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Rail News: April 2010

April 30

AAR weekly report: U.S. railroads continue to tally traffic gains

CSXT, Delaware & Hudson seek STB approval for joint-use corridor

CN, Halifax port and terminal operators create supply-chain partnership

DART to open final two Green Line sections in December

Car orders up, deliveries down in first quarter, ARCI says

Railroads earn honors for haz-mat efforts

Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern workers choose BMWED

BNSF, short lines form caucus

April 29

Connecticut, Massachusetts outline Northeast HSR project

California's high-speed plans could be delayed due to 'inadequate' planning, auditor's office says

Amtrak to invest $1 billion in capital program

U.S. Class I workforce enlarges again in March, STB data shows

McFarlane to become TriMet's next GM

In memoriam: Short-line magnate and ASLRRA leader Earl Durden

RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming register 'solid' Q1 results

CSXT assigns Brown, Arko to new VP posts

NCDOT turns to solar power for crossings

Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, ShipXpress, Invensys Rail, Vossloh, Trinity and ARI; Also: In Memoriam - Richard Latini

April 28

AHSRA calls on Congress, Administration to establish high-speed working group

Solid Q1 results reflect economic improvement, NS and CP say

PTC will not provide 'substantial' business benefits to railroads, AAR says

PATH, union reach tentative agreement

Oberstar honored for rail safety efforts

CSX's Ward: U.S. needs to make 'aggressive' commitment to modernize infrastructure

IHS Global Insight predicts strong rebound for trade by all transportation modes

April 27

CN posts financial gains in Q1

Caltrain electrification is 'essential,' agency says

Increased traffic volume boosts KCS' Q1 financials

Metrolink budget proposal has fewer cuts than previous plan

Maine officials, railway agree to mediation

AAR, U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council lead trade mission

Updates from Siemens, Ansaldo STS, Wabtec, Peab, Knorr-Bremse and ShipXpress

April 26

High-speed rail a top option for short-haul European travel, study says

Knorr-Bremse to provide brake components for Japanese high-speed trains

Coalition lobbies for $4 billion in federal HSR funding in FY2011

New York MTA revises capital program to cut costs

Tie purchases, production make hay in March, RTA says

Soy Transportation Coalition survey gives Class Is mixed reviews

St. Louis Metro will not receive promised state aid

DRPA, PATCO plan light-rail line in southern New Jersey

BTS to track freight-rail yields as transportation indicator

Kisner to manage Patriot Rail's fleet, mechanical department

UP to bolster track in Kansas, Nebraska

April 23

ContiTech to provide air spring systems for Chinese high-speed trains

AAR: U.S. roads' weekly carloads reach 16-month high

BNSF's Keltner, Sen. Lautenberg earn AAR's top environmental honors

WMATA proposes fare hikes, service cuts to bridge budget gap

San Francisco authority approves transit center design

USDOT analyzes GHG emissions; AAR touts railroads' fuel efficiency

CSX eyes new north division HQ, honors shippers' 'green' efforts

GCRTA launches 'Future Leaders Club'

Updates from RailWorks, The CrossGlobe Group, GATX, L.B. Foster and RailPros

April 22

UP: Double-digit volume gain paves way to income, operating ratio records

APTA seeks public transportation security funding

STB orders CN to explain blocked-crossing counts in Chicago area

Amtrak: New surface transportation bill should provide multi-year funding

BNSF takes wraps off revamped Memphis terminal

TriMet announces service cut proposal

Two governors, D.C. mayor devise plan to oversee WMATA's safety

New York MTA cites carbon emission savings

April 21

Amtrak conducts first biodiesel fuel test on Heartland Flyer

OneRail Coalition: Climate change bill needs to consider transportation ramifications

Sound Transit, Bellevue agree to resolve light-rail project issues

TransLink, British Columbia consider transit options

New York MTA considers Staten Island service improvements

BNSF honors chemical shippers' safety efforts

Canada, Ontario dole out dollars for GO Transit bridge work

Updates from Siemens, Alstom, Railinc, Bombardier, Road & Rail Services and System Logistics

April 20

Denver RTD won't seek tax increase, expects FasTracks delays

Domestic intermodal loses share of short-haul moves, FTR says

Lomax becomes first female to head TriMet's operations

Virginia rail agency posts I-81 truck diversion study online

CSX Intermodal receives Landstar's 'Intermodal Carrier of the Year' award

Ohio rail commission OKs line rehab project

Russian Railways adds passenger cars in response to volcanic eruption

Updates from SYSTRA/AECOM, Railhead, Vossloh, Portec Rail, EKE-Electronics and Eta Phi Systems

April 19

Bombardier obtains approval for automatic train protection system

TriMet obtains FTA grant for streetcar components

Minnesota light-rail line lands crucial agreement

Sales tax measure enables St. Louis Metro to restore service

NuStar Energy begins to move North Dakota crude oil via rail

Ohio rail commission gives short line green light to repair tunnel, bridges

LACMTA considers light-rail extension

Amtrak Cascades breaks first-quarter ridership record

USDOT focuses on workforce development, global freight activity

April 16

CHSRA releases preliminary alternatives analyses, announces plans to study shared-track alternative in L.A.

CTA tests new car prototypes

U.S. railroads boost traffic again in week No. 14, AAR says

Sound Transit paves way for new light-rail line

Fenley joins KCS as AVP; Merritt joins Indiana Rail Road as VP

UTA to begin work on light-rail project

Mississippi allocates funds to help rebuild Columbus & Greenville line

NS reaches out on the Internet through social networking, media sites

Updates from EMD, Ansaldo STS USA, RailComm, Milestone Equipment, Banyan Rail Services and NXDN Forum

April 15

FTA funding to advance 'Access to the Region's Core' project

NJ Transit approves fare hikes

U.S. railroads make traffic strides in March, AAR says

Transportation Services Index slips in February

Capitol Corridor logs first ridership increase in 13 months

Three small roads make management changes; RailAmerica revises board

Ohio to review state rail plan

Canada to fund upgrades at 155 grade crossings

April 14

CSX sets first-quarter income, operating ratio records

NS, EMD to test biodiesel as locomotive fuel

L.A. MTA breaks ground on mixed-use development

NYC to improve freight shipping capabilities

Newly minted Maine law provides funds to purchase rail line

Saskatchewan slates $500,000 for short-line grants

New York MTA expands subway messaging system

Updates from GATX; Electro-Motive Diesel; Spectrum Infrared; Amsted Rail and Shulman Rogers; Also, in memoriam: FreightCar America's Marx

April 13

U.S., Mexico renew commitment to cross-border transportation goals

CN, Chicago-area community coalition issue court briefs in 'J' appeal

TriMet ridership rises for second straight month

UP reassigns six execs in operating, finance departments

Carloads climb for Genesee & Wyoming, RailAmerica in March

Australia's QR Freight lands iron-ore hauling contract

Unions worldwide promote rail as sustainable transport

Updates from GE Transportation, Thales, SNC-Lavalin, Powerbrace, Alstom, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, GE Rail Services and Parsons Brinckerhoff

April 12

Urban planner talks high-speed rail

New York 'in the HSR ballgame,' LaHood says

Parsons Brinckerhoff appoints two architects for California HSR project

UP seeks summary judgment in DHS fine, seizure dispute

STB assesses proposed Maine line abandonment

Denver RTD considers sales tax increase

Canadian government invests in co-op's short-line plan

CP, Teamsters agree on contract; U.K. railroads, union spar over work changes

North Carolina DOT to upgrade, close crossings

WMATA to allow online access to SmarTrip information

Houston Metro swears in board members

April 9

Transbay Transit Center to serve as northern terminus of California's HSR system

Caltrain pins electrification hopes on California HSR

Congressman proposes plan to address Pennsylvania's transportation funding deficit

AAR report: U.S. railroads boost carloads for sixth-straight week, intermodal loads for 12th-straight week

California commission ponies up $357 million for transportation projects

Amtrak off to a record-setting ridership pace

UTA: Inglish new CEO; Allegra new GM

KWG Resources proposes to build rail line for chrome deposit

North Carolina transportation officials break ground on Kinston rail spur

MBTA to consider single-person operator on Orange Line

April 8

California high-speed authority to reassess ridership, revenue forecasts

Pennsylvania agencies concerned about rejected toll road plan

Employment and sales on the rise, Q1 CEO survey shows

FTR report: Class 8 truck orders still on slow-to-pick-up pace

NJ Transit violated whistleblower law, OSHA says

Railmark acquires Florida tourist-train operation

Connecticut coalition seeks Amtrak RFP investigation

Caltrain seeks ways to reduce the number of autos driven to stations

Updates from Alstom, GATX, Greenbrier, Electro-Motive Diesel, Banyan Rail Services and Hunter Capital

April 7

Half of Americans support HSR, poll says

Cincinnati to host HSR-related European-American Chamber of Commerce event

FRA unveils PTC grant program; Amtrak accelerates PTC installation work

UP's SPRB coal train count climbed in March

CP installs Harris, O'Hagan in senior-level posts

Sound Transit to consider fare hikes

TriMet to sound bell at certain crossings, create quiet zone

UP honors chemical shippers' accident-prevention efforts

BART won't raise fares or cut service despite deficit

Updates from Unitrac, Balfour Beatty, Harsco, TieTek, Rail Logistics, ARCADIS, Telvent and Swarco AG

April 6

CSX, UTU negotiate five-year agreement for southern lines

SEPTA, Houston Metro won't cut services despite lack of funding

TSA grant to help TriMet boost security

Indiana Southern to operate Hoosier Southern

UP to bolster track in Colorado, Iowa

Toyota Logistics honors BNSF for transportation, delivery

Conexus Indiana plan calls for logistics, transportation upgrades in Hoosier State

UP locomotive marks Boy Scouts' centennial

April 5

HSR association to hold L.A. conference

Russian Railways continues to advance Moscow-St. Petersburg HSR project

AAR report: U.S. railroads' weekly carloads reach a 16-month high

Fenton to take Metrolink's reins as CEO

ATU rejects GCRTA contract terms

SacRT approves service cuts to fill budget gap

WMATA's daily ridership reaches new No. 2 mark on all-time-high list

WMATA appoints Dougherty to top safety post

Alaska Railroad boosts earnings, asset base in '09

Updates from Logistic Dynamics, Thales, Halcrow, Positive Energy, Parsons Brinckerhoff and ENSCO

April 1

Boardman dishes on Amtrak's high-speed vision

North Carolina DOT to host HSR business opportunity workshop

Wisconsin legislator introduces legislation to kill Milwaukee-Madison project

Denver RTD, BNSF sign final Fastracks agreements

APTA poll: Fare hikes, service cuts and layoffs part of public transportation landscape

CN sells section of track to Metrolinx

NCDOT increases passenger service between Raleigh, Charlotte

ASLRRA honors Panhandle Northern's Cotton as 'Safety Person of the Year'

CP lands coal contract, CSXT marks aggregate shipper's milestone

Marino joins Las Vegas Railway Express as VP

Updates from Boatright, AzulStar, Ansaldo STS, Thales, Global Railway and Bombardier; Also, in memoriam: Primus Electronics' McNutt

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