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Rail News: February 2021

February 26

Judge: Railroads' talks should be included in shippers' lawsuits

Schneider marks 30 years of intermodal service

APTA backs emergency transit funding in American Rescue Plan

Signalman union members ratify Metra agreement

Sound Transit begins civil construction on Lynnwood Link extension station, parking structures

TriMet names Desue interim GM

USDOT approves RRIF loan refinancing for Dallas rail project

Amtrak pursuing plan to offer Gulf Coast service in 2022

February 25

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Rajant, Moovit and NRC (Feb. 25)

SC Ports receive six hybrid RTG cranes for Leatherman Terminal

CP donates funding to heart research

Senators introduce bill to renew WMATA's federal funding

Minnesota's Walz includes second Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago train in bonding proposal

U.S. railroads post carload, intermodal traffic decline in Week 7

CN creates Indigenous Advisory Council, updates ESG policies

South Dakota DOT finalizes sale of MRC Rail Line

February 24

Maine rail authority may relocate Portland station, add round trip to Boston

GCRTA names Walker Minor deputy GM

Posner Foundation renews Operation Lifesaver grant funding

Jaxport unveils five-year strategic plan

Montana senator's bill would restore Amtrak long-distance routes, rehire furloughed workers

WMATA selects Hensel Phelps-Stantec to build rail facility

OCTA, Metrolink seek input on Dana Point rail improvements

Court rejects FRA effort to preempt states' train-crew laws

February 23

Rail supplier news from WSP, Maser, Colliers and HDR

Railroad Retirement Board taps Bitzer as HR director

UP honors Wilde with J.C. Kenefick Safety Award

WMATA seeks public input on proposed 2022 budget

Class I employment levels fell in January

Canada revises rules for trains hauling dangerous goods

February 22

Rail supplier news from FreightCar America, Miner, Thales, Teleste and HDR (Feb. 22)

Muni Metro Rail routes closed for repairs to restart in May

Costa reintroduces bill to fund California high-speed rail project

Glassboro-Camden light-rail project sponsors complete environmental study

NJ Transit to issue RFPs for Walter Rand center, 'innovation challenge'

BNSF advances pile installations at Sandpoint Connector project

NCDOT study identifies rail network's trespassing hot spots

Sound Transit asks state lawmakers for expansion support

February 19

In memoriam: former AASHTO leader Francois

UP, National Park Foundation extend partnership

LA Metro slates scoping meetings on C Line light-rail extension

Short-line leaders meet with House rail subcommittee chair

TTD establishes Willis Award, elects new leaders

Rising Stars Award nomination deadline is coming up

MTA to avoid 'worst-case' transit cuts

Norfolk Southern drops plan for former brick company site in Atlanta

February 18

Valley Metro makes staff changes

LOSSAN board selects 2021 leadership

U.S. rail volume remains steady, thanks to intermodal traffic

MARTA to invest $225 million in state-of-good repair work

PANYNJ ends 2020 with record highs in volume

FTA rescinds Trump cost-share policy in CIG program

Metra to buy low-emission switch locomotives

USDOT issues call for INFRA grant applications

February 17

Rail supplier news from KONE, Pro-Tech, IntegriCo, Thales, Focused Technology and Delaware Valley Engineers

Grand Canyon Railway to return steam engines to service

MBTA names new stations in Green Line B consolidation project

MTA seeks design-build teams for subway accessibility project

Mississippi DOT issues grants for short line, port projects

UP makes appointments in marketing and sales, loup logistics

OmniTRAX marks Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub's debut

Allegheny Valley Railroad opens Pittsburgh transload terminal

February 16

Centerpoint buys rail-served distribution facility near Houston

Ceres, FCGS complete joint venture for CP-served grain facility

LA Metro recommends two teams for start of Sepulveda Transit Corridor project

WMATA changes Metrorail service as part of revised budget

FRA grants unions' request for more time to file certification petitions

SEPTA solar farm project now operational

Virginia governor calls for $50 million in general funds to expand Amtrak service

Biden talks transportation infrastructure with senators

February 12

BART marks one-year anniversary of 'ambassadors' program

Ontario's Kitchener GO rail tunnel excavation complete

New York DOT solicits grant applications for rail, port projects

CN to hold advisory vote on climate action plan

FTA seeks applicants for $180 million in 'Low-No' emissions grants

NS names Cary VP of operations efficiency

G&W reveals 2020 U.S. industrial development results

Watco recognized as a 'best' midsize employer

February 11

Rail supplier news from American Track, Otis, Keolis and WSP

DART's 'Say Something' app supports mask mandate

CN forms partnership with Earth Rangers

Federal Way Link light-rail extension project advances

Trudeau announces transit project funding plan

OmniTRAX extends 'rail-ready' program to Sand Springs Railway

U.S. railroads moved a bit more traffic in Week 5

New Jersey DOT awards $29 million in freight-rail grants

February 10

RTD-Denver launches app to book FlexRide, rail, bus connections

CN named one of Montreal’s top employers

Ontario urges federal funding for updated Hamilton light-rail plan

NCTD marks rollout of Coaster locomotives, rail cars

California seeks input on revised high-speed rail plan

UP's science-based targets approved for reducing GHG

Watco, Crowley partner to serve offshore wind-energy industry

BNSF customers invested $1.1 billion in rail-served projects in 2020

February 9

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Cubic, Strato, Consolidated Chassis, Rajant and Kai

MTI: Biden plan would aid California transit agencies' recovery

RCR Rail opens Taylor Logistics Park

NRF: Retail imports expected to continue breaking records

Brookhaven Rail Terminal projects continued demand for plywood, flour

Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville issues RFP for terminal operator

APTA endorses House panel's $30B plan for transit

CP posts record January for Canadian grain transport

February 8

BART's top cop lays out reform plans

TSA: Riders who refuse to wear masks face fines

Denver's RTD to issue green bonds

FRA seeks input on proposed fatigue-risk rule

Metro Ports acquires Tier 4 locomotive

Pacific Harbor Line names Stokes chief engineer

Buttigieg visits rail workers, agency officials at D.C.'s Union Station

Texas port obtains CARES grant for new rail loop

February 5

Greenbrier forms venture to grow owned rail-car lease fleet

Virginia to host virtual 'rail industry day' for contractors

Vancouver USA port seeks bulk facility operator

House panel reviews pandemic's impact on transportation workers

OCTA wraps up rail siding track project early

MTA names Arroyo chief accessibility officer

Transit industry execs ask Congress for $39.3 billion in COVID relief

SMART awarded grant for Black Point Rail Bridge project

February 4

Rail supplier news from TrinityRail, Systra, Wabtec, e-railspot (Feb. 4)

Cleveland RTA names innovation, technology leader

Braskem launches global shipment from Charleston export hub

Nevada DOT solicits input on state rail plan

UP engineers create controlled avalanche at Donner Pass

Watco adds fifth Louisiana short line to large U.S. roster

LA Metro's Washington to step down in May

U.S. freight railroads log traffic gain in January

February 3

Ranking members named to House rail, transit subcommittees

RTA: Tie production, purchases rose in December

Ports ask feds for pandemic emergency funding

APTA names Nelson new chair

Sound Transit close to completing three Northgate Link stations

Stockton Terminal and Eastern wins grant to upgrade rail infrastructure

Buttigieg confirmed as U.S. transportation secretary

CN posts record grain haul for January

February 2

Manufacturing Institute, UP partner to shrink workforce gender gap

Rail supplier news from CRRC, Tealinc, Bowers, Hitachi (Feb. 2)

STB postpones Tennessee Pass exemptions, names Primus vice chair

CP, union reach tentative pact for traffic controllers

FTA issues ROD for proposed East San Fernando Valley light-rail project

Batory joins R. J. Corman's board

SRC seeks applications for rail station improvements along Gulf Coast corridor

IANA: Intermodal volume gain continued in Q4

February 1

IBI Group named lead architect on TTC’s Line 1 Subway enhancement program

VIA Rail, Unifor reach tentative agreements

CTA unveils new station designs for Red Line sites

BLET ratifies contract with Pan Am Railways

TSB: Train securement practices led to fatal incident at CN yard

MTA announces positive full-year performance results

CDC mandates masks on public transit, including rail

Progressive Railroading launches RailPrime, a premium digital subscription

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