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Rail News: May 2007

May 31

Explosive ethanol growth is enough evidence to suggest '07 car deliveries will reach 62,000, Rail Theory Forecasts' Kolstad says

Transport minister proposes freight-rail amendments to Canada's transportation act

USDOT selects CSXT's I-95 route as one of 14 transportation corridors of the future

SYSTRA to help NICTD, Metra allocate traction power costs on shared track

Hatch to provide keynote address at AREMA's annual luncheon

Bombardier to supply vehicles, train-control system for Chinese people mover

Locomotive parts supplier unveils redesigned Web site

May 30

UTU-represented conductors ratify hourly rate agreement with CN

Miami-Dade Transit, South Florida RTA obtain federal security training grants

Kansas City Southern de México provides safety training programs for shippers

CTA urges Illinois lawmakers to pony up additional funds for public transit agencies

CSXI's June fuel surcharge to match May's 20.5 percent

AREMA names '07 scholarship winners, new marketing director

May 29

LA MTA to hike most fares the next two years

CPR to provide rail access, transload services for Alberta oil sands shippers

CTA drafts contingency plan to balance 2007 budget

NS takes home two TRANSCAER honors

St. Louis-to-Springfield service not financially viable, Amtrak says

BNSF names Freeman VP of engineering, reassigns Wright and Shircliff

Engineering firm URS to acquire competitor Washington Group

Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2007' Webinar tomorrow

May 25

GO Transit celebrates 40th anniversary

U.S. roads continue to register fewer carloads, AAR says

BNSF boots up software to streamline fuel management processes

Banta to oversee TriMet's operations division

Trucking firm Swift Transportation rings up intermodal sales

New York/New Jersey port authority elects officers

FreightCar America delivers steel ballast cars to BNSF

Harsco Track Technologies lands another grinder order in China

May 24

UTA approves three-year fare increase, FrontRunner ticket prices

CPR wins two of Toyota's performance awards

U.K. railroad operator FirstGroup to acquire Laidlaw

Transport Canada to pony up more security grants, extend security funding program

GE unveils battery-powered hybrid version of Evolution Series locomotive

Union Switch & Signal to acquire yard control system provider RM Star

Canadian emergency response alliance elects executive committee

May 23

Rail crossing, haz-mat safety bill enters Senate

Minnesota's Northstar Corridor to apply for FTA grant

FRA posts progress with national rail safety plan, promises more results

LIRR takes delivery of first East Side Access tunnel boring machine

KCSM factors fuel supply zone into faster locomotive throughput at Mexican terminal

Fox succeeds Dealy as BNSF's VP of transportation

Automotive engineer society honors UP's environmental efforts

May 22

Pacer Stacktrain, Trailer Bridge partner to provide domestic container move between U.S. and Puerto Rico

Tie purchases soar, production plummets in April, RTA says

Houston METRO, TriMet obtain TSA grants

Metro-North, New York City to finalize Yankee Stadium station pact

Chinese rail ministry sale marks Harsco Track's largest-ever track maintenance equipment order

Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2007' Webinar on May 30

Carr joins finance/leasing firm AllCapital as managing director

May 21

SEPTA board to review fare hike proposal

Massachusetts advances South Coast Rail project

Ohio rail commission OKs $1.2 million for freight-rail projects, pursues new executive director

KCS promotes Harrison, Grafton to AVP positions

NYCT, TWU address trackwork safety

Saudi Basic Industries to acquire GE Plastics

AAR committee approves Kelso's low-flow pressure-relief valves

May 18

Denver RTD launches FasTracks construction

MARTA adopts FY08 spending plan

NS stretches Harriman gold winning streak to 18; NS carman takes home the Hammond

Earth Tech to advance station design for BART extension to San Jose

Weekly carloads remain in red for U.S. and Canadian railroads, AAR says

Global Rail Systems acquires Signal Innovations

AAR ad campaign touts freight-rail advantages

May 17

Washington state to streamline transportation ballot measure

Trucks move majority of freight between U.S. and NAFTA partners in '06, USDOT says

Transportation workers, union leaders hold D.C. rally to drum up support for industry issues

Two new federal bills could fuel railroads' ethanol traffic

DART will spur $8 billion in economic activity in Texas, university study says

USDOT chooses Oakland Airport connector project for public-private partnership pilot

FRA acquires two track inspection vehicles to triple rail-flaw detection capacity

May 16

Teamsters-represented MOW workers walk off job at CPR

Severe storms rain on BNSF's PRB coal loadings

DuPont Safety Resources to help WMATA shore up safety program

NS names Butler, Ehlers to VP positions

Amtrak registers 5 percent ridership increase through FY07's first seven months

DHS establishes Tacoma port test center to detect radiation in rail cargo

Providence and Worcester's traffic, revenue plummet in first quarter

May 15

Five U.S. Class Is 'conspired' to fix fuel surcharge rates, rail shipper's lawsuit claims

Rail labor union coalition, carriers' committee finalize tentative agreement

CN signs up COSCO steamship line for new British Columbia port container terminal

FRA issues grant to Nevada DOT to evaluate proposed Maglev corridor

In Memoriam: Strato Inc.'s Fran Kimball

Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2007' Webinar on May 30

Wanted: Applicants for AARS' Frank J. Richter Scholarship

May 14

Teamsters Canadian maintenance-of-way division to launch strike at CPR

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to deploy National Guard at PATH stations

U.S., Canadian railroads' weekly carloads remain down, AAR says

California business group lauds Caltrain for 'reinvention' effort

Pennsylvania provides $10 million in grants to help short lines, shippers upgrade rail infrastructure

Kaw River Railroad leases K.C.-area industrial line from BNSF

RSI announces '07 scholarship winners

May 11

CTA to eliminate jobs, implement other cost-cutting measures

BNSF finalizes development deals for Kansas City-area logistics park

California development authority proposes privately funded maglev line

Florida East Coast Railway's UPS service streak reaches 700 days

Management team, Wind Point Partners join forces to acquire RailWorks

DHS awards final allotment of FY2007 transit security grants

NS orders two 'GenSet' switchers from National Railway Equipment

May 10

U.S. lagging when it comes to transportation investment, report says

BNSF, BLET reach tentative agreement

Florida East Coast Railway's revenue drops, operating ratio climbs in first quarter

Transportation Services Index posts gains in March, first quarter

Class I workforce a tad larger in March, STB data shows

Railpower obtains EPA 'clean air' award

May 9

New Jersey proposes to raise ARC project funding by $1 billion

North American intermodal volume reaches record 3.4 million units in first quarter, IANA says

Manufacturing growth will be slow but steady throughout 2007, survey says

Houston METRO gives Washington Group green light to begin preliminary design for transit expansion

Another rail industry re-regulation bill enters Congress

BNSF factors 'green' features into proposed L.A.-area near-dock facility

Four Class Is honor chemical shippers' safety achievements

May 8

Fortress Investment Group to acquire Florida East Coast through $3.5 billion transaction

FRA needs to step up crossing safety oversight, Office of Inspector General says

MTA Chairman Kalikow to step down

BLET-represented engineers ratify seven-year Metra agreement

Washington state DOT selects US Rail Partners, Washington and Idaho Railway to operate PCC branch lines

Providence & Worcester tests National Railway Equipment's 'GenSet' switcher

Amtrak launches Web site for mobile device users

May 7

DART seeks to build second downtown Dallas line

BNSF tests natural gas hostler trucks at L.A. terminal

Tie production up, purchases down in March, RTA says

Massachusetts Bay commuter-rail contractor appoints Davey deputy GM

CSXI's fuel surcharge exceeds 20 percent mark in May

Canadian railway association honors short line's, passenger railroad's safety efforts

ENSCO tabs Sherrock to manage FRA research and development program

May 4

AAR's April scorecard: Carloads up for Canadian railroads, down for U.S. roads

DART obtains FTA funds to purchase level-boarding cars

CPR, BLET reach tentative agreement for Soo Line engineers

Poet to build CSXT-served ethanol plant in Ohio, NS-served plant in Indiana

Amtrak employee receives safety award

New York Air Brake to supply ECP brakes to Australian miner

Hutton Communications lands distribution agreement, appoints SVP of sales

May 3

Newly minted House bill proposes to revamp rail safety, rename FRA

Montreal's AMT unveils Laval extension

CPR to maintain, refurbish federally owned hoppers under operating agreement

Greenbrier obtains intermodal platform order, makes management changes

Bombardier obtains passenger-car orders in China, the U.K.

NARP honors Montana congressman with Golden Spike Award

Westcode opens Illinois manufacturing plant

May 2

Huberman joins CTA as president

North Carolina Railroad, state DOT team up to rebuild nine-mile line

Miami-Dade Transit to begin acquiring land for North Corridor extension

Watco acquires Millennium Rail's freight-car repair operations

Amtrak appoints Campbell CFO

Genesee & Wyoming's revenue climbs, but so does its operating ratio

Patriot Rail acquires Rarus Railway, Copper King excursion train

May 1

UP, NS to route domestic container trains through shorter Shreveport gateway

DART to raise ticket prices in October

CN sets alternative fuels strategy to boost biodiesel, ethanol carloads

Virginia rail department needs more time to evaluate 10 proposed sites for 'Heartland' regional intermodal facility

King drops 'interim' tag from GM job title at Triangle Transit

Norris joins Railpower as VP of marketing, sales

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