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Rail News: March 2008

March 31

BLET members ratify new Amtrak agreement New York/New Jersey port authority advances station design, commuter-rail study KCS projects transload program growth in the U.S., Mexico WMATA sets 2008 goals UP takes wraps off first GenSet switcher at California yard Updates from ChemLogix, Bombardier, Trainyard Tech and UQM Technologies

March 28

The price for WMATA's capital improvement needs? Nearly half a billion dollars Storms, floods do a number on U.S. railroads' weekly carloads, AAR says PPPs needed to help fund California high-speed rail system, advisors say Midwest High Speed Rail Association to lead European summer tour Pennsylvania ponies up $10.2 million for 38 freight-rail projects UTU general chairpersons give tentative national contract the thumbs up Updates from Ansaldo STS, Northern American Technologies, Siemens and MHF Logistical Solutions

March 27

SEPTA unveils $1 billion FY09 spending plan Utah Transit Authority's FrontRunner to open next month Illinois commission's five-year plan sets aside more than $139 million for crossing upgrades Toyota Logistics honors NS with highest rail carrier award for fifth time in 11 years New York college offers transportation simulator TTCI names Lang business development manager

March 26

Canadian government needs to review rail rates in wake of 'excessive returns,' grain farmers' groups say Providence and Worcester registers revenue decline, net loss in 2007 Patriot Rail appoints two execs UP expects hybrid vehicle, ethanol traffic to continue rising in 2008 Tunnel boring machine breaks through at Sweden's Malmo Central Station Updates from Interpipe, RailComm, RailPower and American Motive Power

March 25

Metro-North's new spring timetable to feature more trains Rodzwicz becomes BLET's national president after Hahs' ouster Utah Transit Authority to release draft environmental study for light-rail extension UP boosts freight, Amtrak train speeds on southern Texas line Bates becomes UTU's first African-American legislative director Montreal, Maine & Atlantic affiliate promotes exec; Watco widens use of locomotive monitoring systems MARTA appoints two execs Grissum to succeed Olsovsky as BNSF's AVP of telecommunications

March 24

Amtrak to study Kansas City-to-Oklahoma City service U.S. carloads up, intermodal loads down in latest week, AAR says New York/New Jersey port posts record cargo volume in 2007, outlines expansion plans RTA report: Tie purchases rise, production falls in February North Carolina's CATS posts passenger-count record in February About one-fifth of all U.S. trespassing fatalities are suicides, FRA report shows UP to upgrade track in western Illinois Updates from DeLorme, CH2M Hill, The Andersons and MHF Logistical Solutions

March 20

Los Angeles MTA seeks to raise awareness of future projects The Andersons to use Patriot Rail subsidiary's facilities to repair rail cars west of the Mississippi River Sound Transit to create operations task force Truitt joins Florida East Coast as VP, Thompson becomes VP at RailAmerica Regional/short-line carloads up more than 2 percent through February, RMI data shows LIRR implements WiFi at Penn Station Updates from SKF, GE and Global Railway Industries

March 19

Toronto Transit Commission lands $303.5 million in federal funds to keep commuters moving CN budgets more than $1 billion for MOW in '08 Alaska Railroad schedules 10-stop emergency response training tour Hampton Roads Transit awards $41 million construction services pact to Skanska TTX appoints two executives, announces Pomeroy's retirement Updates from Atlantic Track & Turnout, BAM Rail, Siemens, China Architectural Engineering, MHF, Titan and GBS Group

March 18

CN urges Chicago-area communities to adopt a 'more balanced perspective' toward EJ&E transaction Rising operating costs prompt Metrolink to mull fare increases and service cuts South Dakota enacts bill to speed land condemnation process Vast majority of UTU-represented IC workers approve CN contract Gannett Fleming names Stout chairman/CEO CSXT presents 'safety excellence' awards to 64 chemical shippers Molitoris moves from Ohio's rail commission to transportation department

March 17

EPA introduces new Tier 3 and 4 emission standards for locomotive engines Rep. Mica introduces measure to establish D.C.-to-New York City high-speed service CSX files lawsuit against TCI, 3G Capital Partners alleging violations to federal securities laws CN's Dakens to retire May 1 BART to obtain public input on proposed extension KCS opens new intermodal terminal in K.C. Updates from Amerex Group, Radius Rail, Atlantic Track & Turnout and GuestLogix

March 14

Rail industry constituents push freight-rail agenda at annual 'Day on the Hill' U.S. Class I workforce shrunk a tad in January, STB data shows Ferromex appoints executive president, other top managers WMATA pursues underground wireless communication system for subway Ohio rail commission OKs statewide funding package, approves 10 freight-rail projects Carloads drop for U.S., Canadian roads in March's first week, AAR says CTA to issue bonds for capital improvements Updates from L.B. Foster, STV, AIG Rail, ContainerTrac, Pandrol, MAPS Technology and Thales

March 13

California commission advocates more than $500 million in state funds for eight freight-rail projects Fortress seeks STB approval to merge RailAmerica, Florida East Coast Railway Vancouver to improve streetcar system before 2010 Olympics Portion of Gulf Coast rail lines highly susceptible to floods, USDOT study shows Transportation Services Index increases in January Wabtec to supply components for another 620 NYCT subway cars Railroads are keeping up with escalating ethanol demand, AAR says NJ Transit to offer online trip planning through Google

March 12

CN addresses Illinois congressmens' concerns over EJ&E acquisition Value of goods transported between U.S., NAFTA partners reached record level in '07, USDOT says Ohio rail commission to consider 10 freight-rail projects BMWED members ratify Amtrak contract CSXT to bump up HDF/mileage-based and WTI fuel surcharges in April California earmarks $24 million for BART's earthquake safety program Pennsylvania community college to offer engineer, conductor training programs

March 11

More Amtrak pacts: Signalmen, carmen and maintenance workers ratify contracts BNSF is 'most admired' railroad in FORTUNE's annual rankings Dallas logistics park to be part of Foreign Trade Zone Sound Transit records 12.3 percent increase in '07 train/bus ridership Delaware & Hudson, carmen reach tentative agreement Updates from Digital Concepts, Verint Systems, Lombard Investments, CargoWise and SEKO

March 10

APTA: Public transit ridership totals 10.3 billion in 2007 MBTA board signs off on proposed $1.5 billion budget KCS realigns three divisions, reassigns executives Metro-North's Cannito to retire in July KCS' Mexican arm combines institutional relations, right-of-way protection departments Boston-area Amtrak conductors ratify new labor pact Review panel issues recommendations to bolster Canada's rail safety act Updates from Bombardier, Australian Rail Track, RFTrax and the Modoc Academy

March 7

U.S. roads' carloads up, intermodal loads down in February, AAR says Santa Clara VTA implements sustainability program BLET, UTU to play role in FRA's worker fatigue study BNSF among top shareholder-friendly firms, Rose among top CEOs in magazine's annual polls MARTA seeks ways to improve operational efficiency Harmon Industries founder Robert Harmon passes away at 95 Sound Transit completes second Beacon Hill light-rail tunnel BLET foundation to provide scholarships for injured workers' family members

March 6

House transportation subcommittee analyzes private investors' influence on freight railroads Amtrak to consider adding service in Ohio Corridor DART releases financial plan to member cities, restructures top management AAR appoints Gray as Rockey's successor, announces suicide prevention award winners Philadelphia-area UTU members ratify Amtrak agreement Upchurch joins KCS as SVP; McGonigle joins Montreal, Maine & Atlantic as VP Updates from Hatch Mott MacDonald, Skelly and Loy, J.L. Patterson, Bombardier, FreightCar America and RailComm

March 5

Train accidents continue to drop, FRA says Amtrak, BLET reach tentative agreement Sacramento Valley Railroad signs on as exclusive service provider for area business park CN seeks to appeal Canadian Transportation Agency’s grain rate caps San Francisco's Muni unveils draft service improvement proposals CTA installs credit card-accepting ticket machines at several stations

March 4

New York MTA marks 40th anniversary by looking at next 40 years San Diego County agency set to open SPRINTER line Bowers joins KCS as SVP of intermodal/automotive LIRR to renovate Seaford Station BNSF, NS and UP make top 100 'corporate responsibility' list, magazine says Updates from Timken, Global Rail, CIT, Duos, TTX, RAIL.ONE and Hirschmann Automation

March 3

Transportation act-amending bill to become law in Canada San Francisco's Muni selects alignment for Central Subway UP appoints four execs, adds 9 mph to train speed on Kansas line FRA recommends gap safety measures Fort Worth Transportation Authority to present findings from Southwest-to-Northeast line's environmental study Operation Lifesaver Canada unveils Web-based crossing safety program for student drivers << Previous Next >>
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