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Rail News: December 2008

December 30

Watco shuffles management staff at several short lines

Updates from Savage Services, Bombardier, Alstom, Colorado Railcar and Professional Transportation

December 29

AAR: U.S., Canadian railroads continue to register fewer carloads in December

Remember freight rail when developing stimulus legislation, rail organizations tell President-elect Obama

Reimer to succeed Jezuit as Quixote's chief executive

December 26

GO Transit completes Stouffville line underpass

CSXI adds trailer service, extends gate deadlines for Florida customers

Caltrain set to hike fares in new year

BNSF teams take on locomotive management processes

December 23

FRA on path to develop PTC rules by first part of next year

Dallas council creates TIF district to promote transit-oriented development

BNSF, Washington state port hammer out tentative land/infrastructure pact

December 22

U.S., Canadian roads register fewer carloads in December's second week, AAR says

UTU mourns loss of long-time legislative director, lobbyist extraordinaire Brunkenhoefer

CN to acquire 90 high-horsepower locomotives from EMD

Roberts to succeed Hill as BNSF's top mechanical officer; Class I reassigns other execs

December 19

Caltrain completes Palo Alto station improvements

Another Indiana town forges mitigation pact with CN to address EJ&E-related concerns

Gradia to succeed Allen as National Railway Labor Conference chairman

BART, VTA name new board leaders

December 18

CPR's temporary layoffs more a safety than cost-cutting issue, unions say

LACMTA's Snoble set to retire

Conrail Shared Assets, South Carolina railway workers ratify UTU contracts; two BMWED federations merge

Genesee & Wyoming's AN Railway to serve reopened Florida port

Updates from AirBoss, GATX, Siemens, Railhead and FreightCar America

December 17

DART, TRE post more ridership gains in November

CN negotiates EJ&E-related mitigation agreements with two more Windy City-area towns

Indiana can tap intermodal opportunities arising from Chicago congestion, ITI's Finkbiner says

Updates from Union Switch & Signal, Jacobs Engineering, WAAV, FCI Constructors and Transplace

December 16

RailAmerica, Florida East Coast acquire four EMD locomotives

WMATA installs new public-address system

Updates from Wabtec, Bombardier/Alstom, Railhead, RailComm, Boatright Enterprises and Railpower

December 15

Iowa Interstate obtains FRA approval for third RRIF loan

GO Transit releases strategic plan

FRA to hold public meeting on maglev grants, completes California high-speed rail environmental review

Rail's outlook is better than truckers' prospects, Zacks.com says

Genesee & Wyoming's same-railroad traffic slips in November

STB releases draft environmental review of proposed Alaska Railroad line

Updates from Alstom, Siemens, Lat-Lon, LRM Industries and HAX Technologies

December 12

U.S. roads' traffic totals way down in December's first week, AAR says

Rail Runner to open Albuquerque-to-Santa Fe route next week

NS to develop 3-D map of entire infrastructure

CN hammers out mitigation pacts with two more towns

December 11

Slightly fewer people on U.S. Class Is' payroll in October

GO Transit to add service on Lakeshore lines

BNSF sets PRB joint line coal tonnage record in November

U.S. Class Is' FMLA leave policies violate labor agreements, arbitration panel says

December 10

Rail tonnage strong in '07, but '08 and '09 stacking up as different stories

Updates from 10East, Alstom, Thales, Retlif Testing Labs and RailComm

December 9

APTA: Transit ridership gains continue in 3Q

UP enlists Villarreal for board seat

Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern celebrates silver anniversary

December 8

Pittsburgh port authority, ATU reach four-year agreement

'Port Tracker' report: U.S. container volume dips in November; another drop expected in December

WMATA, CTA redesign Web sites

Updates from New York Air Brake, Wabtec, Alanco Technologies, Emcom Systems, Skelly & Loy and Interfleet Technology

December 5

Illinois commission OKs two grade separation projects

Updates from Ansaldo STS, Bombardier, Railpower, Vossloh and ARCADIS

December 4

Watco awaits STB ruling on Michigan short line venture

Updates from MHF, Ansaldo STS, Nortel and Bombardier

December 3

Tacoma port tests wireless container-tracing system

BNSF delays fuel surcharge program changes

December 2

California 'Officer on the Train' event raises public awareness of rail safety

SEPTA tabs Diggs as assistant GM of operations

CSXI introduces weekly fuel surcharge for domestic container program

North Carolina DOT to close another grade crossing

December 1

Thanksgiving holiday holds key to U.S. roads' weekly traffic gains, AAR says

Ontario Northland, Steelworkers' union sign off on three-year contracts

Equipment finance business volume tumbles in October, leasing/finance index shows

Updates from AECOM Technology, RailComm, VTG Aktiengesellschaft and CommScope/Andrew

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