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Senators introduce two-person train crew bill

U.S. Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have introduced a bill that would mandate a minimum of two-person crews on all freight trains operating in the United States.

Known as the Safe Freight Act, the legislation is a companion bill to H.R. 1748 in the House.

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ASLRRA names 293 winners of annual 'Jake' safety awards

Rail News Home Short Lines & Regionals 6/27/2019 Rail News: Short Lines & Regionals
image Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. is one of the 2018 Jake Award winners.Photo – ASLRRA

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has announced the 293 winners of 2018 Jake Awards, which recognize regionals' and short lines' safety efforts.

To win a Jake Award, an ASLRRA member railroad must perform better than the Class II and III industry average for injury frequency rate, as reported by the Federal Railroad Administration during a calendar year. Of the 293 honorees, 265 will receive a Jake Award with Distinction, which recognizes reportable injury-free performance in 2018. A complete list of the Jake Award and Jake Award with Distinction winners is available here.

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BART to phase out paper tickets at four stations

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 6/26/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image BART is working toward a card-only fare payment system.Photo – AC Transit

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) earlier this week announced plans to eliminate the sale of paper magstrip tickets at four stations this summer as part of a phaseout of all such tickets by 2020.

BART is working toward a card-only fare payment system. The Clipper card system is reusable and accepted by nearly all transit agencies in the region, BART officials said in a press release.

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Retailers call for boosting congressional authority over tariffs

The National Retail Federation (NRF) yesterday endorsed a bill that would increase congressional authority over tariff hikes such as those proposed by the Trump administration over the past year.

Introduced by U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), the Reclaiming Congressional Trade Authority Act would limit any new or additional tariffs imposed on national security grounds to 120 days unless approved by Congress.

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VIA Rail gains Canadian government, infrastructure bank funding for service ramp up

Transport Canada yesterday announced the federal government and Canada Infrastructure Bank are committing CA$71.1 million to back VIA Rail Canada Inc.’s plan for high-frequency rail service in the busy Quebec City-Toronto corridor.

The funding will be used to establish a joint Canada Infrastructure Bank-VIA Rail project team and preserve the option of interoperability with regional transit providers in Montreal and Toronto, Transport Canada officials said in a press release.

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House OKs legislation including THUD appropriations bill

The U.S. House yesterday approved H.R. 3055, a $383.3 billion package of fiscal-year 2020 appropriations bills that includes the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill.

The legislation funds federal departments, including transportation, from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2020.

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MBTA to hasten capital construction projects under new state plan

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday announced a plan designed to accelerate the pace of capital construction projects at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

Through a five-part strategy, the acceleration plan will build on the authority's safety and capital investment programs, helping to facilitate more construction and maintenance projects within shorter timeframes, Baker said in a press release.

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FTA taps VTA as first entrant in expedited project delivery program

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 6/26/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image A rendering of a proposed transit-oriented development near the planned Silicon Valley station.Photo – Source: VTA

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has selected the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) as the first U.S. transit agency to participate in an expedited project delivery pilot program.

The federal funding program will include VTA’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Phase II project, a heavy-rail extension from north San Jose to downtown San Jose and Santa Clara, California. The project will include a maintenance facility and storage yard, and three underground stations and one at-grade station.

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Schneider launches intermodal service at CSX ramp in Indianapolis

Schneider earlier this month began offering intermodal service at a CSX ramp in Indianapolis.

The new service provides shippers in central and southern Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati markets with a more cost-competitive transportation option to eastern U.S. markets, Schneider officials said in a press release.

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APTA honors transit-rail agencies' safety, security efforts

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) yesterday announced the winners of its annual Rail Safety and Security Excellence Awards.

The awards recognize public transportation organizations for "innovative and proactive" safety and security programs. Winning agencies provide value to the industry by benchmarking successful programs so that other transit systems can adopt them, APTA officials said in a press release.

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Rail supplier news from Keolis, FRA, DMI, Bourque Logistics and Alstom (June 25)

Rail News Home Railroading Supplier Spotlight 6/25/2019 Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight
image Keolis has launched its first North American light-rail operation in the Waterloo region of Ontario, CanadaPhoto – Keolis

Keolis has launched its first North American light-rail operation in the Waterloo region of Ontario, Canada. As part of the GrandLinq Consortium, Keolis’ local subsidiary Keolis Grand River will operate nearly 10-mile light-rail for the next 10 years, and maintenance for the next 30 years.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) partnered with DMI to launch an app-based inspection system designed to replace handwritten notes and outdated palm devices used to gather defect data. The Portable Inspection Reporting Tool (PIRT) uses voice recognition software to allow inspectors to do their job hands-free, and artificial intelligence to reference the FRA’s extensive database on railway problems, according to a press release.

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TEXRail receives CLIDE Award

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 6/25/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image The CLIDE Awards recognize development programs that plan for future growth and seek to support a sustainable North Texas.Photo – Trinity Metro

TEXRail last week received a Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Award from the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

The CLIDE Awards recognize development programs that plan for future growth and seek to support a sustainable North Texas, according to a TEXRail press release.

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MBTA creates rail safety review panel

Rail News Home Safety 6/25/2019 Rail News: Safety
image The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board announced yesterday the formation of a panel that will independently review MBTA safety practices and past incidents. The purpose of the panel is to determine to what extent the authority should expand its existing safety management protocols for its vehicles and infrastructure, according to an MBTA press release.The Safety Review Panel will be made up of three people: former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, former acting Federal Transit Administration (FTA) leader Carolyn Flowers and former New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco. “A fresh look at rail safety by experienced and independent professionals will assure the board and the public that we continuously and rapidly modify any and all practices found wanting,” said MBTA Vice Chair Monica Tibbits-Nutt. Chariman Joseph Aiello, along with Tibbits-Nut, led the effort to recruit the panelists.The panel will work collaboratively with federal and state oversight partners and regulators, including the FTA, Federal Railroad Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

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BART earns top award at APTA's 2019 International Rail Rodeo

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) won the Rail Transit Team Achievement Award at the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) International Rail Rodeo, which was held June 21-22 in conjunction with the association’s 2019 Rail Conference in Toronto.

The award is given to the system with the highest rail operator and maintainer team combined score. The winning team members were Joshua Vining, Justin Strong, Gary Crandall, Steven Dore and Erroll Luciano.

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Utah Transit Authority names Gonot executive director

Rail News Home Railroading People 6/25/2019 Rail News: Railroading People
image Carolyn GonotPhoto – Utah Transit Authority

Utah Transit Authority's (UTA) board announced yesterday it selected Carolyn Gonot as executive director, effective Aug. 19.

A 25-year transit professional, Gonot will join UTA after 22 years at the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority. There, she led the funding and planning for the 16-mile, six-station extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system into San Jose, California, UTA officials said in a press release.

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Virgin Trains breaks ground on Orlando passenger-rail line

Virgin Trains USA officially broke ground yesterday on an extension of its privately funded passenger-rail line from West Palm Beach to Orlando, Florida.

Formerly Brightline, Virgin Trains is developing 170 miles of new track into the completed intermodal facility located in the new South Terminal at Orlando International Airport as part of the second phase of the expansion into central Florida.

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PANYNJ unveils major plan to reduce delays on PATH trains

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) last week unveiled a $1 billion plan to increase capacity and reduce delays on the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail system by 2022.

The capacity increases rely on more than $1 billion in capital investment — the ongoing $750 million investment in a new signal system that enables PATH to run more trains per hour; a prior commitment of $215.7 million for 72 new rail cars that will be delivered in 2021-2022; and a new capital commitment of $80 million for station modifications to enable nine-car trains on the Newark-to-World Trade Center (WTC) line.

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NTSB calls on FRA to stop delaying passenger-rail safety rule

Prompted by a fatal Amtrak train derailment in 2017, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to implement a passenger-rail operations safety program "without further delay."

The NTSB statement followed the release yesterday of its final report on the agency's investigation into the Amtrak derailment that occurred in DuPont, Washington.

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Little Rock Port Authority's board re-elects Hendricks chair

Rail News Home Railroading People 6/24/2019 Rail News: Railroading People
image Melissa HendricksPhoto – lrportauthority.com

The Little Rock Port Authority's board has elected Melissa Hendricks to a second term as chair. Her term will run from July 2019 through June 2020.

Hendricks was first appointed to the board in September 2011. During her tenure, she has served as treasurer, vice chair and chair of the external affairs committee.

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San Diego MTS green lights TOD near Grantville Station

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 6/24/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image The transit-oriented development near Grantville Station would include 156 affordable units and 254 student-oriented units.Photo – SDMTS

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System's (SDMTS) board earlier this month approved a transit-oriented development (TOD) near the Grantville light-rail station in San Diego, California. 

The housing development would include 156 affordable units built by Affirmed Housing, 254 market-rate, student-oriented units built by Greystar and 96 parking spaces for SDMTS commuters, according to an SDMTS press release. 

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