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Rail News: January 2007

January 31

UP: Long-time chairman and 47-year veteran Davidson retires; president and CEO Young assumes chairmanship

Parsons Brinckerhoff to design Norfolk light-rail line

CSXI's fuel surcharge to fall, UP's to rise in February

Metrolink appoints Roberts and Millhouse as chairman, vice chairman

CN EVP and 'precision railroading' practitioner Harris retires

Bombardier to build 140 coaches for Swiss railway

January 30

CPR registers revenue and income gains, reins in operating costs

California high-speed authority contracts environmental/engineering teams for three segments

WMATA to implement new safety program

KCS sets '07 capital spending budget at $150 million, schedules Web site launch for February

Canadian Auto Workers-represented CN workers ratify four-year contracts

HDR to determine feasibility of streetcars in Cincinnati

January 29

STB's new rule requires railroads to correlate fuel surcharges with shipments' diesel costs

North American tie purchases set record in '06, post largest year-over-year gain in two decades

Houston METRO, Washington Group to negotiate design/build contract for four new lines

FRA issues advisory to prevent MOW-equipment train accidents

Capitol Corridor authority appoints Williams chairman; Courville, vice chairman

UP appoints Robinson to oversee Metra commuter-rail operations in Chicago

Griffin Wheel upgrades Kansas plant to boost production capacity

January 26

Shorris to serve second stint as New York/New Jersey port authority's executive director

Rail industry deregulation champion and former congressman Smathers dies

New Mexico agency to launch service on last leg of Rail Runner Express

WMATA swears in Catoe as GM, elects Deegan as chairman

CSX appoints Brown, Marks to VP posts

GATX Rail boosts '06 fleet utilization rate to 99 percent

South Africa's Spoornet to install TransCore's AEI system on 80,000 rail cars

January 25

UP sets annual and fourth-quarter revenue, income records

MBTA completes Uphams Corner station improvements

New York/New Jersey port authority's on-dock terminals set container volume record in 2006

NJ Transit expands scope of design work for Newark Penn Station project

Freight-rail shipper coalition elects officers

Bombardier to build more MOVIA metro trains for Romanian agency

January 24

NS sets four financial records in quarter, three in 2006

CN's industry-best operating ratio drops to a record 60.7 in 2006

NJ Transit considers fare increase to offset higher operating expenses in FY2008

Caltrain's ticket prices to rise for third time in two years

Washington state's long-term port initiative addresses rail capacity constraints

San Francisco railway boots up redesigned Web site

January 23

BNSF registers record fourth-quarter earnings, income

CSX drives up revenue and earnings, drives down operating ratio

UP, NS to offer new L.A.-to-Atlanta intermodal service

FTA blesses draft environmental impact statement for New York/New Jersey THE tunnel

Belgian railway orders 60 locomotives from Siemens

January 22

FRA issues safety advisory on yard crossings, rulemaking on rail line relocation/improvement program

New York/New Jersey AirTrain lines set ridership records in 2006

Rail-car orders, deliveries and backlog fall in fourth quarter, ARCI says

Interfleet Technology acquires Canadian engineering firm LDK

RMI increases railroad customer roster to more than 340

January 19

New Jersey governor appoints committee to conduct national search for NJ Transit chief

U.S., Canadian railroads report traffic declines for second-straight week

Congress considers funding FY2007 transit program at FY2006 level

Trinity's Rail Group sets quarterly backlog record at 38,850 cars

Minnesota, New York railroad associations elect officers

January 18

UP to serve new ethanol plants in Idaho, Oregon

Retirement earnings bill becomes law

New intermodal terminal at southern California airport on BNSF's agenda

UP to test filtering canister on locomotive in L.A.

A. Stucki acquires RJ Rail Services, wins two marketing awards

Amsted Rail International appoints Cummings GM of Australian division

January 17

FRA, private-sector partners to develop federal design standards for stronger chemical-carrying tank cars

Senators reintroduce Amtrak investment, improvement bill

BNSF to condense California trackwork into four-week project

WMATA begins Navy Yard station improvements

CN's GTW territory workers ratify five-year agreement

North Carolina Railroad, Jamestown partner to build pedestrian underpass

January 16

CTA rail ridership increases 4.5 percent in 2006

CN, Canadian Auto Workers negotiate three tentative agreements

UP sets annual coal tonnage record in Southern Powder River Basin

CSXI rolls out free-time program, capacity management system to reduce terminal congestion

TriMet to prep public for I-205 light-rail construction

USDOT appoints Brecht-Clark, Dillingham and Row to administrative posts

January 15

Sound Transit signs off on long-term expansion plan

Metra, UTU reach seven-year agreement for conductors, assistant conductors

Ohio rail commission approves three freight-rail projects

House bill proposes $1.5 billion for WMATA

BLET members create short-line committee

GE - Equipment Services acquires Terion

January 12

AAR data shows North American railroads stumble out of freight-traffic starting gate

Cleveland RTA boosts ridership for fourth-straight year

San Francisco Muni to launch weekend service on T-THIRD extension

CSXT names Sanborn VP of Northern Region

North Star Rail to use RailRunner's terminal equipment at new Minnesota intermodal facility

TrinityRail to build rail cars, manage fleet for ethanol producer

Timken to supply bearings to Bombardier for Spanish railway's high-speed locomotives

January 11

CTA to replace Loop signal system, reopen renovated Kimball Station

November's Transportation Services Index plummets to second-lowest level in two years

New Mexico agencies to build Rail Runner station

AnsaldoBreda to reorganize North American operations, relocate headquarters

NS joins U.S. Army's post-military job placement program

GE to modernize 20 diesel electric locomotives for European leasing firm

CPR to phase in Lewis Bolt & Nut fastener as screw spike of choice

January 10

DHS to grant $373 million for transit and port security programs in FY2007

Consortium sells Estonian railroad stake back to nation's government

Greenbrier's earnings, rail-car deliveries and backlog fall in first fiscal quarter

Bombardier to refurbish light-rail vehicles for Utah Transit Authority

Illinois to join Midwestern passenger-rail advocacy group

10East introduces Internet-based mapping service

January 9

FRA approves BNSF's PTC system, marks first authorization since 2005's train-control regulation revisions

Surface transportation security bill enters Senate

USDOT seeks to help states enact public-private partnership laws, spur transportation infrastructure investment

BNSF sets coal tonnage record in 2006

Iowa DOT, Illinois county OK funds to improve infrastructure for proposed ethanol plants

MBTA to purchase locomotives, commuter-rail coaches

January 8

Schumer to re-introduce rail safety bill in Senate

Sound Transit awards $38.9 million design pact for University Link extension

STB appoints Buttrey, Saylor and Zimmerman to new positions

Vest assumes Grossman's government, industry affairs responsibilities at Genesee & Wyoming

Lat-Lon lands another U.S. patent for wireless tracking, monitoring device

January 5

U.S. railroads break freight volume, intermodal traffic records in 2006

Public transit ridership continues climb through 2006's first three quarters

Ragot to join FreightCar America as COO, succeed Carroll as top officer in April

Utah Transit Authority to extend light-rail line to Salt Lake City intermodal hub

Wisconsin shipper coalition calls on Congress to address 'unfair' rail rate hikes, 'inadequate' coal deliveries

RailWorks names Brace EVP, Bennett AVP of track systems division

January 4

NYCT President Reuter resigns to assume Parsons Brinckerhoff post

Pittsburgh port authority proposes fare hikes, job cuts and service changes to balance budget

Iowa Interstate acquires Lincoln & Southern Railroad

Chealander joins National Transportation Safety Board

InTrade International wins crane, rail-car mover orders in Venezuela

January 3

South Florida RTA surpasses 3 million passenger mark for first time

Tacoma port, German institute develop software to monitor intermodal yard capacity

WMATA expands off-peak Yellow Line service

Scott, Poundstone join KCS as accounting department AVPs

3PL helps relieve produce growers' transportation headaches

January 2

TCU, Amtrak reach agreement covering reservation sales agents

CN and CPR exceed grain revenue caps in latest crop year, Canadian Transportation Agency says

BNSF Logistics acquires Pro-Am Transportation Services

Santa Clara VTA to renovate downtown San Jose station

Home Depot honors Hub Group as intermodal carrier, innovator of the year

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