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Rail News: December 2022

December 29

NYCT subway ridership surpasses 1 billion

Sound Transit hires Henry as CFO

STB seeks nominees for rail energy panel

Illinois commission OKs grade crossing projects in four counties

Long Beach port project gets green light under new federal law

U.S. rail volumes fell nearly 5 percent in Week 51

December 28

CP: Holiday Train raised $1.3 million this year

Caltrain receives $43 million in omnibus bill; CHSRA opens overpasses

CMA CGM to acquire two terminals at Port of New York and New Jersey

RAC reports Canadian railway data for 2021

OIG: Amtrak should improve stakeholder input on major capital programs

Class I employment grew 4.4 percent in November

December 27

Cantwell: Sound Transit light-rail extension projects to obtain federal funds

NICTD obtains RRIF loan for South Shore Line track project

FRA completes environmental review of Livingston Avenue bridge replacement

USDOT solicits applications for $9B in grants for NEC rail projects

PSR's impact on rail safety 'inconclusive,' GAO says

CN, CP exceeded grain revenue entitlements in 2021-22 crop year

December 22

MARTA's board elects officers, welcomes new members

Ohio commission OKs four grade crossing projects

MTA board blesses 2023 budget, four-year financial plan

New intermodal facility opens in Oregon

U.S. rail traffic continued to tumble in year's 50th week

UP to test 'expeditor' roles to improve conductors' quality of life

December 21

UP named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Houston METRO launches fourth-generation light-rail vehicle

Maryland rail maintenance facility ready for MARC trains

Alaska Railroad to mark golden anniversary in 2023

U.S. vehicle purchasers strongly consider an automaker's sustainability, NS survey shows

FRA solicits proposals to identify new passenger-rail corridors

December 20

Rail supplier news from Stantec, Brookville, Railinc, Commtrex and STV (Dec. 20)

KCS holiday train raises $215,000 for Salvation Army

Hall elected BLET national president

FTA awards millions in grants to make older rail stations fully accessible

UP suspends use of traffic-control embargoes

STB adopts, AAR criticizes new smaller rate dispute rules

December 19

Metro Transit-St. Louis completes, NJ Transit advances TOD projects

Canada launches rail safety program for Indigenous communities

Inslee budget proposes funding for Connell Rail Interchange

VIA Rail subsidiary to support high-frequency rail service

Amtrak Cascades train renderings unveiled

BLET President Pierce to retire

CSX revamps employee attendance policy

December 16

NS bulk terminal tops Commtrex transloading list

CTA adopts hiring, retention incentives for rail, bus workers

RTD-Denver permanently cancels two light-rail lines

OIG: Amtrak should strengthen controls over high-security keys

PennDOT awards $26 million for rail infrastructure projects

Ontario to buy trainsets to restore Northlander passenger service

December 15

USDOT solicits applications for FY23 RAISE grants

Metra OKs contract to rebuild three Electric Line stations

CN, CP earn 'A' grade on climate change transparency

WMATA audit shows lack of proper track maintenance, commission says

Loram CEO Homan to retire; Willems named successor

Week 49: U.S. freight-rail volumes fell 2.5 percent

December 14

WMATA sets new date for Potomac Yard Station opening

New Orleans RTA CEO Wiggins to retire

CSX named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Sound Transit delays opening of Link light-rail extensions

NS awards $1 million in grants to Hampton Roads nonprofits

Michigan DOT awards grants to fund grade crossing repairs

December 13

Rail supplier news from Actasys, Hanson, Thales and GLX (Dec. 13)

California panel OKs funds for Montebello grade separation project

KCS obtains ISO certification for Shreveport yard operation

PANYNJ issues RFQ for Newark AirTrain project

Washington commission OKs two-person train crew rules

Port of New Orleans to build $1.8B container facility

December 12

MARTA suspends streetcar service over wheel issue

MBTA opens Freetown station; FTA rejects corrective action plans

CN, CP named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

MTA begins Penn Station access project; LIRR takes over Grand Central Madison

North Carolina Railroad to invest in new wood materials plant

Amtrak asks STB to investigate UP's impact on Sunset Limited OTP

December 9

Former BLET leader Rightnowar dies

TSA seeks input on rail, pipeline cybersecurity

CSX named to 'most responsible' companies list

STB names Moyer acting director of passenger-rail office

OmniTRAX short line to serve new West Virginia steel mill

NCDOT awards $12 million in short-line improvement funds

December 8

Rail supplier news from New York Air Brake and Railinc (Dec. 8)

WSDOT awards grant for Spokane Valley grade separation project

STB releases details for upcoming hearing on UP embargoes

BLET members OK contract with Long Island Rail Road

AAR: Thanksgiving holiday a drag on U.S. freight-rail traffic

USDOT seeks applicants for intercity passenger-rail grants

December 7

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Keolis, RailState, Narstco and L&T (Dec. 7)

Valley Metro names Kessler CFO

L.A. Metro applies for $1.9B in funding for light-rail projects

NCDOT awards contract for grade separation project

Investors call for paid sick leave at NS, UP

Regional Rail to buy three Midwest short lines

December 6

Quality Carriers recognized as a top employer for women

RTD-Denver names Summers chief communications, engagement officer

BART approves developer for North Berkeley TOD project

PANYNJ hires Ehrie as chief security officer

Amtrak to pursue delivery-partner model for B&P Tunnel replacement project

MassDOT, Amtrak, CSX seek CRISI grant for rail corridor projects

December 5

WMATA increases service frequency on Red Line

ACWR seeks STB approval to acquire NS line in North Carolina

VTA cleared to pursue federal funding for BART Silicon Valley extension

NOPB, Watco subsidiary gain grants through new Louisiana program

L.A. Metro breaks ground on advanced utility work for LRT project

Canada mandates paid sick leave for regulated businesses

December 2

Ohio commission OKs closing of CSX, NS dual-track crossings

Operation Lifesaver awards grants to fund transit-rail safety campaigns

MTA releases 2023 budget, financial plan to address $3B deficit

R.J. Corman, Sasol announce switching contract

NS announces first Thoroughbred Sustainability Award winners

Biden signs bill to prevent national rail shutdown

December 1

Rail supplier news from Aecon, Alstom, A. Stucki and Stellex Capital (Dec. 1)

RTD issues final 'Zero Fare for Better Air' report

Norfolk Southern honored for HQ building design

U.S. freight-rail traffic slide continued in Week 47

USDOT delivers $4.3B to Amtrak under IIJA's first year

House votes to prevent rail shutdown, OKs separate sick-leave measure

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