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Rail News: December 2021

December 30

Passenger Rail
MARTA announces first transaction of TOD affordable housing fund Read More »
Labor
Metra to begin major hiring push in January Read More »
People
DCTA names new regional leaders Read More »
Labor
Amtrak BMWED members vote for federation consolidation Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB won't suspend rate-dispute rulemaking schedule Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP-served Savage Gulf Rail Facility opens in Texas Read More »
Mechanical
Safety panel orders WMATA to revise 7000-series return to service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads’ intermodal volume dipped slightly in Week 51 Read More »

December 29

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from L.K. Comstock, Keolis, Bluejay Capital, Pacific West and NRC (Dec. 29) Read More »
Security
L.A. Metro offers new mobile app to combat cybersecurity threats Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART lists top achievements for 2021 Read More »
Intermodal
Ports of Long Beach, L.A. delay container dwell fee to Jan. 3 Read More »
People
Alaska Railroad honors 25 employees for excellence Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to restore commuter-rail service over Gloucester bridge by May 2022 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB posts details for public hearing on reciprocal switching Read More »
Intermodal
NS offers incentives to help ease supply-chain bottleneck Read More »

December 28

Passenger Rail
Trinity Railway Express to mark 25th anniversary Read More »
Mechanical
WMATA pauses 7000-series ramp up Read More »
Safety
Illinois commission OKs grade crossing work on BNSF track Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx, CTS reach settlement over Eglinton Crosstown project delays Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP, Canadian Tire ink contract extension Read More »
People
P&L's Reck to step down as CEO, Garrett named successor Read More »
Intermodal
U.S. Maritime Administration awards grants for port, rail projects Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
CN above, CP below grain revenue limits for latest crop year Read More »

December 23

Passenger Rail
New River Valley Passenger Rail launches station feasibility survey Read More »
Shippers
Rail access a factor in GE Appliance's Georgia expansion plans Read More »
Passenger Rail
Brightline begins construction on shared parking garage for future Boca Raton station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Week 50: Intermodal still a drag on U.S. rail volume Read More »
Passenger Rail
DC DOT announces $15 million for transportation infrastructure improvements Read More »
People
TriMet appoints Wilson executive director of safety, security Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP seals new long-term pact with major potash exporter Read More »
Intermodal
Biden touts supply-chain progress at L.A., Long Beach ports Read More »

December 22

Passenger Rail
SEPTA recognized for social services innovation Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro SubwayLink real-time info available on Transit app Read More »
Amtrak
Rail Passengers Association awards 'Golden Spike' to Amtrak workers Read More »
Passenger Rail
PANYNJ budget levels remain below pre-pandemic projections Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTDOT inks new lease for New Haven Union, State Street stations Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP announces millions in funding raised for pediatric hospitals Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senators seek study of potential Northwest passenger-rail service Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN network returns to normal after washouts in British Columbia Read More »

December 21

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Auxo Investment, RR Mergers and Cad Railway (Dec. 21) Read More »
People
Sound Transit re-elects Keel as chair; Constantine, Somers named vice chairs Read More »
C&S
LIRR awards signal system upgrade contract to Hitachi Rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto Transit Commission OKs 2022 operating, capital budgets Read More »
Safety
Illinois panel approves funding for NS track overpass in Decatur Read More »
Passenger Rail
Brightline steps up grade-crossing safety efforts Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Indiana Rail Road upgrades Odon transload facility Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB approves Watco purchase of Wisconsin, Michigan rail lines; Begeman moves on Read More »

December 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from TRAC, Benesch, Alstom, Nortrak and AmeriStarRail (Dec. 20) Read More »
People
Ponstein to chair Port NOLA, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Read More »
Intermodal
Hawtex to develop container-on-vessel service to St. Louis Read More »
Safety
DuPage County council awards rail safety grant to Kroy Railway Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS Holiday Express raises thousands for Salvation Army Read More »
MOW
Michigan DOT issues grade crossing repair grants Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB extends CP-KCS environmental comment period, issues rail rate study Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN to announce new CEO in January; Vena drops out of consideration Read More »

December 17

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Duos, NYAB, Thales, Stadler, Alstom and HDR (Dec. 17) Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA completes new Chelsea rail station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit picks Federal Way site for OMF location study Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx issues RFQ for Finch Station upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro OKs environmental report for Antelope Valley Line improvements Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
OIG: Amtrak HR staff shortage creates hiring challenges Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago RTA adopts transit operating, capital budgets Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS launches industrial site search engine Read More »

December 16

Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA extends COVID-19 response reporting requirements Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA pilots fare changes to promote transit ridership Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Transport Canada OKs changes to track inspection regs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads post traffic decrease in Week 49 Read More »
MOW
Pennsylvania OKs $33 million in grants for freight-rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA awards contract for Metro-North's Penn Station Access Project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
STB approves construction, operation of new Uinta Basin Railway Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak CEO Flynn to retire, rail veteran Gardner to succeed him Read More »

December 15

Passenger Rail
Minneapolis Metro Blue Line extension report open for public input Read More »
People
Keolis taps Chajai as CEO of MBTA commuter rail Read More »
Mechanical
WMATA to begin restoring 7000-series rail cars to service Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Transport Canada proposes changes to dangerous goods regulations Read More »
People
Palmetto Railways names McCrory president, CEO Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN partners with Google Cloud to modernize rail services Read More »
Mechanical
BNSF, Progress Rail, Chevron to develop hydrogen locomotive demonstration Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak, Class Is suspend vaccination mandates Read More »

December 14

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Alstom, Thales, Bechtel and ENSCO (Dec. 14) Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA awards contract for ad space Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet receives federal grant for COVID recovery Read More »
Safety
Oklahoma DOT solicits input on rail crossing safety plan Read More »
MOW
NJ Transit invites next round of bids for bridge replacement project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Michigan legislation calls for mandatory two-person train crews Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak posts financial loss for FY2021 Read More »
M&A
CP, KCS close into voting trust Read More »

December 13

Passenger Rail
MARTA issues agency's first 'green' bonds Read More »
Mechanical
MTA to retire 1960s-era R-32 subway cars Read More »
MOW
MBTA wraps up Green Line D Branch track, signal replacements Read More »
Intermodal
FRA's Bose observes supply-chain progress at L.A., Long Beach ports Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS receives 'leadership level' score from CDP Read More »
Intermodal
Canada announces funding for cargo handling improvements Read More »
People
UP names Miller VP, treasurer; Grosz to retire Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB releases details for CSX-Pan Am merger hearing Read More »

December 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from PFL, Blume Global, HDR, STV and Hulcher (Dec. 10) Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver unveils PSA aimed at shift workers Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN's board ranks No. 1 in Canada for corporate governance Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB investigating CSX train, SEPTA trolley collision Read More »
Safety
Transport Canada seeks proposals for rail safety funding Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak likely to reduce service over federal vaccine deadline Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS stockholders vote 'yes' on CP merger plan Read More »

December 9

Shippers
Retailers anticipate record growth in imports for 2021 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
MARTA wins pandemic relief grant Read More »
People
TriMet names Todd COO Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House passes bill to ease supply-chain challenges Read More »
Passenger Rail
CP commits to passenger rail in Louisiana Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic slips 2.8% in Week 48 Read More »
Mechanical
NS, U.S. Steel and Greenbrier collaborate on new gondola rail car Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific shareholders vote for KCS merger plan Read More »

December 8

People
GATX CEO Kenney to retire, EVP Lyons appointed as successor Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA sets reopening of Shady Grove, Rockville stations Read More »
Intermodal
L.A., Long Beach ports' container dwell fee remains on hold Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA announces first 'Zoning for Accessibility' subway station improvements Read More »
Intermodal
South Carolina Ports sets new monthly container record Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX named to CDP's 'A' list for environmental actions Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA issues notice for state of good repair grant funding Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Judge blocks vaccine mandate for federal contractors Read More »

December 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Thales, Savage, Tensar and Commercial Metals (Dec. 7) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT solicits public input on strategy for fiscal years 2022-26 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
TSA extends face mask requirement through March 18 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
GAO to USDOT: Improve documentation of TOD financing decisions Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia Ports Authority to expedite capacity expansion Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN recognized with 'A' score for climate actions Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain electrification project costs increase to $2.4 billion Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP unveils plan to achieve GHG emission reduction targets Read More »

December 6

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from TekTracking, Teleste, American Track and Alstom (Dec. 6) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink hosts future service dogs Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North Railroad seating info expands to Google Maps Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA solicits input on civil rights policies for transit Read More »
Labor
Rail unions seek immediate halt to BNSF, Metra vaccination mandates Read More »
Safety
Illinois commission OKs grant to fund grade-separation project in Elmwood Park Read More »
Intermodal
Montana port opens access to expanded rail infrastructure Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario officials issue RFQ for transit tunnel contract Read More »

December 3

Passenger Rail
MTA completes elevator replacements in upper Manhattan Read More »
Intermodal
PANYNJ: Another cargo record, more PATH riders in October Read More »
Logistics
Badger Mining, TranSand team up on transition to unit train transloads Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RAC bestows annual environment, safety awards Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
R. J. Corman rebrands transloading services as Transload Connect Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS passed another grain volume milestone in November Read More »
People
T&I Chair DeFazio won't seek re-election in 2022 Read More »
Security
TSA issues two cybersecurity directives for railroads Read More »

December 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from NRC, Greenbrier, MUL Railcars and Alstom (Dec. 2) Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA, FTA reps visit testing of Caltrain's new trainsets Read More »
People
BRS elects Baldwin president Read More »
Passenger Rail
LA Metro begins environmental review process for Sepulveda Corridor project Read More »
Mechanical
Silver Line Rail Yard project at Dulles nears completion Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. freight-rail traffic fell 4.5% in November Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB alerts transit, commuter railroads to check wheelsets Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern's Squires to retire in 2022; Shaw named successor Read More »

December 1

Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to poll public on TOD plan for new station Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
OSHA extends comment period for COVID vaccination standard Read More »
Mechanical
VIA Rail takes wraps off first new modern trainset Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Virginia agency accepting applications for rail, transit grant funds Read More »
Mechanical
Alstom to overhaul 94 bilevel cars for GO Transit Read More »
M&A
ITE Management acquires rail-car lessor C.K. Industries Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS holiday train program pumps funds into Salvation Army Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB sets new class exemption for emergency temporary trackage rights Read More »
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