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Rail News: October 2021

October 29

Pena named MBTA's chief of capital transformation

SEPTA launches development program for transit-rail corridors

NRF predicts record-high holiday retail sales

Rio Grande, WestRock ink industrial rail services pact

Rail unions seek injunction against NS in train-service crafts dispute

Amtrak, building trades unions agree to expand workforce pipeline

CP releases 2020 sustainability report

OmniTRAX promotes senior executives

October 28

In memoriam: Thomas Streicher

MTA marks new pandemic-era ridership records

UTA opens new rail station at Salt Lake airport

WMATA must improve Metrorail's traction power programs, audit finds

Week 42: Intermodal volume reflects ongoing supply chain issues

Norfolk Southern's Scoble honored for environmental stewardship

Former BNSF CIO dePass Olsovsky joins CN board

NTSB issues preliminary report on Amtrak train derailment

October 27

Rail supplier news from Nisus, Auxo, Genesis Rail and Ondas (Oct. 27)

Brightline unveils door-to-door transit booking service

NRLC: Arbitrator ruling advances health-care network proposal

Santa Clara VTA’s federal grant request advances for BART extension project

Trex to build new rail-served plant at Little Rock port

L.A., Long Beach ports issue surcharges to help clear congestion

Rail industry honors Raglin, Hornick, Fronczak for environmental work

NS posts Q3 records for income, earnings, operating ratio

October 26

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, HDR and Industry-Railway (Oct. 26)

NYCT now required to submit subway noise reports

Biden helps kick off Portal North Bridge project

NS donates Southern Railway archives to Atlanta museum

Anacostia names Batory, others to new advisory board

Port of Coos Bay to acquire Georgia-Pacific mill site

UP steps up efforts to reduce supply chain congestion

KCS to serve new auto distribution center in Mexico

October 25

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Vossloh, Blume and Kuehne+Nagel (Oct. 25)

LRW names deputy chairs Vaughn, Stewart to board

CTA proposes $1.75 billion operating budget for 2022

Amtrak breaks ground on Baltimore Penn Station project

TTCI to open new testing, training facilities in Colorado

NS mandates vaccination, sues unions

October 22

Rail supplier news from Advanced Rail, Tideworks, Greenbrier, Jaxon, Thales and SKF (Oct. 22)

NJ Transit awards design contract for Walter Rand Transportation Center project

Port of Savannah set cargo record in September

California passenger-rail agencies form advocacy coalition

Metra awards equipment contract to Wabtec

Newsom's executive order aims to alleviate congestion at California ports

Pioneer Lines names Service SVP of corporate development

Amtrak again asks STB to order passenger-rail access to Gulf Coast freight tracks

October 21

Feds reviewing Valley Metro grant application for light-rail project

Tri-Rail returns to full train schedule next week

Week 41: U.S. rail traffic total fell 4.2 percent

SMART names Cumins its next GM

WMATA to hire outside safety advisers

CSX in Q3: Higher net earnings, lower operating ratio

Union Pacific posts Q3 records for income, operating ratio

October 20

DART solicits public input on future transit system plan

Senate transportation appropriations bill includes funds for passenger-rail, transit

MTA reorganizes leadership team

Patriot Rail names Morris GM of Lakeshore Railcar & Tanker

UP receiving cargo 24/7 near L.A., Long Beach ports

Canadian Pacific reports Q3 revenue increase, profit decrease

UP's Whited honored as 'Railway Woman of the Year'

CN announces Ruest's retirement, Q3 financial results

October 19

Rail supplier news from Thales, Huitt-Zollars and STV (Oct. 19)

VIA Rail announces final phase of gradual service resumption

Metro-North Railroad to offer bike storage program at Grand Central

WMATA to suspend 7000-series cars for at least this week

SC Ports CEO Newsome to retire in 2022

Union Pacific hauls historic military vehicle

KCS posts Q3 revenue increase despite traffic disruptions

October 18

TransLink report calls for quadrupling transit network

San Diego MTS OKs housing construction along trolley line

WMATA pulls 7000-series rail cars due to safety issues

New York sets new pandemic-era subway ridership record

NRF: Retail sales rose in September

NCTD releases map, analysis of Del Mar bluffs fenching project

STB sets schedule for Amtrak Gulf Coast service case

UP files federal suit over unions' objections to vaccine requirement

October 15

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Greenbrier, Teleste and VLS (Oct. 15)

MARTA announces legal department changes

SEPTA appoints former Assistant U.S. Attorney Wolf as inspector general

Metra OKs $3.1 million contract to renovate historic station

NJ Transit rolls out AquaTrack unit for fall cleanup

DART's board elects Krause chair

Texas high-speed rail investors form station development company

CSX wins award for emissions reduction program

October 14

Sound Transit, Seattle finalize land transfer for housing development

Metra proposes $900 million operating budget for 2022

CP recognizes 51 shippers for hazmat safety practices

CSX honors 71 customers with annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award

U.S. rail traffic dips again in Week 40

KCS announces EVP Sameh Fahmy will leave company

FRA unveils plan for Midwest passenger-rail network expansion

AAR applauds news that West Coast ports, shippers will operate 24/7

October 13

SLSI offers new safety culture educational materials

Retail imports drive record September at SC Ports

Metro-North begins safety improvements at Breakneck Ridge Station

SEPTA's King of Prussia rail project enters New Starts development phase

TexAmericas Center names Thompson GM of rail, transload operations

Anacostia promotes Khatami, installs Turubanova as her successor

NJ Transit OKs Portal North Bridge construction contract

Tiger Cool Express announces Tri-Cities intermodal initiative

October 12

Rail supplier news from Thales, Shift5, Alstom and Hanson (Oct. 12)

U.S. transportation sector's unemployment rate fell in September

High-Speed Rail Alliance names Roberts to board of directors

The Andersons to lease grain storage facility at Port of Oswego

Florida awards $9.4 million in grants for CSX-served intermodal center

CP preps hydrogen-powered locomotive for launch

October 11

Rail supplier news from REMSA and Harmon Communications (Oct. 11)

FTA encourages transit agencies to reduce GHG emissions

LA Metro begins preconstruction work on East San Fernando Valley light-rail project

Report: Brightline planning Miami-to-Tampa route by 2028

CP's Holiday Train to remain virtual this year

Gov. Baker appoints MBTA board members

CSX rolls out safety train for first-responder education

KCS enlists Commtrex to boost supply-chain efficiency

October 8

Metrolinx GO station recognized for sustainable design

FTA: Grants available for access, mobility projects

Retailers: Imports remain high; port congestion still an issue

PennDOT accepting unsolicited P3 proposals

NJ Transit’s Kwon recognized for fostering diversity at work

OmniTRAX adds Alabama short line to 'rail-ready' program

TSA to issue cybersecurity mandates for rail industry

October 7

RTD-Denver gathers input on proposed 2022 service changes

TransLink offers free transit in exchange for fossil fuel cars

SEPTA to hire social outreach workers

DART named to best-in-Texas employer list

PANYNJ: Rail ridership down, port volumes up in August

Patriot Rail appoints Zander CRO

Intermodal kept a lid on U.S. rail traffic total in September

Canada sets deadline for vaccine mandate

October 6

Rail supplier news from PowerRail, Cattron, JMA Railroad, WSP and Alstom (Oct. 6)

Vivarail, Lithion Battery to test Pop-Up Metro in U.S. pilot project

Indiana Rail Road restores Santa Train event

SC Ports CEO Newsome named to International Maritime Hall of Fame

Schumer calls for probe of Blue Point Rail Bridge

CP submits winter plan to Canadian government

TCI counters CN's claims of 'inaccuracies'

CSX to serve Ford's new campuses in Tennessee, Kentucky

October 5

Rail supplier news from R.J. Corman, Mitsui Rail, AllTranstek, Wabtec, Invision AI and Thales (Oct. 5)

MTA opens renewed Metro-North Port Jervis Station

Metrolink resumes rail service to southern Orange County, Oceanside

Washington UTC OKs grants for grade crossing upgrades

State DOT leaders frustrated with short-term solution to infrastructure funding

St Louis-Metro Transit adds off-duty police officers

UP: Supply chain challenges need coordinated response

Alter Logistics terminal project includes rail track expansion

October 4

Rail supplier news from Alstom, STV, Geopier and LRW (Oct. 4)

KC Streetcar Authority to study multimodal transit options

MTA employee COVID-19 vaccination program enters new phase

Greater Cleveland RTA wraps up track construction project

Caltrain completes Menlo Park, San Mateo grade crossing projects

Sound Transit opens Northgate Link light-rail extension

Rail unions allege NS seeks to 'eliminate' train-service crafts

CN sets shareholder meeting requested by TCI

October 1

NARS elects officers, gives awards

Metra kicks off project to replace rail bridge, rebuild Grayland Station

CN wins AREMA's Hay award for Louisiana bridge project

NTSB urges railroads to better protect rail roadway workers

Union Pacific elects Edison to its board

Norfolk Southern, Progress Rail partner on Tier 4 locomotive

STB: Previous voting trust approval applies to latest CP-KCS merger plan

CN rips TCI for making 'false' claims, calls out 'conflict of interest'

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