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Rail News: September 2006

September 29

KCS creates international personnel services group to govern human resources in the United States and Mexico USDOT to review Amtrak board's performance, expenses BNSF bests average PRB train loadings for 28th-straight week BART invites Balfour Beatty/Mitsui partnership to bid on Oakland Airport people mover system Kazakhstan national railway orders 310 Evolution Series locomotives from GE North American Technologies Group obtains equity financing, restructures debt

September 28

U.S. Class Is increase workforce in August, STB says Pittsburgh port authority to rehab Edgewood Station South African government contracts public-private partners to build, maintain 50-mile passenger-rail line Ethanol producer renovates BNSF spur to prep new Iowa plant for rail service Cleveland RTA to install surveillance systems on 60 vehicles TKDA promotes Deitner to CEO, Montgomery to president

September 27

Houston METRO approves $650 million FY07 budget MARTA to use budget surplus for system improvements San Francisco-area transportation officials testify on $20 billion bond measure CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge to drop below 20 percent for the first time since April Raritan Central to serve biodiesel producer at New Jersey industrial park Kawasaki to mark 20th anniversary in North American market

September 26

MARTA installs interim CEO McCrillis in top post Illinois to fund more Amtrak service downstate UP one of nation's best employers for working mothers, magazine says DHS awards remaining $13 million in FY06 transit security funds American Railcar Leasing orders 1,000 tank cars from American Railcar Industries BNSF receives defense department agency award for supporting National Guard and Reserves

September 25

Sound Transit launches construction on light-rail extension to airport U.S. railroads break weekly intermodal volume record for third time in 2006, AAR says Steelworkers union members ratify three-year CPR pact Tie purchases, production rebound in August after early summer swoon, RTA says Rescar ready to re-open hurricane-damaged car repair shop in Texas Nomad Digital to implement onboard wireless service for U.K.'s Virgin Trains Moore joins RailComm as VP of business development

September 22

More commuters choose public transit in 2006's first half, APTA says Virginia rail agency to analyze freight-rail capacity along Interstate 81 Fare increases and service reductions unlikely in 2007, New York MTA chairman says NJ Transit upgrades wireless and computer-based systems to improve passenger services Congress should create a federal trust fund to help finance freight transportation projects, intermodal coalition says UP among magazine's top 50 employers for Hispanic women

September 21

RailTrends conference coming to New York City next month Five of seven Class Is boost average velocity the past month, Bank of America Securities says UP opens Salt Lake City intermodal terminal League of Railway Industry Women names Forbis 'Woman of the Year' WMATA opens elevator and escalator training facility Bombardier caps off TRAXX locomotive product line with new diesel-electric model VIA Rail appoints Smith as director

September 20

Government entities, railroads reach new three-year funding pact for Chicago's CREATE program San Francisco Muni, LA MTA obtain state authority to reprimand fare evaders Cleveland RTA upgrades Shaker Square station, light-rail median CSXT, NS receive engineering excellence honors at AREMA's annual conference Jarosinski to succeed Cooper as Portec Rail's president and CEO Bombardier adds predictive maintenance program to service offerings TRANSCAER presents regional achievement award to Pennsylvania arm

September 19

CN contributes $500,000 to University of Saskatchewan for agricultural safety program RailComm installs CTC on Music City Star corridor NS adds three Memphis lanes to Modal-X intermodal offering NJ Transit to upgrade River LINE signal system for late-night trains

September 18

No lapse in U.S. roads' intermodal loads despite Labor Day, AAR says Hughes to leave Amtrak Passengers give thumbs up to LA MTA's service and safety, survey says CPR promotes three execs Miami-Dade Transit continues to seek public feedback on proposed East-West corridor Federal and state transportation agencies are behind the times in the new intermodal age, ITI's Carmichael says Bombardier, March Networks team up to develop on-board passenger-rail security system

September 15

Senate passes own version of port security bill Houston METRO to drop fare passes, reduce discounts New York/New Jersey port sets cargo volume record in 2006's first half CTA to review options for extending three subway lines Hiawatha line carries 1 million passengers in August NJ Transit to build park-and-ride lot, platforms on Montclair-Boonton Line Genesee & Wyoming's 'same railroad' carloads decline in August RailComm nearly sextuples revenue, triples profits in first-half FY2006

September 14

Senate committee signs off on three-year, $3.5 billion transit security amendment NJ Transit to extend Hudson-Bergen line CTA to connect, modify Blue and Red lines DHS chooses firms to develop nuclear material-detecting system for border-crossing cargo UP to add staging tracks at Arizona industrial park Kelso Technologies delivers pressure relief valves to tank car builder

September 13

Amtrak completes Keystone Corridor upgrades in Pennsylvania FRA stats show U.S. roads continue to prevent accidents and fatalities, AAR says TriMet tops 1 million passengers on airport line for first time RailAmerica registers fewer carloads in August Nordco acquires MOW equipment refurbisher J.E.R. Overhaul APTA emergency response program attracts more than 125 transit agencies and suppliers Cox joins Wabtec as VP of corporate development

September 12

FTA signs off on North Shore Connector grant for Pittsburgh port authority BNSF breaks coal loading record in August WMATA to roll out new cars, ramp up service Greenbrier acquires Rail Car America's repair shops, short line Indiana transportation district to analyze operations in Chicago ALSTOM to supply 37 regional trains for German railway Triple Crown Services tops logistics magazine's intermodal provider list

September 11

Ground transportation security spending will increase in coming years, report says California Transportation Commission allocates millions for transit-rail projects Kansas City Southern closes two more public crossings in Mississippi Sound Transit obtains federal grant for 'talking' sign system RailComm to install interlocking control system at NJ Transit's Morrisville yard Foundation Coal Holdings acquires unit-train loading facility in West Virginia

September 8

San Diego transit district posts record ridership in August U.S., Canadian railroads register traffic gains in August, AAR says ATU-represented Utah Transit Authority workers sign off on three-year contract Class I workforce shrinks for first time in 2006 Caltrain offers sneak peek at 20-year capital improvement program Network Rail extends Harsco's contracts to manage, maintain rail grinder fleet in U.K.

September 6

Bush picks Peters to be next U.S. transportation secretary Federal Highway Administration to release federal funds for 'Heartland' double-stack container corridor DART launches construction on system expansion BNSF banks on GPS-equipped locomotives to speed switching operations San Diego transit district seeks public feedback on transit-oriented development proposals CSXT to host first e-business customer forum SEPTA unveils 1,000-space parking garage STV Group acquires Ralph Whitehead Associates

September 5

Nashville's Music City Star commuter-rail line to debut in mid-September U.S. railroads set weekly intermodal volume record a second time in 2006, AAR says Claflin steps down as North Carolina rail authority's GM KCSM funds portion of cost to build overpass in Mexican city Santa Clara VTA to conduct organizational assessment UP to speed up trains in Louisiana, Texas towns

September 1

KCS hires firm to manage real estate holdings St. Louis Metro launches service on Cross County extension BNSF promotes two to succeed retiring execs Amtrak contracts Duos Technologies to install surveillance system in D.C. Southwest Signal Engineering acquires Superior Signal Design Florida East Coast installs wireless monitoring systems on locomotives << Previous Next >>
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