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Montana Rail Link taps 10East

10East Corp. says Montana Rail Link, Inc. has chosen to use the RailDOCS™ Preventive Maintenance Management System (PMMS) in support of preventive maintenance and government compliance activities in its signal department.

Balfour Beatty Rail lands two Denver RTD work orders

Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc.’s Transit division says it has successfully negotiated the first two work orders in its systems on-call services contract with the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD), with a combined value in excess of $16 million. Both work orders have a completion date of Oct. 31, 2010.

Freight traffic on U.S. railroads struggles

U.S. railroads reported that freight volume during the week ended Feb. 14 was once again down in comparison with last year, according to the Association of American Railroads. Carload freight fell 12.2% from the level achieved in the comparable week of 2008, though AAR noted carload volume for the week reached its highest level so far in 2009 and was up 6.2% from the previous week ended February 7.

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LaHood: We’re committed to HSR

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood says the Obama Administration is committed to high speed rail not just as a recipient of short-term stimulus funding, but for the long fun as well, and seeks to expand HSR in “five or six regions” in the U.S.

New York MTA: No. 7 tunneling on target

Thursday, March 19, 2009, marked the official beginning of the tunneling phase of MTA New York City Transit’s Line 7 subway extension project. With a who’s-who of politicians looking on, MTA Capital Construction lowered a key part of the first of two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will excavate two 7,100-foot tunnels. The piece lowered Thursday is known as the cutter head and has 44 rotating discs.

STB reversal on BNSF coal rate case: How serious?

The Surface Transportation Board has reversed a prior decision in longstanding litigation between BNSF Railway and Western Fuels/Laramie River, ruling that BNSF’s rates for a short-haul coal movement out of the Powder River Basin are unreasonable. The ruling reversed a fall 2007 decision in which STB determined that the rates were reasonable. Western Fuels originally challenged the rate reasonableness in 2004 for a coal move BNSF has termed “unusual.”

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STB reversal on BNSF coal rate case: How serious?

The Surface Transportation Board has reversed a prior decision in longstanding litigation between BNSF Railway and Western Fuels/Laramie River, ruling that BNSF’s rates for a short-haul coal movement out of the Powder River Basin are unreasonable. The ruling reversed a fall 2007 decision in which STB determined that the rates were reasonable. Western Fuels originally challenged the rate reasonableness in 2004 for a coal move BNSF has termed “unusual.”

AARS scholarships for MSU Railway Management Program

Two American Association of Railroad Superintendents-sponsored scholarships are available for Class III railroad employees interested in attending the Michigan State University Certificate Course in Railway Management.

Calgary LRT notches one-billion rider mark

Calgary, Alberta’s C-Train light rail service, which opened in 1981, officially recorded its 1 billionth passenger Wednesday, as officials also noted the system now carries 280,000 riders per weekday.

Amtrak outlines “near-term” equipment needs

Amid a laundry list of capital equipment needs, Amtrak has identified roughly $1.42 billion in “near-term equipment needs” submitted as part of its fiscal year 2010 budget request to grow national intercity rail service.

CSX stretches timetable for Jacksonville intermodal plan

CSX Corp. will delay its construction of a new intermodal container transfer facility in its headquarters city of Jacksonville, Fla., by six months to a year. The planned terminal, originally set to open in 2011, will handle sea/rail container traffic with TraPac Container Terminal and Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd.

Two short lines tap 10East PMMS system

10EastCorp. announced Wednesday that both the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad and theBelt Railway Company of Chicago have chosen the company’s RailDOCSTM PreventiveMaintenance Management System (PMMS) in support of preventive maintenance andgovernment compliance logistics for their signal requirements.  This includes the Tests &Inspections System and the Configuration Management System.

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Two short lines tap 10East PMMS system

10EastCorp. announced Wednesday that both the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad and the Belt Railway Company of Chicago have chosen the company’s RailDOCSTM Preventive Maintenance Management System (PMMS) in support of preventive maintenance and government compliance logistics for their signal requirements. This includes the Tests & Inspections System and the Configuration Management System.

FreightCar America expects downturn in 2009

FreightCar America President and CEO Chris Ragot says the company expects  ”a significant reduction in railcar deliveries” in 2009, but after a strong finish in 2008 is well-positioned  to ride out the downturn.