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Rail News: November 2006

November 30

FRA report: Fatigue a train accident-causing risk railroads could reduce by changing crew scheduling practices

UP changes proposed San Antonio intermodal terminal's layout to ease school district's traffic concerns

Bombardier Transportation increases income, logs more orders in third quarter

AAR issues 2006 edition of 'Railroad Facts' publication

Cubic, EDS receive RFID award for jointly developed smart card

November 29

CN sets 2007 capex budget at $1.4 billion

Biggs to succeed Randolph as TCU's international secretary-treasurer

CTA to purchase 7,000 composite crossties from TieTek

Idaho short line installs Transpo's crossing panel system at Boise grade crossing

GATX decorates freight cars to promote Chicago museum's model railroad exhibit

November 28

Sound Transit to begin final design on University Link extension

October tie purchases and production plummet below seasonal averages, RTA says

BNSF names Kotter VP of customer integration

Wabtec to acquire German friction product supplier Becorit GmbH

CSXI to raise monthly fuel surcharge for first time since September

Bombardier to build 34 driverless light-rail vehicles for Vancouver's TransLink

November 27

Bank of America Securities' shipper survey shows railroads' performance on the uptick as year winds down

Bombardier to build more high-capacity trains for French railway

TTCI upgrades car analytic simulation tool

March Networks, Bombardier to install surveillance system on London Underground trains

Carmanah Technologies sets sales, revenue records in third quarter

November 22

CSXI counts on additional capacity, technology to meet demand

NS promotes Mazur to head strategic planning

Nebraska railway council issues grants to three short lines

Railroads move share of all-time-high valued freight across U.S. borders in 2005, BTS says

HDR acquires NYC-based engineering firm

November 21

MBTA unveils draft five-year capital plan

U.S. transit officials study European passenger-rail safety initiatives

Russian steelmaker Evraz Group to acquire rail producer Oregon Steel Mills

Gannett Fleming, Dering Consulting Group create joint venture consulting firm

ENSCO names Kesler VP of rail technology division

November 20

Deal to build bridge component plant for PRB project a 'calculated risk,' DM&E says

CN's fuel surcharge to go down on New Year's Day

WMATA receives recognition for New York Avenue Station public-private partnership

DART appoints Adler to head procurement

UP: Ringing in the holiday season by bringing Christmas trees to California

IANA installs Sonzala as chairman, elects other officers

RMI recognizes railroads and shippers with 'Fast Track' awards

November 17

CPR forecasts earnings, revenue gains next year

Denver RTD launches Southeast Corridor service

CN opens grain distribution center in Edmonton

Charlotte transit agency gets green light on 2030 system plan

Pan Am Railways appoints Fink president, names six other execs

Metro-North refurbishes Yonkers police offices

Global Railway's G & B Specialties acquires ESSCO's rail gear line

November 16

CTA approves $1.1 billion operating budget, $2.7 billion five-year capital program

Four chemical shippers form panel to promote development of new chlorine tank-car designs

Pacer names Uremovich to succeed retiring Orris as chairman, CEO

Houston METRO to install Wi-Fi network at 47 locations

Ohio scenic railroad tabs Wait as president, CEO

Three women graduate from Massachusetts rail operator's engineer training program

CN installs wireless chassis tracking system at Brampton terminal

November 15

RailAmerica to be acquired by asset management firm, become private company

LA MTA's Catoe to take the reins as WMATA's general manager

Canada to provide millions for transit security improvements

Former RailAmerica CEO Marino forms holding company, acquires first short line

Miller wins IANA's 2006 Silver Kingpin Award; chassis pool team takes home achievement award

Koppers: Heller to succeed Ladd, Woerle to succeed Heller in rail products division

LIRR contracts Interfleet to monitor, manage service vehicles

Mitsui Rail Capital names three execs

November 14

Wheeling & Lake Erie lands second RRIF loan

UP marks opening of state-of-the-art locomotive shop at Nebraska yard

Providence and Worcester's revenue, income climb in third quarter

IANA names Denver, Maryland universities as scholarship award recipients

STB's Nottingham names Campbell chief of staff

Pacer's intermodal, specialized trucking divisions win top transportation and logistics honors

Global Railway registers revenue, earning gains in third quarter

November 13

AAR: U.S. and Canadian railroads move more intermodal loads, fewer carloads in week No. 44

KCSM, Nuevo León to jointly develop regional logistics hub in Mexico

MARTA OKs $13.8 million budget adjustment to improve system

Schneider National finds fast lane with Mexico Express intermodal service

Murray to succeed White as GM of BNSF's Southwest Division

Bombardier to supply vehicles, upgrade systems for Las Vegas airport people mover

Watco names Hamilton GM of two Pacific Northwest short lines

November 10

MBTA restructures fares

NS, state rail commission to upgrade 18 crossings in Ohio town

New Mexico government agencies mull options for commuter-rail extension

UP's military recruiting efforts earn magazine's No. 1 rank for second-straight year

Indiana short line to serve new Honda assembly plant

Tacoma port reconfigures two junctions to speed up rail traffic

Ohio rail commission to provide loans, grants for three freight-rail projects

Cubic to upgrade WMATA's fare-collection system

November 9

Voters approve transportation ballot measures

NJ Transit proceeds with Penn, South Amboy station projects

Wisconsin & Southern proposes funding plan to ensure state-owned track is 286k-compliant by 2015

Mediation board releases Metro-North union coalition from mediation

ARI overcomes production shutdown, sets earnings and backlog records in third quarter

Minnesota rail authority seeks short-line operator for steel mill spur

Koppers promotes Bryon and McCormack to VP positions, appoints Stadler to board

Bombardier to supply 100 TRAXX locomotives to Spanish railway

November 8

Transportation Services Index ends three-month slide in September

BNSF sets coal tonnage record in October

KCS makes management changes in U.S. and Mexican operating departments

California voters approve transportation improvement measures

Russack to retire as BNSF's corporate communications chief; Keating to assume his VP post

Bombardier/Alstom consortium to supply trains to Swiss railway

CN names Kachroo to newly created sales, marketing position

November 7

Wabtec Railway Electronics to install ETMS on Metra locomotives, cars

North Dakota contracts consultant to develop container unit-train service for state's ag products

CN recognizes four short lines' freight-car reporting performance

UP-sponsored tank-car safety course at TTCI logs 28 'graduates'

Amtrak, Wandrian to launch Web-based booking system for international travel agents

Timken promotes Mihaila, Fracassa to SVP

November 6

North American intermodal volume reaches record 3.7 million units in third quarter, IANA says

Houston METRO posts ridership record in FY2006

LA MTA reduces travel times on Metro Gold Line

BNSF seeks to buy land in Dallas industrial park for proposed intermodal terminal

Bombardier to supply 51 MOVIA trains to Shanghai metro

Greenville & Western Railway assumes control of former CSXT line

TPI Composites to open freight-car deck plant in Ohio

TRE's Sklannik to chair civil engineer society's transportation security group

November 3

U.S. railroads register carload and intermodal load gains in October, AAR says

FTA green lights BART's Warm Springs extension

Panhandle Northern Railroad workers join the BLET

NJ Transit improves pedestrian crossings at stations

Grain association to STB: Keep tabs on rail capacity, speed up rate challenge process

Troy takes reins as Kelso Technologies (U.S.A.) president

AREMA adds interactive job board to Web site

November 2

Florida East Coast Railway's profits, revenue rise in third quarter

RTA report: Tie purchases and production tumble in September, but continue to outpace 2005 totals

CSXI's November fuel surcharge to fall 1 percentage point

Maryland Transit Administration installs surveillance system at Camden Yards station

North Carolina Railroad to install CWR on 15 track miles

Trinity increases revenue, boosts rail-car backlog in third quarter

Intermodal vet Erickson to chair containerization history foundation

November 1

Mexican line reconstruction delays, after-tax charges lead to third-quarter loss for Genesee & Wyoming

Illinois Western to serve Alternative Energy Sources' second ethanol plant in Land of Lincoln

Carroll to step down as FreightCar America's chief executive

SEPTA unveils new service center in headquarters

CSXT supervisor takes home AAR's environmental employee excellence award

Wright takes seat as VIA Rail chairman

Greenbrier boosts rail-car backlog, increases earnings in FY2006

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