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Rail News: August 2016

August 31

New STB website address to reflect agency's independence

Sound Transit to add extra train on commuter-rail route

MBTA names Chan real estate manager

BART debuts rewards program to encourage ridership outside peak hours

Researchers: Light-rail flywheel system could save energy, money

Great Western Industrial Park partners with real estate firm

NTSB opens public docket for 2015 Metrolink accident

GE acquires ShipXpress to expand digital rail offerings

August 30

Rail supplier news from Lilee, VHB, Ultimate Software, Contech, Gannett Fleming and Direct ChassisLink (Aug. 30)

Metro-North wraps up $3.6 million station renovation project

New Joliet intermodal center will have BNSF access

Metra takes delivery of final two Highliner cars

Rail subcommittee hears praise, criticism of California's high-speed rail project

WMATA pilots Wi-Fi service at six rail stations

Short Line Safety Institute completes safety assessment pilot project

AREMA honors CREATE's Englewood Flyover with annual Hay award

August 29

M-1 Rail is testing track for new Detroit streetcar

Sound Transit taps Absher Construction Co. to build Northgate Station

RTA: Crosstie production, purchases fell in July

Benson recommended as UTA's next president, CEO

North Carolina to buy PTC equipment with federal funds

Japan commits $2 million toward Baltimore-D.C. maglev study

Amtrak receives $2.5 billion RRIF loan for Alstom trains, Northeast Corridor upgrades

August 26

Kentucky lawmaker Guthrie visits R. J. Corman's headquarters

NARP names Nelson director of resource development

Genesee & Wyoming short line to serve diesel exhaust fluid terminal in Ohio

CP calls for on-board recording technology legislation

Sound Transit's Q2 light-rail ridership soared 77 percent

Washington state sets new crude-by-rail rule

FTA: WMATA fails to properly secure unattended trains

TIGER grant to help fund safety project at California rail crossing

August 25

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Rail.One, Lilee, Siemens and Unmanned Experts (Aug. 25)

Continental Refining begins shipping oil via Kentucky rail park

FECR appoints Hall as VP of carload sales

U.S. railroads post traffic increases in grain, autos

Sound Transit to open South 200th light-rail extension in September

CN, CDPQ reach Montreal track agreement for REM project

In memoriam: Emilio Sacristan Roy, architect of Mexico's railway privatization

Fort Worth Transportation Authority kicks off TEX Rail construction

August 24

Metra to paint station in Pullman rail-car colors

RICA names UP 'railroad of the year'

Milwaukee taps Kiewit to build streetcar line

CSX to add, speed up trains in Indiana

LIRR wraps up track installation for first phase of double-track project

CN, Archer Daniels Midland log traffic increase at Decatur ramp

Congressional hearing to examine status of California high-speed rail project

Class I employment in July down from last year

August 23

Fasana appointed L.A. Metro chair; Whitmore named Fort Worth agency's VP of administration

Cincinnati Bell buys streetcar naming rights

STB discontinues chairman's annual 'outlook' letter

Valley Metro taps Stacy and Witbeck to lead station construction

FRA, AAR warn Pokemon Go maker about gamers near railroads

ConnectOregon grants awarded to intermodal projects

UP applies for permit to operate Texas cross-border bridge

U.S. Sen. Blumenthal to Metro-North: Expedite PTC

August 22

TransLink unveils Mark III train

Indiana panel OKs $20 million for commuter-rail expansion efforts

California state grants to fund San Diego passenger-rail double-track projects

Indiana Rail Road, Venture Logistics to open warehouse in Indianapolis

FTA to hire new contractors to assist in WMATA safety oversight

Honolulu transit-rail agency exec Grabauskas resigns

Grain shippers object to rail carriers' views on STB's investigative authority

Rail groups praise Amtrak's choice of Moorman as next CEO

August 19

U.S. lawmakers tour rail facilities in Texas, Iowa

The Tide marks five years of light-rail service

Del Monte extends lease at CSX-linked Port Manatee

Metrolinx to increase train trips on GO Transit's Milton line

South Carolina ports log higher volume, earnings in FY2016

BLET members OK new SEPTA contract

Minnesota rail authority issues RFP for St. Paul rail yards project

WMATA police investigate East Falls Church derailment

Former NS CEO Moorman to lead Amtrak

August 18

New Orleans railroad names Sleeth director of business development

Reading & Northern lawsuit can proceed, judge rules

Infiniti vehicles processed at CSX-served JAXPORT terminal

Metra preps for tie replacement project on Electric District line

CP ready to move this year's larger grain crop

Amtrak police chief investigated for fraud, conflict of interest

North American railroad traffic slump continues

August 17

Rail supplier news from Hexagon, Michael Baker, LTK and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (Aug. 17)

UP, Operation Lifesaver issue public safety messages

FRA updates railroads' PTC implementation status

FTA orders WMATA to curb stop signal overruns

Caltrain inks contracts with Balfour Beatty, Stadler for electrification project

Canadian Pacific fined $1.2 million for violating FCC rules

California panel awards $390 million in transit grants

August 16

Valley Metro light-rail extension named project of the year

BLET releases details of NJ Transit labor pact

Train traffic, speed to increase on LIRC line in Kentucky, Indiana

Itawamba County Rail Authority takes control of Mississippi short line

BART: Bond revenue would fund repairs

L.A. Metro opens North Hollywood pedestrian tunnel

AAR again urges FRA to drop two-person crew proposal

FRA awards $25 million in PTC grants

August 15

Rail supplier news from NESCO, Schindler, Systra and Auto Truck (Aug. 15)

STB Reauthorization Act will help expedite rate cases, FRCA says

Ontario to add new GO Transit track on Toronto bridge

Saskatchewan leaders advise preparation for large grain crop

CTA gears up for $23 million renovation of medical district station

FRA awards $3 million toward SMART's PTC efforts

Rail shippers petition USDOT over tank-car safety regs

Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Providence and Worcester

August 12

Freight index increased in June, second quarter

U.S. railroads post 5.5 percent traffic decline in week 31

New York City Transit fails to collect nearly half of fines

Pennsylvania panel OKs $62 billion transportation improvement plan

APTA: A majority of Americans back tax spending on public transit

Metropolitan Council OKs FEIS for Minneapolis Green Line extension

Kansas City Southern slates projects for Texas, Louisiana

FTA unveils final rule for comprehensive safety programs

August 11

DART's board elects Kelly

Amtrak preps RFQ for Baltimore station redevelopment

Caltrain logged ridership record in FY2016

Former New York MTA Chair Kiley dies

WMATA beefs up track inspection after derailment

APTA names Metro Transit 'system of the year'

Feds announce final rule for flammable liquids, tank cars

AAR appeals STB's on-time performance ruling

August 10

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Goldschmidt Thermit, L.B. Foster, Michael Baker and Retlif (Aug. 10)

Illinois, Ohio DOTs win awards for railroad projects

MTA gears up for systemwide subway cleanup

Cargo import increase likely for 2016, national retailers say

Dallas Streetcar's Bishop Arts extension to open in late August

Florida East Coast Railway's Hertwig to receive IANA 'Kingpin' award

Metra puts rail-car RFP on hold

CSX designates Indiana business park a 'Select Site'

August 9

Norfolk Southern touts sustainability achievements

South Carolina ports take delivery of two giant cranes

Minneapolis Green Line extension cost jumps by $19 million

Patriot Rail names Reddell VP, safety chief

Baton Rouge streetcar project obtains environmental clearance

STB determines cost of capital for 2015

FTA lays out plan for improving WMATA's track problems

August 8

Rail supplier news from L.B. Foster, uGRIDD, Argenia Railway Technologies, GE Transportation and Gannett Fleming (Aug. 8)

MassDOT names DeWolfe director of sustainable mobility

FTA encourages 'dialogue' on transportation research plan

North Shore Railroad names three to new posts

Michigan nonprofit to study passenger-rail route between Traverse City, Ann Arbor

One week to go for LRIW's 'Woman of the Year' nominations

Toronto proposes massive new 'Rail Deck Park' in city's downtown

BNSF's Q2 revenue off on lower volume, fuel surcharges

August 5

Former U.S. Rep. LaTourette dies

Denver RTD's G Line test train arrives at Arvada Station

U.S. rail traffic down 7.9 percent in July

Ferromex contracts with Duos Technologies for train imaging system

Amtrak: New locomotives reduce delays on Northeast, Keystone corridors

IANA: Intermodal growth streak ended in Q2

Maryland agency must reevaluate Purple Line's projected ridership, judge rules

Pershing Square sells stake in Canadian Pacific

August 4

Rail supplier news from Brookville, Harsco, Ericsson, TranSystems and HNTB (Aug. 4)

EIA: Crude-by-rail shipments to East Coast are declining

Cincinnati Streetcar gears up for pre-revenue service

UP kicks off bridge work over Bayou Lafourche

WMATA officer charged with attempting to support ISIL

Kia to ship auto parts via rail to Georgia terminal

SEPTA to start returning Silverliner V cars to service in late August

BNSF to appeal court ruling against Southern California intermodal project

August 3

Hoosier State service crosses one-year mark under new contract

STB updates fees for case filings

MBTA panel OKs use of solar energy at parking facilities

UP promotes four to marketing, sales leadership posts

WMATA mulls sale of D.C. headquarters building

Central Texas & Colorado River short line begins operations

MTA, New York health officials take aim at Zika transmission in subways

August 2

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Greenbrier, FreightCar America, Granite Construction, Vossloh and moovel (Aug. 2)

CentrePort names Johnson CFO

CTA wins APTA 'Innovation Award' for Ventra app

NARBW names Gutteridge Anos president

MBTA mulls layoffs to close projected $110 million deficit

New Illinois law cracks down on drivers who ignore grade crossing signals, gates

Metrolinx orders 125 bilevel rail cars from Bombardier

Genesee & Wyoming's Q2 revenue falls, but company beats expectations

August 1

NARP names Becker VP of operations

PATH broke ridership record in June

PennDOT opens application period for 2016 freight-rail grants

WMATA Silver Line train derails

STB proposes regs for implementing FAST Act provisions

Environmental study unveiled for Montreal's proposed light-rail system

FRA unveils final version of new rule governing passenger-rail safety

USDOT awards $500 million in TIGER VIII grants

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