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Rail News: January 2009

January 30

BNSF, Montana grain growers agree on ways to address rate disputes

Ohio governor expresses support for state's '3-C' Corridor

AAR: Week No. 3 traffic as weak as Nos. 1 and 2

SEPTA to rehab century-old station

WMATA elects new officers

Virtual-reality training programs help UP tap into video-game generation

Wheeler joins NS' VP ranks

Updates from Trinity, Advanced Rail Management, Interpipe, Timken, Harsco and BNSF Logistics

January 29

House signs off on amended economic stimulus bill, more transit funds

ASCE report card: Nation's infrastructure condition rates a 'D'

House rail subcommittee hearing sheds light on rail's role in the U.S. economy

STB adopts new method to calculate railroads' cost of capital

Parsons Brinckerhoff, Hatch Mott MacDonald garner honors for Sound Transit projects

Tacoma port's container volume tumbles in '08

VRE elects board officers

Volume of new equipment finance business falls in December and 2008, index shows

January 28

House introduces economic stimulus package

NS: Fourth quarter one for the record books

DART contracts Texas firm to design, build Blue Line extension

LACMTA tests train clearances on Eastside extension

KCSR switches from three operating divisions to two

CHS acquires Winona River & Rail

Updates from Odebrecht, Steer Davies Gleave, Andrew, Brandt Road Rail, CIT Rail, Knichel Logistics and Railpower Technologies

January 27

CP: Revenue rises, but so do expenses and the operating ratio

Metro-North, LIRR to jointly purchase train parts

Class Is' fuel surcharges continue to fall

Connecticut task force to identify, recommend solutions for rail station parking issues

Short lines slow out of '09 traffic gate, RMI data shows

New Jersey gears up for annual state transportation conference

Arizona land development to include inland intermodal port

January 26

Northeast Corridor businesses, APTA call for more transit funding in economic stimulus bill

Americans support infrastructure investment and accountability, poll shows

BNSF's on-time performance for UPS nearly perfect in peak season

Utah agency adds more FrontRunner service to Pleasant View

Georgia port opens container transfer facility

Seneca Group to serve FRA as RRIF program financial advisor

Updates from Viterra, Unitrac, GATX and Apollo Video Technology

January 23

CN: Favorable foreign exchange rate, falling fuel costs help prop up financial performance

LACMTA board advances three transit-rail projects 

Senate confirms LaHood as U.S. transportation secretary; Molitoris succeeds Beasley as Ohio DOT's director

Carloads, intermodal loads remain way down for North American railroads so far in '09, AAR says

New York/New Jersey port authority to offer cash incentive to rail shippers

Santa Clara VTA posts ridership gains in December, 2008

RTA report: Tie purchases plummet, production rises in December

Updates from Bombardier, Ansaldo STS, HLS Systems, Railinc, CIT Group, GATX, Dow AgroSciences and OPW Engineered Systems

January 22

UP's earnings and income way up, operating ratio way down

BNSF bucks weak economy to post revenue, earnings and income gains

Ontario agency revises GO Transit expansion plans

LaHood closes in on Senate confirmation as U.S. transportation secretary

California intercity rail ridership rises in two corridors, falls in another in December

Berkshire Hathaway boosts BNSF stake to 21.8 percent

NS to improve intermodal service, open terminal in Florida

January 21

CSX drives up revenue and income, drives down operating ratio in recession's wake

WMATA shatters one-day ridership record on Inauguration Day

Connecticut DOT outlines cost-reduction measures for New Haven maintenance facility

Container volumes plummet at Long Beach, Los Angeles ports in '08

BNSF to improve line running through three states

Metrolink elects new chairman, vice chairman

Updates from Lewis Bolt & Nut, Faiveley Transport, Vulcan Technologies, FCM Rail, Alstom and Lenord + Bauer

January 20

Chicago-area coalition calls on U.S. appellate court to block CN/EJ&E transaction

GO Transit begins grade-separation project

KCS enhances KCSR service, advances bridge project in Laredo area

Santa Clara VTA receives funding allocation for real-time information initiative

Major Canadian road to link B.C. ports, rail yards

Pittsburgh port authority completes mining work for North Shore project

Operation Lifesaver Canada seeks 'Cyr' award nominees

January 19

FTA advances projects for Sound Transit, Denver RTD

Volumes down for all reporting North American railroads in 2009's first week, AAR says

Cleveland RTA marks sixth-straight annual ridership increase

Study assesses feasibility of Charlotte-to-Macon high-speed rail service

Developer completes first phase of rail infrastructure at New Mexico industrial park

FRA takes steps to address grade crossing, rail bridge safety

ACTA schedules meeting to review bridge, expressway project on Alameda Corridor

Updates from United Group, Bombardier and Interfleet Technology

January 16

House Democrats propose $10 billion for rail, mass transit in economic stimulus package

Freight-, passenger-rail stakeholders form coalition to deliver unified message

FTA's OK clears construction path for New York/New Jersey commuter-rail tunnel

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks in November, STB data shows

UTA to reduce fares; Altamont Commuter Express to raise ticket prices

BNSF speeds up container service between Washington state ports, central U.S. terminals

DART, KCS and Watco make management changes

Updates from Mitsui Rail, Knorr-Bremse, Orca Railway Systems, Veolia Transportation and ALK Technologies

January 15

Michigan governor approves legislation to advance Detroit light-rail line

TriMet serves more riders in December; New York/New Jersey port authority sets annual AirTrain ridership record

Transportation Services Index slips again in November

STB seeks public comments on proposed solid-waste transfer facility rulemaking

CTA posts ridership, on-time performance gains in '08

Charlotte agency chooses alignment for light-rail extension

Southern Railway to continue operating Vancouver Island corridor for three years

Transport Canada to help fund six grade crossing closures

January 14

Utah authority obtains FFGA for Mid-Jordan line

Santa Clara VTA signs off on 25-year transportation plan

L.A.-area authority seeks public feedback on container terminal project's environmental impacts

Genesee & Wyoming's same-railroad carloads dip in December, 4Q

Foundation provides grants for developing projects near transit lines

RailAmerica boots up new-and-improved Web site

Updates from GE, Ansaldo STS USA and Timken

January 13

Freight-rail tax credit bill re-enters the House

USDOT final rule sets design standards for PIH-carrying tank cars

Revenue and income climb in fourth quarter, CSX projects

WMATA outlines 'ready-to-go' capital projects

BNSF to upgrade track in Alabama, Texas

Reps. Duncan, Shuster remain T&I subcommittee ranking members

Innovation Fuels acquires rail-served terminal at Milwaukee port

Updates from RMI, Alstom/Bombardier, Pacer, Infor Public Sector and Professional Transportation

January 12

Glass half-empty: U.S. roads register traffic declines in '08; glass half-full: volume reaches fourth-highest total

VTA allocates millions for Caltrain improvements

MBTA records ridership spike in November

Peabody cuts PRB coal production projection

CSX shareholder settles suit with TCI, 3G Capital Partners

California High Speed Rail Authority to hold more public meetings

Kansas City Southern de México to use train-handling simulators

January 9

WMATA proposes service, job cuts in FY2010 spending plan

BNSF’s PRB coal loadings reach new high-water mark in '08

LIRR achieves best-ever on-time performance in 2008

'Port Tracker' report: U.S. container volume falls to lowest annual level since 2004

Texas rail association ranks counties with highest rail accident rates

Rail industry to memorialize UTU's Brunkenhoefer in main House hearing room

Updates from ENSCO, RailComm, RMI, Greenbrier, Arrow Reload Systems and Evans Network

January 8

USDOT ponies up $900 million for WMATA's Dulles Corridor project

Kohl, Baldwin reintroduce antitrust enforcement act in Congress

Oberstar proposes billions in economic stimulus funding for transportation projects

Washington short line eyes economic stimulus to help fund track upgrades

UP sets PRB coal train loading, tonnage records in '08

Transportation coalition appoints Corless to head campaign

Illinois commission OKs plans, funds for two new bridges

January 7

Barrington, Will County seek to stop STB from advancing CN/EJ&E deal

SEPTA seeks input on upcoming capital programs

LACMTA to consider four Eastside light-rail options

Geist will continue to head the House transportation committee in Pennsylvania

CTA, I-GO launch joint card program

Updates from EMD, ARCADIS, Alstom, InteliSum and Guardium

January 6

Tri-Rail shatters ridership record in '08

BNSF schedules major trackwork, earns recognition for supporting Native Americans

RMI: Short lines post small carload drop through 2008's first 51 weeks

WMATA set to handle record crowds on Inauguration Day

Montreal port sets container traffic record in '08, preliminary data shows

Updates from Bombardier, STV, Alstom, HCL AXON, RMI, ARCADIS, Professional Transportation and Little Giant Crane

January 5

MARTA facing larger-than-anticipated budget shortfall

Sound Transit proposes Link fare structure

U.S. and Canadian railroads end 2008 with a thud, AAR traffic data shows

CSX explores options for Greenbrier resort

Stefflre succeeds Prince as IANA's chairman

Rail-served carbon processing facility coming to Louisiana port

January 2

CN and CPR exceeded western grain revenue caps, Canadian Transportation Agency says

FRA advances environmental reviews for New Jersey bridge, California high-speed line

Redeker to oversee Connecticut DOT's public transit bureau

FRA to revise locomotive engineer certification rule, increase civil penalties for safety rule violations

DART appoints Steele CIO

Canadian railroad hall of fame adds three inductees

Updates from Alstom, Watco Mechanical Services and Alcoa Fastening Systems

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