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Rail News: May 2006

May 31

North American container and trailer volume continues winning streak in the first quarter, IANA says

Bombardier-led consortium to provide FLEXITY light-rail vehicles for Portugal system

CSXI's fuel surcharge to rise 0.5 percentage points in June

RTA report: Tie purchases rise, production falls in April

WMATA to improve station lighting, poll passengers

Former CSX CEO Snow resigns as treasury secretary

Pacific Harbor Line purchases 16 MotivePower locomotives for $21 million

MARTA appoints Waters to oversee service planning and scheduling

May 30

House subcommittee appropriates $900 million for Amtrak in FY2007

LA MTA approves $3 billion FY2007 spending plan

Indiana Rail Road takes ownership of former CPR line

U.S. roads report fewer accidents, fatalities in January and February

Lucas Oil Products subsidiary purchases Indiana short line

Seventy-six organizations form coalition to promote DM&E's PRB project

UP in midst of $6.1 million trackwork project in Iowa

Ansaldobreda to rebuild Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's light-rail vehicles

May 26

Amtrak power outage brings dozens of commuter trains to a standstill

GO Transit launches Stouffville Line extension

Keewatin Railway to take over passenger-rail operations on former Hudson Bay Railway line

U.S. roads register highest weekly carload volume in 2006, AAR says

Ohio commission seeks federal funds to study freight-, passenger-rail corridors

Pagonis, Curtis retain seats on RailAmerica's board

May 25

TriMet to raise ticket prices a nickel

BNSF bulks up centerbeam fleet to move more lumber

MBTA to build walkway between Boston rail and bus stations

Siemens to build eight high-speed trains for Russian Railways

GE's 1,000th Evolution Series locomotive to roll off assembly line

May 24

Hutchison Ports Holdings to construct terminal at Mexican port

TRANSCAER group honors three Class Is' contributions to emergency response training

Amtrak and Carnival Cruise Lines to resume joint program in New Orleans

BNSF sets units-handled records

APTA adds personal touch to Web site navigation

May 23

FRA provides grants to help fund Alaska Railroad, Tacoma Rail projects

Minnesota legislature OKs measure to provide $60 million for Northstar commuter-rail line

NJ Transit helps inaugurate Weehawken ferry/train/bus terminal

ALSTOM-led consortium to build 170 METROPOLIS metro cars for Budapest railway

UP to spend $10.1 million on California trackwork project

South Africa's Spoornet to install New York Air Brake's ECP and computer-controlled brakes on new locomotives

Nortel to supply switching centers to Chinese railway ministry

May 22

CSXT names Brown VP and chief transportation officer

British Columbia Railway seeks bulk marine terminal operator

League of Railway Industry Women seeks 'Outstanding' nominees

Montana Rail Link, BLET set tentative agreement terms

Bombardier-led consortium to build 13 more EMUs for Deutsche Bahn

North Carolina Railroad seeks options to relocate line

Kelso Technologies boots up new Web site

May 19

New Illinois law allows cities to install cameras to enforce crossing regulations

BNSF, UP expand Powder River Basin joint line with third main track

Stillwater Central T&E workers say 'no' to joining BLET a second time

BART partners with SF airport, Travelocity to deliver 'moving messages'

TriMet names developer for Interstate MAX site

UP honors chemical shippers' safety efforts

Chalich to head Northern Plains Railroad's sales and marketing

May 18

USDOT sets strategy for reducing bottlenecks on nation's transportation network

North Dakota development agency receives grant for Minot intermodal terminal

Worker deaths prompt WMATA, union to review system safety

Trinity appoints McWhirter, Menzies and Perry to top management posts

Lloyd's Register Rail to provide safety, reliability assurance for Dubai monorail project

DPS Electronics contracts out sales duties to TPSC

Schneider National arm to provide Chicago-area warehousing services to Wal-Mart

May 17

NS runs Harriman gold winning streak to 17-straight years

BNSF's Coronado wins rail industry's highest employee safety honor

Greater Cleveland RTA approves first fare increase in 13 years

Bush nominates Biden and McLean as reform board members

Sixty petitioners back DM&E in Rochester lawsuit opposing Powder River Basin project

Florida East Coast Railway VP and CFO Bramlitt to take on parent company's controller duties

Huron & Eastern Railway workers join the BLET

May 16

Ohio provides funds for 'Heartland' double-stack container corridor

Caterpillar to acquire Progress Rail Services

MARTA adopts FY2007 budget

Watco sells West Virginia short line to Four Rivers Transportation

Bombardier lands fleet support contract from First ScotRail

California railroad authority to name Northwestern Pacific line operator next month

Transit-rail engineering veteran Long retires from LTK

Small roads register carload gain in the first quarter, RMI says

Providence and Worcester's revenue and expenses rise

May 15

KCS appoints four execs to key financial posts

Capital spending shows U.S. roads are serious about tackling capacity and service issues, Fitch Ratings says

CN bans night-time train horns in Ontario town

WMATA to build police substation

KCSR to employ high-production tamper, KCSM to boot up high-tech computer system

April an up-and-down month for Genesee & Wyoming's and RailAmerica's carloads

May 12

Rail shippers, Class Is discuss fuel surcharge programs' pros and cons at STB hearing

Allegheny County port authority appoints Bland CEO

Montreal transit agency to negotiate subway car contract with Bombardier

CN changes sales and marketing staff's direct reports in bulk commodities unit, appoints AVP of intermodal marketing

Pennsylvania DOT grants include more than $2 million for short-line infrastructure improvements

HDR to manage Albuquerque streetcar project

Witt joins Washington state DOT as first-ever multi-modal manager

Wausaukee Composites to provide ALSTOM various components for WMATA cars

May 11

CTA contracts Bombardier to manufacture up to 706 heavy-rail cars

NJ Transit receives $500 million state commitment for Trans-Hudson tunnel project

Brazil's América Latina Logística to acquire Brasil Ferrovias' three rail concessions

FRA, WMATA unveil passenger-rail emergency evacuation simulator

KCS names Avramovich EVP of sales and marketing

Western Canada's container and export coal traffic to more than double in a decade, study says

TriMet to purchase 21 light-rail vehicles from Siemens

Shirley to succeed Demmert as Griffin Wheel's president

CN honors 93 shippers' haz-mat safety efforts

May 10

Minnesota, BNSF reach financial agreement for Northstar commuter-rail line

Transportation Services Index ends three-month losing streak in March

BNSF takes wraps off California transload center

ASLRRA hands out 2006 Marketing Awards to four short lines

Sacramento transit district receives high marks in rider poll

Railinc drops RailSync suite from product portfolio

New Hope Valley Railway to mark 100th anniversary

Three small roads purchase Short Line Data Systems' electronic dispatching system

May 9

BNSF, UP to build more mainlines and move more coal in the Powder River Basin

Alstom expands Montreal division to provide transit-rail security systems

MBTA to renovate Mattapan trolley station

Amsted Rail acquires Transolutions to enter Russian railway supply market

San Diego's North County Transit District hits halfway point on SPRINTER construction

Kansas City Southern Railway handles levee reinforcement materials at New Orleans transload center

Quality Railway Services acquires W.H. Leary's electronics repair business

May 8

Progressive Railroading to host Web seminar on freight-car market

Rochester, DM&E officials continue to squabble over Powder River Basin project

Toronto's GO Transit contracts Aecon Group to construct grade separation

UP to serve Green Plains' second ethanol plant in Iowa

San Diego-area transit agency proposes ticket price hike

ARI sets car delivery, financial records in the first quarter

G. W. Peoples Contracting names Schaffold operations manager

May 5

SEPTA proposes $991 million FY2007 spending plan

AAR data: U.S. and Canadian railroads post intermodal gains, carload declines in April

Canadian government to retain ownership of grain hoppers

North Carolina's Triangle-region residents support regional rail system

Federated Railways purchases Tuscola & Saginaw Bay Railway

UP beefs up refrigerated rail-car fleet to keep up with frozen-food traffic

WMATA proposes to open some stations to vendors

Trinity, Andersons' Rail Group add cars to lease fleets in first quarter

May 4

Power co-ops, AAR ask federal energy commission to examine railroads' coal delivery performance and commodity's supply chain

MBTA proposes ticket price hike to make up FY2007 budget shortfall

St. Louis Metro blesses FY2007 budget, three-year capital program

Bull Mountain Coal to construct rail line in Montana

Metra to build new Edison Park depot

Intermodal Transportation Institute elects board members, names honorary degree recipient

Canada to pony up more federal dollars for rail security, infrastructure improvements

Harsco installs Gerson as first CIO, boots up revamped Web site

Prime Railway to produce car doors in place of shuttered YSD plant

May 3

Maryland agency joins TSA's canine training program

Red River Valley & Western appoints Thompson president and COO

Genesee & Wyoming boosts North American revenue and income despite struggling Mexican operations

New York/New Jersey port authority elects officers

Chartwell International buys Middletown and New Jersey Railway

Twin Cities & Western promotes Wegner to EVP and COO

Staveley Services forms division to offer oil analysis services to North American rail industry

May 2

KCS continues Class Is' streak of first-quarter revenues up, operating ratios down

KCS, NS seal deal on Meridian Speedway joint venture

MARTA to get a cut of local sales tax for operating budget

CTA to rehab Clark Junction

Palendat to manage CSXI's trucking operations

Pacific Rail Services' Memphis intermodal yard workers to join Teamsters Rail Conference

Former WMATA GM White joins engineering firm DMJM Harris

NS to repurchase small amounts of stock, CN to sell debt securities

May 1

Canadian railroads must comply with new federal reflective material rules

LA MTA obtains $315 million in state funds for Exposition light-rail extension

AAR bestows first lifetime achievement award to Rep. Boehlert

Marshall retires as Genesee & Wyoming's vice chairman

Transport Canada provides $2.5 million for Ontario passenger-rail service

10East launches 'railHOUND' search engine for the rail industry

Metrolink inks $4.5 million deal with J.L. Patterson to provide flagging, inspection services

GATX Rail registers more income, acquires more freight cars in the first quarter

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