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Rail News: November 2008

November 26

Amtrak names Boardman interim CEO

Canadian court rejects CN's, CPR's appeal of federal grain revenue ruling

FRA, PHMSA issue final rules on haz-mat route safety/security procedures

North County Transit District appoints Tucker to top post

Three Class Is' fuel surcharges to fall in December

RTA report: Tie production up, purchases down in October

CTA to hold more public hearings on Red Line extension

Updates from Bombardier, The Allen Group, LEDtronics and ARCADIS

November 25

UTA to hold off on fare hike

Renjel to manage CSX's strategic infrastructure initiatives

TriMet to add light-rail trains

NS turns to wind turbine to help power up second yard

Canadian railway association releases annual 'trends' report

Caltrain unveils new platform at California Avenue station

Montreal port welcomes additional ship traffic

November 24

St. Louis Metro signs off on fare hike

Amtrak unveils new St. Louis transportation hub

Canadian railroads, environmentalists team up to bolster fuel storage tank safety/security

Busy turnstiles for DART, TRE in October

Western New York & Pennsylvania T&E workers join BLET

Washington university gives Sound Transit green light to build station

TTCI, U.K. arm adopt asset management modeling tool

Updates from Miner Enterprises, Parvus, Knorr-Bremse, Faiveley Transport, ArcelorMittal Steelton, FreightCar America and Visionaire

November 21

MTA's 2009 budget and long-term financial plan call for cost-cutting measures 

STB sets Coos Bay Line portion price at $16.6 million

AAR: U.S. and Canadian railroads continue to report traffic downturn in November

Santa Clara VTA sets ridership record in October

ITI, IANA elect new board members

VRE completes maintenance facility

Bruno to direct BLET's regulatory affairs; Brooking to represent UTU members in CSXT's Great Lakes Division

November 20

Two of three California Amtrak routes still gaining passengers

ELFA to Secretary Paulson: Include the commercial finance market in your 'rescue package' thinking

Mica to brief high-speed rail stakeholders on RFP requirements

Freight shipments between U.S., Canada, Mexico hit record high in 2007

AAR comments on DHS rail security final rule

Feds issue 'science-based' hours-of-service rule for truckers

Updates from JMA Railroad Supply, Union Switch & Signal, Tideworks Technology and Interfleet

November 19

Transit leaders ask federal government to guarantee SILO/LILO agreements

Metra signs off on 2009 spending plan, outlines capital funding needs

CN, city of Crest Hill reach agreement on transaction-related mitigation plan

Public-private sector cooperation needed to meet nation's infrastructure needs, CSX execs say

KCS' Haverty named 'Entrepreneur of the Year' finalist by Ernst & Young

NYCT riders give Flushing and Canarsie lines average scores

Illinois commission OKs seven grade crossing projects

Updates from Railinc, Miner Enterprises, Southern Illinois Railcar, RailComm, Bombardier and Tideworks Technology

November 18

DHS issues rule to strengthen rail security

FTA anticipates grant agreement for Sound Transit light-rail extension

IANA bestows 'Silver Kingpin' to Pacella Trucking's Baima; Ernst & Young honors KCS' Haverty

Los Angeles MTA posts double-digit rail ridership gains in October

U.S., Canadian railroads off to slow traffic start in November, AAR data shows

Passenger-rail coalition urges Congress to fund transit projects as part of new economic stimulus bill

FRA should make exceptions to electronic device order, BLET and UTU say

Anacostia & Pacific launches Gulf Coast Switching subsidiary

November 17

Amtrak's Kummant resigns as CEO

Transportation Services Index slips in September

CSX's Mancini; KCS' Ballesteros and Befort assume new high-ranking positions

WMATA, Belgian bank reach leasing deal settlement

STB seeks public comments on Pan Am Southern proposal's environmental report

New York/New Jersey port authority reviews cross-harbor project, freight movement strategy

BNSF, unions to settle RCL dispute through binding arbitration

Updates from L.B. Foster, Harsco, Siemens/Bombardier, OPW Fluid Transfer and HDR

November 14

CPR to slash capital spending in 2009

LRV industry going strong, German consulting firm says

NS, Watco seek STB approval for smaller-scale Michigan transaction

Amtrak honors rail leaders at Illinois, Wisconsin DOTs

Providence and Worcester boosts income, revenue

BNSF bestows 'achievement' awards to three short lines

Carmichael to address Intelligent Transportation Systems conference in NYC

Updates from Amsted Rail/IONX, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Nexans, Interfleet, Railpower and Lodging Enterprises

November 13

Railroads' liquidity on solid ground, Fitch Ratings says

USDOT's proposed RRIF rule changes a detriment to well-working program, congressmen say

TriMet registers record passenger count in October

Global transportation/logistics industry's M&A activity off 2007's pace, PricewaterhouseCoopers says

Washington city green-lights Icicle Station project

Canada Line launches trial run

Iowa Northern workers join UTU

November 12

IANA 3Q report: Domestic intermodal traffic surges, international traffic sputters

Four Class Is land in top 30 on G.I. magazine's annual list of best military employers

New coalition to back transit efforts in Michigan

Staten Island Railroad, CSX launch dedicated intermodal service

LACMTA to tout transit's advantages at area colleges

'Railway Interchange' co-located trade show coming to Minneapolis in 2011

Updates from Wi-Tronix, AirBoss, LEDtronics, Global Railway Industries and IntraPoint

November 11

STB should speed up EJ&E decision-making despite court rejection, CN says

Four Class Is continue to face fuel surcharge-fixing charges

Texas toll authority, Fort Worth and UP agree on lead track project at hump yard

California high-speed authority outlines project benefits, funding plan

BNSF boosts PRB coal loadings in October

CTA to make 'experimental' service changes permanent

King joins Tacoma Rail as superintendent

Updates from Alstom, Timken, Miner Enterprises and RailComm

November 10

Latest rail-car, intermodal market forecasts far from rosy

STB schedules public meeting to discuss CN/EJ&E deal's environmental review

Caltrain notes ridership, revenue gains in FY2008

RDC, LeGrand America to launch Steel City Flyer passenger service

TTCI ramps up emergency response, domestic preparedness training efforts

FRA seeks state applications for small railroad infrastructure repair grants

MacMillan becomes MBTA's new police chief

Montreal port pumps up third-quarter cargo volume

November 7

Denver's RTD, UP reach preliminary agreement on FasTracks-related transactions

AAR's October scorecard: U.S. and Canadian roads tally fewer carloads, intermodal loads

BNSF takes wraps off Cajon Pass triple track

TRE registers 20 millionth rider

STB seeks public feedback on rail competition study

NYCT receives recognition for energy-saving efforts

Updates from Bombardier, Invensys Rail Group, Alstom and ALK Technologies

November 6

Voters approve 23 transportation ballot measures

DHS to provide $388 million in FY09 transit security grants

AAR honors BNSF's Staley for 'environmental excellence'

Railroads, rail labor unions recognize Obama Administration's potential

American Honda honors BNSF's service performance; Bon-Ton Stores recognizes Schneider National's intermodal efforts

Vitality Products places ethanol plant feasibility study on hold

Updates from ARI, Greenbrier, Invensys and EnerTeck

November 5

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks in September, STB data shows

New England passenger-rail authority seeks to raise Amtrak Downeaster fares

Rail-car delivery outlook rosy for rest of year, not very promising for next two years, EPA says

Short line workers ratify UTU/Timber Rock pact

VIA Rail receives recognition for new customer service program

UP initiates track upgrades in Iowa

Updates from Trainyard Tech, The Andersons, Harsco and Wabash National

November 4

Honolulu completes draft environmental report for proposed transit-rail system

Logistec to acquire QRC's Sydney Coal Railway

RTA's September report: 'Tis the season for tie purchase, production drop-off

Canadian city caps off grade separation on CPR line

Ambler to join BNSF as VP of corporate relations

South Florida RTA to hold two more transportation workshops

Updates from Siemens, Ansaldo STS, Granite Construction, U.S. Development, Portec Rail, ARCADIS and Visa

November 3

CN lands deal with Quebec Railway to acquire three short lines, one freight-rail ferry

STB sorts out Coos Bay Line dispute, schedules field hearing to review Yucca Mountain line

Chicago's RTA to set aside funds for additional Metra service

BNSF, nine unions delay USDOT's new drug test rule a second time

KCSR, Texas DOT to explore line relocation options

Michigan agency to take on WALLY commuter-rail project

Genesee & Wyoming sets operating income record, boosts earnings

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