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Rail News: May 2021

May 28

Rail supplier news from A. Stucki, Alstom, Dayton T. Brown, Ambipar and HNTB (May 28)

Caltrain slates crossing projects for San Mateo, Menlo Park

'We Are ONE' commemorative locomotive debuts

GCRTA projects year-end budget balances will ensure long-term stability

TriMet's board elects first female president

Amtrak unveils details, cost of corridor expansion plan

STB's Oberman to Class Is: Are you ready to meet demand?

CP, Canadian government forge pact on Lac-Megantic bypass

May 27

Rail supplier news from Siemens, RailTerm, Agracel and A&R Logistics (May 27)

FDNY task force conducts rail tunnel emergency exercise

ASLRRA: EPW bill addresses some short-line priorities

AAR: U.S. carload, intermodal volumes climb in Week 20

California panel awards grant funds for ACE grade separation projects

Merger update: CP critiques CN plan to divest KCS line; unions file concerns

STB rejects CSX application for review of Pan Am acquisition

VTA mourns loss of 9 workers killed in rail yard shooting

May 26

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Everysens, Gowanda and Texelis (May 26)

CAGTC backs bipartisan transportation reauthorization bill

MBTA to accelerate Green Line D track, signal replacement work

Lawmakers reintroduce proposed grade crossing safety act

Operation Lifesaver awards grants for rail public safety campaigns

Ontario awards tunnel contract for Scarborough subway extension

Merger update: CN, KCS file with STB for voting trust approval

May 25

Georgia Ports Authority announces board officers

Biden nominates Homendy to chair NTSB

USDOT clarifies TOD guidelines for RRIF, TIFIA loans

Santa Clara VTA names Gonot GM, CEO

North Carolina Railroad names Jeng CFO

L.A. Metro begins construction of final Purple Line Extension section

Bogalusa Bayou Railroad acquires Louisiana rail line

BNSF to serve new canola processing facility in Saskatchewan

May 24

Rail supplier news from Radixx, Hub, KSE, HNTB, HDR and LRW (May 24)

CTA speeds up station improvement program

PANYNJ sets a new big-ship record

Bill would establish freight-rail innovation institute

Rio Grande Pacific-sponsored firm announces IPO plan

Senators introduce bipartisan surface transportation reauthorization bill

Amtrak hires Mason as EVP of major program delivery

Merger update: CN, KCS CEOs to address Wolfe conference

May 21

Sound Transit completes new light-rail base in Bellevue

Metrolinx completes new Kipling Transit Hub

Canada announces investment in rail safety

Amtrak, transit-rail service ramps up as COVID cases decline

CTC allocates funds for L.A. Metro to buy light-rail vehicles

SLSI reports short lines' safety strengths, program development plans

NTSB: Failure to adhere to speed requirements caused fatal 2018 train collision

Merger update: KCS terminates CP deal; CP to seek STB authority for control of KCS

May 20

Rail supplier news from Harsco, CAF, Alstom and SNCF Voyageurs (May 20)

USDOT expands local hire, workforce pilot programs

GOP transportation committee leaders unveil infrastructure plan

MTA publishes environmental assessment of Penn Station access project

Transportation Technology Center marks 50 years of research, innovation

Brightline completes first half of Orlando high-speed rail construction

AAR: All 10 carload groups post YOY rail traffic increase

CP calls on KCS board to reject CN's merger proposal

May 19

VIA Rail, Unifor agreement ratified

Anacostia's six short lines named EPA 'SmartWay' partners

Santa Clara VTA seeks FTA funding for BART Silicon Valley project

OmniTRAX, Team NEO partner to attract manufacturers to northeast Ohio

TransLink taps Maryland Transit's Quinn as CEO

TNW, Andersons expand rail-car services in Texas

Amtrak, central Ohio leaders discuss proposed rail expansion

CN files STB request to set schedule for voting trust review

May 18

Rail supplier news from A. Stucki, Progress Rail and Alstom (May 18)

Sound Transit's first new Link light-rail vehicles enter service

VRE to consider rail-car contract with Alstom

Metra puts Auburn Park Station construction contract out for bid

DeFazio, Payne ask GAO to examine PSR's impacts

Amtrak Midwest trains get green light to increase max speed on Michigan route

NTSB Chair Sumwalt to step down next month

STB: New merger rules apply to CN+KCS proposal

May 17

Rail supplier news from Wabtec and OIS (May 17)

METRORail Red Line resumes service

Port of Long Beach reports strongest April on record

Operation Lifesaver awards $200,000 for crossing safety awareness campaign

TTCI freight-rail research marks milestone

Environmental report OK'd for Valley Link commuter-rail project

Bose: FRA, California in settlement talks over high-speed rail funds

CP agrees with DOJ's concern that CN+KCS would be anti-competitive

May 14

AASHTO, COMTO sign pact to support minority advancement in transportation careers

NJ Transit awards contract for Perth Amboy station renovation

Pioneer Lines institutes leadership changes

Canada will invest $26.8 billion in four public transit projects

Regional Rail promotes Petree, Schwerin to VP roles

Norfolk Southern elects board directors

Metro-North Penn Station access project to resume

Merger mayhem: CN ups KCS offer; CP seeks to respond

May 13

Rail supplier news from Railinc, Miner, PST, Quandel and Cambridge

U.S. Rep. Cohen introduces Interstate Rail Compacts Advancement Act

Port NOLA Issues RFP for Louisiana terminal design contractor

AAR: Rail traffic numbers continue to improve

Ohio rail panel approves grant funds for short-line projects

U.S. customs agency to replace rail scanning systems

KCS promotes Livingston to VP, urges shareholders to reject TRC offer

NS issues green bonds to fund sustainable business initiatives

May 12

MTA seeks tenants for Metro-North Pearl River Station retail

MARTA lauds funding for station renovation in FY22 Georgia budget

SC Ports handle record cargo volumes in April

CN sends STB more letters of support for proposed KCS deal

ASLRRA's Baker urges Congress to pass infrastructure policies that benefit smaller railroads

Newark airport's AirTrain project issues RFP

Illinois panel OKs grade crossing improvements, closings

CSX to acquire Quality Carriers

May 11

Rail supplier news from A. Stucki and Leclanche (May 11)

Caltrain considers fare changes as part of pandemic recovery

CTA puts new 7000-series rail cars into scheduled service

VRE to resume full service June 1; MacIsaac appointed general counsel

MTA posts single-day rail ridership record since pandemic's start

UP issues Pinnacle Award to recognize safe chemical transporters

Canadian government expects to complete Lac-Megantic rail bypass in 2023

USDOT urges STB to approve Amtak’s petition to restore Gulf Coast service

May 10

Rail supplier news from Stadler, Siemens, Alstom, Thales and HDR (May 10)

ARCI: Rail-car orders climb, deliveries fall in Q1

NYPD responds to MTA, union requests for more police

CN recognizes 55 businesses for sustainability practices

NRF: Retail cargo imports set new record as economy recovers

CP reports more shipper support for merger with KCS

Rock Island Rail to restore service to Mississippi industrial park

CN orders 1,000 new high-capacity grain cars

May 7

U.S. Rep. Davids tours RailMark Trucks facility

BLET to mark 157th anniversary

KCS emissions-reduction targets OK'd by SBTi

CN sets new record for Canadian grain haul

BTS: Auto volume decline led to February’s decrease in railed transborder freight

House subcommittee hosts hearing on high-speed rail, emerging tech

Conrail taps Gorton as president, COO

STB approves voting trust for CP’s proposed acquisition of KCS

May 6

Rail supplier news from Keolis, Duos and STV

Lawmakers’ bill would fund ‘high-performance’ passenger-rail projects

L.A. Metro proposes $8 billion balanced budget for FY2022

PANYNJ's March volume at all-time high

Pioneer Railcorp changes name to Pioneer Lines

AAR: Many rail traffic categories have recovered from pandemic's impact

Norfolk Southern, Virginia agree to expand passenger-rail service

May 5

Rail supplier news from Wabtec and Jacobs (May 5)

Panhandle Northern Railroad donates funds to Texas fire department

MARTA seeks public input on new rail car design

EDA investing $2 million in Alabama rail spur

Ontario advances two-way, all-day GO service on Kitchener Line

Report: Virginia Gov. Northam to announce passenger-rail deal with NS

Watco opens rail, transload terminal in southeast Texas

UP to open Southern California intermodal terminal

May 4

Rail supplier news from PST, SMBC Rail and Brilex

MARTA frontline employees to receive pandemic payment

NYCT to resume 24-hour subway service May 17

Reading & Northern Railroad hires Raffa for marketing role

TTCI names Carriere executive director of technical services

Union Pacific unveils ESG goals in annual report

Texas Central signs $1.6B pact with Kiewit for bullet train electric system installation

Mexico City railway overpass collapses; at least 23 dead

May 3

Rail supplier news from Keolis (May 3)

TSA extends face mask requirements

Metro-North Railroad slates Waterbury Branch infrastructure work

NJ Transit breaks ground on Lyndhurst Station

Panel requires WMATA to address two safety recommendations

Biden celebrates 50 years of Amtrak; bill would address railroad's OTP

CP objects to CN using merger waiver that STB granted to CP-KCS deal

BNSF posted higher net income, lower operating ratio in Q1

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