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Rail News: February 2009

February 27

Short-line association stresses tax credit legislation at 'Day on the Hill' Federal commission recommends raising gas tax, charging usage fees to increase surface transportation investment USDOT outlines FY2010 budget framework, proposes $5 billion for high-speed rail Montana report: BNSF charges 'excessive' rates and provides shippers 'poor' service; BNSF: Report is 'inaccurate and distorted' Carloads, intermodal volume remain down for North American roads in week No. 7, AAR says OSHA orders UP to reassign welder, pay damages San Francisco MTC appoints Haggerty, Tissier to top posts BNSF installs Albanese, Ness as division GMs

February 26

House approves $10.2 billion for transit in omnibus appropriations bill Minnesota DOT obtains FRA grant to conduct environmental study on high-speed line CN should be held to STB-imposed mitigation conditions in EJ&E decision, Sen. Durbin says CREATE partners complete Corwith interlocking project Canadian governments award high-speed line study contract for Québec-Windsor City corridor BNSF lures 127 industrial projects to its lines in '08 RTA: Tie purchases, production jump in January Updates from JTS, Bombardier, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Portec Rail and Interpipe

February 25

Georgia Senate passes legislation to help address MARTA's budget woes Forecast for this year's ton-miles, rail-car orders far from favorable, FTR says LIRR to reach 175th anniversary in April KCSR transportation managers to learn cost-of-quality principles Hispanic magazine honors BNSF's, UP's diversity efforts Caltrain upgrades California Avenue, Palo Alto stations USDOT's research arm seeks small business innovation proposals Updates from 10East, Bombardier, Thermo King and Motion Sensors

February 24

NYCT posts highest subway ridership in nearly 60 years Class Is continue to slash monthly fuel surcharges Sound Transit appoints Tober, Klein to key executive posts Soo Line, BMWED reach 'framework' agreement MBTA leases portion of Riverside Station site to developer RailAmerica assigns Lazzaro, Mishra and Stefanic to VP posts Illinois commission, FRA hand out rail safety education and enforcement grants Updates from Wabtec, RailComm, Alstom, Maiers Transport & Warehouse and Blackmer

February 23

Domestic intermodal volume hits four-year high in '08, IANA says Amtrak Cascades reaches record ridership in 2008 New Jersey ExpressRail facility moves 3 millionth container APTA to discuss policy, legislative changes at next month's conference Raritan Central aims to develop logistics center in Arkansas Buttrey to step down from STB post next month NYCT's online trip planner now includes interactive map Updates from Balfour Beatty, Thales, D. A. International Casting/WINE Railcar Products, CIT Rail and Pacer

February 20

AAR weekly report: North American railroads' traffic tune still holds sour note NYCT begins excavation work on 7 line extension Virginia transportation board revises budget, six-year plan AAR's Hamberger to STB: Passenger-rail expansion shouldn't impede freight-rail growth GO Transit to receive millions from federal and provincial governments, extend one morning train International intermodal traffic will weather the withering economy, ITI's Keller says CN appoints Finn to executive VP position RAC schedules railway haz-mat response course in June

February 19

STB orders BNSF to pay record-setting reparations and rate reductions to captive coal shipper WMATA lists ways it could use stimulus funds South Florida transportation, planning agencies to hold transportation summit Amtrak to lower Acela ticket prices North Carolina Railroad to hold rail forum in March Updates from 10East, Trinity, Alstom, Hub Group and DRI

February 18

California High Speed Rail Authority outlines how it could use stimulus funds MARTA completes rail-car rehab program, hosts rail-car symposium International deal-making helped drive 'steady' transportation/logistics M&A activity in Q4, PricewaterhouseCoopers says TriMet boosts ridership in January Stimulus bill raises monthly commuter tax benefit, TransitCenter says North Carolina DOT to close grade crossing

February 17

President Obama set to sign stimulus bill into law Lower fuel prices, international trade impact intermodal's market share in fourth quarter Metra, UP to upgrade West Line stations USDOT's new drug testing rule still tied up in federal court Anaheim, Orange County transit authority accepting design proposals for intermodal facility  AAR rolls out 2009 version of 'Freight Rail Works campaign Updates from Timken, FreightCar America, Pacer, Ensco, Exide Technologies, Southwest Signal Engineering, SYSTRA USA and Quintiq

February 13

Stimulus bill to include nearly $20 billion for rail projects, APTA says Oregon commission provides loans to help port purchase Coos Bay Line segment TriMet projects $13.5 million FY10 budget shortfall AAR: U.S., Canadian roads' traffic remains down in February's first week Saskatchewan ponies up $10 million for new CP intermodal hub Freight rail a component of economic stimulus funding, AAR says House T&I Committee appoints Republican subcommittee members UP to upgrade line between Missouri, Iowa

February 12

USDOT: Accountability will be top priority in economic stimulus bill Transportation Services Index slips further at 2008's end Colorado DOT eyes economic benefits from freight-rail relocation LIRR satisfied with customer satisfaction poll results MBTA adds more six-car trains to Blue Line service UP's PRB train loadings slip slightly in January Updates from GE Transportation, Greenbrier, Graham-White, Alstom, Siemens, STV, Landis Industries, ARMS, MISCOR and RailComm

February 11

Senate signs off on $838 billion economic stimulus package CN, NS to create joint corridor through nation's midsection L.A. construction authority awards contract for Gold Line Foothill extension Genesee & Wyoming: Revenue and income up, operating ratio down Staten Island Railway obtains four new locomotives North Carolina Railroad to upgrade storm-water drainage system Seattle port sets grain tonnage record in '08

February 10

U.S. Class I workforce continued to contract in December, STB data shows Metro-North registers record ridership, solid on-time performance in 2008 NYCT rolls out train locator system at L line station Watco revises department duties, management positions DART appoints Plesko to oversee planning, scheduling Kerley, Wier join UTU's board Updates from Wabtec, RFTrax, Structural Composites of Indiana and FreightScan

February 9

Senate proposes $827 billion economic stimulus bill Honolulu seeks bids for new commuter-rail line's first segment U.S. ports' container volume will dial down in first half, report says MARTA, Georgia DOT team up to address state transportation needs Caltrain to retrofit bike cars with additional racks UP's Butler an influential African-American corporate exec, magazine says Updates from Siemens, Railpower and Greenbrier

February 6

'Severe' recession drags down North American rail traffic totals in January, AAR says FRA receives 'overwhelming' response to request for high-speed rail proposals BNSF/J.B. Hunt intermodal partnership prospers for 20 years DART's Green Line project generates jobs, economic development EPA report: Fourth-quarter car orders fall to lowest level in seven years Unemployment filings climb to 27-year high in January's last week, labor department says UP lands in magazine's top 50 for 'most admired' HR departments Updates from GE, Alstom, The Andersons and Safety Vision

February 5

APTA calls on Congress to provide $15.9 billion in transit stimulus funding USDOT organizes team to oversee economic stimulus spending Pennsylvania's 2009-10 budget proposes $27 million for freight rail Massachusetts transportation office advances MBTA Green Line extension Freight-rail tax credit bill could be a boon for Texas, rail association says BNSF, UP to pay Superfund site cleanup costs per EPA settlement REMSA boots up online job board Updates from Railpower, Interfleet Technology, Hazarsolve, Dow AgroSciences and Railinc

February 4

CREATE partners back funding provision in Senate's economic stimulus proposal Roskam proposes bill to advance Metra's STAR line Minnesota's Metro Transit registers best-ever annual ridership Strang steps in as FRA's acting deputy administrator TriMet's WES trains share track with Portland & Western trains MBTA installs defibrillators onboard trains Updates from GE, Pelican Products and Comcast

February 3

KCS' traffic and revenue tumble, operating ratio climbs Schumer seeks to increase transit funding in Senate's stimulus bill Canadian government closer to amending haz-mat laws NJ Transit completes tunnel communication upgrade on light-rail system King, Dawson join MARTA as assistant GMs UP to upgrade Missouri line Midwest shipper association elects 2009 officers Updates from RailComm, Axion, Alstom and IPICO

February 2

CN completes EJ&E deal with U.S. Steel CTA's Huberman resigns; Carter steps in as interim president TriMet opens WES commuter-rail line Watco to launch new Michigan short line after favorable STB ruling Ohio rail commission OKs funds for freight-rail, emission-reduction projects Amtrak shuffles board leadership Fuel-price fluctuations not necessarily favoring truck over rail, UBS says Updates from Harsco, GATX, Siemens and WiFi Rail << Previous Next >>
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