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Rail News: July 2023

July 31

Rail supplier news from Hub, Alstom and CDM Smith (July 31)

Two transit agencies hire new leaders

Ohio Central Railroad obtains grant for rail upgrade project

CSX names 2022 Chemical Safety Excellence winners

OmniTRAX taps former Amazon exec to lead Brownsville & Rio Grande

IANA: Slower demand impacted Q2 intermodal volume

July 28

Amtrak invests $770 million in accessibility, logs Virginia ridership increases

BNSF opens new Trinity Bridge in Fort Worth

NS, SMART-TD to partner on conductor trainee program

G&W Canada acquires BMS Locomotive Service Group

NTSB faults track conditions in fatal 2021 Amtrak derailment

CPKC posts 'challenging' Q2 results; orders more fuel cell engines for hydrogen locomotives

July 27

CSX to donate $10 million to University of Florida project

US freight-rail traffic decline continued in Week 29

Alaska Railroad promotes Clemens to external affairs director

Cando to develop battery-powered switching locomotive

CN, Wabtec to modernize 60 locomotives

Norfolk Southern's Q2 results include charge for East Palestine recovery

July 26

UPS, Teamsters reach tentative agreement

Georgia ports log record ro/ro volumes in FY23

Ports of Indiana issues RFQ for Mount Vernon rail operator

CN reports lower revenue, income in Q2

UP posts lower net income, operating revenue in Q2

Union Pacific names Vena as CEO, Whited as president to succeed Fritz

July 25

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Stadler and Uber Freight (July 25)

Sheep join BART's efforts to reduce wildfire risk

Anacostia's Khatami, Perri complete post-graduate degrees

LA Metro posts progress on FY23 strategic goals

Class I-served MacMillan-Piper acquired by GSC

Another ACE grade separation project wraps up in California

July 24

Report: MTA using AI to track fare evaders

FTA awards $20 million in grants to improve transit access

OIG: Amtrak improved project cost management, but challenges remain

Alaska Railroad marks 100th anniversary, names Terry VP of real estate

Canada names groups able to submit proposals for High Frequency Rail project

FRA wants Class Is to regularly report train-length information

July 21

DART Chair Wong Krause named APTA vice chair

MTA fare increases to start in August

MBTA completes Orange Line tunnel repairs

Batory joins Michigan State's rail education, research center

Davidson, DeBiase join Norfolk Southern's board

CSX reports decline in Q2 revenue, profit

July 20

Rail supplier news from Omni Transloading, Stadler, Duos, AITX, Caltrax, Glid and IntelliTrans (July 20)

California authority completes high-speed rail overpass

Ports: Milwaukee opens ag export facility; Houston, SC log steady June

Norfolk Southern awards over 100 college scholarships

Ag co-op to build rail-served grain shuttle facility in Kansas

US freight-rail traffic down again in Week 28

July 19

Report: UP to begin testing ground-based conductors

U.S. Energy to expand freight business via rail transload facility in Las Vegas

CPKC to mark first anniversary with steam locomotive tour in 2024

Amtrak crews to update NEC track this summer

Canadian dockworkers reject tentative agreement, resume strike

NJ Transit signs lease for new HQ

July 18

Metra seeks rider input on new fare plan

Sound Transit appoints Friend, Arnold to executive roles

Kansas DOT solicits submissions for rail improvement program

Maryland DOT seeks to extend Purple Line deadline to 2027

MTA proposes balanced budget through 2027

CSX yields encouraging results from soybean oil-based fuel tests

July 17

Illinois panel OKs grade crossing project on Illinois Central Railroad line

Florida Gulf & Atlantic's train, engine workers join BLET

LNG export facility to be built at Brownsville port

ILWU Canada, BC ports reach tentative agreement

Amtrak issues RFQs for train maintenance facilities

CSX identifies eight rail-served properties as Select Sites

July 14

Calgary to study airport-downtown rail connection

Rockport Terminals marks first year in service with UP

Vale to acquire 3 Wabtec locomotives for railroad in Brazil

Alaska Railroad announces leadership changes

UP, CN test renewable fuels on locomotive 'treadmill'

House subcommittee advances bill that would slash funding for rail

July 13

Rail supplier news from Arup, Jacobs and Duos (July 13)

CTA awards contract for Austin Green Line Station work

Amtrak, US Class Is named 'best' workplaces for disability inclusion practices

US rail volumes fell 5% in Week 27

Norfolk Southern issues ESG report, welcomes Piedmont service expansion

Minnesota DOT to allocate millions in grade-separation project funding

July 12

Metrolinx tries new engineering tech for Hazel McCallion LRT construction

Report: Strike halts nondomestic intermodal traffic at BC ports

Amtrak, Metrolink to resume service in San Clemente next week

STB to investigate OTP of Amtrak Sunset Limited trains

Canada adds funding to Edmonton grade separation project

TTX to relocate HQ to North Carolina from Chicago

July 11

Rail supplier news from Skanska, Shift5 and OLI (July 11)

WMATA to consider long-term expansion plans for Metrorail

VIA Rail breaks ground on train fleet maintenance center project

Flood update: MTA Metro-North replaces trains with buses

California awards grants for port upgrades, rail crossing work

ASLRRA announces Jake Safety Award winners

July 10

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Siemens and Hill International (July 10)

CSX reports 2022 ESG progress

MTA Metro-North, Amtrak suspend some NY service due to flooding

UP, SMART-TD reach sick-leave agreement

Metra to provide Chicago-to-Rockford rail service

Conductor trainee fatality prompts FRA safety bulletin

July 7

Rail supplier news from Nortrak, CXT, Wabtec, Alstom and Matern Engineering (July 7)

USD to test crude-by-rail shipments with new customer at Oklahoma terminal

WMATA logs highest ridership since 2015 on July Fourth

Sierra Northern, Patriot Rail part of grant-winning projects in California

MTA to rehab 14 more stations under renovation program

July 6

SacRT obtains $35 million from state to improve light-rail system

AAR: U.S. rail traffic tumbled again in June

MTA seeks contractor for next phase of Second Avenue subway extension

More East Palestine fallout: Ohio seeks federal disaster declaration; NS files cleanup cost suit

Hudson Tunnel project to receive $6.9 billion in federal funds

Ten years ago today: The tragic train accident in Lac-Megantic

July 5

TCU: 'Tireless advocate' DeCarlo has retired

G3 port terminals obtain latest Green Marine certification

Illinois commission approves more crossing safety improvements

Transport Canada provides funding for coastline rail project in Quebec

CTA to rebuild Blue Line's Forest Park Branch

California awards SMART $30 million to complete two extensions

July 3

Illinois commission OKs five crossing safety projects

WMATA to launch real-time train tracker tool

STB approves city's request to end rail service on Tacoma line

Chinese freight-rail coupler imports harm US rail industry, USITC says

NMB installs Hamilton as chair

CN posted ESG progress in 2022

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