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Rail News: March 2017

March 31

Passenger Rail
MARTA adds trains in response to I-85 bridge collapse Read More »
Internet-Digital
San Diego transit agencies launch mobile ticketing app Read More »
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MOW
BART to kick off first Measure RR-funded project Read More »
MOW
RTA: Crosstie production, purchases down in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario to create battery backup system for Eglinton Crosstown rail route Read More »
CSX Transportation
Judge dismisses CSX lawsuit over Alabama fuel tax Read More »
Passenger Rail
Quebec pledges funds for new light-rail system in Montreal Read More »
People
Progressive Railroading names 2017 Rising Stars Award honorees Read More »

March 30

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Yusen, Strato, Geismar and OPW (March 30) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Report: Trump infrastructure plan to cover more than transportation Read More »
Passenger Rail
Local leaders back Eau Claire-Twin Cities passenger-rail plan Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Bill would require FRA to notify Congress of passenger-rail safety audits Read More »
Mechanical
Hitachi delivers first new train to Miami-Dade Transit Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
TSB determines broken wheel led to CN train derailment Read More »
Financials
California Gov. Brown proposes higher gas tax to fix transportation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads logged 12 percent traffic increase in Week 12 Read More »

March 29

Rail Industry Trends
WMATA extends University Pass pilot program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra gears up for McCormick Place Station upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART mulls three alternatives for downtown subway Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota GOP asks Chao to kill light-rail grant request Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Florida bill to regulate high-speed rail dies in committee Read More »
People
Metrolinx CEO McCuaig steps down Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to trim Stanley Yard operations, lay off 34 workers Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AAR: Freight railroads tightly connected to international trade Read More »

March 28

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Motive Power, Hoffman, Bombardier and Cando Rail (March 28) Read More »
MOW
VTrans authorized to install temporary bridges in Middlebury Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts DOT to phase in South Coast Rail project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT announces small-business research awards Read More »
Passenger Rail
Gov. Christie signs bill authorizing $140 million for NJ Transit Read More »
Financials
SEPTA unveils $727.2 million capital budget for FY2018 Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN, Duluth Cargo to open intermodal terminal in Twin Ports Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Grupo Mexico to acquire Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corp. Read More »

March 27

Amtrak
Amtrak to expand Acela Express weekend service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Metra to shutter two ticket offices as digital fare sales increase Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx seeks firm to build third track on GO Transit line Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
DeFazio bill would raise gas tax to fund infrastructure projects Read More »
MOW
Ohio's PUCO approves rail crossing upgrades Read More »
Security
CP's Pitz slated to address Secure Rail Conference Read More »
Passenger Rail
Bay Area Rapid Transit opens extension to Fremont Read More »
Mechanical
SEPTA taps Chinese rail-car maker for 45 new coaches Read More »

March 24

Intermodal
Schneider launches IPO Read More »
Passenger Rail
California panel OKs $50 million to double track part of LOSSAN rail route Read More »
Intermodal
Rail key to Port of Brownsville operation, CSC Sugar says Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYCT gears up to rehab three Brooklyn subway stations Read More »
MOW
North Carolina DOT to eliminate seven CSX rail crossings Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia Gov. McAuliffe taps LaHood to lead WMATA review Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
R. J. Corman withdraws from Cumberland River port project Read More »
Mechanical
L.A. Metro inks pact with CRRC for up to 282 new rail cars Read More »

March 23

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wi-Tronix, Siemens, Alstom, Holland and HNTB (March 23) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Lawmakers introduce infrastructure bills Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia Ports Authority commissions new Neo-Panamax crane Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR cites technology, investment for freight-rail safety gains Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP consolidates Pocatello service unit, increases track speed in Iowa Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN, TFI agree to increase domestic intermodal service in Canada Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic continues upward swing in Week 11 Read More »

March 22

High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority's board adds Camacho, Beall Read More »
MOW
TriMet gears up for switch machine replacement projects Read More »
Intermodal
Ray-Mont Logistics to build crop export facility at Port of Prince Rupert Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit marks first anniversary of University Link light-rail extension Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern highlights goals met in 2016 Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail honored for support of Canada's Reserve Forces Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Class Is' year-over-year employment fell 3.5 percent in February Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
OLI: Grade-crossing fatalities rose 13.7 percent in 2016 Read More »

March 21

People
Smith appointed director of California State Railroad Museum Read More »
People
AAPA names Scalise 'Port Person of the Year' Read More »
MOW
Portageville Rail Bridge project reaches a milestone Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN, IBEW Council 11 negotiate tentative pact Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYCT to fast-track Canarsie Tunnel repairs Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP urges photographers to stop taking pictures on tracks after fatality Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA issues RFP for Green Line light-rail extension Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern slates 2017 'safety train' visits Read More »

March 20

Federal Legislation & Regulation
House railroad subcommittee hearing to focus on emerging technology Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra kicks off in-house rehab project of Nippon Sharyo cars Read More »
People
Operation Lifesaver names VanderClute chair Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE scales back Manassas line extension plans Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AAPA, CAGTC call on Trump to support TIGER grant program Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP reports PTC progress Read More »

March 17

Supplier Spotlight
Axion hosts congressional staff visit in Waco Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Valley Metro hires Alternate Concepts for light-rail operations Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern disagrees with Mexican panel on freight-rail competition Read More »
People
NTSB's Hart wraps up chairmanship; Dinh-Zarr named acting chairman Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific, USW Local 1976 reach tentative agreement Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Public transportation supporters blast Trump's budget Read More »
Security
Sen. Durbin calls on NS to improve Chicago rail yard security after gun thefts Read More »

March 16

Passenger Rail
TransLink gears up to rehab Surrey Central SkyTrain station Read More »
Internet-Digital
Denver RTD unveils new real-time transit app Read More »
Mechanical
Pacific Harbor Line begins Tier 4 locomotive tests Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA taps Siemens to install new light-rail power systems Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic surged 4.4 percent in Week 10 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Trump budget ends funding of Amtrak long-distance trains, TIGER grants Read More »

March 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wabtec, NRE, HNTB and Cando Rail (March 15) Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak reschedules Susquehanna Bridge hearing, releases Gateway economic analysis Read More »
Mechanical
Chinese rail-car builder to break ground on Chicago assembly plant Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF agrees to contamination cleanup plan in Spokane Read More »
Passenger Rail
GAO: WMATA failed to adequately prepare for SafeTrack maintenance plan Read More »
PTC
FRA posts status update on PTC implementation Read More »

March 14

People
Dittmann, Hincke appointed to Canada's transportation safety panel Read More »
Passenger Rail
North Carolina DOT offers transit passes to Amtrak riders Read More »
People
Sound Transit names Honeywell chief HR officer, surpasses diversity goals Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB investigating ethanol train derailment in Iowa Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA approves new TOD partnership at King Memorial rail station Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA makes case for including transit in Trump's infrastructure plan Read More »

March 13

Passenger Rail
Valley Metro honored for Northwest light-rail extension project Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART incentive program helps alleviate morning traffic congestion Read More »
Safety
Washington state panel OKs funds for safety improvements at oil-train crossing Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain's Hartnett lobbies in D.C. for electrification project Read More »
Intermodal
South Carolina authority kicks off Inland Port Dillon project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Florida's Brightline passenger-rail service to launch in late July Read More »

March 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Trimble, Railhead, Kapsch, STV and Greenbrier (March 10) Read More »
People
WMATA taps Cherrington as inspector general Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ASCE's Infrastructure Report Card: D- for transit, B for rail Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads post 1.8 percent traffic gain in ninth week Read More »
PTC
MBTA gears up to install PTC-related wayside and communication equipment Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco's Jacksonville Port Terminal Railroad launches operations Read More »

March 9

MOW
Metra seeks bids for UP North Line bridge replacement project Read More »
People
MTA names Eng chief operating officer Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX, Schneider seal new intermodal agreement Read More »
Safety
NTSB zeros in on grade-crossing in Biloxi crash Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Texas Central fights legislators' efforts to kill high-speed rail project Read More »
People
Conrail's Batory to retire; Tierney promoted to president, COO Read More »

March 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from CH2M, Bombardier, LAN, AllTranstek and SIFER (March 8) Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Siemens unveils first Charger locomotive for Washington DOT Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Northern Plains Railroad celebrates injury-free safety milestone Read More »
Intermodal
Portland port, ICTSI Oregon agree to end terminal operator pact Read More »
People
Brightline adds to management team, appoints Howard CEO Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Malloy: Connecticut supports FRA's Northeast Corridor plan with conditions Read More »
Amtrak
Moorman: Amtrak committed to reviving Gulf Coast service Read More »

March 7

Financials
WMATA's revised budget restores some service cuts, retains fare hikes Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Wisconsin co-op obtains loan to build freight-rail spur Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA: Almost 90 percent of public transit trips impact economy Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
'Railroad Day' on Capitol Hill breaks attendance record Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro receives proposal to fast-track Orange Line conversion to light rail Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX hires Harrison as CEO Read More »

March 6

Passenger Rail
MARTA solicits public input on future expansion Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA preps for next phase of 95th Street Terminal renovations Read More »
C&S
NYCT replaces track, installs CBTC system on 7 Line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Montreal transit agency made record investments in 2016 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra wraps up Amerail car rehab program Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF agrees to clean up coal, petcoke emitted from rail cars Read More »

March 3

Supplier Spotlight
Lawmakers visit Atlantic Track plant, Amtrak station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra seeks rider input on new fare options Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver announces first national Rail Safety Week Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN honored for aboriginal relations Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Great Lakes Basin requests more time on railroad application Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California agency reports progress on high-speed rail project Read More »

March 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from STV, Wabtec, RailWorks, Nomad, and Railway Interchange (March 2) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Charlotte transit agency delays light-rail extension opening Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak kicks off Paoli rail station improvements Read More »
MOW
RTA: January crosstie production, purchases fell Read More »
Security
MTA board OKs $7.8 million contract for cameras on Metro-North's M7 cars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic rose 4.2 percent in February Read More »

March 1

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from First Transit, FreightCar America, The Andersons and GE (March 1) Read More »
Passenger Rail
TransLink's new SkyTrain extension logged 30,000 trips in January Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railroad 'quiet zone' begins in downtown Oklahoma City Read More »
People
Pittsburgh port authority's CEO McLean to resign June 1 Read More »
Mechanical
MBTA unveils $7.9 million plan to upgrade trolley fleet Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AAR offers rail-policy ideas for Trump's infrastructure plan Read More »
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