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Rail News: August 2017

August 31

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Siemens, Americold, Aspen Equipment, Cubic and HNTB (Aug. 31) Read More »
Passenger Rail
St. Louis transit agency bans smoking Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
SMART rail system taps Masabi for mobile fare app Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S., Canada, Mexico post rail traffic growth in Week 34 Read More »
PTC
Union Pacific reveals PTC implementation status Read More »
Security
NJ Transit equips police officers with body cameras Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Hurricane Harvey: UP uses drones to survey damage; KCS, BLET donate to relief funds Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS, Bulkmatic to develop liquid fuels terminal in Mexico Read More »

August 30

Internet-Digital
USDOT publishes report on intelligent transportation systems Read More »
People
California Gov. Brown names Miller to high-speed rail board Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hampton Roads Transit to hike fares in October Read More »
Passenger Rail
Montreal transit agency releases strategic organizational plan Read More »
PTC
Cap Metro inks $66 million PTC contract Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN marks terminal expansion at Port of Prince Rupert Read More »
Safety
FTA certifies Ohio for rail safety program; announces new deputy Read More »
Class Is
BNSF, UP begin hurricane repairs in Houston area Read More »

August 29

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, L.B. Foster, RATP, Mott MacDonald and Road and Rail (Aug. 29) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pittsburgh transit agency adds Wi-Fi to seven light-rail stations Read More »
Intermodal
Virginia port hosts largest ship to call on East Coast Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Michigan DOT unveils state freight plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail service suspensions extended in Texas; UP, CSX pledge funds to hurricane relief Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak unveils new Siemens Charger locomotive Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX updates STB on restructuring plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA approves $900 million for Maryland light-rail line Read More »

August 28

Federal Legislation & Regulation
AASHTO: Trump administration to talk infrastructure with state DOTs Read More »
People
Metrolinx names Verster CEO Read More »
Shippers
Grain pact to benefit terminal on Alton & Southern Railway line Read More »
Labor
USDOT withdraws local-hiring plan for federally funded projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland officials to break ground on Purple Line light-rail project Read More »
Shippers
Cargill pursues grain facility expansion on UP line Read More »
Mechanical
Quebec slots CA$300 million for Montreal train garage Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Hurricane Harvey's impact on rail service continues Read More »

August 25

Supplier Spotlight
Congressmen visit rail suppliers in Minnesota, Utah and Ohio Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Florida East Coast Railway recognized for service quality Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Toronto agency installing last of new subway gates Read More »
Passenger Rail
Report: Lower fuel prices thwart expansion of rail, bus travel options Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx issues RFQ for GO Transit's Lakeshore East project Read More »
Shippers
Vista Proppants opens UP-served frac sand terminal in Texas Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit's light-rail ridership grew in second quarter Read More »
CSX Transportation
STB slates listening session on CSX service issues Read More »

August 24

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wi-Tronix, KLW, HAZON, Alstom and RATP (Aug. 24) Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA rolls out Wi-Fi, digital services at commuter-rail hub Read More »
People
DART appoints new board members Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. intermodal traffic jumps 8.2 percent in Week 33 Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak wrapping up Penn Station's summer repair project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TriMet adds mobile fare-payment options Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
North Carolina Railroad to invest in new factory's rail spur Read More »
Safety
Short Line Safety Institute awarded hazmat training grant Read More »

August 23

Passenger Rail
Cleveland RTA to open rehabbed Brookpark Station Read More »
MOW
LIRR replaces switches, inspects track for double-track project Read More »
Intermodal
Port authority orders giant cranes for Virginia International Gateway Read More »
Mechanical
SFMTA wraps up tests for new light-rail trains Read More »
MOW
NCDOT project would improve CSX track Read More »
Safety
Trump signs off on WMATA safety oversight commission Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senators call on Chao to reconsider sleep apnea rule Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX revises service metrics to better reflect performance Read More »

August 22

Internet-Digital
GE, L.A. port expand pact to digitize shipping data Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Caltrans report identifies rail's crucial role in California economy Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Chicago South Shore adds covered steel-coil cars Read More »
Kansas City Southern
TYR Energy acquires KCS-linked rail terminal in Texas Read More »
Passenger Rail
PATH achieved weekday ridership record in July Read More »
Intermodal
Port Freeport launches $21 million rail infrastructure project Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA train crash injures 32 Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN logs record year for grain shipments Read More »

August 21

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from New York Air Brake, Watermill Group, L. Keeley, Wissehr, and WSP USA (Aug. 21) Read More »
Intermodal
G&W's Pentalver begins next phase of London container facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA to wrap up rehab of Fresh Pond Bridge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB: Class Is employed fewer workers in July Read More »
Passenger Rail
Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx issue RFP for Hurontario light-rail project Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP preps grain service for 2017-18 crop year Read More »
Passenger Rail
HDR to lead final design of Durham-Orange light-rail project Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS dedicates cross-border cargo processing facility in Texas Read More »

August 18

Supplier Spotlight
U.S. Rep. Lieu tours completed California light-rail extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Texas Central, Houston sign MOU for bullet train project Read More »
Security
L.A. Metro tests subway passenger screening system Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit chooses STV-Mott MacDonald to oversee light-rail construction Read More »
People
Quinn tapped to lead Maryland Transit Read More »
Intermodal
Canada donates funds to Vancouver port's rail cargo project Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA OKs start of SMART commuter-rail service Read More »
CSX Transportation
Harrison slams Rail Customer Coalition for CSX criticism Read More »

August 17

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Hanson, Railinc, Bombardier and SIGNET (Aug. 17) Read More »
Logistics
Florida counties create freight logistics zone Read More »
Passenger Rail
DCTA to provide free fares on A-train segment Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN names Waldock Niethold government affairs director Read More »
Security
SEPTA launches security reporting app Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail carload activity steady in Week 32 Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP to lay off hundreds of managers, other rail workers Read More »
People
Metra taps Derwinski as executive director, CEO Read More »

August 16

MOW
BART preps track work in Oakland Read More »
Intermodal
Rail will serve new Pin Oak terminal at South Louisiana port Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Mattagami First Nation sues CN over derailments, oil spills Read More »
Security
TSA cautions rail industry about Al-Qaeda video Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Trump signs order to shorten project permitting process Read More »
Passenger Rail
BNSF, Twin Cities & Western agree to share corridor with light rail Read More »
People
MBTA names Ramirez general manager, CEO Read More »
CSX Transportation
STB seeks details from CSX for service problems Read More »

August 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Linfox, ENSCO, WAGO and Stantec (Aug. 15) Read More »
C&S
TTC tests ATC system on subway line Read More »
PTC
MBTA gears up to install PTC on Needham Line Read More »
People
AAR, GoRail present Railroad Achievement Award to U.S. Rep. DeFazio Read More »
Passenger Rail
Gateway leaders seek private-sector ideas for Hudson rail projects Read More »
People
IANA to honor Huffman with Silver Kingpin Award Read More »
Passenger Rail
Met Council seeks 2018 start to Southwest light-rail construction Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern names Earhart EVP, CFO Read More »

August 14

Rail Industry Trends
CTA's Ventra app surpasses 2 million downloads Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP urges eclipse viewers to stay off rail property Read More »
Security
Sacramento transit agency boosts security at Blue Line rail station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Track work begins on Eglinton Crosstown light-rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro unveils environmental report for Union Station improvements Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP launches direct rail service from Vancouver to Detroit Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak hires consulting team to plan Penn Station concourse improvements Read More »
Passenger Rail
Texas Central inks pact with Fluor, Lane for bullet train project Read More »

August 11

Short Lines & Regionals
U.S. Rep. Carter visits Temple & Texas Central Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from ECN, Wi-Tronix, Hub Group, and Kontron (Aug. 11) Read More »
Labor
BLET, LIRR reach tentative pact for locomotive engineers Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Manatee on track to set volume record Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailTrends 2017 unveils conference agenda Read More »
Security
OIG: Inadequate planning leaves USDOT exposed to cybersecurity risks Read More »
Passenger Rail
ACLU sues WMATA over ad policy Read More »
MOW
Connecticut DOT awards $237 million contract for Metro-North project Read More »

August 10

Passenger Rail
DCTA releases results of passenger satisfaction survey Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART preps for El Cerrito del Norte Station upgrades Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BTS: Rail intermodal logged fastest growth since Great Recession Read More »
PTC
MBTA to wrap up PTC work on Newburyport Line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads post carload, intermodal gains in Week 31 Read More »
People
APTA to recognize RTA's Dillard for distinguished service Read More »
People
Former NS exec Tobias dies at 72 Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
SLSI: Study reveals themes that influence railroads' safety culture Read More »

August 9

Sustainability
Rail supplier news from AngelTrax, Road & Rail, RSI and Vertex (Aug. 9) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro honored for ridership data portal, Northwest light-rail extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pittsburgh transit agency to open customer service center Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RTA: Crosstie production down, purchases up in June Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Teamsters ratify new pact for CN conductors, yard crews Read More »
Shippers
Union Pacific ranks No. 1 in Soy Transportation Council's report card Read More »
Passenger Rail
KC Streetcar starts planning for extension to university Read More »
Mechanical
Siemens' new locomotive hub to use 'Internet of Trains' technology Read More »

August 8

Passenger Rail
Seattle slots funds for housing near new light-rail station Read More »
Intermodal
West Coast port workers approve contract extension Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB determines cost of capital for 2016 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate confirms Sumwalt as NTSB chair Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYC Mayor de Blasio calls for tax on wealthy to fix subways Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Federal agencies drop proposed rule for sleep apnea Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, MBTA ink new pact for Attleboro Line Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF posts Q2 revenue, earnings increases on higher volumes Read More »

August 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from GE, Rail Partners, Andrew Stahl, and The Andersons (Aug. 7) Read More »
People
North Shore's Robey named 'Transportation Person of the Year' Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA's Poftak highlights infrastructure improvement projects Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Safety report: Canadian Pacific trains crashed after missed signal Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA cracks down on rail fare dodgers Read More »
CSX Transportation
EEOC alleges CSX discriminates against women in hiring Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain OKs station improvement contract, fare hike Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT proposes $79 million in FASTLANE grant awards Read More »

August 4

Supplier Spotlight
Omaha Track hosts congressional visit Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP unveils 2016 corporate sustainability report Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Solaris inks seven-year transloading agreement Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California launches new website to track high-speed rail project Read More »
Amtrak
FRA to invite bids to replace Amtrak on certain routes Read More »
Safety
CN derailment prompts TSB to recommend track inspection changes Read More »
MOW
Maine to receive FASTLANE grant for rail bridge project Read More »
Amtrak
FTA issues record of decision for Amtrak Portal Bridge replacement Read More »

August 3

Passenger Rail
Metro-North Railroad slates hearing on increased service proposal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit seeks input on six-year transit plan Read More »
Logistics
Alberta Midland Railway Terminal marks progress on rail logistics center Read More »
Amtrak
North Carolina DOT readies rebuilt locomotives for passenger service Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX rail cars derail, catch fire in Pennsylvania Read More »
People
Honolulu transit agency names Robbins executive director, CEO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail carloads fell in July Read More »
CSX Transportation
Harrison apologizes to CSX customers for service issues Read More »
People
MTA names Foye, Hakim to top leadership posts Read More »

August 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Jacobs, Vertex, Lat-Lon, Cubic and Alstom (Aug. 2) Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, Lyft unveil new partnership Read More »
Safety
Washington panel accepting grant applications for rail safety projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA mulls ways to increase revenue Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Reading & Northern to supply rail cars for Ukraine coal deal Read More »
People
Austin Capital Metro CEO Watson to retire Read More »
People
Cuomo, Christie name new leaders of PANYNJ Read More »
Intermodal
IANA: Intermodal recovery strengthens in Q2 Read More »

August 1

Passenger Rail
MBTA improves rider satisfaction on commuter rail Read More »
People
G&O Railways announces locomotive manufacturer appointments Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx seeks firms to improve GO Transit rail stations Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART unveils draft environmental report for Livermore extension Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA proposes rule to encourage private investment in transit projects Read More »
Mechanical
ARCI: Car orders, deliveries up in Q2 over Q1 Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA opens environmental hearings for Hudson River rail tunnels Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Hellmann: G&W posts "modestly stronger" Q2 results Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB issues safety alert for MOW workers Read More »
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