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Rail News: December 2016

December 29

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from GREX, Knorr-Bremse, Global Partners and NRC (Dec. 29) Read More »
Safety
Quiet zone begins along Metrolink line Read More »
Safety
Oregon senators praise FRA, UP agreement on safety standards Read More »
People
TriMet names Preusser transportation director Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic increases in week 51 Read More »
Safety
Illinois law to double fines for drivers who ignore crossing gates Read More »
BNSF Railway
New Mexico rail park will link to BNSF Read More »

December 28

Passenger Rail
WMATA releases Inauguration Day passes Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu transit agency wraps up elevated guideway section Read More »
MOW
CREATE officials mark opening of 25th Avenue overpass Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX, Missinippi Rail Consortium sign MOU Read More »
People
Wisconsin DOT secretary to step down Read More »
Intermodal
Feds OK Port Everglades deepening project Read More »
Passenger Rail
TransLink sells transit center site, earmarks proceeds for rail projects Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
CN, CP exceed Western grain revenue entitlements Read More »

December 27

Passenger Rail
Cuomo debuts 96th Street Station ahead of Second Avenue Subway opening Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railroads wrap up holiday charity events Read More »
Intermodal
Watco acquires Australia's Intermodal Group Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX train passes through new D.C. tunnel Read More »
Passenger Rail
Feds to study Chicago-Columbus higher-speed rail route Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Former CN senior exec Trafton to join CP's board Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit secures $2 billion in TIFIA loans for light rail Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA collected a record $15.75 million in civil penalties in FY2016 Read More »

December 22

Passenger Rail
Chicago RTA OKs 2017 operating budget, five-year capex plan Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP recognized for safe transportation of hazardous materials Read More »
Passenger Rail
Kansas City authority to study potential streetcar extension Read More »
Intermodal
G3 to build new grain terminal at Port of Vancouver Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak: FRA's Northeast Corridor report affirms railroad's plans Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads' traffic volume down 0.3 percent in week 50 Read More »
PTC
Pan Am Southern, Pan Am Railways seek resolution with MBTA over PTC dispute Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA OKs Minneapolis light-rail extension, North Carolina train station Read More »

December 21

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from R. J. Corman, Trimble, Road and Rail, Progress Rail and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (Dec. 21) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak to boost service for Trump's inauguration Read More »
MOW
Vermont postpones Middlebury tunnel project to examine environmental impact Read More »
Passenger Rail
PATH installs PTC on 33rd Street rail line Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Wabtec acquires Workhorse Rail Read More »
Mechanical
Orange County transit agency seeks streetcar vehicle builder Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Alstom inks pact to acquire Nomad Digital Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB wants rail crossing alerts added to navigation apps Read More »

December 20

People
Valley Metro names Hodgins chief financial officer Read More »
Mechanical
TransLink orders 28 rail cars for SkyTrain Read More »
Security
TSA mulls security training for rail workers Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
North Carolina Railroad completes track to serve industrial park Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA allocates funds for Amtrak Gulf Coast service Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYC's Second Avenue Subway to open in January Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Icahn Enterprises to sell American Railcar Leasing to SMBC Rail Read More »
Intermodal
PANYNJ kicks off construction of ExpressRail Port facility Read More »

December 19

Passenger Rail
APTA: Most Americans support public transit investments Read More »
People
BART board names Saltzman president, Raburn vice president Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA's fiscal panel to speed up state-of-good-repair projects Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California high-speed rail agency seeks train operator Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Long Beach unveils draft environmental impact study for rail yard project Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA unveils long-range plan for Northeast Corridor Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
STB approves G&W's acquisition of Providence & Worcester Read More »
CSX Transportation
Maryland reapplies for federal grant for Howard Street tunnel project Read More »

December 16

Rail Industry Trends
Metra chooses Uber as rideshare partner Read More »
Shippers
Rail shippers call on Trump to appoint a shipper-friendly STB Read More »
Passenger Rail
PANYNJ charges 44 police officers with 'shirking duties' while on the clock Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX, West Plains to reopen grain silo at Brownsville port Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit OKs $1.6 billion budget for 2017 Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Prince Rupert terminal expansion reaches 75 percent completion mark Read More »
Passenger Rail
TEX Rail project secures federal funding Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA fires six workers after review reveals falsified inspection records Read More »

December 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Hanson, Otis and Nomad Digital (Dec. 15) Read More »
Security
Santa Clara VTA receives bomb threat Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
OEA suspends environmental review of Great Lakes' freight-rail line Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California high-speed rail authority OKs funds for Central Valley segment Read More »
Security
Progressive Railroading opens registration for Secure Rail 2017 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Siemens completes first Brightline trainset Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB sets final rule for investigative authority Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail carloads down 4.3 percent in week 49 Read More »

December 14

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Railtech Boutet, Industrial Television Services, Thales and PTV (Dec. 14) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB solicits nominations for advisory council Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
North Carolina DOT kicks off rail improvement project Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP to upgrade Portland bridge electrical system Read More »
Passenger Rail
Detroit's M-1 Rail unveils QLINE station designs, begins testing streetcars Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP names Peverett to board Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit sells $477 million in 'green bonds' to fund light rail Read More »

December 13

Rail Industry Trends
FTA to assist Charlotte, Tacoma with rail-related TOD Read More »
MOW
New York City Transit to begin Sandy-related repairs in Clark Street Tube Read More »
People
Texas A&M TTI names Winfree director Read More »
Passenger Rail
Schumer: Crosscheck all transit-rail employees with terror watch list Read More »
Intermodal
NRF: Retail imports up for holiday season Read More »
Mechanical
MBTA OKs plan to replace Red Line fleet Read More »
Safety
SEPTA, unions agree to implement close-call reporting system Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
G&W subsidiary to acquire Pentalver Transport Read More »

December 12

Passenger Rail
SEPTA opens travel info center at University of Pennsylvania Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Water infrastructure bill includes South Carolina port expansion Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA delays Green Line extension opening to 2021 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA issues advisory on sleep apnea screening, cameras in locomotives Read More »
Safety
FTA orders WMATA to fix 'deteriorated' traction power system Read More »
Financials
PANYNJ's 2017 budget includes PATH, Greenville Yard projects Read More »

December 9

Intermodal
Port of Los Angeles recognized for berths project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Quiet zone created for Metrolink, BNSF crossings Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain's customer satisfaction rate improves Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
U.S., Canadian rail regulators sign MOU Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
GAO: Contracts provide 'flexibility,' but high rates concern shippers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic up 2 percent in week 48; crude oil down 52 percent in Q3 Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
GE acquires Iders Inc. Read More »

December 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from voestalpine, Hexagon, McDonald Transit and Bombardier (Dec. 8) Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak welcomes pets on Vermonter trains Read More »
Security
FBI: Bomb threat against L.A. Metro station not credible Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Mineta transportation consortium receives federal research grant Read More »
Safety
Transport Canada seeks input on hazmat transportation by rail Read More »
People
Obama nominates STB's Begeman for another term Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Metro-North, LIRR mobile ticketing sales top $47 million Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: 'Glimmers of hope' in November rail traffic data Read More »

December 7

Passenger Rail
Metrolinx to increase GO Transit rail service on Barrie line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink slashes fares on Perris Valley extension Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Canada appoints panel for Milton Logistics Hub project Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE slates meeting on Gainesville-Haymarket Extension Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak trains roll into new Niagara Falls station Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX schedules public meeting on Carolina Connector project Read More »
People
Texas high-speed rail company names Aguilar CEO Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB: Fatigued crew cause of deadly UP train crash Read More »

December 6

Rail Industry Trends
TOD plans OK'd near Palatine, Bartlett Metra stations Read More »
Safety
GAO completes review of trains' hazmat response documents Read More »
Mechanical
Vehicle testing begins for Ottawa's O-Train light-rail line Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT unveils grants to University Transportation Centers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Freight report outlines need for infrastructure investment Read More »
Security
L.A. Metro increases security after bomb threat Read More »
Safety
FTA: WMATA has a long way to go to improve safety Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Vossloh to acquire Rocla Concrete Tie Read More »

December 5

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from United Rail, Alliance Shippers, Gannett Fleming and TranSystems (Dec. 5) Read More »
People
APTA hires Ford as chief counsel Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD continues free rides for active duty military personnel Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
UNLV to establish university research center for rail infrastructure Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Keolis launches 'biometric' time-clock system at MBTA commuter-rail facility Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases fell in October Read More »
Safety
Cuomo signs bill requiring study of New York's grade crossings Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA unveils commuter-rail improvement program Read More »

December 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Harsco, Road & Rail, Hollysys, Interpipe and RSI (Dec. 2) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX commemorates 115th years of Great Western Railway Read More »
People
Shuster to return as House T&I Committee chair Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro OKs environmental review for Airport Connector station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Freight railroads improving train operations in Chicago region Read More »
Amtrak
FRA unveils preferred alternative for Amtrak B&P tunnel replacement Read More »
Safety
NTSB: WMATA found defective ties more than a year before July derailment Read More »

December 1

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Siemens, DBi, Wi-Tronix and Bombardier (Dec. 1) Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. City Council OKs streetcar route Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads' traffic volume up 0.6 percent in week 47 Read More »
Mechanical
WMATA CEO unveils plan to overhaul, repair trains Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming Australia acquires GRail, issues 49 percent equity stake Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS recognized as 'military friendly' employer Read More »
Amtrak
Alstom to receive $30 million in NY funds for Amtrak train deal Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB adopts final rules for Class I performance metrics, Amtrak cost disputes Read More »
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