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Rail News: August 2021

August 31

STB rejects use of voting trust in CN-KCS merger proposal

Rail supplier news from Balfour Beatty, ECM, NSH and Greenbrier (Aug. 31)

Maryland DOT launches discounted fare option as commuters return to work

SEPTA adds service to prep for more riders

Western states rail coalition to address supply-chain issues

Caltrans seeks public input on rail, highway improvement strategy

PATH's July ridership higher than June's level

N.Y. Gov. Hochul orders review of power surge that disrupted subway service

KCS, NS, UP evaluate hurricane damage

August 30

Houston's METRO adopts sustainability statement

FTA hosts summit on increasing ridership

White House appoints Porcari port envoy to supply-chain task force

CATS launches CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar

New Orleans port awards contract for LIT program management

Class Is employed fewer people in July

Kansas DOT awarded EPA grant to help short line reduce emissions

CSX touts additional endorsements of proposed Pan Am merger

August 27

Rail supplier news from Progress Rail, Thales, TransmetriQ and Railinc (Aug. 27)

Union Pacific applies PTC to 'Big Boy' steam locomotive

MTI releases guide to evaluate high-speed rail investment

RTD-Denver OKs study of Northwest Rail ‘peak service’ plan

MTA opens new garage at Metro-North station

In memoriam: Short-line safety guru and industry contributor 'Jake' Jacobson

BART, RTD get relief grants for COVID-19 response

FRA announces funding opportunity for rail improvement projects

August 26

Greenbrier logs orders for 5,500 rail cars

Atlantic Intermodal Services expands Norfolk depot

Caltrain completes final grade separation component

Metrolinx begins testing Eglinton Crosstown light-rail vehicles

Long Beach port to host Pier B rail facility meeting

NJ Transit awards first contract for Meadowlands transit project

North Dakota DOT launches freight and rail plan

U.S. rail traffic total slipped in Week 33

August 25

Rail supplier news from WSP and SMBC (Aug. 25)

WMATA advances faregate replacement project

Masks mandatory on TransLink trains

MTS Mid-Coast Trolley makes first trip on light-rail extension

North American transborder freight by rail increased in June

Metra sets meeting to discuss UP North bridge project

Santa Clara VTA close to resuming light-rail service

Savage Chicago transload terminal targets construction industry supply chain

August 24

Rail supplier news from Railhead, RailPod, Chicago Freight Car and NRC (Aug. 24)

Metro-North Railroad to boost full weekday service on three lines

Shuler elected AFL-CIO president

BNSF Logistics honors suppliers for excellent service

KCS offering scholarships to women to pursue skilled trades

Florida DOT slates meetings to discuss Broward commuter-rail proposal

G3 opens grain elevators in Alberta, Saskatchewan

Illinois DOT announces project to untangle rail network near St. Louis

August 23

TSA extends face mask requirement

APTA recommends commuter-rail liability insurance program

LIRR, Metro-North resume full regular weekday service following storm

BNSF Logistics recognizes TRAC Intermodal as 'equipment provider of the year'

BART sustainability report shows progress despite pandemic

Long Beach port completes Middle Harbor container terminal

STB's Moyer to prepare passenger-rail OTP duties

August 20

Rail supplier news from PTI, ARS and NRC (Aug. 20)

Amtrak to restore Coast Starlight service

NRF: July retail sales slow amid tight supply chain

California panel OKs environmental statement for high-speed rail section

PANYNJ posts short list of teams in LaGuardia AirTrain procurement

USDOT to provide financing assistance for Sound Transit expansions

KCS delays stockholder vote on CN merger plan

UP, Progress Rail to use biodiesel fuel to cut GHG emissions

August 19

Rail supplier news from A&R, nVent, Kaleris, Stadler and Hiab (Aug. 19)

Trinity, Wafra form rail-car investment program

L.A. port marks 12 consecutive months of growth

TTCI taps Cummings as AVP of research

Valley Metro's Smith to retire in 2022

U.S. rail traffic rose slightly in Week 32

STB determines Metra's cost for use of Chicago Union Station

BNSF reopens Arkansas intermodal site

August 18

WMATA to launch new discounts, more trains

Caltrain to increase service, cut fares 50%

Toronto, Ontario to start delivery of SmartTrack Stations Program

PUCO funding available for Ohio crossing upgrades

Harvestone Group acquires Gateway Terminals

Kansas issues short-line funding program grants to 10 projects

KCS, Savage form partnership to open Louisiana railport

FAA issues final environmental assessment of Newark AirTrain project

August 17

Rocky Mountaineer begins route between Denver, Utah

Clean air organization recognizes Indiana port

Kinggo, Lindquist join Chicago's Belt Railway

Savannah port's container count climbed in July

Canada to fund two SkyTrain projects in Vancouver

AITX acquires The Andersons' rail-car leasing business

Canadian Tire purchases stake in Ashcroft Terminal

Wilton to become NJ Transit's first-ever general counsel

August 16

MBTA to replace more track along Green Line E branch

WMATA to install new escalators at Pentagon City station

First tracks placed for Southwest Green Line LRT Extension

Canada to help fund SkyTrain maintenance facilities

Homendy becomes NTSB chair

Canada to invest millions to modernize rail safety, security

Local leaders call on USDOT, STB, FRA to preserve freight-rail system

NS to reopen Pennsylvania intermodal facility

August 13

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Burns, Siemens and Hub Group

WMATA to redevelop West Falls Church Station

Metrolinx to reintroduce 30-minute all-day service on UP Express

Shell subsidiary gains California grant to develop multimodal hydrogen refueling station

St. Louis' Metro Transit continues to improve safety, security

Foothill Gold Line design advances

Freight TSI fell for second-straight month in June, BTS says

KCS board backs CN merger proposal, cites possible shareholder meeting change

August 12

Sound Transit, Seattle partner on temporary tiny-home village

Higgins to succeed Touesnard as OmniTRAX’s CCO

L.A. Metro extends public comment period for West Santa Ana Branch report

Global Port Tracker: Peak season should get off to good start in August

RTD adopts new strategic plan

UP posts past three years' equal employment opportunity reports online

Amtrak requires employees to be vaccinated by November

Carloads up, intermodal volume down for U.S. railroads in year's 31st week

August 11

MTA completes fourth Mt. Vernon bridge renewal project

Illinois commission OKs crossing upgrade agreements

Brightline to resume service

South Carolina port breaks July volume records

Transit agencies met safety plan mandate, FTA says

Metrolinx lands federal funding commitment for Milton Corridor upgrades

IANA honors intermodal vet Brashares with 2021 Silver Kingpin Award

Senate approves Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

August 10

Rail Supplier news from Wabtec, Ondas, Miller Ingenuity, HDR and Alstom

Recognizing the Reader's Choice Award winners of 2021

Metro-North to upgrade three Hudson Line parking lots

Illinois governor signs bill creating high-speed rail commission

L.A. Metro completes Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station renovation

NS issues newly renamed corporate responsibility report

BNSF scores solid Q2 financial results

CP sweetens offer to acquire KCS

August 9

Metra completes North Chicago station rehab

SFRTA restructures management

Sound Transit adopts realigned expansion plan

STB issues final environmental document for proposed Uinta Basin Railway

WMATA cites greater reliability due to rehabilitation, prevention programs

CSX gains key Pan Am deal support from passenger-rail authority

Independent proxy advisor: KCS shareholders should support CN merger

STB denies Class Is' motion to dismiss Amtrak Gulf Coast case

August 6

Amtrak debuts upgraded menu options in Acela first class

Grade-separated crossing reopens near new Caltrain station

SFMTA to start Central Subway testing

Labor mourns loss of AFL-CIO leader Trumka

UP's Lujan: Freight, passenger railroads work better as partners

OmniTRAX designates rail-ready sites along Panhandle Northern Railroad

Cook County awards grant funds to Metra, CTA

North Carolina DOT awards freight rail, crossing safety grants

August 5

Rail supplier news from Trainyard Tech, Hanson, Freese and Nichols (Aug. 5)

CTA moves historic building, opens community office for Red-Purple modernization

MTA announces leadership changes at NYCT

Granite awarded contract for Jurupa Road-UP grade separation project

Watco to help develop Ardmore Industrial Airpark

AAR: U.S. rail traffic growth decelerates in July

August 4

Rail supplier news from Hitachi Rail, Thales and TekTracking (Aug. 4)

SEPTA police launch YouTube channel

Wan Hai Lines expands direct service from Asia to PANYNJ

L.A. Metro advances Sepulveda Transit Corridor project

Savage opens Stockton terminal for renewable fuels distribution

Infrastructure bill could restart Baltimore Red Line project, senators say

CN, CP set grain-haul records in 2020-21 crop year

August 3

Study: TTC subway air quality has improved 'substantially'

Gov. Cuomo: MTA, port authority workers must be vaccinated or tested

BLET members ratify new contract with PATH

NTSB investigating MBTA train collision

Class I workforce rose slightly in June from May's level

FTA to launch National Transit Workforce Center

STB determines CP may seek certain KCS materials

AAR, APTA commend latest version of bipartisan infrastructure package

August 2

Rail supplier news from Knorr Brake, AECOM and Loadsmart (Aug. 2)

APTA unveils mobility innovation report

San Diego MTS marks 40 years of trolley service

LA Metro releases West Santa Ana light-rail environmental report

RGPC Industrial Rail to serve Texas industrial parks

Transport Canada approves changes to rail operating rules

STB accepts updated CSX-Pan Am merger application

Kansas City Southern responds to CP proxy statement

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