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Rail News: December 2023

December 28

Amtrak posts top score in 2023 corporate equality index

MTA lists top 2023 stats for NYCT, LIRR, Metro-North

Washington state OKs grants for grade crossing upgrades

CSX recognized for workplace diversity

NTSB focuses on worker protections in fatal NYCT accident investigation

U.S., Canadian freight-rail traffic numbers soar in Week 51

December 27

Brightline marks highlights of 2023

Transport Canada, Railway Association of Canada partner to reduce emissions

NCTD appoints Donaghy CEO

Valley Metro to open light-rail extension next month

CPKC Holiday Train raises record $1.8 million for food charities

Amtrak issues RFP for Long Distance fleet, awards contracts for Susquehanna Bridge replacement project

December 22

BREAKING NEWS: Eagle Pass, El Paso crossings to reopen today

People news from CSX and Tracsis (Dec. 22)

CTA diversity efforts result in dozens of DBE, SBE contracts in '23

Railway Association of Canada reports industry financial data, stats

MTA OKs $1.8 billion in contracts for infrastructure projects

NS capital production gangs keep railroad on track

CN, CPKC exceeded grain revenue limits for 2022-23 crop year

December 21

Updated: Mexico, CPKC reach agreement on Monterrey passenger line

Twin Cities' Metro Transit to implement new code of conduct

Amtrak reinstates Milwaukee-to-Chicago Hiawatha line monthly pass

FTA seeks to curb violence against transit workers

U.S. rail traffic momentum continued in Week 50

AAR: Economic hits continue as El Paso, Eagle Pass remain closed

Class Is' total employment down a bit in November

December 20

Rail supplier news from Balfour Beatty, Railinc and TiEnergy (Dec. 20)

Metrolinx awards contract for Eglinton Crosstown West extension's elevated section

Jaxport terminal modernization project reaches halfway mark

Amtrak issues call for scholarship applications

NCDOT awards grants for short-line, port projects

December 19

Sonoma-Marin corridor selected for future passenger-rail study

SEPTA, transit police reach tentative labor pact

People news from Ports of Indiana, Railway Association of Canada (Dec. 19)

WMATA: FY25 shortfall prompts plan for 'drastic' service, job cuts

Long Beach port obtains $283 million Mega grant for on-dock rail project

AAR calls on feds to reopen Eagle Pass, El Paso rail crossings

December 18

People news from ACTA, UP and NMB (Dec. 18)

Ohio unveils tool to measure impact of blocked grade crossings

NS names 13 Thoroughbred Sustainability award winners

PANYNJ's 2024 budget includes AirTrain project

NY Gov. Hochul signs two-person train crew bill

OmniTRAX exec, rail trailblazer Torres wraps up career

December 15

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, AITX and FlexRail (Dec. 15)

Santa Clara VTA project recognized for environmental benefits

OneRail Coalition honors Canby Award winners

NTSB retires 'Most Wanted' safety list

STB dismisses BNSF, NTEC case; rate dispute rules argued in court

Pennsylvania awards $42.5 million to fund freight-rail improvements

December 14

IANA announces 2024 board officers, directors

U.S. freight railroads post 1.7% traffic increase in Week 49

CN, CPKC, CSX, UP land on Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Sound Transit CEO Timm to step down next month

TexAmericas Center, Texas A&M partner on tuition deal

NTSB issues prelim report on Chicago Yellow Line train crash; CTA enacts new safety measures

December 13

UP investing in alternative materials for rail ties

NS donates to Atlanta fire rescue efforts, homelessness fight

USDOT issues grants for rural rail projects in Georgia, West Virginia

Cando Rail acquires Transmark terminal in Alberta

CN acknowledges historical colonial role; Indigenous council resigns

CPKC honors Viterra Weyburn, Elbow Lake Co-op as 'elevators of the year'

December 12

OLI reports impact of Rail Safety Week 2023

Sacramento transit agency begins final testing of new light-rail trains

Tri-Rail to expand service to Miami Central Station

FAA grants MassDOT waiver to fly rail-inspection drones farther

PennDOT awarded $144 million to expand passenger-rail access

CSX, Nutrien partner to improve efficiency, reduce emissions

December 11

BART creates new CFO position

BLET members ratify contract with Amtrak

White River Soy to develop Nebraska industrial rail park

Reading & Northern reaches anthracite benchmark

Amtrak, passenger-rail advocates laud FRA grants to improve, expand service

Canada unveils train-brake inspection, safety rules

December 8

Rail supplier news from L.K. Comstock, RailWorks, RR Mergers, Snyder and HDR (Dec. 8)

U.S., Canada announce joint effort to reduce rail-sector emissions

INRD promotes Ward to VP of finance

FRA proposes changes to freight car safety standards

NTSB to FRA: Require backup cameras on RMMs

FRA awards $8.2B for passenger-rail projects, selects 69 corridors for future service planning

December 7

Supply chain coalition calls for modernized security screening bill

MARTA seeks public input on Five Points Station project

Michigan DOT awards $3 million to fund grade crossing upgrades

Virginia rail authority selects construction partners for Long Bridge, bypass projects

U.S. intermodal traffic trend swings upward

CN to acquire Iowa Northern Railway

December 6

Rail supplier news from A. Stucki and Apogee (Dec. 6)

WMATA adds auto doors to Red Line trains

TransLink names eight stations for Vancouver's Surrey Langley SkyTrain

Georgia Ports Authority OKs funds for Blue Ridge Connector

Sens. Tillis, Brown announce federal funds for passenger-rail expansion

Biden administration OKs $6B for two high-speed rail projects

December 5

Rail supplier news from Cathcart Rail and Michael Baker (Dec. 5)

Canada launches National Supply Chain Office

CTA's modernization project begins final major stage

Union Pacific completes track machine overhaul

Court declines to rehear decision rejecting Uinta crude-by-rail line

Construction begins on New Jersey side of Hudson Tunnel project

December 4

FTA solicits applications for FY24 transit station accessibility grants

BNSF, Wabtec earn top scores on corporate equality index

Ohio approves crossing upgrades on B&LE, IORY rail lines

WMATA begins returning repaired rail cars to service

Amtrak Cascades to add two daily round trips

Colorado DOT seeks fleet info for potential mountain rail line

December 1

Montreal Port Authority names Gascon president, CEO

UP earns top score on index measuring inclusive workplaces

Long Beach port to solicit construction bids for on-dock rail facility in early '24

USDOT solicits RAISE grant applications for 2024

NS rolls out new technology to improve rail yard safety, efficiency

Amtrak logs ridership, revenue gains in FY23

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