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Rail News: September 2020

September 30

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Icomera, Bombardier, Wood, Parsons and LINXS Constructors (Sept. 30)

Indiana DOT to update state rail plan

LA Metro approves sustainability plan

BART seeks input on next generation fare gates

OmniTRAX adds northern Ohio short line to rail-ready program

Amtrak workers rally to call on Congress to preserve jobs

NS honors chemical customers for safe rail-shipping practices

ASLRRA unveils new health insurance program for short lines

September 29

TriMet to wrap up Gresham light-rail project

UP named top ‘military-friendly’ employer

STB rejects Metra's request for declaratory order in dispute with UP

Reading & Northern taps Peters as VP

Amtrak, Metra kick off Homewood Station project

Watco acquires property, files with STB to lease Chicago-area rail line

House Democrats unveil bill to provide $32 billion in emergency transit funding

FRA identifies South Dakota, Alaska rail projects to receive grant funds

September 28

STM seeks public input on rail maintenance shop

VIA Rail extends long-distance service suspension

OL Canada honors CN's LeBreux with Cyr safety award

NYCT to return R179 rail cars to service following safety review

NTSB: Loose rail joint led to fatal rail-car accident

Pandemic prompts CP to cancel Holiday Train tour

FTA announces TOD funding

Trump tweets support for Alaska to Alberta Railway project

September 25

CTA, Metra redesign mobile app

LA Metro approves 30-year transportation plan

NS unveils 2020 sustainability report

Amtrak adds booking feature to provide real-time seating availability

Chicago South Shore names Kazakevicius head of sales, marketing

Valley Metro begins Northwest Extension Phase II construction

BTS: More rail tank cars meet new safety standards

UP, CEMEX agree to transport liquid carbon dioxide from Texas port

September 24

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Rajant, Thales, Stantec, Keolis and LAN (Sept. 24)

Sound Transit seeks input on proposed service changes

NS again uses Waze app to promote rail safety

APTA inducts Jablonski into Hall of Fame

IAIS Vice Chair Miller to retire

FTA final rule amends project management oversight regs

AAR: U.S. railroads' intermodal volume climbs in Week 38

FRA unveils full list of 2020 CRISI grants

September 23

RSI unveils product quality certification standard for tank car suppliers

MARTA, Nextdoor to provide agency alerts to Atlanta residents

APTA recognizes excellence in rail safety, security

Class I workforce ticked up in August

BART advances station access improvement projects

Lawmakers urge MassDOT to purchase Pan Am assets for future passenger service

Protestors' blockade impacts KCS freight movement in Mexico

Federal grants awarded to rail infrastructure projects in four states

September 22

Rail supplier news from Mobilitie, Webuild, HDR, Alstom, Sener and Abloy (Sept. 22)

Sound Transit marks 20 years of commuter-rail service

OSHA amends crane standard for rail work

TTC to recall 132 more laid off operators

LA Metro seeks feedback on improving the movement of goods in LA County

Continuing resolution would extend FAST Act by a year

NCDOT receives federal grant to acquire S-Line corridor segment

MTA to rail suppliers: All contracts in jeopardy without federal aid

September 21

San Diego MTS restores light-rail service

NJ Transit launches app to track rail ridership levels

Operation Lifesaver kicks off Rail Safety Week

TransLink receives COVID-19 relief funding

CN handles cargo arriving on CMA CGM Brazil at Halifax port

Pioneer wins federal grant to replace ties, rail on NDW short line

RTD-Denver opens N commuter-rail line

FRA releases final safety regs, ROD for Texas bullet train

September 18

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Transdev, Siemens, VAI, Savage and Transport Strategies (Sept. 18)

DART to restore light-rail service to near pre-pandemic levels

Garneau announces funding for rail safety initiatives

OIG: Amtrak needs more effective track outage planning

Ohio commission OKs two grants for rail infrastructure repair projects

WMATA to consider layoffs, rail service cuts to balance budget

SLSI's safety assessment tool 'transferable' to commuter railroads, report says

UP awards millions in grants to pandemic-related efforts

September 17

SCVTA seeks contractor feedback for BART project

Pacific Harbor Line, BLET sign five-year labor contract

MTA seeks Westbury Station TOD proposals

AAR: Carload and intermodal volumes fall in Week 37

OmniTRAX adds sites along Georgia & Florida Railway to rail-ready program

Metra elects Brown as chair

NJ Transit breaks ground on Raritan Bridge replacement

USDOT announces full list of FY20 BUILD grant awards

September 16

Metrolink partners with sheriff’s departments to encourage crossing safety

Metra rolls out campaign to bolster rider confidence during pandemic

MassDOT dashboard tracks COVID-19 impact on transportation

OneRail poll: Americans support rail expansion

LA Metro offers reward for info in shooting of two LASD deputies

APTA recognizes VRE’s Bulova for distinguished service

NTSB renews call for mandated cameras on locomotives

BNSF names Igoe to succeed Farmer as EVP of operations

September 15

Rail supplier news from FreightCar America, Hanson, Dewberry, Trinity, Vix Technology and HDR (Sep. 15)

Mega ship CMA CGM Brazil arrives at PANYNJ

Metrolink to be recognized for energy management

FRA approves CTrail Hartford Line safety plan

USDOT awards BUILD grant to Stockton grade separation project

CP opens Montreal transload site, inks pact with Maersk for new Vancouver facility

FTA awards BART, Metro Transit full funding grant agreements

BNSF promotes Farmer to succeed Ice as president, CEO

September 14

Indiana Rail Road cancels 2020 Santa Train

Tri-Rail to add rail service, reinstate fares

CTA launches dashboard to promote social distancing on trains

Metro-North Railroad wraps up Mount Vernon bridge work

Louisville & Indiana Railroad designated 'military friendly' employer

Sound Transit names Shetty executive director of operations

BUILD grants announced for North Carolina, Tennessee rail projects

Amtrak drops off-shore IT provision in RFP

September 11

Rail suppliers news from VisioStack, Duos Technologies, Alstom, NARSTCO and Strato (Sept. 11)

CP announces Safe Shipper Award winners for 2019

LA Metro receives federal grant to develop travel rewards program

NTSB: No criminal activity involved in UP train derailment

CRANDIC Rail to serve Iowa logistics park now under construction

MTA to fine train riders who refuse to wear masks

KCS rejects takeover bid, report says

FTA awards BUILD grants to KC Streetcar extension, Cleveland RTA rail-car project

September 10

STM to begin Pie-IX station upgrade

California authority launches website for high-speed rail training

Sound Transit seeks input on proposed service changes

Port of Long Beach posts best August in its history

WMATA, PATCO to reopen all rail stations

Huron Central Railway to shut down in December

US, Canadian railroads log traffic increase in Week 36

Amtrak now needs $5 billion in federal funds, Flynn tells Congress

September 9

NYCT launches cellular connectivity in first under-river subway tunnel

Long Island Rail Road unveils train crowding app

SERTC launches online program

Caltrain suspends fare increase, approves equity framework

CN joins Commtrex exchange for transload service

KCS Holiday Express train won't run in 2020

RTD-Denver to slash jobs to address financial crunch

UP dispatches 'water train' to fight California wildfires

September 8

Rail supplier news from Smiths Detection, Rail Vision, Acciona, Holden America, Cubic and HNTB (Sept. 8)

Chicago RTA to draft development plan for Cary Metra station

FTA grants RTD-Denver funding for multimodal app

PANYNJ seeks designer for AirTrain LGA-related promenade work

Midwest & Bluegrass Rail acquires four short lines

USDOT introduces National Freight Strategic Plan

Metrolink restores some service, certifies new Tier 4 locomotives

Amtrak to furlough nearly 2,000 workers, cut 100 managers

September 4

In memoriam: Long-time transit industry contributor Joseph Alexander

STB adopts final rule on waybill data collection

UP announces 2020 hazmat safety award winners

Dalton takes helm as VRE's CEO

Transport Canada publishes locomotive voice, video recorder regs

Brightline breaks ground on Aventura Station in south Florida

BNSF to operate contaminated rail under consent decree

Long Bridge project poised to advance to design phase

September 3

Metrolink earns financial reporting honor, unveils flex pass

Three agencies take pandemic-related measures

Temporary art murals damaged at Sound Transit station site

EDA awards grant for Texas industrial park rail spur

Metrolinx adopts mats to curb trespassing at GO Transit crossings

UP to operate Bailey Yard as single classification yard

Class I CEOs respond to FRA-STB's letter on service issues

U.S. railroads registered intermodal volume gain in August

September 2

Rail supplier news from Transdev, Duos, Bombardier, HUBER+SUHNER, Ardenna and Cubic (Sept. 2)

MARTA creates rider advisory council

Railroad Retirement Board names Bonson chief medical officer

Ohio rail panel approves two NS crossing projects

NICTD closer to federal funding pacts for two major projects

Delmarva Central Railroad to upgrade aging rail bridges

Cap Metro completes PTC implementation

AAR endorses FRA rule on continuous rail inspection technology

September 1

TTC recalls 150 laid off operators

San Diego MTS unveils new fare enforcement program

BLET: Court vacates FRA approval of KCSM engineer certification

TriMet caps off Steel Bridge project, light-rail revitalization

NS completes 'living shoreline' project near Lamberts Point terminal

LA Metro posts progress with four major rail projects

Gateway Program Development updates Hudson Tunnel cost

CN to order 50 all-electric trucks for intermodal fleet

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