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Rail News: March 2009

March 31

Rail Industry Trends
U.S., China agree to jointly improve hazardous materials transportation Read More »
Passenger Rail
S.F. bay-area commission to revise 2035 transportation plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Vancouver's Canada Line to open by September Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica's Jones earns ASLRRA's top safety honor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXI's fuel surcharge inches up, UP's ratchets down in April Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NYC-area trash means cash to New York & Atlantic Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak to bring back sleeper cars between Chicago, Boston Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Siemens, Alstom, RailComm, Kelso Technologies, CFCL Australia, Knorr-Bremse and Global Railway Read More »

March 30

Passenger Rail
Phoenix agency receives $36 million in stimulus dollars for light-rail line Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York/New Jersey port authority awards steel contract for World Trade Center hub Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Connecticut lands stimulus funds for Providence and Worcester, passenger-rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Heavy load container facility attracts first lessee; Evergreen honors CSXI as carrier of the year Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Stifel Nicolaus analyst lowers ratings for two Class Is, four other transportation companies Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Five 'Pacific Gateway' projects advance in Canada Read More »
Passenger Rail
International railway union releases global passenger-, freight-rail traffic figures for '08 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Paljug to co-chair RSI's new joint C&S/MOW committee Read More »

March 27

Passenger Rail
CSX willing to help spur high-speed rail on Empire Corridor, Schumer says Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA outlines plans for $202 million in stimulus funds Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S., Canadian roads continue to sing the traffic blues, AAR data shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA completes draft environmental report for BART extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RTA report: Tie production rises, purchases plummet in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak to fund two Seattle maintenance facilities with stimulus dollars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
San Pedro & Southwestern sets safety record Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from VAE Nortrak, ARINC, CAF and Alstom Read More »

March 26

Passenger Rail
New York MTA approves plan to hike fares, slash service Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA to award $100 million in energy reduction grants to transit agencies Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit obtains low bids for University Link tunnel work Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP honors 40 chemical shippers' safety efforts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSX to provide proxy materials online Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Providence and Worcester posts income, revenue gains in '08 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Small shipment conference names annual carrier award winners Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from EMD, Ansaldo STS, Vossloh and IBM Read More »

March 25

Rail Industry Trends
Truck size/weight-limiting bill enters House; rail labor unions and North Dakota lawmakers seek quiet zone-funding legislation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS: Manion to succeed Tobias as COO; Stewart and Allison assume new VP positions Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART to use stimulus funds to advance Orange Line project Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE purchases additional locomotives from MotivePower Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bay Line, R.J. Corman’s Memphis Line and St. Lawrence & Atlantic earn ASLRRA's top marketing honors Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco MTA to upgrade Muni lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Equipment leasing business falls in February, monthly index shows Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Timken, Sherwin-Williams, Export-Import Bank, Kyocera Solar and LightWild Read More »

March 24

Rail Industry Trends
BNSF registers fewer grade crossing collisions, trespassing incidents Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York/New Jersey port authority's cargo volumes flat-line in '08 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
In memoriam: Watco founder Dick Webb (1938-2009) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Morgan Keegan analyst reaffirms GATX 'outperform' rating Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North to rehab Tarrytown Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BMWED, Soo Line agree on tentative contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Siemens, Wabtec and RailComm Read More »

March 23

Rail Industry Trends
Feds sue UP for failing to prevent drug trafficking; government, not railroad, controls border-crossing cars, Class I says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Vancouver's TransLink to upgrade infrastructure on light-, commuter-rail systems Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak to provide remainder of workers' back pay by May 1 Read More »
CSX Transportation
Opportunities abound for railroads and trucks in intermodal sector, CSXI's Herwig says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railroads, shippers and rail labor unions need to jointly resolve rail regulation dispute, UTU says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Cooper joins STB staff as attorney-advisor; Cox becomes Watco senior chief engineer Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA completes Howard Station rehab Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pelletier departs Montreal Port Authority; search for next CEO under way Read More »

March 20

Rail Industry Trends
A half-full view: Inventory drawdowns can’t continue unabated, analyst tells truckload carriers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF, CSXI expand container service to the Southeast; BNSF upgrades Transcon corridor Read More »
Passenger Rail
California intercity rail ridership dips in February Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR report: Traffic remains down for U.S., Canadian railroads in March's second week Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak Cascades to celebrate 10 years of service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation pacts with two more Illinois cities Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston METRO names Hickey associate VP Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from International Paint, GE, EMD, Ansaldo STS, Zachry American and Cornerstone Systems Read More »

March 19

Rail Industry Trends
Obama tabs UTU's Szabo as FRA administrator Read More »
Passenger Rail
U.S. transportation, housing departments team up to promote transit-oriented development efforts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Indiana Rail Road to build spur for new coal mine Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. Class I workforce slightly smaller in January, STB data shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail upgrades track, station near Ottawa Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Cook to manage TTCI's security/emergency response center; Badger to direct Virginia's rail division Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA to co-sponsor PPP workshop Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
In memoriam: Former Conrail engineering chief Benjamin Gordon Read More »

March 18

Rail Industry Trends
CSX showing 'modest improvement' on the traffic-volume front in recent weeks, Ward says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Around the intermodal horn: From KCSR's UPS honors to ATA's tonnage forecast to Texas port's trade corridor funding Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail-car utilization rates, deliveries continue to decline, Longbow Research says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Former FTA, New York MTA execs form transportation consulting firm Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Stifel Nicolaus analyst lowers his '09-'10 EPS expectations for six Class Is Read More »
Passenger Rail
Los Angeles MTA to obtain feedback on downtown regional connector Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit to upgrade Somerville Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GE, Siemens Mobility, RailComm, RMI, SYSTRA and Evans Delivery Read More »

March 17

Rail Industry Trends
Railroads likely to 'dodge the re-regulation bullet' — Stifel Nicolaus research note Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART to obtain public feedback on new ticket prices Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York MTA unveils new South Ferry station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Former U.S. transportation secretary, rail revivalist Brinegar passes away Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Missouri DOT sets aside federal stimulus funds for rail bridge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR's annual shipper forum set for NARS' Chicago meeting Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to implement new train information system Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Thales, AECOM, Jacobs Engineering and Affiliated Computer Services Read More »

March 16

Amtrak
Amtrak to expand capacity, upgrade facilities with stimulus funding Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA proposes $1.6 billion FY10 spending plan, details budget woes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Oregon port to obtain $8 million from feds for Coos Bay line purchase Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Obama tabs Puchala for NMB seat, Mulvey for STB chairmanship Read More »
Passenger Rail
GO Transit hikes fares Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP picks up coal-train loading pace in PRB, Colorado/Utah Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCSR combines labor relations, HR departments Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Thales, GE, Skanska USA, Motion Sensors, Cornerstone Systems and CIBER Read More »

March 13

Passenger Rail
NJ Transit seeks bids for Mass Transit Tunnel project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia Beach purchases NS right of way for future line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation pact with Richton Park Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR traffic report: Tough sledding continues for North American railroads in March's first week Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Washington state DOT terminates short line's operating lease Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART to bolster West Oakland station for earthquakes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois commission OKs upgrades to seven grade crossings Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR releases 25th edition of rail trends book Read More »

March 12

Passenger Rail
CTA, NJ Transit to receive stimulus funds for several projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston METRO contracts Parsons to construct four light-rail lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index tumbles again in January Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA names Rodriguez president, Walker CFO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Manpower survey: U.S. transportation workforce to be 'relatively stable' in second quarter Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT to commemorate first Genset in Illinois Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BLET seeks members' input on national contract negotiations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Herzog, ERS Industries, RailComm, Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Thales, Ansaldo STS, Vossloh and Hirschmann Automation Read More »

March 11

Rail Industry Trends
UP asks STB to examine common carrier obligation to quote chlorine-move rates Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART seeks ways to overcome $50 million FY2010 budget deficit Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB blesses NS/Pan Am Railways 'Patriot Corridor' joint venture Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCSR acquires two Gensets; Providence & Worcester lands 17 auxiliary power units Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet ridership flat in February despite new commuter-rail service Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego-area's SPRINTER celebrates first anniversary Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
DHS' TWIC program reaches 1 million enrollee mark Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Midwest shippers association awards scholarships to six students Read More »

March 10

Passenger Rail
USDOT commits $900 million FFGA for Dulles Corridor project Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York outlines 20-year freight-, passenger-rail plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Freight, passenger rail on Ohio commission's meeting agenda Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UPS Freight cuts transit time in Michigan, Wisconsin Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Progressive Railroading awards Wheel/Rail Interaction '09 scholarships to two railroaders Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA launches public transit advocacy campaign Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UTU founding contributor Kunz passes away Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from e-VERIFILE.COM, AECOM Technology, GE, ITT Interconnect Solutions and STV Read More »

March 9

Passenger Rail
APTA: Public transit ridership reaches 52-year high in '08 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS railroads launch Midwest-to-Mexico intermodal service Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit begins to build University Link Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. ports' container volume drops in January and February, 'Port Tracker' says Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA considers options for Ogden-area transit corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
IC&E workers remain BLET members Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Officers association honors UP's military support Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Bombardier, SKF, HNTB Corp., ShipXpress and Nexxus Lighting Read More »

March 6

Rail Industry Trends
Senate Judiciary Committee OKs 'antitrust enforcement' bill Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA tabs Leahy to succeed Snoble as CEO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: North American roads handle fewer loads in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connex should fire two GMs because of engineer's 'unacceptable behaviors,' Metrolink says Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART's Thomas named 'outstanding' Texas public transit manager Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BLET members ratify CN-WC agreement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF's Gallegos joins Hispanic magazine's 'corporate elite' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
POLZUG introduces container-rail service on Black Sea route Read More »

March 5

Passenger Rail
California's Capitol Corridor to request $98 million in economic stimulus funds Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with West Chicago Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink to install inward-facing cameras on locomotives Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS mechanical department sets injury ratio record in '08 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Federal budget cuts mean smaller-scale Yucca Mountain project in Nevada Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota agency proposes Northstar fares Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wisconsin to upgrade 78 crossings during next three years Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from ARINC, Greenbrier, ARI, Siemens Energy and Railpower Read More »

March 4

Rail Industry Trends
Value of goods moving between NAFTA nations rises in '08 despite November, December falls Read More »
Passenger Rail
California legislators transfer millions in transit funds to cover budget deficit Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP, NS and BNSF make magazine's grade as 'most admired' companies Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
In Memoriam: Red River Valley & Western, Twin Cities & Western co-founder Charles Clay Read More »
Passenger Rail
Dougherty to oversee San Francisco agency's safety programs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
European railway union awards IT contract for freight-rail communications project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Chicago South Shore's Lampe joins STB advisory committee Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Portec Rail, RailComm, Kelso Technologies, Lund Martin Construction and Cambridge Systematics Read More »

March 3

Rail Industry Trends
BNSF furloughs 140 mechanical department workers Read More »
Passenger Rail
Transportation labor unions outline issues, priorities with LaHood and Oberstar Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA continues to post ridership gains Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit to upgrade Ridgewood Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF to launch trackwork on Kansas/Missouri line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Stadler joins KCS as SVP, chief accounting officer Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tyva Republic advances coal line plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Nordco, GE Rail Services, Ansaldo STS, Parsons and Walker International Transportation Read More »

March 2

Passenger Rail
Canadian government to provide millions for Vancouver-area's Evergreen Line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alabama port authority pursues container transfer facility in Mobile Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago mayor pegs Rodriguez for CTA's top post Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois commission OKs three grade crossing upgrades, reports promising crossing safety stats for '08 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Southwest Signal Engineering becomes 'Xorail' Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to soon offer expanded cell phone service at underground stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT, UTU agreement eliminates 'double jeopardy' conundrum Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from ENSCO, Timken, Alstom and Crowcon Detection Read More »
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