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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

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