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Rail News: May 2008

May 30

NS, 10 New York state short lines partner to form 'Empire Link'

Value of freight railed between U.S./NAFTA partners rises in March

Sound Transit completes southbound tracks on Central Link light-rail line

DHS allocates $380 million in transit security grants

U.S. railroads register another weak traffic week, AAR data shows

Indiana economic development agency issues RFP for inland intermodal terminal

Frasca joins MTA's board

Updates from Axion, U.S. Development, Pacer, Interfleet, Parvus and MHF

May 29

Amtrak to replace bridge, conduct maintenance 'blitz' next month

U.S. Class Is add workers for third-straight month

Bush calls on Cumber for STB seat; CURE opposes nomination

Oregon, North Carolina agencies propose fare increases

Patriot Rail seeks STB nod for Louisiana and North West Railroad acquisition

Ontario Northland to refurbish another 50 cars for GO Transit

CSXI tailors 'Threads Express' to meet garment shippers' needs

VIA Rail to upgrade track between Ottawa, Montreal

May 28

SEPTA approves $1 billion FY09 budget

CSXT unveils GenSet switcher at Michigan yard; Central California Traction kicks GenSet's tires at Stockton port

New Mexico's Rail Runner begins to build another station

CSXI's fuel surcharge to surpass 40 percent in June

Amtrak, TCU agree on tentative contracts covering three crafts

Houston METRO seeks feedback on Southeast Corridor environmental report

NS honors 43 chemical shippers with 'Thoroughbred' safety awards

May 27

AAR: U.S. roads report carload, intermodal volume drops in week No. 20

Los Angeles MTA notes progress on Eastside light-rail extension

Miami-Dade Transit: More businesses subsidize monthly passes

CPR, KCS issue notes to help pay down debt

Small railroads' carloads up 1.7 percent through 19 weeks, RMI says

Railpower to build locomotive plant in Quebec

Alaska Railroad to offer one day of free rides to 50-year-olds next year

May 23

House transportation committee signs off on Amtrak reauthorization, high-speed rail bill

UP unveils GenSet switcher at California yard; CSXT to introduce GenSets at Michigan yard next week

LA MTA signs off on $3.4 billion FY09 budget

NS boots up 'sustainability' Web site

Class I CMOs talk operational turkey at shipper forum

CN notes intermodal business boost from ongoing container train service, new Chicago grain terminal

RTA: Tie purchases plummet, production eases in April

May 22

Turnstiles keep spinning in Sacramento, south Florida

NS launches Uni-Level network with TTX-supplied cars

AAR: Railroads are four times more fuel efficient than trucks

UP a top veteran employer, California council says

Fort Worth's 'T' appoints Pegues to oversee government relations

Illinois commission OKs four grade crossing upgrades

Updates from Bombardier, Sweco, The Carlyle Group and Hatch Mott MacDonald

May 21

APTA: One-third of summer travelers will use public transit

BNSF opens history-making quadruple track in the PRB

Northstar Corridor authority launches construction on another station

Saskatchewan to pony up $500,000 for short-line infrastructure projects

Bombardier, Transmashholding to develop new locomotive in Russia; Alstom unveils new locomotive platform

CPR/DM&E merger will increase coal and haz-mat rail traffic in Rochester, coalition claims

UP to upgrade line through southwest Kansas and Texas/Oklahoma panhandles

Updates from Andrew, RailComm, Interfleet and Teradata

May 20

Sen. Lautenberg helps introduce 'safe truck' bill, garner federal rail and port security grants

New York MTA chooses new developer for Hudson Yards

STB orders UP to provide $30 million in rate relief to K.C. utility

DHS awards $1.2 million to Charlotte agency

BNSF makes switch to GenSet switchers at DFW, Houston yards

Breske to become Wisconsin's railroad commissioner

Houston METRO completes North Corridor environmental work

Updates from ExpressYard, Unitrac Railroad Materials, Siemens, TAC Worldwide and Advanced Machine

May 19

UP promotes Wimmer to VP of operations, appoints four other execs

More coal, grain and metallic ore moves help U.S. roads increase weekly carloads, AAR says

Metra to adjust weekend, weekday service on northern lines 

Panama Canal Railway breaks weekly container volume record

St. Louis Metro hits ridership high in April

NJ Transit to test online 'suggestion box'

First Coast Railroad workers join UTU

Updates from Wabtec, Belden, Gannett Fleming, Trinity and NICE Systems

May 16

NS, Pan Am Railways team up to create 'Patriot Corridor'

San Diego's NCTD proposes budget, announces executive director's resignation

Provision in Congress-approved 'Farm Bill' would direct USDA to study rail service, rates

Transbay Joint Powers Authority chooses architect for Transbay Transit Center

House transportation committee approves new public transit bill

BNSF marks 100th 10,000-foot intermodal train; sets units-per-train and foreign ETD records

Siemens obtains record LRV contract from Utah Transit Authority

TranSystems, Watco and Harbour form transportation facility design/build/operate firm

May 15

NS' gold Harriman streak reaches 19 years; CSXT conductor takes home the Hammond

UTA launches construction on first 'FrontLines' corridor

Soft international container demand drives down total Q1 intermodal volume, IANA says

CTA implements new performance measures

USDOT: Train accident decline can be traced to national rail safety plan

NJ Transit advances two station projects

Transportation Services Index slips in March, USDOT says

Updates from Timken, Siemens, ENSCO, Miscor Group, Wabtec, STV/Ralph Whitehead, Global Railway, Alcan, Citibank India and Bird-X

May 14

CN asks STB to expedite environmental review, final decision for EJ&E transaction

Rail Runner Express receives high rider satisfaction marks

Ohio rail commission OKs funds for five projects

LIRR to quiet train horns

RailAmerica left with 'little choice' but to abandon Coos Bay Line, short-line holding company says

Construction under way on Binghamton intermodal terminal

L.A.-area ports to boost volume in '08 after lackluster '07, report says

SNCF’s Pepy joins International Union of Railways committee, regional assembly

May 13

St. Louis' Metro, California's NCTD brace for tough times in '09

Bill aimed at rebuilding nation's infrastructure enters House

UP, Amtrak yardmasters ratify contracts; BLET marks 145th anniversary

BNSF buys land in Dallas logistics park

Charlotte Area Transit System to purchase another four LRVs

Seattle port acquires BNSF line for public trail, local freight service

Umberg joins California High Speed Rail Authority's board

Updates from Wi-Tronix, BNSF Logistics, Bombardier, L.B. Foster, Railpower, AirBoss and Tideworks

May 12

CN launches eastern Québec-to-western Canada intermodal service

Sound Transit, Tri-Rail continue to increase passenger counts

U.S. roads register more carloads, fewer intermodal loads in April, AAR says

Santa Clara VTA to receive $3.3 million in state security funds

WMATA police department to develop long-term improvement plan

Lipka joins Iowa Interstate as CFO

International Railway Systems acquires controlling interest in Serbian car, locomotive builders

May 9

Passenger-rail bill proposes to reauthorize Amtrak, establish high-speed rail

WMATA to delay planned improvements in lieu of 'critical repairs'

UP notes capacity gain from border crossing test, plans train speed boost on Wisconsin line

Northstar Corridor receives $53.9 million FFGA installment

Class Is continue to acquire rolling stock, financial services firm says

New York MTA to share greenhouse gas emissions data

NS shareholders re-elect four directors, appoint auditor

Illinois commission to partially fund UP crossing upgrade

May 8

U.S. Class Is enlist more workers in March, STB data shows

LA MTA, MARTA propose FY09 spending plans

LIRR's morning on-time performance reaches new high in April

Massachusetts to analyze freight transportation system, update rail plan

UTU members' ratification votes on national agreement due June 9

FECR names Biscan AVP of sales; RailAmerica appoints Preslar CFO

Updates from ARINC, FreightCar America, Greenbrier, The Andersons, ARI, Alstom, Rail Exchange, Salco and ContiTech

May 7

Transport Canada provides more than $6 million for 23 'ecoFREIGHT' projects

Three of seven Class Is made 'revenue adequacy' grade in '06, STB says

CTA to upgrade track, signals on Loop

UP nearly moves mountain to reopen mud-ravaged Oregon line

Construction under way on second Northstar Corridor station

Canadian railway association boots up greenhouse gas emission calculator

Updates from Alstom, ENSCO, Tracksure, Wabash National, Faiveley Transport, Prover Technology, Pacer, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Safety Vision

May 6

ASLRRA hands out annual marketing awards at history-making San Antonio event

Aviation bill amendment proposes to replenish Highway Trust Fund, finance high-speed rail projects

KCS promotes two finance execs

Fare increase doesn't deter WMATA passengers

BNSF intermodal facility expansion wins national 'excellence in construction' award

UP wins 'Blue Sky' award, upgrades track in two states

Rail Europe appoints chief commercial, financial officers

May 5

House Judiciary Committee OKs railroad 'antitrust enforcement' bill

Denver RTD starts construction on first FasTracks corridor

CSX files investor presentation with SEC, urges shareholders to reject TCI/3G board nominees

Utah Transit Authority obtains 'quiet zone' status for FrontRunner corridor

Washington state DOT obtains FRA grants for rail projects

Providence and Worcester to list common stock on NASDAQ

Updates from Siemens, Alstom, Georgetown Rail, Rail Development Group, FreightCar America, Trinity, Portec Rail, Midland Manufacturing, Hax Technologies

May 2

CSX pursues public-private partnership to further 'National Gateway' proposal

Metrolink receives $9 million California security grant

AAR petitions STB for revenue adequacy calculation adjustment, addresses small shippers' 're-reg' call

SEPTA, TWU to launch apprenticeship program

U.S. railroads register another coal and grain uptick on way to weekly carload gain, AAR says

BNSF appoints Vincent, Ebel and Potempa to management positions

Miami-Dade Transit to test new Metromover vehicle

May 1

Tri-Rail records 28 percent ridership gain in April

FTA advances Dulles rail project to final design phase

Transport Canada to help fund upgrades to 82 crossings

CSXI's, UP's fuel surcharges rise along with diesel costs

Ontario Northland, CAW finalize five agreements

Lafevers joins short-line owner Atlantic Western as commercial relations director

TRANSCAER honors Class Is', chemical shipper's achievements

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