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Rail News: January 2008

January 31

California, Tennessee/Georgia high-speed proponents take a lesson from Asian operators

New York MTA board signs off on LIRR contracts

STB extends EIS comment period on CN/EJ&E deal to Feb. 15

CSXI, UP to reduce fuel surcharges in February

UP to speed up trains in Texas town

Allegheny County port authority names Behrman AGM of planning

January 30

ProgressiveRailroading.com sports new look, provides more content

Kansas City Southern de México budgets $251 million for '08 capex

Amtrak evaluates service changes in key Virginia corridors

Maryland Transit Administration to expand nighttime MARC service

BNSF's capex budget slightly smaller in '08

Tie production and purchases tumble in December, remain down for '07

Metro-North receives high customer satisfaction marks in 2007

NS: Dimino to assume VP-audit and compliance post; Carter to retire

January 29

BNSF pays the price for soaring fuel costs with high quarterly expenses, operating ratio

Rail-car orders up in fourth quarter, but expect decline in '08, EPA says

CPR weathers severe storms, high diesel prices in the expenses and income columns

Greater Cleveland RTA's rail ridership spikes in 2007

Quebec's Tshiuetin railway to obtain $12 million from Canadian government

UP to install digital cameras on 1,600 locomotives in 2008

Updates from Amsted Rail, Harsco Track Technologies, Siemens, NICE Systems and RailComm

January 28

North County Transit District delays SPRINTER opening

CPR, auto workers union reach accord to avert strike

BNSF marks first revenue-service coal train equipped with electronically controlled pneumatic brakes

NJ Transit opens Pennsylvania yard facilities

MBTA to test WiFi on commuter-rail line

Arizona Railroad Group appoints Scott Parkinson president and CEO

Greenbrier to acquire American Allied Railway's assets

January 25

UTU, carriers' conference finally hammer out tentative contract

Container volume down or even at three West Coast ports in '07

CTA adjusts contract to include additional car features

U.S. railroads register carload gain for second-straight week, AAR says

New York/New Jersey port authority takes wraps off new rail-car design

Updates from Trinity Industries, Bombardier, Talgo, Savi Technology and Unitrac Railroad Materials

January 24

UP shakes off severe storms' effects to set revenue, income records

House bill proposes transportation funding for trade corridors

Construction projects cause CTA rail ridership to drop in 2007

UTA obtains three honors for FrontRunner project

UP to upgrade track on key Missouri line

NJ Transit signalmen ratify new contract

Updates from RailWorks, HLS Systems, GATX and Thomas Group

January 23

NS sets revenue, earnings and income records

CN drives up income, drives down expenses despite headwinds

St. Louis Metro, contractor joint venture settle lawsuit

Virginia rail agency, NS pony up $57 million to spruce up key rail corridor

CN, UTU agree on tentative contract for 600 U.S. workers

NJ Transit's Mount Arlington Station open for business

TCU members ratify LIRR contract

FreightCar America teams up with Titagarh to build rail cars in India

January 22

CSX in '07: Record revenue, best operating ratio in a decade

Deutsche Bahn to acquire U.K. passenger-rail operator

Canadian government issues transit security grants

TTCI, Canadian research council to help Brazil's VALE increase axle loads

Light-rail excerpt cut from surface transportation commission's report, National Corridors Initiative says

Rail contractors association, unions forge new labor agreement

Updates from Siemens, Bombardier and RailComm

January 21

Amtrak reaches tentative pact with eight unions

Ohio rail commission OKs action plan, project funds

KCS, industrial park partners to open K.C. intermodal facility in March

Advocacy group pushes for restoration of Amtrak's New Orleans-to-Orlando service

CN didn't meet service obligations for six grain shippers in prior crop year, feds say

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway boosts BNSF stake to 18.2 percent

Virginia Railway Express elects 2008 officers

January 18

Illinois lawmakers pass transit funding, reform bill

AAR on Week No. 2: Carloads up in U.S., way up in Canada

Algoma Central obtains another $4.2 million in federal operating funds

STB changes calculation method for rail industry's cost of equity

VIA Rail's 'Canadian' among world's 'Top 25' trains, rail travelers' society says

Updates from Texas Railcar Leasing, Alstom, TÜVRheinland, David J. Joseph Co. and Brookville Equipment

January 17

Denver RTD seeks alternatives for FasTracks properties

Steelworkers union ratifies CN contract

Illinois Commerce Commission to fund four crossing projects

Report suggests ways New York MTA can bolster labor/management ties

Alstom-led consortium to build high-speed line in Argentina

BLET-represented engineers give thumbs up to LIRR contract

MISCOR Group acquires American Motive Power

South Dakota corn growers honor the DM&E's Schieffer as agricultural MVP

January 16

Commission calls for new transportation program, funding mechanisms

ProgressiveRailroading.com introduces audio interviews

Tacoma Rail receives more than $750,000 from USDOT

Oregon's TriMet promotes Hanson to senior operations manager

Supreme Court backs unions' position on unpaid leave

Updates from North American Technologies, RailComm, Optelecom-NKF and Knorr-Bremse

January 15

FTA awards $6.3 million to maglev developer

Short lines' carloads decline in '07, RMI index shows

California ports OK cargo fee to help fund projects

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority signs off on six-year plan

TTCI to supply wheel/rail measurement system for Chinese high-speed lines

BNSF recognizes top diverse enterprise-certified suppliers

Ohio Central logs another double-digit traffic gain in '07

January 14

Canadian Auto Workers members OK strike mandate at CPR

Miami-Dade Transit to hold contractor meeting for Metrorail extension

MARTA to conduct system-wide safety review

KCSM marks intermodal facility's opening in Mexico

Genesee & Wyoming's carloads fall in '07's final month, quarter

Alaska Railroad to detail '08 capital project plans

Updates from Rochester Signal, RMI, Thales Group and Unitrac

January 11

AAR carload data: Railroads off to slow start in '08's first week

High-speed rail study garners funds, VIA Rail gains holiday riders

Transportation Services Index notches a small gain in November

WMATA proposes $1.7 billion FY09 budget

GATX lands car supply, equity interest deals with Providence and Worcester

TSA appoints Rossides to permanent deputy administrator post

AAR analyzes decade's worth of rail trends in annual book

January 10

Construction costs soar for Twin Cities' Central Corridor project

UP revamps, staffs northern region public affairs office

WMATA ponders passenger car designs

BNSF partners with Vehicle Projects to develop a hydrogen fuel-cell switcher

BART names deVaughn deputy GM

Busalacchi will keynote first-ever 'Carmichael' transportation conference

Watco adds Reload to growing portfolio

Updates from National Railway Equipment, Alstom, GATX, Wabtec and FLS Transportation

January 9

Short-line tax credits in limbo, but not for long, lobbyist says

Value of goods flowing across U.S. borders hits all-time high in October

MBTA to overhaul three bridges

Butzelaar succeeds van der Burch as Southern Railway of B.C. president

Construction to begin on NJ Transit station-area project

Rail-served ethanol plants to open in Ohio, Minnesota

Updates from RailComm, Digital Concepts, Amsted Rail, Greenbrier and Lenord + Bauer

January 8

Presidential Emergency Board releases contract recommendations; eight unions impose Amtrak strike deadline

BNSF in '07: new coal loading record, another 'perfect' peak season for UPS

Metro-North, LIRR set ridership and on-time performance records in 2007

Roanoke intermodal facility means more jobs and tax revenue, Virginia rail office says

Stella-Jones lays groundwork to acquire Burke-Parsons-Bowlby

Amtrak analyzes feasibility of Quad Cities-to-Chicago line

NITL names Sandberg interim president

Electrical workers' union ratifies CN contract

January 7

FRA OKs $3 million RRIF loan for Columbia Basin

New York/New Jersey port authority to hike ticket prices

Stillwater Central MOW workers join BMWED

Caltrain appoints Hartnett chairman, Gage vice chairman

Seven UTU board members urge union president to support SMWIA merger

STB chooses Quinlan, FreightCar America tabs Matthews to succeed retiring execs

January 4

FRA collects fines from CSXT, challenges Class I to instill safety culture

Christmas travelers help BART set holiday ridership record on SFO extension

Second-highest carload count still adds up to year-over-year loss for U.S. roads, AAR says

Keating succeeds Russack as BNSF Foundation president

ProLogis to develop rail-served distribution park in London

RailWorks promotes Kennedy, Bennett

January 3

South Florida RTA sets ridership record in 2007

U.S., Canadian railroads continue to report opposite carloading results

San Francisco Muni to upgrade tunnel track, improve station

Patriot Rail acquires Utah Central Railway

WMATA's Keele to oversee safety department

CSXI's fuel surcharge falls, UP's rises in January

Portec Rail, Kennedy/Jenks and Patrick Engineering announce personnel changes

January 2

U.S. Class Is expand workforce in November, STB data shows

Houston METRO transitions to new fare structure, media

CPR went over, CN stayed under federal grain revenue caps last year

MBTA to provide wireless service in select subway stations, tunnels

Genesee & Wyoming completes Maryland Midland Railway deal

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