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Rail News: March 2009

March 31

U.S., China agree to jointly improve hazardous materials transportation

S.F. bay-area commission to revise 2035 transportation plan

Vancouver's Canada Line to open by September

RailAmerica's Jones earns ASLRRA's top safety honor

CSXI's fuel surcharge inches up, UP's ratchets down in April

NYC-area trash means cash to New York & Atlantic

Amtrak to bring back sleeper cars between Chicago, Boston

Updates from Siemens, Alstom, RailComm, Kelso Technologies, CFCL Australia, Knorr-Bremse and Global Railway

March 30

Phoenix agency receives $36 million in stimulus dollars for light-rail line

New York/New Jersey port authority awards steel contract for World Trade Center hub

Connecticut lands stimulus funds for Providence and Worcester, passenger-rail projects

Heavy load container facility attracts first lessee; Evergreen honors CSXI as carrier of the year

Stifel Nicolaus analyst lowers ratings for two Class Is, four other transportation companies

Five 'Pacific Gateway' projects advance in Canada

International railway union releases global passenger-, freight-rail traffic figures for '08

Paljug to co-chair RSI's new joint C&S/MOW committee

March 27

CSX willing to help spur high-speed rail on Empire Corridor, Schumer says

WMATA outlines plans for $202 million in stimulus funds

U.S., Canadian roads continue to sing the traffic blues, AAR data shows

Santa Clara VTA completes draft environmental report for BART extension

RTA report: Tie production rises, purchases plummet in February

Amtrak to fund two Seattle maintenance facilities with stimulus dollars

San Pedro & Southwestern sets safety record

Updates from VAE Nortrak, ARINC, CAF and Alstom

March 26

New York MTA approves plan to hike fares, slash service

FTA to award $100 million in energy reduction grants to transit agencies

Sound Transit obtains low bids for University Link tunnel work

UP honors 40 chemical shippers' safety efforts

CSX to provide proxy materials online

Providence and Worcester posts income, revenue gains in '08

Small shipment conference names annual carrier award winners

Updates from EMD, Ansaldo STS, Vossloh and IBM

March 25

Truck size/weight-limiting bill enters House; rail labor unions and North Dakota lawmakers seek quiet zone-funding legislation

NS: Manion to succeed Tobias as COO; Stewart and Allison assume new VP positions

DART to use stimulus funds to advance Orange Line project

VRE purchases additional locomotives from MotivePower

Bay Line, R.J. Corman’s Memphis Line and St. Lawrence & Atlantic earn ASLRRA's top marketing honors

San Francisco MTA to upgrade Muni lines

Equipment leasing business falls in February, monthly index shows

Updates from Timken, Sherwin-Williams, Export-Import Bank, Kyocera Solar and LightWild

March 24

BNSF registers fewer grade crossing collisions, trespassing incidents

New York/New Jersey port authority's cargo volumes flat-line in '08

In memoriam: Watco founder Dick Webb (1938-2009)

Morgan Keegan analyst reaffirms GATX 'outperform' rating

Metro-North to rehab Tarrytown Station

BMWED, Soo Line agree on tentative contract

Updates from Siemens, Wabtec and RailComm

March 23

Feds sue UP for failing to prevent drug trafficking; government, not railroad, controls border-crossing cars, Class I says

Vancouver's TransLink to upgrade infrastructure on light-, commuter-rail systems

Amtrak to provide remainder of workers' back pay by May 1

Opportunities abound for railroads and trucks in intermodal sector, CSXI's Herwig says

Railroads, shippers and rail labor unions need to jointly resolve rail regulation dispute, UTU says

Cooper joins STB staff as attorney-advisor; Cox becomes Watco senior chief engineer

CTA completes Howard Station rehab

Pelletier departs Montreal Port Authority; search for next CEO under way

March 20

A half-full view: Inventory drawdowns can’t continue unabated, analyst tells truckload carriers

BNSF, CSXI expand container service to the Southeast; BNSF upgrades Transcon corridor

California intercity rail ridership dips in February

AAR report: Traffic remains down for U.S., Canadian railroads in March's second week

Amtrak Cascades to celebrate 10 years of service

CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation pacts with two more Illinois cities

Houston METRO names Hickey associate VP

Updates from International Paint, GE, EMD, Ansaldo STS, Zachry American and Cornerstone Systems

March 19

Obama tabs UTU's Szabo as FRA administrator

U.S. transportation, housing departments team up to promote transit-oriented development efforts

Indiana Rail Road to build spur for new coal mine

U.S. Class I workforce slightly smaller in January, STB data shows

VIA Rail upgrades track, station near Ottawa

Cook to manage TTCI's security/emergency response center; Badger to direct Virginia's rail division

MARTA to co-sponsor PPP workshop

In memoriam: Former Conrail engineering chief Benjamin Gordon

March 18

CSX showing 'modest improvement' on the traffic-volume front in recent weeks, Ward says

Around the intermodal horn: From KCSR's UPS honors to ATA's tonnage forecast to Texas port's trade corridor funding

Rail-car utilization rates, deliveries continue to decline, Longbow Research says

Former FTA, New York MTA execs form transportation consulting firm

Stifel Nicolaus analyst lowers his '09-'10 EPS expectations for six Class Is

Los Angeles MTA to obtain feedback on downtown regional connector

NJ Transit to upgrade Somerville Station

Updates from GE, Siemens Mobility, RailComm, RMI, SYSTRA and Evans Delivery

March 17

Railroads likely to 'dodge the re-regulation bullet' — Stifel Nicolaus research note

DART to obtain public feedback on new ticket prices

New York MTA unveils new South Ferry station

Former U.S. transportation secretary, rail revivalist Brinegar passes away

Missouri DOT sets aside federal stimulus funds for rail bridge

AAR's annual shipper forum set for NARS' Chicago meeting

MBTA to implement new train information system

Updates from Thales, AECOM, Jacobs Engineering and Affiliated Computer Services

March 16

Amtrak to expand capacity, upgrade facilities with stimulus funding

MBTA proposes $1.6 billion FY10 spending plan, details budget woes

Oregon port to obtain $8 million from feds for Coos Bay line purchase

Obama tabs Puchala for NMB seat, Mulvey for STB chairmanship

GO Transit hikes fares

UP picks up coal-train loading pace in PRB, Colorado/Utah

KCSR combines labor relations, HR departments

Updates from Thales, GE, Skanska USA, Motion Sensors, Cornerstone Systems and CIBER

March 13

NJ Transit seeks bids for Mass Transit Tunnel project

Virginia Beach purchases NS right of way for future line

CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation pact with Richton Park

AAR traffic report: Tough sledding continues for North American railroads in March's first week

Washington state DOT terminates short line's operating lease

BART to bolster West Oakland station for earthquakes

Illinois commission OKs upgrades to seven grade crossings

AAR releases 25th edition of rail trends book

March 12

CTA, NJ Transit to receive stimulus funds for several projects

Houston METRO contracts Parsons to construct four light-rail lines

Transportation Services Index tumbles again in January

CTA names Rodriguez president, Walker CFO

Manpower survey: U.S. transportation workforce to be 'relatively stable' in second quarter

CSXT to commemorate first Genset in Illinois

BLET seeks members' input on national contract negotiations

Updates from Herzog, ERS Industries, RailComm, Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Thales, Ansaldo STS, Vossloh and Hirschmann Automation

March 11

UP asks STB to examine common carrier obligation to quote chlorine-move rates

BART seeks ways to overcome $50 million FY2010 budget deficit

STB blesses NS/Pan Am Railways 'Patriot Corridor' joint venture

KCSR acquires two Gensets; Providence & Worcester lands 17 auxiliary power units

TriMet ridership flat in February despite new commuter-rail service

San Diego-area's SPRINTER celebrates first anniversary

DHS' TWIC program reaches 1 million enrollee mark

Midwest shippers association awards scholarships to six students

March 10

USDOT commits $900 million FFGA for Dulles Corridor project

New York outlines 20-year freight-, passenger-rail plan

Freight, passenger rail on Ohio commission's meeting agenda

UPS Freight cuts transit time in Michigan, Wisconsin

Progressive Railroading awards Wheel/Rail Interaction '09 scholarships to two railroaders

APTA launches public transit advocacy campaign

UTU founding contributor Kunz passes away

Updates from e-VERIFILE.COM, AECOM Technology, GE, ITT Interconnect Solutions and STV

March 9

APTA: Public transit ridership reaches 52-year high in '08

KCS railroads launch Midwest-to-Mexico intermodal service

Sound Transit begins to build University Link

U.S. ports' container volume drops in January and February, 'Port Tracker' says

UTA considers options for Ogden-area transit corridor

IC&E workers remain BLET members

Officers association honors UP's military support

Updates from Bombardier, SKF, HNTB Corp., ShipXpress and Nexxus Lighting

March 6

Senate Judiciary Committee OKs 'antitrust enforcement' bill

LACMTA tabs Leahy to succeed Snoble as CEO

AAR: North American roads handle fewer loads in February

Connex should fire two GMs because of engineer's 'unacceptable behaviors,' Metrolink says

DART's Thomas named 'outstanding' Texas public transit manager

BLET members ratify CN-WC agreement

BNSF's Gallegos joins Hispanic magazine's 'corporate elite'

POLZUG introduces container-rail service on Black Sea route

March 5

California's Capitol Corridor to request $98 million in economic stimulus funds

CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with West Chicago

Metrolink to install inward-facing cameras on locomotives

NS mechanical department sets injury ratio record in '08

Federal budget cuts mean smaller-scale Yucca Mountain project in Nevada

Minnesota agency proposes Northstar fares

Wisconsin to upgrade 78 crossings during next three years

Updates from ARINC, Greenbrier, ARI, Siemens Energy and Railpower

March 4

Value of goods moving between NAFTA nations rises in '08 despite November, December falls

California legislators transfer millions in transit funds to cover budget deficit

UP, NS and BNSF make magazine's grade as 'most admired' companies

In Memoriam: Red River Valley & Western, Twin Cities & Western co-founder Charles Clay

Dougherty to oversee San Francisco agency's safety programs

European railway union awards IT contract for freight-rail communications project

Chicago South Shore's Lampe joins STB advisory committee

Updates from Portec Rail, RailComm, Kelso Technologies, Lund Martin Construction and Cambridge Systematics

March 3

BNSF furloughs 140 mechanical department workers

Transportation labor unions outline issues, priorities with LaHood and Oberstar

Santa Clara VTA continues to post ridership gains

NJ Transit to upgrade Ridgewood Station

BNSF to launch trackwork on Kansas/Missouri line

Stadler joins KCS as SVP, chief accounting officer

Tyva Republic advances coal line plan

Updates from Nordco, GE Rail Services, Ansaldo STS, Parsons and Walker International Transportation

March 2

Canadian government to provide millions for Vancouver-area's Evergreen Line

Alabama port authority pursues container transfer facility in Mobile

Chicago mayor pegs Rodriguez for CTA's top post

Illinois commission OKs three grade crossing upgrades, reports promising crossing safety stats for '08

Southwest Signal Engineering becomes 'Xorail'

WMATA to soon offer expanded cell phone service at underground stations

CSXT, UTU agreement eliminates 'double jeopardy' conundrum

Updates from ENSCO, Timken, Alstom and Crowcon Detection

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