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Rail News: February 2008

February 29

NS to open Heartland Corridor's first intermodal facility March 3

It's official: Wiley assumes CEO post at Sacramento transit agency

Iowa DOT provides $4 million for 26 crossing projects

Davis succeeds Shoener on KCS' board

WMATA adds track trash collectors at three stations

Updates from Trainyard Tech, International Railway Systems, Boxcar Services and FTR Associates

February 28

Amtrak proposes $1.67 billion FY09 budget

New York MTA proposes five-year, $30 billion capital plan

It's time to stop producing and transporting dangerous chemicals around the nation, AAR's Hamberger says

Illinois commission OKs four crossing upgrades, one bridge replacement

Charlotte contracts STV/Ralph Whitehead to help plan Blue Line extension

MotivePower introduces low-emission switcher; EJ&E tests NREC's GenSet switcher

Houston METRO, FTA officials discuss project funding

February 27

FRA seeks $1.1 billion appropriation in FY2009 federal budget

CTA to sell $1.9 billion in bonds to fund pension program

Metro-North, Connecticut DOT unveil M-8 mock-up

Lower locomotive depreciation rate a boon for rail-related investments and jobs in Canada, RAC says

Anacostia & Pacific's Gilbertson to chair Hill reference library

Updates from WAGO, Kalmar, Greenbrier, Transplace, RailComm, Portec, Railinc, Mechel and Sure Seal

February 26

Canadian Transportation Agency lowers Class Is' western grain revenue caps

Ferromex becomes TTX's first new owner in 43 years

Tie purchases and production skyrocket in January, RTA says

CSXI's fuel surcharge to rise, UP's carload rate-based surcharge to hold steady in March

AAR: Railroads help utilities stock up on near-record amounts of coal

BNSF closes 453 crossings in '07

Horn joins NS' board

February 25

U.S. railroads boost carloads for second-straight week, AAR says

PATH celebrates a century of service

Maryland Transit Administration tests train arrival system

STB schedules hearing on railroads' common carrier obligation

Great Northwest Railroad gets carload boost from dry urea

Updates from Knichel Logistics, Faiveley Transport, RailComm and Union Switch & Signal

February 22

Sound Transit seeks input on transit expansion options

BNSF regains Chrysler business

New York/New Jersey port authority test contactless payment system

Bombardier to build 27 locomotives for NJ Transit

LIRR scores slightly higher rider satisfaction marks in 2007

Unitrac Railroad Materials acquires Donovan EDH and Trackwork Solutions

February 21

GO Transit to hike ticket prices next month

UP speeds up trains at five San Antonio crossings

MBTA places new passenger cars in service

NS appoints Baker AVP of industrial development

Ottawa Central Railway set to start track improvement project

Short lines register carload gain through week No. 5, RMI index shows

Updates from ARI, Trinity, Wabtec, DMF, AIG Rail, Railpower, Smiths Detection, Greenstone Holdings and Boxcar Services

February 20

Southern California ports, transportation authorities seek $2.2 billion in state funds

Chicago mayor outlines service improvement plan for CTA

CPR to challenge federal grain hopper maintenance adjustment in court

Panama Canal Railway boosts intermodal, passenger-rail capacity

North Carolina Railroad to begin preliminary grade separation design

Caltrain to add weekday evening trains

Myson to join Canadian rail association as dangerous goods specialist

February 19

Amtrak to deploy mobile security teams, conduct random bag checks

FRA welcomes intercity passenger-rail grant program, releases draft environmental study for New Jersey bridge project

Canadian Auto Workers ratify CPR contract; TCU OKs CSXI pact

VRE proposes 3 percent fare hike

Huron & Eastern workers join BLET

North Carolina DOT upgrades track, signals along key corridor

USDOT appoints ITS council chairs; FRA issues crossing safety resource guides

Updates from RMI, Alstom, Loram and International Fuel Technology

February 15

U.S. railroads register carload gain in February's first week, AAR says

NYCT to inspect, repair platform rubbing boards

BNSF weathers winter conditions to boost coal train loadings in the PRB

RailTrends 2008 coming to New York City Sept. 30-Oct. 1

STB seeks comments on proposed complement to capital asset pricing model

WMATA to purchase track geometry vehicle

UP's Duren one of top 15 women in corporate America, magazine says

Containerization/intermodal institute elects officers, reappoints executive

February 14

FRA issues regulation to prevent human error-caused accidents

Central Corridor group outlines most feasible option for Twin Cities' light-rail line

CN's new car allocation system is flawed, grain shippers say; it's not an allocation system, CN says

CSX board fires back at TCI's bylaw amendment criticisms

UTU, Amtrak agree on tentative pact

Transportation Services Index inches up in 2007

Teamsters rail conference ratifies CPR contract

Updates from New York Air Brake, RailComm, STV, Pacer International and RoadLink

February 13

CPR, Consolidated Fastfrate extend intermodal partnership pact

Sound Transit vows to meet strict environmental standards

UP to boost up recruiting efforts in '08, speed up trains in Kansas

STB to study environmental impact of Alaska Railroad's proposed line

Genesee & Wyoming reports revenue, income gains

Vossloh acquires track component supplier Kloos Oving

Former Amtrak/Conrail leader Lewis and Hatch & Kirk co-founder Hatch pass away in January

CTA implements Wi-Fi network to automate 10 yards

February 12

VIA Rail seeks contractor to overhaul passenger cars

California's Capitol Corridor posts ridership, revenue gains in FY07

U.S. Class I workforce a tad smaller at 2007's end, STB data shows

BNSF and UP among top Hispanic employers, Latina magazine says

WMATA proposes Blue Line service changes

STB seeks public comments on cost-of-equity calculation change

Catalyst Paper to acquire Apache Railway as part of paper mill deal

R.J. Corman to serve newly opened ethanol plant in Ohio

February 11

Seven senators urge majority leader to bring antitrust enforcement bill to Senate floor

Riders give Caltrain high customer satisfaction marks

Virginia port pumps up the volume in '07

Ridership on the rise in St. Louis, Twin Cities

CSXT boots up 'Carbon Calculator' to show shippers rail is environmentally friendly

Oregon's TriMet to add rush-hour light-rail service

Carmichael at 'Carmichael' conference: U.S. needs an expanded rail network

Updates from David J. Joseph Co., Alstom/Ansaldo STS, Global Rail Systems and Lat-Lon

February 8

TCI to CSX: Bylaw changes a 'disingenuous effort' to address shareholders' interests

LIRR, AirTrain, Tri-Rail note higher annual or daily passenger counts

AAR's January review: U.S. roads boost carloads, Canadian roads increase intermodal volume

MBTA to purchase 75 bi-level cars from Rotem

Domestic containers up, international containers down in 4Q, IANA says

LIRR completes draft environmental study for third track project

Illinois commission approves new overpass, crossing upgrade

Transportation-related mergers/acquisitions in '07 reach 20-year high, M&A activity report shows

February 7

NYCT posts highest annual ridership in almost 40 years

Canadian railroads reduce accidents, fatalities in '07

Schneider National picks BNSF, CSXI as primary rail carriers

GO Transit surpasses 50 million passengers in 2007

TTCI launches test on composite rail bridge

NJ Transit's ARC project gets FTA rating boost

Federal court extends restraining order on UTU/SMWIA merger until May

Updates from Wabtec, FreightCar America, The Andersons, Railinc and RailComm

February 6

Bush Administration recommends FY09 funding for New Starts projects

KCS sets revenue and income records, trims operating ratio

Shifts to all-water moves dragged down intermodal traffic last year, report says

Illinois Commerce Commission OKs two crossing upgrades

Caltrain to upgrade San Bruno grade crossings

Simmons Machine Tool wins automated axle line contract

February 5

Federal FY09 budget proposes $10.1 billion for transit, $800 million for Amtrak

Icahn's move to acquire Greenbrier and merge firm with ARI makes sense, Morgan Keegan says

Siemens lands largest light-rail vehicle contract, Hampton Roads order

KCS to deploy GPS ballast train, CWR train and Gen-Set switchers

Retirements drive executive appointments at CN, NS

Alstom takes wraps off latest high-speed train

BNSF becomes chemistry council-certified system user, opens redesigned Seattle yard

February 4

Canadian, Quebec governments provide millions for short-line trackwork

McFadden to succeed Martin as NS' corporate secretary; Derry joins KCS as VP

WMATA's Catoe reflects on 2007 accomplishments, sets 2008 agenda

FRA provides another RRIF loan, surpasses another track inspection milestone

New York Air Brake acquires Klasing Hand Brake's business

UP budgets $3.1 billion for capex in '08

February 1

BNSF Logistics acquires DFL

FRA announces new passenger-car safety requirements

Mayo Clinic seeks mitigation for Rochester as condition of CPR/DM&E merger

DART names Chrisman new board chair

Homan to succeed Wilson as Loram's president/CEO

Updates from Harsco, L.B. Foster, RailComm, Global Rail, Cisco and TUVRheinland

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