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Rail News: March 2009

March 31

U.S., China agree to jointly improve hazardous materials transportation S.F. bay-area commission to revise 2035 transportation plan Vancouver's Canada Line to open by September RailAmerica's Jones earns ASLRRA's top safety honor CSXI's fuel surcharge inches up, UP's ratchets down in April NYC-area trash means cash to New York & Atlantic Amtrak to bring back sleeper cars between Chicago, Boston Updates from Siemens, Alstom, RailComm, Kelso Technologies, CFCL Australia, Knorr-Bremse and Global Railway

March 30

Phoenix agency receives $36 million in stimulus dollars for light-rail line New York/New Jersey port authority awards steel contract for World Trade Center hub Connecticut lands stimulus funds for Providence and Worcester, passenger-rail projects Heavy load container facility attracts first lessee; Evergreen honors CSXI as carrier of the year Stifel Nicolaus analyst lowers ratings for two Class Is, four other transportation companies Five 'Pacific Gateway' projects advance in Canada International railway union releases global passenger-, freight-rail traffic figures for '08 Paljug to co-chair RSI's new joint C&S/MOW committee

March 27

CSX willing to help spur high-speed rail on Empire Corridor, Schumer says WMATA outlines plans for $202 million in stimulus funds U.S., Canadian roads continue to sing the traffic blues, AAR data shows Santa Clara VTA completes draft environmental report for BART extension RTA report: Tie production rises, purchases plummet in February Amtrak to fund two Seattle maintenance facilities with stimulus dollars San Pedro & Southwestern sets safety record Updates from VAE Nortrak, ARINC, CAF and Alstom

March 26

New York MTA approves plan to hike fares, slash service FTA to award $100 million in energy reduction grants to transit agencies Sound Transit obtains low bids for University Link tunnel work UP honors 40 chemical shippers' safety efforts CSX to provide proxy materials online Providence and Worcester posts income, revenue gains in '08 Small shipment conference names annual carrier award winners Updates from EMD, Ansaldo STS, Vossloh and IBM

March 25

Truck size/weight-limiting bill enters House; rail labor unions and North Dakota lawmakers seek quiet zone-funding legislation NS: Manion to succeed Tobias as COO; Stewart and Allison assume new VP positions DART to use stimulus funds to advance Orange Line project VRE purchases additional locomotives from MotivePower Bay Line, R.J. Corman’s Memphis Line and St. Lawrence & Atlantic earn ASLRRA's top marketing honors San Francisco MTA to upgrade Muni lines Equipment leasing business falls in February, monthly index shows Updates from Timken, Sherwin-Williams, Export-Import Bank, Kyocera Solar and LightWild

March 24

BNSF registers fewer grade crossing collisions, trespassing incidents New York/New Jersey port authority's cargo volumes flat-line in '08 In memoriam: Watco founder Dick Webb (1938-2009) Morgan Keegan analyst reaffirms GATX 'outperform' rating Metro-North to rehab Tarrytown Station BMWED, Soo Line agree on tentative contract Updates from Siemens, Wabtec and RailComm

March 23

Feds sue UP for failing to prevent drug trafficking; government, not railroad, controls border-crossing cars, Class I says Vancouver's TransLink to upgrade infrastructure on light-, commuter-rail systems Amtrak to provide remainder of workers' back pay by May 1 Opportunities abound for railroads and trucks in intermodal sector, CSXI's Herwig says Railroads, shippers and rail labor unions need to jointly resolve rail regulation dispute, UTU says Cooper joins STB staff as attorney-advisor; Cox becomes Watco senior chief engineer CTA completes Howard Station rehab Pelletier departs Montreal Port Authority; search for next CEO under way

March 20

A half-full view: Inventory drawdowns can’t continue unabated, analyst tells truckload carriers BNSF, CSXI expand container service to the Southeast; BNSF upgrades Transcon corridor California intercity rail ridership dips in February AAR report: Traffic remains down for U.S., Canadian railroads in March's second week Amtrak Cascades to celebrate 10 years of service CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation pacts with two more Illinois cities Houston METRO names Hickey associate VP Updates from International Paint, GE, EMD, Ansaldo STS, Zachry American and Cornerstone Systems

March 19

Obama tabs UTU's Szabo as FRA administrator U.S. transportation, housing departments team up to promote transit-oriented development efforts Indiana Rail Road to build spur for new coal mine U.S. Class I workforce slightly smaller in January, STB data shows VIA Rail upgrades track, station near Ottawa Cook to manage TTCI's security/emergency response center; Badger to direct Virginia's rail division MARTA to co-sponsor PPP workshop In memoriam: Former Conrail engineering chief Benjamin Gordon

March 18

CSX showing 'modest improvement' on the traffic-volume front in recent weeks, Ward says Around the intermodal horn: From KCSR's UPS honors to ATA's tonnage forecast to Texas port's trade corridor funding Rail-car utilization rates, deliveries continue to decline, Longbow Research says Former FTA, New York MTA execs form transportation consulting firm Stifel Nicolaus analyst lowers his '09-'10 EPS expectations for six Class Is Los Angeles MTA to obtain feedback on downtown regional connector NJ Transit to upgrade Somerville Station Updates from GE, Siemens Mobility, RailComm, RMI, SYSTRA and Evans Delivery

March 17

Railroads likely to 'dodge the re-regulation bullet' — Stifel Nicolaus research note DART to obtain public feedback on new ticket prices New York MTA unveils new South Ferry station Former U.S. transportation secretary, rail revivalist Brinegar passes away Missouri DOT sets aside federal stimulus funds for rail bridge AAR's annual shipper forum set for NARS' Chicago meeting MBTA to implement new train information system Updates from Thales, AECOM, Jacobs Engineering and Affiliated Computer Services

March 16

Amtrak to expand capacity, upgrade facilities with stimulus funding MBTA proposes $1.6 billion FY10 spending plan, details budget woes Oregon port to obtain $8 million from feds for Coos Bay line purchase Obama tabs Puchala for NMB seat, Mulvey for STB chairmanship GO Transit hikes fares UP picks up coal-train loading pace in PRB, Colorado/Utah KCSR combines labor relations, HR departments Updates from Thales, GE, Skanska USA, Motion Sensors, Cornerstone Systems and CIBER

March 13

NJ Transit seeks bids for Mass Transit Tunnel project Virginia Beach purchases NS right of way for future line CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation pact with Richton Park AAR traffic report: Tough sledding continues for North American railroads in March's first week Washington state DOT terminates short line's operating lease BART to bolster West Oakland station for earthquakes Illinois commission OKs upgrades to seven grade crossings AAR releases 25th edition of rail trends book

March 12

CTA, NJ Transit to receive stimulus funds for several projects Houston METRO contracts Parsons to construct four light-rail lines Transportation Services Index tumbles again in January CTA names Rodriguez president, Walker CFO Manpower survey: U.S. transportation workforce to be 'relatively stable' in second quarter CSXT to commemorate first Genset in Illinois BLET seeks members' input on national contract negotiations Updates from Herzog, ERS Industries, RailComm, Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Thales, Ansaldo STS, Vossloh and Hirschmann Automation

March 11

UP asks STB to examine common carrier obligation to quote chlorine-move rates BART seeks ways to overcome $50 million FY2010 budget deficit STB blesses NS/Pan Am Railways 'Patriot Corridor' joint venture KCSR acquires two Gensets; Providence & Worcester lands 17 auxiliary power units TriMet ridership flat in February despite new commuter-rail service San Diego-area's SPRINTER celebrates first anniversary DHS' TWIC program reaches 1 million enrollee mark Midwest shippers association awards scholarships to six students

March 10

USDOT commits $900 million FFGA for Dulles Corridor project New York outlines 20-year freight-, passenger-rail plan Freight, passenger rail on Ohio commission's meeting agenda UPS Freight cuts transit time in Michigan, Wisconsin Progressive Railroading awards Wheel/Rail Interaction '09 scholarships to two railroaders APTA launches public transit advocacy campaign UTU founding contributor Kunz passes away Updates from e-VERIFILE.COM, AECOM Technology, GE, ITT Interconnect Solutions and STV

March 9

APTA: Public transit ridership reaches 52-year high in '08 KCS railroads launch Midwest-to-Mexico intermodal service Sound Transit begins to build University Link U.S. ports' container volume drops in January and February, 'Port Tracker' says UTA considers options for Ogden-area transit corridor IC&E workers remain BLET members Officers association honors UP's military support Updates from Bombardier, SKF, HNTB Corp., ShipXpress and Nexxus Lighting

March 6

Senate Judiciary Committee OKs 'antitrust enforcement' bill LACMTA tabs Leahy to succeed Snoble as CEO AAR: North American roads handle fewer loads in February Connex should fire two GMs because of engineer's 'unacceptable behaviors,' Metrolink says DART's Thomas named 'outstanding' Texas public transit manager BLET members ratify CN-WC agreement BNSF's Gallegos joins Hispanic magazine's 'corporate elite' POLZUG introduces container-rail service on Black Sea route

March 5

California's Capitol Corridor to request $98 million in economic stimulus funds CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with West Chicago Metrolink to install inward-facing cameras on locomotives NS mechanical department sets injury ratio record in '08 Federal budget cuts mean smaller-scale Yucca Mountain project in Nevada Minnesota agency proposes Northstar fares Wisconsin to upgrade 78 crossings during next three years Updates from ARINC, Greenbrier, ARI, Siemens Energy and Railpower

March 4

Value of goods moving between NAFTA nations rises in '08 despite November, December falls California legislators transfer millions in transit funds to cover budget deficit UP, NS and BNSF make magazine's grade as 'most admired' companies In Memoriam: Red River Valley & Western, Twin Cities & Western co-founder Charles Clay Dougherty to oversee San Francisco agency's safety programs European railway union awards IT contract for freight-rail communications project Chicago South Shore's Lampe joins STB advisory committee Updates from Portec Rail, RailComm, Kelso Technologies, Lund Martin Construction and Cambridge Systematics

March 3

BNSF furloughs 140 mechanical department workers Transportation labor unions outline issues, priorities with LaHood and Oberstar Santa Clara VTA continues to post ridership gains NJ Transit to upgrade Ridgewood Station BNSF to launch trackwork on Kansas/Missouri line Stadler joins KCS as SVP, chief accounting officer Tyva Republic advances coal line plan Updates from Nordco, GE Rail Services, Ansaldo STS, Parsons and Walker International Transportation

March 2

Canadian government to provide millions for Vancouver-area's Evergreen Line Alabama port authority pursues container transfer facility in Mobile Chicago mayor pegs Rodriguez for CTA's top post Illinois commission OKs three grade crossing upgrades, reports promising crossing safety stats for '08 Southwest Signal Engineering becomes 'Xorail' WMATA to soon offer expanded cell phone service at underground stations CSXT, UTU agreement eliminates 'double jeopardy' conundrum Updates from ENSCO, Timken, Alstom and Crowcon Detection << Previous Next >>
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