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Rail News: March 2007

March 30

BNSF, NS obtain FRA waiver to begin testing ECP brake systems

House approves rail, public transportation security legislation

NS promotes VPs Squires, Dimino and Drake

New York/New Jersey port authority to become partner in NJ Transit's Access to the Region's Core project

Four Class Is contract ALK Technologies to help determine mileage-based fuel surcharges

Fairbanks Morse Engine, National Rail Equipment drop locomotive-engine part distribution deal

South Florida RTA contracts Bombardier for vehicle maintenance services

March 29

CSXT to address FRA's safety concerns, Ward says

MBTA completes Charles/MGH Station modernization project

UP lifts new business embargo in PRB, upgrades track on Missouri line

Maryland Transit Administration acquires mobile communications vehicle for emergency responders

RailAmerica appoints three VPs

Bach-Simpson to supply event recorders for passenger cars in New York City, Chicago and L.A.

National Railway Equipment obtains EPA certification for environmentally friendly switchers

March 28

New Mexico's Rail Runner to implement zone-based fare structure

Inspectors find faults with CSXT's safety performance, FRA says

Cyr joins GO Transit as rail services director

Sound Transit begins to build Lakewood Station

CSXI to assess 18.5 percent fuel surcharge in April

Farmrail crews to use handheld AEI readers for event reporting

March 27

Utah Transit Authority proposes FrontRunner fares, ticket price increases

FRA approves RRIF loans for DM&E, RJ Corman Railroad Group

Alameda Corridor's train traffic rises 15 percent in 2006

FTA sets FY2007 allocations for transit funding programs

BNSF intermodal university teaches international shipper 'students' about U.S. transportation system

Parsons Brinckerhoff/Systra to help manage Mumbai metro project

Mitsui Rail Capital shuffles executive staff

March 26

MARTA boosts ridership, revenue in 2006

TRE appoints Farquhar COO

AAR data shows carload and intermodal volume up in Canada, down in U.S. during latest week

Fenton joins OmniTRAX as COO

Sound Transit seeks public feedback on East Link design

Dover Resources promotes Crouse to president of OPW Fluid Transfer Group

March 23

New York MTA launches program to beef up commuter-rail security

NS' 2006 industrial development scorecard: 70 new facilities and 45 plant additions

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks a bit at 2007's start, STB says

Lew joins WMATA as agency's first-ever inspector general

Virginia Sealing Products to help Kelso Technologies market pressure relief valves in North America

TTCI VP Hawthorne to retire at month's end

March 22

NYCT awards $337 million contract to joint venture to begin Second Avenue Subway project

Tie purchases and production tumble in February, RTA says

Amtrak to change eastern, Midwestern train timetables

North Carolina transportation board provides track improvement grants to 11 short lines

Philadelphia port container terminal plan in limbo until distribution center relocation issue is resolved

Dow, CHEMTREC partner to improve haz-mat car tracking and emergency information sharing

STV appoints Gentle to VP post

March 21

New York/New Jersey port authority posts record cargo volume in 2006

KCS locomotives, cars to sport new 'heritage' paint scheme

Loram acquires Tangent Rail's grinding division

Hub Group promotes Pizzuto to EVP, CFO and treasurer

Global Railway boosts revenue and earnings, names new CFO

TPSC appoints Kramer VP of business development

March 20

New York derailment fallout: FRA to inspect CSXT's track, assess the Class I's rail inspection program

UTU extends ratification vote on tentative CN contract by two weeks

MBTA to spend Turner Broadcasting settlement proceeds on security improvements

CTA seeks public input on proposed Red Line extension

South Buffalo Railway, UTU negotiate tentative conductors' contract

Lydon wins election as TCU international vice president

March 19

FRA, California High Speed Rail Authority to conduct environmental study on two proposed corridors

NS to stop applying fuel surcharges to local, non-intermodal public rates

Metro-North, Shore Line East to operate more commuter trains in Connecticut

CSXT joins EPA program to become 'Climate Leader'

Northern Indiana agency contracts Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo to supply 14 commuter-rail cars

Workers at Greenbrier's TrentonWorks plant ratify three-year contract

March 16

U.S. roads' weekly traffic tallies reach 2007 high, AAR says

House, Senate consider legislation to provide long-term transit security funding

Richmond Pacific Railroad unveils newly retrofitted, environmentally friendly switcher

CTA to evaluate service on Chicago's south side

Michigan Tech University's 'Railroad Night' brings together Class I recruiters, graduating students

March 15

Senate Budget Committee's FY08 budget resolution includes $1.8 billion for Amtrak

Transportation Services Index tumbles in January

CSXT, BLET agree on tentative 'single system' contract

WMATA names three top execs

BNSF boosts PRB coal train loadings in February

Charlotte transit agency takes delivery of final light-rail vehicle

UP completes L.A.-area trackwork a week ahead of schedule

March 14

Senate rejects, House introduces amendment aimed at rerouting rail haz-mat shipments around high-threat areas

UTA reconsiders route alignment for TRAX airport extension

FRA needs to investigate rail safety in New York state, Sen. Clinton says

BART to test motion picture advertising in tunnel

KCSR and Texas DOT to install crossbuck blades, emergency notification signs at public crossings

RDC seeks international arbitration against Guatemalan government to resolve rolling stock lease dispute

FTA strives to win Baldrige Award, become best federal agency

March 13

CSXT to adopt, BNSF to extend mileage-based fuel surcharges

DART Green Line will not include Dallas Love Field tunnel

BNSF lands 107 industrial development projects in 2006

NS snatches shippers' frozen potato traffic away from trucks

Tampa-area organizations partner to prompt more public transit options

Harrisburg registers lowest '06 injury ratio among NS' 11 operating divisions

Digital Concepts to implement traffic-control system for San Diego's SPRINTER line

March 12

U.S. transit ridership hits 10-billion mark in 2006, APTA says

Proposed energy bill would authorize $350 million for freight-rail improvements

STB seeks public comments on proposal to form rail energy transportation advisory committee

Alstom to supply freight locomotives, electrification equipment to Chinese railways

UP tops Fortune's 'most admired railroad' list for second-straight year

Passenger-rail coalition to host National Rail Passenger Leadership Summit

Harsco renames engineered products/services unit

March 9

U.S. railroads register intermodal volume gain, carload decline in February, AAR says

SEPTA to hold hearings on proposed FY2008 fare increase, service cuts

CenterPoint Properties proposes logistics park, intermodal facility in suburban Chicago

Southern California transit agencies, UP launch county-wide crossing safety program

Roots succeeds Gibson as Indiana Harbor Belt's general manager

Greenbrier workers contemplate strike at Canadian TrentonWorks plant

Amtrak board member Sosa resigns

March 8

Train and crossing accidents drop, trespasser and crossing fatalities rise in 2006, FRA says

BNSF, NCDA and state of Minnesota sign Northstar operating agreements

Senator seeks to include TTCI in DHS' domestic preparedness consortium

George to succeed Martin as Fort Worth & Western's president

STB schedules public hearing to address rail capacity, traffic projections

Reuter to manage multi-billion-dollar Miami-Dade transportation plan for Parsons Brinckerhoff

Trinity Railway Express to provide onboard Internet access, video entertainment

March 7

UP, Dow partner to attain eight chemical transportation safety and security goals within 10 years

Canadian government commits $962 million for Toronto-area congestion relief

California high-speed system would attract more riders, generate more revenue than projected, consultant says

Long-time CPR exec Foot to retire in July

Nordco acquires Dapco Industries, Dapco Technologies

Northern Virginia transit ridership jumps 17 percent in five years

Vossloh to acquire track material supplier Pohl Corp.

Westcode to supply HVAC systems for new SEPTA cars

March 6

Pittsburgh port authority proposes FY2008 budget reductions

Sound Transit opens light-rail operations and maintenance hub

Amtrak considers restoring service between Chicago and Dubuque

KCS tests GPS ballast train for U.S., Mexican operations

Pacific Ethanol to build second plant in California

NJ Transit to hold public hearings on Access to the Region's Core environmental work

BNSF, UP among magazine's top 50 employers for Hispanic women

Midwestern rail shipper association elects ADS' Gustafson president

March 5

CREATE train rolls into Springfield to lobby legislators for Illinois' $100 million allotment

EPA proposes rule to reduce locomotive engine emissions

Amtrak names Witt, Acheson to VP posts

U.S. railroads register intermodal rise, carload drop during latest week, AAR says

Brush becomes Genesee & Wyoming's first chief human resource officer

Knorr-Bremse to provide braking equipment for Deutsche Bahn EMUs

March 2

ARCADIS to determine feasibility of implementing maglev technology on Tennessee corridor

WMATA to phase out construction office

CSXT tabs Mancini to oversee strategic infrastructure initiatives

Invensys forms group to bring four rail brands under one banner

Bombardier to supply another 150 locomotives to Italy's Trenitalia

RFTrax unveils wireless asset tracking system for locomotives

GE Rail Services names Tupper eastern sales region's commercial leader

March 1

National Carriers' Conference Committee, rail labor coalition reach tentative five-year contract

Metro-North posts record ridership, on-time performance in 2006

January a better-than-average month for tie suppliers, RTA says

Surface transportation trade between U.S., Canada down in December

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