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WEEKLY AMTRAK LONG-DISTANCE TRAIN PERFORMANCE: Forty-five percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their scheduled final destination on time or earlier in the week ending January 20, 2019. The remaining trains, on average, arrived one hour and 16 minutes behind schedule. MORE.. [Bull Sheet Statistical Dept, 1-21-19]

PIKES CREEK COG RAILWAY BUYING NEW TRAINS: Colorado's Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway has awarded a contract with Stadler Rail to supply three diesel locomotives and nine coaches to replace its 1960's fleet. Services on the railway ceased in Oct. 2017 pending the completion of a study into the replacement of infrastructure and rolling stock. The railroad also plans to replace its track and to modernize the Manitou Springs depot. [International Railway Journal, 1-21-19]

PANHANDLE BRIDGE IN PITTSBURGH, CONVEYING LIGHT-RAIL, BRIEFLY CLOSED: The Panhandle bridge in Pittsburgh, a light-rail connection, was closed early Jan. 21 until 10 A.M. pending inspection because a dozen barges broke loose from a towboat, striking the bridge. [Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 1-21-19]

ALASKA R.R. ADDS WINTER SHELTER AT DENALI PARK: Alaska Rail visitors to Denali National Park have a new venue to stay warm. The railroad has built a winter shelter at its park depot in the form of an enclosed, heated waiting area. Winter ridership to Denali has been on the increase because of tour operators. [U.S. News & World Report, 1-20-19]

AMTRAK REDUCES SOME SCHEDULES DUE TO IMPENDING WINTER STORM: Amtrak says it will cancel at least 15 trains in the Northeast and Midwest this weekend (Jan. 19-20) because of an impending major winter storm, and reduce operations on other trains. Cardinal, Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited are among those trains canceled both dates. [Rail Passengers Assn. hotline, 1-18-19]

AMTRAK ENHANCES MENUS ON LAKE SHORE, CAPITOL LIMITEDS: New, enhanced dining-car menus are now offered on Amtrak's Lake Shore and Capitol limiteds. Included are a new, hot breakfast item, and three hot lunch and dinner options. Amtrak had significantly reduced dining options for the two trains back in June 2018, which met with a number of negative reviews from patrons expecting better. In the meantime, delivery of high-capacity convention ovens for affected trains are pending, and these should further enhance the process once the busy travel season arrives this coming summer. [Rail Passengers Assn. hotline, 1-18-19]

KCS REPORTS 4-Q EARNINGS: Knasas City Southern reported fourth-quarter 2018 revenues of $694-million, an increase of 5 pct from the same quarter a year earlier, while carload volumes remained flat compared to the prior year. Record fourth-quarter adjusted diluted EPS of $1.56 were 13 pct higher than a year ago. [Kansas City Southern, 1-18-19]

KCS TO BUY 50 NEW LOCOMOTIVES THIS YEAR: Kansas City Southern plans to increase capital spending this year to between $640- and $660-million, up from the $530-million in 2018. Spending includes $140-million for the purchase of 50 new locomotives. [Railway Track & Structures, 1-18-19]

BNSF EMPLOYEE AWARDED $3.5-M FOR INJURIES IN RAIL YARD: A jury in Lancaster County, Nebraska, returned a verdict in favor of a BNSF employee for injuries he suffered in a Lincoln rail yard nearly five years ago when a rail car rolled over his foot. The employee, who is still working for the railroad, was awarded more than $7.1-million, but it was reduced by 51 percent, the percentage for which the jury deemed the employee responsible. [U.S. News & World Report, 1-18-19]

PTC CONVERSION CAUSES NJT MAINTENANCE BACKLOG: New Jersey Transit has several passenger rail cars sitting idle since the agency focused on completing positive train-control implementation rather than routine scheduled maintenance. Through the start of the new year, NJT has been forced to cancel some trains, but staff is now working around the clock to reduce the backlog. [Rail Passengers Assn hotline., 1-18-19]

LAWSUIT FILED OVER STREAMS, WETLANDS DISRUPTION FOR MD. PURPLE LINE PROJECT: A third lawsuit has been filed to halt the Purple line light-rail project in Maryland, claiming that construction in streams and wetlands associated with the route is illegal under the Clean Water Act. [Rail Passengers Assn. hotline, 1-18-19]

OLD SAYBROOK STATION CLOSED: The Old Saybrook, Connecticut, rail station is closed until further notice due to structural concerns. The platform is still accessible and a service representative will be available for assistance most of the day, but there will be no ticketing for trains. [Rail Passengers Assn. hotline, 1-18-19]

AMTRAK PLANNING TO REPLACE AMFLEET-I CARS: Amtrak has issued a request for proposals for a new fleet of single-level passenger cars to replace its aging fleet of 470 Amfleet-I and former Metroliner cars. These cars are 40 and 50 years old, respectively. The new vehicles will be used on the Northeast corridor and adjacent state corridor routes. [Rail Passengers Assn. hotline, 1-18-19]

ALSTOM'S ORDERS MORE THAN DOUBLE IN MOST RECENT QUARTER: In the third-quarter of its 2018 fiscal-year, Alstom booked orders totaling $4.2-billion, compared with $1.9-billion in the same period the previous fiscal-year. Sales increased 10 pct. to $2.3-billion. [Progressive Railroading, 1-18-19]

BNSF IDENTIFIES TWO NEW 'CERTIFIED SITES': BNSF has identified 'certified sites' at Logistics Park, Galesburg, Illinois, and Clovis Industrial Park in New Mexico. There are now 18 such sites on the system as part of the railroad's program aimed at addressing increasing demand for customer site location by developing various types of facilities. [Progressive Railroading, 1-18-19]

MARTA CLEANS UP FOLLOWING DERAILMENT AT ATLANTA AIRPORT: A crane has removed two derailed commuter train cars at Atlanta's airport, but repairs continued on a damaged track as of Jan. 18. An out-of-service train had derailed late Jan. 15, but it was not until Jan. 17 that the crane arrived to remove the cars. There were no passengers on the train, and no injuries were reported. [N.J. Herald, 1-18-19]

CONNECTICUT'S SHORE LINE EAST SERVICE RESTORED: Six weekday trains are being restored to the Shore Line East schedule to replace bus service that has been operating since April 2018. Owned and operated by Amtrak, the Shore Line East runs between New Haven and New London. [Progressive Railroading, 1-17-19]

AMTRAK AGREES TO LIMIT TICKET SALES ON NEW HAVEN-HARTFORD LINE: To address persistent overcrowding on afternoon trains on the Hartford line, Connecticut has worked with Amtrak to limit advance ticket sales through the railroad's reservation system, making room for up to 72 CTrail Hartford Line ticketed riders. The state and Amtrak will continue to monitor ridership levels and consider additional reservation changes as needed. [Progressive Railroading, 1-17-19]

CP PLANS ROGERS PASS TUNNEL OVERHAUL: Canadian Pacific is planning extensive work in its famed Mount Macdonald Tunnel through Rogers Pass in British Columbia, at 9.1 miles the longest railway tunnel in North America. The project could take between five and 10 years to reach completion. [Railway Track & Structures, 1-17-19]

GERMAN RAIL PASSENGERS CAN EXPECT SERVICE IMPROVEMENT THIS YEAR: A report presented to Germany's transport ministry by Deutsche Bahn sets forth a plan to address declining rail performance. It focuses upon rolling-stock availability, additional staffing and enhanced workshop capacity, with a goal of improving on-time performance to 76.5 pct this year. The report also stresses the need for more reliable customer information systems in depots and trains, refurbished lounges, new dining-car menus and increased funding. [Railway Gazette, 1-17-19]

GREECE PLANS TO CONVERT ATHENS-AREA TRAINS FROM DIESEL TO ELECTRIC: Greek state-owned rolling stock company Gaiaose has issued a tender notice for a contract to conduct a feasibility study into the conversion of 17 Stadler GTW class 560 diesel multiple-units to electric traction. The two-car trains were built in 2003 and 2004, and are used in suburban service in the Athens area. [International Railway Journal, 1-17-19]

WEEKLY U.S. RAIL FREIGHT TRAFFIC REPORT: Combined U.S. rail freight carloads and intermodal units was 555,127 in the week ending January 12, 2019, an increase of 8.4 pct compared with the corresponding week last year. Calculated separately, carloads were up 10.3 pct, and intermodal units were up 6.8 pct. [Assn. of American Railroads, 1-16-19]

ACQUISITION OF 8.5 MILES OF DORMANT RAIL LINE FOR TRAIL USE IN PA. MOVES FORWARD: A purchase agreement is being prepared that will outline the terms of sale for 8.5 miles of dormant Genesee & Wyoming rail line in York County, Pa. The county's Rail Trail Authority has begun meetings with affected municipalities to provide updates on the acquisition process for an extension of the Hanover Trolley Trail. [York County Rail Trail Authority, 1-16-19]

CSX REPORTS 4-Q EARNINGS: CSX announced fourth-quarter 2018 net earnings were $843-million or $1.01 per share, compared with $4.14-billion or $4.62 per share in the same quarter last year (which included a tax-reform benefit and a restructuring charge). The company's operating ratio set a fourth-quarter record of 60.3 percent. CSX also announced its board has authorized $5-billion in share repurchases following the early completion of its existing $5-billion authorization. [CSX, 1-16-19]

LOCAL OFFICIALS 'BLINDSIDED' BY INDIANA GOVERNOR'S DECISION TO CUT AMTRAK FUNDING: Blindsided by Governor Holcomb's call to put the brakes on Amtrak's four-day-a-week Hoosier State train, local officials in Indiana are bracing for the end of daily passenger train service between Indianapolis and Chicago. The budget does not include a $3-million year allocation for the route, which makes intermediate stops in Crawfordsville, Lafayette, Rensselaer and Dyer. (The route will still be covered three times a week by Amtrak's Cardinal.) [Journal Review, 1-16-19]

DESIGN WORK ON MBTA GREEN LINE EXTENSION PROGRESSES: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's $2.3-billion Green line extension is roughly 60 pct designed and remains on schedule. About 320 people are working on the 4.7-mile light-rail project, but that number will rise over the coming year as construction ramps up. [Somerville Patch, 1-16-19]

TEN PROGRESS RAIL LOCOMOTIVES DELIVERED TO TUNISIA: Tunisian National Railways has taken delivery of an initial batch of 10 Progress Rail GT42AC diesel locomotives for use to haul phosphate trains. [Internaional Railway Journal, 1-16-19]

HITACHI TO SUPPLY 50 EMU'S TO TAIWAN RAILWAY: Taiwan Railway Administration and its procurement agent have signed a $1.6-billion contract with Hitachi for 50 electric multiple-unit 12-car intercity trains for delivery beginning 2021. [International Railway Journal, 1-15-19]

WEEKLY AMTRAK LONG-DISTANCE TRAIN PERFORMANCE: Fifty percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their scheduled final destination on time or earlier in the week ending January 13, 2019. The remaining trains, on average, arrived one hour and three minutes behind schedule. MORE.. [Bull Sheet Statistical Dept, 1-14-19]

AMTRAK NORTHEAST CORRIDOR PLAN UPDATES: By 2021, passengers in New York City will board trains from Moynihan Station in a new sunlit atrium concourse across the street from Penn Station as Amtrak moves into a larger space with a new customer lounge. Amtrak is buying 28 Acela trainsets, eight more than it currently operates. It is also planning to buy a new fleet of trains for its Northeast Regional service in the middle of the next decade. Amtrak says it is considering offering some non-stop trains between New York and Washington that could cut 15 minutes off the current travel time. [N.Y. Times, 1-11-19]

AMTRAK'S HOOSIER STATE MAY LOSE FUNDING: Amtrak's Hoosier State, the four-day-a-week train between Indianapolis and Chicago, may lose its $3-million annual appropriation from Indiana under its governor's proposed state budget. Without the funding, the train will likely be discontinued. The train currently runs on the days Amtrak's Cardinal three-day-a-week train skips. [NUVO, 1-11-19]

METRO-NORTH HARLEM, HUDSON LINES IMPACTED BY TRACK ISSUES: Metro-North's Harlem and Hudson line trains were impacted early Jan. 11 due to broken rails in Pleasantville and Tarrytown, and a 'track condition' in Hastings-on-Hudson. The incidents caused single-track operation with delays of up to 40 or 50 minutes. [Rorkland/West Chester Journal, 1-11-19]

MARYLAND & DELAWARE R.R. NAMES NEW PRESIDENT: The Maryland & Delaware Railroad, which operates 120 miles of track, has promoted Cathrin Banks to president. Most recently she served the short line as vice-president and general counsel. [Progressive Railroading, 1-11-19]

AMTRAK NAMES THREE TO LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Roger Harris has been named Amtrak's vice-president of long distance service, Robert Jordon has been named assistant vice-president of stations, and Bruno Maestri has been named vice-president of government affairs and corporate communications. Harris and Jordan begin their new roles this month; Maestri will begin in March. [Rail Passengers Assn. hotline, 1-11-19]

AMTRAK'S CALIFORNIA CALL CENTER SET TO CLOSE JAN. 18: Ninety-seven employees from Amtrak's Riverside, California, call center have accepted an offer to move and work in Philadelphia when the Riverside center closes Jan. 18. Those not opting to move will be given a separation allowance. About 500 employees overall are affected. Meanwhile, some call-in duties will be handled by an outsourced call center in Florida where the employees will be working for lower pay. [Rail Passengers Assn. hotline, 1-11-19]

CHECKED BAGGAGE ENDS ON BOSTON SECTION OF LAKE SHORE LIMITED: Checked baggage service on the Boston section of Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited ended Jan. 7. Additional on-board storage space is being made available to sleeping-car passengers, but not as 'checked baggage.' [Rail Passengers Assn. hotline, 1-11-19]

NEW FLIP-BOARD MIGHT BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR PHILADELPHIA: Amtrak intends to remove its historic split-flap train-status board at Philadelphia, but an engineering design firm says it can supply a similar apparatus that will integrate with Amtrak's system and be ADA-compliant. Amtrak is considering the offer. [Rail Passengers Assn. hotline, 1-11-19]

BOMBARDIER TO SUPPLY 113 COMMUTER CARS TO NJT: Bombardier has landed a $669-million contract to supply 113 Multilevel III commuter rail cars to New Jersey Transit, with an option for up to an additional 886 cars. [Progressive Railroading, 1-10-19]

UNION PACIFIC TRAIN DERAILS IN TEXAS: A Union Pacific freight train derailment involving a locomotive and 13 cars early Jan. 9 in Aubrey, Texas, sent freight cars smashing into a resident's back yard. There were no injuries, damage to the resident's property was minimal, but the rail line between Fort Worth and McAleser, Oklahoma, was closed into the following day. [My San Antonio, 1-9-19]

NORFOLK SOUTHERN APPEALS TAX RULING IN HARRISBURG: Norfolk Southern has appealed a property tax levy by Dauphin County, Pa., for property the railroad improved at Rutherford Yard near Harrisburg. State law exempts public utilities from paying local property taxes, although railroads are taxed a fraction of that amount. The county ruled that an 'intermodal yard,' which Rutherford became, should not be exempt from the full tax, but instead pay the tax without regard to the railroad being a utility. In the meantime, Norfolk Southern has paid the higher tax under protest, and a date for a court hearing is pending. [Penn Live, 1-9-19]

FORMER CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR OBSERVATION CAR IN ARIZONA TO BE RELOCATED NEARBY: City officials in Maricopa, Arizona, are slated to move observation car Silver Horizon, formerly of the California Zephyr, a short distance from the Amtrak station to a site next to the district school headquarters. The move is part of an overpass construction for a highway spanning Union Pacific train tracks. [U.S. News & World Report, 1-9-19]

CSX-SERVED TRANSLOAD FACILITY OPENS IN S.C.: The South Carolina Ports Authority announced that C&M Hog Farm has opened a transload facility at Inland Port Dillon, which is served by CSX. The facility will handle agricultural products bound for overseas markets. [Progressive Railroading website report, 1-9-19]

WEEKLY U.S. RAIL FREIGHT TRAFFIC REPORT: For the week ending Jan. 5, total U.S. rail freight traffic was 436,103 combined carloads and intermodal units, up 4.8 pct compared with the corresponding week last year. [Assn. of American Railroads, 1-9-19]

COURT ORDERS UNION PACIFIC TO PAY $2.3-M IN ENVIRONMENTAL SETTLEMENT: A Placer County, California, judge has ordered Union Pacific to pay more than $2.3-million in a settlement for mishandling hazardous wastes in a four-county area over an eight-year period. [Herald News, 1-9-19]

AMTRAK'S SUNSET LIMITED TO BE IMPACTED BY TRACK WORK: One weekly round-trip of Amtrak's Sunset Limited will be annulled between January 17 and March 9 due to Union Pacific track work. During the period, there will be no westbound departure from New Orleans on Mondays, and no eastbound departure from Los Angeles on Sundays. Remaining trains will be scheduled to arrive Los Angeles three hours later, and depart Los Angeles at 7:26 P.M. instead of 10 P.M., breaking a connection with the inbound Coast Starlight. [Rail Passengers Assn., 1-9-19]

AUSTRIAN RAIL WORKERS STOP THEIR TRAIN TO RESCUE MOUNTAIN GOAT BURIED IN SNOW: Austrian train workers shut down their track-clearing operations to rescue a chamois, a type of mountain goat, after seeing it get buried in a deluge of snow they had been clearing. Workers leapt from their train and shoveled to reach the animal in a snowdrift at the side of the track in a national park. The effort was a success, and the goat loped away into a forest. [Herald-Whig, 1-9-19]

NORFOLK SOUTHERN TRAIN DERAILS IN GEORGIA: A Norfolk Southern train derailed late Jan. 7 near Bartow, Georgia. Thirty-seven cars derailed, two of which breached hydrogen perixide and hydrochloric acid, respectively, but there was no indication of a chlorine leak. The train crew was taken to a hospital for evaluation. [Augusta Chronicle, 1-8-19]

TEXRAIL COMMUTER LINE OPENS JAN. 9: Trinity Metro has announced that TexRail commuter rail service will begin Thursday, Jan. 9. The agency received word from the Federal Railroad Administration that the entire 27-mile route from downtown to the airport has been aproved for passenger service. [Progressive Railroading, 1-8-19]

NEW EXPRESS INTERMODAL TERMINAL OPENS IN N.J.: The GCT Bayonne ExpressRail Port Jersey opened for business Jan. 7. The intermodal facility's opening marks a milestone in the five-year strategic goal of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to expand rail capacity for cargo destied for outside the region. [Progressive Railroading website report, 1-8-19]

CHICAGO TRANSIT OPENS NEW TERMINAL AT RED LINE STATION: Chicago has officially opened the city's new north terminal at the 95th-Dan Ryan station. The project signifies completion of a $280-million project for a state-of-the-art transit facility. The north terminal is the second of two rail and bus facilities replacing the original 50-year-old terminal. [Progressive Railroading website report, 1-8-19]

UNION PACIFIC COAL TRAIN DERAILS IN NEBRASKA: Twenty-three cars of a 144-car Union Pacific coal train derailed early Jan. 8 between Valley and Fremont, Nebraska, blocking highway 275. No injuries were reported. [6 News WOWT, 1-8-19]

JINAN, CHINA, OPENS FIRST METRO LINE: China's first urban rail opening of the new year took place Jan. 1 when Jinan, the capital of Shandong province, launched trial passenger operation on its first metro line. [International Railway Journal, 1-8-19]

WEEKLY AMTRAK LONG-DISTANCE TRAIN PERFORMANCE: Forty-six percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their scheduled final destination on time or earlier in the week ending January 6, 2019. The remaining 54 percent, on average, arrived one hour and 11 minutes late. MORE.. [Bull Sheet Statistical Dept., 1-7-19]

BRIGHTLINE GIVEN EXTENSION TO ISSUE TAX-EXEMPT BONDS: Brightline has been granted an additional six months by a federal court to issue $1.15-billion in tax-exempt bonds the company needs for planned service from South Florida to Orlando. The judge also dismissed a lawsuit by Indian River County, Florida, which had wanted to block the bonds. [Rail Passengers Assn. hotline, 1-4-19]

X TRAIN ENVISIONS SERVICE STARTUP BY MID-2019: X Rail Entertainment could begin passenger rail service between Southern California and Las Vegas by mid-2019, according to its parent company. The proposed service would initially make the trip in four and one-half hours using Union Pacific and BNSF tracks, eastbound on Friday and westbound on Sunday. One hour could be reduced from the schedule once improvements are completed along the line for higher speeds. As a later, final stage of the project, a 500-room 'X Hotel' would be built above the proposed Las Vegas train station. [Rail Passengers Assn. hotline, 1-4-19]

AMTRAK'S CRESCENT TO BE IMPACTED BY TRACKWORK: Trackwork will affect Crescent trains 19 and 20 between New Orleans and Atlanta Monday through Thursday from January 7 through February 14. Bus service will be substituted. [Rail Passengers Assn. hotline, 1-4-19]

HONGNAO RWY OPENS IN CHINA: The 270-mile Hongnao Railway in the Xinjiang region of China was formally opened to traffic Jan. 1. The line, one of the longest in China to be developed using private investment, is primarily intended to serve coal mines. [Railway Gazette, 1-4-19]

ITHACA CENTRAL R.R. IS NEW SHORTLINE IN PA., N.Y.: Watco Companies has launched Ithaca Central Railroad operating on 48.8 miles of leased track between Sayre, Pa., and Ludlowville, N.Y., from Norfolk Southern. Watco expects the line to handle about 12,000 carloads annually. [Progressive Railroading, 1-3-19]

WASHINGTON METRO TO PERMIT BICYCLES AT ANY HOUR: Washington Metro on Jan. 7 will end a longstanding restriction of bicycles on trains during rush hours. Under the new policy, standard-size bikes will be allowed on any car, at all times, 'provided space is available.' [Progressive Railroading, 1-3-19]

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK, KILLED BY METROLINK TRAIN: A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Metrolink train early Jan. 3 in Northridge, California. [KTLA-5, 1-3-19]

DECEMBER 2018 U.S. RAIL FREIGHT TRAFFIC REPORT: U.S. railroads in December 2018 originated 2,118,094 carloads and intermodal units, up 4 pct from December 2017. Calculated separately, carloads increased 2.9 pct, while intermodal increased 5 pct. [Assn. of American Railroads, 1-3-19]

N.Y. CITY'S L TRAIN TO CONTINE OPERATING DURING REPAIRS: It had previously been reported that New York City's L train, the system's busiest, would shut down for at least 15 months for repairs. This has now changed. Under a new plan, work will take place only on nights and weekends with trains running on limited service through one of the two tubes between Manhattan and Brooklyn. [U.S. News & World Report, 1-3-19]

FEDS EXAMING SHIPPER FEES BY RAILROADS UNDER PRECISION SCHEDULED RAILROADING: The U.S. Surface Transportation Board is looking into fees Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific have begun charging shippers relating to transitions to precision scheduled railroading for delays to the system such as slow unloading or late pickups. [Supply Chain Dive, 1-3-19]

SIX DEAD IN DANISH TRAIN ACCIDENT: Six passengers on a Danish State Railways Aarhus-Copenhagen intercity train were killed in the early morning of Jan. 2 when the train was hit by an object from an adjacent train while crossing the Great Belt fixed link between Funen and Zealand.High winds have been cited as the cause of the incident. Another 16 passengers were reported as injured. [International Railway Journal, 1-2-19]

FOUR U.S. RAILROADS FULLY MEET PTC IMPLEMENTATION DEADLINE: North County Transit District, Metrolink, Port Authority Trans-Hudson and Portland & Western Railroad were the four railroads that had fully implemented positive train-control as of the end of 2018. Thirty-seven railroads requested alternative schedules - seven Class I carriers, 25 intercity passenger and commuter railroads, and five shortline or terminal railroads - and 12 railroads obtained conditional PTC system certification permitting them to operate PTC in revenue service. [Progressive Railroading, 1-2-19]

CHICAGO TRAINSIT COMPLETES UPGRADES AT FOUR STATIONS: Four Green Line Chicago Transit Authority stations - 51st street, Halsted, Cottage Grove and Kedzie - have had upgrade work completed. The $12-million project was funded by bonds issued in 2017. [Progressive Railroading, 1-2-19]

BRIGHTLINE TRAIN STRIKES, KILLS PEDESTRIAN: Authorities say a Brightline train struck and killed a pedestrian late Jan. 1 in Fort Lauderdale. This is the 11th fatality since Brightline began operations in mid-2017. [U.S. News & World Report, 1-2-19]

BNSF ASKS COURT TO REJECT CLAIM THAT OBESITY IS A DISABILITY: BNSF, wich has been sued several times for allegedly discriminating against obese workers and applicants, has filed a brief with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court, claiming that Congress never intended to cover obesity with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and new science does not show that obesity itself is a disease unless it results from some underlying medical condition. [Reuters, 1-2-19]

AMTRAK LONG-DISTANCE TRAIN PERFORMANCE IN 2018: Thirty-one percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their final destination on-time or earlier in 2018. The remaining 69 percent, on average, arrived one hour and 36 minutes behind schedule. MORE.. [Bull Sheet Statistical Dept., 1-1-19]

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