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Rail News: March 2008

March 31

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

March 28

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

March 27

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

March 26

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

March 25

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

March 24

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

March 20

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

March 19

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

March 18

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

March 17

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

March 14

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

March 13

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

March 12

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

March 11

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

March 10

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

March 7

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

March 6

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

March 5

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

March 4

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

March 3

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