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Rail News: August 2018

August 31

Ontario Trap Rock hosts U.S. Rep. Kelly in Chicago

Rail supplier news from WSP, Harsco, Stadler, Siemens and Hanson (Aug. 31)

R. J. Corman marks first MOW project on light rail

VIA Rail allows pets on board Quebec City-Windsor trains

Carleton University awarded 'Clean Rail' research grants

NCDOT includes Durham-Orange light-rail project in state funding plan

Metro SubwayLink shutdown prompts transit agency to reorganize

UP to provide crude-by-rail service for Vista terminal in Texas

August 30

MBTA launches stopped-train messages on countdown clocks

BLET, South Buffalo Railway reach tentative pact

NYCT wraps up first phases of flood protection in Queens

U.S. intermodal volume still outpacing carload activity

FTA certifies transit-rail safety oversight in Illinois, Tennessee

Brightline bond issue OK'd for rail infrastructure extension

UP's PTC work to continue into 2019-20

APTA: Public transit use cuts traffic death rates

August 29

Sacramento transit agency to lower fares

NYCT to reopen Cathedral Parkway Station over Labor Day weekend

Jaxport broke container volume record for July

Reading & Northern promotes Ludwig to VP customer service

MBTA to begin Green Line track, signal replacement in October

CN honors 40 businesses for sustainability efforts

FRA allows small railroads to automate hours-of-service records

DHS allocates $88 million in transit security grants

August 28

Rail supplier news from Rockwell Collins, Infinity Transportation, Americold, Greenbrier, The Andersons and Stress (Aug. 28)

Quebec port appoints Krusel managing director of container terminal project

San Diego transit agency earns perfect score in FTA review

RTA: Tie production, purchases fell in July

Durham County OKs funds for North Carolina light-rail project

Canada announces funding to improve rail safety in Alberta

BART nets $6.8 million in federal funds for security improvements

Cascades route will have PTC by Dec. 31, Amtrak and WSDOT say

August 27

Springfield Terminal Railway, BLET reach tentative agreement

SFMTA restores service in Twin Peaks Tunnel

LIRR to wrap up double-track project soon

LA Metro starts Willowbrook Station improvements

Washington, Ohio agencies OK grade crossing projects

Canada's TSB cut safety investigation time in FY2017

Vermont Railway to serve Ray Energy's new Northeast terminal

NJ Transit's founding chairman Gambaccini dies

August 24

Rail supplier news from Hexagon, IMC, Curran and Auto Truck Group (Aug. 24)

Blacklands subsidiary to operate New Mexico rail park

Sound Transit's light-rail ridership grew in 2Q

Reynolds to succeed Wise as REMSA president

BNSF unveils three new 'Certified Sites'

Feds OK start of major construction on Valley Metro's Tempe Streetcar

United Rail acquires U S Rail Holdings

FRA issues 2Q status report, awards grants for PTC implementation

August 23

BLET reaches tentative pact with Transit America Services for Caltrain engineers

Contractor wraps up utility relocation for LA Metro's Foothill Gold Line extension

Yates to head CSX's coal business

Baltimore transit agency gears up for BWI Airport station renovation

U.S. Class I workforce relatively stable in July, STB data shows

New York, Illinois senators announce federal PTC funding for several roads

AAR weekly traffic data: U.S., Canadian roads remain on the uptick

CSX-served inland port opens in Georgia

August 22

Rail supplier news from United Technologies, Knorr-Bremse, Bombardier, Focus Technology Solutions and NRC (Aug. 22)

Cleveland RTA names Caver interim GM

MBTA, Keolis prep for rail replacement along Worcester Line

Homendy takes seat as NTSB member

Patriot Rail's Louisiana short line lands Shale Support as new tenant

New Progressive Rail short line to lease, operate Oregon track

New Mexico Rail Runner nets $30 million from feds for PTC

BNSF opens logistics center in Oklahoma

August 21

APTA announces board leadership nominations

Connecticut DOT allows bikes on Hartford Line trains

California high-speed rail agency names Lipkin Northern California director

Pipeline Foods acquires Iowa Interstate-served elevator from Archer Daniels

New York & Atlantic appoints Samul to sales, marketing post

SMART commuter-rail system marks one-year anniversary

Long Beach port commission OKs Toyota Logistics facility upgrades

Greenbrier, Watco dissolve rail-car repair joint venture

August 20

U.S. Sen. Peters, U.S. Rep. Joyce visit rail suppliers' facilities

California high-speed rail agency unveils sustainability report

Cleveland RTA to repair light-rail signal system

G3 Canada opens two grain elevators on CN line

Port of Everett begins South Terminal project

NYCT slates first town hall meeting on subway modernization plan

Port Manatee, Carver Maritime ink terminal pact

CP reports higher western Canadian grain shipments in latest crop year

August 17

Rail supplier news from GREX, Stewart & Stevenson, FreightCar America and Appalachian Railcar (Aug. 17)

Metro Transit-St. Louis to extend Central West End platform

CTA OKs $30 million contract to rehab three Blue Line stations

North Carolina Railroad completes High Point infrastructure project

FTA signs off on Michigan's transit-rail safety program

Chicago South Shore railroad to help fund Indiana double-track project

Metrolink grant to help fund rail projects in preparation for 2028 Olympics

Pennsylvania plan calls for $64 billion in transportation projects

August 16

OmniTRAX to honor SC2 as 2017 Supplier of the Year

CTA installs security cameras at four Blue Line stations

Report: FTA funding delay impacts transit construction plans

Canada pledges funds to improve Quebec grade crossing

U.S. rail traffic up 2.8 percent in Week 32

MTA's subway turnaround plan to cost $40 billion

MBTA balances operating budget for first time in a decade

UP announces exec management changes, EVP Scott's retirement

August 15

Rail supplier news from Modjeski and Masters, Road & Rail, Rescar, HNTB and Pandrol (Aug. 15)

Dallas Area Rapid Transit to cap daily fares

M. Holland moves warehouse operations to new distribution center

St. Paul's East Metro Rail Yards project to be focus of meeting

Massachusetts Gov. Baker unveils Red Line rail-car mock-up

LA Metro, TSA roll out explosive-detection devices

APTA: Commuter railroads making progress on PTC

CN's Ruest announces senior management appointments

August 14

Metro Transit Deputy GM Fuhrmann retires

Santa Clara VTA cuts express light-rail service

Duluth, Long Beach ports announce new leadership

NTSB investigating fatal accident at short line in Dallas

BART board OKs parts of Crunican's security plan

Shenandoah Valley Railroad to serve new InterChange Cold Storage site

CSX CEO Foote to speak at RailTrends 2018

America's Central Port to receive EDA grant for rail project

August 13

U.S. Sen. Kaine's staff visit Stella-Jones' Virginia plant

Seth Rogen tapped to voice transit announcements in Canada

Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen elect Mason president

Lawmakers ask Amtrak to reconsider Toys for Tots train

Baltimore airport light-rail service to resume Aug. 20

Rochelle Railroad breaks ground on $7 million expansion

NYC Transit slates meeting on Canarsie tunnel reconstruction project

KCS, feds open new examination station at Laredo rail yard

August 10

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, GE, Brookville, NARTC; also, in memoriam: Edward McComb (Aug. 10)

NRF: Sales up as retailers rush to beat tariff impact

Cleveland RTA reports drop in crime

Port of Long Beach begins final phase of Middle Harbor project

Montreal transit agency seeks mediator to resolve labor dispute

Short Line Safety Institute appoints Cotton senior manager of safety operations

NTSB reports initial facts of BNSF derailment, crude-oil spill in Iowa

LA Metro to start Blue Line modernization project in January

August 9

Metro-North to install PTC on New Canaan Branch

Landsberg named vice chair of NTSB

CGB wraps up soybean plant expansion at Indiana port

Amtrak unveils interior of new Acela Express fleet

PennDOT opens freight-rail grant application period

NJ Transit slates rail improvements, expansion in FY19

Report: WMATA must rewire new 7000-series rail cars

U.S. rail traffic up 4.2 percent in Week 31

August 8

Rail supplier news from CTC, Loram, VLS, Vossloh, Siemens and CAI Logisitics (Aug. 8)

Metrolink names Yu chief operating officer

Alaska, Wyoming rail projects awarded $1.26 million in federal grants

Deadline nears for LRW's 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' nominations

RAC to honor rail safety efforts in Canada

NJ Transit to suspend some service to install PTC

International Rail acquires short line from Iowa Pacific Holdings

NTSB: Failure to fix grade crossing led to fatal train, bus crash

August 7

MBTA begins operator training on new Orange Line cars

APTA honors three agencies for sustainability

BLET ratifies pact with Cedar River Railroad

BART's Crunican to introduce security plan after fatal stabbing in Oakland

PATH GM Marino to retire

Congressional panel slates hearing on California high-speed rail project

CSX overhauls operating management, announces new appointments

BNSF posts revenue, income growth in Q2

August 6

San Diego transit agency mulls commuter-rail rebranding

APTA officials study Canada's investment in transit infrastructure

SEPTA begins commuter-rail infrastructure upgrades

SFRTA's Stephens to retire at year's end

Legislation would ban some rail cars, buses from China

Kuehl succeeds Garcetti as LA Metro chair

NS begins derailment cleanup in Pittsburgh

AAR, GoRail honor Denham with Railroad Achievement Award

August 3

Metro Transit kicks off Mall of America station renovations

AARS presents 'Ones to Watch' awards to Flores, Bailey

BASF honors UP for sustainability practices

Illinois DOT grant to benefit Peru Industrial Railroad project

Delaware-Lackawanna logged record traffic in June

Transport Canada announces rail safety funding

Watco-managed terminal to expand rail service in Utah

PANYNJ, ExpressRail set record pace in 2018's first half

August 2

Rail supplier news from The Andersons, Carboline, Greenbrier and Savage (Aug. 2)

Tri-Rail logged highest on-time performance in July

Rail bridge collapse prompts Schumer's call for more FRA inspectors

Buckingham Branch Railroad launches Norfolk division

CN publishes 'Grain Plan' for next crop year

U.S. railroads logged 5 percent traffic growth in July

Senate OKs $16.1 billion for transit, passenger rail

IANA: Intermodal growth 'strong' in Q2

August 1

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, ARI, Advanced Polymer; also, in memoriam: Gordon Fuller (Aug. 1)

Metro Transit-St. Louis opens new Cortex light-rail station

Met Council appoints Jordan director of equal opportunity

Transport Canada awards funds for Central Manitoba Railway project

Valley Metro partners with Waymo to help get riders to train stations

Denver RTD to ramp up G Line testing

Norfolk Southern, Heartwood 3D develop employee-training simulator

Port of Vancouver USA dedicates freight-rail access project

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