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Report: Hitachi must retrofit HART's rail cars

Rail News Home Mechanical 5/20/2019 Rail News: Mechanical
image Hitachi Rail must retrofit HART’s rail car floors with a thin layer of stainless steel to ensure they pass fire testing.Photo – Hitachi Rail

Hitachi Rail Italy must retrofit the floors of 24 rail cars provided to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) following a failed roof and floor testing in February, according to a Star Advertiser report citing HART officials. 

Following the retesting of the failed rail car by Hitachi Rail, the company found that it would need to retrofit the rail car floors with a thin layer of stainless steel to ensure they pass fire testing. 

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Ohio agency OKs grade crossing projects for NS, Wheeling & Lake Erie

Rail News Home Communication and Signal 5/20/2019 Rail News: Communication and Signal
image The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) last week approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission, which is calling for Norfolk Southern Railway and Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad to make improvements at rail crossings in Medina and Stark counties.NS has been directed to install upgraded LED lights, new gate mechanisms and two bells at the Market Street grade crossing in Canton, located in Stark County. Wheeling & Lake Erie will install lights and grates at the Old Mill Road crossing in Spencer Township, Medina County.NS and Wheeling & Lake Erie must complete their work by Feb. 15, 2020, PUCO officials said in a press release.PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio's public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices. Since it began the evaluations, the annual number of train-motor vehicle crashes in Ohio has decreased from 356 in 1990 to 66 in 2018, agency officials said.

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WMATA moves up timeline for platform work on Yellow, Blue lines

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will begin running all Yellow Line trains to Greenbelt, Maryland, more than a month earlier than expected when the platform improvement project begins at six Yellow and Blue line stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The trains will begin running to Greenbelt on May 25, WMATA officials said in a press release.

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WMATA moves up plan to offer Yellow Line trains to Greenbelt

[Editor's note: This story has been clarified to reflect that the timeline for running Yellow Line trains to Greenbelt, Maryland, was moved up to May 25 from an original date in July.]

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will begin running all Yellow Line trains to Greenbelt, Maryland, on May 25, more than a month earlier than expected, when the platform improvement project begins at six Yellow and Blue line stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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Cleveland RTA begins $6.4M track improvement

Rail News Home Maintenance Of Way 5/20/2019 Rail News: Maintenance Of Way
image The project calls for rehabbing 3.6 miles of track between the West Part Station and the airport tunnel.Photo – RTA Facebook

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) last week began a $6.4 million track upgrade project funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Transit Preservation Partnership, a funding program to support public transportation services.

The project — which calls for extending 3.6-miles of rail between the West Park Station and the airport tunnel — will replace 12,275 timber cross ties, improve track drainage, add signal systems, repair the Puritas Station platform and provide for a full rehabilitation of the railroad track, said RTA’s Interim Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Flounsay Caver in a press release.

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MTA logs on-time performance improvements

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 5/20/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) logged on-time performance improvements on the subway, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro-North Railroad.  New York City Transit's subway on-time performance in April reached nearly 80 percent, its highest level since October 2013, according to an MTA press release.  Major incidents on the subway system also decreased by 32 percent and weekday delays decreased by 35 percent from April 2018. Meanwhile, LIRR logged a 95 percent on-time performance in April.  LIRR’s on-time performance is four percentage points above this time last year, translating to 1,645 more on-time trains operating in the first four months of 2019 compared with 2018's level. LIRR also reduced the number of trains operated with fewer cars than normal by 21 percent. The falling number is an indication of increased mechanical reliability of the fleet, MTA officials said. Metro-North Railroad’s on-time performance in April was 95 percent, compared with 91 percent at the same time last year. The number of trains the railroad had to cancel or terminate mid-run has been reduced by 74 percent this year, and the railroad has also reduced the number of trains delayed more than 15 minutes by 50 percent.

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Cimarron Valley Railroad obtains state grant to upgrade locomotive fleet

Rail News Home Short Lines & Regionals 5/20/2019 Rail News: Short Lines & Regionals
image The upgrade will benefit CVR's rural customer base.Photo – Cimarron Valley Railroad

Cimarron Valley Railroad (CVR) has received a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to help cover the cost of replacing the railroad's 13 aging locomotives with a "more modern and efficient fleet" of seven engines.

The upgrade will benefit CVR's rural customer base through lower fuel costs, enhanced service and better reliability, CVR officials said in a press release. In addition, the newer locomotives will offer a significant increase in hauling capacity, they said.

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Ontario seeks expedited federal transit funding

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image The Ontario government is seeking expedited approval from the Canadian government to fund an extension of the Yonge Subway Line in the greater Toronto area. "For months, we've heard the federal government ask us to be quicker sending them projects for approval," said Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton in a press release. "We have nominated our 54th project to the federal government. The ball is now in their court. We are looking to them to say yes so we can get shovels in the ground and get people moving." Last week, McNaughton formally requested funding for the $5.6 billion project Yonge project that would extend the subway line about 4.6 miles north from the Finch Station in Toronto to the Richmond Hill Center in Richmond Hill.  That request follows a list of four other projects sent for approval May 6, including the Ontario Line, the Bloor-Yonge capacity improvement project, the three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension and the SmartTrack Stations program.

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Union Pacific: PTC operating on 80 percent of route miles

Rail News Home Positive Train Control 5/20/2019 Rail News: Positive Train Control
image UP recently implemented PTC on 582 route miles, bringing required PTC-operated route miles to 13,597.Photo – up.com

Union Pacific Railroad is now operating positive train control (PTC) on 80 percent of its route miles, the Class I announced late last week.

UP recently implemented PTC on 582 route miles, bringing required PTC-operated route miles to 13,597. PTC was implemented on all required passenger routes on track owned by UP in 2018, UP officials said in a press release.

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Secure Rail Conference outlines solutions to physical and cyber threats

By Julie Sneider, Senior Associate Editor

The latest trends in detecting and preventing security threats to rail were discussed at the fifth annual Secure Rail Conference held May 1-2 in Orlando, Florida.

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Rail supplier news from Birmingham Rail, Wabtec, Bombardier, Cubic, Hub and NRC (May 17)

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. (BR&L), a division of A. Stucki Co., has acquired Austintown Rail Supply, a supplier of switching materials and other railroad track products. Austintown Rail Supply will now operate as BR&L’s Austintown, Ohio, location. BR&L retained the company’s 10 employees, and expects to add three or four more employees to support a new crane rail operation, which will supply rail and accessories for overhead cranes, according to a BR&L press release.

Wabtec Corp. has invested in GE Additive’s H2 binder jet printer capabilities to design and produce reliable, low-cost components for current and developmental engines, locomotive, transit and mining programs, according to a Wabtec press release. Additive technologies could be used in the production of up to 250 components for Wabtec product lines by 2025, company officials said.

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CAGTC elects board members, officers

Rail News Home Intermodal 5/17/2019 Rail News: Intermodal
image The Coalition for America's Gateways & Trade Corridors (CAGTC) yesterday elected six people to its board and selected three officers. Darin Chidsey, chief operating officer of the Southern California Association of Governments, and John Murray, chief executive officer and director of the Port Canaveral Port Authority, were newly elected to the board.  Four others were re-elected:  Rick Cameron, deputy executive director of the Port of Long Beach;  Paul Hubler, director of government and community relations for the Alameda-Corridor East construction project of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments;  Glenn Miles, executive director of the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization; and  Thomas Saunders, director of government affairs of Ports America.  Board member Paul Anderson, director of the Port of Tampa Bay, was elected vice chairman; Cameron was elected treasurer; and Hubler, former vice chairman, assumed the chairmanship.

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SunRail develops trip planning mobile app

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 5/17/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image The SunRail app includes train arrival status, a detailed trip planner and an account for ordering and maintaining SunCards.Photo – SunRail Facebook

Central Florida commuter railroad SunRail yesterday unveiled a mobile application that provides riders with trip planning features, service information and account management. 

The app's key features include train arrival status, a detailed trip planner with times, distance and fare information, and a login for ordering and maintaining SunCards, SunRail’s reloadable fare cards for frequent users. 

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ACE grade separation projects recognized for construction management

The Southern California Chapter of the Construction Management Association has recognized two recently completed Alameda Corridor-East (ACE) grade separation projects for achievement, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments announced yesterday.

The awards acknowledged the projects for "outstanding achievement in the practice of construction management," council officials said in a press release.

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UP to serve logistics park near Houston

A ceremony was held last month to mark the start of construction on the RCR Hempstead Logistics Park in Hempstead, Texas, RCR Rail Co. announced this week.

Union Pacific Railroad will serve the park, a 137-acre site under development on the northwest corner of State Highway 290 and 6 in Waller County.

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House lawmakers introduce bill to protect U.S. rail-car manufacturers

A bipartisan group of lawmakers this week introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prevent federal transit funds from being issued by transit agencies to procure Chinese rail cars and other rail assets.

Introduced by U.S. Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.), the Transportation Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act also would ensure transit agencies develop and implement a cybersecurity plan, Rouda said this week in a press release.

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BRX Transportation to acquire Pioneer Railcorp

Rail News Home M&A 5/17/2019 Rail News: M&A
image Pioneer Railcorp today announced it has entered into a merger agreement under which BRX Transportation Holdings LLC will acquire the railroad holding company for $18.81 per share in cash.  Pioneer Railcorp is the parent company of 17 short lines, an equipment leasing company, two service companies and a contract services switching company. Under the agreement terms, BRX will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Pioneer's Class A common stock. Shareholders other than Pioneer's subsidiary, Heartland Rail Investments LLC, will receive $18.81 per share in cash and the Heartland shares will be canceled without consideration, according to a Pioneer press release. The merger is subject to closing conditions, including approval by Pioneer's shareholders, Surface Transportation Board approval and certain operating performance by Pioneer. The transaction is expected to close in third-quarter 2019. “We look forward to this next chapter in Pioneer's journey and anticipate it will have a bright future under new ownership," said Pioneer President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Carr. BRX was formed by infrastructure and management investment firm Brookhaven Rail Partners and Related Infrastructure. Related Infrastructure invests in companies that develop, operate and service transportation infrastructure throughout the United States. 

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FRA cancels $929 million in California high-speed rail funds

The Trump administration yesterday formally canceled nearly $929 million in previously awarded federal funds to California's high-speed rail program.

In a May 16 letter to California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) Chief Executive Officer Brian Kelly, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) said it was terminating its agreement to obligate $928,620,000 in funding to California because the state had not made "reasonable progress on the project."

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From the editor: CN — a century of railroad progress and change

By Pat Foran, Editor

Happiest of birthdays to CN, which will turn 100 next month, as managing editor Jeff Stagl reports in this month’s cover story. While the Class I’s leaders are reflecting on a century’s worth of progress, they’re also focused on the road ahead, as my colleague reports. They say they’re committed to delivering on the better-service promise and driving top-line growth.

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From the editor: CN — a century of railroad progress and change

By Pat Foran, Editor

Happiest of birthdays to CN, which will turn 100 next month, as managing editor Jeff Stagl reports in this month’s cover story. While the Class I’s leaders are reflecting on a century’s worth of progress, they’re also focused on the road ahead, as my colleague reports. They say they’re committed to delivering on the better-service promise and driving top-line growth.

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