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Rail News: February 2007

February 28

Amtrak posts double-digit ridership growth on Illinois, Acela Express trains

CSXT boots up Web-based interchange performance measurement tool for short lines

Indiana ports set cargo-handling record in 2006

CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge to rise in March

February 27

FRA says 'nay' to DM&E's federal loan request

BNSF, King County and Port of Seattle to transfer ownership of unused rail line

ECORail readies Kentucky plant to treat, market wood ties

ARINC opens Pittsburgh office to support surface transportation, security projects

Econify boots up Web-based inventory location service for rail industry

February 26

UTU-Canada, CN reach tentative agreement, but strike will go on until late March ratification ballot

Amtrak ridership on the rise in Michigan

RailAmerica: Giles to succeed Swinburn as CEO; Redfearn and Howe to step down as president and CFO

CPR joins U.S. Army's post-military job placement program

Metrolink names Crary assistant executive officer of operations

February 23

Severe storms, UTU strike reduce U.S. and Canadian roads' weekly carloads, AAR says

New Mexico chooses route for Rail Runner extension to Santa Fe

Utah transit agency takes delivery of first FrontRunner locomotive from MotivePower

Former TCU International President Kilroy dies

Trinity sets freight-car backlog record in fourth quarter

Wabtec generates record sales, increases cash flow

February 22

LIRR's ridership, on-time performance rise in 2006

It's time for federal legislation to end UTU-Canada strike, CN says

Wiedefeld, Waters assume Maryland Transit Administration's top two posts

Wisconsin & Southern seeks state funds to restore service on abandoned lines

RailAmerica mourns passing of Central Operations President Hulstrom

Nicoloff succeeds Kulmer as A&K Railroad Materials' president

February 21

Congressional bill, lawsuit latest attempts to stall DM&E's federal loan application

CTA to install ticket vending machines at two Metra facilities

Canadian government appoints panel to review federal rail safety act

VRE wraps up Quantico Creek bridge project's second phase

IANA creates card program to help truckers manage fuel purchases

Railex installs computer system to help manage warehouse, rail produce shipments

February 20

UTU-Canada's strike against CN is legal, Canadian labor relations board says; contract negotiations to resume today, union says

Metra carries record number of passengers in 2006

Sound Transit proposes to raise ticket prices, change fare structure

Canadian government's ecoFreight program to promote environmentally friendly freight transportation

Rail industry to defend right to keep convicted contractor employees off railroad property, AAR says

FreightCar America marks opening of second Roanoke production line, delivery of first hybrid coal car to NS

New York governor nominates Kluger as MTA's inspector general

February 16

Feds release funds for Chicago's CREATE program; seven projects slated to start construction

SEPTA proposes FY08 fare hike to help make up $150 million budget deficit

President signs off on bill to fund Amtrak at FY06 level

UTU-Canada rejects offer to resume bargaining and end strike, CN says; deal limits ability to resume picketing, union says

AAR weekly report: Intermodal loads go up, but carloads remain down for U.S. roads

Florida East Coast boosts revenue, profit despite drops in aggregate and automotive traffic

CTA expands mobile security network pilot

February 15

Rail safety bill would empower FRA to regulate rail workers' service hours

CTA reiterates need for $6.1 billion in capital funds over five years

Transportation Services Index registers first year-over-year decline since 2001

BNSF, CSX to repurchase more outstanding common shares

Union Switch & Signal to install automatic train-control systems in Greece, Italy

ARI sets revenue, earnings records in 2006

February 14

House subcommittee hearing: Railroads and Congress can do more to ensure rail workers are well rested, speakers say

UTU-Canada strike at CN likely to linger into next week

New Orleans planning commission obtains FRA funds to study passenger terminal redevelopment

NJ Transit proposes ticket price hike in FY2008

KCSM advances plan to build Lazaro Cardenas terminal, spend more than $300 million on capacity projects

UP and GE schedule California 'green' tour to tout environmentally friendly locomotive technology

Fitzpatrick to succeed Santomero as FreightCar America's chairman

February 13

Four design teams to submit proposals for San Francisco intermodal transit center

Genesee & Wyoming generates more revenue, income in 2006

Fortress Investment Group to close on RailAmerica acquisition

BART hires firm to oversee Transbay Tube retrofitting

BNSF, UP to serve southern Illinois ethanol plant

Bombardier to help fill Chinese railway ministry's order for 500 freight locomotives

VHB appoints Byrne senior project manager of train controls

February 12

UTU-Canada members launch strike against CN; Class I claims strike is illegal

Washington state DOT to acquire third PCC branch line from Watco

LA MTA, developers break ground on $600 million project at Hollywood & Vine station

Ohio rail commission OKs upgrades to seven grade crossings

Wi-Tronix appoints Cozzi VP of sales

February 9

AAR: U.S. and Canadian roads' slow start reaches five weeks

WMATA to purchase new passenger cars

KCS promotes Evans, Franko to AVP positions

Anacostia & Pacific to install RMI's wireless transportation management system on 34 locomotives

ALSTOM to supply trainsets for SNCF, freight locomotives for Veolia Cargo

Railhead Vision Systems to provide onboard surveillance systems for Metra

February 8

Fourth-quarter volume gain caps off another record-breaking year for intermodal industry, IANA says

MBTA opens larger concourse at North Station

CSXI to double Charlotte terminal's capacity

KCS names Mylin AVP of revenue accounting, disbursement

FreightCar America registers record sales, reduces backlog

Henneberry joins AIG as president and CEO of rail services unit

February 7

President's FY08 budget proposes $1.4 billion for transit projects

Tacoma port projects record container volume, intermodal lift increase in 2007

MBTA to operate trains on Greenbush Branch for first time in almost 50 years

CN implements contingency plan in wake of UTU-Canada strike mandate

Montana Tractors honors BNSF Logistics as carrier of the year

Amtrak's multicultural ad campaign targets African-Americans, Hispanics

O'Rourke to manage Sperry Rail Service's North American operations

February 6

Bush Administration proposes $9.4 billion for federal transit program, $800 million for Amtrak in FY08

KCS churns out revenue and income records, reins in operating ratio

Virginia rail agency to select intermodal terminal site in April

State study shows 26 Wisconsin & Southern-used bridges need 286k-related upgrades

NS appoints Earhart, Werner to VP positions

Santa Clara VTA to release updated draft environmental report for BART extension

February 5

House votes to freeze Amtrak's FY2007 appropriation at FY2006 level

FRA pilot program encourages yard workers to anonymously report near-miss accidents

Santa Clara VTA obtains state funds for BART extension

CN to boost Toronto terminal's capacity by one-fourth

RailComm installs wireless control system on two crossovers at BNSF's Tulsa yard

Bombardier to supply 321 TALENT 2 trains for Germany's Deutsche Bahn

February 2

AAR: U.S. railroads' carloads, intermodal loads drop for fourth-straight week

Rail-car deliveries to drop slightly to 69,000 units in 2007, bounce back to 70,500 units in 2008, EPA says

Timken obtains order to supply, recondition tapered bearings for German bogie manufacturer

Nober, Mulvey to teach master's program transportation courses at Denver intermodal institute

ShockWatch acquires temperature sensor manufacturer IntroTech

February 1

DM&E's Powder River Basin project stands up to environmental review, FRA says; Still need environmental study on former I&M line, STB says

House OKs measure to fully fund transit programs in FY2007

STB data shows U.S. Class Is' workforce increased 1.6 percent

New York MTA creates task force to secure LIRR, Metro-North rights of way

UP begins to use first of 60 'Gen-Set' switchers at L.A.-area yards

KCS appoints Wochner senior VP and chief legal officer

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