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Rail News: March 2002

March 28

BNSF to market liquid hazardous-waste moves in beefed-up box cars

RailAmerica sells Georgia short line to the peach state

Intermodal critical to Canada's transportation future, RAC says

Cherry blossoms might be calling visitors back to Washington, WMATA

March 27

Grupo TMM, KCS resolve dividend, bridge-lease disputes; meld Mexrail into TFM

BNSF launches online survey to gauge customers' satisfaction

CSXT opens London-area office to build European business

USDOT awards FTA grant for Tren Urbano project

March 26

KCS to open 41st specialized transloading center

DM&E maintains MOW, mechanical focus despite pending PRB project

Slovakian railroad plans to muster more telecommunication market share

March 25

BLE files federal remote-control-related suit against FRA, USDOT

STB issues rulings on BNSF's UP/SP merger-related trackage-right disputes

Intermodal service provider's system requires pre-set delivery times

Sound Transit Central Link back on track

Southeast High Speed Rail progresses plans

NJ Transit eases Penn Station crowding by opening escalators, stairways

March 22

BLE, BNSF close to safety agreement similar to BNSF/UTU's

Canadian shipper organization seeks federal assistance to ax certain Class I tariffs

North Carolina Railroad chairman steps down, shuffling board leadership

FTA releases 2003 New Starts recommendations

GCRTA decides to build interim rail station

Bay Area prepares to expand smart-card pilot

March 21

BNSF's Krebs to retire, handing chairman reins to Rose

STB allows electric utility's Illinois rail line proposal to proceed

NASA to launch zero-gravity railroad in April

March 20

BNSF rolls out new end-of-train devices to boost service efficiency

CSXI taps two execs to guide intermodal growth

American Welding Society releases updated car, locomotive spec

Denver RTD receives FTA funds for Southeast Corridor

Commission decision clears funding path for San Francisco Bay Area transportation projects

Sound Transit opens Kent Garage earlier than expected

March 19

FRA issues final rule addressing safe operations after future mergers

Shippers bestow service awards to NS, CSXT

Algoma Central Railway's union representatives ratify CN agreement

March 18

BNSF, UTU agree on alternative worker-safety rules

RailWorks files reorganization plan with federal bankruptcy court

Intermodal Transportation Institute elects six board members

DOT IG stresses intercity rail's need for capital, detailed plans at Senate hearing

SacRT's South Line enters next construction phase

Port Authority of Allegheny County inks control center deal with Union Switch & Signal

March 15

KCS reopens Oklahoma intermodal ramp after three-year hiatus

UP awards chemical shippers' safety efforts

Watco Cos. secures car-tracing feature for Web site

WMATA to expand car-sharing program

NJ Transit hires counter-terrorism training consultant

March 14

Two top Emons executives join GWI's growing ranks

Small roads rally at 'Day on the Hill' to push infrastructure-funding bill

BNSF's soon-to-open Chicago-area intermodal terminal lands another customer

March 13

Pennsylvania's House passes bill prohibiting reverse-operating locomotives

CN, BLE agree to alternative compensation concept

USDOT to create action plan protecting GPS-reliant transportation applications

Bombardier inks billion-dollar deal with UK holding company

Senate committee plans Amtrak hearing

Metrolink seeks formal on-time resolution with UP

March 12

NS, electric utility garner STB evidence protection for coal-rate complaint

Class Is, small roads build business through cooperation, AAR says

Web site serves as storage-capacity matchmaker

March 11

STB halts Salt Lake City's attempt to abandon UP line

Revamped Pennsylvania yard last link in NS' redesigned merchandise network

KCS honors chemical shippers' haz-mat safety efforts

High-speed rail group presents 2002 goals

DART has award-winning week

MTA awards contract to rebuild lines damaged Sept. 11

March 8

U.S., Canadian intermodal moves rise, carloads fall in February, AAR says

STB, FRA team up to tame merging-railroad integration

Indiana Harbor Belt creates head of business development

FTA offers safety, security data reporting seminars

CTA hires firm to oversee IT projects

Washington state DOT receives $2.1 million FTA grant

March 7

U.S. Class Is bunch trackwork into 2002 maintenance blitzes

Alameda Corridor 39 days from completion

STB increases some filing fees to offset overhead costs

Amtrak's Warrington resigns, resurfaces

March 6

CN orders 60 higher-horsepower locomotives from GE

UP extends weather-warning system contract

Supplier offers digital database of Canadian rail network

MBTA native son takes the helm

Caltrain orders six locomotives

Hollings to introduce to Senate another rail-related bill

March 5

Watco Cos. shuffles staff

FRA's proposed MOW-equipment safety rulemaking hot topic of industry-representative talks, RPI says

BLE organizes informational LRC picket for CSXT board meeting

March 4

BNSF partners with Oakland port to operate, serve new intermodal terminal

Rail-car deliveries soon to bottom-out before a slow second-half rise, EPA says

BLE continues to bargain with national carriers' committee for engineer-friendlier agreement

Northeastern Illinois projects to receive $65 million in CMAQ funds

L.A. MTA takes 'Smart Card' step forward

March 1

'Sprint' train on the run in Ontario, Canada, for CN, short line, steel producer

BNSF ready to redesign its carload network, Rose says

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