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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

CSXI, UP to reduce fuel surcharges in February

January 30

ProgressiveRailroading.com sports new look, provides more content

Maryland Transit Administration to expand nighttime MARC service

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

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

CPR, auto workers union reach accord to avert strike

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

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

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

January 24

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

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

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

January 22

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

Updates from Siemens, Bombardier and RailComm

January 21

Amtrak reaches tentative pact with eight unions

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

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway boosts BNSF stake to 18.2 percent

Virginia Railway Express elects 2008 officers

January 18

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

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

January 16

ProgressiveRailroading.com introduces audio interviews

Supreme Court backs unions' position on unpaid leave

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

January 15

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

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

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

January 14

Canadian Auto Workers members OK strike mandate at CPR

MARTA to conduct system-wide safety review

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

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

January 10

WMATA ponders passenger car designs

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

BART names deVaughn deputy GM

Watco adds Reload to growing portfolio

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

January 9

MBTA to overhaul three bridges

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

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

January 8

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

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

Electrical workers' union ratifies CN contract

January 7

Stillwater Central MOW workers join BMWED

Caltrain appoints Hartnett chairman, Gage vice chairman

Seven UTU board members urge union president to support SMWIA merger

January 4

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

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

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

Genesee & Wyoming completes Maryland Midland Railway deal

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