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Rail News: October 2006

October 31

KCS' revenue and income climb, expenses fall in third quarter

Metrolink hits 100-million-passenger mark

BART launches construction on Dublin Transit Center parking garage

Iowa Northern Railway to receive $25.5 million RRIF loan

RailAmerica registers revenue, income gains despite traffic losses in third quarter

STB issues new rules governing large railroad rate cases

RailWorks appoints Patterson, Rothschild to L.K. Comstock senior management posts

October 30

FRA issues final rule to limit locomotive cab noise

Amtrak tweaks timetables on several routes

KCS promotes three execs at U.S., Mexican railroads

Canadian government to provide millions for tribal passenger-rail operation

LIRR unveils intermodal center in Mineola

GE Rail Services to acquire Allrail Services' assets

Brickle to manage TTCI's London research center

October 27

BNSF honors three short lines with annual achievement awards

Caltrain backs transportation ballot measures

North County Transit District testing SPRINTER DMUs

STB should reconsider changes to rate challenge guidelines, agricultural consortium says

Union Switch & Signal lands short line's re-signaling contract, continues train-control work for regional

Intermodal pioneer, Pacer founder Orris to retire as firm's CEO within a year

International Paint opens Pittsburgh distribution center

October 26

CN might not honor passenger-rail service expansion agreement, Amtrak says

UP, CSXT move first dedicated produce unit train between Washington state and New York

WMATA to test electric emergency-response vehicle

FreightCar America obtains order for more coal cars, rings up more sales in third quarter

UTA carries 50-millionth TRAX passenger, seeks feedback on proposed extension

Wabtec boosts sales, income and earnings in third quarter

Portec Rail to distribute Highland Tank's oil/water separators to the rail industry

October 25

NS' third-quarter operating ratio of 70.1 matches nine-year-old record

Bombardier lands billion-dollar order to supply commuter trains for France's SNCF

NJ Transit to add, adjust train service on several lines

Pennsylvania DOT provides $20 million for freight-rail projects

DART signs off on new long-range plan

UP to speed up freight, passenger trains in three Texas towns

Canadian railway association releases annual publication on freight-, passenger-rail statistics

October 24

BNSF sets revenue, income and volume records in third quarter

NS, plaintiffs to settle personal injury class action suit pertaining to last year's Graniteville derailment

Third-quarter results show CPR increases revenue, contains costs

Transportation improvements a high priority in southern California, regional council says

Union Switch & Signal boots up dispatching software for CSXT

The Andersons appoints Moschella to direct rail group's operations

October 23

U.S. Class Is boost workforce in September

WMATA appoints Requa acting GM to succeed Tangherlini

U.S. railroads register ninth-highest weekly intermodal volume, AAR says

Metro-North completes Beacon Station improvements

BNSF's on-dock container loadings surpass 1 million mark

CTA to install ticket vending machine at Metra Station

CIT Group appoints Keasling SVP, Kearby VP of CIT Rail

October 20

CN sets operating ratio record of 57.4 in third quarter

TriMet to launch construction on commuter-rail line

New York/New Jersey ports increase spending, scope of freight-rail capacity program

UP forms auto racing-like pit crew to speed up run-through train duties at Nebraska yard

Harney joins CTA as EVP of construction/maintenance

New York/New Jersey port authority to begin acquiring property for THE Tunnel

Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern locomotive engineers join the BLET

October 19

UP sets all-time operating revenue and income records in third quarter

FRA schedules compliance date for CWR joint bar inspection regulation

CTA provides additional funds for Wilson Station project design

CSXT wins American Honda's annual 'rail destination' award

Chilean agency opens new Metro line

Railinc seeks buyer for RailSync software suite

IEEE to develop standard for calculating transit-rail vehicle braking distances

October 18

CSX registers record revenue and income, reduces operating ratio into the 70s in third quarter

Metro-North's reverse-commute, off-peak ridership exceeds NYC-bound passenger count for the first time

GO Transit reaches one-billion passenger mark

GE's rail services unit names Wileman president, CEO

CTA contracts Edwards and Kelcey to manage signal, traction power project

SWAT to install surveillance systems on Capitol Corridor trains

McQuillan joins Optimization Alternatives as SVP

October 17

National intercity passenger railroad registers FY06 ridership, revenue gains

BNSF contracts development partner for Kansas logistics park, manager for domestic chassis pool

Grand Trunk Western territory trainmen ratify UTU, CN contract

Orange County Transportation Authority hires Parsons Brinckerhoff to oversee Metrolink expansion

CIT Rail acquires Bombardier's rail-car leasing division

Progress Rail Services CEO Ainsworth to serve as Caterpillar VP

FRA releases report, co-produces trucker tip cards to prevent crossing incidents

Bombardier-led consortium to supply driverless vehicles to Malaysian transit agency

October 16

ARCI: Rail-car orders and backlog climb, deliveries fall in third quarter

Rhode Island to place transit funding measure on November ballot

Illinois to fund additional Chicago-to-St. Louis Amtrak trains

Greenbrier acquires Meridian Rail Services, forms freight car-building joint venture with Mexican firm

MARTA implements business automation program

STB issues final environmental statement on Tongue River's proposed Montana coal line

RailComm installs remote-control derail system at Ohio CSXT yard

Signal Training Solutions to relocate to larger facility

October 13

BNSF and CSX to create coast-to-coast intermodal corridor, expand route's capacity

CTA proposes $1.1 billion 2007 spending plan, recommends capital projects

Canada earmarks more than $500 million for western intermodal corridor initiative

Genesee & Wyoming, RailAmerica register fewer 'same railroad' carloads in September

Virginia to pony up $1.3 million for shippers' freight-rail projects

NBC Universal, Inova Computers to provide 'infotainment' in PATH stations and cars

Smiths Detection, RedXDefense team up to create explosives detection system for transit industry

October 12

CTA to issue $275 million in bonds to help fund capital program

NJ Transit gears up for multi-level train service

CN's freight forwarding subsidiary enters China

Oklahoma agency mulls commuter-rail line between Tulsa, Broken Arrow

MBTA to add trains on Lowell commuter-rail line

STB schedules public hearing to review grain transportation issues

Long-time Santa Maria Valley owner sells railroad's assets to Coast Belle Rail

October 11

Wisconsin & Southern to serve fourth ethanol plant in Badger State

North Carolina's Triangle Transit Authority appoints King interim GM

Portec Rail acquires Vulcan Chain's railroad-related product line

Transit agencies, financial firms can team up to offer contactless fare payment system, Smart Card Alliance says

Containerization & Intermodal Institute names Yeager, Vitarana 2006 Connie Award winners

G&B Specialties co-founder Griffiths resigns from Global Railway's board

October 10

CTA's ridership, customer satisfaction up on two routes

CPR takes home American Honda's rail performance award

MARTA introduces permanent 'Breeze' smart cards

Electro-Motive Diesel to acquire Scottish firm's EMD-related business

CN, UTU reach tentative terms on five-year pact for Grand Trunk Western yardmasters

Denver university's intermodal institute sets enrollment record for executive master's program

Skanska-led consortium to upgrade Prague line

October 9

St. Louis Metro carries half a million more passengers in September

BNSF breaks system-wide coal loading record in September

Illinois to add another Amtrak train to downstate route

Wabtec purchases Schaefer Equipment for $36 million

August's Transportation Services Index slips by widest month-over-month margin in five years

Bombardier to build another 42 double-deck cars for German transit agency

DMJM Harris acquires Korve Engineering

October 6

Congress signs off on FY2007 homeland security funding but still needs to approve transit appropriations bill

UP reaches pact with state to build intermodal terminal in New Mexico

FRA proposes passenger-car safety regulations

U.S. railroads' carload, intermodal unit counts continued to climb in September, AAR says

St. Louis Metro, Pittsburgh port authority obtain DHS security grants

Schwarzenegger signs California's rail security bill

UP shuffles transportation department staff

MBTA to randomly inspect passengers' bags

October 5

CPR appoints Lambert EVP and CFO

Surface transportation trade between U.S. and NAFTA partners reaches $55.9 billion in July

Connecticut commuter-rail services post ridership gains through August

DHS grants Denver RTD $1.2 million to install surveillance equipment in stations

NYCT to test TieTek's composite crossties

MHF Logistical Solutions develops GPS-based software for 'smart' rail cars

RMI unveils updated RailConnect Transportation Management System

October 4

Virginia's Hampton Roads Transit to begin final design on Norfolk light-rail line

Tangherlini withdraws application for WMATA's GM post; takes job as D.C. administrator

Duos Technologies to implement surveillance system in UP tunnel

TTCI names Ehrlich GM of Emergency Response Training Center

California high-speed rail advocacy group elects new officers

October 3

U.S. rail employees are receiving comprehensive security training, AAR says

Kansas City Southern Railway's fuel conservation incentive program pays dividends in August

Port Authority of Allegheny County joins Google's trip planner program

BroadWare Technologies to supply video surveillance, media integration for New York MTA security system

Railinc names Bolon VP and CIO

October 2

Senate confirms Peters as U.S. transportation secretary

LA MTA breaks ground on Exposition line

U.S. railroads continue to boost intermodal volume, AAR says

BART begins to build first new station in three years

Port security bill passes Congress

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