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Rail News: December 2016

December 29

Rail supplier news from GREX, Knorr-Bremse, Global Partners and NRC (Dec. 29) Quiet zone begins along Metrolink line Oregon senators praise FRA, UP agreement on safety standards TriMet names Preusser transportation director U.S. rail traffic increases in week 51 Illinois law to double fines for drivers who ignore crossing gates New Mexico rail park will link to BNSF

December 28

WMATA releases Inauguration Day passes Honolulu transit agency wraps up elevated guideway section CREATE officials mark opening of 25th Avenue overpass OmniTRAX, Missinippi Rail Consortium sign MOU Wisconsin DOT secretary to step down Feds OK Port Everglades deepening project TransLink sells transit center site, earmarks proceeds for rail projects CN, CP exceed Western grain revenue entitlements

December 27

Cuomo debuts 96th Street Station ahead of Second Avenue Subway opening Railroads wrap up holiday charity events Watco acquires Australia's Intermodal Group CSX train passes through new D.C. tunnel Feds to study Chicago-Columbus higher-speed rail route Former CN senior exec Trafton to join CP's board Sound Transit secures $2 billion in TIFIA loans for light rail FRA collected a record $15.75 million in civil penalties in FY2016

December 22

Chicago RTA OKs 2017 operating budget, five-year capex plan UP recognized for safe transportation of hazardous materials Kansas City authority to study potential streetcar extension G3 to build new grain terminal at Port of Vancouver Amtrak: FRA's Northeast Corridor report affirms railroad's plans U.S. railroads' traffic volume down 0.3 percent in week 50 Pan Am Southern, Pan Am Railways seek resolution with MBTA over PTC dispute FTA OKs Minneapolis light-rail extension, North Carolina train station

December 21

Rail supplier news from R. J. Corman, Trimble, Road and Rail, Progress Rail and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (Dec. 21) Amtrak to boost service for Trump's inauguration Vermont postpones Middlebury tunnel project to examine environmental impact PATH installs PTC on 33rd Street rail line Wabtec acquires Workhorse Rail Orange County transit agency seeks streetcar vehicle builder Alstom inks pact to acquire Nomad Digital NTSB wants rail crossing alerts added to navigation apps

December 20

Valley Metro names Hodgins chief financial officer TransLink orders 28 rail cars for SkyTrain TSA mulls security training for rail workers North Carolina Railroad completes track to serve industrial park FRA allocates funds for Amtrak Gulf Coast service NYC's Second Avenue Subway to open in January Icahn Enterprises to sell American Railcar Leasing to SMBC Rail PANYNJ kicks off construction of ExpressRail Port facility

December 19

APTA: Most Americans support public transit investments BART board names Saltzman president, Raburn vice president MBTA's fiscal panel to speed up state-of-good-repair projects California high-speed rail agency seeks train operator Port of Long Beach unveils draft environmental impact study for rail yard project FRA unveils long-range plan for Northeast Corridor STB approves G&W's acquisition of Providence & Worcester Maryland reapplies for federal grant for Howard Street tunnel project

December 16

Metra chooses Uber as rideshare partner Rail shippers call on Trump to appoint a shipper-friendly STB PANYNJ charges 44 police officers with 'shirking duties' while on the clock OmniTRAX, West Plains to reopen grain silo at Brownsville port Sound Transit OKs $1.6 billion budget for 2017 Port of Prince Rupert terminal expansion reaches 75 percent completion mark TEX Rail project secures federal funding WMATA fires six workers after review reveals falsified inspection records

December 15

Rail supplier news from Hanson, Otis and Nomad Digital (Dec. 15) Santa Clara VTA receives bomb threat OEA suspends environmental review of Great Lakes' freight-rail line California high-speed rail authority OKs funds for Central Valley segment Progressive Railroading opens registration for Secure Rail 2017 Siemens completes first Brightline trainset STB sets final rule for investigative authority U.S. rail carloads down 4.3 percent in week 49

December 14

Rail supplier news from Railtech Boutet, Industrial Television Services, Thales and PTV (Dec. 14) STB solicits nominations for advisory council North Carolina DOT kicks off rail improvement project UP to upgrade Portland bridge electrical system Detroit's M-1 Rail unveils QLINE station designs, begins testing streetcars CP names Peverett to board Sound Transit sells $477 million in 'green bonds' to fund light rail

December 13

FTA to assist Charlotte, Tacoma with rail-related TOD New York City Transit to begin Sandy-related repairs in Clark Street Tube Texas A&M TTI names Winfree director Schumer: Crosscheck all transit-rail employees with terror watch list NRF: Retail imports up for holiday season MBTA OKs plan to replace Red Line fleet SEPTA, unions agree to implement close-call reporting system G&W subsidiary to acquire Pentalver Transport

December 12

SEPTA opens travel info center at University of Pennsylvania Water infrastructure bill includes South Carolina port expansion MBTA delays Green Line extension opening to 2021 FRA issues advisory on sleep apnea screening, cameras in locomotives FTA orders WMATA to fix 'deteriorated' traction power system PANYNJ's 2017 budget includes PATH, Greenville Yard projects

December 9

Port of Los Angeles recognized for berths project Quiet zone created for Metrolink, BNSF crossings Caltrain's customer satisfaction rate improves U.S., Canadian rail regulators sign MOU GAO: Contracts provide 'flexibility,' but high rates concern shippers U.S. rail traffic up 2 percent in week 48; crude oil down 52 percent in Q3 GE acquires Iders Inc.

December 8

Rail supplier news from voestalpine, Hexagon, McDonald Transit and Bombardier (Dec. 8) Amtrak welcomes pets on Vermonter trains FBI: Bomb threat against L.A. Metro station not credible Mineta transportation consortium receives federal research grant Transport Canada seeks input on hazmat transportation by rail Obama nominates STB's Begeman for another term Metro-North, LIRR mobile ticketing sales top $47 million AAR: 'Glimmers of hope' in November rail traffic data

December 7

Metrolinx to increase GO Transit rail service on Barrie line Metrolink slashes fares on Perris Valley extension Canada appoints panel for Milton Logistics Hub project VRE slates meeting on Gainesville-Haymarket Extension Amtrak trains roll into new Niagara Falls station CSX schedules public meeting on Carolina Connector project Texas high-speed rail company names Aguilar CEO NTSB: Fatigued crew cause of deadly UP train crash

December 6

TOD plans OK'd near Palatine, Bartlett Metra stations GAO completes review of trains' hazmat response documents Vehicle testing begins for Ottawa's O-Train light-rail line USDOT unveils grants to University Transportation Centers Freight report outlines need for infrastructure investment L.A. Metro increases security after bomb threat FTA: WMATA has a long way to go to improve safety Vossloh to acquire Rocla Concrete Tie

December 5

Rail supplier news from United Rail, Alliance Shippers, Gannett Fleming and TranSystems (Dec. 5) APTA hires Ford as chief counsel RTD continues free rides for active duty military personnel UNLV to establish university research center for rail infrastructure Keolis launches 'biometric' time-clock system at MBTA commuter-rail facility RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases fell in October Cuomo signs bill requiring study of New York's grade crossings SEPTA unveils commuter-rail improvement program

December 2

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Road & Rail, Hollysys, Interpipe and RSI (Dec. 2) OmniTRAX commemorates 115th years of Great Western Railway Shuster to return as House T&I Committee chair L.A. Metro OKs environmental review for Airport Connector station AAR: Freight railroads improving train operations in Chicago region FRA unveils preferred alternative for Amtrak B&P tunnel replacement NTSB: WMATA found defective ties more than a year before July derailment

December 1

Rail supplier news from Siemens, DBi, Wi-Tronix and Bombardier (Dec. 1) L.A. City Council OKs streetcar route U.S. railroads' traffic volume up 0.6 percent in week 47 WMATA CEO unveils plan to overhaul, repair trains Genesee & Wyoming Australia acquires GRail, issues 49 percent equity stake NS recognized as 'military friendly' employer Alstom to receive $30 million in NY funds for Amtrak train deal STB adopts final rules for Class I performance metrics, Amtrak cost disputes << Previous Next >>
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