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Rail News: May 2009

May 29

LACMTA approves FY2010 budget

APTA: WMATA's Catoe an 'outstanding' public transit leader

MARTA proposes $787 million spending plan for FY2010

AAR traffic tallies: Make it 20 straight tough weeks for North American roads

Four senators urge colleagues to vote against rail antitrust act

CSXI, UP to increase fuel surcharges in June

Russian Railways inks agreements with five national rail operators

Owens Corning honors BNSF's intermodal service

May 28

BART proposes ticket price hike

FRA provides emergency rail repair grants to nine state DOTs

NJ Transit to advance MOM rail corridor

Texas law will improve rail crew carrier safety, BLET says

Atlanta commission to reallocate stimulus funds for MARTA

Metrolinx proposes to electrify GO Transit corridor

UP to upgrade lines in Kansas, Colorado

Updates from Siemens, Loram, Schneider National, Knorr-Bremse, ProTran1, Harsco, Kenco Logistic Services and Invensys Rail Group

May 27

Atlanta Regional Commission could transfer stimulus funds for MARTA operating budget

The short term’s ‘bleaker’ but the medium to longer term’s better than investors might think, Stifel Nicolaus analysts say

DART, Fort Worth T seek private partner to help build Cotton Belt corridor

UBS analyst weighs in on CSX ‘valuation disconnect’

Metrolink approves lower-than-expected fare hike

BNSF to spend $11 million replacing 73 South Dakota track miles

Wall Street Journal survey: Stifel Nicolaus’ Ross ‘Best on the Street’ among industrial transportation stock-pickers

May 26

TTCI creates new passenger-rail unit, appoints Tunna to manage it

Allegheny County port authority revises Northshore Connector costs

Ohio rail commission OKs stimulus dollars for 22 rail projects

CN settles charges related to 2005 derailments in Alberta and British Columbia

Senate confirms Rogoff as FTA administrator, Porcari as deputy transportation secretary

RTA report: Tie purchases rise, production falls in April

BNSF divides mechanical operations into north, south units

Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, Invensys Rail Group, HLS Systems, IBM and Interfleet Technology

May 22

LIRR's Williams to serve as interim MTA chief

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks some more in April

UP initiates 'green' locomotive operation with Progress Rail; assigns Ayala and Newman to new posts

U.S. needs national freight transportation program and trust fund, freight coalition says

AAR: North American rail traffic remains in doldrums

Virginia rail department proposes six-year transportation improvement plan

Building America's Future to feds: Nation needs new 'transportation vision'

Half of U.S. travelers will use public transit while vacationing this summer, APTA says

May 21

AAR hands out annual Harriman, Hammond safety awards

Nadler introduces freight-rail funding bill in the House

Colorado to create transit/rail division within state DOT

UP loads 200,000th southern PRB coal train since 1984

Greater Cleveland RTA to launch construction on Puritas station

Amtrak to offer reduced fares on several Northeast routes

Illinois commission to partially fund bridge project, crossing upgrades

North Dakota university researchers to turn used ties into 'green' energy

May 20

NS mourns loss of former leader, 'remarkable railroader' Arnold McKinnon

Rail antitrust act has 'harmful impacts,' AAR claims; bill would restore rail competition, pro-consumer group says

FRA to host high-speed rail workshops

MBTA receives stimulus dollars to reduce locomotive emissions

GE launches PTC-compliant product line

GO Transit to offer summer service between Toronto, Niagara Falls

Fort Worth group considers BNSF a small business advocate

Updates from RailComm, Siemens, Railpower, Interpipe, Interfleet Technology and Short Line Data Systems

May 19

Amtrak launches construction on new Auto Train station in Florida

MBTA unions defer 2010 wage increase

U.S. appellate court denies further delay of USDOT's new drug-test rule

MARTA, Atlanta BeltLine group review environmental work for Northeast Zone project

GE takes wraps off new AC 'Evolution Series' locomotive

Final design complete for World Trade Center transit hub

Baltimore port locks up containerized cargo shipper for six more years

Updates from Stanec, Railhead, J.L. Patterson, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Invensys Rail Group, ExaDigm, Wonderware and Global Railway Industries

May 18

USDOT: Now accepting applications for TIGER grants

California intercity ridership up on two routes, down on another in April

KCS: AVP Selby takes on short-line relations; KCS and Ferrovalle complete car hire changes

CN to re-equip, refurbish Sault Ste. Marie tour train

BNSF, UP to upgrade lines in three states

WMATA seeks to purchase electricity at wholesale prices

Providence and Worcester registers revenue drop, posts net loss

REMSA teams up with rail product resource

May 15

Rockefeller-Lautenberg bill aims to increase the use of intercity passenger rail, freight transportation provided by non-truck modes

AAR: Traffic woes continue for North American railroads

CTA makes up 2009 budget deficit

‘It will get better,’ Moorman tells NS shareholders

Transportation/logistics deals down precipitously in Q1 — PricewaterhouseCooper report

Genesee & Wyoming’s carload totals tumbled in April

North County Transit District's SPRINTER service maintains near-perfect on-time performance

High-speed rail among top 100 U.S. infrastructure projects, CG/LA says

May 14

DART announces fare hikes, Green Line opening date

CN sells three Mississippi lines to A&K Railroad Materials/V&S Railway affiliates

TriMet ridership dips in April

TSI takes a tumble in March, BTS says

Iowa DOT ponies up $5 million for four freight-rail projects

WMATA considers credit-card payment option

Updates from Alstom, Columbus Steel Castings, Colo Railroad Builders, U.S. Steel/Transtar, Wabtec, Global Rail Industries and Hazarsolve

May 13

LACMTA proposes $3.9 billion FY2010 budget

New York MTA approves fare hikes

Small domestic container gain highlights otherwise dismal intermodal volume in Q1, IANA says

Proposed 'Southern Corridor' would reroute DM&E trains from downtown Rochester

Missouri legislature approves 'stabilization' funds for St. Louis Metro

Duke Energy to build eight-mile rail spur to Indiana power plant

GE to build hybrid locomotive battery plant in New York

Farmrail adds three locomotives to motive-power fleet

May 12

Oberstar's surface transportation bill outline proposes major USDOT changes

SAFETEA-LU reauthorization debate will drag on into September, Stifel Nicolaus' Larkin says

San Francisco MTA's Central Subway gains favorable FTA rating

STB's mediation process helps settle CSXT/DuPont rate dispute

WMATA installs additional surveillance cameras at 12 stations

BLET: Knight becomes national VP; Radek to retire from VP post

Amsted Rail's IONX acquires RFTrax's rail monitoring operation

Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, Nordco,, RailComm, HCL AXON, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Interfleet Technology

May 11

President Obama proposes FY2010 budget appropriations for New Starts program, high-speed rail and Amtrak

New York MTA: Additional state funds coming in, CEO Sander heading out

CN's EJ&E-related STB reports not up to snuff, coalition claims; reports comply with board mandates, Class I says

EPA report: Freight-car orders fall to 27-year low in first quarter

Caltrain considers fare hikes, service cuts to deal with FY2010 deficit

STB arm, Washington DOT release final environmental report on short line's track rehab project

BLET celebrates 146th anniversary

Updates from EMD, The Andersons, Global Rail Systems, PowerRail Distribution, Koppers and EMS Technologies

May 8

USDOT awards $742.5 million in stimulus funds for 10 passenger-rail projects

North American roads register sizeable traffic declines in April, AAR says

California high-speed rail agency seeks local partnerships, prioritizes two 'shovel-ready' projects

Major U.S. ports' import volume ebbs to lowest level in five years, National Retail Federation says

Florida budget doesn't include Tri-Rail operating funds, SFRTA says

Manitoba loan will help short line serve grain-hauling route

WMATA: Retail shops in stations could generate additional revenue

Updates from Kawasaki, STV, Meridian Partners, American Railcar, The Andersons, Railinc, Interfleet Technology and Global Railway

May 7

Marsella to step down from Denver RTD's top post

RSI asks LaHood to keep rail industry free of regs that derail technology, infrastructure development

U.S. Class I workforce a tad more minuscule in March, STB data shows

U.S., Canadian governments and CP team up to bolster border-crossing security

Infrastructure investment key to trade growth, ITI official tells Asia-Pacific transportation ministers

Houston METRO to install additional flashing pavement lights at light-rail intersections

UP upgrades PRB line, accepts GE supplier award and marks transcontinental railroad anniversary

Illinois commission to fund majority of UP crossing improvements

May 6

Iowa ramps up efforts to add intercity passenger-rail service

St. Louis Metro still could receive state funds to restore service cuts

Texas lawmakers urge state's House speaker to back rail-funding bill

May fuel surcharges: UP's falls, CSXI's and NS' remain the same

UP to improve Missouri line

STB adopts updated fee schedule for '09

Eurostar notes progress on environmental goals

Updates from Bombardier, Alstom, Moffatt & Nichol, Boatright, Pacer, Trinity Industries and Parsons Brinckerhoff

May 5

Freight market showing signs of bottoming out, Stifel Nicolaus' Larkin says

VIA Rail contracts IRSI to rehab passenger cars

UP logs fewer PRB, Colorado/Utah region coal train loadings in April

San Francisco MTA begins to advance stimulus-funded projects

Two U.S. senators secure $950,000 for New Jersey short-line rehabilitation

CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with Elgin

Russian Railways' Sapsan train sets country's speed record

Updates from Jacobs Engineering, RailRunner, RailComm, FreightCar America and Alstom

May 4

Sen. Durbin to champion capital funding bill for nation's seven largest transit systems

USDOT provides $75 million grant for Portland Streetcar extension

KCSM moves first finished vehicles from Mexican Amports facility

Santa Clara VTA to make way for BART extension

Washington short line secures $1 million state grant for track upgrades

R.J. Corman to acquire most of Railpower's assets

Operation Lifesaver of Canada boots up Web site aimed at kids

Updates from IBM, Ansaldo STS, GE, Pittsburgh Pins and Interfleet Technology

May 1

Carloads still sluggish for North American roads, AAR data shows

Miami-Dade launches construction on airport extension

Sydney Metro accepts initial proposals for CBD subway system work

UP one of the nation's most reputable companies, Forbes says

ACTA solicits firm to preliminarily design new rail bridge

Greater Cleveland RTA to install new fare machines on Red Line

UP: 'E-Railsafe' makes railroad safer and more secure

Allan takes home 'Roger Cyr' award in Canada

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