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Rail News: March 2017

March 31

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

March 30

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

March 29

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

March 28

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

March 27

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

March 24

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

March 23

Rail supplier news from Wi-Tronix, Siemens, Alstom, Holland and HNTB (March 23) Lawmakers introduce infrastructure bills Georgia Ports Authority commissions new Neo-Panamax crane AAR cites technology, investment for freight-rail safety gains UP consolidates Pocatello service unit, increases track speed in Iowa CN, TFI agree to increase domestic intermodal service in Canada U.S. rail traffic continues upward swing in Week 11

March 22

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

March 21

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

March 20

House railroad subcommittee hearing to focus on emerging technology Metra kicks off in-house rehab project of Nippon Sharyo cars Operation Lifesaver names VanderClute chair VRE scales back Manassas line extension plans AAPA, CAGTC call on Trump to support TIGER grant program UP reports PTC progress

March 17

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

March 16

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

March 15

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

March 14

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

March 13

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

March 10

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

March 9

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

March 8

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

March 7

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

March 6

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

March 3

Lawmakers visit Atlantic Track plant, Amtrak station Metra seeks rider input on new fare options Operation Lifesaver announces first national Rail Safety Week CN honored for aboriginal relations Great Lakes Basin requests more time on railroad application California agency reports progress on high-speed rail project

March 2

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

March 1

Rail supplier news from First Transit, FreightCar America, The Andersons and GE (March 1) TransLink's new SkyTrain extension logged 30,000 trips in January Railroad 'quiet zone' begins in downtown Oklahoma City Pittsburgh port authority's CEO McLean to resign June 1 MBTA unveils $7.9 million plan to upgrade trolley fleet AAR offers rail-policy ideas for Trump's infrastructure plan << Previous Next >>
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