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Rail News: July 2020

July 31

Rail supplier news from Progress Rail, ACCIONA, Alstom, Keolis, STV and WSP (July 31)

FTA develops pandemic recovery product supplier list

Chicago suburb updates TOD plan near Metra station

North Carolina group seeks to strengthen Triangle's transit connections

PUCO approves Ohio grade crossing upgrades

PANYNJ sees growth potential in CSX's expanded DeWitt Rail Yard

CN issues plan for 2020-21 grain crop year

Pandemic's impact hammers Q2 intermodal traffic

July 30

DART names Dye to board post

Survey: Caltrain riders to return to rail post-pandemic

Buckingham Branch Railroad acquires railcar repair facility

BART issues bonds to pay for rail infrastructure work

Freight-rail traffic slump continues

Kansas DOT proposes two-person train crew rule

FTA announces availability of grant funding to speed up projects

Canadian Pacific issues climate change statement

July 29

Canadian agencies make rail station accessibility improvements

Cap Metro, Austin council recommend Project Connect investment

San Diego MTS security head Guaderrama to retire

APTA: Latest pandemic-relief bills ignore transit

SEPTA sets up fund for frontline workers' families

Virtual event will recognize rail industry's 'Rising Stars'

CN outlines cap-ex plans for three Midwest states, Tennessee

Norfolk Southern: Q2 revenue down 29 percent on lower volume

July 28

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Alstom, Trinity, Nokia, TRAINFO and SkyRights (July 28)

USDOT document addresses crossmodal technology policy

MTA speeds up subway station accessibility projects

Georgia Ports Authority sets tonnage record in FY2020

Metra to add express service to BNSF, Rock Island lines

AAR recognizes CSX's Davis with Chaffee environmental award

NJ Transit, Amtrak commit to Portal Bridge replacement in 2021

Sanborn to join Norfolk Southern as EVP, COO

July 27

Austin’s Cap Metro to upgrade fare system

South Carolina port to serve huge Walmart distribution center

Report: Caltrain reduces GHG emissions by 44 percent

Pandemic update: VRE adds trains to promote social distancing

Amtrak tightens mask requirement

Rail coalition calls on Senate to approve STB nominees

CN rolls out infrastructure plans for Louisiana, Mississippi

NYCT to acquire 25 diesel-electric locomotives

July 24

Rail supplier news from OptiFuel, Wi-Tronix, Bourque Logistics, Harsco, Voith and Tealinc (July 24)

Alaska Railroad revises summer rail service

ARCI: Rail-car orders, deliveries slowed in Q2

Study: Development near DART stations generate billions

Pennsylvania extends intermodal cargo incentive program

Work begins on Newport News Transportation Center

CN breaks down infrastructure spending in Michigan, Wisconsin

FRA reorganizes rail safety office

July 23

Metrolink completes ticket machine update

Rocky Mountaineer suspends remainder of 2020 season

Virgin Trains advances financing for Vegas high-speed rail

OmniTRAX expands rail-ready program to Winchester & Western

U.S. intermodal traffic decline slowed in Week 29

MTA slashes expenses to address COVID-related losses

CSX reports lower Q2 revenue across all markets

UP's Q2 revenue, profit plummet on lower volumes

July 22

Rail supplier news from AITX, Leclanche, APTIM, HDR, TransSystems and STV (July 22)

MTA to rehab Rutgers subway tunnel

Portland council sends $5B transit measure to voters

Class Is employed fewer people in June

Metra asks STB to intervene in UP service dispute

USDOT issues loan to MBTA for PTC project

CP reports lower Q2 revenue, record low operating ratio

CN revenue falls 19 percent in Q2, announces plan to acquire 1,500 grain cars

July 21

BLET ratifies new contract with WNYP

Volkswagen opens process center at Baltimore port

Padgette elected state-Amtrak committee chair

Metra selects engineering, design firms for 75th Street Corridor projects

Reading & Northern hires Laubenstine as VP of coal marketing

WMATA to restore rail service to near pre-COVID levels

DCTA wins federal grant for TOD planning

North Carolina Railroad names Warren president

July 20

Illinois RTA unveils draft framework of capital investments

Metra to begin West Hinsdale Station platform replacement

Valley Metro awards contract for light-rail extension project

GAO: FTA should be more transparent with capital grant program

NRF: Retail imports remain far below last year

Ohio commission OKs grade crossing projects in four counties

CSX named 'best place to work' for disability inclusion

WisDOT seeks comments on Muskego Yard freight-rail bypass project

July 17

Duos Technologies CEO Arcaini to retire

APTA solicits input on draft security standards

Amtrak met FY19 sustainability targets, report says

NCTD orders 11 rail cars for Coaster commuter-rail service

Ohio panel awards rail infrastructure grants to short lines, shippers

Sound Transit breaks ground on Federal Way light-rail extension

STB: Texas Central project falls under board's jurisdiction

KCS revenue falls 23 percent in Q2

July 16

Rail supplier news from LILEE, Alstom, Hub Group; and in memoriam: Steven Beal (July 16)

NYCT activates contactless fare system at Bronx subway stations

CRANDIC Rail-affiliated firm rebrands as Travero

Metra OKs contract to build new station on UP North Line

TTX Co. to open facility at Joliet intermodal center

AAR: Traffic decline continued in Week 28

NJ Transit to buy eight Bombardier locomotives

BNSF tests autostrads to improve intermodal operations

July 15

RTD-Denver marks Southwest light-rail line's 20th year

SEPTA launches contactless payment option on regional rail

Caltrain drafts policies to increase rail service availability

ASLRRA 'pleased' with rail funding levels in appropriations bill

OIG: Amtrak needs to better define police department's role, priorities

DART receives rail delivery for Silver Line

AAR poll: A majority of Americans support freight rail's role in U.S. economy

Transit execs urge Congress to pass $36B in emergency relief funding

July 14

Rail supplier news from Dachser, Colliers, Alstom and Ardanuy (July 14)

Metrolinx wraps up Rodgers Road rail bridge repairs

Pandemic update: Metrolink installs sanitizing dispensers on all rail cars

Amtrak will serve new North Carolina transit station

RTD-Denver seeks rider feedback on future rail needs

Study shows major diversion of freight from rail to roads if bigger trucks allowed

Secure Rail Conference goes virtual

Mississippi port receives grant for North Rail Connector project

July 13

NJ Transit deploys handheld mobile fare validators

Caltrain hires naming rights, sponsorship consultant

TSB investigating wheel cracks on Ottawa light-rail trains

A2A Rail taps HDR for survey work in Alberta

MTA seeks innovations to keep rail safe during the pandemic

Rail union urges Class Is to start COVID-19 testing, tracing

Major construction begins on Foothill Gold Line Glendora-Pomona segment

Draft EIS unveiled for Port of Long Beach on-dock rail facility

July 10

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Alstom, HDR, Railroad Consultants and Transdev (July 10)

LIRR to eliminate grade crossing in New Hyde Park

RBMN to challenge latest court ruling on SEDA-COG's authority

Ontario Northland Railway, Monarch Gold ink MOU

OmniTRAX expands rail-ready program to Stockton Terminal and Eastern

CN unveils 2020 infrastructure plans for Saskatchewan

VIA Rail lays off 1,000 employees

Bill would tie Amtrak funding to preservation of long-distance routes, staff

July 9

TriMet to close Steel Bridge for MAX light-rail work

SFRTA's board elects Valeche chair

WMATA OKs solar panel installation agreement

G3 opens grain terminal at Port of Vancouver, elevators in Alberta

EPA studying disinfectants for trains, stations

Wainscott joins CSX board

CHSRA to release environmental document for San Francisco-San Jose segment

U.S. freight-rail traffic slipped 2.4 percent in Week 27

July 8

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Paceline, Sener, TekTracking, WSP and Bergmann (July 8)

Calgary Transit unveils mobile ticketing app

Metro Transit-St. Louis launches on-demand service

Metra, Metrolink launch digital tools to support social distancing

PANYNJ blames pandemic for lower cargo volume in May

FRA awards grants to anti-trespassing programs

Canada's rail fatalities, accidents rose in 2019

CN sets another grain haul record in June

July 7

Pandemic update: Santa Clara VTA unveils safety plan

Minnesota freight program, Ohio projects target crossing upgrades

Pittsburgh transit agency begins two-year transit tunnel project

KCS updates 2019 sustainability report

MTA calls on developers to improve seat tracking app

CN highlights planned infrastructure upgrades in three provinces

Project team seeks input on planned Colorado transit-rail service

CP broke more grain-carrying records in June, Q2

July 6

Valley Metro boards elect new officers

RSI leader O’Malley to step down at month’s end

In memoriam: Long-time OCTA board member Winterbottom

Feds approve environmental analysis for Washington state port rail project

MARTA deploys new rail-car disinfectant technology

Fortson assumes gavel as NMB chair

Virgin Trains USA enters right-of-way agreement for Las Vegas-LA high-speed rail

Watco to serve six major Dow chemical plants in the U.S., Canada

July 2

Rail supplier news from AREMA, Alstom, SENER, VTG, LRW and SISCOG (July 2)

CSX awards contract for railroad car dumper system

BLET, Indiana Southern reach tentative pact

Canada to invest in Vancouver rail infrastructure

House passes $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill

Iowa Interstate Railroad opens Duggan Bridge

KCS shuffles leadership to carry out PSR strategy

AAR: U.S. freight-rail traffic recovery accelerated in June

July 1

BART, VRE unveil new resources to aid passengers

RTD-Denver’s latest financial projections better than predicted

Capitol Corridor kicks off environmental review of South Bay rail project

Ontario Northland names Duquette VP of transportation

Kansas DOT awards grants to improve rail service

AAR: Freight railroads welcome new era of North American trade

NJ Transit enters PTC into extended revenue service

KCS de Mexico's top exec Zozaya to retire Aug. 1, Del Cueto named successor

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