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BART GM issues apology to rider handcuffed over food policy

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image BART GM Bob PowersPhoto – Bay Area Rapid Transit

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) General Manager Bob Powers yesterday issued an apology to a rider who was handcuffed by BART police for eating a sandwich on a train platform.

BART policy asks riders not to eat or drink on the BART system. On Nov. 9, a BART police officer stopped a rider who was eating on the platform of BART's Pleasant Hill Station in San Francisco. After declining to show identification when asked for it, the rider cursed and made homophobic slurs at the officer, then was handcuffed and led away.

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Denver RTD hires 50 rail, bus workers during labor shortage

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image Denver RTD is seeking public feedback on proposed service reductions to address ongoing labor shortages.Photo – Denver RTD Facebook

The Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) yesterday announced that a new class of 50 light-rail and bus operations and technicians will begin orientation and training.

News of the new hires comes weeks after RTD announced it's exploring temporary service reductions to address an ongoing labor shortage and challenges in operator recruitment and retention.

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Ports of LA, Long Beach cite trade war for dip in October's cargo volume

Trade tariffs took a toll on cargo volumes last month at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, port officials announced late last week.

The Port of Los Angeles logged 770,189 20-foot equivalent Units (TEUs) in October, a 19.1 percent decrease compared to 2018’s record-breaking October, port officials said in a press release.

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SamTrans’ Hartnett named most admired San Francisco CEO

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image San Mateo County Transit District General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Jim HartnettPhoto – SamTrans

The San Francisco Business Times last week named San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Jim Hartnett as one of San Francisco's most admired CEOs. 

Hartnett was among 11 CEOs recognized for their demonstrated track record of exceptional leadership, business performance and philanthropic contributions. The honors were bestowed as part of the newspaper's 12th annual CEO recognition program, SamTrans officials said in a press release.

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MARTA marks 40th anniversary of rail service

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image The first MARTA train traveled from Avondale to Georgia State in 1979.Photo – MARTA Facebook

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) earlier this month celebrated its 40th anniversary of providing rail and bus service. 

Nearly 2,000 Atlanta residents attended a public festival and concert to celebrate the anniversary, and MARTA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Parker addressed more than 130 guests at a stakeholder reception for elected officials, board members and community partners.

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Santa Clara VTA pilots safety railing on light-rail line

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image The railing installation is part of a six-month pilot program to reduce incidents of people walking in front of on-coming trains.Photo – VTA

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) earlier this month installed a railing in the space between the sidewalk and light-rail track along Second Street between San Carlos and San Fernando streets in downtown San Jose, California. 

The installation is part of a six-month pilot program to reduce incidents of people walking in front of on-coming trains and to allow trains to move more seamlessly along the line.

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Metro-North marks achievements under 'Way Ahead' transformation plan

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image "I’m proud to report that we’re developing an even stronger Metro-North, and we remain focused on continuing to enhance our system," Rinaldi said.Photo – Metro-North's website

MTA Metro-North Railroad has met key benchmarks in the first year of a plan designed to improve safety, service, infrastructure and communication with passengers.

Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi today announced the accomplishments since implementing the New York City commuter railroad's "Way Ahead" plan a year ago as a response to increasing ridership, changing demographics and the evolving needs of riders, agency officials said in a press release.

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CN's James Street swing bridge reopens after long legal battle

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 11/12/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image The CN-owned James Street swing bridge in Thunder Bay, Ontario, reopened Nov. 9 to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic after being closed for more than six years following a fire.The bridge connects Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation across the Kaministiquia River. It closed after a fire broke out on the northern approach spans on Oct. 29, 2013. Train traffic reopened later that week, but the bridge remained closed to motorists and pedestrians since that time.“CN is pleased that the bridge is reopening and that this important road link in Thunder Bay is once again accessible to the public,” said Olivier Chouc, CN's vice president of law, in a press release.The bridge's driving lane remains unchanged. The speed limit across the bridge will be maintained at about 12 mph, with a load carrying restriction of 33,000 pounds.A lengthy legal battle over the bridge's repair and maintenance issues occurred following the fire. The city of Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation argued that a 1906 agreement over the bridge's construction required the railroad to maintain it in perpetuity. CN countered that it had fulfilled its obligations and the bridge no longer met modern standards and would require more substantial work than just maintenance, according to a CBC news report.The case ended up in the Supreme Court of Canada, which rejected CN's appeal from a lower court. In the end, the courts required CN to uphold its obligation to repair and reopen the bridge to all vehicles under the 1906 agreement, Thunder Bay city officials said in a press release.The bridge repairs required widening of the city's roadway approaches. That work was completed within CN's construction schedule timeline so that the bridge could now reopen to traffic, city officials said.“We are pleased to see this important connection between Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation finally reopened,” said Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro. “We recognize the challenges and frustrations citizens from both communities have faced without this access point. CN, as directed by the highest court in Ontario, has fulfilled their obligation to repair the bridge and we can now move forward as more connected communities."

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CN's James Street swing bridge reopens after long legal battle

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 11/12/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image The CN-owned James Street swing bridge in Thunder Bay, Ontario, reopened Nov. 9 to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic after being closed for more than six years following a fire.The bridge connects Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation across the Kaministiquia River. It closed after a fire broke out on the northern approach spans on Oct. 29, 2013. Train traffic reopened later that week, but the bridge remained closed to motorists and pedestrians since that time.“CN is pleased that the bridge is reopening and that this important road link in Thunder Bay is once again accessible to the public,” said Olivier Chouc, CN's vice president of law, in a press release.The bridge's driving lane remains unchanged. The speed limit across the bridge will be maintained at about 12 mph, with a load carrying restriction of 33,000 pounds.A lengthy legal battle over the bridge's repair and maintenance issues occurred following the fire. The city of Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation argued that a 1906 agreement over the bridge's construction required the railroad to maintain it in perpetuity. CN countered that it had fulfilled its obligations and the bridge no longer met modern standards and would require more substantial work than just maintenance, according to a CBC news report.The case ended up in the Supreme Court of Canada, which rejected CN's appeal from a lower court. In the end, the courts required CN to uphold its obligation to repair and reopen the bridge to all vehicles under the 1906 agreement, Thunder Bay city officials said in a press release.The bridge repairs required widening of the city's roadway approaches. That work was completed within CN's construction schedule timeline so that the bridge could now reopen to traffic, city officials said.“We are pleased to see this important connection between Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation finally reopened,” said Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro. “We recognize the challenges and frustrations citizens from both communities have faced without this access point. CN, as directed by the highest court in Ontario, has fulfilled their obligation to repair the bridge and we can now move forward as more connected communities."

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Canadian Pacific targets longer grain trains, another banner crop year

On July 18, Paterson Grain’s Foothills Terminal in Bowden loaded the first Alberta-originated 8,500-foot high efficiency product train featuring CP’s new hopper cars.Photo – Canadian Pacific

By Jeff Stagl, Managing Editor

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Canadian Pacific targets longer grain trains, another banner crop year

On July 18, Paterson Grain’s Foothills Terminal in Bowden loaded the first Alberta-originated 8,500-foot high efficiency product train featuring CP’s new hopper cars.Photo – Canadian Pacific

By Jeff Stagl, Managing Editor

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From the editor: Short-line railroad deals continue apace

By Pat Foran, Editor

On Oct. 29, Regional Rail LLC announced it had agreed to acquire Pinsly Railroad Co.’s Florida operations totaling 208 miles of track.

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From the editor: Short-line railroad deals continue apace

By Pat Foran, Editor

On Oct. 29, Regional Rail LLC announced it had agreed to acquire Pinsly Railroad Co.’s Florida operations totaling 208 miles of track.

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NRF: Retail imports to see final tariff-driven surge of 2019

Imports at the nation's major retail container ports are expected to log their final surge of 2019 this month ahead of new tariffs set to take effect in December, the National Retail Federation (NRF) officials announced late last week.

NRF will host a news conference tomorrow where officials from the Port of Los Angeles and other groups will discuss the impact of the trade war.

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FTA honors Indiana commuter-rail district for environmental documentation

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image The NICTD was awarded for the environmental documents it prepared for the West Lake Corridor project.Photo – NICTD

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) last month received an award from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for excellence in environmental documentation for the West Lake Corridor project in Northwest Indiana. 

The documents were part of a submission to establish a proposed $933 million, 8-mile southern branch extension from the existing South Shore Line station in Hammond to Dyer, Indiana.

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NYCT taps Rumph to lead track inspection

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image MTA NYCT Chief Track Officer Terri RumphPhoto – MTA Flickr

MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) last week appointed Terri Rumph as chief track officer to lead the agency’s track division.

Rumph is responsible for maintenance and construction activity across all 800 miles of track, as well as ongoing efforts to improve the agency’s track inspection process.

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OmniTRAX joins chemistry council's 'Responsible Care' initiative

Rail News Home Short Lines & Regionals 11/11/2019 Rail News: Short Lines & Regionals
image OmniTRAX Inc. has joined the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® Partner Program, an environmental, health, safety and security performance initiative.OmniTRAX is the first short line in the program, which calls for members to commit to continuous improvement in environment, health, safety and security, company officials said in a press release. North America's seven Class Is also participate. The initiative aligns with the company's "core values, which focus on safety, honesty and trust, ownership, respect and value of our people," said OmniTRAX Chief Executive Officer Kevin Shuba.Many of the elements that make up Responsible Care Management System® are currently implemented at OmniTRAX, company officials said. As part of its membership, OmniTRAX will document and report performance metrics and records relevant to safety, health, environment and security.Over the past several years, OmniTRAX-managed railroads have safely transported a wide variety of chemicals. A significant portion of the company’s revenue come from chemical refineries and manufacturing facilities."We are constantly working to improve performance in all aspects of safety and compliance to achieve our goal of no injuries or accidents, and membership in Responsible Care will help us meet those objectives,” said OmniTRAX Chief Operating Officer Sergio Sabatini.

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Metra OKs 2020 budget, capital plan

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image Metra’s 2020 budget and capital program will be forwarded to the Regional Transportation Authority board for final approval.Photo – Metra Facebook

Metra's board last week approved a 2020 budget of $827.4 million in operating costs and $480.5 million in capital expenses.

The Chicago commuter railroad's capital spending plan — significantly bolstered by Illinois' new state capital program — includes $331.1 million in investments in locomotives and rail cars, stations, bridges and yards.

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BUILD grant to help fund rail transload facility near Spokane airport

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 11/11/2019 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation
image The grant will help fund construction of a new rail-truck transload facility at the airport to improve multimodal freight movement.Photo – my.spokanecity.org

The Spokane International Airport Board in Washington will receive an $11.3 million federal grant for a project to develop vacant land into a freight hub connecting rail and road infrastructure, U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced late last week.

The grant will be awarded under the U.S. Department of Transportation's Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) program.

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California high-speed rail receives environmental clearance into Bakersfield

Rail News Home High-Speed Rail 11/11/2019 Rail News: High-Speed Rail
image CHSRA received approval of its environmental impact study for a 23-mile high-speed rail route between Shafter and Bakersfield, California.Photo – CHSRA

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) last week completed California state’s environmental review process for its high-speed rail route between Fresno and Bakersfield.

The authority received a supplemental record of decision and federal approval of its supplemental environmental impact study that evaluates the environmental effects of a 23-mile route between Shafter and Bakersfield in the Central Valley.

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