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Rail News: August 2020

August 31

BART completes more trackwork while ridership is low

Trump designates NTSB Vice Chair Landsberg for new three-year term

UP taps Richardson as interim EVP, chief legal officer

MTA preps public for upcoming NYCT trackwork project

LA Metro to study feasibility of going fareless

APTA honors Houston METRO with annual achievement award

KCS promotes Flores to VP automotive, intermodal sales

FRA issues rail inspection technology rule aimed at track safety improvement

August 28

Rail supplier news from NRE, Koppers, Harsco, Harting and Icomera (Aug. 28)

Connecticut DOT seeks public feedback on four-year transportation program

WMATA finishes lighting upgrades at 48 underground stations

BNSF completes work trestle on Lake Pend Oreille bridge project

NTSB: Operator presence control could have prevented fatal CSX worker accident

Union Pacific taps Beyah as chief communications officer

ASLRRA names President's Safety Award winners

CN awards grain hopper car contract to National Steel Car

August 27

SacRT to restore light-rail service

TRE to upgrade fleet's onboard message systems

MTA launches campaign to underscore financial crisis

BNSF unveils newly painted locomotives to recognize 25th anniversary

FTA allocates funding for transit-rail projects in four states

CN, Wabtec name new technology executives

U.S. railroads' intermodal volume up for third straight week

UP preps for Houston intermodal yard consolidation, Hurricane Laura damage

August 26

Rail supplier news from Mechanical Rubber, Motive Power Resources, Huber+Suhner and WSP (Aug. 26)

Canada's crude-by-rail exports reach eight-year low

LRW 'Woman of the Year' nomination deadline approaching

CHRSA issues environmental document for L.A.-Anaheim section

BTS: Transborder freight moved by rail fell in June

San Francisco Muni shuts down rail service after reopening

USDOT seeks applicants for grade crossing grants

RTD-Denver names Johnson CEO

August 25

RTA funds rail access improvements in Illinois

San Francisco transit agencies unveil 'healthy transit' plan

Metro Transit to expand light-rail service

LIRR wraps up New Hyde Park grade separation project

Metra to begin crossing replacement on SouthWest Service Line

XpressWest signs MOUs to study L.A.-Vegas high-speed rail extensions

Bill would offer tax credits for freight rail-car investment

FRA, STB call on Class Is to address recent service problems

August 24

VIA Rail to increase rail service between Quebec, Ontario

TriMet holds competition for repurposing legacy light-rail vehicles

MTA ends overnight for-hire vehicle program

North Carolina Railroad taps Wu for engineering post

Chicago rail agencies call for federal funding to support transit

AAR, ASLRRA seek exemption from certain hours-of-service regs

FAA issues draft environmental statement for LGA AirTrain project

August 21

DART adds Schlosser to board

MARTA partners with HOPE Atlanta to address homelessness

OmniTRAX adds Savannah industrial hub to rail-ready program

Metra updates Hazel Crest Station

Labor, passenger group asks STB to issue injunction in Metra-UP dispute

Ontario government releases RFP to advance Eglinton extension tunneling

Kansas City Southern earns recognition for logistics quality

FTA launches pandemic recovery forum for transit industry

August 20

OCTA solicits ideas for shielding passenger rail from severe weather

San Joaquin rail panel begins environmental review of proposed grade separation

Sound Transit completes construction of East Link Bellevue light-rail tunnel

Class I workforce continued to shrink in July

South Dakota rail panel authorizes sale of Sioux Valley Line

U.S. freight-rail intermodal volume inches up for second straight week

LIRR, Metro-North advance PTC implementation

R. J. Corman to acquire three short lines, transload service provider

August 19

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Thales, IRS and TRAC Intermodal (Aug. 19)

GO Transit to increase rail service

Pandemic hammers Capitol Corridor's ridership levels

OmniTRAX forms audit committee

Mexico's rail agency sets rate regs for certain chemicals, petrochemicals

St. Louis issues RFQ for transit expansion alternatives

Feds approve IANA exemption request for inspector training

Fourteen states, D.C. sue USDOT over LNG-by-rail rule

August 18

Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad cancels 2020 season

Feds issue advisory for counter-drone technology

MBTA identifies lowest competitive bid for South Coast commuter-rail expansion

BART issues bonds to fund rail infrastructure improvements

TriMet advances Steel Bridge light-rail work

WMATA to reopen two more stations

Port of Long Beach set cargo record in July

BNSF honors customers for hazmat safety

August 17

Colorado forms RTD-Denver accountability committee

MTA tests new signal room in Brooklyn

DART advances Silver Line construction

WisDOT seeks comments on long-range rail plan

Secure Rail 2020 adds to virtual conference lineup

FTA releases new TOD guidance

TSB: 'Ice jacking' led to CN train derailment

August 14

Rail supplier news from Systra, Masabi and Sasser Family (Aug. 14)

BTS: Freight TSI index edged up in June

Metrolinx contractors complete one tunnel excavation on Kitchener GO rail expansion

BART, MARTA to improve air filtration systems

Pennsylvania 12-year plan includes $228 million for freight-rail projects

KCS joins global effort to reduce plastics pollution

WMATA to ramp up service to pre-pandemic levels

Amtrak completes PTC implementation on all track

August 13

NYCT expands contactless fare payment system

Sound Transit to increase rail service in September

S.C. ports' container, auto volumes showed signs of rebound in July

PANYNJ cites pandemic for lower cargo levels in June

CP to build solar energy farm in Calgary

Waze navigation app rolls out grade crossing alerts

U.S. railroads' intermodal traffic edged up in Week 32

FRA: PTC operating on nearly all route miles as of Q2

August 12

Rail supplier news from Hitachi, Bombardier, Direct ChassisLink, WSP, TPSC and WAGO (Aug. 12)

Hampton Roads Transit adopts light-rail safety plan

Pacific Harbor Line, BLET reach tentative agreement

Cap Metro, Austin partner to deliver Project Connect

Ohio project would rehab Indiana & Ohio Railway-operated Greenfield Line

NJ Transit awarded DHS grant to update security cameras

Amtrak adds safety features to website, app; CEO Flynn discusses pandemic response

CP launches first train of international containers from Port of Saint John

August 11

MTA CEO urges Apple to create mask-compatible iPhone Face ID technology

Retail imports expected to register lowest annual total in years, NRF says

MARTA earns certification of quality management system

George Washington University to advise Amtrak's pandemic response

AAR: Mexican railroads' carload haul falls 10 percent through July

SCAG: Vehicle traffic rebounds as transit ridership continues decline

NS signs pledge to eliminate plastic pollution

Connell rail interchange project completes design phase

August 10

Chicago RTA to draft development plan for Crystal Lake Metra stations

Caltrain adds revenue measure to November ballot

Rail unions sue Class Is over health benefit changes

Metrolinx shortlists tunneling contractors for Scarborough, Eglinton Crosstown West extensions

RTD-Denver narrows CEO search to three finalists

Canadian railroads' streak of intermodal records likely to end in 2020, AAR report says

STB defers decision in Metra-UP dispute over commuter-rail service

BNSF's Q2 revenue tumbled 22 percent on lower volumes

August 7

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Kronos, Transdev and WSP (Aug. 7)

Valley Metro launches tool to support multimodal transportation

SC Ports' Leatherman Terminal construction 'on schedule'

PATCO unveils plan for solar energy project

Arbitrator rules in favor of railroads in BLET, Tex Mex crew dispute

Intermodal industry to recognize Marino with 2020 Silver Kingpin Award

CP's Creel, Premier Higgs discuss economic growth potential

FTA to grant funds for BART Transbay Tube project

August 6

North Carolina DOT to resume Piedmont passenger-rail service

Metro Transit-St. Louis equips security officers with body cameras

APTA: Grant application period opens for coalitions to protect, expand transit

Amtrak unveils paint scheme for new diesel locomotives

OmniTRAX expands rail-ready program to Chicago Rail Link

Minneapolis Southwest light-rail funding proposal advances

Alpenglow Rail, CC&L Infrastructure acquire USA Rail

AAR: 'Long way to go' before rail traffic returns to normal

August 5

SunRail pilots sensor-activated crossing signage

USDOT awards grants to four new UTCs

MBTA taps Ester to head security

SEPTA designates 'social distancing coaches' at rail stations

L.A.-Vegas high-speed rail line obtains additional funding

FTA awards grant for TOD plan along proposed TriMet light-rail route

Illinois pledges $40 million to construct new Alexander-Cairo port

CP achieves record annual Canadian grain haul

August 4

Rail supplier news from LTK, Harsco, Amglo and Urban Engineers (Aug. 4)

Reading & Northern Railroad returns passenger service to Jim Thorpe

Maratea elected TCU national president

PennDOT accepting applications for 2020 rail grants

Report: Private-equity firms discuss bid for KCS

Minneapolis Blue Line extension to advance outside BNSF right-of-way

CP mourns death of former exec, board member Fatt

STB issues final rule on market dominance

August 3

TCU/IAM National President Scardelletti retires

LNG-powered vehicle carrier calls on Jaxport

VIA Rail to lay off 30 management employees

SacRT receives funding for light-rail improvements

CSX issues annual sustainability report

San Diego transit system reforms use-of-force policy

Trump signs KCS permit for second international rail bridge in Laredo

CSX's Jim Foote to receive 2020 Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends

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