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Rail News: September 2017

September 29

Knife River Corp., Portland & Western Railroad host U.S. Rep. Schrader

Rail supplier news from Harsco, CRU, ALLU, Nomad and Transdev (Sept. 29)

WMATA expands testing of waterproof material in Red Line tunnels

Phoenix City Council OKs new construction of downtown light-rail station

AASHTO elects Tennessee DOT's Schroer president

Sound Transit OKs plan to add two light-rail extensions

FRA grants RTD waiver to operate two commuter-rail lines

Democrats introduce bill mandating sleep apnea testing

September 28

Developers break ground on TOD project at L.A. Metro station

Chaney Enterprises completes rail line at Maryland plant

New York City Transit to unveil countdown clocks on M, W lines

Northern & Ohio Western slated for major maintenance project

Siemens ships final trainset for Brightline

U.S. railroads report intermodal traffic surge for Week 38

WMATA report questions rail station managers' emergency readiness

USDOT to streamline environmental reviews for multimodal projects

September 27

Rail supplier news from Harsco, UltraTech, Hub, Siemens and Transdev (Sept. 27)

Metro-North completes track improvements on Harlem, Hudson lines

MBTA gears up for Wollaston Station accessibility improvements

Six Class I execs to speak at RailTrends

Caltrain marks progress on business plan

Texas Northwestern Railway lands Agrium as logistics park's first tenant

Norfolk Southern appoints Galanko, Scheib to new posts

Siemens, Alstom agree to merge rail operations

September 26

MARTA, San Diego MTS increase security, training

JAXPORT taps Green as CEO

Amtrak: Chicago Union Station's Great Hall work underway

Twin Cities Met Council rejects Southwest light-rail bids

Central Port District to improve intermodal park's rail connection

Former Chair Elliott to leave STB

Report: France backs Alstom-Siemens merger

OLI: U.S. rail-trespass casualties up nearly 13 percent

September 25

Rocky Mountaineer restructures leadership team

LIRR to install concrete ties on Babylon Branch

Tradepoint Atlantic marks opening of FedEx distribution center

Cleveland RTA Deputy GM York to retire

Twin Eagle Sand acquires West Virginia frac sand terminal

Ontario seeks design ideas for hydrogen-powered GO Transit trains

USDOT publishes first report on tank-car fleet composition

Railroads, Operation Lifesaver mark national Rail Safety Week

September 22

Congress members visit Sound Transit, Ouachita Railroad

University of Maryland team wins IANA challenge

WMATA resumes 7000-series inspections

STB: Class Is employed fewer workers in August

Iowa commission OKs $2.6 million in rail project funding

Hurricane update: CSX recovers from Irma, NS steps up donations

NJ Transit touts safety improvements after Hoboken crash

NTSB to combine reports on NJ Transit, LIRR accidents; engineers had sleep apnea

September 21

In memoriam: Short-line industry contributors Jerry Jacobson, William Gifford Moore

San Mateo County to consider higher sales tax to fund transit projects

MARTA to take over Atlanta Streetcar operations

CSX again named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index

AAR: U.S. traffic volume tumbled in week 37

Pipeline Foods acquires CP-served grain elevators in Saskatchewan

WMATA suspends new train inspections after electrical shock

STB resets CSX listening session for next month

September 20

Rail supplier news from Loram, HDR, RSI, Progress Rail and CTLGroup (Sept. 20)

OCTA boosts accessibility at Metrolink's Laguna Niguel station

NJ Transit sends hurricane aid to Houston METRO workers

Southwest Gulf Railroad marks Medina Line groundbreaking

Port Tampa Bay OKs pact to fund channel expansion

Quebec, Canada governments promise funds for Saint-Hyacinthe grade crossing

PANYNJ names Bilich chief security officer

NTSB files preliminary report for SEPTA train crash

September 19

Railway Interchange 2017: Updates from the show floor

Amtrak's Hiawatha adds late Friday, Cubs-Brewers trains

Siemens tapped to build streetcars for Fort Lauderdale

MBTA to issue first 'sustainability bond'

Honolulu agency files rail-project recovery plan with FTA

Ray-Mont transload facility receives first unit train in Prince Rupert

UP streamlines six business units, merges four subsidiaries

BNSF, WSDOT win AREMA's Hay award for 2017

September 18

Rail supplier news from Railhead, Avtec, WAGO and Transdev (Sept. 18)

TransLink advances SkyTrain Station project

AAR presents Fries Award posthumously to Carey

BART readies Warm Springs Station for Silicon Valley extension

House bill would create new freight infrastructure fund

LIRR kicks off massive capital program

House bill includes $900 million for Hudson tunnel project

LRIW recognizes TTCI's Stabler as 'Woman of the Year'

September 15

New York City Transit opens rehabbed 53rd Street station

Metra marks 40 years of F40PH locomotives' service

South Carolina port hosts giant ship, announces dredging contract

Amtrak kicks off new ad campaign to win over drivers, airline passengers

Ward joins Contura Energy's board

Port of L.A. reports record volume for August

L.A. Metro reviews private-sector proposals for transit improvements

U.S. rail traffic barely grows in Week 36

September 14

Rail supplier news from Herzog, Keolis, Viking Navigation, Tiger Cool and Aspen Equipment (Sept. 14)

TriMet logs ridership growth on Orange Line light-rail route

ELFA: Rail equipment financing slips in 2016

OmniTRAX appoints Mathieu president of energy solutions business

Pan Am Railways, Port Saint John to offer new intermodal service

CTA awards $30.8 million station rehab contract

Hurricane Irma: Norfolk Southern, Florida East Coast restore service

Metra OKs $21.6 million contract to replace Fox River bridge

September 13

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Thales, MRT, United Rail and Tideworks (Sept. 13)

LIRR rebuilds Hicksville Station platform

Chicago RTA unveils new Union Station signage

Amtrak opens new Alton multimodal station

Port of Corpus Christi, Army Corps OK port expansion agreement

Caltrain reduces train horn usage

CSX cuts workforce by 3,700 so far in 2017

CN resumes unit train coal service to Wolverine mine

September 12

NYCT begins Q Line repairs

Infrastructure Ontario closes RFPs for Stouffville Line station improvements

Shuster shuffles T&I Committee staff

Global Port Tracker: July retail imports set a monthly record

Met Council chair rejects bids for Southwest light-rail construction

WMATA posts on-time performance improvements

Penn State Altoona's rail engineering program earns accreditation

Trump nominates CSX's Elliott to head PHMSA

September 11

Northern Virginia transit agency calls for WMATA board shake-up

California high-speed rail agency names Post, Rodriguez to leadership roles

EPA Inc. report: Rail-car outlook is bright

Metro-North gears up for Port Jervis Line improvements

CN again lands on Dow Jones Sustainability Index

RailTrends 2017 adds speakers from CP, CSX, NS

MARTA names O'Neill interim GM

Hurricane Irma: Freight railroads hold traffic, stage equipment for recovery

September 8

Montana Rail Link to celebrate 30th anniversary

New York Gov. Cuomo launches initiative to curb subway littering

Caltrain releases first-ever sustainability report

CN unveils renamed Mongeau National Training Center in Winnipeg

U.S House OKs measure to provide funds for rail-worker medical fitness standards

CP, Teamsters agree to one-year contract renewal for conductors, engineers

CSX launches Pittsburgh intermodal terminal

FRA releases environmental report for D.C.-Richmond higher-speed rail route

September 7

Rail supplier news from SYSTRA, Protran, HNTB and Labelmaster (Sept. 7)

Transdev to operate, maintain Milwaukee Streetcar

Hurricane Harvey: UP earnings to take a hit; BNSF restoring service

U.S. rail traffic grew 2.6 percent in August

Hawaii Gov. Ige signs bill to fund Honolulu's transit-rail project

CSX listening session postponed due to hurricane threat

STB reveals 'revenue adequate' Class Is for 2016

USDOT opens applications for TIGER grants

September 6

WMATA, VRE generate $600 million annually for Virginia, report says

BART to start testing trains on Berryessa Extension

Hurricane Harvey: RRB reminds rail workers of unemployment benefits

Amtrak to prep diesel locomotives for PTC

MARTA CEO Parker to resign

RTA: Crosstie production, purchases decline in July

CSX reports progress in shift to new operating model

Nova Scotia, railway OK Cape Breton rail line preservation agreement

September 5

APTA recognizes members for sustainability

Hurricane Harvey: Class Is restore some service; NS donates $100,000

CTA opens first new downtown 'L' station in decades

Southwest Gulf Railroad begins Medina Line construction in Texas

VIA Rail ridership, revenue grew in second quarter

Patriot Rail, Diversified Port Holdings combine businesses

G&W, SEACOR to operate rail ferry service between U.S., Mexico

L.A. Metro unveils environmental documents for San Fernando transit project

September 1

U.S. Rep. Banks tours Press-Seal's Indiana plant

NYCT installs arrival clocks on E, G subway stations

Sound Transit to add commuter trains, hold meetings on light-rail extension

Ohio commission OKs plan to improve NS grade crossing

Amtrak completes New York Penn Station renewal work

NTSB calls for cameras in all transit trains

Hurricane Harvey: Railroads begin restoring service

STB rejects Great Lakes Basin's freight-rail line proposal

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