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Rail News: March 2008

March 31

BLET members ratify new Amtrak agreement

New York/New Jersey port authority advances station design, commuter-rail study

KCS projects transload program growth in the U.S., Mexico

WMATA sets 2008 goals

UP takes wraps off first GenSet switcher at California yard

Updates from ChemLogix, Bombardier, Trainyard Tech and UQM Technologies

March 28

The price for WMATA's capital improvement needs? Nearly half a billion dollars

Storms, floods do a number on U.S. railroads' weekly carloads, AAR says

PPPs needed to help fund California high-speed rail system, advisors say

Midwest High Speed Rail Association to lead European summer tour

Pennsylvania ponies up $10.2 million for 38 freight-rail projects

UTU general chairpersons give tentative national contract the thumbs up

Updates from Ansaldo STS, Northern American Technologies, Siemens and MHF Logistical Solutions

March 27

SEPTA unveils $1 billion FY09 spending plan

Utah Transit Authority's FrontRunner to open next month

Illinois commission's five-year plan sets aside more than $139 million for crossing upgrades

Toyota Logistics honors NS with highest rail carrier award for fifth time in 11 years

New York college offers transportation simulator

TTCI names Lang business development manager

March 26

Canadian government needs to review rail rates in wake of 'excessive returns,' grain farmers' groups say

Providence and Worcester registers revenue decline, net loss in 2007

Patriot Rail appoints two execs

UP expects hybrid vehicle, ethanol traffic to continue rising in 2008

Tunnel boring machine breaks through at Sweden's Malmo Central Station

Updates from Interpipe, RailComm, RailPower and American Motive Power

March 25

Metro-North's new spring timetable to feature more trains

Rodzwicz becomes BLET's national president after Hahs' ouster

Utah Transit Authority to release draft environmental study for light-rail extension

UP boosts freight, Amtrak train speeds on southern Texas line

Bates becomes UTU's first African-American legislative director

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic affiliate promotes exec; Watco widens use of locomotive monitoring systems

MARTA appoints two execs

Grissum to succeed Olsovsky as BNSF's AVP of telecommunications

March 24

Amtrak to study Kansas City-to-Oklahoma City service

U.S. carloads up, intermodal loads down in latest week, AAR says

New York/New Jersey port posts record cargo volume in 2007, outlines expansion plans

RTA report: Tie purchases rise, production falls in February

North Carolina's CATS posts passenger-count record in February

About one-fifth of all U.S. trespassing fatalities are suicides, FRA report shows

UP to upgrade track in western Illinois

Updates from DeLorme, CH2M Hill, The Andersons and MHF Logistical Solutions

March 20

Los Angeles MTA seeks to raise awareness of future projects

The Andersons to use Patriot Rail subsidiary's facilities to repair rail cars west of the Mississippi River

Sound Transit to create operations task force

Truitt joins Florida East Coast as VP, Thompson becomes VP at RailAmerica

Regional/short-line carloads up more than 2 percent through February, RMI data shows

LIRR implements WiFi at Penn Station

Updates from SKF, GE and Global Railway Industries

March 19

Toronto Transit Commission lands $303.5 million in federal funds to keep commuters moving

CN budgets more than $1 billion for MOW in '08

Alaska Railroad schedules 10-stop emergency response training tour

Hampton Roads Transit awards $41 million construction services pact to Skanska

TTX appoints two executives, announces Pomeroy's retirement

Updates from Atlantic Track & Turnout, BAM Rail, Siemens, China Architectural Engineering, MHF, Titan and GBS Group

March 18

CN urges Chicago-area communities to adopt a 'more balanced perspective' toward EJ&E transaction

Rising operating costs prompt Metrolink to mull fare increases and service cuts

South Dakota enacts bill to speed land condemnation process

Vast majority of UTU-represented IC workers approve CN contract

Gannett Fleming names Stout chairman/CEO

CSXT presents 'safety excellence' awards to 64 chemical shippers

Molitoris moves from Ohio's rail commission to transportation department

March 17

EPA introduces new Tier 3 and 4 emission standards for locomotive engines

Rep. Mica introduces measure to establish D.C.-to-New York City high-speed service

CSX files lawsuit against TCI, 3G Capital Partners alleging violations to federal securities laws

CN's Dakens to retire May 1

BART to obtain public input on proposed extension

KCS opens new intermodal terminal in K.C.

Updates from Amerex Group, Radius Rail, Atlantic Track & Turnout and GuestLogix

March 14

Rail industry constituents push freight-rail agenda at annual 'Day on the Hill'

U.S. Class I workforce shrunk a tad in January, STB data shows

Ferromex appoints executive president, other top managers

WMATA pursues underground wireless communication system for subway

Ohio rail commission OKs statewide funding package, approves 10 freight-rail projects

Carloads drop for U.S., Canadian roads in March's first week, AAR says

CTA to issue bonds for capital improvements

Updates from L.B. Foster, STV, AIG Rail, ContainerTrac, Pandrol, MAPS Technology and Thales

March 13

California commission advocates more than $500 million in state funds for eight freight-rail projects

Fortress seeks STB approval to merge RailAmerica, Florida East Coast Railway

Vancouver to improve streetcar system before 2010 Olympics

Portion of Gulf Coast rail lines highly susceptible to floods, USDOT study shows

Transportation Services Index increases in January

Wabtec to supply components for another 620 NYCT subway cars

Railroads are keeping up with escalating ethanol demand, AAR says

NJ Transit to offer online trip planning through Google

March 12

CN addresses Illinois congressmens' concerns over EJ&E acquisition

Value of goods transported between U.S., NAFTA partners reached record level in '07, USDOT says

Ohio rail commission to consider 10 freight-rail projects

BMWED members ratify Amtrak contract

CSXT to bump up HDF/mileage-based and WTI fuel surcharges in April

California earmarks $24 million for BART's earthquake safety program

Pennsylvania community college to offer engineer, conductor training programs

March 11

More Amtrak pacts: Signalmen, carmen and maintenance workers ratify contracts

BNSF is 'most admired' railroad in FORTUNE's annual rankings

Dallas logistics park to be part of Foreign Trade Zone

Sound Transit records 12.3 percent increase in '07 train/bus ridership

Delaware & Hudson, carmen reach tentative agreement

Updates from Digital Concepts, Verint Systems, Lombard Investments, CargoWise and SEKO

March 10

APTA: Public transit ridership totals 10.3 billion in 2007

MBTA board signs off on proposed $1.5 billion budget

KCS realigns three divisions, reassigns executives

Metro-North's Cannito to retire in July

KCS' Mexican arm combines institutional relations, right-of-way protection departments

Boston-area Amtrak conductors ratify new labor pact

Review panel issues recommendations to bolster Canada's rail safety act

Updates from Bombardier, Australian Rail Track, RFTrax and the Modoc Academy

March 7

U.S. roads' carloads up, intermodal loads down in February, AAR says

Santa Clara VTA implements sustainability program

BLET, UTU to play role in FRA's worker fatigue study

BNSF among top shareholder-friendly firms, Rose among top CEOs in magazine's annual polls

MARTA seeks ways to improve operational efficiency

Harmon Industries founder Robert Harmon passes away at 95

Sound Transit completes second Beacon Hill light-rail tunnel

BLET foundation to provide scholarships for injured workers' family members

March 6

House transportation subcommittee analyzes private investors' influence on freight railroads

Amtrak to consider adding service in Ohio Corridor

DART releases financial plan to member cities, restructures top management

AAR appoints Gray as Rockey's successor, announces suicide prevention award winners

Philadelphia-area UTU members ratify Amtrak agreement

Upchurch joins KCS as SVP; McGonigle joins Montreal, Maine & Atlantic as VP

Updates from Hatch Mott MacDonald, Skelly and Loy, J.L. Patterson, Bombardier, FreightCar America and RailComm

March 5

Train accidents continue to drop, FRA says

Amtrak, BLET reach tentative agreement

Sacramento Valley Railroad signs on as exclusive service provider for area business park

CN seeks to appeal Canadian Transportation Agency’s grain rate caps

San Francisco's Muni unveils draft service improvement proposals

CTA installs credit card-accepting ticket machines at several stations

March 4

New York MTA marks 40th anniversary by looking at next 40 years

San Diego County agency set to open SPRINTER line

Bowers joins KCS as SVP of intermodal/automotive

LIRR to renovate Seaford Station

BNSF, NS and UP make top 100 'corporate responsibility' list, magazine says

Updates from Timken, Global Rail, CIT, Duos, TTX, RAIL.ONE and Hirschmann Automation

March 3

Transportation act-amending bill to become law in Canada

San Francisco's Muni selects alignment for Central Subway

UP appoints four execs, adds 9 mph to train speed on Kansas line

FRA recommends gap safety measures

Fort Worth Transportation Authority to present findings from Southwest-to-Northeast line's environmental study

Operation Lifesaver Canada unveils Web-based crossing safety program for student drivers

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