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Rail News: November 2007

November 30

UP sets seven-day coal train loading record in the PRB

North Carolina's CATS posts promising ridership figures in LYNX's first two days

ATA report: Railroads', trucks' share of U.S. transportation market to inch up by 2018

CSXI and UP to hike fuel surcharges next month

Balfour Beatty to provide traction power, C&S systems for Denver RTD extension

Patriot Rail builds up Tennessee Southern's business during first year of ownership

Updates from ExpressYard, Intrade International, Siemens, Bombardier and CIT Group

November 29

MeadWestvaco kicks the tires on CSXT's service to consider shifting freight from truck to rail

Bush appoints Presidential Emergency Board to help resolve Amtrak labor dispute

Santa Clara VTA, Caltrain to improve Palo Alto stations

Illinois Commerce Commission OKs four crossing upgrade projects

WMATA seeks input on Fort Totten development plan

Updates from Greenbrier, Southwest Signal, Alstom and TÜVRheinland

AREMA to co-sponsor European rail/technology tour in '08

November 28

Bombardier appoints longtime exec Pierre Beaudoin CEO

GO Transit to launch service to Barrie next month

Freight-rail tax credit, Amtrak legislation champion Lott to leave Senate

CPR, Mayo Clinic officials meet to discuss DM&E transaction

CTA opens another renovated Brown Line station

NS, state DOT complete passing siding at North Carolina Railroad yard

Updates from Miner Enterprises, Bombardier, RailComm and the Railway Supply Institute

November 27

Metra approves 2008 spending plan, fare increase

California's Capitol Corridor sets ridership, revenue records in FY07

STB releases procedural schedules for CN/EJ&E and CPR/DM&E transactions

BNSF boosts PRB train loadings in November's first half

Charlotte agency opens new light-rail line

Amtrak opens renovated downtown Milwaukee intermodal facility

Tie production up, purchases down in October, RTA says

November 26

CPR and TCRC extend 'no strike' pact; CN and steelworkers union reach tentative agreement

NJ Transit to restore West Trenton passenger-rail line

Mexican port marks completion of container terminal expansion's first phase

Pittsburgh port authority to hike ticket prices Jan. 1

GE lands first-ever freight locomotive order in the United Kingdom

Morey to oversee NYC economic development firm's capital program expenditures

Mississippi DOT names Burt deputy director of freight/rail/port division

November 21

MTA to reduce proposed fare increase

TriMet to call new commuter-rail line 'WES'

PB names Hawksworth CEO

ASME, IEEE and ASCE seek technical paper submissions for joint April 2008 event

Wories takes president's reins at Amsted Rail; company adds job responsibilities for nine execs

Updates from FreightCar America, URS Corp., Vossloh, PS Technology and Miner Enterprises

November 20

New York MTA to obtain $1.3 billion from feds for Second Avenue Subway

Value of freight flowing between U.S., Canada and Mexico last year increased 9.7 percent, USDOT says

Poll: TCU members would support proposed Amtrak strike

NJ Transit to install solar-power system at maintenance complex

BNSF names Williams GM of Kansas Division, LeVere AVP of signals

Ficker resigns as NIT League president

Latest updates from Vossloh, Knorr-Bremse, Koppers and Safety Vision

November 19

UTU, NCCC to resume collective bargaining talks in January

Pittsburgh port authority proposes 25-cent fare increase

California High Speed Rail Authority posts financing progress, recommends route alignment

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to renegotiate contract with CPR, represent Ontario Northland workers

WMATA promotes Kubicek to rail operations head

Gulf States Toyota to build BNSF-served processing center in Texas

Latest updates from CIT Group, Miner Enterprises, NREC, RailFood, RAIL.ONE and Ansaldo STS

November 16

CSX's board sends letter to TCI stating support for senior management and praise for company's performance

New York/New Jersey port authority to hike fares, increase Hudson River rail tunnel commitment

Congress close to signing off on FY08 transportation bill

AAR: U.S., Canadian railroads register carload gains in November's first full week

McLean succeeds Laney as Amtrak chairman

Canadian railroad association, government update rail security agreement

UP appoints Totusek, Weber and Putz as VPs in finance department

TTCI's U.K. subsidiary to study International Union of Railways' worldwide quality assurance program proposal

November 15

Transportation Services Index loses ground in September after August gain

BART launches construction on Union City Intermodal Station

NS begins tunnel clearance work on Heartland Corridor

Progressive Rail to lease UP track in Minnesota, form new short line

CTA increases train speed on several lines after track upgrades

Alstom to help build Algerian tramways

Providence and Worcester's revenue and income reflect weak container traffic

Segovia to depart TMM, Chairman Serrano to fill in as interim president

November 14

Intermodal Association of North America installs officers and directors, bestows Silver Kingpin Award

Prince, Finkbiner release '10 Steps to Improved Modal Connectivity' report

Skanska anticipates NYCT subway line contract, lands track upgrade project in Czech Republic

Chrysler honors Ann Arbor Railroad's performance with Gold Award

Parsons Brinckerhoff to oversee Dubai line construction

Latest updates from Wireless Matrix, RailComm, Railpower and Global Railway Industries

November 13

GO Transit to upgrade signal system at Toronto's Union Station

FY08 transportation bill includes $94 million for Sound Transit light-rail projects

FRA proposes 'model' state legislation to ensure qualified individuals serve as railroad police officers

Santa Clara VTA seeks public input on proposed transit improvements

Kansas City Southern Railway completes 'Fitzmorris' siding in Louisiana

Curtright to succeed Klaus as GM of BNSF's Gulf Division

AAR shifts damage prevention/loading services group from Railinc's to TTCI's umbrella

November 12

VRE obtains first-ever RRIF loan issued to a commuter railroad

CSX Intermodal to open new Buffalo container transfer facility next week

NTSB's 'most wanted' safety improvement list flags rail worker fatigue for first time

Gauthier to serve second term as president of Quebec's AMT

U.S. railroads remain on slow traffic pace in October, AAR says

New Orleans agency reopens portion of St. Charles Streetcar Line

UP launches trackwork in Missouri; joins BNSF on magazine's top military-friendly employer list

Latest updates from Miner Enterprises, NREC, Duos Technologies, Railpower, Kelso Technologies and others

November 9

Voters sign off on several transit ballot measures

New York & Atlantic names Victor president, reassigns Westerfield and Torres

GE-led consortium to develop, test 'clean' locomotive engine technologies

Giles to head Florida East Coast Railway and RailAmerica; FECR's McPherson to retire

ARINC to install video monitoring equipment for Maryland Transit Administration

Bombardier to oversee train operations, crews for GO Transit

From 'Gunderson' to Greenbrier': Rail services subsidiary changes name to match owner's moniker

Brookville Equipment expands Pennsylvania production plant

November 8

CTA approves $1 billion 2008 spending plan, fare increases and layoffs

American Railcar Industries: Revenue, rail-car shipments down from 3Q 2006, but profit's up year-to-date

We can do a better job leveraging public investment for infrastructure development, coalition says

Alstom registers sales, income gains in first-half of FY2007

NYCT to add express service on Staten Island Railway

Molitoris to become Ohio Rail Development Commission's second chairman

CSXT enlists RailComm to provide remote control derails at Willard Car Shop

November 7

Survey: WMATA posts double-digit ridership increase during five-year period

Pacer International president to step down, retired CEO Orris to take over as intermodal division president

Emergency responders complete tank car safety course sponsored by UP

New York MTA seeking to implement e-alert system

Rail Runner to implement quiet zones at six crossings

American Honda Motor lauds BNSF for 'outstanding teamwork'

FCM receives order from BNSF for 38 portable railroad toilets

November 6

Sacramento agency names Wiley acting GM, CEO

BNSF marks completion of triple track on PRB joint line

Acquisitions, product mix propel Greenbrier to post record revenue in FY2007

In Memoriam: Former BLE General Chairman J.B. White

Maryland Transit Administration to update community on proposed Red Line

Kentucky seeks federal dollars to help fund upgrades at 19 crossings

CSXI's, UP's fuel surcharges nudge up in November

November 5

CPR/DM&E merger a major transaction, STB says; board decision on deal not expected until late 2008

CTA receives state grant to balance 2007 budget, postpones fare hikes and layoffs

New York MTA appoints three top managers

North American intermodal volume reaches second-highest quarterly level, IANA says

Amtrak, eight unions enter 'cooling-off' period

Helm Financial names Williams president, appoints eight other execs

McNeely, Jones join Mitsui Rail Capital's VP ranks

GATX names Clark regional VP of sales for Midwest office

November 2

CN, CPR forge routing protocol pact to speed interline traffic

Carloads up, intermodal volume down for U.S. roads last week, AAR says

KCS promotes Crandall, Harrison and Koelper

MTA Metro-North seeks developers for Beacon Station project

UP wins Department of Energy's 'Innovator' award; speeds up Salt Lake City trains

GE to provide mobile rail-car repair services

Portec Rail, FreightCar America, TrinityRail and The Andersons ring up more sales

November 1

MBTA launches service on Greenbush Line

BART obtains $5.4 million state grant to add station security cameras

Genesee & Wyoming registers revenue, income gains

Wabtec Railway Electronics to develop vital PTC pilot for NS

BNSF honors three short lines with annual achievement awards

Southwest Signal's Mayer takes chairman's seat, hands off presidential and CEO reins to Krishnarao

SKF, Knorr-Bremse partner to provide condition-monitoring capability for brake-control systems

Bombardier-led joint venture to manufacture 40 high-speed trains for Chinese railway

Plastics shipper installs RailComm automation system at Texas switching yard

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