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BUILD grants pegged for additional rail-related projects

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 12/11/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation BUILD grants pegged for additional rail-related projects The Oklahoma port will use the BUILD grant to upgrade its rail system. Photo – Port of Muskogee Federal officials have announced additional Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants over the past…

UPDATE 1-Long-distance rail traffic in Germany halted due to strike

* Long-distance rail traffic suspended until 0800 GMT * Regional rail traffic also impacted * Deutsche Bahn asks union to resume wage talks (Adds details on regional traffic, Deutsche Bahn spokesman) BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Rail workers in Germany staged a four-hour strike over pay on Monday morning, bringing long-distance rail traffic to a…

UPDATE 2-After strike, German rail union seeks talks to end pay dispute

* Rush-hour strike affected long-distance trains * EVG union, Bahn could meet on Tuesday * Deutsche Bahn wants to hire more workers (Releads with possible talks, adds details) BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Dec 10 (Reuters) - German rail workers staged a four-hour stoppage on Monday but their union said it would now pursue talks with operator Deutsche Bahn…

Caltrain OKs option for more electric cars, adopts fare policy

A rendering of the electric cars. Photo – Caltrain Caltrain’s board late last week unanimously approved the purchase of additional electric train cars to help address increasing ridership on the commuter-rail system.Using funds from the California State Transportation Agency’s (CalSTA) Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), Caltrain will expand its electric fleet from 16…

BUILD grants on way for rail work in five states

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 12/7/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation BUILD grants on way for rail work in five states A bridge on the Coos Bay Line. Photo – Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Politicians, government agencies and organizations made dozens of announcements yesterday about 2018 Better Utilizing Investments to…

FTA to provide FY2018 capital grants for four transit-rail projects

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 11/29/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation FTA to provide FY2018 capital grants for four transit-rail projects A maps shows the planned 2.6-mile Purple Line Section 3 project, a heavy rail extension. Photo – LA Metro The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced $281 million in additional fiscal-year…

Congress creates new cybersecurity agency

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 11/19/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation Congress creates new cybersecurity agency Christopher Krebs is the new director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastruture Security Agency (CISA). Photo – Chris Krebs' Twitter account Congress last week passed legislation creating the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the U.S.…

House rail subcommittee’s Denham ousted in re-election bid

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 11/14/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation House rail subcommittee's Denham ousted in re-election bid U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) Photo – Congress.gov U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), a longtime critic of California's high-speed rail project, was defeated for re-election to a fifth term in Congress by first-time…

KCS locomotive sports patriotic paint scheme to honor vets

The 2005 EMD SD70ACE locomotive is maintained at a Louisiana shop. Photo – KCS Kansas City Southern officials yesterday unveiled a locomotive with a patriotic paint scheme.The scheme demonstrates the company's pride in past and present U.S. military activity duty and veteran employees, said KCS Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Songer in…

RPT-Oil pucks and pellets; Canada eyes new ways to move stranded crude

(Repeats to additional subscribers) CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Canada's biggest railroad says it is attracting interest from oil producers in its effort to move crude in solid, puck-like form, as clogged pipelines divert more oil to riskier rail transport. Congested pipelines have stranded much of Canada's crude in Alberta, driving discounts to record-high…