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Rail News: March 2006

March 31

Federal Highway Administration calls on states to install stop or yield signs at 'passive' crossings, AAR says

UP makes management changes in operations, track engineering departments

Class Is' faster train speeds might signal end to artificial car demand, Rail Theory Forecasts says

Iowa Interstate to acquire OmniTRAX's Great Western Railway of Iowa

RTA report: Tie purchases and production rise slightly in February

Waites resigns as CPR CFO, Grassby to take on position in acting role

March 30

BNSF closes 3,000th grade crossing under six-year-old program

South Dakota city backs DM&E's Powder River Basin project

Orange County Transportation Authority earmarks $14.5 million for Metrolink improvements

Squires, Galanko assume new VP posts at NS

Utah Transit Authority takes delivery of steel rail for new commuter line

Genesee & Wyoming names Liucci chief accounting officer, global controller

Railinc rolls out new-and-improved RailSync Command services

March 29

Minnesota Senate signs off on $60 million bonding bill for Northstar Corridor

Florida East Coast awaits federal judge's ruling on mining permits, case's affect on aggregate business

Paducah & Louisville orders locomotive digital video recording systems from Advanced Video Technologies

WMATA police to conduct first station and train inspection under new morning rush program

UP dispatchers vote down proposal to join American Train Dispatchers Association

Bush nominates Hoglander, Tredick for National Mediation Board seats

Smart-Hose Technologies unveils hose safety system

March 28

Metrolink to raise ticket prices 5.5 percent to recover fuel costs

CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge to rise 1.5 percentage points in April

Capitol Corridor reaches 10 million passenger mark

Metro-North contracts Simmons Machine Tool to supply underfloor wheel truing system

RMI creates rail certification program for operational best practices

National Railway Labor Conference boots up 'rail facts' Web site

Strong Canadian dollar and YSD plant closing drag down Global Railway's 2005 revenue, earnings

March 27

USDOT puts passenger car crash-management system to the test

Kansas City Southern de México forms velocity committee to help boost train speed

NS to transfer ownership of shuttered Hollidaysburg shops to local development group

Mackay to assume Canadian railway association's top post

American Railcar Industries arranges deal to acquire Custom Steel's stock

Providence and Worcester increases income, revenue in 2005

WMATA, Virginia transportation department seek feedback on Dulles airport extension

March 24

SEPTA to purchase 104 Silverliner cars for $244 million

Partners complete preliminary engineering for Dulles Corridor Metrorail extension

Coal key to reducing United States' energy costs, National Coal Council study says

Amtrak contracts ALSTOM to manage Acela fleet maintenance

3PL 'bridges' its Chicago distribution center with CSXT terminal

NS marks 175th anniversary, releases annual report chronicling best-ever year

ENSCO opens rail maintenance, office buildings in Pennsylvania

March 23

RailAmerica small road's right of way to become Canadian passenger-rail line

Caltrain to rebuild Redwood Creek bridge

AAR schedules St. Louis meeting to discuss freight-car maintenance initiatives

Gardner to retire as Railinc president, West to assume post in acting role

Greater Cleveland RTA re-elects Dixon, Burtzlaff to top board posts

STB to raise half its fees for handling transportation transactions and disputes

ALSTOM names De Souza GM of New York manufacturing facility

NRC to conduct 3rd annual equipment auction at Progress Rail's Illinois yard

March 22

Bombardier-led consortium to build 10 commuter trains for Hungarian railway

Nashville jury awards former CSXT conductor $2.9 million for on-the-job injuries

Cleveland RTA to seek public feedback on proposed fare hike

Progress Rail Services to hold initial public offering

Alaska Railroad to conduct safety train tour

BNSF to help turn abandoned Kansas, Arkansas lines into nature trails

Carmanah Technologies' annual revenue, earnings increase more than 100 percent

Transbay Joint Powers Authority board appoints Ford chairman and Hill, vice chairman

Kelso Technologies to ramp up marketing efforts for pressure-relief valve

March 21

AAR launches ad campaign to promote railroading as a public-benefiting industry

Metro-North to begin operating earlier morning trains

FRA appoints Strang associate administrator for safety

York Railway workers give thumbs up to UTU contract

Former Whiting Corp. President Gibson passes away

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic names Sheahan, Arnold to key engineering posts

WMATA to present FY07 spending plans to the public

March 20

LA MTA secures $208 million in state funds for Exposition light-rail line

Kansas City Southern Railway continues to extend traffic control system on Meridian Speedway

California authority proposes Bay Area alignment options, station locations for high-speed line

NMB calls for second representation vote after ruling Stillwater Central interfered with first election, BLET says

Former STB Chairman Nober to join international law firm's transportation group

Developer to build housing, office and retail space near Tri-Rail station

Schultz to head transportation for Montreal, Maine & Atlantic

American Railway Development Association to hold 100th annual meeting

March 17

Class Is to invest $8 billion in infrastructure improvements in 2006, AAR says

Intermodal's still up, carloads still flat

Wabtec conducting internal investigation of Pioneer Friction subsidiary

Good Jobs First cites 25 top economic development projects near transit lines

Wausaukee to supply components for NYCT subway, Phoenix light-rail cars

Santa Clara VTA committee to rank proposed projects

March 16

Amtrak requests $1.6 billion for FY2007

2005 was safest rail year ever, FRA says

NAFTA partners moved $698 billion in goods in 2005, BTS says

CPR ratifies agreements with rail traffic controllers, police officers

MARTA works out kinks in real-time train information system

CSXT bestows annual environmental incident response award to SUNPRO

March 15

BNSF to expand Chicago-area logistics park

UP boosts first-quarter, full-year earnings projections

Bombardier to supply 146 FLEXITY trams for Frankfurt transit authority

STB schedules May hearing to review railroads' fuel surcharges

CMI-Promex, GE team up to develop plastic signal housing

Passenger counts up, freight volumes down in 2005, international rail union says

Global Rail names Martin head of North American sales and marketing

Wilcock to chair Transportation Research Board's commuter-rail committee

March 14

KCS makes payments to Grupo TMM, consulting firm to comply with TFM agreements

Sacramento agency to reduce train horns' decibel level

Connecticut DOT contracts Kawasaki to inspect, refurbish commuter-rail cars

Logistics management firm honors BNSF's vehicle handling performance in 2005

GO Transit's ticket prices go up to cover rising costs

Reynolds succeeds Piggott as AVP of BNSF's expedited services

Michigan university's railroad club joins AREMA as first-ever student chapter

Koerner to head Montana Rail Link's finances, administration

March 13

BNSF budgets more than $100 million for MOW work in California

Virginia rail department to host open houses for high-speed corridor

WMATA proposes to allocate portion of advertising revenue for system improvements

Genesee & Wyoming increases North American, Australian carloads in February

Charlotte transit agency seeks input on streetcar project

Brashares takes helm as Transportation Intermediaries Association intermodal conference chair

Schaefer launches converter line for 'dead start' cranking

March 10

Rail industry focuses lobbying efforts on three legislative fronts during one-day D.C. event

Chemical shippers lobby in D.C. to promote re-regulation bills railroads oppose

Behavioral assessment course to provide WMATA police officers tips on spotting potential terrorists

UP battles weather and track conditions on Powder River Basin line

Northstar Corridor closer to final design stage

Steel Dynamics forms joint venture, prepares to enter composite tie market

CSXI lands Landstar Logistics' carrier of the year award

Eurail posts 24 percent sales spike in 2005

March 9

Utah transit agency to call commuter-rail line 'FrontRunner'

UP to upgrade track on St. Louis-to-K.C. line

Minnesota city backs DM&E's Powder River Basin project

American Railcar Industries sets fourth-quarter car delivery record, doubles year-end backlog

New Web site tells commuters how to cut transportation costs

VAE Nortrak North America names Abbott executive VP

BNSF donates Kansas depot to honor orphan trains' place in rail history

HDR appoints Taylor to head national transportation sustainability program

March 8

New York/New Jersey port sets container-handling record in 2005, launches security initiatives in 2006

Transportation Services Index falls slightly in January

Transport Canada to monitor CN's operations on B.C. route another 60 days

Metrolink to launch sealed corridor crossing improvement program

Housatonic Railroad markets dispatching system to other short lines

Keokuk Junction, Burlington Junction founder Warfield passes away

Oregon's TriMet to gather feedback on Portland Mall light-rail project

March 7

U.S. and Canadian railroads originate fewer carloads in February, AAR says

Charlotte transit agency to brand light-rail system as 'LYNX'

Small road's 'CW' segment not covering operational costs, Washington state DOT says

League of Railway Industry Women seeks applicants for 2007-08 scholarship program

Amtrak to hold security expo at Chicago's Union Station

GE, Cubic introduce explosives-detecting ticket vending machine

Quad Cities organize September event to honor more-than-century-old railroad bridge

March 6

LA MTA lets design/build contract for Exposition light-rail line

NS sells 42-mile Tennessee line to coal shipper

Developer to help finance NJ Transit's parking deck

GoRail launches ad campaign to promote rail industry

UP to build two staging tracks in Tempe

BNSF appoints Jackson and Jones to GM positions

San Francisco Muni CEO Ford joins Caltrain's board

Trinity Industries sets quarterly revenue, full-year rail-car delivery records

March 3

FRA plans to issue regs aimed at reducing human factor-caused train accidents

ALSTOM to build infrastructure for driverless metro line in Milan

Silver takes reins as APTA board chair

St. Louis Metro posts 15.7 percent ridership spike in January

NJ Transit to offer improved service for Raritan Valley passengers

AARS seeks applicants for Frank J. Richter Scholarship

Southwest Signal Engineering appoints Potter to finance post

March 2

Cleveland RTA considers implementing first fare hike in 13 years

U.S. Sugar using RMI's RailConnect system to track sugar cane movements

James River Coal acquires rail load-out facility, coal reserves from Indiana mineral company

Amsted to build second Chinese wheel plant

WMATA seeks to build track to test trains, train employees

March 1

STB proposes rule to address stand-alone cost test procedures

NS attracts $2 billion worth of new facilities and plant additions in 2005

VIA Rail implements Internet Wi-Fi service

Genesee & Wyoming's Rail Link to serve new San Antonio port complex

Pennsylvania to provide more than $10 million for freight-rail projects

Amtrak contracts Yankee Holidays to handle vacations program

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