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Rail News: February 2009

February 27

Rail Industry Trends
Short-line association stresses tax credit legislation at 'Day on the Hill' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Federal commission recommends raising gas tax, charging usage fees to increase surface transportation investment Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT outlines FY2010 budget framework, proposes $5 billion for high-speed rail Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Montana report: BNSF charges 'excessive' rates and provides shippers 'poor' service; BNSF: Report is 'inaccurate and distorted' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Carloads, intermodal volume remain down for North American roads in week No. 7, AAR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
OSHA orders UP to reassign welder, pay damages Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco MTC appoints Haggerty, Tissier to top posts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF installs Albanese, Ness as division GMs Read More »

February 26

Passenger Rail
House approves $10.2 billion for transit in omnibus appropriations bill Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota DOT obtains FRA grant to conduct environmental study on high-speed line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN should be held to STB-imposed mitigation conditions in EJ&E decision, Sen. Durbin says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CREATE partners complete Corwith interlocking project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Canadian governments award high-speed line study contract for Québec-Windsor City corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF lures 127 industrial projects to its lines in '08 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RTA: Tie purchases, production jump in January Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from JTS, Bombardier, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Portec Rail and Interpipe Read More »

February 25

Passenger Rail
Georgia Senate passes legislation to help address MARTA's budget woes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Forecast for this year's ton-miles, rail-car orders far from favorable, FTR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR to reach 175th anniversary in April Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCSR transportation managers to learn cost-of-quality principles Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Hispanic magazine honors BNSF's, UP's diversity efforts Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain upgrades California Avenue, Palo Alto stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT's research arm seeks small business innovation proposals Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from 10East, Bombardier, Thermo King and Motion Sensors Read More »

February 24

Passenger Rail
NYCT posts highest subway ridership in nearly 60 years Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Class Is continue to slash monthly fuel surcharges Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit appoints Tober, Klein to key executive posts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Soo Line, BMWED reach 'framework' agreement Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA leases portion of Riverside Station site to developer Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica assigns Lazzaro, Mishra and Stefanic to VP posts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois commission, FRA hand out rail safety education and enforcement grants Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Wabtec, RailComm, Alstom, Maiers Transport & Warehouse and Blackmer Read More »

February 23

Rail Industry Trends
Domestic intermodal volume hits four-year high in '08, IANA says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak Cascades reaches record ridership in 2008 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New Jersey ExpressRail facility moves 3 millionth container Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA to discuss policy, legislative changes at next month's conference Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Raritan Central aims to develop logistics center in Arkansas Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Buttrey to step down from STB post next month Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYCT's online trip planner now includes interactive map Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Balfour Beatty, Thales, D. A. International Casting/WINE Railcar Products, CIT Rail and Pacer Read More »

February 20

Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: North American railroads' traffic tune still holds sour note Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYCT begins excavation work on 7 line extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia transportation board revises budget, six-year plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR's Hamberger to STB: Passenger-rail expansion shouldn't impede freight-rail growth Read More »
Passenger Rail
GO Transit to receive millions from federal and provincial governments, extend one morning train Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
International intermodal traffic will weather the withering economy, ITI's Keller says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN appoints Finn to executive VP position Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RAC schedules railway haz-mat response course in June Read More »

February 19

Rail Industry Trends
STB orders BNSF to pay record-setting reparations and rate reductions to captive coal shipper Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA lists ways it could use stimulus funds Read More »
Passenger Rail
South Florida transportation, planning agencies to hold transportation summit Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak to lower Acela ticket prices Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina Railroad to hold rail forum in March Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from 10East, Trinity, Alstom, Hub Group and DRI Read More »

February 18

Passenger Rail
California High Speed Rail Authority outlines how it could use stimulus funds Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA completes rail-car rehab program, hosts rail-car symposium Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
International deal-making helped drive 'steady' transportation/logistics M&A activity in Q4, PricewaterhouseCoopers says Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet boosts ridership in January Read More »
Passenger Rail
Stimulus bill raises monthly commuter tax benefit, TransitCenter says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina DOT to close grade crossing Read More »

February 17

Passenger Rail
President Obama set to sign stimulus bill into law Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Lower fuel prices, international trade impact intermodal's market share in fourth quarter Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra, UP to upgrade West Line stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT's new drug testing rule still tied up in federal court Read More »
Passenger Rail
Anaheim, Orange County transit authority accepting design proposals for intermodal facility  Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR rolls out 2009 version of 'Freight Rail Works campaign Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Timken, FreightCar America, Pacer, Ensco, Exide Technologies, Southwest Signal Engineering, SYSTRA USA and Quintiq Read More »

February 13

Passenger Rail
Stimulus bill to include nearly $20 billion for rail projects, APTA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Oregon commission provides loans to help port purchase Coos Bay Line segment Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet projects $13.5 million FY10 budget shortfall Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S., Canadian roads' traffic remains down in February's first week Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Saskatchewan ponies up $10 million for new CP intermodal hub Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Freight rail a component of economic stimulus funding, AAR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
House T&I Committee appoints Republican subcommittee members Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to upgrade line between Missouri, Iowa Read More »

February 12

Passenger Rail
USDOT: Accountability will be top priority in economic stimulus bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index slips further at 2008's end Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Colorado DOT eyes economic benefits from freight-rail relocation Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR satisfied with customer satisfaction poll results Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA adds more six-car trains to Blue Line service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP's PRB train loadings slip slightly in January Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GE Transportation, Greenbrier, Graham-White, Alstom, Siemens, STV, Landis Industries, ARMS, MISCOR and RailComm Read More »

February 11

Passenger Rail
Senate signs off on $838 billion economic stimulus package Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN, NS to create joint corridor through nation's midsection Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. construction authority awards contract for Gold Line Foothill extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming: Revenue and income up, operating ratio down Read More »
Passenger Rail
Staten Island Railway obtains four new locomotives Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina Railroad to upgrade storm-water drainage system Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Seattle port sets grain tonnage record in '08 Read More »

February 10

Rail Industry Trends
U.S. Class I workforce continued to contract in December, STB data shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North registers record ridership, solid on-time performance in 2008 Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYCT rolls out train locator system at L line station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco revises department duties, management positions Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART appoints Plesko to oversee planning, scheduling Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kerley, Wier join UTU's board Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Wabtec, RFTrax, Structural Composites of Indiana and FreightScan Read More »

February 9

Rail Industry Trends
Senate proposes $827 billion economic stimulus bill Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu seeks bids for new commuter-rail line's first segment Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. ports' container volume will dial down in first half, report says Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA, Georgia DOT team up to address state transportation needs Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain to retrofit bike cars with additional racks Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP's Butler an influential African-American corporate exec, magazine says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Siemens, Railpower and Greenbrier Read More »

February 6

Rail Industry Trends
'Severe' recession drags down North American rail traffic totals in January, AAR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA receives 'overwhelming' response to request for high-speed rail proposals Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF/J.B. Hunt intermodal partnership prospers for 20 years Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART's Green Line project generates jobs, economic development Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
EPA report: Fourth-quarter car orders fall to lowest level in seven years Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Unemployment filings climb to 27-year high in January's last week, labor department says Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP lands in magazine's top 50 for 'most admired' HR departments Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GE, Alstom, The Andersons and Safety Vision Read More »

February 5

Passenger Rail
APTA calls on Congress to provide $15.9 billion in transit stimulus funding Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT organizes team to oversee economic stimulus spending Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pennsylvania's 2009-10 budget proposes $27 million for freight rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts transportation office advances MBTA Green Line extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Freight-rail tax credit bill could be a boon for Texas, rail association says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF, UP to pay Superfund site cleanup costs per EPA settlement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
REMSA boots up online job board Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Railpower, Interfleet Technology, Hazarsolve, Dow AgroSciences and Railinc Read More »

February 4

Rail Industry Trends
CREATE partners back funding provision in Senate's economic stimulus proposal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Roskam proposes bill to advance Metra's STAR line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota's Metro Transit registers best-ever annual ridership Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Strang steps in as FRA's acting deputy administrator Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TriMet's WES trains share track with Portland & Western trains Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA installs defibrillators onboard trains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GE, Pelican Products and Comcast Read More »

February 3

Kansas City Southern
KCS' traffic and revenue tumble, operating ratio climbs Read More »
Passenger Rail
Schumer seeks to increase transit funding in Senate's stimulus bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian government closer to amending haz-mat laws Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit completes tunnel communication upgrade on light-rail system Read More »
Passenger Rail
King, Dawson join MARTA as assistant GMs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to upgrade Missouri line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Midwest shipper association elects 2009 officers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from RailComm, Axion, Alstom and IPICO Read More »

February 2

Canadian National Railway - CN
CN completes EJ&E deal with U.S. Steel Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA's Huberman resigns; Carter steps in as interim president Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet opens WES commuter-rail line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco to launch new Michigan short line after favorable STB ruling Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio rail commission OKs funds for freight-rail, emission-reduction projects Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak shuffles board leadership Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Fuel-price fluctuations not necessarily favoring truck over rail, UBS says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Harsco, GATX, Siemens and WiFi Rail Read More »
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