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Rail News: May 2008

May 30

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

Frasca joins MTA's board

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

May 29

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

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

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

May 27

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

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

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

May 23

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

NS boots up 'sustainability' Web site

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

May 22

Turnstiles keep spinning in Sacramento, south Florida

NS launches Uni-Level network with TTX-supplied cars

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

Illinois commission OKs four grade crossing upgrades

May 21

BNSF opens history-making quadruple track in the PRB

Northstar Corridor authority launches construction on another station

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

Updates from Andrew, RailComm, Interfleet and Teradata

May 20

New York MTA chooses new developer for Hudson Yards

BNSF makes switch to GenSet switchers at DFW, Houston yards

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

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

House transportation committee approves new public transit bill

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

May 15

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

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

May 14

Rail Runner Express receives high rider satisfaction marks

LIRR to quiet train horns

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

May 13

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

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

WMATA police department to develop long-term improvement plan

Lipka joins Iowa Interstate as CFO

May 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 6

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

KCS promotes two finance execs

Rail Europe appoints chief commercial, financial officers

May 5

House Judiciary Committee OKs railroad 'antitrust enforcement' bill

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

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

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

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

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

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