIS released for Palmetto Railway's proposed intermodal facility

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