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Rail News: April 2008

April 30

Nation needs infrastructure planning 'overhaul,' report states

CSX letter urges shareholders to re-elect directors; TCI/3G white paper states case for CSX board change

UTA proposes fuel surcharge

New Orleans port, short line and CN inaugurate new rail yard

New York DOT dishes out $20 million from freight-, passenger-rail assistance program

Northstar Corridor station construction begins in Minnesota

UP takes home GM's service honor; CN hands out 'safe handling' awards to 79 shippers

Updates from Alstom, Wabtec, Transtec Gotthard, RMI, L.B. Foster, Standard Steel, WAGO and Midland Manufacturing

April 29

BNSF drives up income, drives down operating ratio despite skyrocketing fuel costs

New York MTA seeks ways to control construction costs

Genesee & Wyoming to acquire CAGY Industries

Slow economy will restrict freight-car orders, production in coming years, EPA says

Short-line association names safety award winners

KCSR becomes third U.S. railroad to obtain Responsible Care Management System certification

WMATA to launch 'mystery rider' program

Operation Lifesaver Canada honors New Brunswick Southern's Johnston with annual safety award

April 28

Sound Transit to seek feedback on new transit expansion program

Canadian government ponies up $2.7 million for Quebec passenger-rail improvements

STB ready to start environmental impact statement for CN/EJ&E transaction

Rail a growth opportunity for manufacturers, economic analyst says

LIRR to upgrade Queens Interlocking

CTA to adjust service on Chicago's west side

April 25

AAR weekly tallies: U.S. railroads boost carloads, Canadian railroads increase intermodal loads

LA MTA board mulls additional transportation sales tax

CREATE partners to break ground on signal system project

Transit will be key to solving Houston's traffic issues, poll shows

Tie purchases soar, production falls in March, RTA says

CSXT to build bypass in Jacksonville

Heinle to oversee SEPTA's customer service department

Updates from Alstom/Knorr-Bremse, Interpipe, Wabtec, L.B. Foster, GATX, Hub Group and PS Technology

April 24

UP marks all-time-best freight revenue, revenue per car in the first quarter

KCS drives up revenue and income, drives down operating ratio

Rail Runner to add four-quadrant gates at another three crossings

UP's Schafer takes home AAR's 'Chafee' environmental award

Minnesota's Hiawatha registers 16.4 percent ridership spike in first quarter

Oregon governor rejects CORP's joint venture proposal to restore Coos Bay line

Marie new nominee as Connecticut DOT commissioner

Transport Canada to help fund crossing upgrades in Manitoba

April 23

NS sets revenue record, increases income in first quarter

CPR's income and operating ratio slips in snowy, costly first quarter

Metro-North makes switch to energy-efficient light bulbs at Grand Central Terminal

Iowa Interstate orders 12 'Evolution' locomotives from GE

Colorado Railcar appoints Salci president and CEO

WMATA tests resilient flooring in rail cars

Bergeron becomes Twin Cities & Western's first sales director

April 22

Amtrak outlines Chicago-to-Iowa City service plans

Severe winter storms, strong Canadian dollar a double whammy on CN's first-quarter financial fortunes

FTA grants another $18.9 million for Norfolk's 'Tide'

Interest groups to CN shareholders: Regional communities face long-term detrimental impacts if EJ&E deal is approved

California's Metrolink takes wraps off environmentally friendly locomotive

UP honors 31 chemical shippers with annual 'Pinnacle' awards

Updates from MotivePower, Bombardier, TOUAX Rail, Siemens, Harsco, Kelso Technologies, Midland Manufacturing and I.D. Systems

April 21

North County Transit District considers service cuts, fare hikes in FY09

KCS: San Antonio, Lazaro Cardenas port pact a promising development

WMATA eyes capacity needs

Holland acquires Industrial Metrics' assets; PNR RailWorks purchases Quebec's largest railroad contractor

USDOT's research unit seeks proposals from small businesses

TMCA hands out 'Compass' marketing/communication awards

April 18

AAR week No. 15 round-up: U.S. roads register intermodal gain, carload decline

BNSF marks first distributed-power train to feature ECP brakes

Ottawa proposes light-rail plan for downtown transit network

Montreal port to expand container capacity, improve infrastructure

New York/New Jersey port authority director Shorris resigns

NJ Transit hires contractor for Hudson-Bergen line extension

Updates from Trainyard Tech, EMCOR Group, RF Monolithics, PS Technology and Invensys Rail Group

April 17

USDOT unveils new rail haz-mat routing rule

Utah Transit Authority completes TRAX extension to Salt Lake intermodal center

Alameda Corridor's train count reaches 100,000

NS names Friedmann VP-strategic planning; BNSF appoints Cruz associate general counsel

International tribunal begins to arbitrate RDC's dispute with Guatemalan government

BLET names Pontolillo research director, president’s assistant

Minnesota DOT to test bi-modal trailers

UP budgets $3.1 million for Iowa trackwork

April 16

CSX sets first-quarter revenue, income and operating ratio records

Task force to prioritize Ohio's transportation needs

STB computes rail industry's '06 cost of capital, creates new office

Ogeechee Railway acquires Georgia Midland branch line

St. Louis Metro to poll passengers

Wells to take TTX's presidential reins in June

NS launches online carbon footprint analyzer

Updates from Duos Technologies, EMCOR Group, PS Technology, AT&T, Kelso Technologies, MHF Logistical Solutions, DRI and TransCore

April 15

CREATE Update: Belt Railway, NS line upgrades under way

CTA, SEPTA unveil rebuilt stations

Genesee & Wyoming acquires Rotterdam short-haul railroad

New York MTA to ratchet up sustainability efforts

KCS execs talk strategy, business fundamentals with European investors

Tacoma, port team up to pump up Chinese export volume

Nordco acquires Shuttlewagon maker Central Power Products

VIA Rail adds two board members

April 14

Colorado transportation department to determine feasibility of freight-rail relocation

CTA to launch next phase of slow zone eliminations

STB to take its time to review proposed Yucca Mountain line in Nevada

Santa Clara VTA, ATU partner with California college to create workforce development program

Pennsylvania transportation department ponies up $5 million for five freight-rail projects

UTU/SMWIA merger on hold till June; internal trials of seven UTU officers put off till July

NYCT rolls out haz-mat response vehicle

Updates from Alstom, Koppers, Import Transport Logistik and FreightScan

April 11

BART proposes FY09 operating budget

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

Connecticut DOT to cut costs, features for rail maintenance facility

BNSF upgrades Seattle intermodal facility; CSXT eyes coal terminal expansion

Oregon, Massachusetts short lines under new ownership

National Industrial Transportation League names new president

NS to add 'Pacesetter' tool to online supply-chain portal

Alstom consortiums obtain contracts totaling $983 million to build two Algerian tramways

April 10

Transportation Services Index takes a slight tumble in February

DART notes higher satisfaction level in latest rider poll

Retail development set for LIRR's Jamaica Station

BNSF honors 74 shippers' haz-mat safety efforts

Scholarship winners selected for Wheel/Rail Interaction '08

Maryland Transit Administration to purchase locomotives

Updates from Orgo-Thermit, Midland Manufacturing, Kustom Seating, All Railroad Services, Greenbrier, Bentley Systems and ADS Logistics

April 9

BNSF sets PRB coal loading record in March

GO Transit to operate more 12-car trains

Canada needs to stay deregulation course for grain transportation, CN's Ruest says

CTA to provide transit information on Google site

BLET promotes Sorrow, Pierce; endorses Obama's presidential bid

Committee seeks topic abstracts for next year's light-rail conference

UP to speed up trains in Texas town

April 8

Canada to take close look at rail service

Elliston ideal Virginia site for Heartland Corridor intermodal facility, rail agency says

SEPTA to tighten system security

NS settles Graniteville accident-related lawsuit

Six unions seek reconsideration of FRA rule; BLET members ratify short-line contract

Sound Transit deploys station agents system-wide

Updates from Alstom, Kelso Technologies, RailComm, Nordco, SYSTRA, Gannett Fleming and Pacer

April 7

TCI files suit in U.S. district court as counterclaim to CSX's allegations of federal security law violations

Caltrain, MBTA chalk up more riders

KCS posts progress on new intermodal terminal, rehabilitated line in south Texas

MBTA to rehab Merrimack River bridge

SEPTA unveils new Norristown parking garage

UP upgrades track in Illinois, ups train speeds in Oklahoma

Greenbrier acquires SKF USA's roller bearing operation

April 4

U.S., Canadian railroads register carload declines in March, AAR says

On heels of successful year, Alaska Railroad notes potential for tough times ahead

STB adds a day to rail 'common carrier obligation' hearing

Sacramento agency celebrates 35 years of service

Denver university’s intermodal institute under new board leadership

RTA’s annual tie grading seminar set for Alabama in July

Updates from Caterpillar, Bombardier, Stella-Jones, Global Rail Systems, RailComm and Vossloh

April 3

Freight-rail delays cost Amtrak $137 million in FY06, Inspector General report says

CPR joins UP in FRA's 'close call' reporting pilot

New ethanol plant means track, traffic build-up for Greenville & Western

Santa Clara VTA begins downtown San Jose rail replacement

North Carolina issues infrastructure-funding grants to 11 short lines

NYCT's Steve Feil talks up reorganization in online chat

VAE Nortrak acquires majority stake in Mexican trackwork supplier DAMY

April 2

U.S. Class Is bring on a few more workers in February, STB data shows

UTU-represented engineers, conductors approve pact with northern Indiana agency

CSXT to open West Virginia dispatching center in August

Metro-North posts progress on Yankee Stadium station

AAR to hold '08 customer forum at NARS' San Francisco meeting

BART purchases new seats for 300 passenger cars

Updates from Faiveley Transport, Pacer, TFG Transfracht, Loram, Union Tank Car, ARCADIS, Bentley Systems, Greenbrier, Safety Vision and MISCOR Group

April 1

FRA proposes 'sweeping' rule to improve safety of hazardous materials-carrying tanks cars

NJ Transit posts second-quarter ridership record on River LINE

UP promotes Zalar to Wichita unit's superintendent of transportation services

Passenger-, freight-rail volumes registered growth worldwide in '07, International Union of Railways says

CSXI, UP raise fuel surcharges in April

Henry succeeds Davis as Genesee & Wyoming SVP, Utah Railway president

Bombardier to develop high-speed train with AnsaldoBreda, deliver Ethernet trains in Germany and The Netherlands

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