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Rail News: December 2021

December 30

MARTA announces first transaction of TOD affordable housing fund

Metra to begin major hiring push in January

DCTA names new regional leaders

Amtrak BMWED members vote for federation consolidation

STB won't suspend rate-dispute rulemaking schedule

UP-served Savage Gulf Rail Facility opens in Texas

Safety panel orders WMATA to revise 7000-series return to service

U.S. railroads’ intermodal volume dipped slightly in Week 51

December 29

Rail supplier news from L.K. Comstock, Keolis, Bluejay Capital, Pacific West and NRC (Dec. 29)

L.A. Metro offers new mobile app to combat cybersecurity threats

BART lists top achievements for 2021

Ports of Long Beach, L.A. delay container dwell fee to Jan. 3

Alaska Railroad honors 25 employees for excellence

MBTA to restore commuter-rail service over Gloucester bridge by May 2022

STB posts details for public hearing on reciprocal switching

NS offers incentives to help ease supply-chain bottleneck

December 28

Trinity Railway Express to mark 25th anniversary

WMATA pauses 7000-series ramp up

Illinois commission OKs grade crossing work on BNSF track

Metrolinx, CTS reach settlement over Eglinton Crosstown project delays

CP, Canadian Tire ink contract extension

P&L's Reck to step down as CEO, Garrett named successor

U.S. Maritime Administration awards grants for port, rail projects

CN above, CP below grain revenue limits for latest crop year

December 23

New River Valley Passenger Rail launches station feasibility survey

Rail access a factor in GE Appliance's Georgia expansion plans

Brightline begins construction on shared parking garage for future Boca Raton station

Week 50: Intermodal still a drag on U.S. rail volume

DC DOT announces $15 million for transportation infrastructure improvements

TriMet appoints Wilson executive director of safety, security

CP seals new long-term pact with major potash exporter

Biden touts supply-chain progress at L.A., Long Beach ports

December 22

SEPTA recognized for social services innovation

Metro SubwayLink real-time info available on Transit app

Rail Passengers Association awards 'Golden Spike' to Amtrak workers

PANYNJ budget levels remain below pre-pandemic projections

CTDOT inks new lease for New Haven Union, State Street stations

CP announces millions in funding raised for pediatric hospitals

Senators seek study of potential Northwest passenger-rail service

CN network returns to normal after washouts in British Columbia

December 21

Rail supplier news from Auxo Investment, RR Mergers and Cad Railway (Dec. 21)

Sound Transit re-elects Keel as chair; Constantine, Somers named vice chairs

LIRR awards signal system upgrade contract to Hitachi Rail

Toronto Transit Commission OKs 2022 operating, capital budgets

Illinois panel approves funding for NS track overpass in Decatur

Brightline steps up grade-crossing safety efforts

Indiana Rail Road upgrades Odon transload facility

STB approves Watco purchase of Wisconsin, Michigan rail lines; Begeman moves on

December 20

Rail supplier news from TRAC, Benesch, Alstom, Nortrak and AmeriStarRail (Dec. 20)

Ponstein to chair Port NOLA, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

Hawtex to develop container-on-vessel service to St. Louis

DuPage County council awards rail safety grant to Kroy Railway

KCS Holiday Express raises thousands for Salvation Army

Michigan DOT issues grade crossing repair grants

STB extends CP-KCS environmental comment period, issues rail rate study

CN to announce new CEO in January; Vena drops out of consideration

December 17

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Duos, NYAB, Thales, Stadler, Alstom and HDR (Dec. 17)

MBTA completes new Chelsea rail station

Sound Transit picks Federal Way site for OMF location study

Metrolinx issues RFQ for Finch Station upgrades

L.A. Metro OKs environmental report for Antelope Valley Line improvements

OIG: Amtrak HR staff shortage creates hiring challenges

Chicago RTA adopts transit operating, capital budgets

NS launches industrial site search engine

December 16

FTA extends COVID-19 response reporting requirements

MTA pilots fare changes to promote transit ridership

Transport Canada OKs changes to track inspection regs

U.S. railroads post traffic decrease in Week 49

Pennsylvania OKs $33 million in grants for freight-rail projects

MTA awards contract for Metro-North's Penn Station Access Project

STB approves construction, operation of new Uinta Basin Railway

Amtrak CEO Flynn to retire, rail veteran Gardner to succeed him

December 15

Minneapolis Metro Blue Line extension report open for public input

Keolis taps Chajai as CEO of MBTA commuter rail

WMATA to begin restoring 7000-series rail cars to service

Transport Canada proposes changes to dangerous goods regulations

Palmetto Railways names McCrory president, CEO

CN partners with Google Cloud to modernize rail services

BNSF, Progress Rail, Chevron to develop hydrogen locomotive demonstration

Amtrak, Class Is suspend vaccination mandates

December 14

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Thales, Bechtel and ENSCO (Dec. 14)

MARTA awards contract for ad space

TriMet receives federal grant for COVID recovery

Oklahoma DOT solicits input on rail crossing safety plan

NJ Transit invites next round of bids for bridge replacement project

Michigan legislation calls for mandatory two-person train crews

Amtrak posts financial loss for FY2021

CP, KCS close into voting trust

December 13

MARTA issues agency's first 'green' bonds

MTA to retire 1960s-era R-32 subway cars

MBTA wraps up Green Line D Branch track, signal replacements

FRA's Bose observes supply-chain progress at L.A., Long Beach ports

KCS receives 'leadership level' score from CDP

Canada announces funding for cargo handling improvements

UP names Miller VP, treasurer; Grosz to retire

STB releases details for CSX-Pan Am merger hearing

December 10

Rail supplier news from PFL, Blume Global, HDR, STV and Hulcher (Dec. 10)

Operation Lifesaver unveils PSA aimed at shift workers

CN's board ranks No. 1 in Canada for corporate governance

NTSB investigating CSX train, SEPTA trolley collision

Transport Canada seeks proposals for rail safety funding

Amtrak likely to reduce service over federal vaccine deadline

KCS stockholders vote 'yes' on CP merger plan

December 9

Retailers anticipate record growth in imports for 2021

MARTA wins pandemic relief grant

TriMet names Todd COO

House passes bill to ease supply-chain challenges

CP commits to passenger rail in Louisiana

U.S. rail traffic slips 2.8% in Week 48

NS, U.S. Steel and Greenbrier collaborate on new gondola rail car

Canadian Pacific shareholders vote for KCS merger plan

December 8

GATX CEO Kenney to retire, EVP Lyons appointed as successor

WMATA sets reopening of Shady Grove, Rockville stations

L.A., Long Beach ports' container dwell fee remains on hold

MTA announces first 'Zoning for Accessibility' subway station improvements

South Carolina Ports sets new monthly container record

CSX named to CDP's 'A' list for environmental actions

FRA issues notice for state of good repair grant funding

Judge blocks vaccine mandate for federal contractors

December 7

Rail supplier news from Thales, Savage, Tensar and Commercial Metals (Dec. 7)

USDOT solicits public input on strategy for fiscal years 2022-26

TSA extends face mask requirement through March 18

GAO to USDOT: Improve documentation of TOD financing decisions

Georgia Ports Authority to expedite capacity expansion

CN recognized with 'A' score for climate actions

Caltrain electrification project costs increase to $2.4 billion

UP unveils plan to achieve GHG emission reduction targets

December 6

Rail supplier news from TekTracking, Teleste, American Track and Alstom (Dec. 6)

Metrolink hosts future service dogs

Metro-North Railroad seating info expands to Google Maps

FTA solicits input on civil rights policies for transit

Rail unions seek immediate halt to BNSF, Metra vaccination mandates

Illinois commission OKs grant to fund grade-separation project in Elmwood Park

Montana port opens access to expanded rail infrastructure

Ontario officials issue RFQ for transit tunnel contract

December 3

MTA completes elevator replacements in upper Manhattan

PANYNJ: Another cargo record, more PATH riders in October

Badger Mining, TranSand team up on transition to unit train transloads

RAC bestows annual environment, safety awards

R. J. Corman rebrands transloading services as Transload Connect

KCS passed another grain volume milestone in November

T&I Chair DeFazio won't seek re-election in 2022

TSA issues two cybersecurity directives for railroads

December 2

Rail supplier news from NRC, Greenbrier, MUL Railcars and Alstom (Dec. 2)

FRA, FTA reps visit testing of Caltrain's new trainsets

BRS elects Baldwin president

LA Metro begins environmental review process for Sepulveda Corridor project

Silver Line Rail Yard project at Dulles nears completion

U.S. freight-rail traffic fell 4.5% in November

NTSB alerts transit, commuter railroads to check wheelsets

Norfolk Southern's Squires to retire in 2022; Shaw named successor

December 1

Sound Transit to poll public on TOD plan for new station

OSHA extends comment period for COVID vaccination standard

VIA Rail takes wraps off first new modern trainset

Virginia agency accepting applications for rail, transit grant funds

Alstom to overhaul 94 bilevel cars for GO Transit

ITE Management acquires rail-car lessor C.K. Industries

KCS holiday train program pumps funds into Salvation Army

STB sets new class exemption for emergency temporary trackage rights

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