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Rail News: March 2011

March 31

Chicago DOT schedules public meeting to review transit corridor study

Tennessee DOT creates safety campaign for public crossings

LACMTA to solicit public comments on South Bay Metro Green Line extension

Tacoma port's foreign trade zone value tripled in FY2010

VIA Rail Canada revises Brockville station design

BNSF creates mobile apps for shippers' smart phones

Metrolinx acquires CN line in Toronto for $308 million

USDOT, West Virginia sign $1 million grant agreement

March 30

Updates from Wabtec, Kelso, Eurotech, Greenbrier and Thales

Price to succeed Emery as chief executive of U.K. rail regulator

Indiana port handles first ship in new St. Lawrence Seaway season

Honolulu can proceed with elevated rail project, circuit court says

Value of cargo moving between NAFTA partners jumped in January, BTS says

FTA OKs final design phase for Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project

House Highways and Transit Subcommittee begins hearing on surface transportation reauthorization

Bombardier's Bachant talks U.S. HSR progress, but also notes frustrations

March 29

TRANSCAER schedules emergency response training tour for anhydrous ammonia

Seven unions ask FRA to address safety surrounding damaged haz-mat containers

ARTBA-TDF report highlights economic impact of transportation investment

NORTA seeks small business involvement in streetcar expansions

BNSF Foundation donates $250,000 for Japan relief efforts

STB issues final EIS for Alaska Railroad's Port MacKenzie extension

VTA seeks RFPs for $800 million BART line extension

March 28

Updates from, Siemens, Cambridge Systematics, Kerry Logistics, RailComm, RailRunner and Dialight

UP unveils plant-to-port service for ag products

LACMTA rail maintenance facility earns environmental recognition

Tacoma Rail teams up with scrap metal recycler to boost port traffic

California authority issues RFP for Foothill extension parking facilities

CP budgets $100 million to expand resources, infrastructure in North Dakota

STB should re-examine rail acquisition-related accounting policies, senators say

New Jersey DOT proposes billions for infrastructure improvements

New York, Vermont transportation agencies begin intercity passenger-rail study

March 25

North Carolina legislators try to block state's high-speed funds

Maryland DOT, CSXT to pitch intermodal terminal plans to the public

AAR weekly report: All North American railroads report traffic gains

BART's board endorses California Gov. Brown's proposed budget

Finger Lakes, Providence & Worcester and R.J. Corman/Central Kentucky Lines win ASLRRA's 2011 marketing awards

WMATA OKs development team for TOD project

TriMet's commuter, light-rail ridership rose in February

UP wins GM's 'supplier of the year' award; KCS promotes Songer to AVP post

Cleveland RTA elects board, committee members

March 24

Canadian government sets strategy for Atlantic Gateway trade corridor

Bay Area's MTC kicks in $10 million to transit-oriented housing fund

Sound Transit garners recognition for diversity leadership

Two Class Is tout 2010 accomplishments, cite 2011 goals in annual reports

In memoriam: Consummate L.B. Foster salesman, short-line industry leader D. Dale Leake

Metro-North begins concrete tie installation along New Haven Line

Cole joins Railroad Research Foundation as senior program director

March 23

MassDOT adopts environmental report, preferred route for South Coast project

NS makes donation, matches employee contributions for Japan disaster relief

MTA to begin Queens tunneling work

TTC appoints Upfold customer service officer

NTSB tweaks 'most wanted' safety list program

R&D took center stage at AAR's annual research review

Watco appoints short line GMs, regional transload director

Updates from Wabtec, Jacobs, MACTEC, Axion, Haynes and Skelly and Loy

March 22

Honolulu lets two more contracts for elevated rail system

FRA signs off on $685 million grant agreement for Chicago-St. Louis project

North Carolina DOT signs $461 million grant agreement with FRA

LACMTA Expo Line Phase 2 construction gets green light

Caltrain concludes community meetings on fiscal crisis

Severe weather to rain down on CP's earnings; arbitration ruling to drive up NS' expenses

RTA report: Tie production, purchases fell in February

The T's commuter-rail project dubbed 'Tarrant Express'

Metra, UP schedule public meeting to review project

UP devotes capital dollars to Kansas trackwork

March 21

Florida won't reapply for HSR funds; Amtrak to pursue funding for other projects

Canadian government maps out next regulatory moves after reviewing freight-rail service

Metrolinx issues RFPs for Air Rail Link project

NAFTA partners' cargo trade value one-quarter higher in 2010

Indiana Rail Road drafts record-setting five-year capital plan

UTU, BLET ratify MBCR agreements

Poland's state-owned railway to privatize PKP Cargo

Historic Monroe Shops building to reopen as DART police station

Updates from Axion, eModal, Cerion, Chattahoochee Locomotive and Knorr-Bremse

March 18

More than 1,100 firms are interested in helping to build, operate California high-speed rail, CHSRA says

PTC, hours-of-service concerns voiced at House 'Rail Safety Act' hearing

AAR weekly report: U.S. roads only carload, intermodal volume gainers in North America

WMATA, SEPTA to seek public input on new initiatives

FTA recognizes Fort Worth transportation agency for outstanding performance

NS, Watco make management changes

Conservancy acquires property along Denver FasTracks corridor for transit-oriented development

Canadian port lands federal funds for metal fabrication facility

Updates from Greenbrier, Siemens, Bombardier, Prover Technology, Lewis Bolt and Native Rail Supply

March 17

Three senators unveil BUILD Act to create national infrastructure bank

STB data: U.S. Class Is widened workforce in February

Sound Transit evaluates, sets sustainability goals

'Next-Gen' equipment committee signs off on locomotive standards

New funding not enough to close Canada's infrastructure gap, report says

MBTA to increase three-car trains on Green Line

Soaring gas prices drive up Nashville Star's ridership

UP to bolster Texas, Colorado lines

March 16

AAR: U.S. freight roads achieved safest-ever year in 2010

More details on how the FRA will manage, evaluate the new competitive grant process

Next-Gen equipment committee signs off on locomotive standards

CN must abide by STB's order to fund EJ&E grade separations, U.S. appellate court says

Senators unveil BUILD Act to create national infrastructure bank

States should use federal act to foster more passenger-rail competition, AIPRO says

Congressmen create high-speed rail caucus

DeFazio: USDOT obligates TIGER II grant for Coos Bay line rehab

Transit-oriented development will play a critical role in HSR's success, state government council says

DHS, MBTA launch updated security campaign

L.A.-area ports pumped up volume in February

Orbitz adds online Amtrak booking for business travellers

Updates from GATX, Trinity, Herzog, Chicago Freight Car, Smart Software, RailComm and Gannett Fleming

March 15

Soaring gas prices could spur up to 1.5 billion trips on public transportation, APTA says

LaHood designates NEC as 11th HSR corridor; Amtrak now can directly apply for HSR funds

Florida DOT's Haddad accepts position with Qatar Railways

Metrolink to launch two express lines

State Update: Maryland DOT advances work on BWI station planning, awaits grant agreement for tunnel project

Wisconsin DOT provides $25.5 million worth of freight-rail grants, loans

Canadian coal miner Teck Resources projects lower 1Q sales

Wilmington station to bear Biden's name; Union Station to feature LED board

LACMTA HQ earns EPA's Energy Star rating

Indian tribe pacts will help Prince Rupert port expand container terminal

North Carolina DOT upgrades three NS crossings

March 14

AHSRA appoints members to standardization and interoperability council

Metrolink, USC Viterbi form partnership on rail safety program

BNSF owner Berkshire Hathaway to acquire Lubrizol

KCS opens remodeled office building in Mexico

Metra to open station along Rock Island line

Genesee & Wyoming tally, RMI index show year-to-date carload climbs

Citizens to review BART police force

U.S. Grains Council: Japan earthquakes, tsunamis could hamper grain trade

Updates from Bombardier, Harsco, Faiveley and Herzog

March 11

KCS' Mike Haverty earns 'railroad innovator' honor for 2011

USDOT to use competitive grant process to redistribute Florida funds

Mica, Szabo debate national HSR plan's 'credibility' issue

AAR weekly report: U.S. roads generated more traffic gains

CSX tops transportation industry in diversity ranking, magazine says

USHSR's Kunz: USDOT likely still exploring options to proceed with Tampa-Orlando project

Capitol Corridor's February ridership reached record

Canadian short line lands transportation contract from iron ore miner

Ohio rail commission issues grant for steel plant trackwork

CTA contracts capital improvement manager, IT vendors

Texas DOT to improve 34 crossings; North Carolina DOT to consider crossing closure

Updates from Ansaldo STS, Parsons Brinckerhoff, EDX Wireless and Siemens

March 10

Amtrak reaches 16-straight months of ridership growth

Plenty of interest in Florida's rejected HSR funds, Baker says

AAR: U.S. roads budget a record $12 billion for capex in 2011

Transportation Services Index inched up in January, BTS says

MTC committee recommends bridge tolls to fund BART extension

LACMTA, L.A. neighborhood agency land planning grant for light-rail station

Operation Lifesaver: Climb in 2010 crossing collisions, trespassing casualties cause for concern

Washington state commission OKs funds for two crossing projects

Updates from Stadler, Midwest Railcar, Siemens, LMS, Michael Baker, Kelso and Railserve

March 9

Tampa-Orlando line would have made money, study results say

Illinois Gov. Quinn signs bill to establish commuter-rail district

Mad Men actors promote high-speed rail in new web video

UP's PRB coal train loadings lagged in February

Several freight roads pursue maintenance-of-way projects

DART to add light-rail trips during rush hour; consider streetcar prototype vehicle

BNSF: Rail helped shippers cut carbon dioxide emissions in 2010

Bill Gates increases CN stock ownership

FTA deputy administrator, Phoenix Valley Metro exec receive recognition

March 8

AAR's February figures: U.S. carloads climbed for 12th-straight month, intermodal volume rose 15th-straight time

N.Y./N.J. port authority's cargo volumes climbed in 2010

NS, UP among Corporate Responsibility's top 100 corporate citizens

TriMet appoints Saporta to new safety, security post

Watco seeks STB approval to lease NS lines in Alabama

LACMTA to seek more public input on proposed subway project

UP schedules trackwork in Oregon; NS plans crossing work in Ohio

Updates from Mitsui, AECOM, Alstom, RailRunner and Cambridge Systematics

March 7

CHSRA board reviews planning/environmental efforts for three segments

FRA, AAR agreement would reduce route miles affected by PTC mandate

SAFETEA-LU extended through end of FY2011

Florida DOT to fund Miami port's dredging work; USDOT to issue TIGER II grant for Maine rail rehab

Analysis by Tony Hatch: Good news — STB hearing produces no news

STB issues supplemental environmental statement for R.J. Corman's proposed Pennsylvania line

Rising gas prices give transit riders highest savings in two years, APTA says

KCS, OmniTRAX Canada make exec roster changes

St. Louis Metro Transit names Langa VP of economic development

March 4

Senate Judiciary Committee passes Kohl's railroad antitrust bill

Court rules in Scott's favor in HSR case; governor again tells LaHood, 'no thanks'

Orlando mayor, Mica, AHSRA 'disappointed' over Florida HSR funds

MassDOT OKs land exchange agreement for MBTA's Green Line extension

FRA adopts crossing emergency notification rule; STB addresses BNSF's coal dust mitigation methods

AAR weekly report: U.S., Mexican roads tally more traffic gains

UP tops Fortune's list of 'most admired' transportation companies

United Steelworkers ratify Ontario Northland agreements

Las Vegas Railway Express names West CFO

Updates from Wabtec, L.B. Foster, Bombardier, Alstom, RailComm and SKF Railway

March 3

House spending bill jeopardizes Barrington's grade separation funding, Durbin says

Florida mayors to Gov. Scott: We've addressed your concerns

Michigan DOT continues negotiations with NS, FRA to advance Chicago-Detroit corridor

CP lands another service-level agreement, appoints new operations exec

Metro-North rolls out M-8 cars on New Haven line

Amtrak hosts civic meeting on depot redevelopment

BTS: Value of goods moving between NAFTA partners climbed in December

RTD FasTracks program honored as 'Small Project of the Year'

Portland port selects ICTSI Oregon to operate container terminal

Buehlhorn appointed to St. Louis Metro board

March 2

Florida's Scott asks Florida Supreme Court to dismiss HSR lawsuit

AMT, Canadian governments to fund train maintenance facility

Watco, Kinder Morgan to build transload centers for crude oil

SFRTA approves locomotive purchase for Tri-Rail

LACMTA schedules hearing on proposed maintenance facility sites for light-rail line

Nottingham to exit STB by March 18

RailAmerica installs Tynes as Atlas Railroad Construction president

March 1

Two Florida senators file lawsuit against Gov. Scott

OCTA completes crossing upgrades, quiet zone in Orange County

Northeast senators state their case for Florida's HSR funds

KCS promotes three senior execs to EVP, SVP posts

Columbia-to-Charlotte commuter-rail project in discussion phase

Columbia-to-Charlotte commuter-rail project in discussion phase

Conference Board of Canada: More regulatory changes could boost grain transportation efficiency

Miami-Dade Metrorail adds wireless Internet service

Bowles joins NS' board

Updates from Chicago Freight Car Leasing, GE, Ex-Im Bank, IBM/Alcatel, Crouch Engineering, Kelso and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin

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