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Rail News: October 2008

October 31

Voters to consider 26 transportation ballot measures next week

AAR: Canadian and U.S. roads report carload, intermodal volume drops in latest week

DART: Customer satisfaction rating on the rise

CPR assumes control of DM&E, IC&E

Florida city green lights CSX's proposed intermodal/automotive terminal

Value of U.S. goods ground transported in North America climbs in August, USDOT says

NJ Transit unveils updated Watsessing Station

Riddett to take reins as Safetran Systems' president

October 30

Rail associations call on Congress to include transportation funds in economic stimulus package

Northstar Corridor commuter-rail line to feature sixth station

NTSB drops PTC, rail worker fatigue from annual 'most wanted' list

Seattle port places BNSF corridor acquisition on hold

ARCI: Rail-car orders sputter, deliveries hum in third quarter

Tri-Rail ridership hits 50-million mark

BNSF upgrades track in Illinois, New Mexico

Updates from FreightCar America, Trinity Industries, Safetran, Minmetals and Vossloh

October 29

VRE continues to boost on-time performance

Three Class Is to cut fuel surcharges next month

Tri-Rail to fuel locomotives with biodiesel

Rail-car deliveries could reach 60,000 by year's end, Rail Theory Forecasts says

Fort Worth agency completes draft environmental work for commuter-rail line

Lessors' new equipment leasing/finance business slips in September

Updates from Alstom, TTX, RailComm, MATECH, L.B. Foster and MHF Logistical Solutions

October 28

CPR: Earnings and income tumble, operating ratio rises

KCS overcomes storms' financial drag to set revenue, income records

NYCT appoints line managers, group GMs

AASHTO proposes recommendations, reforms for new surface transportation bill

In Mexico, restructuring puts rail association back on track

CN adds track geometry vehicle to rail inspection equipment arsenal

Ontario Northland, Teamsters Canada approve three-year contract

Canadian miner on schedule to complete new line by September 2009

October 27

House committee to review potential infrastructure projects

DART posts all-time-high ridership in FY08

West Coast port volume drop likely to worsen in next decade, study says

Six CREATE projects under way in Chicago

USDOT notes decline in miles driven, need for new transportation funding program

STB schedules public meeting to review freight-rail competition study

Updates from Timken, Interfleet Technology, The Andersons and FreightScan

October 24

BNSF sets earnings, revenue records despite lower traffic volume and higher fuel costs

NS sets quarterly coal tonnage record

Carloads down for U.S., Canadian roads in year's 42nd week, AAR says

UPS reports volume, earnings declines

USDOT’s 'invasive' urine-sample collection rule to take effect despite pending lawsuit, BLET says

BNSF, Montana grain shippers institute rate dispute arbitration and mediation process

October 23

UP shakes off soft economy, traffic to register revenue, earnings and income gains

LIRR notes locomotive reliability boost

San Francisco agency to advance transit improvement program

Railroading in Chicago reaches 160-year marker

UTA obtains public input on South Davis line

Updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, Alstom, L.B. Foster, GATX and Hub Group

October 22

NS sets five financial records, drops operating ratio below 70 for first time

CN scores success with earnings, income and revenue

MARTA's Scott becomes APTA chairman

Maryland Transit Administration seeks feedback on Purple Line studies

Pittsburgh port authority, transit police sign off on one-year contract

Updates from Wabtec, Salco Products, LAP GmbH, Olsson Associates and Kelso Technologies

October 21

Houston METRO signs off on FY09 spending plan, fare increase

UTA set to start construction on airport light-rail line

Indiana Rail Road introduces container-handling service at Indianapolis terminal

UP to upgrade Wyoming line

Canadian Transportation Agency outlines railway noise, vibration guidelines

North Carolina DOT to grade separate, close crossings in Durham

Updates from GE, Ansaldo STS - US&S, JMDiaz, Bombardier and Kelso Technologies

October 20

TriMet breaks ridership record in September

Ontario planning agency to outline 50-year transit system blueprint

FRA seeks grant applications for maglev projects

CPR to demolish more than 50-year-old locomotive shop in British Columbia

Kansas City Southern de México to upgrade 32 crossings

CN, Safe Kids Canada launch 'Safe Crossing Week' campaign

Updates from TieTek, Rock-It Cargo, Clear Channel and Anpath Group

October 17

Rail safety bill, passenger rail act become law

NJ Transit authorizes funds for tunnel project's final design

VRE cuts fare increase in half

Week No. 41: Ferromex's fortunes up, U.S. roads' tallies down on both sides of AAR traffic ledger

Ottensmeyer, Upchurch assume new senior executive roles at KCS

WMATA seeks ways to trim expenses

Updates from Ansaldo STS, Railpower, Bentley Systems and Harsco

October 16

FRA issues final rule on ECP brakes

Greater Cleveland RTA signs off on fuel surcharge

LACMTA posts rail ridership gains in September

NJ Transit launches construction on Hudson-Bergen light-rail station

Dallas logistics park developer receives bridge loan to recapitalize land

Pennsylvania rail authority seeks STB approval to buy NS line

Updates from Progress Rail Services, Georgetown Rail Equipment, Siemens, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam and Savi Group

October 15

CSX scores revenue and income gains, sets third-quarter operating ratio record

CTA to provide riders better communication tools

International railway union obtains recognition for online 'Eco' tool

Illinois commission seeks applicants for rail safety program grants

Containerization/intermodal institute names 2008 'Connie' recipients

Updates from Vossloh, ARCADIS and RAIL.ONE

October 14

Utah Transit Authority's ridership spikes in September

East Coast Ethanol to construct rail-served plants in four states

Short line carloads down slightly through September, RMI data shows

Santa Clara VTA to receive state credit for excess solar power

UP to upgrade Illinois line

Updates from Wi-Tronix, Bombardier, Safetran, Global Rail Systems and Interfleet Technology

October 13

Amtrak posts record ridership, ticket revenue rise in FY08

UP to upgrade track in Nebraska, Illinois

FRA completes final environmental report for New Jersey bridge replacement

Watco seeks STB approval to lease California lines from BNSF, launch new short line

VRE boosts ridership in FY09's first quarter

Genesee & Wyoming: 'Same railroad' carloads slip in September, third quarter

October 10

CTA proposes 2009 budget, as well as job cuts, fare hike

AAR adds Ferromex data to weekly traffic report

Illinois commission OKs major grade separation on BNSF line in Chicago suburb

Amtrak's California routes post ridership gains

Freight- and commuter-rail trains could co-exist in North Carolina corridor, NCRR says

BNSF's 'Ethanol Express' to serve DFW storage terminal

Grade crossing scorecard in Mississippi: 130 upgrades, 40 closures

October 9

Four Class Is to establish PTC interoperability standards; two to implement PTC in L.A. area by 2012

'Port Tracker' report: U.S. container volume to finish year with a thud

Transportation Services Index slips in August

CN to upgrade iron-ore car fleet

Chicago university, community group obtain RTA grant to analyze Red Line extension

Updates from Timken, Thales, FreightCar America and Interfleet Technology

October 8

Florida utility co-op files STB coal rate complaint against CSXT

APTA recognizes 'outstanding' agencies, individuals at annual conference

Long-time DM&E CEO Schieffer steps down

RailTrends 2008 Recap: In these most uncertain times, the 'Rail Renaissance' endures

LIRR tries to rein in retirement board disability claims

Entire rail industry should commit to PTC implementation, NTSB's Rosenker says

EPA honors 27 transportation industry members' environmental efforts

Amsted Rail's IONX acquires Salco Technologies

October 7

BNSF sets PRB coal loading record in September; targets completion of major trackwork in October

Enacted 'economic rescue' bill includes two-year extension for short line tax credits, NRC says

Canadian railway association honors VIA Rail, CN and Quebec North Shore/Labrador

CSXT, UP introduce California-to-New York produce train

Chicago obtains RTA grant to draw up land-use plans for three CTA stations

UP gains operating lease to Tacoma port's intermodal yard

BART completes trial of multi-use mobile phones

Updates from Railpower, Pacer, RailComm and Leica Geosystems

October 6

Report: High-speed rail would boost Bay-area economy, improve mobility

CSX attains high 'climate leadership' marks; CPR lands on magazine's top employers list

Caltrain to raise ticket prices next year

Machinists union ratifies national agreement; Connecticut short-line workers OK BLET pact

Tennessee's Walking Horse and Eastern gains new overpass

Massachusetts commuter-rail operator names Davey GM

Updates from Trainyard Tech, Alstom, Knorr-Bremse, FreightCar America and Trinity

October 3

Massachusetts, CSXT agree on commuter- and freight-rail pact

AAR: U.S. railroads register carload, intermodal volume declines in September

President Bush to sign high-speed legislation included in rail safety bill, Mica says

TriMet to open first commuter-rail line in February

Tie production and purchases post gains in August, RTA says

Illinois college obtains federal grant to study locomotive fuel usage, emissions

UP appoints Houton AVP of external relations

Updates from Sumitomo/Mitsubishi, Siemens, Westcode and Triple Crown Services

October 2

Rail safety bill clears Senate, heads to White House

NTSB releases Metrolink engineer's cell phone records; FRA promises to issue emergency order on electronic-device usage while on duty

Genesee & Wyoming acquires Georgia Southwestern

Virginia rail department to postpone release of statewide rail plan

NS issues first-ever 'sustainability' report

CSXT to unveil GenSet at Chicago terminal

Updates from Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo, Bombardier, Alstom, L.B. Foster, CIT Rail and Parsons Brinckerhoff

October 1

STB gives CPR/DM&E merger the thumbs up

FRA awards intercity passenger-rail grants for 15 projects

Three Class Is to reduce fuel surcharges for October

Tri-City & Olympia-served transload facility opens in Washington

Maryland Transit Administration seeks feedback on Red Line studies

McCarthy joins UP's board

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