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Rail News: March 2012

March 30

Supplier Spotlight
March 30: Updates from Bombardier, Hanson Professional, T-Mobile, CANARAIL and VTG Read More »
Intermodal
Cleveland port wins St. Lawrence Seaway agency's Pacesetter award Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Work to resume on Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed corridor Read More »
MOW
UP, Missouri DOT launch construction on Osage River bridge Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Caltrain officials applaud MOU to modernize train system Read More »
Intermodal
Lease agreement clears path for new NS intermodal terminal at Charlotte airport Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. intermodal volume remains up, carload traffic remains down, AAR says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Boxer: Keep pressure on House to pass Senate's surface transportation bill Read More »

March 29

Federal Legislation & Regulation
House, Senate pass 90-day extension of surface transportation bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail traffic graphics updated on ProgressiveRailroading.com Read More »
People
Las Vegas Railway Express elects Marino to board Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB seeks public input on proposed mediation, arbitration rule changes Read More »
People
BMWED's Simpson retains seat on Teamsters' executive board Read More »
Intermodal
L.A. port's police facility scores gold LEED rating Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Washington DOT, Kansas City seek TIGER IV grants for transportation projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD board approves 'hybrid' option for FasTracks northwest line Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA purchases 300 Bombardier cars, employs new procurement process Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA, MassDOT recommend 23 percent fare hike and service cuts Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Missouri begins construction on Osage River bridge Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Metropolitan Transportation Commission signs off on Caltrain electrification funding agreement Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois DOT, UP set to launch more upgrades on Chicago-St. Louis corridor Read More »

March 28

Supplier Spotlight
March 28: Updates from FreightCar America, Axion, STV and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »
Safety
Coalition promotes rail safety in California city Read More »
Class Is
Glen Ellyn joins UP's 'train town' registry Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA to increase fares on April 1 Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR expands quiet-car program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx acquires two CN track segments Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Value of surface-transported trade between NAFTA partners jumped in January, BTS says Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA enables TEX Rail project to enter preliminary engineering stage Read More »

March 27

Passenger Rail
New Mexico Rail Runner to expand weekend service Read More »
People
Haeg joins Rio Grande Pacific as VP of marketing Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak reaches milestone on Niantic River bridge project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Nation needs to upgrade transportation infrastructure now, treasury department report shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
Province to divest Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, cease passenger-rail service Read More »
Passenger Rail
Gov. Cuomo, New York lawmakers agree to fund MTA capital plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland officials OK $21.3 million contract for MARC train storage facility, note February ridership record Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New on ProgressiveRailroading.com: Rail traffic graphics Read More »

March 26

People
Joffrion to head Tennessee DOT's rail office Read More »
Passenger Rail
Puget Sound transit agencies receive 'gold' sustainability standard Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North expands 'quiet car' program on New Haven line Read More »
People
Port association honors Mica as 'person of the year' Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP backs free trade agreement negotiations between Canada, Japan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Design-build contractor selected for Central Mesa light-rail extension Read More »
Labor
Rail labor unions claim BNSF's medical reporting policy violates federal laws; BNSF asserts policy is consistent with labor laws Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Mica introduces three-month extension to SAFETEA-LU Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Economic benefits for Rochester-Twin Cities HSR line would exceed project cost, economic development group says Read More »

March 23

People
Watco installs GM, assistant GM at Wisconsin & Southern Read More »
MOW
Coming March 28: Maintenance of Way Virtual Expo & Conference Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston METRO notes progress on three light-rail lines Read More »
MOW
Tie purchases and production posted growth in February, RTA says Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak: Number of track miles equipped with PTC to more than triple in 2012 Read More »
Mechanical
CN to add 161 locomotives to high-horsepower fleet Read More »
Passenger Rail
Bay area agencies reach agreement with California HSR authority to fund Caltrain electrification Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR week No. 11 report: U.S. carloads continue to lag 2011 Read More »

March 22

Class Is
NS' annual report shows 2011 was 'best-ever year,' Moorman says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Florida East Coast Industries to develop private passenger-rail service Read More »
Labor
SEPTA police officers strike Read More »
Labor
BLET, Volpe Center help further safety study for commuter-rail engineers Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Foothill construction authority issues RFQ for parking facilities Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BTS: Surface transportation trade value among NAFTA partners climbed to 17-year high in 2011 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit notes progress on University Link, Sounder projects Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce was a tad smaller in February, STB data shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
FasTracks committee sides with RTD staff on Northwest Rail Line implementation plan Read More »
MOW
Coming March 28: Maintenance of Way Virtual Conference & Expo Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Florida East Coast Industries to develop private passenger-rail service Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Bay area agencies reach agreement with California HSR authority to fund Caltrain electrification Read More »

March 21

Federal Legislation & Regulation
Mica to propose three-month surface transportation bill extension Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
March 21: Updates from Siemens, Alternative Motive Power Systems, Axion, Hirschmann Automation, RailComm and Alstom Read More »
People
Watco assigns Henderson, Stephenson to GM posts Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA prepares to launch improved peak-period service Read More »
Intermodal
Virginia port pumped up volume in February Read More »
Intermodal
Oklahoma port seeks to add second track Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego MTS logging high passenger counts in current fiscal year Read More »
MOW
Alaska Railroad solicits public feedback on North Pole project's environmental report Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House committee's FY13 resolution 'worst-ever' for transportation, TDD says; House to extend SAFETEA-LU again Read More »

March 20

Passenger Rail
Metrolink to host safety leadership workshop Read More »
C&S
Massachusetts measure would provide funding for quiet zones Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to build underground emergency training center Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP earns rail service award from GM Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA unveils final environmental reports for Westside subway project Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco MTA notes progress, upcoming milestones for Central Subway project Read More »
MOW
Alameda Corridor authority seeks bids for San Gabriel grade separation Read More »
Intermodal
North America's largest container ship calls on Long Beach port Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California senator, former congressman advance proposal to prevent issuance of HSR bonds Read More »

March 19

Supplier Spotlight
March 19: Updates from Samuel Son & Co., HDR and Stella-Jones Read More »
People
Jakubowski joins Anacostia Rail Holdings as CCO Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
TCU's Scardelletti: Senate should restore FTA funding levels in transportation bill, USDOT should provide TIGER IV grant for Metra bridge project Read More »
Class Is
UP upgrades Nebraska line, recognizes Rochelle as first 'train town' registrant Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT report: U.S. transit agencies need more than $20 billion annually for upgrades, maintenance Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA posts strong ridership gains in early 2012 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Short-line tax credit extension not part of Senate's transportation bill, ASLRRA says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT, FTA propose streamlining environmental reviews for some transit projects Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Mineta institute report: Workforce, training and research inadequate to meet the needs of California’s HSR system construction Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Pacific Northwest corridor improvements under way Read More »

March 16

MOW
North Carolina DOT, town officials to revise rail improvement plans Read More »
Intermodal
Canadian government to help fund Montreal port upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
Capitol Corridor posts ridership gain in February Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP to be sole rail service provider for Unimin frac sand plant in Wisconsin Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Federal, local officials mark start of Pacific Northwest corridor construction Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit authorizes $5.2 million contract for Newark station upgrade Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Carloads continue to drop, intermodal remains on the rise for U.S. roads Read More »
Passenger Rail
Funding issues prompt SEPTA to postpone capital projects Read More »

March 15

Class Is
Volkswagen to build warehouse near large Tennessee Passat plant Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index slipped in January, BTS says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak sets new schedule for New Orleans-L.A. Sunset Limited Read More »
Intermodal
L.A.-area ports' volume fell in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
Wisconsin legislative committee rejects maintenance facility plan for new Hiawatha trains Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet refines proposal to close budget shortfall Read More »
People
UP tabs Butler to succeed Koraleski as top marketing and sales exec, reassigns other VPs Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate passes $109 billion surface transportation bill Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Wisconsin legislative committee rejects maintenance facility plan for new Hiawatha trains Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Senate passes $109 billion surface transportation bill Read More »

March 14

Supplier Spotlight
March 14: Updates from Invensys, Thales/Siemens, Axion International, RailComm and Pacer International Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming racks up fewer carloads in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
Leap Day helped TriMet ridership jump in February Read More »
Intermodal
CN to launch Prince Rupert intermodal services in June Read More »
Safety
CSX honors chemical shippers' safety efforts; TRANSCAER continues anhydrous ammonia training tour Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin Cities agency makes case for building third light-rail line Read More »
Class Is
BNSF: Customers cut carbon dioxide emissions by using rail instead of trucks Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA posts highest annual ridership gain in two decades Read More »

March 13

Rail Industry Trends
Shippers Conditions Index flatlined in January, FTR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra adds ticket vending machines at downtown Chicago stations Read More »
MOW
UP to bolster track on Arizona line Read More »
Intermodal
Ocean-liner alliance to call on Tacoma port instead of Seattle harbor Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB schedule speakers for Berkshire/BNSF acquisition hearing Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland Transit Administration boosts service performance on commuter-rail lines Read More »

March 12

Logistics
Rhode Island port elevates standing among North American auto importers, Gov. Chafee says Read More »
C&S
New York DOT schedules public meeting to review CSXT crossing closures Read More »
Passenger Rail
CATS to hold hearing on proposed fare increase Read More »
Class Is
KCS crafts logo to commemorate 125th anniversary Read More »
Passenger Rail
County court dismisses lawsuit against Sound Transit's East Link light-rail project Read More »
Intermodal
Ratner Steel to build plant at NS-served Indiana port Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA commits $900 million to BART Silicon Valley Berryessa project Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA: Annual ridership topped 10 billion for sixth consecutive year Read More »

March 9

Supplier Spotlight
March 9: Updates from RailComm and Gannett Fleming Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS seeks conductor recruits in Pennsylvania Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North plans rail design exhibit at Grand Central Terminal Read More »
People
Hart to head North Carolina DOT's public transportation division Read More »
Intermodal
'Healthy housing' organization to assess CSXT's proposed D.C.-area intermodal facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA completes $307 million in capital projects in FY2012’s first half Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S intermodal volume rose, carloads fell in February Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California high-speed rail project under GAO review Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Poll: Half of California residents support HSR system Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Mineta Transportation Institute issues recommendations for high-speed station planning Read More »

March 8

Supplier Spotlight
March 8: Updates from Wabtec, Kelso, Thales, Michael Baker and Midland; Also, in memorium: James Hornaday Jr. Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica's carloads climbed in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego MTS officers arrest alleged graffiti vandals Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Mississippi Export Railroad lands interest-free loan to build barge-to-rail facility Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver: Crossing collisions and trespassing fatalities fell, but collision deaths climbed in 2011 Read More »
Class Is
CSX a finalist in CivilianJobs.com's best military employer rankings Read More »
Passenger Rail
D.C. airport authority lowers Dulles rail project's preliminary engineering estimate Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Mica: GOP leaders agree on five-year surface transportation bill Read More »

March 7

Rail Industry Trends
International Trade Administration honors TTCI's export achievements Read More »
People
Toronto council dissolves transit board, appoints new one Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
U.S. Conference of Mayors report: Nation's transportation infrastructure needs to keep pace with growing exports Read More »
Intermodal
California port marks completion of track expansion Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit schedules meetings on light-rail expansion, wins federal grant for climate change study Read More »
Mechanical
Oregon DOT's new Amtrak Cascades trains to enter service in fall Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD staff: Build Northwest rail line partway, postpone completion Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP to serve new U.S. Development Group terminal in the Bakken Shale Read More »

March 6

Supplier Spotlight
March 6: Updates from Alstom, Siemens, Harsco, Balfour Beatty, KONE and URS Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco changes intermodal division's name, installs short line GMs Read More »
People
Westhoff joins Florida East Coast as sales and marketing VP Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak measures, records its carbon footprint Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
TSA recognizes 17 rail, mass transit agencies' security efforts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP: February coal train loadings lagged in SPRB, climbed in Colorado/Utah Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA targets ad campaign at congressional action on transportation bill Read More »
Intermodal
Maersk Line, BNSF team up to provide 'Flagship' import container service Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA, southern California transit agencies sign MOU to invest in HSR connecting services Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA signs off on terms and conditions for design/build contractors Read More »

March 5

Supplier Spotlight
March 5: Updates from GE, Lochner, Bombardier, RailTerm, Michael Baker and OPW Read More »
MOW
UP to improve line along Colorado River Read More »
People
Fry named collection curator of Missouri railroad library Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART solicits public comments on fare increase proposals Read More »
Intermodal
L.A. port attains EPA 'climate leadership' honor; Seattle port readies rail corridor sale Read More »
Labor
TCU members ratify pact, BLET and UTU reach tentative agreements Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA board to consider new contracts for streetcar, security projects Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT provides $16.9 million for 12 rail projects Read More »

March 2

Class Is
Sinquefield succeeds Shackleford as head of NS' police department Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP tops Fortune's 'most admired' list for second time Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBCR set on-time performance record in February Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Caltrain officials mark end of $61 million station improvement project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. traffic drops in week No. 8, Iowa Pacific Holdings joins association Read More »
People
HART board approves Grabauskas as CEO, rail project director Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak, TxDOT announce new passenger-rail service study Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP CEO Jim Young takes medical leave of absence; EVP Koraleski to serve as interim CEO Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Caltrain officials mark end of $61 million station improvement project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Chicago-St. Louis HSR route testing to begin in fall, IDOT secretary says Read More »

March 1

Supplier Spotlight
March 1: Updates from Timken, Nomad Digital, Professional Transportation, Boatright and e-Builder Read More »
People
Ruddell elected president of South West Transit Association Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Santa Cruz commission seeks rail operator for UP line in California Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston's METRO posts ridership gain for sixth consecutive month Read More »
Class Is
CSXT honors West Virginia development agency with 'Partnershipping Award' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BTS: Value of cargo moved between NAFTA nations climbed in December Read More »
Class Is
Oregon DOT to pore over 21 rail, seven transit applications seeking state grants Read More »
High-Speed Rail
LaHood: High-speed rail remains a 'major priority' for Obama administration Read More »
High-Speed Rail
LaHood: High-speed rail remains a 'major priority' for Obama administration Read More »
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