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Rail News: December 2008

December 30

Valley Metro launches service on Phoenix light-rail line

Three Class Is to further drop fuel surcharges in January

CTA to hike fares Jan. 1

Watco shuffles management staff at several short lines

Canadian municipality federation, railway association extend agreement on rail issues

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

December 29

STB blesses CN's EJ&E acquisition; Class I questions board-imposed conditions

Chicago transportation authority signs off on '09 budget

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

CTA increases service on three lines

In memoriam: Red River Valley & Western/Twin Cities & Western co-founder and leader Kent Shoemaker

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

STB seeks feedback on new role established by passenger-rail act

U.S. equipment finance industry's new-business volume plummets in November

Women's transportation group recognizes California High Speed Rail Authority's Pourvahidi

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

FTA names Welbes executive director

KCS to move customer service, network operations centers to Missouri headquarters

UP garners honor for internships; CSXT receives recognition for health programs

Updates from Unit Rail, Caterpillar/Progress Rail, Bombardier, Professional Transportation and Interfleet Technology

December 22

Congressmen seek leaseback agreement relief for transit agencies

KCS' East Loop Bypass project gets USDOT nod

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

Santa Clara VTA registers more riders in November

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

New York/New Jersey port authority approves 2009 budget

Caltrain completes Palo Alto station improvements

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

STB OKs quarry-serving line in Texas

Gradia to succeed Allen as National Railway Labor Conference chairman

Alabama, Virginia to provide grants for freight-rail projects, ASLRRA says

BART, VTA name new board leaders

December 18

New York MTA signs off on '09 budget, plans service cuts and fare hikes

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

Obama selects LaHood as transportation secretary

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

Texas commission: DOT needs a rail division

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

California High Speed Rail Authority's Kopp attains 'infrastructure champion' honor

BNSF recognizes diverse business enterprise suppliers' efforts

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

December 16

USDOT seeks public, private high-speed rail proposals

Sound Transit completes East Link draft environmental review

RailAmerica, Florida East Coast acquire four EMD locomotives

TriMet's light-rail ridership slips slightly in November

RTA report: Tie purchases soar, production plummets in November

CURE prioritizes rail reforms for next Administration, reaffirms 're-reg' call

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

New York/New Jersey port authority issues preliminary 2009 budget

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

Amtrak's California routes register ridership gains in November

CN hammers out mitigation pacts with two more towns

Pennsylvania to provide 48 grants for freight-rail projects

December 11

Light-rail projects advance in Texas, Virginia and Washington

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

Transportation Services Index inches up 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

Three European rail groups hold 'green' side event at U.N. Climate Change Conference in Poland

December 10

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

San Francisco-area transportation group launches Transbay Transit Center's first phase

U.S. manufacturers expect a better second-half '09 than first, economic forecast shows

Toyota starts up CPR-served automotive plant in Canada

New York senator calls on Amtrak to expand service

U.S. Rail seeks STB approval to lease, operate Indiana lines

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

December 9

APTA: Transit ridership gains continue in 3Q

Pennsylvania to provide $10 million for NS yard relocation

CN, Chicago Heights agree on mitigation measures for EJ&E deal

Four rail projects could move ahead if Congress OKs economic stimulus, Missouri DOT says

CTA renovates two more Brown Line stations

UP enlists Villarreal for board seat

Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern celebrates silver anniversary

December 8

STB releases final environmental report on CN/EJ&E deal; Class I reaches agreement with Indiana town

Pittsburgh port authority, ATU reach four-year agreement

Pennsylvania governor a proponent of CSX's National Gateway

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

WMATA, CTA redesign Web sites

CTA makes West Side service improvements permanent

FRA proposes rule on CWR safety standards

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

December 5

U.S. roads' intermodal volume, carloads reach record lows in November, AAR says

WMATA issues RFP for new, rehabbed rail cars

Amtrak to study service offerings in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas

Illinois commission OKs two grade separation projects

Twelve labor unions oppose Boardman's appointment as Amtrak CEO

Obama tabs Napolitano as DHS secretary

CTA to add energy-efficient lighting at facilities

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

December 4

San Francisco agency receives FTA approval, awards management contract for Central Subway project

CN, Amtrak reach agreement on Chicago route usage; new study outlines benefits of 'J' deal

L.A. agency advances plan to extend Gold Line to L.A./Ontario airport

Watco awaits STB ruling on Michigan short line venture

FRA appoints Eby as acting administrator

LIRR to build transit police station

Teamsters Rail Conference voices opposition to proposed federal haz-mat/worker rule

Updates from MHF, Ansaldo STS, Nortel and Bombardier

December 3

L.A. County's sales tax measure passes — officially

Rail project fund gains Texas commission backing for state infusion

Ontario agency signs off on 25-year transportation plan, green lights first two projects

Tacoma port tests wireless container-tracing system

California coalitions call for infrastructure funds in stimulus package, list of construction-ready projects

BNSF delays fuel surcharge program changes

Updates from Timken, Super Steel, Bombardier, Alstom, Kelso Technologies, Siemens, EnerTeck and Southwest Signal Engineering

December 2

San Francisco transportation commission fills funding gap for Fairfield-Vacaville station

USDOT: Value of goods moving north, south across U.S. borders goes up in September

South Florida RTA seeks input on regional transportation issues, funding

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

TriMet appoints deHamel to head finance, administration

NS takes home Honda's service honor; UP wins award for health program

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

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

Charlotte agency's light-rail station attains highway administration honors

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

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