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Rail News: March 2022

March 31

In memoriam: Longtime Trains Editor Jim Wrinn

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Navis and HDR (March 31)

TransLink puts Burrard Station project on back burner

Federal FY23 budget proposes earlier windfall for Sound Transit

U.S. rail carloads held steady, intermodal volume fell in Week 12

L.A. Metro substantially completes two segments of Crenshaw/LAX light-rail project

March 30

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Greenbrier, TRAC, Keolis, Mitsui Rail and Alstom (March 30)

FTA proposes changes to Capital Investments Grants program

Georgia Ports Authority advances capacity expansion plan

Smith assumes Cando Rail's new AVP post

North Carolina Railroad to invest in VinFast auto ramp project

USDOT recommends several transit-rail projects for new, continuing funding

March 29

SEPTA amends capital budget to include IIJA funds

Virginia port adds two huge container cranes to terminal

Start of Toronto station upgrades means Ontario Line subway is underway

Jacksonville port lands new MSC container service

CSX, NS seek STB mediation in Amtrak Gulf Coast case

USDOT's FY23 budget proposes funds for Amtrak repairs, Hudson Tunnel project

March 28

Reading & Northern to return steam locomotive to service

MBTA seeks comments on five-year capital improvement plan

OmniTRAX recognizes safety practices at three Nebraska shippers

WMATA board signs off on FY23 budget

Rep. Gottheimer calls for progress on Lackawanna Cut-Off rail restoration

Focus Equities to develop CentrePort Canada Rail Park in Manitoba

March 25

Rail supplier news from Brookville, Alstom, STG, XPO and Keolis (March 25)

STB seeks more input on reciprocal switching, issues instructions for Amtrak hearing

MTA Metro-North to speed up Hudson Line service following culvert, track repairs

Rail unions to pursue arbitration in BNSF attendance policy dispute

Bush to manage two of TNW's short lines

Illinois implements five-year crossing improvement plan

March 24

U.S. railroads logged another traffic decrease in Week 11

G&W customers invested $1.5B in development projects last year

UP's largest corporate disaster relief donation targets Ukraine relief efforts

CSX to shareholders: Reject mini-tender offer by TRC

Former MassDOT leader Davey to take NYCT's reins

USDOT to provide $2.9B in transportation project grants through three major programs

March 23

Washington state UTC OKs funding for crossing upgrades

MARTA, Goldman Sachs announce new Atlanta TOD effort

North Carolina Railroad invests in new rail-served site in Sanford

St. Louis short line appoints Wood president

Global task force to support Ukrainian rail industry

Wabtec to modernize 330 locomotives for Norfolk Southern

March 22

Rail supplier news from STV and Littlepay (March 22)

Montreal's STM launches campaign to bring riders back to public transit

NJ Transit to develop sustainability plan

MBTA completes much of Lechmere Viaduct rehab project

Durango & Silverton Railroad to pay damages for 2018 wildfire

CP, TCRC reach arbitration agreement; work stoppage to end today

March 21

Rail supplier news from Ondas, WAGO, AECOM and NRC (March 21)

L.A., Long Beach ports continue to delay container dwell fee

House transportation committee mourns death of former chair Don Young

RTD-Denver's board authorizes new contract for union employees

Hitachi Rail to build WMATA rail cars in Maryland

TCRC begins strike at Canadian Pacific

March 18

Rail supplier news from RailComm, Tracsis, TRAC, Transdev and McMillen Jacobs (March 18)

BLET, BMWED officials elected to Rail Conference leadership

RailWorks, L.K. Comstock to rehab Metro Transit Blue Line

Delaware River Port Authority appoints police chief, security-safety officer

San Diego transit logs ridership spike as gas prices soar

Valley Metro names Mefford-Miller CEO

March 17

Everett Railroad converts old steam locomotive to fuel oil

San Joaquin rail commission to receive federal funds for community projects

U.S railroads report traffic decrease in Week 10

STB seeks clarification of CP-KCS traffic data

Amazon to fund affordable housing near WMATA, Sound Transit stations

CP issues 72-hour lockout notice to TCRC

March 16

OIG: Amtrak should improve IT project requirements

Illinois panel OKs grade crossing upgrades in Washington, Kane counties

CN donates to Ukraine relief efforts

Brightline to replace drawbridge, rehab Loxahatchee River bridge in Florida

TNW, Port of Victoria to develop Texas logistics hub

BNSF, J.B. Hunt launch effort to improve intermodal capacity

March 15

Rail supplier news from Granite and HDR (March 15)

STB wants parties to address Amtrak Gulf Coast matters prior to April hearing

AASHTO: State DOTs should have key role in FRA's rail corridor plan

Georgia Ports Authority to expand Brunswick's autoport capacity

Carriers: Rail unions' request to end mediation is 'premature'

TTCI changes name to MxV Rail, prepares for new campus

March 14

CTA announces new public safety measures

Regional Rail joins EPA SmartWay program

KCS pledges support to Red Cross for Ukraine relief efforts

North Carolina short line obtains 'Build Ready Sites' funds

Virginia rail director Mitchell to leave for FRA post

NS launches new carbon calculator

March 11

Rail supplier news from Railroad Consultants, Thales and Koppers (March 11)

Transport Canada issues REI for high frequency rail project

RTD-Denver Police Chief Grado steps down

Railroads subcommittee hears views on STB reauthorization

Class Is employed fewer people in January

CP gets an 'A' for sixth straight year as Amtrak host railroad

March 10

MetroLink, Sound Transit move to single-track light-rail testing, maintenance

Missouri DOT seeks input on state freight, rail plan

Ohio commission OKs rail infrastructure grants for two shippers

U.S., Canadian freight-rail volume fell in early March

BNSF, Wabtec launch biofuels pilot project

FRA awards grant to improve Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago rail route

March 9

Rail supplier news from Jacobs, Corteva, SELSCS and Everysens (March 9)

PANYNJ seeks input on transit options to LaGuardia

DART Chair Wong Krause to be honored for transportation leadership

Lake State Railway receives private equity boost

UP, Wabtec partner to cut emissions with higher biodiesel blends

Watco to operate short line at Corpus Christi port

CP debuts interline service from Mexico to Chicago

March 8

Rail unions launch petition drive on attendance policies

HDR to study feasibility of freight-rail line in New Mexico

DCTA CEO Suarez to step down

Maryland Purple Line light-rail project obtains TIFIA loan

Report: Ackman's Pershing Square fund acquires new stake in CP

FTA allocates billions in ARP funds for transit service

March 7

Rail supplier news from UTLX, AITX and Hub Group (March 7)

Graves, Comer launch probe into infrastructure spending

BART, Hampton Roads transit agency to receive millions in ARP funds

Sea Lead Shipping brings first U.S. east coast container service to Jaxport

Indiana Rail Road promotes Haire to AVP of IT

AG coalition, RSI urge PHMSA to allow LNG by rail

March 4

Rail supplier news from PowerRail, Amsted Rail and Masabi (March 4)

Illinois bills would allocate funding for new passenger-rail network

NYCT subway cars begin final journey to Ohio

STB sets schedule for evidence in Amtrak-CN dispute

San Gabriel Valley Council marks safety milestone at ACE grade separation site

Posner Foundation renews grant funding for Operation Lifesaver

Teamsters Canada members vote for strike against CP

BNSF reports 2021 economic development results

March 3

NJ Transit marks five years without fare hike

Illinois commission issues funds for CN, UP grade crossing projects

U.S. freight-rail volumes rose in February

Pioneer Lines marks safety turnaround with injury-free year

Five Class Is to STB: CP-KCS merger would harm competition

North Carolina Railroad Co. launches Build Ready Sites initiative

March 2

Rail supplier news from Miller Ingenuity, Everysens and Lochner (March 2)

GCRTA to receive $20.3 million in IIJA funds

STB postpones Amtrak Gulf Coast hearing to April

Missouri short line launches service in St. Louis area

SeaPort Manatee adds Fitz-Patrick to leadership team

California High-Speed Rail Authority completes grade separation project

OmniTRAX Ohio short line acquires all-electric locomotive

CN proposes 'Kansas City Speedway' as part of CP-KCS merger

March 1

SEPTA launches new rider safety program

NYSW Railway honored for 'partnership excellence'

Sound Transit advances TOD projects in SeaTac

Prince Rupert port, DP World to study feasibility of new terminal

WisDOT awards funding for five freight-rail projects

BNSF budgets $3.6B for capex projects in 2022

BNSF posts record earnings for 2021

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