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Rail News: January 2009

January 30

BNSF, Montana grain growers agree on ways to address rate disputes Ohio governor expresses support for state's '3-C' Corridor AAR: Week No. 3 traffic as weak as Nos. 1 and 2 SEPTA to rehab century-old station WMATA elects new officers Virtual-reality training programs help UP tap into video-game generation Wheeler joins NS' VP ranks Updates from Trinity, Advanced Rail Management, Interpipe, Timken, Harsco and BNSF Logistics

January 29

House signs off on amended economic stimulus bill, more transit funds ASCE report card: Nation's infrastructure condition rates a 'D' House rail subcommittee hearing sheds light on rail's role in the U.S. economy STB adopts new method to calculate railroads' cost of capital Parsons Brinckerhoff, Hatch Mott MacDonald garner honors for Sound Transit projects Tacoma port's container volume tumbles in '08 VRE elects board officers Volume of new equipment finance business falls in December and 2008, index shows

January 28

House introduces economic stimulus package NS: Fourth quarter one for the record books DART contracts Texas firm to design, build Blue Line extension LACMTA tests train clearances on Eastside extension KCSR switches from three operating divisions to two CHS acquires Winona River & Rail Updates from Odebrecht, Steer Davies Gleave, Andrew, Brandt Road Rail, CIT Rail, Knichel Logistics and Railpower Technologies

January 27

CP: Revenue rises, but so do expenses and the operating ratio Metro-North, LIRR to jointly purchase train parts Class Is' fuel surcharges continue to fall Connecticut task force to identify, recommend solutions for rail station parking issues Short lines slow out of '09 traffic gate, RMI data shows New Jersey gears up for annual state transportation conference Arizona land development to include inland intermodal port

January 26

Northeast Corridor businesses, APTA call for more transit funding in economic stimulus bill Americans support infrastructure investment and accountability, poll shows BNSF's on-time performance for UPS nearly perfect in peak season Utah agency adds more FrontRunner service to Pleasant View Georgia port opens container transfer facility Seneca Group to serve FRA as RRIF program financial advisor Updates from Viterra, Unitrac, GATX and Apollo Video Technology

January 23

CN: Favorable foreign exchange rate, falling fuel costs help prop up financial performance LACMTA board advances three transit-rail projects  Senate confirms LaHood as U.S. transportation secretary; Molitoris succeeds Beasley as Ohio DOT's director Carloads, intermodal loads remain way down for North American railroads so far in '09, AAR says New York/New Jersey port authority to offer cash incentive to rail shippers Santa Clara VTA posts ridership gains in December, 2008 RTA report: Tie purchases plummet, production rises in December Updates from Bombardier, Ansaldo STS, HLS Systems, Railinc, CIT Group, GATX, Dow AgroSciences and OPW Engineered Systems

January 22

UP's earnings and income way up, operating ratio way down BNSF bucks weak economy to post revenue, earnings and income gains Ontario agency revises GO Transit expansion plans LaHood closes in on Senate confirmation as U.S. transportation secretary California intercity rail ridership rises in two corridors, falls in another in December Berkshire Hathaway boosts BNSF stake to 21.8 percent NS to improve intermodal service, open terminal in Florida

January 21

CSX drives up revenue and income, drives down operating ratio in recession's wake WMATA shatters one-day ridership record on Inauguration Day Connecticut DOT outlines cost-reduction measures for New Haven maintenance facility Container volumes plummet at Long Beach, Los Angeles ports in '08 BNSF to improve line running through three states Metrolink elects new chairman, vice chairman Updates from Lewis Bolt & Nut, Faiveley Transport, Vulcan Technologies, FCM Rail, Alstom and Lenord + Bauer

January 20

Chicago-area coalition calls on U.S. appellate court to block CN/EJ&E transaction GO Transit begins grade-separation project KCS enhances KCSR service, advances bridge project in Laredo area Santa Clara VTA receives funding allocation for real-time information initiative Major Canadian road to link B.C. ports, rail yards Pittsburgh port authority completes mining work for North Shore project Operation Lifesaver Canada seeks 'Cyr' award nominees

January 19

FTA advances projects for Sound Transit, Denver RTD Volumes down for all reporting North American railroads in 2009's first week, AAR says Cleveland RTA marks sixth-straight annual ridership increase Study assesses feasibility of Charlotte-to-Macon high-speed rail service Developer completes first phase of rail infrastructure at New Mexico industrial park FRA takes steps to address grade crossing, rail bridge safety ACTA schedules meeting to review bridge, expressway project on Alameda Corridor Updates from United Group, Bombardier and Interfleet Technology

January 16

House Democrats propose $10 billion for rail, mass transit in economic stimulus package Freight-, passenger-rail stakeholders form coalition to deliver unified message FTA's OK clears construction path for New York/New Jersey commuter-rail tunnel U.S. Class I workforce shrinks in November, STB data shows UTA to reduce fares; Altamont Commuter Express to raise ticket prices BNSF speeds up container service between Washington state ports, central U.S. terminals DART, KCS and Watco make management changes Updates from Mitsui Rail, Knorr-Bremse, Orca Railway Systems, Veolia Transportation and ALK Technologies

January 15

Michigan governor approves legislation to advance Detroit light-rail line TriMet serves more riders in December; New York/New Jersey port authority sets annual AirTrain ridership record Transportation Services Index slips again in November STB seeks public comments on proposed solid-waste transfer facility rulemaking CTA posts ridership, on-time performance gains in '08 Charlotte agency chooses alignment for light-rail extension Southern Railway to continue operating Vancouver Island corridor for three years Transport Canada to help fund six grade crossing closures

January 14

Utah authority obtains FFGA for Mid-Jordan line Santa Clara VTA signs off on 25-year transportation plan L.A.-area authority seeks public feedback on container terminal project's environmental impacts Genesee & Wyoming's same-railroad carloads dip in December, 4Q Foundation provides grants for developing projects near transit lines RailAmerica boots up new-and-improved Web site Updates from GE, Ansaldo STS USA and Timken

January 13

Freight-rail tax credit bill re-enters the House USDOT final rule sets design standards for PIH-carrying tank cars Revenue and income climb in fourth quarter, CSX projects WMATA outlines 'ready-to-go' capital projects BNSF to upgrade track in Alabama, Texas Reps. Duncan, Shuster remain T&I subcommittee ranking members Innovation Fuels acquires rail-served terminal at Milwaukee port Updates from RMI, Alstom/Bombardier, Pacer, Infor Public Sector and Professional Transportation

January 12

Glass half-empty: U.S. roads register traffic declines in '08; glass half-full: volume reaches fourth-highest total VTA allocates millions for Caltrain improvements MBTA records ridership spike in November Peabody cuts PRB coal production projection CSX shareholder settles suit with TCI, 3G Capital Partners California High Speed Rail Authority to hold more public meetings Kansas City Southern de México to use train-handling simulators

January 9

WMATA proposes service, job cuts in FY2010 spending plan BNSF’s PRB coal loadings reach new high-water mark in '08 LIRR achieves best-ever on-time performance in 2008 'Port Tracker' report: U.S. container volume falls to lowest annual level since 2004 Texas rail association ranks counties with highest rail accident rates Rail industry to memorialize UTU's Brunkenhoefer in main House hearing room Updates from ENSCO, RailComm, RMI, Greenbrier, Arrow Reload Systems and Evans Network

January 8

USDOT ponies up $900 million for WMATA's Dulles Corridor project Kohl, Baldwin reintroduce antitrust enforcement act in Congress Oberstar proposes billions in economic stimulus funding for transportation projects Washington short line eyes economic stimulus to help fund track upgrades UP sets PRB coal train loading, tonnage records in '08 Transportation coalition appoints Corless to head campaign Illinois commission OKs plans, funds for two new bridges

January 7

Barrington, Will County seek to stop STB from advancing CN/EJ&E deal SEPTA seeks input on upcoming capital programs LACMTA to consider four Eastside light-rail options Geist will continue to head the House transportation committee in Pennsylvania CTA, I-GO launch joint card program Updates from EMD, ARCADIS, Alstom, InteliSum and Guardium

January 6

Tri-Rail shatters ridership record in '08 BNSF schedules major trackwork, earns recognition for supporting Native Americans RMI: Short lines post small carload drop through 2008's first 51 weeks WMATA set to handle record crowds on Inauguration Day Montreal port sets container traffic record in '08, preliminary data shows Updates from Bombardier, STV, Alstom, HCL AXON, RMI, ARCADIS, Professional Transportation and Little Giant Crane

January 5

MARTA facing larger-than-anticipated budget shortfall Sound Transit proposes Link fare structure U.S. and Canadian railroads end 2008 with a thud, AAR traffic data shows CSX explores options for Greenbrier resort Stefflre succeeds Prince as IANA's chairman Rail-served carbon processing facility coming to Louisiana port

January 2

CN and CPR exceeded western grain revenue caps, Canadian Transportation Agency says FRA advances environmental reviews for New Jersey bridge, California high-speed line Redeker to oversee Connecticut DOT's public transit bureau FRA to revise locomotive engineer certification rule, increase civil penalties for safety rule violations DART appoints Steele CIO Canadian railroad hall of fame adds three inductees Updates from Alstom, Watco Mechanical Services and Alcoa Fastening Systems << Previous Next >>
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