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Rail News: October 2007

October 31

CN seeks STB blessing to acquire a major portion of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern

Senate signs off on long-term Amtrak funding bill

Board proposes regulations governing 'paper barriers' in rail line transactions

Tie production plummets 25 percent in September, RTA says

North Carolina Railroad to explore cost of adding Goldsboro-to-Greensboro commuter track

Rail industry loses California wine train founder, short-line association founding member DeDomenico

Alstom lands $316.7 million contract to supply 30 commuter trains to Spain's RENFE

VeraSun Energy launches ethanol production at Nebraska plant

October 30

CPR drives up revenue and income, drives down operating ratio

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks slightly in September

Pinsly Railroad Chairman Silver retires

WMATA schedules six public hearings to discuss fare increases

MHF Logistical Solutions selects Piatak to serve as president & CEO

NS to power Ohio yard's wastewater treatment plant with wind

DHS to install container scanners at U.S. borders and points abroad

October 29

Kansas City Southern de México, Mexican city team up to boost train velocity and reduce vandalism on rail corridor

Mayo Clinic calls on the STB to 'carefully' examine CPR/DM&E transaction

A new chair for DART's board

Rail-car deliveries to total 64,500 this year and 57,500 in 2008, EPA says

Michigan State University sets dates for first-ever railway operations course

Mississippi Railcar buys Custom Rail Car; signs long-term pact to serve Chicago Freight Car as a 'preferred' maintenance service provider

Canadian railway association releases 2007 edition of 'Railway Trends'

October 26

AAR: Carloads up for Canadian railroads, down for U.S. roads last week

Illinois Commerce Commission OKs two grade crossing upgrade projects

New York MTA dedicates new district police HQ in honor of fallen officer

L.B. Foster, GATX Rail register income gains

Veteran transit officials launch executive search firm

Ronsco to open southern U.S. rail axle finishing facility next year

Nashville & Eastern Railroad kicks tires on GenSet switcher

October 25

KCS reports record income and lower operating ratio for the third quarter; updates international rail bridge project

Amtrak ridership tops 25.8 million, revenue reaches $1.5 billion in FY07

STB to hold hearing on proposed changes for calculating railroads' cost of capital

CSXT's Brinker wins AAR environmental award

HNTB, Twin Mountain-Herzog fast-tracking New Mexico Rail Runner project

Northern Indiana commuter agency using RailComm dispatch control technology

RAC commemorates 90th anniversary of organization that led to railroad association's founding

October 24

State of New York 'scoping document' for Moynihan Station reveals two plan options

Sluggish traffic demand drives down NS' revenue and income

BNSF increases PRB coal train loadings in October's first half

Wabtec and Harsco ring up more sales, increase income in the third quarter

HDR acquires PHAROS

Containerization & Intermodal Institute to bestow 'Connie Awards' to Devine and Ebeling

October 23

BNSF sets all-time quarterly revenue, income and earnings records

Strong Canadian dollar, 'unfavorable' forest products market chop down CN's income

MTA Metro-North selects Gannett Fleming to design inspection/repair facility at century-old Harmon Shop site

Fort Worth Transportation Authority seeks public input to narrow rail-station sites

UP seeks FRA waiver to test brakes on trains coming from Mexico at Texas yard instead of at border

Alstom lands 'very high speed' contract to develop Tangier-Casablanca rail link

CSXT takes home EPA's environmental excellence honor

DMJM Harris tabs three professionals for Twin Cities light-rail project

October 22

Genesee & Wyoming to acquire majority stake in Maryland Midland Railway

PATH, UTU-represented tower operators reach tentative pact

Congress to assemble rail security training task force

Carmanah names Lattimore CEO

RAIL.ONE to provide supervisory services, concrete ties for South Korean high-speed line

NS to install automated gate system at Ohio intermodal facility

Zoetmulder to direct European sales for EMD

October 19

U.S. railroads' carloads, intermodal loads continue to lag last year's levels, AAR says

MTA New York City Transit to increase service on two busy lines

Wisconsin & Southern close to wrapping up major rail replacement project

Standard Car Truck, China's Tianrui form joint venture to market rolling stock wheels

Oathout to succeed Arndt as TCU's international VP

Chicago Transit Authority awards composite-tie pact to TieTek

AAR OKs another Kelso Technologies pressure-relief valve

October 18

UP sets all-time quarterly revenue, traffic volume and operating ratio records

House passes safety bill by wide margin

PATH to invest $500 million in train control technology

U.S. railroads remain on pace to set all-time-low train accident rate, AAR says

South Carolina Public Railways boots up Web-based RailSync system

A. Stucki adds chemical, mechanical engineer positions to engineering department staff

October 17

CSX boosts earnings, increases revenue and reduces operating ratio

Rail-car backlog, orders and deliveries nosedive in third quarter, ARCI data shows

Live and in color: Portland's TriMet introduces TriMet TV

Canadian Railway Hall of Fame announces 2007 inductees

Buckingham Branch Railroad signs on as Software-as-a-Service customer for RailComm's operations control system

Miner Enterprises appoints O'Donnell regional sales manager

October 16

CN opens intermodal terminal, distribution center in Prince George

CSX should implement seven measures to improve corporate governance and financial performance, TCI says

Transit agencies continue to push the fare collection technology envelope, smart-card association says

BNSF joins rail industry's service provider security program

Duos Technologies deploys rider detection system, obtains contract for video security system

BNSF installs interoperable radio communication system

October 15

Lack of state funding may result in job and service cuts, and fare increases at Chicago Transit Authority

Canadian government reaches agreements with CN, CPR governing federal grain-car fleet

Northstar Commuter Rail project clears another funding hurdle

BNSF, KCS take home top honors in Business Finance's Vision Awards

Calling all nominees: TMCA seeks 2008 Compass Awards entries

Delhi Metro Rail awards signaling equipment pact to Bombardier

Hansen joins RailWorks as VP of business development

October 12

NS operates first ECP brake-equipped train in revenue service

Canadian government launches largest capital program in VIA Rail's history

U.S. and Canadian railroads register carload drop in October's first week, AAR says

National Retail Systems to build transload/intermodal facility near New York City

Alchem to temporarily shutter BNSF-served ethanol plant in North Dakota

Amtrak, GrandLuxe link up to provide 'luxury' service

MARTA's a big-time growth catalyst in Georgia, study shows

Kelso Technologies hires consultant to help promote pressure-relief valves in Latin America

October 11

Transportation Services Index ends two-month slide

NS hands out 10 awards at annual short-line meeting

LA MTA tabs PB to develop transit solution for Crenshaw-Prairie corridor

Georgia short line to serve new Southeast Railcar shop

The China market's 'burgeoning' and 'buoyant' for HLS Systems and Knorr-Bremse

Global Railway to acquire Canada Allied Diesel and affiliates by year's end

Siemens to build 25 locomotives for Australia's Queensland Rail

October 10

APTA lauds 'best of the best' agencies and industry leaders

STB blesses Tongue River Railroad's proposed Montana line

Canadian federal, provincial governments to provide $50 million for grade separation

Maryland Transit Administration promotes Wells to key operations post

Greenbrier to build 11,900 cars for GE, enter North American tank-car manufacturing market

Alstom, Balfour Beatty partner to create Signalling Solutions in the U.K.

RailComm to expand operations controller system at BNSF's Montana diesel shop

October 9

Illinois tax law and rising crude-oil prices will drive down third-quarter earnings, NS says

Riders grade MTA New York City Transit's 'J/Z Line' service a C-

BNSF lands on InformationWeek magazine's list of the top 500 techno-savvy firms

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad 'impressed' with NREC's environmentally friendly switcher

University of Denver welcomes new intermodal masters program class

EWS Network lands freight-rail services contract from U.K. defense ministry

October 8

U.S. transportation fatalities fell 1.5 percent in 2006, NTSB says

Canadian, provincial governments provide $40 million for Hudson Bay Railway upgrades

Finger Lakes Railway to acquire control of Ontario Central Railroad

Siemens to supply 44 Railjets to Austrian railway

Bombardier-led consortium lands $100 million order for 52 MK II cars from Kuala Lumpur railway

Pacer names Bailey EVP of strategy, organizational development

October 5

At mid-year, public transportation ridership remained ahead of last year's blistering pace, APTA says

CPR completes DM&E deal, creates trust to control regional's shares

BNSF, UP set PRB train loading records in September

STB proposes rule to more closely scrutinize exemption requests tied to line leases and acquisitions

U.S., Canadian railroads registered carload drops in September and the third quarter, AAR says

NYC economic development agency seeks Brooklyn Waterfront Railroad operator

October 4

Key customer orders uni-level securement systems from Portec Rail Products

FRA to inspect Central Oregon and Pacific's Coos Bay Line, evaluate engineering reports on tunnels

MARTA boosts rail boardings in fiscal-year 2007

FTA provides two grants to Santa Clara Valley VTA for BART extension

Massachusetts short line wins state contract to operate freight-rail lines

VeraSun Energy halts construction of Indiana ethanol plant

TSA to deploy security devices at mass transit facilities

October 3

L.A. transportation authority authorizes $454.5 million for 169 projects

UP, BNSF name successors for retiring executives

National Industrial Transportation League backs short-line tax-credit bills

Brazilian miner CVRD wins bid to operate another North-South Railroad line

FTA signs full funding grant agreement for Norfolk light-rail line

Bombardier to build 19 trams for German public transit agency; refurbish coaches for Norwegian railway

A. Stucki boots up revamped Web site

October 2

KCS promotes four execs, changes direct reports for others

UP, NS shorten Southeast-to-Los Angeles intermodal route

Greenbrier to lease and operate GATX's Mexican plant

Ansaldo STS to build another portion of Naples' new metro line

Harsco shakes up senior management team as part of CEO transition

Standard Car Truck acquires ZefTek

RailComm to supply dispatch control system to Texas commuter-rail agency

October 1

CSX buys land from Florida city for intermodal/automotive facility

FCM's Gilstad donates $1 million to help establish railway management course at Michigan State University

Waters leaves Maryland Transit Administration for APTA

KCS ranked 20th on FORTUNE's top 100 list of fastest-growing firms

Bombardier-led consortium to supply 17 TALENT trains to Austrian passenger railroad

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