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Rail News: June 2006

June 30

STB seeks railroads' plans for handling fall peak demand

St. Louis Metro's May rail ridership surges 9 percent

CSXT to conduct maintenance blitz on line between South Carolina and Kentucky

National Mediation Board member Fitzmaurice fills chairman's seat

MBTA redesigns car to carry more bicyclists

FreightCar America begins to deliver Wheeling & Lake Erie's first-ever new cars

Explosive-detecting canine team No. 400 graduates from TSA program

ENSCO reaches $100 million mark in annual sales

June 29

FRA sets new locomotive crashworthiness standards

LA MTA reaches tentative agreements with three unions

BNSF appoints Lambley as liaison to agricultural product shippers

TriMet approves $345 million operating budget

Indiana transportation district to add high-level platforms at Hegewisch Station

Schneider National names separate intermodal, truckload presidents

Greenbrier's car deliveries, backlog fall in fiscal third quarter

MiTek Industries to acquire Robbins Engineering

June 28

CPR, steelworkers union hammer out tentative contract

Hub Group founder, intermodal pioneer Yeager obtains honorary degree from Denver university

CSXT to construct Virginia crossover next month

Rush, Quinn take on new positions at R.J. Corman Railroad Group

Parsons Brinckerhoff to design, manage BART's seismic retrofit project

Emro takes helm as American Railcar Leasing's CEO

Houston METRO contracts Ross & Baruzzini to upgrade security network

June 27

Push-pull passenger-rail operations are safe, FRA says

CSXI's July fuel surcharge to drop 0.5 percentage points

CTA opens line, adds trains for west side riders

Buffalo & Pittsburgh restores service after repairing fire-damaged bridge

Shipper assigns fertilizer hoppers to GE Rail Services' freight-car maintenance program

Bush chooses Sumwalt as transportation safety board's vice chairman

June 26

Mineta to step away from U.S. transportation secretary post

STB data shows U.S. Class Is remain in hiring mode

UP shuffles regions, upper management staff

WMATA's Metrorail surpasses 200 million passenger mark in FY2006

CSXI scores success with chassis pool program

Canadian government to provide funds for Algoma Central's passenger-rail service

J.C. Penny chooses Pacer as top supply-chain provider of 2005

June 23

SEPTA signs off on $1.4 billion FY2007 spending plan

AAR Week No. 24 report: Coal plays lead role in U.S. roads' traffic surge

CN seeks court injunction to halt Manitoba First Nations' rail blockade plan

NJ Transit set to open Newark light-rail line

BMWED members re-elect Simpson as president, elect other officers

Short line association schedules K.C. ethanol seminar in early August

WMATA adds dogs to canine patrols

June 22

Railroads' prices decline since 1985, GAO reports; rates not fair for chemical shippers, ACC says

RailAmerica shrinks size of organization, management staff

Hahs wins re-election as BLET's national president

Amtrak holds security expo at NYC's Penn Station

RailComm installs automation system at UP yard

Bombardier to build third people mover system for Las Vegas airport

CN to use ultrasonic system to extend bridges' lifespan

June 21

AAR schedules 2006 fall peak forum to foster dialogue between railroads and shippers

STB decision puts DM&E's plan to form Powder River Basin line-managing subsidiary on hold

ALSTOM-led consortium to play major role in Algerian tramway project

Tie purchases and production up dramatically in May, RTA says

TransitCenter to introduce check card as part of commuter benefits program

Wal-Mart selects J.B. Hunt as 2005's top intermodal carrier

June 20

NJ Transit to launch express service between New York, Atlantic City

BNSF's Piggott and Bischler to take on VP positions, Murray to retire

Santa Clara VTA names two top execs

International railway union forms Middle East region

Shumsky to head Florida East Coast's human resources department

Cubic to install ticket distribution system for U.K.'s Northern Rail

BLET members reelect five National Division officers

June 19

UP sets first seven-day carloadings record outside fall peak

Utah Transit Authority gains $489 million federal grant for FrontRunner project

Canadian transportation industry lands $226 million in federal funds to bolster security

Kansas City Southern to install Wabtec's train/dispatching management system on U.S. and Mexican roads

Greater Cleveland RTA asks employees, passengers to help keep watch over system

Trucking capacity to remain tight into 2007, transportation research firm says

Alaska Railroad shuffles executive staff

BNSF, Japan railway share best practices at Texas meeting

June 16

WMATA board signs off on $1.9 billion FY07 budget

CN elevates Jablonski, Ruest to SVP level

Toll-free emergency phone numbers should be posted at more grade crossings, FRA says

Caltrain seeks feedback on fare hike proposals

NS orders 1,600 coal cars from FreightCar America

FTA approves Sound Transit's environmental report for northern extensions

Alaska Railroad seeks state permit to spray herbicides on weeds

Short line association sets dates for fall regional meetings

June 15

House signs off on amendment to add $214 million to Amtrak's FY2007 appropriation

UP sets several coal train loading records in May

U.S. needs a 'truly intermodal' transportation system, NCIT's Sherry says

New York MTA boots up new user-friendly home page

SEPTA to rehabilite trolley line

Bombardier to build another 31 light-rail cars for London transit agency

Trinity completes sale of fittings group

TieTek adds Darnell, House and Brink to executive ranks

Klutts Equipment to take wraps off Oklahoma manufacturing plant

June 14

KCS names Shoener president and COO; Haverty remains chairman and CEO

Tank-car design a focus of House subcommittee hearing on rail haz-mat safety

Kopp to join California High Speed Rail Authority

CN, KCS place orders for more than 100 locomotives

High gas prices mean more passengers for LA MTA

Same-railroad carloads fall for RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming in May

BNSF transports Asian steam locomotives to Illinois for RDC

Russian Railways rejoins international rail union after 50-year hiatus

June 13

NYCT sweeps APTA's Rail Rodeo competition in Brooklyn

BNSF shuffles transportation department management staff

NJ Transit begins to build Mount Arlington station

TMCA hands out transportation marketing and communications honors

Kansas City Southern de México begins to re-stencil locomotives

Siemens delivers light-rail vehicle No. 1 to Charlotte agency

Canadian hall of fame seeks nominations for 2006 inductees

HDR to design, engineer Houston METRO extension

RailComm to supply remote-control locomotive switching system to limestone miner

June 12

U.S. railroads originate record-setting number of carloads in May, AAR says

Utah, California agencies place joint locomotive order with MotivePower

CPR to serve Toyota's new Ontario plant

NS sets coal, coke and iron ore volume records in May

Pittsburgh port authority installs chemical detection devices at light-rail station

Four Anacostia & Pacific small roads to spend millions on infrastructure and equipment

Amtrak, Texas town unveil renovated station

UP to boost train speed in Minnesota and Wisconsin

June 9

BART signs off on $557.3 million FY2007 operating budget

House Appropriations Committee approves $9 billion in FY2007 transportation funding

Florida East Coast, Wal-Mart win Argus Media's Win-Win Award

KCS appoints Borrows, Cornelsen to high-ranking financial positions

LA MTA named APTA's 2006 'outstanding' transit agency

Former MidSouth Rail, Illinois Central and Southern Pacific CEO Moyers dies

UP sponsors 37th tank car safety course at TTCI

RMI seeks nominees for 2007 Fast Track Awards

June 8

BNSF sets units-handled record in May

Metrolink's monthly passenger count reaches 1 million for the first time

Siemens to provide traction control systems for passenger cars and locomotives

Railmark Holdings acquires short line and dinner train operator Coe Rail

BNSF to rely on rail fans' eyes and ears to help spot suspicious activity

Bombardier delivers 1,000th car to China

Jarrett to manage DTE Rail Services' Indiana rail-car repair shop

On Track Innovations to supply smart cards for Israeli transit agency

June 7

Kansas City Southern to launch daily container/trailer service between Mexico and the U.S. Southeast

House appropriations committee rejects amendments to provide additional Amtrak funding

Transportation Services Index records first two-month winning streak since fall 2004

Amtrak offers online mobile device application

Bombardier to renovate vehicles, bogies for U.K. transit agency

KCSR teams up with Louisiana DOT to upgrade 300 crossings

Tucker to head Virginia rail and public transportation department

Pennsylvania railroad authorities to merge, change track ownership

Faiveley Transport appoints Tomar VP of marketing and business development

June 6

FTA launches joint procurement pilot program

California railroad authority chooses NWP to operate Northwestern Pacific Line

STB schedules hearing to review 'paper barriers' part in line sales and leases

WMATA realigns management structure

BNSF gets more bang for the buck at the diesel pump

Trimaran Capital Partners to purchase Standard Steel

RailWorks appoints transit division president, two risk management department heads

InTrade International to provide cranes, rail-car mover to two Venezuelan mining firms

RailComm completes operating rules training for Indiana commuter road, short line

June 5

BNSF lines up ethanol move to the Dallas/Fort Worth market

Transbay Joint Powers Authority to take two-phase approach to new intermodal transit center

Pittsburgh port authority adds light-rail cars to rehab program

UP to reschedule Ferromex interchange, improve track in Mexico

SEPTA, UTU reach tentative pact for conductors

CN cleans up river, assesses environmental impact after tank car accident in Quebec

KCSM turns to machine of yesteryear to remove fouled ballast

New Orleans transit authority obtains FTA waiver to protect FY2007 appropriation

June 2

House subcommittee marks up 2007 transportation appropriation, full House approves additional security funds

Minnesota governor signs bonding bill for Northstar project

Nottingham might be next STB chairman

FRA provides $1 million grant to Operation Lifesaver

Shurstad takes Pacer International's presidential reins, passes Pacer Stacktrain's top seat to Finkbiner

L.B. Foster to provide fasteners for Canada Line

Engleman Conners leaves National Transportation Safety Board

Trinity Industries sells fittings group

June 1

Schneider National to launch container service with CSXI and KCS

Surface transportation trade between the United States and NAFTA partners hits high-water mark in March

Sound Transit completes two Central Link light-rail stations

Chicago SouthShore orders 100 gondolas from Trinity Industries

GE/Credit Suisse joint venture to invest millions in transportation infrastructure

MBTA to transform century-old Maverick Station into intermodal hub

UP names Florence, Yedlick to general transportation superintendent positions

Trainyard Tech to install process control system at NS yard

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