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Rail News: March 2006

March 31

Federal Highway Administration calls on states to install stop or yield signs at 'passive' crossings, AAR says UP makes management changes in operations, track engineering departments Class Is' faster train speeds might signal end to artificial car demand, Rail Theory Forecasts says Iowa Interstate to acquire OmniTRAX's Great Western Railway of Iowa RTA report: Tie purchases and production rise slightly in February Waites resigns as CPR CFO, Grassby to take on position in acting role

March 30

BNSF closes 3,000th grade crossing under six-year-old program South Dakota city backs DM&E's Powder River Basin project Orange County Transportation Authority earmarks $14.5 million for Metrolink improvements Squires, Galanko assume new VP posts at NS Utah Transit Authority takes delivery of steel rail for new commuter line Genesee & Wyoming names Liucci chief accounting officer, global controller Railinc rolls out new-and-improved RailSync Command services

March 29

Minnesota Senate signs off on $60 million bonding bill for Northstar Corridor Florida East Coast awaits federal judge's ruling on mining permits, case's affect on aggregate business Paducah & Louisville orders locomotive digital video recording systems from Advanced Video Technologies WMATA police to conduct first station and train inspection under new morning rush program UP dispatchers vote down proposal to join American Train Dispatchers Association Bush nominates Hoglander, Tredick for National Mediation Board seats Smart-Hose Technologies unveils hose safety system

March 28

Metrolink to raise ticket prices 5.5 percent to recover fuel costs CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge to rise 1.5 percentage points in April Capitol Corridor reaches 10 million passenger mark Metro-North contracts Simmons Machine Tool to supply underfloor wheel truing system RMI creates rail certification program for operational best practices National Railway Labor Conference boots up 'rail facts' Web site Strong Canadian dollar and YSD plant closing drag down Global Railway's 2005 revenue, earnings

March 27

USDOT puts passenger car crash-management system to the test Kansas City Southern de México forms velocity committee to help boost train speed NS to transfer ownership of shuttered Hollidaysburg shops to local development group Mackay to assume Canadian railway association's top post American Railcar Industries arranges deal to acquire Custom Steel's stock Providence and Worcester increases income, revenue in 2005 WMATA, Virginia transportation department seek feedback on Dulles airport extension

March 24

SEPTA to purchase 104 Silverliner cars for $244 million Partners complete preliminary engineering for Dulles Corridor Metrorail extension Coal key to reducing United States' energy costs, National Coal Council study says Amtrak contracts ALSTOM to manage Acela fleet maintenance 3PL 'bridges' its Chicago distribution center with CSXT terminal NS marks 175th anniversary, releases annual report chronicling best-ever year ENSCO opens rail maintenance, office buildings in Pennsylvania

March 23

RailAmerica small road's right of way to become Canadian passenger-rail line Caltrain to rebuild Redwood Creek bridge AAR schedules St. Louis meeting to discuss freight-car maintenance initiatives Gardner to retire as Railinc president, West to assume post in acting role Greater Cleveland RTA re-elects Dixon, Burtzlaff to top board posts STB to raise half its fees for handling transportation transactions and disputes ALSTOM names De Souza GM of New York manufacturing facility NRC to conduct 3rd annual equipment auction at Progress Rail's Illinois yard

March 22

Bombardier-led consortium to build 10 commuter trains for Hungarian railway Nashville jury awards former CSXT conductor $2.9 million for on-the-job injuries Cleveland RTA to seek public feedback on proposed fare hike Progress Rail Services to hold initial public offering Alaska Railroad to conduct safety train tour BNSF to help turn abandoned Kansas, Arkansas lines into nature trails Carmanah Technologies' annual revenue, earnings increase more than 100 percent Transbay Joint Powers Authority board appoints Ford chairman and Hill, vice chairman Kelso Technologies to ramp up marketing efforts for pressure-relief valve

March 21

AAR launches ad campaign to promote railroading as a public-benefiting industry Metro-North to begin operating earlier morning trains FRA appoints Strang associate administrator for safety York Railway workers give thumbs up to UTU contract Former Whiting Corp. President Gibson passes away Montreal, Maine & Atlantic names Sheahan, Arnold to key engineering posts WMATA to present FY07 spending plans to the public

March 20

LA MTA secures $208 million in state funds for Exposition light-rail line Kansas City Southern Railway continues to extend traffic control system on Meridian Speedway California authority proposes Bay Area alignment options, station locations for high-speed line NMB calls for second representation vote after ruling Stillwater Central interfered with first election, BLET says Former STB Chairman Nober to join international law firm's transportation group Developer to build housing, office and retail space near Tri-Rail station Schultz to head transportation for Montreal, Maine & Atlantic American Railway Development Association to hold 100th annual meeting

March 17

Class Is to invest $8 billion in infrastructure improvements in 2006, AAR says Intermodal's still up, carloads still flat Wabtec conducting internal investigation of Pioneer Friction subsidiary Good Jobs First cites 25 top economic development projects near transit lines Wausaukee to supply components for NYCT subway, Phoenix light-rail cars Santa Clara VTA committee to rank proposed projects

March 16

Amtrak requests $1.6 billion for FY2007 2005 was safest rail year ever, FRA says NAFTA partners moved $698 billion in goods in 2005, BTS says CPR ratifies agreements with rail traffic controllers, police officers MARTA works out kinks in real-time train information system CSXT bestows annual environmental incident response award to SUNPRO

March 15

BNSF to expand Chicago-area logistics park UP boosts first-quarter, full-year earnings projections Bombardier to supply 146 FLEXITY trams for Frankfurt transit authority STB schedules May hearing to review railroads' fuel surcharges CMI-Promex, GE team up to develop plastic signal housing Passenger counts up, freight volumes down in 2005, international rail union says Global Rail names Martin head of North American sales and marketing Wilcock to chair Transportation Research Board's commuter-rail committee

March 14

KCS makes payments to Grupo TMM, consulting firm to comply with TFM agreements Sacramento agency to reduce train horns' decibel level Connecticut DOT contracts Kawasaki to inspect, refurbish commuter-rail cars Logistics management firm honors BNSF's vehicle handling performance in 2005 GO Transit's ticket prices go up to cover rising costs Reynolds succeeds Piggott as AVP of BNSF's expedited services Michigan university's railroad club joins AREMA as first-ever student chapter Koerner to head Montana Rail Link's finances, administration

March 13

BNSF budgets more than $100 million for MOW work in California Virginia rail department to host open houses for high-speed corridor WMATA proposes to allocate portion of advertising revenue for system improvements Genesee & Wyoming increases North American, Australian carloads in February Charlotte transit agency seeks input on streetcar project Brashares takes helm as Transportation Intermediaries Association intermodal conference chair Schaefer launches converter line for 'dead start' cranking

March 10

Rail industry focuses lobbying efforts on three legislative fronts during one-day D.C. event Chemical shippers lobby in D.C. to promote re-regulation bills railroads oppose Behavioral assessment course to provide WMATA police officers tips on spotting potential terrorists UP battles weather and track conditions on Powder River Basin line Northstar Corridor closer to final design stage Steel Dynamics forms joint venture, prepares to enter composite tie market CSXI lands Landstar Logistics' carrier of the year award Eurail posts 24 percent sales spike in 2005

March 9

Utah transit agency to call commuter-rail line 'FrontRunner' UP to upgrade track on St. Louis-to-K.C. line Minnesota city backs DM&E's Powder River Basin project American Railcar Industries sets fourth-quarter car delivery record, doubles year-end backlog New Web site tells commuters how to cut transportation costs VAE Nortrak North America names Abbott executive VP BNSF donates Kansas depot to honor orphan trains' place in rail history HDR appoints Taylor to head national transportation sustainability program

March 8

New York/New Jersey port sets container-handling record in 2005, launches security initiatives in 2006 Transportation Services Index falls slightly in January Transport Canada to monitor CN's operations on B.C. route another 60 days Metrolink to launch sealed corridor crossing improvement program Housatonic Railroad markets dispatching system to other short lines Keokuk Junction, Burlington Junction founder Warfield passes away Oregon's TriMet to gather feedback on Portland Mall light-rail project

March 7

U.S. and Canadian railroads originate fewer carloads in February, AAR says Charlotte transit agency to brand light-rail system as 'LYNX' Small road's 'CW' segment not covering operational costs, Washington state DOT says League of Railway Industry Women seeks applicants for 2007-08 scholarship program Amtrak to hold security expo at Chicago's Union Station GE, Cubic introduce explosives-detecting ticket vending machine Quad Cities organize September event to honor more-than-century-old railroad bridge

March 6

LA MTA lets design/build contract for Exposition light-rail line NS sells 42-mile Tennessee line to coal shipper Developer to help finance NJ Transit's parking deck GoRail launches ad campaign to promote rail industry UP to build two staging tracks in Tempe BNSF appoints Jackson and Jones to GM positions San Francisco Muni CEO Ford joins Caltrain's board Trinity Industries sets quarterly revenue, full-year rail-car delivery records

March 3

FRA plans to issue regs aimed at reducing human factor-caused train accidents ALSTOM to build infrastructure for driverless metro line in Milan Silver takes reins as APTA board chair St. Louis Metro posts 15.7 percent ridership spike in January NJ Transit to offer improved service for Raritan Valley passengers AARS seeks applicants for Frank J. Richter Scholarship Southwest Signal Engineering appoints Potter to finance post

March 2

Cleveland RTA considers implementing first fare hike in 13 years U.S. Sugar using RMI's RailConnect system to track sugar cane movements James River Coal acquires rail load-out facility, coal reserves from Indiana mineral company Amsted to build second Chinese wheel plant WMATA seeks to build track to test trains, train employees

March 1

STB proposes rule to address stand-alone cost test procedures NS attracts $2 billion worth of new facilities and plant additions in 2005 VIA Rail implements Internet Wi-Fi service Genesee & Wyoming's Rail Link to serve new San Antonio port complex Pennsylvania to provide more than $10 million for freight-rail projects Amtrak contracts Yankee Holidays to handle vacations program << Previous Next >>
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