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BLET delegates re-elect Pierce national president, voice support for Amtrak

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) yesterday re-elected Dennis Pierce to his third full term as the union's national president.

Additionally, the union elected all Advisory Board members without opposition. Their terms will begin Jan. 1, 2019, BLET officials said in a press release.

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AAR: U.S. intermodal traffic set record in September

U.S. rail traffic grew 4.4 percent to 2,194,211 carloads and intermodal units in September compared with the same month a year ago, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data.

Railroads reported 1,066,826 carloads last month, up 2.6 percent, and 1,127,385 containers and trailers, up 6.2 percent, compared with traffic logged in September 2017, according to an AAR press release.

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Texas Central adds Salini Impregilo to bullet-train project

Texas Central has selected global construction and engineering firm Salini Impregilo — operating in the U.S. market with The Lane Construction Corp. — to lead the civil construction consortium that will build the company's proposed bullet train service between Houston and North Texas.

Yesterday's announcement is the latest milestone for Texas Central's efforts to bring a 200 mph train that would connect the state's largest population and economic regions in 90 minutes. The service would include a stop in the Brazos Valley.

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GAO: Passenger railroads lag on PTC testing

Although many passenger railroads are close to completing equipment installation of positive train control (PTC) systems, less progress has been made on testing those systems, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced earlier this week in its latest PTC report.

Of the 28 commuter railroads required to implement PTC, 19 have initiated field testing. Only eight have started revenue-service demonstration, the GAO reported.

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PATH leader Marino reflects on his contributions prior to January retirement

General Manager and Director of Rail Transit Michael Marino plans to retire in January.Photo – PATH

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Baltimore transit agency launches mobile ticketing app

The Maryland Department of Transportation's Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) late last week launched CharmPass, a mobile ticketing app for rail and bus services.

The app enables passengers to use smartphones to pay fares for Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train service, as well as light-rail and subway services. The app allows 90-minute transfers between transit modes.

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Minnesota DOT seeks grant applications for freight-rail projects

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is seeking applications for $1 million in grant funding from its 2018 rail service improvement program.

Railroads, rail users, cities and counties are eligible to apply for the program, which is aimed at boosting freight-rail service that supports economic development, according to an MnDOT press release.

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PennDOT seeks P3 proposals for rail, other projects

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imageThe Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) announced this week it will accept unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through Dec. 31.Proposals must address PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure. During the application period, the private sector may submit proposals offering "innovative ways" to deliver projects across transportation modes including rail, bridges and ports. Proposals also may include more efficient models to manage existing transportation services and programs."By accepting unsolicited P3 proposals, we are encouraging others to propose innovative or partnership projects that they think will benefit the commonwealth and Pennsylvanians," PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said in a press release.Private sector entities also may submit applications for non-PennDOT-owned assets directly to the P3 board now through Dec. 31, department officials said.Instructions for submitting a project and information on the unsolicited proposal review process are available on the state's P3 website.

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CSX resumes service to Port of Wilmington

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image The first inbound CSX train arrived at the port on Tuesday night.Photo – ncports.com

CSX this week resumed rail service to the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, following a stoppage due to Hurricane Florence.

The first inbound train arrived at the port on Tuesday night, according to a report on Wilmingtonbiz.com.

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CSX resumes service to Port of Wilmington

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image The first inbound CSX train arrived at the port on Tuesday night.Photo – ncports.com

CSX this week resumed rail service to the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, following a stoppage due to Hurricane Florence.

The first inbound train arrived at the port on Tuesday night, according to a report on Wilmingtonbiz.com.

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Phoenix postpones Northeast light-rail extension

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image The 12-mile line would have connected downtown Phoenix to the Paradise Valley Mall.Photo – Valley Metro

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CN recognized for work with Aboriginal communities, businesses

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image "We look forward to continuing our work with the Aboriginal business community and fostering opportunities with Aboriginal chambers of commerce, entrepreneurs and businesses across Canada," said CN President and CEO JJ Ruest.Photo – CN

CN has become the first transportation company in Canada to receive the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Bronze Level certification from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).

Established in 2001, the certification signals to Aboriginal communities that designated companies are "good business partners, great places to work and committed to the prosperity of Aboriginal communities," according to a CN press release.

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CN recognized for work with Aboriginal communities, businesses

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image "We look forward to continuing our work with the Aboriginal business community and fostering opportunities with Aboriginal chambers of commerce, entrepreneurs and businesses across Canada," said CN President and CEO JJ Ruest.Photo – CN

CN has become the first transportation company in Canada to receive the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Bronze Level certification from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).

Established in 2001, the certification signals to Aboriginal communities that designated companies are "good business partners, great places to work and committed to the prosperity of Aboriginal communities," according to a CN press release.

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Udall: Amtrak pledged to continue Southwest Chief rail service

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) yesterday announced that Amtrak's Southwest Chief trains will continue running — for now.

According to a news release issued by the senator's office, Amtrak Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek yesterday told the Senate Commerce Committee that the railroad will continue to run Southwest Chief service "as is" in fiscal year 2019. Amtrak previously proposed replacing a large portion of the line with bus service.

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CP reports preliminary Q3 results, updates 2018 guidance

Canadian Pacific today reported preliminary third-quarter results, updated its 2018 guidance and unveiled the next phase of its long-term strategy for driving sustainable, profitable growth.

Third-quarter revenue is expected to increase by 10 percent to a record high of CA$1.9 billion. Reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) are expected to be about CA$4.35, while adjusted diluted EPS are expected to be about CA$4.10 — the highest in company history, CP officials said in a press release.

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CP reports preliminary Q3 results, updates 2018 guidance

Canadian Pacific today reported preliminary third-quarter results, updated its 2018 guidance and unveiled the next phase of its long-term strategy for driving sustainable, profitable growth.

Third-quarter revenue is expected to increase by 10 percent to a record high of CA$1.9 billion. Reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) are expected to be about CA$4.35, while adjusted diluted EPS are expected to be about CA$4.10 — the highest in company history, CP officials said in a press release.

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Rail supplier news from Encore, GE, Stella-Jones and Appalachian Railcar (Oct. 3)

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image Encore Rail Systems announced that it has moved into a new 40,000-square-foot headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado.Photo – Encore Rail Systems

Encore Rail Systems has moved into a new headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado. The 40,000-square-foot facility includes dedicated areas for equipment maintenance, product and equipment testing, sales and services offices, and space for staff meetings, according to a company press release. The larger headquarters addresses the company's increased need for space to service equipment, stock more inventory, and perform product and equipment testing, said Encore Vice President and General Manager Greg Spilker.

General Electric has selected H. Lawrence Culp to replace John Flannery as chairman and chief executive officer. Flannery was appointed to the position in August 2017. The news comes as GE continues to downsize and sell off its assets. Culp previously served as CEO and president of Danaher Corp., where he led a "successful transformation of the company from an industrial manufacturer into a leading science and technology company," GE officials said in a news release.

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Santa Clara VTA slates TOD meetings

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image The agency is planning transit-oriented development projects at three light-rail stations.Photo – Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has scheduled three meetings to update residents and businesses on transit-oriented development (TOD) plans at light-rail stations.

The agency's developer selection panel will discuss how the land can be used, VTA officials said in a press release.

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Ohio panel OKs safety updates at Class I, short line crossings

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) last week approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) directing CSX, Indiana & Ohio Railway and Norfolk Southern Railway to install and upgrade warning devices at grade crossings in Fayette, Franklin, Montgomery, Putnam and Wayne counties.

CSX will install lights and gates at the Old Webster Road crossing in Vandalia, Montgomery County, while Indiana & Ohio Railway will install the same equipment at the South Elm Street crossing in Washington Court House, Fayette County.

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Iowa Interstate Railroad orders new GE locomotives

Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. (IAIS) will acquire three new Evolution Series locomotives from GE Transportation, the railroad announced yesterday.

The locomotives will be produced in early 2020 and used to transport grains, ethanol, metals and other commodities across Iowa Interstate's network between Chicago and Omaha, Nebraska.

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