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Rail News: August 2023

August 31

Operation Lifesaver unveils transit safety pledges

Cleveland & Cuyahoga, Wheeling & Lake Erie end lease for Ohio route

CTA hires first chief equity and engagement officer

OmniTRAX hires former KCS VP Howard

U.S. rail volumes fall nearly 6% in Week 34

NTSB issues preliminary report of CSX conductor trainee fatality

August 30

Rail supplier news from Kontrol and TiEnergy (Aug. 30)

WMATA to wrap up summer maintenance work, reopen 4 stations early

LA Metro: New lines fuel July ridership growth

Grenada Railroad service returns to Mississippi

Amtrak completes Indiana station construction project

Gulf & Atlantic Railways to buy Pinsly rail assets

August 29

Rail supplier news from Martinus, STG, Alstom, SISCOG, Railmark and Engelke (Aug. 29)

Sound Transit OKs spring 2024 opening for eight Link 2 Line stations

BNSF recognizes customers for hazmat safety

Kentucky awards $1.25 million in grants for grade crossing improvements

UP goes to court to resolve trackage-rights beef with CPKC

Norfolk Southern operations hit by technology outage

August 28

WMATA selling bonds to make transit system more sustainable

Ohio panel OKs grade crossing upgrades in Auglaize County

Savannah port gains 4 new electric ship-to-shore cranes

BTS: North American freight-by-rail tumbled in June

New Orleans Public Belt Railroad completes rail yard construction

Canada's TSB warns of safety risks from locomotive, trackside fires

August 25

Rail supplier news from HNTB, RailSync, Hitachi and R&LHS (Aug. 25)

VIA Rail to invest millions to renovate four heritage stations

California High-Speed Rail Authority moves closer to buying first trainsets

LRW seeks nominations for 2023 'Railway Woman of the Year'

FRA issues safety warning on close-clearance shoving movements

AAR explains 'impasse' over Class Is joining FRA's safety reporting system

August 24

Rail supplier news from Siemens Mobility and Voith Turbo (Aug. 24)

Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension light-rail service to launch Sept. 16

STB appoints rail union leader Ferguson to RSTAC

U.S. freight-rail traffic sinks 2.7% in Week 33

Oswego port to fund rail infrastructure upgrade with $4 million EDA grant

NS selects lead structural design consultants for CREATE bridge projects

August 23

Rail supplier news from Auxo Investment, Cariboo Central and Sener (Aug. 23)

Metrolinx begins upgrades at Aurora, Maple GO rail stations

Baltimore port welcomes largest container ship to visit Maryland

TransLink unveils first glimpse of Mark V SkyTrain cars

NTSB issues preliminary report on SEPTA trolley derailment

UP crews work to clear track, restore service post-Hilary

August 22

Patriot Rail acquires scenic railroads in New Hampshire

Rail supplier news from Alstom, RSI and LRW (Aug. 22)

DART to kick off construction of Plano light-rail station

NS completes two Norris Yard projects in 24 hours

Oregon port project calls for systemwide upgrades to Coos Bay Rail Line

Amtrak orders more Airo trains to meet demand

August 21

Buttigieg appoints members of transportation equity advisory committee

Amtrak Portal North project is 25% completed

Stadler to build bi-level battery train for Caltrain

CN preps for 2023 Western Canadian grain harvest

FRA grants available for rail infrastructure projects in rural states

Federal court pauses Uinta crude-by-rail line construction

August 18

CSX Santa Train on track for November launch

Metro Transit-St. Louis seeks bids for MetroLink rail platform project

Judge denies NJ Transit's motion to stop strike authorization

STB seeks nominees for rail energy transportation panel

Union urges Class Is to enroll in 'Close Call' safety reporting system

Norfolk Southern issues six-month report on East Palestine recovery efforts

August 17

Rail supplier news from Bohr, TransmetriQ and Intellitrans (Aug. 17)

NCDOT study explores TOD along future passenger-rail line

Georgia Ports earns AQUA Lane certification with U.S. Customs

U.S. freight-rail traffic falls 4.2% in Week 32

Amtrak adds first electric bus to fleet

OmniTRAX to take over operation of West Virginia rail line

August 16

Rail supplier news from GATX, Duos and LRW (Aug. 16)

NCTD taps Ballad as interim executive director

BNSF Logistics partners with Trucker Tools

SEPTA accidents prompt mandated safety training for all employees

PennDOT accepting grant applications for freight-rail infrastructure projects

PHMSA extends comment period for proposed rule on train consist information

August 15

Long Beach port awarded $2.72 million grant to enhance security

Brownsville & Rio Grande honors safe shippers, donates funds for disaster relief

APTA announces hall of famers; honors transit agencies, execs

OCTA hires HDR to lead California coastal rail line study

NS names Ceraso VP of integrated resource planning; Neikirk to retire in 2024

STB denies BNSF petition for partial stay in NTEC coal-shipping case

August 14

USDOT solicits applications for second round of SMART grants

CSX unveils C&O commemorative locomotive

MTA cites misaligned switch as factor in LIRR derailment

MBTA: Operations control center policies meet FTA requirements

G&W Georgia short lines seek FRA's OK to pilot zero-emissions rail technology

Vena pens letter to UP team on first day as CEO

August 11

Rail supplier news from RR Mergers, C&S and ITS Logistics (Aug. 11)

FTA awards transit worker safety research grant to USF

Metro Transit-St. Louis, ATU ratify labor agreement

Honolulu to use bond proceeds to fund transit-rail construction

Seminole Gulf Railway repairs expected to wrap up by year's end

Norfolk Southern to open permanent office in East Palestine

August 10

TriMet signs lease for new HQ in downtown Portland

Sandersville Railroad adds road builder to future rail spur users

U.S. rail volumes fell 3.2% in Week 31

Connecticut to buy 60 Alstom rail cars for commuter lines

Amtrak,Texas Central join to explore Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail line

FRA completes safety assessment of Norfolk Southern

August 9

G3 opens new CN-served grain elevator in Alberta

FTA: Grant funding now available for TOD planning

BLET calls for strike vote at NJ Transit

Amtrak poll shows strong support for passenger rail

Class I employment rose nearly 6% in June

NS agrees to settlement in worker health, safety investigations at East Palestine

August 8

NCDOT launches rail safety training program

NCTD Executive Director Tucker retires

NS awards economic development grant to East Palestine

Amtrak seeks public input on accessibility of long distance trains

NTSB investigating CSX employee fatality in Maryland

BNSF: Sandpoint Junction Connector Bridge now open

August 7

CHSRA completes Wasco grade separation project

MTA restores LIRR service following last week's derailment

Trinity Metro selects Huitt-Zollars, TranSystems for TEXRail project

Canadian dockworkers OK tentative pact to end strike

CSX TDSI using electric vehicles at auto terminals

BNSF revenue, income dip on lower volumes in Q2

August 4

Rail supplier news from Kawasaki, INFORM, Bohr and IntelliTrans (Aug. 4)

NYSDOT seeks applicants for rail project grants

MBTA, union agree on retention, recruitment issues

Consultant hired for Interborough Express environmental review

Illinois, Amtrak seek federal funds for Union Station, regional rail upgrades

Boychuk to exit CSX

August 3

Alberta to provide more funding for hydrogen innovation

Rail groups, union urge Congress to maintain Railroad Retirement Board funding

AAR: U.S. railroads post 'mixed' traffic results for July

Norfolk Southern invests $8.7 million in Alabama megasite

Union sues BNSF over MOW workforce cuts

NTSB: Grade crossing design contributed to fatal Amtrak-truck collision

August 2

BNSF, BLET agree on sick leave, schedule changes

TNW marks new interchange between Texas short line, UP

Fastfrate to open site at CentrePort Canada Rail Park

CN unveils 2023-24 plan for transporting Canadian grain

NTSB issues preliminary report on NS coal train derailment

Regional Rail acquires Clinton Terminal Railroad

August 1

NMB names Beebe mediation services director

Transport Minister Rodriguez announces Imbleau as CEO of VIA High Frequency Rail

Ohio panel awards grant to upgrade rail service at Metalico sites

FTA awards disaster recovery funds to eight states

CSX, SMART-TD partner for enhanced conductor training

CPKC issues 2023-24 grain service report

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