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Rail News: August 2017

August 31

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Americold, Aspen Equipment, Cubic and HNTB (Aug. 31)

St. Louis transit agency bans smoking

SMART rail system taps Masabi for mobile fare app

U.S., Canada, Mexico post rail traffic growth in Week 34

Union Pacific reveals PTC implementation status

NJ Transit equips police officers with body cameras

Hurricane Harvey: UP uses drones to survey damage; KCS, BLET donate to relief funds

KCS, Bulkmatic to develop liquid fuels terminal in Mexico

August 30

USDOT publishes report on intelligent transportation systems

California Gov. Brown names Miller to high-speed rail board

Hampton Roads Transit to hike fares in October

Montreal transit agency releases strategic organizational plan

Cap Metro inks $66 million PTC contract

CN marks terminal expansion at Port of Prince Rupert

FTA certifies Ohio for rail safety program; announces new deputy

BNSF, UP begin hurricane repairs in Houston area

August 29

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, L.B. Foster, RATP, Mott MacDonald and Road and Rail (Aug. 29)

Pittsburgh transit agency adds Wi-Fi to seven light-rail stations

Virginia port hosts largest ship to call on East Coast

Michigan DOT unveils state freight plan

Rail service suspensions extended in Texas; UP, CSX pledge funds to hurricane relief

Amtrak unveils new Siemens Charger locomotive

CSX updates STB on restructuring plan

FTA approves $900 million for Maryland light-rail line

August 28

AASHTO: Trump administration to talk infrastructure with state DOTs

Metrolinx names Verster CEO

Grain pact to benefit terminal on Alton & Southern Railway line

USDOT withdraws local-hiring plan for federally funded projects

Maryland officials to break ground on Purple Line light-rail project

Cargill pursues grain facility expansion on UP line

Quebec slots CA$300 million for Montreal train garage

Hurricane Harvey's impact on rail service continues

August 25

Congressmen visit rail suppliers in Minnesota, Utah and Ohio

Florida East Coast Railway recognized for service quality

Toronto agency installing last of new subway gates

Report: Lower fuel prices thwart expansion of rail, bus travel options

Metrolinx issues RFQ for GO Transit's Lakeshore East project

Vista Proppants opens UP-served frac sand terminal in Texas

Sound Transit's light-rail ridership grew in second quarter

STB slates listening session on CSX service issues

August 24

Rail supplier news from Wi-Tronix, KLW, HAZON, Alstom and RATP (Aug. 24)

SEPTA rolls out Wi-Fi, digital services at commuter-rail hub

DART appoints new board members

U.S. intermodal traffic jumps 8.2 percent in Week 33

Amtrak wrapping up Penn Station's summer repair project

TriMet adds mobile fare-payment options

North Carolina Railroad to invest in new factory's rail spur

Short Line Safety Institute awarded hazmat training grant

August 23

Cleveland RTA to open rehabbed Brookpark Station

LIRR replaces switches, inspects track for double-track project

Port authority orders giant cranes for Virginia International Gateway

SFMTA wraps up tests for new light-rail trains

NCDOT project would improve CSX track

Trump signs off on WMATA safety oversight commission

Senators call on Chao to reconsider sleep apnea rule

CSX revises service metrics to better reflect performance

August 22

GE, L.A. port expand pact to digitize shipping data

Caltrans report identifies rail's crucial role in California economy

Chicago South Shore adds covered steel-coil cars

TYR Energy acquires KCS-linked rail terminal in Texas

PATH achieved weekday ridership record in July

Port Freeport launches $21 million rail infrastructure project

SEPTA train crash injures 32

CN logs record year for grain shipments

August 21

Rail supplier news from New York Air Brake, Watermill Group, L. Keeley, Wissehr, and WSP USA (Aug. 21)

G&W's Pentalver begins next phase of London container facility

MTA to wrap up rehab of Fresh Pond Bridge

STB: Class Is employed fewer workers in July

Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx issue RFP for Hurontario light-rail project

CP preps grain service for 2017-18 crop year

HDR to lead final design of Durham-Orange light-rail project

KCS dedicates cross-border cargo processing facility in Texas

August 18

U.S. Rep. Lieu tours completed California light-rail extension

Texas Central, Houston sign MOU for bullet train project

L.A. Metro tests subway passenger screening system

Sound Transit chooses STV-Mott MacDonald to oversee light-rail construction

Quinn tapped to lead Maryland Transit

Canada donates funds to Vancouver port's rail cargo project

FRA OKs start of SMART commuter-rail service

Harrison slams Rail Customer Coalition for CSX criticism

August 17

Rail supplier news from Hanson, Railinc, Bombardier and SIGNET (Aug. 17)

Florida counties create freight logistics zone

DCTA to provide free fares on A-train segment

CN names Waldock Niethold government affairs director

SEPTA launches security reporting app

U.S. rail carload activity steady in Week 32

UP to lay off hundreds of managers, other rail workers

Metra taps Derwinski as executive director, CEO

August 16

BART preps track work in Oakland

Rail will serve new Pin Oak terminal at South Louisiana port

Mattagami First Nation sues CN over derailments, oil spills

TSA cautions rail industry about Al-Qaeda video

Trump signs order to shorten project permitting process

BNSF, Twin Cities & Western agree to share corridor with light rail

MBTA names Ramirez general manager, CEO

STB seeks details from CSX for service problems

August 15

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Linfox, ENSCO, WAGO and Stantec (Aug. 15)

TTC tests ATC system on subway line

MBTA gears up to install PTC on Needham Line

AAR, GoRail present Railroad Achievement Award to U.S. Rep. DeFazio

Gateway leaders seek private-sector ideas for Hudson rail projects

IANA to honor Huffman with Silver Kingpin Award

Met Council seeks 2018 start to Southwest light-rail construction

Norfolk Southern names Earhart EVP, CFO

August 14

CTA's Ventra app surpasses 2 million downloads

UP urges eclipse viewers to stay off rail property

Sacramento transit agency boosts security at Blue Line rail station

Track work begins on Eglinton Crosstown light-rail project

L.A. Metro unveils environmental report for Union Station improvements

CP launches direct rail service from Vancouver to Detroit

Amtrak hires consulting team to plan Penn Station concourse improvements

Texas Central inks pact with Fluor, Lane for bullet train project

August 11

U.S. Rep. Carter visits Temple & Texas Central

Rail supplier news from ECN, Wi-Tronix, Hub Group, and Kontron (Aug. 11)

BLET, LIRR reach tentative pact for locomotive engineers

Port of Manatee on track to set volume record

RailTrends 2017 unveils conference agenda

OIG: Inadequate planning leaves USDOT exposed to cybersecurity risks

ACLU sues WMATA over ad policy

Connecticut DOT awards $237 million contract for Metro-North project

August 10

DCTA releases results of passenger satisfaction survey

BART preps for El Cerrito del Norte Station upgrades

BTS: Rail intermodal logged fastest growth since Great Recession

MBTA to wrap up PTC work on Newburyport Line

U.S. railroads post carload, intermodal gains in Week 31

APTA to recognize RTA's Dillard for distinguished service

Former NS exec Tobias dies at 72

SLSI: Study reveals themes that influence railroads' safety culture

August 9

Rail supplier news from AngelTrax, Road & Rail, RSI and Vertex (Aug. 9)

Valley Metro honored for ridership data portal, Northwest light-rail extension

Pittsburgh transit agency to open customer service center

RTA: Crosstie production down, purchases up in June

Teamsters ratify new pact for CN conductors, yard crews

Union Pacific ranks No. 1 in Soy Transportation Council's report card

KC Streetcar starts planning for extension to university

Siemens' new locomotive hub to use 'Internet of Trains' technology

August 8

Seattle slots funds for housing near new light-rail station

West Coast port workers approve contract extension

STB determines cost of capital for 2016

Senate confirms Sumwalt as NTSB chair

NYC Mayor de Blasio calls for tax on wealthy to fix subways

Federal agencies drop proposed rule for sleep apnea

Amtrak, MBTA ink new pact for Attleboro Line

BNSF posts Q2 revenue, earnings increases on higher volumes

August 7

Rail supplier news from GE, Rail Partners, Andrew Stahl, and The Andersons (Aug. 7)

North Shore's Robey named 'Transportation Person of the Year'

MBTA's Poftak highlights infrastructure improvement projects

Safety report: Canadian Pacific trains crashed after missed signal

MARTA cracks down on rail fare dodgers

EEOC alleges CSX discriminates against women in hiring

Caltrain OKs station improvement contract, fare hike

USDOT proposes $79 million in FASTLANE grant awards

August 4

Omaha Track hosts congressional visit

CP unveils 2016 corporate sustainability report

Solaris inks seven-year transloading agreement

California launches new website to track high-speed rail project

FRA to invite bids to replace Amtrak on certain routes

CN derailment prompts TSB to recommend track inspection changes

Maine to receive FASTLANE grant for rail bridge project

FTA issues record of decision for Amtrak Portal Bridge replacement

August 3

Metro-North Railroad slates hearing on increased service proposal

Sound Transit seeks input on six-year transit plan

Alberta Midland Railway Terminal marks progress on rail logistics center

North Carolina DOT readies rebuilt locomotives for passenger service

CSX rail cars derail, catch fire in Pennsylvania

Honolulu transit agency names Robbins executive director, CEO

U.S. rail carloads fell in July

Harrison apologizes to CSX customers for service issues

MTA names Foye, Hakim to top leadership posts

August 2

Rail supplier news from Jacobs, Vertex, Lat-Lon, Cubic and Alstom (Aug. 2)

Amtrak, Lyft unveil new partnership

Washington panel accepting grant applications for rail safety projects

APTA mulls ways to increase revenue

Reading & Northern to supply rail cars for Ukraine coal deal

Austin Capital Metro CEO Watson to retire

Cuomo, Christie name new leaders of PANYNJ

IANA: Intermodal recovery strengthens in Q2

August 1

MBTA improves rider satisfaction on commuter rail

G&O Railways announces locomotive manufacturer appointments

Metrolinx seeks firms to improve GO Transit rail stations

BART unveils draft environmental report for Livermore extension

FTA proposes rule to encourage private investment in transit projects

ARCI: Car orders, deliveries up in Q2 over Q1

FRA opens environmental hearings for Hudson River rail tunnels

Hellmann: G&W posts "modestly stronger" Q2 results

NTSB issues safety alert for MOW workers

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