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Connecticut DOT chief: We need LRT

Citing the successful re-introduction of light rail transit to cities nationwide, Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Joseph Marie has called for the Nutmeg State to invest in LRT to keep the state economically competitive.

Freight traffic declines yet again in latest week

The slump continued for U.S. railroad freight traffic during the week ended February 21, compared with traffic in 2008, the Association of American Railroads reports. U.S carload freight fell 14.2% from the comparable week in 2008, with declines of 12.8% in the West and 16.0% in the East.

Freight traffic declines again (Feb. 21, 2009)

The slump continued for U.S. railroad freight traffic during the week ended February 21, compared with traffic in 2008, the Association of American Railroads reports. U.S carload freight fell 14.2% from the comparable week in 2008, with declines of 12.8% in the West and 16.0% in the East.

St. Louis eyes stimulus funds to soften transit cuts

Facing $45 million in service cuts targeted for light rail and bus operations by March 30, St. Louis officials are seeking ways to apply $12 million in federal stimulus funds to blunt the budget knife. The $12 million, if able to be applied to operations, “means that close to a quarter of the deficit will be resolved if this switch goes through, and that’s going to go to restoring service,” said D.J. Wilson, a spokesman for East West Gateway Council of Governments, in St. Louis.

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St. Louis eyes stimulus funds to soften transit cuts

Facing $45 million in service cuts targeted for light rail and bus operations by March 30, St. Louis officials are seeking ways to apply $12 million in federal stimulus funds to blunt the budget knife. The $12 million, if able to be applied to operations, “means that close to a quarter of the deficit will be resolved if this switch goes through, and that’s going to go to restoring service,” said D.J. Wilson, a spokesman for East West Gateway Council of Governments, in St. Louis.

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Austin rail debut faces further delay

Austin, Tex.’s Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority says testing and training for its 32-mile passenger rail line is behind schedule, and could further delay the route’s operational debut, currently set for March 30.

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February 2009

  February 10, 2009 NJ Transit sets sights on more EMUs After investing heavily in Bombardier multilevel cars to augment its passenger rail fleet, New Jersey Transit now says it’s ready to

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Portec pleased with 4Q, full-year results

Portec RailProducts, Inc. Thursday said its unaudited fourth-quarter net income was $1.5 million, or 16 cents a share, up 32% from $1.15 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.

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Portec pleased with 4Q, full-year results

Portec RailProducts, Inc. Thursday said its unaudited fourth-quarter net income was $1.5 million, or 16 cents a share, up 32% from $1.15 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. The company also