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Rail News: December 2017

December 29

Minneapolis Metro Transit unveils 'Text for Safety' service Calgary Transit rehabs two light-rail stations LIRR lines up contractor for elevators at Murray Hill Station Canada approves funding for freight-rail analysis Connecticut Gov. Malloy announces grants to boost transit-oriented development CN, CP exceeded grain revenue limit for 2016-17 crop year NTSB learns derailment details from Amtrak train's event recorder, cameras Tax Extender Act would revive short-line tax credit

December 28

Rail supplier news from Stone Canyon, Jacobs, LAN, Alstom and HNTB (Dec. 28) TriMet completes $2.1 million renovation of light-rail station Raritan Central appoints Klein, Walsh-Enloe to marketing team Milwaukee Streetcar close to wrapping up track work STB seeks nominations for railroad-shipper council Union Tank Car to end rail-car storage in New York's Adirondack Park PANYNJ launches military recruitment effort North American railroads post carload, intermodal gains in Week 51

December 27

TransLink breaks annual ridership record Florida East Coast provides hazmat safety training for emergency responders Orange County transit agency seeks streetcar construction bids Canadian Pacific, FEC holiday trains tally donations for charities Senators demand USDOT hold railroads accountable for PTC USDOT OKs Brightline's private activity bond allocation Sound Transit applies for $1 billion grant for Lynnwood light-rail extension CSX turns to Foote as CEO after Harrison's death

December 22

A relationship reset: Bombardier, Metrolinx amend Eglinton Crosstown LRV contract Optic readers to ease Metrolink rider transfers to L.A. Metro Gov. Cuomo orders heightened security at MTA, PANYNJ for holidays Alabama port authority, APM Terminals approve container facility expansion Thorne succeeds Galligan as head of KCS' investor relations CN advances solid pellet pilot project, orders 200 GE locomotives CSX reopens dialogue with partners on Howard Street Tunnel project USDOT grants $100 million to MBTA for GLX light-rail project

December 21

Rail supplier news from Cad Railway, Allied Track, Arup, Holland, Pandrol and Network Rail (Dec. 21) Connecticut DOT unveils long-range transportation plan SEPTA to phase out token sales on subway lines Feds approve Oklahoma DOT's five-year freight plan New York petitions STB to stop Iowa Pacific's rail-car storage plan in Adirondacks North American railroads report significant traffic growth in Week 50 TSA, L.A. Metro test new explosive detection system Transportation groups weigh in on tax-reform legislation passed by Congress

December 20

California high-speed panel publishes sustainability report TransLink mulls late-night SkyTrain service WMATA brings Wi-Fi service to 24 more rail stations Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project nears completion Canadian lawmakers OK customs preclearance for travel between U.S., Canada Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2018 MTA OKs $91.5 million contract to update five Metro-North stations NTSB reveals Amtrak derailment details; rail enthusiasts among victims

December 19

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, Siemens, TranSystems, ZTR; and in memoriam: James Martin (Dec. 19) Virginia's Northam names Valentine, Mitchell to transportation roles USDOT seeks to speed up infrastructure projects Port of Long Beach surpasses last year's cargo total Report: MBTA 'gaining speed' on reforms NECR's MOW workers ratify first labor pact Ontario issues RFB for environmental assessment of high-speed rail corridor NTSB: Amtrak train was speeding before derailment

December 18

Siemens delivers new locomotives to Baltimore, Philadelphia agencies Ohio panel OKs grade crossing upgrades along NS, R. J. Corman lines APTA: Public transit ridership fell in third quarter Amtrak reports record ticket revenue in November STB requests update on CSX operations FRA approves high-speed passenger-rail projects in Florida, Texas Harrison remembered for his unparalleled impact on railroading

December 16

CSX announces the death of E. Hunter Harrison

December 15

TriMet board ratifies three-year pact with ATU Local 757 UP earns vehicle logistics firm’s service performance award Chicago RTA OKs $3 billion in transit operating budgets Quebec port to construct container terminal NCFO becomes fifth union to ratify national agreement with major freight railroads Amtrak: Moorman to step down as co-CEO; development team set for Baltimore Penn Station project Govs. Christie, Cuomo commit to their financial share of Gateway Tunnel project CSX: Harrison out on medical leave; Foote in as acting CEO

December 14

Amtrak Cascades ready to launch expanded service Freight index set another record in October, BTS says Amtrak, IDOT open latest new station on Chicago-St. Louis corridor Michigan DOT identifies recipients of 2018 crossing improvement funds AAR: Rail volume made more positive strides in Week 49 Rail Partners affiliate acquires AllTrans Port Services, Texas Transloaders NJ Transit to purchase 17 ALP45 locomotives from Bombardier MTA awards design-build contract for major LIRR project

December 13

Rail supplier news from GE, Wabtec, ABB, Strato and Advanced Polymer Coatings (Dec. 13) Metrolink names Romero to board; SamTrans appoints Stone to Joint Powers Board AASHTO's Wright receives WTS' LaHood Award Port of Virginia: New equipment to bolster growth strategy WMATA reduces Red Line service due to aging communications cable KCS reports sustainability efforts in 2016 Sound Transit kicks off construction on East Link extension's elevated section NCDOT awards $6 million for freight-rail improvements

December 12

Former Transportation Secretary Foxx to start infrastructure business at Related Cos. Trump meets with Chao, Shuster to discuss infrastructure plan Amtrak marks five years of service to Norfolk AAR's Reilly to step down, Smith promoted to VP-communications AASHTO, APTA seek delay of performance management reports Metrolinx issues RFQ for GO Transit's Lakeshore West rail project NYC transit agencies step up security following explosion Norfolk Southern runs first train across new Portageville Bridge

December 11

Caltrain names Funghi head of electrification effort NTSB would be 'modernized' under reauthorization bill KCSM to help transport fuel for new ExxonMobile gas stations in Mexico Alaska Railroad's Hopp to succeed Engebretson as COO NRF: Despite NAFTA uncertainty, imports 'riding high' in 2017 NS' safety train educated thousands about hazmat response in 2017 Texas Central appoints McLane chairman Freight railroads, four unions reach tentative agreements

December 8

Rail supplier news from GE, Stantec, Yusen, CTLGroup and Frauscher (Dec. 8) TTC plans track upgrades to remove subway slow zones SamTrans OKs policy goals for transportation projects Schneider's Reich elected chair of NACFE CTA narrows list of bidders for Red, Purple modernization project TNW, The Andersons open rail-car service center at Texas industrial park PANYNJ OKs 2018 budgets, new PATH rail cars

December 7

Metra touts GPS Center, winter prep work Omnitrans names Rogers deputy GM RTA: Crosstie production, purchases fell in September TransLink posts ridership growth after opening Evergreen Extension Brightline to launch simulated service R. J. Corman adopts new apprenticeship program FTA unveils environmental report for L.A. Metro's Purple Line extension AAR: U.S. intermodal rail volume remains on a record-setting pace

December 6

DCTA adds Miller, Costa to board Louisiana DOT seeks more public input on rail-crossing project San Mateo transit agency seeks input on transportation improvements CDPQ Infra delays contract decision for Montreal light-rail project TSB: Collision caused by train's speed Metrolink wraps up extension to downtown San Bernardino U.S. Rep. Shuster receives Railroad Achievement Award U.S. Rep. Comstock introduces WMATA reform bill

December 5

Indiana & Ohio Railway to upgrade Ohio crossings SEPTA wraps up accessibility improvements at 40th Street subway station St. Louis transit agency launches mobile health unit service Tampa transit agency names Seward interim CEO LIRR installs new switches near Brooklyn terminal NJ Transit preps for winter weather Frontier Sand acquires Wisconsin frac-sand plant USDOT opts to repeal ECP brake rulemaking

December 4

Rail supplier news from The Andersons, Wabtec, Odyssey, Hitachi and Alstom (Dec. 4) Louisville & Indiana, South Shore Freight add to sales, marketing teams VIA Rail's ridership, revenue grew in third quarter Gov. Cuomo names Karas to head New York State DOT Foothill authority breaks ground on L.A. Metro Gold Line extension to Montclair SMART TD members ratify contract with freight carriers Report calls for sweeping changes to New York City's passenger-rail service AAR to USDOT: Base regulations on 'safety successes'

December 1

Miami-Dade Transit rolls out first new Metrorail train in decades Valley Metro's Smith to serve as CEO through 2020 BLET members ratify national contract with freight carriers STB modifies rate review rules RailTrends: G&W's Hellmann honored as industry innovator FRA extends deadline for passenger railroads to create safety programs BNSF identifies three new sites for industrial development Chicago issues RFQ for express train to O'Hare << Previous Next >>
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