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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 << Previous Next >>
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