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Rail News: August 2019

August 30

U.S. Reps. Finkenauer, Emmer tour rail businesses in Iowa, Minnesota

Metrolink appoints three to leadership roles

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Vossloh, Road and Rail, Alstom and Strato (Aug. 30)

NJ leaders call for federal funding of Portal North Bridge replacement

MassDOT to receive federal funds to upgrade interlocking, announces new Amtrak service

Transport Canada: Rail operations to relocate to Lac-Megantic industrial park

USDOT funds Gulf Coast passenger-rail restoration

CN to acquire Massena rail line from CSX

August 29

LA Angels join Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver to promote rail safety

BART partners with track workforce training program, hires more police officers

Caltrain proposes grade separation options

Canada considers rail line extension to Quebec marine terminal

AAR: U.S. rail traffic fell 5.9 percent in Week 34

DART names Costello CFO, extends Amazon shuttle agreement

VTA receives FTA funding allocation for Silicon Valley extension

Norfolk Southern EVP, CFO Earhart to retire, George named successor

August 28

Rail supplier news from RailWorks, TekTracking, Geopier, Mitsui Rail, Ricardo and Michael Baker (Aug. 28)

Montreal transit agency recognized as project management award finalist

Metra to host vendor fair to showcase contractor diversity

UP recognized as 'military friendly' employer

Former CSX leader Carpenter dies

Metrolinx selects Mobilinix to design, operate Hurontario light rail

Canada to fund rehab of Gaspesie railway link

APTA commends Phoenix voters for backing light rail

August 27

ACE to launch Saturday service

Metra cancels Union Pacific West schedule changes

FTA proposes new definition of 'major' transit projects

Vossloh sells locomotives business to CRRC subsidiary

Canadian governments partner to fund Toronto rail projects

OmniTRAX affiliate to acquire Cleveland Commercial Railroad

CSX names Longson VP of energy

First State Investments acquires Patriot Rail and Ports

August 26

BART OKs updated Irvington Station plan

Pittsburgh transit agency reopens transit tunnel

NRF: Retailers concerned about tariff escalation's impact

Sound Transit preps for Connect 2020 light-rail expansion

Millions raised for pediatric care at CP Women's Open

Cleveland RTA reopens Red Line

USDOT proposes page limit for environmental review documents

Canadian government to negotiate with CN over Quebec Bridge's future

August 23

Rail supplier news from Cubic, Duos Technologies, Arup, HNTB and Wi-Tronix (Aug. 23)

Carey joins Chicago RTA's board

Florida DOT recognizes SunRail southern expansion with regional award

Rail activity back to normal at Little Rock port

Chicago Transit Authority exploring TOD options near 95th Street Station

CSX unveils latest 'Pride in Service' locomotive

NCDOT to phase out oldest Piedmont passenger-rail cars

Report: BNSF challenges Oklahoma grade-crossing law

August 22

TransLink to host conference's Canadian debut

SANDAG issues bonds to finance Mid-Coast Trolley project

Alaska Railroad restores service north of Anchorage

U.S. rail traffic fell 5.2 percent in Week 33

Canadian government to establish transit network in Quebec City

SEPTA General Manager Knueppel to retire at year's end

South Dakota DOT to sell all state-owned rail lines

FRA announces $272 million in 'state of good repair' grants

August 21

Rail supplier news from WSP, Greenbrier, Bombardier and NRC (Aug. 21)

LIRR to eliminate grade crossing, install bridge

Kansas City Southern posts 2019 Holiday Express train schedule

G3 opens grain elevator on CN line in Saskatchewan

Cleveland RTA confirms Birdsong as CEO

NTSB marks train crash anniversary with PTC reminder

RailUSA names Wilson president, CFO

Gov. Murphy orders NJ Transit to release monthly rail performance metrics

August 20

TransLink to increase SkyTrain service

New Orleans RTA solicits public input on proposed transit redesign

CTA’s Red, Purple rail modernization project team seeks diversity

AASHTO: Bradbury to serve as USDOT's acting deputy secretary

Pennsylvania panel to host hearing on proposed Amtrak service expansion

STB: U.S. Class Is employed fewer workers in July

Rhode Island Amtrak station to receive renovation funding

USDOT should consider small railroads when making new rules, ASLRRA says

August 19

TriMet resumes regular light-rail service following track work

Valley Metro installs downtown Tempe streetcar track

Alaska Railroad reports outage near Denali Park

LA Metro to reopen Expo Line stations

LRW extends 'Woman of the Year' nomination deadline

NCTD partners with NASA, FRA on safety reporting program

Canada to help fund rail improvements at Pointe-Noire terminal

US, Canada expand preclearance agreement to include cargo

August 16

U.S. Rep. Craig tours Minnesota rail businesses

Rail supplier news from Duos Technologies, BiTA, Garlock, Vacations By Rail, Argus Consulting, Alliance Shippers and Hanson (Aug. 16)

Ontario’s GO Transit to add midday train service

Chicago's RTA adds Andalcio to its board

NJ Transit renews focus on transit-oriented development

BART awarded FEMA grant to expand police patrols

Hemphill to lead Uinta Basin Railway project

California High-Speed Rail Authority, Kings County settle disputes

August 15

Amtrak names Stecklair police officer of the year

MBTA launches first new Orange Line train

ASLRRA: Fed task force says short-line tax credit worthy of permanence

Sound Transit completes East Link light-rail extension guideway

U.S. freight-rail traffic fell, Canada's rose in Week 32

FRA announces rail safety, infrastructure grant opportunity

NS names Allen Sutherland, Farrell to new exec roles

LA Foothill Gold Line panel awards light-rail design-build contract

August 14

MTA contactless fare payment pilot logs millionth ‘tap’

Port of LA marks another cargo record in July

Ohio panel backs federal effort to curb blocked grade crossings

Metrolink marks record annual ridership

FEMA awards security grant to Port of Baltimore

RailTrends 2019 opens conference registration

G&W opens bulk transfer facility on Georgia Southwestern line

Houston METRO advances light-rail expansion plan

August 13

Rail supplier news from Loram, Keolis and Greenbrier (Aug. 13)

GCRTA to launch Wi-Fi service at stations, on rail cars

Canada OKs funds for Montreal port's rail bridge, truck project

North Carolina DOT's 10-year plan calls for over 50 rail projects

MBTA accelerates project timelines

Illinois governor signs bill mandating two-person freight-train crews

Texas commuter railroad to implement PTC this month

Norfolk Southern picks lead engineering team for 75th Street Corridor project

August 12

GCRTA study recommends fare policy changes

VIA Rail posts ridership increase during long August weekend

NTSB reports probable cause in fatal 2018 MARTA accident

Metro Transit-St. Louis names public safety team

BLET members ratify SEPTA contract

Ferguson elected SMART TD president

U.S. Rep. Kelly talks short-line tax credit, infrastructure bills during plant tour

Canada announces rail project funding to increase access to CP, CN lines

August 9

LA Metro expands bike share program

Commuter Rail Coalition names Tucker vice chair

Lawmakers seek more information on proposed LNG-by-rail permit

Santa Clara VTA taps Jenkins for interim COO

Railway Woman of the Year Award nominations due Aug. 16

South Carolina port records busiest July

CN, CSX announce new intermodal service

CSX rail spur to be built at South Alabama Mega Site

August 8

TriMet to phase out mobile app tickets

San Francisco MTA reopens Chase Center Station

Intermodal group to honor Fenimore, Mayes

Port Manatee awarded $1.4M federal security grant

Washington UTC accepting applications for rail safety grants

Transport Canada announces funding to increase rail capacity at Vancouver port

CP announces retirements, shuffles leadership team

U.S. rail traffic fell for sixth straight month in July

August 7

Rail supplier news from Interloc, Bourque, Cedar AI, Bombardier, RECo, Westermo and ENSCO (Aug. 7)

Senate confirms Sumwalt, Homendy to NTSB roles

PANYNJ moved more cars during 2019's first half

MTA to modernize 42 Street subway shuttle

Metrolink appoints three to executive team

Oklahoma DOT: Stillwater Central won't launch passenger-rail pilot

IANA to honor Branscum, Wilson with Silver Kingpin Award

Port of Long Beach awards two key contracts for on-dock rail project

August 6

UTA suspends some weekend service for rail bridge construction

Valley Metro completes high school internship program

BART to upgrade power system in San Francisco

SEPTA closes trolley tunnel for repairs

BRX completes acquisition of Pioneer Railcorp

Stanley Herzog, president of William E. Herzog Enterprises, dies at 70

PennDOT accepting freight-rail grant applications

BNSF posts higher Q2 income, lower operating ratio

August 5

Tri-Rail redesigns trip-planning mobile app

Denver RTD concludes autonomous shuttle test

South Shore Line to operate Indiana shuttle service

Virgin Trains seeks financing for Las Vegas-to-California rail service

Michigan DOT seeks comments on five-year transportation plan

TransLink receives first of 12-train order

U.S. Sen. Wyden introduces crude-by-rail safety bill

GAO: Interoperability issues a concern for PTC deployment

August 2

U.S. Reps. Barr, Perry tour rail plants during August break

Rail supplier news from Alstom, NARSTCO, Loram, Biarri Rail, American Battery and Hanson (Aug. 2)

AAR seeks proposals for CREATE website redesign

Transportation group endorses governors' support of emissions reduction

Valley Metro hires security support, rider assistance staff

Ohio rail panel OKs 12 grade crossing projects

CP logs record crop year for Canadian grain, products

IANA: North American intermodal volume fell in Q2

August 1

Metra begins bridge work on UP North Line

SFMTA to rebuild streetcar maintenance facility

Canadian Pacific joins blockchain alliance

DART names Gamez general counsel

U.S. railroads log another weekly traffic decline

CTA to begin Red-Purple rail bypass construction

CN unveils grain plan, forms ag advisory group

Batory: PTC is 90 percent installed, but 'significant work' remains

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