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Rail News: December 2020

December 30

Rail supplier news from Vossloh, Stantec, CAI, Alstom, Cylus and FSI (Dec. 30)

ACE offers means-based fare option

Retailers urge USTR to avoid tariffs on Vietnamese goods

Sound Transit tests new light-rail vehicles

NTSB investigating fatal accident of Housatonic Railroad worker

Canada to help fund rail infrastructure improvements in Alberta

BART to pause Bombardier rail-car delivery to address reliability concerns

FRA: PTC is operating on all required rail lines

December 29

Rail supplier news from RailSolutions, Thales, Bombardier, Alstom, TranSystems and Cyient (Dec. 29)

Santa Clara VTA names new board leadership

SSA cranes set to arrive at Oakland port

CDPQ Infra unveils REM light-rail project in Montreal

FAA issues new rules for drone operations

Amtrak preps for Moynihan Train Hall opening

Virginia DRPT, Maryland DOT seek input on multimodal improvements

FRA proposes changes to PTC reporting requirements

December 28

MARTA's board elects new leadership

Metrolink installs antimicrobial air filters on rail cars

FRA, RailTEC investigate crosstie spike fastener failures

Ontario government issues RFPs for Ontario Line subway project

AAR praises stimulus bill, short-line tax credit measure

Inglewood issues DEIR for proposed elevated light-rail line

Metro-North, LIRR, New Mexico Rail Runner complete PTC implementation

Intermodal gain bolsters U.S. rail traffic in Week 51

December 23

Rail supplier news from 360 Transit Alliance, Wabtec, Keolis, Bombardier OneRail, Cubic and HDR (Dec. 23)

NORTA takes over streetcar operations, maintenance

Port NOLA to buy land for new container terminal

U.S. Class I workforce contracted in November, STB data shows

Caltrain CEO Hartnett to step down

CP completes purchase of Detroit River Rail Tunnel

CTA Red Line extension enters next phase of development

CN, CP exceed grain revenue limits for 2019-2020 crop year

December 22

SEPTA union criticizes COVID quarantine policy

Metrolink's board elects new leadership

CDC panel prioritizes transit workers for COVID-19 shots

TriMet GM Kelsey to retire

Patriot Rail appoints Nelson to succeed Whiteman as CFO

CREATE project wraps up, reduces delays for Metra, CP trains

North Carolina DOT awards grants to fund rail infrastructure projects

Congress passes massive bill, including COVID relief for Amtrak, short-line tax credit

December 21

Palmdale City Council OKs high-speed rail station plans

OCTA sets first rail for future Orange County light-rail system

VRE board elects executive committee

KCS wraps up Holiday Express fundraiser for Salvation Army

Pacific Harbor Line President Cliatt named to FAMU board

BLET calls for buffer-car safety standard on hazmat trains

TransLink picks Bombardier to supply new SkyTrain rail cars

NJ Transit completes PTC implementation

December 18

Rail supplier news from RSI, Stadler, Rail Vision, Wabtec, Transit Wireless and Fabasoft (Dec. 18)

Port Manatee's board names Bellamy chair

Chicago RTA approves 2021 budgets, capital programs for regional transit

Maryland DOT seeks input on state rail plan

GCT Deltaport completes rail yard expansion

FTA awards CIG grants to transit-rail projects

North Carolina Railroad wraps up rail bridge replacement project

Canadian Pacific to develop hydrogen-powered locomotive

December 17

Sound Transit light-rail project reaches milestone

DCTA elects new officers

Canadian Pacific, IBEW agree to five-year labor pact

Intermodal gain drives total U.S. rail volume increase in Week 50

OIG: Amtrak could better measure PTC system reliability

South Dakota rail board finalizes sale of Sioux Valley Line

CN announces partnership for new Alabama logistics park

MTA OKs 2021 budget, postpones service cuts and layoffs

December 16

Rail supplier news from ARS, BSD, HDR, Hub, Urban and HNTB (Dec. 16)

OLI report highlights rail safety education efforts

CSX designates Tennessee rail property a 'Select Site'

South Florida RTA receives PTC certification for rail corridor

NTSB calls for tank-car placement to mitigate hazmat train risks

FTA funds transit access improvements

FRA final rule requires states to report grade-crossing safety plans

Biden to nominate Buttigieg as transportation secretary

December 15

DART D2 Subway project recognized for excellence

Metra expands bike-car pilot

RTD-Denver launches mobile ticketing on Lyft

Foothill Gold Line Authority's board reelects Sandoval, Carder

Transit execs call on Congress to pass relief bill before recess

NYCT to begin final phase of Rutgers rail tunnel rehabilitation

Transport Canada proposes new data collection regs for Class Is

BNSF designates three new 'certified' sites

December 14

Rail supplier news from ARM, Alstom, Teleste, Dewberry, Urban and ASLRRA (Dec. 14)

FTA gives transit agencies a break from certain rules during pandemic

Operation Lifesaver launches new first-responder safety course

Virginia transportation board OKs revenue program to fund rail improvements

Schneider Bulk Express Intermodal expands to Canada via CN

WMATA issues investigative report on working conditions

Huron Central Railway shutdown date extended to June 2021

FRA issues final rule on freight-rail brake safety tests

December 11

Rail supplier news from Loram, Wabtec, Siemens, TranSystems, Trinity and Burns (Dec. 11)

Brightline seeks bond sale to finance Florida rail expansion

Rail safety group urges more caution during switching operations

MBTA to slash rail service due to employee COVID-19 absences

Florida DOT to fund Tampa Streetcar expansion

NJ Transit will meet PTC deadline, CEO says

CN slates March 2021 opening for new Wisconsin terminal

NTSB recommends safety measures in light of CSX derailment

December 10

U.S. Rep. Moulton introduces high-speed rail bill

OmniTRAX, affiliated railroads aid local pandemic relief efforts

VIA Rail advances procurement process for rail maintenance centers

PANYNJ logged TEU, rail volume growth in October

Caltrain to replace Guadalupe River rail bridge

FRA updates rail equipment accident, incident reporting regs

KC Streetcar to receive full federal funding request

Total U.S. freight-rail volume climbs in Week 49

December 9

Rail supplier news from Cordel, CTOS, Bombardier, Wood, Icomera and Wago (Dec. 9)

WSDOT report outlines high-speed travel in Pacific Northwest

Amtrak adds new digital payment options

CSX achieves highest rating on global climate change list

Michigan DOT awards grants for grade crossing surface improvements

Gov. Murphy announces $190 million in Newark Penn Station renovations

UP taps Richardson as EVP, top legal officer, corporate secretary

California awards $392 million to freight, passenger rail projects

December 8

NYCT nears completion of OMNY implementation

APTA, Transit release transit ridership trend estimator

VRE updates long-term capital improvement plan

Alpenglow, USA Rail open newest terminal in Texas

CN, CP recognized for actions on climate change

Environmental report drafted for Valley Link passenger-rail project

R. J. Corman acquires short lines, transload service provider

Amtrak, Delaware complete Northeast Corridor track project

December 7

STM wraps up cellular data project

STB to host conference on class exemption, revocation issues

Caltrain adopts FY2021 budgets

Ohio panel OKs short lines' grade crossing projects

LA Metro certifies EIR for East San Fernando Valley light-rail project

SacRT awarded state funding for light-rail improvements

Feds award $638 million to Valley Metro's South Central light-rail expansion

CSX names construction manager for CREATE grade separation, Forest Hill Flyover projects

December 4

Rail suppliers news from Hub, USIS, Voith, Wabtec, Bombardier, Wi-Tronix and NRC (Dec. 4)

West Virginia Rail Authority to acquire, operate rail line

CP raises funds for homeless veterans

RTD-Denver approves 2021 budget, 400 worker layoffs

FTA awards grant to improve pedestrian detection at rail crossings

Baldwin reintroduces shipper 'fairness' bill

Feds, Amtrak settle disability discrimination case

CTC awards grant to Stockton grade separation project

December 3

Minneapolis Met Council earns top credit ratings

New Orleans RTA introduces accessible streetcars

BLET ratifies contract with New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway

NJ Transit to test technology to combat coronavirus

CN, CP set new grain haul records in November

Two women charged with train terror attack in Washington

CP proposes new transload hub in British Columbia

AAR: Intermodal volume drove rail traffic growth in November

December 2

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Simmons, MOW Equipment, Pettibone; and in memoriam: Harold Brace and John Barriger (Dec. 2)

KCS issues challenge grant as part of Holiday Express fundraiser

Sound Transit's Link light-rail now runs on clean energy

CN renews support of supply chain education, research programs

WMATA proposes ending weekend rail service, closing stations

Patriot Rail names Butler to its board

Amtrak wins Metrolink operating contract

CP, Hapag-Lloyd extend rail pact, add Port Saint John service

December 1

In memoriam: Former BLET General Counsel Ross

LA Metro program seeks to address quality of life

TTC event aims to recruit women rail operators

Rail cars rolling on new track at Garden City Terminal

VIA Rail logs ridership, revenue drop in Q3

FTA issues grants for transit innovation projects

Amtrak names Gardner president

CSX to acquire Pan Am Railways

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