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Rail News: March 2012

March 30

March 30: Updates from Bombardier, Hanson Professional, T-Mobile, CANARAIL and VTG Cleveland port wins St. Lawrence Seaway agency's Pacesetter award Work to resume on Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed corridor UP, Missouri DOT launch construction on Osage River bridge Caltrain officials applaud MOU to modernize train system Lease agreement clears path for new NS intermodal terminal at Charlotte airport U.S. intermodal volume remains up, carload traffic remains down, AAR says Boxer: Keep pressure on House to pass Senate's surface transportation bill

March 29

House, Senate pass 90-day extension of surface transportation bill Rail traffic graphics updated on ProgressiveRailroading.com Las Vegas Railway Express elects Marino to board STB seeks public input on proposed mediation, arbitration rule changes BMWED's Simpson retains seat on Teamsters' executive board L.A. port's police facility scores gold LEED rating Washington DOT, Kansas City seek TIGER IV grants for transportation projects RTD board approves 'hybrid' option for FasTracks northwest line MTA purchases 300 Bombardier cars, employs new procurement process MBTA, MassDOT recommend 23 percent fare hike and service cuts Missouri begins construction on Osage River bridge Metropolitan Transportation Commission signs off on Caltrain electrification funding agreement Illinois DOT, UP set to launch more upgrades on Chicago-St. Louis corridor

March 28

March 28: Updates from FreightCar America, Axion, STV and Parsons Brinckerhoff Coalition promotes rail safety in California city Glen Ellyn joins UP's 'train town' registry UTA to increase fares on April 1 LIRR expands quiet-car program Metrolinx acquires two CN track segments Value of surface-transported trade between NAFTA partners jumped in January, BTS says FTA enables TEX Rail project to enter preliminary engineering stage

March 27

New Mexico Rail Runner to expand weekend service Haeg joins Rio Grande Pacific as VP of marketing Amtrak reaches milestone on Niantic River bridge project Nation needs to upgrade transportation infrastructure now, treasury department report shows Province to divest Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, cease passenger-rail service Gov. Cuomo, New York lawmakers agree to fund MTA capital plan Maryland officials OK $21.3 million contract for MARC train storage facility, note February ridership record New on ProgressiveRailroading.com: Rail traffic graphics

March 26

Joffrion to head Tennessee DOT's rail office Puget Sound transit agencies receive 'gold' sustainability standard Metro-North expands 'quiet car' program on New Haven line Port association honors Mica as 'person of the year' CP backs free trade agreement negotiations between Canada, Japan Design-build contractor selected for Central Mesa light-rail extension Rail labor unions claim BNSF's medical reporting policy violates federal laws; BNSF asserts policy is consistent with labor laws Mica introduces three-month extension to SAFETEA-LU Economic benefits for Rochester-Twin Cities HSR line would exceed project cost, economic development group says

March 23

Watco installs GM, assistant GM at Wisconsin & Southern Coming March 28: Maintenance of Way Virtual Expo & Conference Houston METRO notes progress on three light-rail lines Tie purchases and production posted growth in February, RTA says Amtrak: Number of track miles equipped with PTC to more than triple in 2012 CN to add 161 locomotives to high-horsepower fleet Bay area agencies reach agreement with California HSR authority to fund Caltrain electrification AAR week No. 11 report: U.S. carloads continue to lag 2011

March 22

NS' annual report shows 2011 was 'best-ever year,' Moorman says Florida East Coast Industries to develop private passenger-rail service SEPTA police officers strike BLET, Volpe Center help further safety study for commuter-rail engineers L.A. Foothill construction authority issues RFQ for parking facilities BTS: Surface transportation trade value among NAFTA partners climbed to 17-year high in 2011 Sound Transit notes progress on University Link, Sounder projects U.S. Class I workforce was a tad smaller in February, STB data shows FasTracks committee sides with RTD staff on Northwest Rail Line implementation plan Coming March 28: Maintenance of Way Virtual Conference & Expo Florida East Coast Industries to develop private passenger-rail service Bay area agencies reach agreement with California HSR authority to fund Caltrain electrification

March 21

Mica to propose three-month surface transportation bill extension March 21: Updates from Siemens, Alternative Motive Power Systems, Axion, Hirschmann Automation, RailComm and Alstom Watco assigns Henderson, Stephenson to GM posts WMATA prepares to launch improved peak-period service Virginia port pumped up volume in February Oklahoma port seeks to add second track San Diego MTS logging high passenger counts in current fiscal year Alaska Railroad solicits public feedback on North Pole project's environmental report House committee's FY13 resolution 'worst-ever' for transportation, TDD says; House to extend SAFETEA-LU again

March 20

Metrolink to host safety leadership workshop Massachusetts measure would provide funding for quiet zones MBTA to build underground emergency training center UP earns rail service award from GM LACMTA unveils final environmental reports for Westside subway project San Francisco MTA notes progress, upcoming milestones for Central Subway project Alameda Corridor authority seeks bids for San Gabriel grade separation North America's largest container ship calls on Long Beach port California senator, former congressman advance proposal to prevent issuance of HSR bonds

March 19

March 19: Updates from Samuel Son & Co., HDR and Stella-Jones Jakubowski joins Anacostia Rail Holdings as CCO TCU's Scardelletti: Senate should restore FTA funding levels in transportation bill, USDOT should provide TIGER IV grant for Metra bridge project UP upgrades Nebraska line, recognizes Rochelle as first 'train town' registrant USDOT report: U.S. transit agencies need more than $20 billion annually for upgrades, maintenance LACMTA posts strong ridership gains in early 2012 Short-line tax credit extension not part of Senate's transportation bill, ASLRRA says USDOT, FTA propose streamlining environmental reviews for some transit projects Mineta institute report: Workforce, training and research inadequate to meet the needs of California’s HSR system construction Pacific Northwest corridor improvements under way

March 16

North Carolina DOT, town officials to revise rail improvement plans Canadian government to help fund Montreal port upgrades Capitol Corridor posts ridership gain in February CP to be sole rail service provider for Unimin frac sand plant in Wisconsin Federal, local officials mark start of Pacific Northwest corridor construction NJ Transit authorizes $5.2 million contract for Newark station upgrade AAR: Carloads continue to drop, intermodal remains on the rise for U.S. roads Funding issues prompt SEPTA to postpone capital projects

March 15

Volkswagen to build warehouse near large Tennessee Passat plant Transportation Services Index slipped in January, BTS says Amtrak sets new schedule for New Orleans-L.A. Sunset Limited L.A.-area ports' volume fell in February Wisconsin legislative committee rejects maintenance facility plan for new Hiawatha trains TriMet refines proposal to close budget shortfall UP tabs Butler to succeed Koraleski as top marketing and sales exec, reassigns other VPs Senate passes $109 billion surface transportation bill Wisconsin legislative committee rejects maintenance facility plan for new Hiawatha trains Senate passes $109 billion surface transportation bill

March 14

March 14: Updates from Invensys, Thales/Siemens, Axion International, RailComm and Pacer International Genesee & Wyoming racks up fewer carloads in February Leap Day helped TriMet ridership jump in February CN to launch Prince Rupert intermodal services in June CSX honors chemical shippers' safety efforts; TRANSCAER continues anhydrous ammonia training tour Twin Cities agency makes case for building third light-rail line BNSF: Customers cut carbon dioxide emissions by using rail instead of trucks CTA posts highest annual ridership gain in two decades

March 13

Shippers Conditions Index flatlined in January, FTR says Metra adds ticket vending machines at downtown Chicago stations UP to bolster track on Arizona line Ocean-liner alliance to call on Tacoma port instead of Seattle harbor STB schedule speakers for Berkshire/BNSF acquisition hearing Maryland Transit Administration boosts service performance on commuter-rail lines

March 12

Rhode Island port elevates standing among North American auto importers, Gov. Chafee says New York DOT schedules public meeting to review CSXT crossing closures CATS to hold hearing on proposed fare increase KCS crafts logo to commemorate 125th anniversary County court dismisses lawsuit against Sound Transit's East Link light-rail project Ratner Steel to build plant at NS-served Indiana port FTA commits $900 million to BART Silicon Valley Berryessa project APTA: Annual ridership topped 10 billion for sixth consecutive year

March 9

March 9: Updates from RailComm and Gannett Fleming NS seeks conductor recruits in Pennsylvania Metro-North plans rail design exhibit at Grand Central Terminal Hart to head North Carolina DOT's public transportation division 'Healthy housing' organization to assess CSXT's proposed D.C.-area intermodal facility WMATA completes $307 million in capital projects in FY2012’s first half AAR: U.S intermodal volume rose, carloads fell in February California high-speed rail project under GAO review Poll: Half of California residents support HSR system Mineta Transportation Institute issues recommendations for high-speed station planning

March 8

March 8: Updates from Wabtec, Kelso, Thales, Michael Baker and Midland; Also, in memorium: James Hornaday Jr. RailAmerica's carloads climbed in February San Diego MTS officers arrest alleged graffiti vandals Mississippi Export Railroad lands interest-free loan to build barge-to-rail facility Operation Lifesaver: Crossing collisions and trespassing fatalities fell, but collision deaths climbed in 2011 CSX a finalist in CivilianJobs.com's best military employer rankings D.C. airport authority lowers Dulles rail project's preliminary engineering estimate Mica: GOP leaders agree on five-year surface transportation bill

March 7

International Trade Administration honors TTCI's export achievements Toronto council dissolves transit board, appoints new one U.S. Conference of Mayors report: Nation's transportation infrastructure needs to keep pace with growing exports California port marks completion of track expansion Sound Transit schedules meetings on light-rail expansion, wins federal grant for climate change study Oregon DOT's new Amtrak Cascades trains to enter service in fall RTD staff: Build Northwest rail line partway, postpone completion CP to serve new U.S. Development Group terminal in the Bakken Shale

March 6

March 6: Updates from Alstom, Siemens, Harsco, Balfour Beatty, KONE and URS Watco changes intermodal division's name, installs short line GMs Westhoff joins Florida East Coast as sales and marketing VP Amtrak measures, records its carbon footprint TSA recognizes 17 rail, mass transit agencies' security efforts UP: February coal train loadings lagged in SPRB, climbed in Colorado/Utah APTA targets ad campaign at congressional action on transportation bill Maersk Line, BNSF team up to provide 'Flagship' import container service CHSRA, southern California transit agencies sign MOU to invest in HSR connecting services CHSRA signs off on terms and conditions for design/build contractors

March 5

March 5: Updates from GE, Lochner, Bombardier, RailTerm, Michael Baker and OPW UP to improve line along Colorado River Fry named collection curator of Missouri railroad library BART solicits public comments on fare increase proposals L.A. port attains EPA 'climate leadership' honor; Seattle port readies rail corridor sale TCU members ratify pact, BLET and UTU reach tentative agreements MARTA board to consider new contracts for streetcar, security projects USDOT provides $16.9 million for 12 rail projects

March 2

Sinquefield succeeds Shackleford as head of NS' police department UP tops Fortune's 'most admired' list for second time MBCR set on-time performance record in February Caltrain officials mark end of $61 million station improvement project AAR: U.S. traffic drops in week No. 8, Iowa Pacific Holdings joins association HART board approves Grabauskas as CEO, rail project director Amtrak, TxDOT announce new passenger-rail service study UP CEO Jim Young takes medical leave of absence; EVP Koraleski to serve as interim CEO Caltrain officials mark end of $61 million station improvement project Chicago-St. Louis HSR route testing to begin in fall, IDOT secretary says

March 1

March 1: Updates from Timken, Nomad Digital, Professional Transportation, Boatright and e-Builder Ruddell elected president of South West Transit Association Santa Cruz commission seeks rail operator for UP line in California Houston's METRO posts ridership gain for sixth consecutive month CSXT honors West Virginia development agency with 'Partnershipping Award' BTS: Value of cargo moved between NAFTA nations climbed in December Oregon DOT to pore over 21 rail, seven transit applications seeking state grants LaHood: High-speed rail remains a 'major priority' for Obama administration LaHood: High-speed rail remains a 'major priority' for Obama administration << Previous Next >>
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