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Rail News: April 2009

April 30

KCS reins in costs to mitigate effects from revenue, volume declines

Senate confirms Szabo's nomination as FRA administrator

Metrolink to hold off on approving fare increase — for now

Public transit investment would create 'green' jobs, APTA report states

Washington allocates state funds for short line's track rehab project

TriMet celebrates five years of Interstate MAX service

BMWED members ratify Soo Line pact

Updates from GE, Trinity Industries, Portec Rail, HJ Skelton and HDR

April 29

Jobin to succeed Mongeau as CN's CFO

NJ Transit to trim expenses, maintain fares in FY10

KCS launches service to Mexican multi-modal facility; BNSF Logistics wins Wal-Mart's carrier award

BNSF's Miller joins U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission subcommittee 

Los Angeles MTA contracts consulting firm to identify PPP opportunities

CN presents 'safe handling' awards to 98 shippers

Genesee & Wyoming increases income, earnings

Updates from Vossloh, J.L. Patterson, Veolia Transportation, Aralia Systems, IBM and Isis L.L.C.

April 28

New York MTA projects larger-than-expected budget deficit

BART board advances eBART, Oakland Airport Connector projects

Stifel Nicolaus analyst raises ’09 EPS estimate for BNSF

FRA approves draft environmental work for southern California-to-Vegas high-speed line

Crews break ground on siding designed to boost capacity, reduce delays of Amtrak Missouri River Runner trains

Santa Clara VTA proposes FY2010 budget, fare hikes

NS awards 10 college scholarships

April 27

TCI sells 4.5 percent stake in CSX

Sound Transit to use $4.6 million in stimulus funds for commuter-rail extension

BNSF, CSXI team up to provide expedited trailer service

State funds in flux for St. Louis Metro

San Francisco-area transportation commission signs off on 25-year plan

South Dakota ponies up $10.7 million to improve three state-owned lines

CSXI takes home Landstar's intermodal carrier award; NS honors 35 chemical shippers' safety efforts

Updates from Parsons Transportation/Granite, Bombardier, RailComm, e-VERIFILE.COM, GATX and Sherwin-Williams

April 24

Despite lower revenue and earnings, BNSF 'weathers a difficult economic environment' by controlling costs

CP's tough trifecta: Revenue, earnings and income fall

San Francisco MTA facing $130 million budget deficit in FY2010

Another week, another discouraging traffic outcome for North American roads, AAR report shows

New report cites nation's 'transit innovations'

Consultant to analyze BART's transit police department

CN's Algoma Central Railway acquires Colorado's Ski Train

Adrian & Blissfield names Jones GM

April 23

UP sets operating ratio record in 'most challenging' business environment

NRC's Baker provides insight on stimulus bill's rail-industry impacts

ASLRRA's Timmons seeks RRIF loan, ARRA funding rule changes

Santa Clara VTA registers ridership gain for eighth-straight month

CSXT lands 63 new facilities, attracts 42 plant expansions in '08

AAR boots up online carbon calculator

BART to install solar panels, energy-efficient lighting at Richmond shop

Updates from Chicago Freight Car Leasing, Ansaldo, Salco Products, Carillion, Wabtec, Hub Group and Knorr-Bremse

April 22

NS reins in costs to offset lower revenue, income

AAR honors CSXT's O'Malley with top environmentalist award

ITI's Carmichael on Obama's high-speed rail strategy: 'most ambitious' transportation plan since 1950s

Metrolink completes crossing upgrades in Glendale

Huron Central Railway: Line closure coming if province doesn’t pony up

APTA, transit agencies commemorate Earth Day

BNSF presents stewardship awards to 86 shippers; UP takes home Toyota's top railroad award

CN donates $250,000 to Michigan university's rail program

April 21

EVP/CFO Mongeau to succeed Harrison as CN's top officer

BNSF bags stimulus funds for major Iowa bridge reconstruction

CN elevates earnings, lowers expenses despite economic challenges

Texas House approves dedicated revenue for rail relocation, improvement projects

TRANSCAER hands out achievement awards to three Class Is; CSXT presents first-ever environmental awards to 19 shippers

Mica, Reid to receive NARP's Golden Spike Award

New national infrastructure plan critical to turn around economy, report states

Updates from MaxAccel, Ansaldo STS, Invensys Rail Group, SafeRack, e-VERIFILE.COM, RailComm, Railpower and J.L. Patterson

April 20

California needs 'stable, predictable' state funding source, transit association says

Denver RTD to begin preliminary engineering for East, Gold lines

Key EJ&E bridge project lands stimulus dollars, Sen. Durbin says

Fewer freight trains, more passengers crossed U.S. borders in '08, BTS data shows

Fitch affirms CSX's debt rating at BBB-; outlook for Class I is 'stable'

Maryland Transit Administration obtains stimulus dollars for subway station, wheel improvements

Long-proposed UTU/sheet metal workers' union merger still in limbo

Mississippi State University lands grant to study line restoration

April 17

Long Beach, Vancouver ports advance major rail projects

North American roads' traffic woes carry over into week No. 14, AAR data shows

Asian Pacific rail market affords 'high growth potential,' consultant says

Mabry to succeed Moschetti as BNSF's CMO

SFMTA light-rail facility wins national public works award

UP to boost train speed on Wisconsin line

Updates from GE, PLS Logistics, HDR, Swift Transportation and MISCOR Group

April 16

Obama Administration releases strategic plan to prompt high-speed rail development

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act should include a national transportation plan, National Center for Intermodal Transportation says

Retail import volume at U.S. container ports to decline at least through summer, report says

CSXI introduces online price-quoting tool, voice-enabled shipment tracing system

UP, Progress Rail to test low-emission, intermediate-haul locomotive

New Jersey DOT's $3.6 billion capital program includes $1.4 billion for NJ Transit

Alaska Railroad's annual report notes accomplishments in face of adversity

Amtrak tabs Gardner to serve as VP of policy and development

April 15

CSX registers lower revenue and earnings, but reins in costs

Eight governors, Chicago mayor call on USDOT to back Midwest high-speed rail system

California's intercity routes log fewer passengers in March

CSXT's business to get a charge from Kentucky battery cell plant

UP, Dow post progress on joint chemical transportation safety goals

10East becomes RMI subsidiary

BART seeks contractor input on Oakland Airport Connector

Updates from Hatch Mott MacDonald, Hanson Pipe & Precast, Dynamic Composites, Dow and Cornerstone Systems

April 14

BART faces $54 million budget deficit in FY2010

CN reaches mitigation agreement with last major Indiana city, submits compliance reports to STB

TriMet ridership dips in March

Obama pegs Porcari as deputy USDOT secretary

U.S. Postal Service to launch two-year LTL test

GCRTA to use stimulus funds for new Brookpark Station

French to succeed McIntyre as BNSF technology services AVP

Updates from Herzog, Railpower, Cricket Communications, RailComm and e-VERIFILE.COM

April 13

WMATA to expand eight-car train operations on Red, Green lines

Week No. 13 doesn't change U.S. railroads' traffic fortunes, AAR data shows

Maryland's MARC to install public-address systems

UP, BNSF continue to tackle trackwork

TTCI launches unmanned tests at FAST track

Los Angeles MTA to outline alternatives for Harbor Subdivision corridor

Toyota honors NS with highest logistics provider award

Gulf & Ohio installs protection system at Alabama grade crossing

April 9

Obama nominates Rogoff as FTA administrator

DHS allocates another $388 million for transit security grant program

GO Transit to purchase CN line

Most freight transportation companies to miss Wall Street's Q1 earnings consensus estimates, Stifel Nicolaus says

BTS: Freight index makes large leap from January to February

STB releases consultant's report on freight-rail capacity; Canadian governments spur grade separation in Windsor

RDC to help foster short-line freight operations in France

Updates from EMD, Alstom/Bombardier, Thales, Greenbrier, BASF PVM and Railpower

April 8

Progressive Railroading Webcast to outline stimulus act's impacts on the rail industry

DART to launch construction on Blue Line extension

GO Transit seeks to expand service, fleet

UP's March coal train loadings slip slightly in PRB, Colorado/Utah

Stimulus dollars to fund Amtrak station upgrades in Pennsylvania, Kansas

UP to improve Kansas line; BNSF to upgrade track in Wisconsin, Minnesota

STB to hold hearing on uniform cost system changes, add Campbell to staff

Railinc to launch Umler/EMIS system in summer

April 7

Illinois dedicates half a billion for Chicago transit projects

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks some more in February, STB data shows

MARTA holds out hope for state funds

Regional Rail acquires Middletown and New Jersey Railway

Truck brokers need to expand services to become shippers' go-to transportation provider, execs say

UTU launches close-call pilot program with NJ Transit

Ontario's proposed budget a boon for railroads, RAC says

Updates from Wi-Tronix, Wabtec, Thales, RailComm, Gannett Fleming and North by Honeywell

April 6

Around the intermodal horn: BNSF makes transit-time strides; KCSR/NS launch Florida service; UP earns UPS honor; L.A. port adds incentive

GO Transit to receive millions from federal, provincial governments

Metrolink proposes fare hike

California Northern shoulders heavy loads for California power plant

Washington state DOT, short line hammer out operating agreement

Heavy-duty truck orders up in March, but 'still dismal' — FTR Associates

Wisconsin DOT wins FRA grant for intercity rail corridor planning

Updates from National Steel Car, Interfleet/ Walkerwarren, Gradall, RAIL.ONE and Peab

April 3

March traffic at 'kick them when they're down' levels for U.S. roads, AAR says

Caltrain, California high-speed rail authority forge partnership

UTU forms task force to help FRA reduce worker fatalities

Metro-North gears up to open Yankee Stadium station

NS lands 80 new facilities, 35 plant expansions in '08

DART named 'best in Americas' agency

BLET voices opposition to rail antitrust act

NJ Transit to add service to Great Notch Station

April 2

Virginia, NS agree to complete rail improvements near Lynchburg

TriMet to begin preliminary engineering on new light-rail line

Chemical distributors association opposes UP's stance on STB common-carrier petition

CSXT recognizes 64 shippers' chemical safety efforts; BNSF receives recognition from Texas National Guard

Kansas DOT provides stimulus grants to three short lines

LACMTA launches environmental study for Westside subway project

Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad workers ratify UTU contract

Updates from Trainyard Tech, ENSCO, North American Signal, Bombardier, Thales and GE

April 1

Ontario government seeks to merge Toronto's GO Transit, Metrolinx

CN assigns four execs to high-ranking VP positions

ASLRRA honors 340 small roads' safety achievements

South Florida RTA launches funding campaign

Rail-funding bill makes strides in Texas Senate

CP to become minority owner of Detroit River tunnel

Consortium to oversee London's Crossrail project

Surface transportation trade among NAFTA partners falls to five-year low in January

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