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Rail News: March 2007

March 30

BNSF, NS obtain FRA waiver to begin testing ECP brake systems House approves rail, public transportation security legislation NS promotes VPs Squires, Dimino and Drake New York/New Jersey port authority to become partner in NJ Transit's Access to the Region's Core project Four Class Is contract ALK Technologies to help determine mileage-based fuel surcharges Fairbanks Morse Engine, National Rail Equipment drop locomotive-engine part distribution deal South Florida RTA contracts Bombardier for vehicle maintenance services

March 29

CSXT to address FRA's safety concerns, Ward says MBTA completes Charles/MGH Station modernization project UP lifts new business embargo in PRB, upgrades track on Missouri line Maryland Transit Administration acquires mobile communications vehicle for emergency responders RailAmerica appoints three VPs Bach-Simpson to supply event recorders for passenger cars in New York City, Chicago and L.A. National Railway Equipment obtains EPA certification for environmentally friendly switchers

March 28

New Mexico's Rail Runner to implement zone-based fare structure Inspectors find faults with CSXT's safety performance, FRA says Cyr joins GO Transit as rail services director Sound Transit begins to build Lakewood Station CSXI to assess 18.5 percent fuel surcharge in April Farmrail crews to use handheld AEI readers for event reporting

March 27

Utah Transit Authority proposes FrontRunner fares, ticket price increases FRA approves RRIF loans for DM&E, RJ Corman Railroad Group Alameda Corridor's train traffic rises 15 percent in 2006 FTA sets FY2007 allocations for transit funding programs BNSF intermodal university teaches international shipper 'students' about U.S. transportation system Parsons Brinckerhoff/Systra to help manage Mumbai metro project Mitsui Rail Capital shuffles executive staff

March 26

MARTA boosts ridership, revenue in 2006 TRE appoints Farquhar COO AAR data shows carload and intermodal volume up in Canada, down in U.S. during latest week Fenton joins OmniTRAX as COO Sound Transit seeks public feedback on East Link design Dover Resources promotes Crouse to president of OPW Fluid Transfer Group

March 23

New York MTA launches program to beef up commuter-rail security NS' 2006 industrial development scorecard: 70 new facilities and 45 plant additions U.S. Class I workforce shrinks a bit at 2007's start, STB says Lew joins WMATA as agency's first-ever inspector general Virginia Sealing Products to help Kelso Technologies market pressure relief valves in North America TTCI VP Hawthorne to retire at month's end

March 22

NYCT awards $337 million contract to joint venture to begin Second Avenue Subway project Tie purchases and production tumble in February, RTA says Amtrak to change eastern, Midwestern train timetables North Carolina transportation board provides track improvement grants to 11 short lines Philadelphia port container terminal plan in limbo until distribution center relocation issue is resolved Dow, CHEMTREC partner to improve haz-mat car tracking and emergency information sharing STV appoints Gentle to VP post

March 21

New York/New Jersey port authority posts record cargo volume in 2006 KCS locomotives, cars to sport new 'heritage' paint scheme Loram acquires Tangent Rail's grinding division Hub Group promotes Pizzuto to EVP, CFO and treasurer Global Railway boosts revenue and earnings, names new CFO TPSC appoints Kramer VP of business development

March 20

New York derailment fallout: FRA to inspect CSXT's track, assess the Class I's rail inspection program UTU extends ratification vote on tentative CN contract by two weeks MBTA to spend Turner Broadcasting settlement proceeds on security improvements CTA seeks public input on proposed Red Line extension South Buffalo Railway, UTU negotiate tentative conductors' contract Lydon wins election as TCU international vice president

March 19

FRA, California High Speed Rail Authority to conduct environmental study on two proposed corridors NS to stop applying fuel surcharges to local, non-intermodal public rates Metro-North, Shore Line East to operate more commuter trains in Connecticut CSXT joins EPA program to become 'Climate Leader' Northern Indiana agency contracts Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo to supply 14 commuter-rail cars Workers at Greenbrier's TrentonWorks plant ratify three-year contract

March 16

U.S. roads' weekly traffic tallies reach 2007 high, AAR says House, Senate consider legislation to provide long-term transit security funding Richmond Pacific Railroad unveils newly retrofitted, environmentally friendly switcher CTA to evaluate service on Chicago's south side Michigan Tech University's 'Railroad Night' brings together Class I recruiters, graduating students

March 15

Senate Budget Committee's FY08 budget resolution includes $1.8 billion for Amtrak Transportation Services Index tumbles in January CSXT, BLET agree on tentative 'single system' contract WMATA names three top execs BNSF boosts PRB coal train loadings in February Charlotte transit agency takes delivery of final light-rail vehicle UP completes L.A.-area trackwork a week ahead of schedule

March 14

Senate rejects, House introduces amendment aimed at rerouting rail haz-mat shipments around high-threat areas UTA reconsiders route alignment for TRAX airport extension FRA needs to investigate rail safety in New York state, Sen. Clinton says BART to test motion picture advertising in tunnel KCSR and Texas DOT to install crossbuck blades, emergency notification signs at public crossings RDC seeks international arbitration against Guatemalan government to resolve rolling stock lease dispute FTA strives to win Baldrige Award, become best federal agency

March 13

CSXT to adopt, BNSF to extend mileage-based fuel surcharges DART Green Line will not include Dallas Love Field tunnel BNSF lands 107 industrial development projects in 2006 NS snatches shippers' frozen potato traffic away from trucks Tampa-area organizations partner to prompt more public transit options Harrisburg registers lowest '06 injury ratio among NS' 11 operating divisions Digital Concepts to implement traffic-control system for San Diego's SPRINTER line

March 12

U.S. transit ridership hits 10-billion mark in 2006, APTA says Proposed energy bill would authorize $350 million for freight-rail improvements STB seeks public comments on proposal to form rail energy transportation advisory committee Alstom to supply freight locomotives, electrification equipment to Chinese railways UP tops Fortune's 'most admired railroad' list for second-straight year Passenger-rail coalition to host National Rail Passenger Leadership Summit Harsco renames engineered products/services unit

March 9

U.S. railroads register intermodal volume gain, carload decline in February, AAR says SEPTA to hold hearings on proposed FY2008 fare increase, service cuts CenterPoint Properties proposes logistics park, intermodal facility in suburban Chicago Southern California transit agencies, UP launch county-wide crossing safety program Roots succeeds Gibson as Indiana Harbor Belt's general manager Greenbrier workers contemplate strike at Canadian TrentonWorks plant Amtrak board member Sosa resigns

March 8

Train and crossing accidents drop, trespasser and crossing fatalities rise in 2006, FRA says BNSF, NCDA and state of Minnesota sign Northstar operating agreements Senator seeks to include TTCI in DHS' domestic preparedness consortium George to succeed Martin as Fort Worth & Western's president STB schedules public hearing to address rail capacity, traffic projections Reuter to manage multi-billion-dollar Miami-Dade transportation plan for Parsons Brinckerhoff Trinity Railway Express to provide onboard Internet access, video entertainment

March 7

UP, Dow partner to attain eight chemical transportation safety and security goals within 10 years Canadian government commits $962 million for Toronto-area congestion relief California high-speed system would attract more riders, generate more revenue than projected, consultant says Long-time CPR exec Foot to retire in July Nordco acquires Dapco Industries, Dapco Technologies Northern Virginia transit ridership jumps 17 percent in five years Vossloh to acquire track material supplier Pohl Corp. Westcode to supply HVAC systems for new SEPTA cars

March 6

Pittsburgh port authority proposes FY2008 budget reductions Sound Transit opens light-rail operations and maintenance hub Amtrak considers restoring service between Chicago and Dubuque KCS tests GPS ballast train for U.S., Mexican operations Pacific Ethanol to build second plant in California NJ Transit to hold public hearings on Access to the Region's Core environmental work BNSF, UP among magazine's top 50 employers for Hispanic women Midwestern rail shipper association elects ADS' Gustafson president

March 5

CREATE train rolls into Springfield to lobby legislators for Illinois' $100 million allotment EPA proposes rule to reduce locomotive engine emissions Amtrak names Witt, Acheson to VP posts U.S. railroads register intermodal rise, carload drop during latest week, AAR says Brush becomes Genesee & Wyoming's first chief human resource officer Knorr-Bremse to provide braking equipment for Deutsche Bahn EMUs

March 2

ARCADIS to determine feasibility of implementing maglev technology on Tennessee corridor WMATA to phase out construction office CSXT tabs Mancini to oversee strategic infrastructure initiatives Invensys forms group to bring four rail brands under one banner Bombardier to supply another 150 locomotives to Italy's Trenitalia RFTrax unveils wireless asset tracking system for locomotives GE Rail Services names Tupper eastern sales region's commercial leader

March 1

National Carriers' Conference Committee, rail labor coalition reach tentative five-year contract Metro-North posts record ridership, on-time performance in 2006 January a better-than-average month for tie suppliers, RTA says Surface transportation trade between U.S., Canada down in December << Previous Next >>
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