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Rail News: December 2017

December 29

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

December 28

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

December 27

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

December 22

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

December 21

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

December 20

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

December 19

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

December 18

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

December 16

CSX Transportation
CSX announces the death of E. Hunter Harrison Read More »

December 15

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

December 14

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

December 13

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

December 12

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

December 11

People
Caltrain names Funghi head of electrification effort Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB would be 'modernized' under reauthorization bill Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCSM to help transport fuel for new ExxonMobile gas stations in Mexico Read More »
People
Alaska Railroad's Hopp to succeed Engebretson as COO Read More »
Intermodal
NRF: Despite NAFTA uncertainty, imports 'riding high' in 2017 Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS' safety train educated thousands about hazmat response in 2017 Read More »
People
Texas Central appoints McLane chairman Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Freight railroads, four unions reach tentative agreements Read More »

December 8

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

December 7

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

December 6

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

December 5

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

December 4

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

December 1

Mechanical
Miami-Dade Transit rolls out first new Metrorail train in decades Read More »
People
Valley Metro's Smith to serve as CEO through 2020 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BLET members ratify national contract with freight carriers Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB modifies rate review rules Read More »
People
RailTrends: G&W's Hellmann honored as industry innovator Read More »
Safety
FRA extends deadline for passenger railroads to create safety programs Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF identifies three new sites for industrial development Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago issues RFQ for express train to O'Hare Read More »
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