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Rail News: February 2018

February 28

Charlotte transit agency cuts ribbon for Blue Line light-rail extension Metrolinx to launch grocery pickup at GO train stations First train leaves Bloom Lake Iron Ore Mine NYSDOT grant awarded to rail siding project on NS line Dewberry inks contract to support LIRR second-track expansion BNSF to spend $110 million on Nebraska maintenance projects FRA report details drone use on international railroads Indiana lawmakers consider repeal of light-rail ban

February 27

RPA names Colucci VP resource development MARTA rolls out free Wi-Fi on trains PTC, low ridership prompt UTA to end Pleasant View commuter-rail service MARS elects 2018 officers Ontario releases hydrogen-powered train study South Shore adds rail-car storage capacity Los Angeles Metro breaks ground on Purple Line Extension's second phase BNSF posts higher revenue, lower operating ratio in 2017

February 26

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Bihrle, ARI, Holland and Harting (Feb. 26) Port Manatee explores global business opportunities Bi-State Development names Smith VP of procurement Ohio panels OK grade-crossing improvement projects TransLink fast-tracks delivery of new SkyTrain cars Buffalo agency taps WSP for light-rail environmental review GE inks $1 billion locomotive agreement in Ukraine Caltrain's board to consider PTC contract with Wabtec

February 23

TriMet names Devine interim general manager LIRR to replace ties, renew crossings on Montauk Branch Annis, Berman to lead California transportation agencies Sound Transit logged more than 47 million rides in 2017 Canadian panel OKs funds to improve access to CN line CABT: Municipal leaders ask Congress to oppose bigger trucks VTA releases final environmental report for BART Silicon Valley extension Feds certify D.C.'s transit-rail safety oversight program

February 22

Rail supplier news from Trimble, Ferrellgas, Presto Geosystems, Trinity, Trackmobile and STV (Feb. 22) Washington state DOT solicits proposals for freight-rail service operator BNSF budgets $150 million for Illinois projects New York to award grants for rail, port upgrades U.S. rail traffic up 3 percent in Week 7 NTSB: Truck was on tracks, gates were down before Amtrak crash Metra to buy 21 used EMD locomotives Rinaldi named president of Metro-North

February 21

DART to expand on-demand shuttle service to light-rail stops FTA: Commuter-rail corridor improvements may qualify for grants Cleveland RTA mulls delaying fare hike BNSF slates $110 million for Oklahoma capex projects STB: Class Is start 2018 with smaller workforce Sound Transit taps Siemens for light-rail substations EPA certifies emission-reduction system for NCDOT locomotive TSB: More rail accidents reported last year in Canada

February 20

Los Angeles Metro marks 25th anniversary FTZ warehouse opens near JAXPORT Caltrain launches grade crossing improvement projects North Dakota rail safety inspectors issued 49 violations in 2017 Ontario OKs backup power contract for Eglinton Crosstown light rail North Carolina Railroad takes on drainage project in High Point Baltimore transit agency unveils subway closure details CP offers new service for shipping perishables

February 16

Rail supplier news from Brookville, Stantec, FOSA and Bombardier (Feb. 16) Amtrak employees ratify SMART TD contract BLET names Lyons to advisory board BNSF budgets $625 million in capex for Texas, Kansas and Missouri Amtrak-CSX, LIRR accidents prompt NTSB to issue 'urgent' safety recommendations Report: Twin Cities' light-rail lines attract $8 billion in development FRA to provide $73 million for PTC, crossing improvements PTC hearing: Amtrak to suspend operations over non-compliant routes after 2018

February 15

Rail Passengers Association slams Trump proposal to cut Amtrak funding WMATA gears up for rail improvement projects Siemens, Atlanta Streetcar ink digital services pact FTA lowers grant ratings for Amtrak tunnel, bridge projects Intermodal trend continues for U.S., Canadian railroads in Week 6 Trump nominates Drake to serve as FTA administrator NJ Transit OKs alignment for Hudson-Bergen light-rail extension NTSB to FRA: Require railroads to screen for sleep disorders

February 14

Shale Support opens Louisiana rail terminal Sound Transit names Arnold customer experience chief Ports of Indiana logged 5 percent growth in 2017 Denver RTD tests PTC, crossing technology on G Line Ontario taps Collenette to chair high-speed rail board BNSF budgets $135 million for Montana improvements TriMet unveils plans to replace oldest light-rail vehicles Batory confirmed as FRA administrator

February 13

Rail supplier news from West Memphis Transload, Pandrol, Nisus, HNTB and AREMA (Feb. 13) T&I Committee to mark up rail data security legislation Louisville & Indiana uses logo to honor, recruit veterans Schumer calls on USDOT to reconsider sleep apnea rule Wabtec inks $62 million PTC contract with SunRail Trump's infrastructure plan draws mixed reviews Baltimore's subway system closed for emergency repairs Trump's FY2019 budget would slash Amtrak funding

February 12

Coalition seeks Northeast Corridor funding in Trump's infrastructure plan TransLink served record number of riders in 2017 Rail Workforce Collaborative forms to tackle recruitment, training issues Rising Stars nomination deadline is Friday Report: Hall steps down as FRA's acting administrator L.A. Metro crews ready Green Line for Crenshaw/LAX connection Four teams vie to build Chicago O'Hare express rail line Kansas City Southern de Mexico to serve new energy terminal in Bajio region

February 9

Rail supplier news from Biarri Rail, Cummins, Strato and HNTB (Feb. 9) BLET reaches tentative contract with M&NA Ontario Northland to speed up locomotive overhauls Secure Rail adds sessions to conference lineup Metrolink nets $10.5 million to modernize signals, track Operation Lifesaver: U.S., Canada to join forces for 2018 Rail Safety Week G&W posts Q4 revenue, income growth; forms alliance with Cargomatic Montreal light-rail construction to begin in April Short-line tax credit extension included in budget bill

February 8

TTC to temporarily halt service to accommodate light-rail construction Caltrain to launch mobile ticketing app Curtis named president of BNSF Logistics Infrastructure Ontario shortlists five bidders for GO Transit expansion project BNSF slates $160 million in capex for Washington state CTA to use fees from ride-hailing apps to repair rail UP reports PTC status for Q4 2017 AAR: No warning signs in January rail traffic

February 7

Rail supplier news from Progress Rail, ARI, A. Stucki and RSI (Feb. 7) Industry-Railway Suppliers acquires ESCO, signs Pandrol distribution pact SANDAG opens new rail bridge over San Diego River Alaska Railroad announces Gold Spike award winners Six former MMA employees plead guilty to federal charges in Lac-Megantic disaster Massachusetts DOT updates South Coast Rail environmental report BNSF reports record year for economic development NTSB: Sleep apnea probable cause of NJ Transit, LIRR accidents

February 6

Trump taps Gruters to serve on Amtrak board MacDonald named chair of LOSSAN rail agency Sound Transit to hold hearings for West Seattle, Ballard light-rail extensions Texas Central picks Northwest Mall location for Houston bullet-train station MBTA awards rail repair contract to SPS New England CTA wraps up Wilson Station reconstruction project Loram, GREX announce merger agreement BNSF joins BiTA to help set technology standards

February 5

PANYNJ hires consultant for more analysis of cross-harbor freight program Miles named director of Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville WMATA completes work on three NTSB safety recommendations PATH logged record ridership in 2017 Alaska Railroad installs Lindamood as VP of engineering IANA: Healthy international container traffic drove intermodal volume gain in 2017 Amtrak train collides with CSX train in South Carolina

February 2

Rail supplier news from GE, Fluor, Trinity, RSI and moovel (Feb. 2) Denver RTD names Ford chief operating officer UP redesigns its charity program Keolis among 15 companies to sign 'shared mobility' manifesto House railroad subcommittee schedules PTC hearing Rising Stars nomination deadline is in two weeks Vancouver Energy: Gov. Inslee's crude-oil permit rejection is 'anti-development' Heitkamp introduces two-person crew legislation

February 1

BART tests service monitors at fare gates Carload Express names new executives U.S. intermodal traffic outpaces carload volume in Week 4 Secure Rail Conference to be held April 24-25 California agency slots $51.9 million for passenger-rail upgrades CP opens Shanghai office Amtrak train carrying GOP lawmakers hits truck at grade crossing BNSF budgets $3.3 billion for 2018 capex plan << Previous Next >>
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