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Rail News: May 2009

May 29

LACMTA approves FY2010 budget APTA: WMATA's Catoe an 'outstanding' public transit leader MARTA proposes $787 million spending plan for FY2010 AAR traffic tallies: Make it 20 straight tough weeks for North American roads Four senators urge colleagues to vote against rail antitrust act CSXI, UP to increase fuel surcharges in June Russian Railways inks agreements with five national rail operators Owens Corning honors BNSF's intermodal service

May 28

BART proposes ticket price hike FRA provides emergency rail repair grants to nine state DOTs NJ Transit to advance MOM rail corridor Texas law will improve rail crew carrier safety, BLET says Atlanta commission to reallocate stimulus funds for MARTA Metrolinx proposes to electrify GO Transit corridor UP to upgrade lines in Kansas, Colorado Updates from Siemens, Loram, Schneider National, Knorr-Bremse, ProTran1, Harsco, Kenco Logistic Services and Invensys Rail Group

May 27

Atlanta Regional Commission could transfer stimulus funds for MARTA operating budget The short term’s ‘bleaker’ but the medium to longer term’s better than investors might think, Stifel Nicolaus analysts say DART, Fort Worth T seek private partner to help build Cotton Belt corridor UBS analyst weighs in on CSX ‘valuation disconnect’ Metrolink approves lower-than-expected fare hike BNSF to spend $11 million replacing 73 South Dakota track miles Wall Street Journal survey: Stifel Nicolaus’ Ross ‘Best on the Street’ among industrial transportation stock-pickers

May 26

TTCI creates new passenger-rail unit, appoints Tunna to manage it Allegheny County port authority revises Northshore Connector costs Ohio rail commission OKs stimulus dollars for 22 rail projects CN settles charges related to 2005 derailments in Alberta and British Columbia Senate confirms Rogoff as FTA administrator, Porcari as deputy transportation secretary RTA report: Tie purchases rise, production falls in April BNSF divides mechanical operations into north, south units Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, Invensys Rail Group, HLS Systems, IBM and Interfleet Technology

May 22

LIRR's Williams to serve as interim MTA chief U.S. Class I workforce shrinks some more in April UP initiates 'green' locomotive operation with Progress Rail; assigns Ayala and Newman to new posts U.S. needs national freight transportation program and trust fund, freight coalition says AAR: North American rail traffic remains in doldrums Virginia rail department proposes six-year transportation improvement plan Building America's Future to feds: Nation needs new 'transportation vision' Half of U.S. travelers will use public transit while vacationing this summer, APTA says

May 21

AAR hands out annual Harriman, Hammond safety awards Nadler introduces freight-rail funding bill in the House Colorado to create transit/rail division within state DOT UP loads 200,000th southern PRB coal train since 1984 Greater Cleveland RTA to launch construction on Puritas station Amtrak to offer reduced fares on several Northeast routes Illinois commission to partially fund bridge project, crossing upgrades North Dakota university researchers to turn used ties into 'green' energy

May 20

NS mourns loss of former leader, 'remarkable railroader' Arnold McKinnon Rail antitrust act has 'harmful impacts,' AAR claims; bill would restore rail competition, pro-consumer group says FRA to host high-speed rail workshops MBTA receives stimulus dollars to reduce locomotive emissions GE launches PTC-compliant product line GO Transit to offer summer service between Toronto, Niagara Falls Fort Worth group considers BNSF a small business advocate Updates from RailComm, Siemens, Railpower, Interpipe, Interfleet Technology and Short Line Data Systems

May 19

Amtrak launches construction on new Auto Train station in Florida MBTA unions defer 2010 wage increase U.S. appellate court denies further delay of USDOT's new drug-test rule MARTA, Atlanta BeltLine group review environmental work for Northeast Zone project GE takes wraps off new AC 'Evolution Series' locomotive Final design complete for World Trade Center transit hub Baltimore port locks up containerized cargo shipper for six more years Updates from Stanec, Railhead, J.L. Patterson, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Invensys Rail Group, ExaDigm, Wonderware and Global Railway Industries

May 18

USDOT: Now accepting applications for TIGER grants California intercity ridership up on two routes, down on another in April KCS: AVP Selby takes on short-line relations; KCS and Ferrovalle complete car hire changes CN to re-equip, refurbish Sault Ste. Marie tour train BNSF, UP to upgrade lines in three states WMATA seeks to purchase electricity at wholesale prices Providence and Worcester registers revenue drop, posts net loss REMSA teams up with rail product resource RailFood.com

May 15

Rockefeller-Lautenberg bill aims to increase the use of intercity passenger rail, freight transportation provided by non-truck modes AAR: Traffic woes continue for North American railroads CTA makes up 2009 budget deficit ‘It will get better,’ Moorman tells NS shareholders Transportation/logistics deals down precipitously in Q1 — PricewaterhouseCooper report Genesee & Wyoming’s carload totals tumbled in April North County Transit District's SPRINTER service maintains near-perfect on-time performance High-speed rail among top 100 U.S. infrastructure projects, CG/LA says

May 14

DART announces fare hikes, Green Line opening date CN sells three Mississippi lines to A&K Railroad Materials/V&S Railway affiliates TriMet ridership dips in April TSI takes a tumble in March, BTS says Iowa DOT ponies up $5 million for four freight-rail projects WMATA considers credit-card payment option Updates from Alstom, Columbus Steel Castings, Colo Railroad Builders, U.S. Steel/Transtar, Wabtec, Global Rail Industries and Hazarsolve

May 13

LACMTA proposes $3.9 billion FY2010 budget New York MTA approves fare hikes Small domestic container gain highlights otherwise dismal intermodal volume in Q1, IANA says Proposed 'Southern Corridor' would reroute DM&E trains from downtown Rochester Missouri legislature approves 'stabilization' funds for St. Louis Metro Duke Energy to build eight-mile rail spur to Indiana power plant GE to build hybrid locomotive battery plant in New York Farmrail adds three locomotives to motive-power fleet

May 12

Oberstar's surface transportation bill outline proposes major USDOT changes SAFETEA-LU reauthorization debate will drag on into September, Stifel Nicolaus' Larkin says San Francisco MTA's Central Subway gains favorable FTA rating STB's mediation process helps settle CSXT/DuPont rate dispute WMATA installs additional surveillance cameras at 12 stations BLET: Knight becomes national VP; Radek to retire from VP post Amsted Rail's IONX acquires RFTrax's rail monitoring operation Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, Nordco, e-VERIFILE.com, RailComm, HCL AXON, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Interfleet Technology

May 11

President Obama proposes FY2010 budget appropriations for New Starts program, high-speed rail and Amtrak New York MTA: Additional state funds coming in, CEO Sander heading out CN's EJ&E-related STB reports not up to snuff, coalition claims; reports comply with board mandates, Class I says EPA report: Freight-car orders fall to 27-year low in first quarter Caltrain considers fare hikes, service cuts to deal with FY2010 deficit STB arm, Washington DOT release final environmental report on short line's track rehab project BLET celebrates 146th anniversary Updates from EMD, The Andersons, Global Rail Systems, PowerRail Distribution, Koppers and EMS Technologies

May 8

USDOT awards $742.5 million in stimulus funds for 10 passenger-rail projects North American roads register sizeable traffic declines in April, AAR says California high-speed rail agency seeks local partnerships, prioritizes two 'shovel-ready' projects Major U.S. ports' import volume ebbs to lowest level in five years, National Retail Federation says Florida budget doesn't include Tri-Rail operating funds, SFRTA says Manitoba loan will help short line serve grain-hauling route WMATA: Retail shops in stations could generate additional revenue Updates from Kawasaki, STV, Meridian Partners, American Railcar, The Andersons, Railinc, Interfleet Technology and Global Railway

May 7

Marsella to step down from Denver RTD's top post RSI asks LaHood to keep rail industry free of regs that derail technology, infrastructure development U.S. Class I workforce a tad more minuscule in March, STB data shows U.S., Canadian governments and CP team up to bolster border-crossing security Infrastructure investment key to trade growth, ITI official tells Asia-Pacific transportation ministers Houston METRO to install additional flashing pavement lights at light-rail intersections UP upgrades PRB line, accepts GE supplier award and marks transcontinental railroad anniversary Illinois commission to fund majority of UP crossing improvements

May 6

Iowa ramps up efforts to add intercity passenger-rail service St. Louis Metro still could receive state funds to restore service cuts Texas lawmakers urge state's House speaker to back rail-funding bill May fuel surcharges: UP's falls, CSXI's and NS' remain the same UP to improve Missouri line STB adopts updated fee schedule for '09 Eurostar notes progress on environmental goals Updates from Bombardier, Alstom, Moffatt & Nichol, Boatright, Pacer, Trinity Industries and Parsons Brinckerhoff

May 5

Freight market showing signs of bottoming out, Stifel Nicolaus' Larkin says VIA Rail contracts IRSI to rehab passenger cars UP logs fewer PRB, Colorado/Utah region coal train loadings in April San Francisco MTA begins to advance stimulus-funded projects Two U.S. senators secure $950,000 for New Jersey short-line rehabilitation CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with Elgin Russian Railways' Sapsan train sets country's speed record Updates from Jacobs Engineering, RailRunner, RailComm, FreightCar America and Alstom

May 4

Sen. Durbin to champion capital funding bill for nation's seven largest transit systems USDOT provides $75 million grant for Portland Streetcar extension KCSM moves first finished vehicles from Mexican Amports facility Santa Clara VTA to make way for BART extension Washington short line secures $1 million state grant for track upgrades R.J. Corman to acquire most of Railpower's assets Operation Lifesaver of Canada boots up Web site aimed at kids Updates from IBM, Ansaldo STS, GE, Pittsburgh Pins and Interfleet Technology

May 1

Carloads still sluggish for North American roads, AAR data shows Miami-Dade launches construction on airport extension Sydney Metro accepts initial proposals for CBD subway system work UP one of the nation's most reputable companies, Forbes says ACTA solicits firm to preliminarily design new rail bridge Greater Cleveland RTA to install new fare machines on Red Line UP: 'E-Railsafe' makes railroad safer and more secure Allan takes home 'Roger Cyr' award in Canada << Previous Next >>
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