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Rail News: January 2023

January 31

Metro Transit hires Morales as police chief

CapMetro names Watkins president, CEO

TTC increases subway safety personnel

Gov. Moore taps Wiedefeld as Maryland transportation secretary

AAR asks federal court to review STB rate dispute ruling

Biden announces federal funds for Hudson, B&P rail tunnel projects

January 30

IANA names Houfek to at-large board post, Cannizzaro as COO

NJ Transit to host hearings on Walter Rand Transportation Center project

Port of Long Beach unveils renewable energy, zero emissions initiatives

MTA: Safety initiative reduced subway crime

U.S. Rep. Nehls to chair House railroad subcommittee

STB issues final environmental review of proposed CP-KCS merger

January 27

MARS names 2023 officers, executive committee members

MTA unveils accessibility upgrades at Penn Station

L.A. Metro partners with Metrolink, Inglewood on rail projects

NS customers invested $3.2B along its rail network in 2022

STB denies Class Is' petition to stay rate arbitration program

DOJ reiterates concerns over CP-KCS merger

January 26

Rail supplier news from PS Technology, SNC-Lavalin and Comply365 (Jan. 26)

Port of Virginia to buy five ship-to-shore cranes

LIRR launches direct train service to Grand Central Madison

Bill calls for MBTA to electrify commuter-rail system by 2035

U.S. freight-rail traffic down 2% in Week 3

CSX reports revenue, profit gains in Q4, full-year 2022

January 25

Ports: Mobile logs record year, Georgia hires Batista as sales VP

Maine DOT considers Amtrak Downeaster expansion

BMWED members vote to merge passenger-rail groups

CN reports revenue, income growth in Q4 2022

NS logs record operating revenue, income in Q4 and full-year 2022

UP posts higher revenue, lower income in Q4 2022

January 24

Educational programs encourage high-schoolers to explore rail careers

Sound Transit solicits input on Everett Link light-rail extension

OCTA stabilizes track in San Clemente, some rail service to resume

Indiana Rail Road's Ray retires

Alaska Railroad names Maddox CFO

Port of Halifax logs TEU milestone in 2022

January 23

Rail supplier news from Ondas, Siemens, RINA, AITX and Hitachi (Jan. 23)

Ports of L.A., Long Beach log busy year despite volume decline

NC by Train logged record ridership in 2022

Missouri Gov. Parson proposes funds for grade crossing safety

BNSF to serve new CHS grain facility in South Dakota

STB rejects UP's request for confidentiality in embargo case

January 20

Rail supplier news from Savage, RSI Logistics, Transtar, Skanska, Rail Vision, Railinc and Duos (Jan. 20)

Ports of Virginia, Houston set cargo volume records in 2022

BNSF to serve new biofuels terminal in California

Amtrak kicks off process to replace overnight trains

FRA warns Class Is to correct training program deficiencies

BNSF budgets $3.96 billion for capital projects in 2023

January 19

MxV Rail reopens in-person training at SERTC

Georgia DOT wraps up first CRISI-funded project

OmniTRAX names Grasso VP of business strategy

Amtrak petitions FRA to retire fixed wayside signals in Maryland

Intermodal a drag on North American rail traffic totals in Week 2

P&L Transportation promotes Greene to chair, president and CEO

January 18

EVs shouldn't compromise road safety, NTSB's Homendy says

GoTriangle study examines potential for new commuter-rail line

Georgia ports processed 6 million TEUs in 2022

Cargill, CHS to add Houston grain terminal to TEMCO joint venture

Virginia receives federal funding for two passenger-rail projects

Amtrak sees improvement in workforce diversity efforts

January 17

Rail supplier news from Arcadis, Mott MacDonald, WSP, Pacific West and Eagle Remediation (Jan. 17)

Ohio commission approves grade crossing projects

WMATA appeals safety commission directives; granted stay

Commissions approve VRE operating, capital budgets for 2024

FRA's estimated cost, impact of train-crew rule is way off, U.S. SBA says

January 16

Rail supplier news from McMillan Jacobs, Delve Underground, GHD and Uber (Jan. 16)

BTS: Port capacity fell in 2022, but throughput rose

USDOT publishes five-year R&D strategic plan

Gov.-elect Shapiro nominates Carroll for PennDOT secretary

Report: Cost of Massachusetts' proposed passenger-rail route starts at $1B

CP, Unifor reach tentative pact for mechanical workers

January 13

Amtrak seeks student applicants for rail scholarships

FTA updates policy guidance for CIG program

IBEW approves new contract with Bi-State Development

BLET reaches tentative agreements with two short lines

Brightline report highlights ridership, revenue growth

Port of South Louisiana to buy Avondale Global Gateway

January 12

Rail supplier news from Loram, FTR, Duos, Thales, Heartwood and MaxAccel (Jan. 12)

NJ Transit marks 40 years of rail service

RTD-Denver, Foothill Gold Line add new board members

NY Gov. Hochul: Interborough Express to advance with light rail

Iowa Interstate Railroad to build Iowa City transloading facility

U.S. railroads log carload gain, intermodal decline in Week 1

January 11

Metra rolls out real-time train tracking website

BLET announces new advisory board

Biden administration unveils blueprint to decarbonize transportation sector

CSX marks safety milestone at Memphis intermodal terminal

U.S. Rep. Graves to chair House T&I Committee

Huron Central Railway awarded government funds for infrastructure project

January 10

Rail supplier news from GB Railfreight, Akiem, Thales, SGS and RailState (Jan. 10)

Brightline unveils renderings for future Orlando station

Hedlund named vice chair of STB

San Francisco MTA opens T Third subway line

Canada to require freight railroads to provide more performance data

Patriot Rail completes acquisition of Delta Southern short line

January 9

Rail supplier news from Loram, Atlas, Greenbrier and Rail Vision (Jan. 9)

AASHTO elects Thompson VP

IANA elects new board, officers

Indiana Rail Road promotes LeDune, McCuan to VP roles

LRW names Savage 2022 Railway Woman of the Year

Class Is ask federal courts to review STB rate dispute ruling

January 6

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Burns, Atlas, Michael Baker, RELAM and ZEDAS (Jan. 6)

Report: U.S. judge tosses jury trial in CSX antitrust case

TTC unveils 2023 proposed operating, capital budgets

NS begins operating fully electric cranes at Georgia site

BTS: North American transborder freight-by-rail rose in October

Third South Carolina property designated CSX Select Site

January 5

WMATA to develop plan to correct internal safety issues

MTA to award contract for Metro-North viaduct project

British Columbia issues RFP for Surrey Langley SkyTrain project

Port of Pasco obtains federal funds for last-mile rail project

BNSF, Bakken Energy to collaborate on design of clean hydrogen hub

North American rail volumes fell nearly 2 percent in 2022

January 4

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Longwood and STV (Jan. 4)

MTA Metro-North Railroad marks 40th anniversary

NJ Transit seeks input on future Hudson-Bergen light-rail contract

C.H. Robinson names Norfolk Southern 'railroad of the year'

Rail traffic controllers ratify new contract with CN

Class Is ask STB to stay 'opt-in' rule for rate arbitration program

January 3

Two Chicago rail stations recognized for architecture

Utah Transit Authority OKs new strategic plan

Foothill Gold Line construction is two-thirds complete

Schneider completes transition to UP for western rail service

FRA issues safety advisory for unintended train brake releases

STB directs UP to deliver trains to Foster Farms

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