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Rail News: February 2010

February 26

Tax credit bills top of mind in D.C. at annual 'Day on the Hill'

AAR report: Weak coal demand drags down U.S. roads' weekly carloads

LACMTA adds underground alternative to Regional Connector study

Denver RTD advances FasTracks program measures

WMATA to outfit cars with door control, rollback protection devices

Updates from Bombardier, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, AECOM, RailComm and Ricardo

February 25

U.S. Class I workforce a smidge smaller in January, STB says

CSXI, UP to provide new domestic interline container program

IPO, discontinued operation impact RailAmerica's quarterly results

Haley joins San Francisco MTA as transit director

Class 8 truck demand to remain flat for rest of year, FTR says

February 24

High-speed finance conference comes to Chicago

Oberstar bill would give feds jurisdiction over transit-rail safety

New York MTA to furlough 1,100 workers

DART to delay opening of Orange Line's initial segment

Iowa Pacific Holdings' U.K. subsidiary reconnects to Network Rail line

UP receives National Governors Association's PPP award

Updates from Cubic Transportation Systems, Wabtec, Steel Dynamics, Progress Rail Services. Also: In Memoriam: Joseph Silverio

February 23

Metra contracts TranSystems to design CREATE's Englewood flyover

NYCT's annual ridership falls for first time in six years

Michigan short line's MOW workers join BMWED

NTSB adds passenger-car design to 'most wanted' safety improvements list

Deibler to head newly formed Railroad Management Association

February 22

AAR weekly report: Heavy snow weighs down U.S. carloads

KCS replaces BNSF on Dow Jones Indexes' transportation average

WMATA takes 'inventory' of long-term capital needs

Tie purchases slip, production holds steady in January, RTA says

Seven freight-rail firms form 'Xrail' alliance in Europe

Updates from Alstom, ArcelorMittal Steelton, OnTrackAmerica, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, and Con-way Multimodal

February 19

US Railcar/ARI establish joint venture to manufacture DMUs

Illinois lawmakers to consider creating HSR authority

AAR conference shines spotlight on freight railroads' public policy goals, concerns

IANA: Domestic container volumes ruled intermodal roost again in Q4

NJ Transit, WMATA seek ways to bridge budget gaps

TSI slips slightly in December

Transport Workers Union rejects SFMTA agreement

Updates from US Railcar, FreightCar America, Koppers, RMI and ShipXpress

February 18

Virginia DRPT chooses route for higher-speed intercity service

Siemens gears up to manufacture HSR trains in the U.S.

HNTB survey: Americans still interested in high-speed rail

USDOT doles out 51 TIGER grants for projects in 41 states, D.C.

Double-digit carload growth in offing for Class Is, Baird analysts say

FRA launches trespass prevention study in south Florida

TransLink, DCTA, CSXT and Watco appoint execs

SacRT seeks public input on mixed developments near stations

February 17

Russian Railways to launch high-speed service to Finland

Two NYC-area projects to advance after feds dole out stimulus dollars

CN assigns six execs to marketing team

International experience, expertise shared at APTA/UIC high-speed practicums

Greater Cleveland RTA locks in 2010 budget, factors in service cuts and layoffs

GWI's new Canadian subsidiary to serve Quebec iron-ore mine

Updates from L.B. Foster/Portec and Greenbrier Management Services

February 16

TriMet: MAX rail trips climb, bus trips tumble in January

St. Louis Metro advances long-range transit plan

UP to upgrade Houston-area line

California rail constituents launch trespassing prevention campaign

Washington state town seeks federal dollars to buy short-line segment

Updates from Harsco, Ansaldo STS, Bombardier, EMD and MER MEC

February 12

APTA/UIC's High Speed Practicum - Chicago: Day Three

BNSF shareholders back Berkshire buyout; deal nears finish line

Ferromex, Ferrosur and KCSM reach rate agreement

AAR report: U.S. railroads boost carloads for third-straight week

CTA's board OKs bond sale for rail-car order, appoints acting general counsel

L.A. MTA to review Eastside Corridor options with the public

February 11

APTA/UIC's High Speed Practicum - Chicago: Day Two

AAR: U.S. carloads down, intermodal volume up in January

TriMet proposes fare hike, service cuts to balance FY2011 budget

Mississippi port authority helps fund rail line study

RailAmerica's carloads climb in January

MBTA offers commuters more real-time train arrival information

February 10

APTA/UIC's High Speed Practicum - Chicago: Day One

Utah Transit Authority proposes TRAX, FrontRunner service cuts

TriMet seeks public input on light-rail line

NYCT to rehab five Pelham 6 line stations

Sanchez Ugarte steps down as TMM president

Updates from Bombardier, Hatch Mott MacDonald, EMD, Gannett Fleming and Schneider National

February 9

Amtrak awards maintenance shop contracts, steps up security for Winter Olympics

Riverport Railroad receives option to buy industrial park, pursues 'rail-car mall' project

New Mexico's Rail Runner to hike fares, suspend some service

Baniewicz to manage The T's commuter-rail project

Genesee & Wyoming's carloads fall in 2010's first month

February 8

USDOT approves $303.9 million in loans for Denver station rehab

FTR: Intermodal reaches market share high in 4Q; heavy truck orders fall to seven-year low in January

Genesee & Wyoming's revenue falls, operating ratio climbs

RMI index: Short lines' carloads inch up in January

Moody's downgrades ACTA's bond ratings

Updates from GE Transportation, Thales, Bombardier, CIT Group and STV

February 5

Rep. Mica continues to push for high-speed service in NEC

AAR weekly report: U.S. railroads register another carload gain

CN to establish large logistics park near Calgary

MARTA seeks public feedback on FY2011 budget, cost-cutting options

UP's coal train loadings continued to lag in January

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic pursues line abandonment as 'last resort'

Updates from Bombardier, SKF, Kelso Technologies, Thales and HNTB Corp.

February 4

FTA rating 'positively positions' BART extension for New Starts dollars, VTA says

Honolulu light-rail system set to receive $55 million in feds' FY2011 budget

Montreal port's volume dropped in '09, but export grain posted gain

Garth succeeds Herman as GM of Watco's Baton Rouge Southern

Illinois commission OKs upgrades to five grade crossings

February 3

FTA: Proposed FY2011 federal budget would fund 27 major transit projects

San Francisco subway's second phase receives 'medium-high' FTA rating

UTU, TCU join OneRail coalition

Alexander succeeds Bonjour as BNSF's AVP-technology services

Reiner to succeed Dungan as Chlorine Institute president

Updates from Ansaldo STS, Union Tank Car, ARINC, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arch Wood Protection

February 2

ITI's Carmichael lauds Administration's HSR vision during Alabama address

USDOT's FY2011 budget backs transit safety, infrastructure grant program

Updated STB study: Railroads' rate hikes not a market power play

Sacramento agency faces more service cuts, layoffs to cover budget shortfall

Illinois provides $45 million for Chicago-to-Quad Cities passenger service

Monique Pegues, The T's government relations point person who had a 'passion for transit,' passes away

February 1

Amtrak to conduct high-speed study in Michigan

Hanson Professional Services to conduct high-speed analysis in Illinois

USDOT's FY2011 budget earmarks $1 billion for HSR

HNTB appoints high-speed group leader Gertler as SVP

CREATE partners land $133 million in federal ARRA funds for flyover

STB rules UP must provide new rates to chlorine shipper; Class I disputes decision

Freight-car deliveries to total 16,000 in 2010, 21,000 in 2011, EPA says

Shucet succeeds Townes as Hampton Roads Transit CEO

CSXT, UTU forge agreement on tentative five-year pact

Updates from New York Air Brake, CXT, Sam Schwartz Engineering, OnTrackAmerica and Tartaglia Railroad Services

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