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Rail News: June 2024

June 28

CSX recognized for support of military veteran employees

New VIA Rail fleet arrives in southwest Ontario

Sound Transit selects site for Link train-maintenance facility

Ports of Indiana selects OmniTRAX as development partner

NTSB chair 'deeply troubled' with NS' actions during East Palestine investigation

Amtrak, CSX to install PTC on Downeaster; Amtrak, NJ Transit to examine NEC service disruptions

June 27

Amtrak kicks off Brattleboro Station project

WisDOT awards $4.8M in loans to fund freight-rail projects

Valley Metro lands $15.9M grant for streetcar extension

U.S. Supreme Court to consider Utah crude-by-rail case

California authority awards design contract for high-speed rail track, OCS

U.S. freight-rail traffic grew 3.6% in Week 25

June 26

FreightCar produces 10,000th rail car at new Mexico plant

OmniTRAX hosts Colorado hazmat training

BLET, Pacific Harbor Line reach tentative pact

Flooding impacts BNSF operations across Midwest

USDOT to award $1.8B in RAISE grants

NTSB issues new safety actions to avert another East Palestine

June 25

Rail supplier news from Cathcart, Wiremind, Movares and Rail Vision (June 25)

OCTA approves $1.76B budget for FY2025

Zero-emission passenger train arrives in San Bernardino County

NTSB issues investigative update for Baltimore bridge collapse

NS takes action on FRA safety culture recommendations

PHMSA issues rail hazmat reporting rule

June 24

Bi-State Development Commission's board elects new leadership

NCTD appoints Rogers rail operations director

RTA board elects Dillard to third term as chair

California transit-rail officials kick off Valley Rail construction phase

AAR outlines safety actions taken since East Palestine train derailment

Norfolk Southern to establish vent and burn workgroup

June 21

Regular weekend service to resume at PATH station

Illinois panel approves multiple crossing upgrades

Pittsburgh Regional Transit closes Red Line until late August

North American Rail Solutions acquires Tri Innovations Consulting

L.A. councilman McOsker to chair Alameda Corridor authority

MARTA, San Diego MTS adopt FY2025 budgets

June 20

LA Metro ridership grows for 18 consecutive months

NJ Transit completes Elizabeth Station renovation

U.S. freight-rail traffic rose 3.4% in Week 24

People news from R.J. Corman, DART and Lake State Railway

Amtrak updates STB on status of future Gulf Coast service

BNSF advancing plans for massive intermodal, logistics hub near Phoenix

June 19

Trogdon named acting director of Virginia rail, transit department

Union Pacific slates Big Boy steam locomotive's fall tour

HART energizes next section of Honolulu's Skyline rail system

Coalition drafts roadmap for high-speed rail projects

Lawmakers call on House panel to take up East Palestine health-monitoring bill

Class Is employed fewer U.S. workers in May

June 18

Rail supplier news from Triunity and Keolis (June 18)

Santa Clara VTA, SEPTA break ground on construction projects

Arizona Eastern train and engine workers join BLET

Canada's rail accidents, incidents declined in 2023, safety board says

3i RR to acquire Cincinnati Eastern Railroad

Norfolk Southern publishes latest safety report

June 17

Inbound Logistics recognizes CSX for sustainability practices

Indiana ports to seek sites for international container facilities

Met Council solicits input on environmental document for Blue Line light-rail project

AASHTO asks Congress to back CRISI funding for rail in all states

People news from OmniTRAX, DART and HNTB

WisDOT grant to fund rail project at WestRock plant

June 14

Port NOLA posts double-digit intermodal growth  

Amtrak issues 2023 sustainability report

NTSB sets meetings for East Palestine final report

NS selects TranSystems for Pullman Junction CREATE project

ASLRRA: CARB locomotive rule would lead to more big trucks on highways

CSX slates Cumberland Yard infrastructure work

June 13

MBTA OKs five-year capital investment plan

CSX named a Forbes Net Zero Leader for second year

Metra OKs $33.4M contract for Electric Line station project

U.S. rail volumes inch up in Week 23

Nevada port launches West Coast intermodal service with UP

Amtrak on track to break ridership record in FY24

June 12

Rail supplier news from Wabtec and Rail Modal Group (June 12)

Metra landscapes new station with native plants

Caltrain amps up train testing on electrified corridor

BNSF auto facilities recognized as best in North America

CN 'no closer' to TCRC labor deal

Virginia, city of Charlotte notify STB of plans to acquire portions of NS lines

June 11

Retailers: U.S. summer import cargo expected to hit highest level since 2022

UTA names Preusser COO, slates Frontrunner expansion

Nixed NYC congestion toll prompts review of MTA capital programs

Savage opens transload facility in Utah

Louisiana state officials pledge $230.5M to Port NOLA projects

Baltimore port's main shipping channel reopens

June 10

Rail supplier news from Rail Vision and Nexxiot (June 10)

Norfolk Southern solicits applications for safety, community grant programs

Amtrak Harrisburg Line track-renewal project reaches third phase

Pinsly short lines join EPA SmartWay program

Sound Transit releases final environmental study for maintenance facility

STB issues environmental report for proposed freight-rail line in New York

June 7

CSX's TDSI automotive facilities recognized for quality

Virginia panel OKs VRE Manassas Line, Crystal City station projects to reduce I-66 congestion

Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad celebrates 10th anniversary

UP selects TexAmericas Center as new Focus Site

Metrolink extends CEO Kettle's contract

CN offers binding arbitration to TCRC

June 6

Rail supplier news from DOE, OneRail, TRAINFO, RATP and Keolis (June 6)

Greater Cleveland RTA awarded $16M FTA grant

Rep. Deluzio to succeed Payne on House T&I Committee

Mass Coastal Railroad report highlights trespassing incidents

Amtrak completes accessibility upgrades at Bay Area stations

AAR: U.S. Intermodal traffic spiked in May

June 5

Rail supplier news from Vale, Wabtec and HNTB (June 5)

CTA to begin advance construction for Red Line Extension

PANYNJ logs auto import surge in April

APTA honors 6 transit agencies for rail safety, security, emergency management

SLSI to provide short-line peer review for FRA's close-call program

Virginia Passenger Rail Authority, NS in talks for new rail agreement

June 4

CN to expand partnership with Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in support of Indigenous athletes

Report: BNSF sues Texas city over logistics center plans

Ontario awards contracts to restore northeastern passenger-rail service

Metrolink flips switch on 'smart' crossing in Southern California

People news from IANA, NCTD and DART

BNSF announces Bobb retirement, shuffles leadership roles

June 3

Rail supplier news from Hitachi Rail, Thales, Savage and IANA (June 3)

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Rail leader Mazur to retire

Tri-Rail to introduce express train to MiamiCentral

SacRT completes testing of new low-floor trains

MBTA obtains $67M grant to make Green Line stations accessible

Maryland issues RFP for rebuilding Key Bridge

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