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Rail News: April 2009

April 30

KCS reins in costs to mitigate effects from revenue, volume declines Senate confirms Szabo's nomination as FRA administrator Metrolink to hold off on approving fare increase — for now Public transit investment would create 'green' jobs, APTA report states Washington allocates state funds for short line's track rehab project TriMet celebrates five years of Interstate MAX service BMWED members ratify Soo Line pact Updates from GE, Trinity Industries, Portec Rail, HJ Skelton and HDR

April 29

Jobin to succeed Mongeau as CN's CFO NJ Transit to trim expenses, maintain fares in FY10 KCS launches service to Mexican multi-modal facility; BNSF Logistics wins Wal-Mart's carrier award BNSF's Miller joins U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission subcommittee  Los Angeles MTA contracts consulting firm to identify PPP opportunities CN presents 'safe handling' awards to 98 shippers Genesee & Wyoming increases income, earnings Updates from Vossloh, J.L. Patterson, Veolia Transportation, Aralia Systems, IBM and Isis L.L.C.

April 28

New York MTA projects larger-than-expected budget deficit BART board advances eBART, Oakland Airport Connector projects Stifel Nicolaus analyst raises ’09 EPS estimate for BNSF FRA approves draft environmental work for southern California-to-Vegas high-speed line Crews break ground on siding designed to boost capacity, reduce delays of Amtrak Missouri River Runner trains Santa Clara VTA proposes FY2010 budget, fare hikes NS awards 10 college scholarships

April 27

TCI sells 4.5 percent stake in CSX Sound Transit to use $4.6 million in stimulus funds for commuter-rail extension BNSF, CSXI team up to provide expedited trailer service State funds in flux for St. Louis Metro San Francisco-area transportation commission signs off on 25-year plan South Dakota ponies up $10.7 million to improve three state-owned lines CSXI takes home Landstar's intermodal carrier award; NS honors 35 chemical shippers' safety efforts
Updates from Parsons Transportation/Granite, Bombardier, RailComm, e-VERIFILE.COM, GATX and Sherwin-Williams

April 24

Despite lower revenue and earnings, BNSF 'weathers a difficult economic environment' by controlling costs CP's tough trifecta: Revenue, earnings and income fall San Francisco MTA facing $130 million budget deficit in FY2010 Another week, another discouraging traffic outcome for North American roads, AAR report shows New report cites nation's 'transit innovations' Consultant to analyze BART's transit police department CN's Algoma Central Railway acquires Colorado's Ski Train Adrian & Blissfield names Jones GM

April 23

UP sets operating ratio record in 'most challenging' business environment NRC's Baker provides insight on stimulus bill's rail-industry impacts ASLRRA's Timmons seeks RRIF loan, ARRA funding rule changes Santa Clara VTA registers ridership gain for eighth-straight month CSXT lands 63 new facilities, attracts 42 plant expansions in '08 AAR boots up online carbon calculator BART to install solar panels, energy-efficient lighting at Richmond shop Updates from Chicago Freight Car Leasing, Ansaldo, Salco Products, Carillion, Wabtec, Hub Group and Knorr-Bremse

April 22

NS reins in costs to offset lower revenue, income AAR honors CSXT's O'Malley with top environmentalist award ITI's Carmichael on Obama's high-speed rail strategy: 'most ambitious' transportation plan since 1950s Metrolink completes crossing upgrades in Glendale Huron Central Railway: Line closure coming if province doesn’t pony up APTA, transit agencies commemorate Earth Day BNSF presents stewardship awards to 86 shippers; UP takes home Toyota's top railroad award CN donates $250,000 to Michigan university's rail program

April 21

EVP/CFO Mongeau to succeed Harrison as CN's top officer BNSF bags stimulus funds for major Iowa bridge reconstruction CN elevates earnings, lowers expenses despite economic challenges Texas House approves dedicated revenue for rail relocation, improvement projects TRANSCAER hands out achievement awards to three Class Is; CSXT presents first-ever environmental awards to 19 shippers Mica, Reid to receive NARP's Golden Spike Award New national infrastructure plan critical to turn around economy, report states Updates from MaxAccel, Ansaldo STS, Invensys Rail Group, SafeRack, e-VERIFILE.COM, RailComm, Railpower and J.L. Patterson

April 20

California needs 'stable, predictable' state funding source, transit association says Denver RTD to begin preliminary engineering for East, Gold lines Key EJ&E bridge project lands stimulus dollars, Sen. Durbin says Fewer freight trains, more passengers crossed U.S. borders in '08, BTS data shows Fitch affirms CSX's debt rating at BBB-; outlook for Class I is 'stable' Maryland Transit Administration obtains stimulus dollars for subway station, wheel improvements Long-proposed UTU/sheet metal workers' union merger still in limbo Mississippi State University lands grant to study line restoration

April 17

Long Beach, Vancouver ports advance major rail projects North American roads' traffic woes carry over into week No. 14, AAR data shows Asian Pacific rail market affords 'high growth potential,' consultant says Mabry to succeed Moschetti as BNSF's CMO SFMTA light-rail facility wins national public works award UP to boost train speed on Wisconsin line Updates from GE, PLS Logistics, HDR, Swift Transportation and MISCOR Group

April 16

Obama Administration releases strategic plan to prompt high-speed rail development American Recovery and Reinvestment Act should include a national transportation plan, National Center for Intermodal Transportation says Retail import volume at U.S. container ports to decline at least through summer, report says CSXI introduces online price-quoting tool, voice-enabled shipment tracing system UP, Progress Rail to test low-emission, intermediate-haul locomotive New Jersey DOT's $3.6 billion capital program includes $1.4 billion for NJ Transit Alaska Railroad's annual report notes accomplishments in face of adversity Amtrak tabs Gardner to serve as VP of policy and development

April 15

CSX registers lower revenue and earnings, but reins in costs Eight governors, Chicago mayor call on USDOT to back Midwest high-speed rail system California's intercity routes log fewer passengers in March CSXT's business to get a charge from Kentucky battery cell plant UP, Dow post progress on joint chemical transportation safety goals 10East becomes RMI subsidiary BART seeks contractor input on Oakland Airport Connector Updates from Hatch Mott MacDonald, Hanson Pipe & Precast, Dynamic Composites, Dow and Cornerstone Systems

April 14

BART faces $54 million budget deficit in FY2010 CN reaches mitigation agreement with last major Indiana city, submits compliance reports to STB TriMet ridership dips in March Obama pegs Porcari as deputy USDOT secretary U.S. Postal Service to launch two-year LTL test GCRTA to use stimulus funds for new Brookpark Station French to succeed McIntyre as BNSF technology services AVP Updates from Herzog, Railpower, Cricket Communications, RailComm and e-VERIFILE.COM

April 13

WMATA to expand eight-car train operations on Red, Green lines Week No. 13 doesn't change U.S. railroads' traffic fortunes, AAR data shows Maryland's MARC to install public-address systems UP, BNSF continue to tackle trackwork TTCI launches unmanned tests at FAST track Los Angeles MTA to outline alternatives for Harbor Subdivision corridor Toyota honors NS with highest logistics provider award Gulf & Ohio installs protection system at Alabama grade crossing

April 9

Obama nominates Rogoff as FTA administrator DHS allocates another $388 million for transit security grant program GO Transit to purchase CN line Most freight transportation companies to miss Wall Street's Q1 earnings consensus estimates, Stifel Nicolaus says BTS: Freight index makes large leap from January to February STB releases consultant's report on freight-rail capacity; Canadian governments spur grade separation in Windsor RDC to help foster short-line freight operations in France Updates from EMD, Alstom/Bombardier, Thales, Greenbrier, BASF PVM and Railpower

April 8

Progressive Railroading Webcast to outline stimulus act's impacts on the rail industry DART to launch construction on Blue Line extension GO Transit seeks to expand service, fleet UP's March coal train loadings slip slightly in PRB, Colorado/Utah Stimulus dollars to fund Amtrak station upgrades in Pennsylvania, Kansas UP to improve Kansas line; BNSF to upgrade track in Wisconsin, Minnesota STB to hold hearing on uniform cost system changes, add Campbell to staff Railinc to launch Umler/EMIS system in summer

April 7

Illinois dedicates half a billion for Chicago transit projects U.S. Class I workforce shrinks some more in February, STB data shows MARTA holds out hope for state funds Regional Rail acquires Middletown and New Jersey Railway Truck brokers need to expand services to become shippers' go-to transportation provider, execs say UTU launches close-call pilot program with NJ Transit Ontario's proposed budget a boon for railroads, RAC says Updates from Wi-Tronix, Wabtec, Thales, RailComm, Gannett Fleming and North by Honeywell

April 6

Around the intermodal horn: BNSF makes transit-time strides; KCSR/NS launch Florida service; UP earns UPS honor; L.A. port adds incentive GO Transit to receive millions from federal, provincial governments Metrolink proposes fare hike California Northern shoulders heavy loads for California power plant Washington state DOT, short line hammer out operating agreement Heavy-duty truck orders up in March, but 'still dismal' — FTR Associates Wisconsin DOT wins FRA grant for intercity rail corridor planning Updates from National Steel Car, Interfleet/ Walkerwarren, Gradall, RAIL.ONE and Peab

April 3

March traffic at 'kick them when they're down' levels for U.S. roads, AAR says Caltrain, California high-speed rail authority forge partnership UTU forms task force to help FRA reduce worker fatalities Metro-North gears up to open Yankee Stadium station NS lands 80 new facilities, 35 plant expansions in '08 DART named 'best in Americas' agency BLET voices opposition to rail antitrust act NJ Transit to add service to Great Notch Station

April 2

Virginia, NS agree to complete rail improvements near Lynchburg TriMet to begin preliminary engineering on new light-rail line Chemical distributors association opposes UP's stance on STB common-carrier petition CSXT recognizes 64 shippers' chemical safety efforts; BNSF receives recognition from Texas National Guard Kansas DOT provides stimulus grants to three short lines LACMTA launches environmental study for Westside subway project Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad workers ratify UTU contract Updates from Trainyard Tech, ENSCO, North American Signal, Bombardier, Thales and GE

April 1

Ontario government seeks to merge Toronto's GO Transit, Metrolinx CN assigns four execs to high-ranking VP positions ASLRRA honors 340 small roads' safety achievements South Florida RTA launches funding campaign Rail-funding bill makes strides in Texas Senate CP to become minority owner of Detroit River tunnel Consortium to oversee London's Crossrail project Surface transportation trade among NAFTA partners falls to five-year low in January << Previous Next >>
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