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Rail News: March 2010

March 31

FRA seeks applicants for $115 million in HSR grants

Value of goods shuttled between U.S., NAFTA partners jumped in January

Nation needs to ramp up transit funding, Rep. Nadler says

Maryland Transit to test 'CharmCard' fare payment

UP-served intermodal park lines up large tenant

USDOT names advisory council members

Toyota honors UP's service

OmniTRAX names Peters senior VP

March 30

HSR association reviews state of project funding

U.S. transit agencies step up patrols after Moscow subway bombings

Amtrak to operate Metrolink trains

Canadian government to fund VIA Rail car upgrades

Ontario's budget deficit deals blow to proposed transit projects

N.Y. MTA names Foran CFO

CN offers online tool to calculate carbon emissions, rate at same time

KCS adds administrative functions to EVP Erdman's duties

Updates from Brookville Equipment, Vossloh AG, Ansaldo STS USA, Pacer International, RailComm and Macro Corp.

March 29

Caltrain one step away from adopting electrification program

Ontario to provide $15 million for Huron Central upgrades

Toyota honors NS' logistics performance

VIA Rail to cut transit times between Montreal, Quebec City

Providence and Worcester registered less revenue, net loss last year

March 26

Kansas adopts legislation to help advance HSR plans

LACMTA's Gold Line extension gets green light for summer start

AAR report: U.S. railroads boost carloads for fourth-straight week

Traffic controllers union to vote on CN pact; two BMWED divisions to merge

Amtrak awards contract for Seattle maintenance facility upgrades

Alaska Railroad CFO O'Leary becomes acting CEO

Public to preview Caltrain grade separation

Updates from Alstom, Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Rail.One, Knorr-Bremse, HDR and Moffatt & Nichol

March 25

Colorado's Rocky Mountain Rail Authority releases HSR feasibility study

New York MTA to alter services at LIRR, Metro-North and NYCT

CSX survives - even thrives - in 'tumultuous' 2009, annual report states

DART to review expenses after reduced sales tax predictions

Illinois commission blesses five-year crossing upgrade plan

Amtrak names Merrill VP of policy and development

UP to bolster infrastructure in Kansas, Washington

Amtrak Cascades service to Vancouver extended into fall

Updates from HAX Technologies, Bombardier, Alcatel-Lucent, Integran Technologies, Faiveley Transport, Stage 8 Locking Fasteners and EAO Switch Corp.

March 24

Washington State DOT awaits HSR grant award, project approval from FRA

Amtrak seeks congressional funding to replace aging rolling stock

FRA to use simulator 'lab' to analyze train accidents

Newly minted California law provides much-needed transit funding, SFMTA says

WMATA contracts ENSCO for track inspection vehicle

In memoriam: NS logo, 'Thoroughbred' brand architect H. Pier Clifford

TriMet eyes service cuts, tries to bridge budget gap

LIRR makes strides with reducing 'gap' accidents

Equipment leasing, financing shows slight improvement in February

March 23

Capital Metro's MetroRail opens for business in Austin

Gov. Patrick taps Davey as Massachusetts' rail, transit administrator

Lessors note more freight-car usage since 2009's end, Longbow Research says

Denver RTD promotes FasTracks at White House visit

KCSM's Zozaya becomes AmCham chapter's first Mexican president

SacRT relocates light-rail station

Russian Railways' Morozov to head Mongolian railroad

Updates from RMI, Eta Phi Systems, Trinity Industries, L.B. Foster/Portec Rail, Wabtec and Finmeccanica

March 22

Amtrak creates HSR department

STB February tally: U.S. Class I workforce up from January's count, down from 2009's total

Capitol Corridor's ridership drops due to government furloughs

KCS, NS assess joint Meridian Speedway line

FRA names Lauby to Office of Safety post

Tie purchases, production on slow pace in 2010, RTA says

NS' Moorman 'optimistic' about 2010

Parsons Brinckerhoff, HNTB/Wilbur Smith win high-speed rail contracts

TriMet's Hansen to step down as GM

March 19

Parsons Brinckerhoff to manage HSR projects for three more states

USDOT delegation visits France to assess HSR system

Illinois Senate advances legislation to create HSR commission

Russia outlines HSR development measures

AAR weekly report: North American railroads register more carload gains

ARRA-funded projects reach the 10,000 mark, Biden says

Gamble to step down from top ARRC post

Federal arbitrator sets CN-TCRC contract terms; FRA OKs part of ASLRRA's hours-of-service petition

CSXT honors chemical shippers' safety excellence

AAR: Chlorine Institute's PTC cost-benefit claim is 'way off base'

GCRTA board to consider Delta Railroad Construction contract

Updates from Electro-Motive Diesel, MERMEC, Thales, MISCOR Group, Bombardier and EKE-Electronics

March 18

Florida selects HNTB/Wilbur Smith team to manage HSR system

Senate approves bill to extend surface transportation fund through 2010

Greenville & Western, Lycoming Valley and Reading & Northern attain ASLRRA marketing honors

METRO seeks independent probe into 'misuse of funds' accusation

Washington terminal introduces perishable shipping option

California's San Joaquin service reaches four-month ridership high

Amtrak launches Twitter page

UTA open house to address TRAX project

March 17

California legislator seeks to stop sale of HSR bonds

Canadian transportation safety agency issues nine-item 'watchlist'

Public transit officials lobby for funding, jobs in D.C.

Chlorine Institute to FRA: Correct PTC cost-benefit analysis

GO Transit changes train schedules to meet growing demand

CenterPoint Properties lands first tenant for NS-served logistics park

New RTD GM's deal excludes extras

Updates from Skanska, HDR, Portec Rail Products and Railinc; Also, in memoriam: Safetran Systems' Pierce and Gannett Fleming's DeVito

March 16

SEPTA unveils FY2011 budget, proposes 6 percent fare hike

North Carolina awards freight-rail project contracts

WMATA's rail ridership rises in March

CN honored as 'Innovator of the Year' by Wal-Mart

Wellsboro & Corning adds four six-axle units to locomotive fleet

TriMet names Bethel, Olanrewaju to board

March 15

Chinese companies will bid on U.S. high-speed projects, China railway minister says

Amtrak, Kansas DOT analyze ways to restore passenger-rail service in six cities

USDOT narrows haz-mat list tied to security plans

STB to hold public hearing on proposed Maine line abandonment

AAR taps Farmer to coordinate freight-rail security efforts

Burns to remain Santa Clara VTA's GM another five years

Updates from Wabtec, Nomad Digital, Siemens Mobility, Colo Railroad Builders, Stantec, ARINC and Parsons Brinckerhoff

March 12

AAR weekly report: The rail freight volume recovery continues

AAR: 2009 was safest year in U.S. freight rail history, preliminary FRA data shows

Global Partners, CP to bring ethanol trains to New York terminal

Maine grants would help preserve regional's line, improve short line's service

RailAmerica registers carload rise in February

Goldman, Bowling to lead CSX law department teams

March 11

United Kingdom unveils plans for HSR network

AAR report: Outside of coal, carload trends favorable in February

TSI languishes at eight-year low in January, BTS says

Twin Cities' Central Corridor to launch construction in summer

KCS, CenterPoint gain FTZ designation for Texas logistics park

California regional transportation commission pursues UP branch line purchase

March 10

US HSR's Florida conference brought together 300-plus high-speed stakeholders

Iowa earmarks $1 million for Chicago-Omaha planning study

Performance improvement program pays off, Amtrak says

Crossing collisions, injuries and fatalities fall to record lows in '09

TriMet's monthly trips climb for first time since February 2009

Genesee & Wyoming's carloads fall in February

Queensland Rail preps for IPO, boosts 'Seafreighter' capacity

Updates from R.J. Corman Railpower, Bombardier/Alstom, Team 3 Logistics, Systems Logistics and STV

March 9

Englewood Flyover project to spur job creation in Illinois

Illinois high-speed bill advances in Senate

APTA: Public transit trips exceed 10 billion again in 2009, but fall short of 2008 record

KCS acquires Puerta Mexico terminal, develops direct service

USDOT to help keep Maine line open for shippers, Sen. Collins says

NS to pay $4 million in federal fines for Graniteville accident

VIA Rail to build new Smith Falls station, upgrade Ontario line

March 8

Dozens of transit-rail projects gain USDOT grants

NJ Transit ponders fare hikes, service reductions on top of other cost-cutting measures

KCSM to unveil divisional safety plans, operating rule repository

Pioneer Railcorp acquires Georgia Midland Railroad

NTSB's Hersman: Frequency of fatigue in transportation operations is 'alarming'

Updates from Bombardier, IMPulse NC, Alstom/Russian Railways, RailRunner and OnTrackAmerica

March 5

CHSRA defends ridership, revenue forecast model

Future legislation needs to include 'substantial' high-speed funding, American High Speed Rail Alliance says

Amtrak deploys Wi-Fi on Acela trains

SacRT ponders more service cuts to bridge budget gap; California considers transit funding bill

AAR weekly report: U.S. carloads climb to highest level since late 2008

Sarles to head WMATA on interim basis

OmniTRAX names Thiem regional sales director; Watco appoints Andrews CMO

CSXT, NS to upgrade eight crossings in Ohio

Updates from Bombardier, GE Transportation/Progress Rail, RMI, Duos Technologies and Michael Baker Jr. Inc.

March 4

APTA: Federal transit, highway programs temporarily extended

U.S. surface-mode trade with Canada, Mexico ends long losing streak in December

Metrolink, SEPTA begin to modernize car fleets

Greater Cleveland RTA prioritizes federal funding needs, re-elects board leaders

Denver university's intermodal institute adds board member, seeks masters program students

March 3

NJ Transit to trim workforce, cut execs' salaries and freeze spending

February marks UP's first monthly coal loading gains in nearly a year

Indiana ports pump up cargo volumes in 2009

UP lands on magazine's top 100 'corporate citizens' list

Sound Transit restructures governing committees

March 2

San Francisco agency to reduce Muni service, furlough workers

Oregon DOT orders two trainsets from Talgo-America

KCSM to update transportation service plan

Rail workers win 'genuine' whistleblower protection from feds, BMWED says

VIA Rail to replace Windsor station

Updates from RAILCET, Alstom, HDR, RailComm, RailRunner and Halcrow

March 1

NYCT changes senior leadership in subway department

More than a dozen shipper groups voice support for STB reauthorization act

New York/New Jersey port awards PATH Hall portion of World Trade Center hub

Six West Coast ports call on Senate to maintain diesel emissions act dollars

GO Transit to hike fares on March 20

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