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Rail News: March 2010

March 31

FRA seeks applicants for $115 million in HSR grants Value of goods shuttled between U.S., NAFTA partners jumped in January Nation needs to ramp up transit funding, Rep. Nadler says Maryland Transit to test 'CharmCard' fare payment UP-served intermodal park lines up large tenant USDOT names advisory council members Toyota honors UP's service OmniTRAX names Peters senior VP

March 30

HSR association reviews state of project funding U.S. transit agencies step up patrols after Moscow subway bombings Amtrak to operate Metrolink trains Canadian government to fund VIA Rail car upgrades Ontario's budget deficit deals blow to proposed transit projects N.Y. MTA names Foran CFO CN offers online tool to calculate carbon emissions, rate at same time KCS adds administrative functions to EVP Erdman's duties Updates from Brookville Equipment, Vossloh AG, Ansaldo STS USA, Pacer International, RailComm and Macro Corp.

March 29

Caltrain one step away from adopting electrification program Ontario to provide $15 million for Huron Central upgrades Toyota honors NS' logistics performance VIA Rail to cut transit times between Montreal, Quebec City Providence and Worcester registered less revenue, net loss last year

March 26

Kansas adopts legislation to help advance HSR plans LACMTA's Gold Line extension gets green light for summer start AAR report: U.S. railroads boost carloads for fourth-straight week Traffic controllers union to vote on CN pact; two BMWED divisions to merge Amtrak awards contract for Seattle maintenance facility upgrades Alaska Railroad CFO O'Leary becomes acting CEO Public to preview Caltrain grade separation Updates from Alstom, Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Rail.One, Knorr-Bremse, HDR and Moffatt & Nichol

March 25

Colorado's Rocky Mountain Rail Authority releases HSR feasibility study New York MTA to alter services at LIRR, Metro-North and NYCT CSX survives - even thrives - in 'tumultuous' 2009, annual report states DART to review expenses after reduced sales tax predictions Illinois commission blesses five-year crossing upgrade plan Amtrak names Merrill VP of policy and development UP to bolster infrastructure in Kansas, Washington Amtrak Cascades service to Vancouver extended into fall Updates from HAX Technologies, Bombardier, Alcatel-Lucent, Integran Technologies, Faiveley Transport, Stage 8 Locking Fasteners and EAO Switch Corp.

March 24

Washington State DOT awaits HSR grant award, project approval from FRA Amtrak seeks congressional funding to replace aging rolling stock FRA to use simulator 'lab' to analyze train accidents Newly minted California law provides much-needed transit funding, SFMTA says WMATA contracts ENSCO for track inspection vehicle In memoriam: NS logo, 'Thoroughbred' brand architect H. Pier Clifford TriMet eyes service cuts, tries to bridge budget gap LIRR makes strides with reducing 'gap' accidents Equipment leasing, financing shows slight improvement in February

March 23

Capital Metro's MetroRail opens for business in Austin Gov. Patrick taps Davey as Massachusetts' rail, transit administrator Lessors note more freight-car usage since 2009's end, Longbow Research says Denver RTD promotes FasTracks at White House visit KCSM's Zozaya becomes AmCham chapter's first Mexican president SacRT relocates light-rail station Russian Railways' Morozov to head Mongolian railroad Updates from RMI, Eta Phi Systems, Trinity Industries, L.B. Foster/Portec Rail, Wabtec and Finmeccanica

March 22

Amtrak creates HSR department STB February tally: U.S. Class I workforce up from January's count, down from 2009's total Capitol Corridor's ridership drops due to government furloughs KCS, NS assess joint Meridian Speedway line FRA names Lauby to Office of Safety post Tie purchases, production on slow pace in 2010, RTA says NS' Moorman 'optimistic' about 2010 Parsons Brinckerhoff, HNTB/Wilbur Smith win high-speed rail contracts TriMet's Hansen to step down as GM

March 19

Parsons Brinckerhoff to manage HSR projects for three more states USDOT delegation visits France to assess HSR system Illinois Senate advances legislation to create HSR commission Russia outlines HSR development measures AAR weekly report: North American railroads register more carload gains ARRA-funded projects reach the 10,000 mark, Biden says Gamble to step down from top ARRC post Federal arbitrator sets CN-TCRC contract terms; FRA OKs part of ASLRRA's hours-of-service petition CSXT honors chemical shippers' safety excellence AAR: Chlorine Institute's PTC cost-benefit claim is 'way off base' GCRTA board to consider Delta Railroad Construction contract Updates from Electro-Motive Diesel, MERMEC, Thales, MISCOR Group, Bombardier and EKE-Electronics

March 18

Florida selects HNTB/Wilbur Smith team to manage HSR system Senate approves bill to extend surface transportation fund through 2010 Greenville & Western, Lycoming Valley and Reading & Northern attain ASLRRA marketing honors METRO seeks independent probe into 'misuse of funds' accusation Washington terminal introduces perishable shipping option California's San Joaquin service reaches four-month ridership high Amtrak launches Twitter page UTA open house to address TRAX project

March 17

California legislator seeks to stop sale of HSR bonds Canadian transportation safety agency issues nine-item 'watchlist' Public transit officials lobby for funding, jobs in D.C. Chlorine Institute to FRA: Correct PTC cost-benefit analysis GO Transit changes train schedules to meet growing demand CenterPoint Properties lands first tenant for NS-served logistics park New RTD GM's deal excludes extras Updates from Skanska, HDR, Portec Rail Products and Railinc; Also, in memoriam: Safetran Systems' Pierce and Gannett Fleming's DeVito

March 16

SEPTA unveils FY2011 budget, proposes 6 percent fare hike North Carolina awards freight-rail project contracts WMATA's rail ridership rises in March CN honored as 'Innovator of the Year' by Wal-Mart Wellsboro & Corning adds four six-axle units to locomotive fleet TriMet names Bethel, Olanrewaju to board

March 15

Chinese companies will bid on U.S. high-speed projects, China railway minister says Amtrak, Kansas DOT analyze ways to restore passenger-rail service in six cities USDOT narrows haz-mat list tied to security plans STB to hold public hearing on proposed Maine line abandonment AAR taps Farmer to coordinate freight-rail security efforts Burns to remain Santa Clara VTA's GM another five years Updates from Wabtec, Nomad Digital, Siemens Mobility, Colo Railroad Builders, Stantec, ARINC and Parsons Brinckerhoff

March 12

AAR weekly report: The rail freight volume recovery continues AAR: 2009 was safest year in U.S. freight rail history, preliminary FRA data shows Global Partners, CP to bring ethanol trains to New York terminal Maine grants would help preserve regional's line, improve short line's service RailAmerica registers carload rise in February Goldman, Bowling to lead CSX law department teams

March 11

United Kingdom unveils plans for HSR network AAR report: Outside of coal, carload trends favorable in February TSI languishes at eight-year low in January, BTS says Twin Cities' Central Corridor to launch construction in summer KCS, CenterPoint gain FTZ designation for Texas logistics park California regional transportation commission pursues UP branch line purchase

March 10

US HSR's Florida conference brought together 300-plus high-speed stakeholders Iowa earmarks $1 million for Chicago-Omaha planning study Performance improvement program pays off, Amtrak says Crossing collisions, injuries and fatalities fall to record lows in '09 TriMet's monthly trips climb for first time since February 2009 Genesee & Wyoming's carloads fall in February Queensland Rail preps for IPO, boosts 'Seafreighter' capacity Updates from R.J. Corman Railpower, Bombardier/Alstom, Team 3 Logistics, Systems Logistics and STV

March 9

Englewood Flyover project to spur job creation in Illinois Illinois high-speed bill advances in Senate APTA: Public transit trips exceed 10 billion again in 2009, but fall short of 2008 record KCS acquires Puerta Mexico terminal, develops direct service USDOT to help keep Maine line open for shippers, Sen. Collins says NS to pay $4 million in federal fines for Graniteville accident VIA Rail to build new Smith Falls station, upgrade Ontario line

March 8

Dozens of transit-rail projects gain USDOT grants NJ Transit ponders fare hikes, service reductions on top of other cost-cutting measures KCSM to unveil divisional safety plans, operating rule repository Pioneer Railcorp acquires Georgia Midland Railroad NTSB's Hersman: Frequency of fatigue in transportation operations is 'alarming' Updates from Bombardier, IMPulse NC, Alstom/Russian Railways, RailRunner and OnTrackAmerica

March 5

CHSRA defends ridership, revenue forecast model Future legislation needs to include 'substantial' high-speed funding, American High Speed Rail Alliance says Amtrak deploys Wi-Fi on Acela trains SacRT ponders more service cuts to bridge budget gap; California considers transit funding bill AAR weekly report: U.S. carloads climb to highest level since late 2008 Sarles to head WMATA on interim basis OmniTRAX names Thiem regional sales director; Watco appoints Andrews CMO CSXT, NS to upgrade eight crossings in Ohio Updates from Bombardier, GE Transportation/Progress Rail, RMI, Duos Technologies and Michael Baker Jr. Inc.

March 4

APTA: Federal transit, highway programs temporarily extended U.S. surface-mode trade with Canada, Mexico ends long losing streak in December Metrolink, SEPTA begin to modernize car fleets Greater Cleveland RTA prioritizes federal funding needs, re-elects board leaders Denver university's intermodal institute adds board member, seeks masters program students

March 3

NJ Transit to trim workforce, cut execs' salaries and freeze spending February marks UP's first monthly coal loading gains in nearly a year Indiana ports pump up cargo volumes in 2009 UP lands on magazine's top 100 'corporate citizens' list Sound Transit restructures governing committees

March 2

San Francisco agency to reduce Muni service, furlough workers Oregon DOT orders two trainsets from Talgo-America KCSM to update transportation service plan Rail workers win 'genuine' whistleblower protection from feds, BMWED says VIA Rail to replace Windsor station Updates from RAILCET, Alstom, HDR, RailComm, RailRunner and Halcrow

March 1

NYCT changes senior leadership in subway department More than a dozen shipper groups voice support for STB reauthorization act New York/New Jersey port awards PATH Hall portion of World Trade Center hub Six West Coast ports call on Senate to maintain diesel emissions act dollars GO Transit to hike fares on March 20 << Previous Next >>
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