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Rail News: June 2007

June 29

SEPTA to hike ticket prices 11 percent

Staten Island Railroad moves first containers from new ship-to-rail transfer facility

WMATA approves $1.9 billion budget for FY08

Canadian governments, transportation constituents team up to fund rail corridor improvements in B.C.

CN halts trains, embargos traffic on Toronto-to-Montreal corridor after native blockade

TriMet signs off on $741 million FY08 spending plan

BNSF, real estate developer propose Illinois business park featuring transload and intermodal facilities

Patriot Rail promotes Wlotko to SVP of operations

June 28

CTA settles contract with 17 unions

BART surpasses 100 million mark for FY2007

UP to acquire 10 Gen-Set switchers for L.A.-area yard

CPR joins rail industry safety/security program

ITT to acquire ENIDINE owner International Motion Control

Trinity forms freight-car leasing, fleet management company

June 27

BNSF train tour provides glimpse of new capacity, business coming to nation's richest coal region

TriMet sets ridership record in May

Tie production and purchases surpass seasonal averages in May, RTA says

Charlotte transit system opens light-rail facility

Minneapolis' Metropolitan Council to award preliminary engineering contract for Central Corridor light-rail line

AMEC to engineer tunnel construction, clearances for NS' Heartland Corridor intermodal route

SNCF awards $2.8 billion high-speed train contract to Alstom

McCarthy, Trusdell join FreightCar America's executive ranks

June 26

Six unions ratify contracts with NCCC

Pennsylvania House approves amendment to create dedicated public transit funding

FreightCar America estimates second-quarter earnings, announces hopper order

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority recommends transportation projects

Spanish railway green lights Siemens' Velaro E high-speed train for service

Wireless Matrix inks 550-vehicle FleetOutlook agreement with RailCrewXpress

June 25

Genesee & Wyoming to terminate Ferrocarriles Chiapas-Mayab operations

National Association of Railroad Passengers unveils proposal to upgrade, integrate national rail system

KCS introduces program to teach English-speaking employees a 'proficient level' of Spanish

City-Rail conference to come to Shanghai in September

CMI-Promex's plastic signal housings pass AREMA 'Class B' muster

Lat-Lon lands locomotive monitoring system orders from two railroads, sets first-half sales record for damage prevention system

June 22

House signs off on $400 million rail security bill, House committee OKs $1.6 billion for transit expansions

AAR weekly data: U.S. roads move most carloads, second-most intermodal loads in '07

Caltrain to launch Burlingame Station project

Capitol Hill press conference casts spotlight on freight-rail tax credit bill

Alaska, Yukon study rail link

SEKO opens office in Turkey

June 21

UP agrees to limit slow orders on Amtrak routes

Kansas City Southern de México refinances debt to reduce pre-tax interest payments

CN to acquire another 65 locomotives by next year

International high-speed rail conference coming to Amsterdam in March

NYC business leader Hemmerdinger might be MTA's next chairman

Pennsylvania politicians honor AAR, others for giving veterans a lift with 'Liberty Limited' train

Anderson to chair TMCA's new recognition committee

June 20

BLET members give thumbs up to tentative national contract

Amtrak to add second Cascades train

Sheet metal workers union blesses proposed UTU merger

In Memoriam: Former RSSI Executive Director W. Edward Rowland

ShipXpress acquires RailSync system from Railinc

New Mexico's Rail Runner ridership spikes more than 20 percent in two weeks

Utah Transit Authority launches redesigned Web site

June 19

Fort Worth Transportation Authority to begin environmental process for new commuter-rail line

Canadian government to place three B.C. ports under one organizational umbrella

Maine to examine cost of extending freight-, passenger-rail line

MotivePower obtains locomotive orders from three transit agencies

Amtrak, GrandLuxe Rail Journeys team up to offer luxury train service

Fort Worth & Western acquires two Gen-Set switchers

UP lands geographic information system user award

June 18

House committee adds railroad investment reporting requirement to rail safety bill

Kansas City Southern de México marks 10 years since privatization

St. Louis Metro OKs FY08 operating budget, registers ridership gains

RDC seeks international arbitration to settle dispute with Guatemalan government

GO Transit unveils prototype of new MotivePower Industries locomotive

It'll take a tad longer to deliver 98 refurbished switchers, RailPower tells UP

Wal-Mart honors J.B. Hunt as top intermodal carrier for '06

June 15

Rail stocks among transportation group's best performers in '07, report says

House, Senate committees review transit legislation

U.S. railroads' traffic remains down into year's sixth month, AAR says

BART posts daily ridership record

CSXI to expand Atlanta-area intermodal terminal

Utah Transit Authority to receive first installment of federal FrontRunner grant

Bombardier to overhaul locomotives for Sweden's Green Cargo

June 14

Transportation Services Index holds steady at 111 in April

NJ Transit orders another 45 multi-level vehicles from Bombardier

Teamsters Canadian MOW division to poll members on tentative CPR pact

East European high-speed line launches service

Alberta university bestows honorary law degree to CN's Harrison

Telstra to install new communications system for Australia Rail Track Corp.

TMCA presents top marketing exec award posthumously to ATA's Russell

June 13

VTA approves biennial budget, fare reduction plan

Railroad and mass transit constituents can do a better job of securing their systems, Penn State study says

CN preps network, plans transload facility to seize oil sands and other opportunities in western Canada

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

Metro-North, Teamsters local reach tentative agreement

UP-sponsored emergency responder course racks up 24 more graduates

RMI seeks nominees for next year's 'Fast Track' awards

June 12

TCU tells Amtrak to jump-start negotiations or brace for strike

BNSF lengthens TransCon trains to move more containers per trip

Capitol Corridor registers all-time-high ridership in May

UTU proposes merger with sheet metal workers union

NS names 21-story Norfolk headquarters after former leader McKinnon

Century Products, Ameren partner to produce eco-friendly composite tie

Greenbrier to turn 48-foot intermodal platforms into 40-footers

Alstom, Colubris Networks team up to offer onboard wireless services

June 11

GO Transit begins to build third track on Lakeshore West corridor

U.S. railroads remained stuck in carload, intermodal volume malaise in May

Kansas City Southern de México adds train capacity tool to computer platform

Amtrak becomes partner in Army's post-military career program

Western New York and Pennsylvania to lease line from N.Y. rail authority, NS

Wabtec acquires lift and ramp manufacturer Ricon

Shepetuk to head California Transportation and Logistics Institute

June 8

USDOT announces semi-finalists for new congestion-relief program

BLET chosen to represent Talleyrand Terminal Railroad workers, renews PATH pact

BNSF loaded fewer coal trains in PRB last month

Georgetown Rail Equipment lands automated ballast unloading kit orders from CSXT and BNSF, makes management changes

League of Railway Industry Women seeks 'Outstanding' nominees for annual award

HNTB to oversee engineering for Miami Intermodal Center

June 7

NS proposes to build New Jersey-to-Louisiana Crescent Corridor

Sound Transit, University of Washington reach tentative University Link agreement

STB schedules K.C. hearing to obtain public feedback on rail-transported energy products

Strasburg Rail Road celebrates 175 years as short line of yesteryear, steam excursion line of today

FreightCar America adds field engineers, administrator to bolster customer service department

Siemens, Alstom to upgrade signal system for Belgian railway

Hub Group to acquire Interdom Partners

June 6

CPR, Teamsters' MOW division reach tentative agreement, end to three-week strike

KCS seeks $100 million RRIF loan to help fund Texas trackwork

SEPTA ropes in top honor at APTA's Rail Rodeo competition

New York MTA to create more seamless transportation network

Terrorism not an imminent threat to TIH-carrying trains, rail security study says

U.S. economy will grow at moderate pace through '07, Federal Reserve chairman says

TranSystems merges with Lichtenstein Consulting Engineers

Bombardier introduces maintenance, security systems to North American transit-rail market

June 5

Williams to take office as LIRR's first female president

Back to the bargaining table: CPR, Teamsters' union meet for first time since strike began

BART marks 50 years in Bay area

BNSF completes coal line maintenance blitz in Wyoming

INVITE, The Allen Group to create U.S-Mexico intermodal corridor

Santa Clara VTA names Mikolajczyk CFO, Gonot chief of BART extension

Railpower recalls Green Goat Series switchers after locomotive fire

June 4

NS turns 25

Hellmann takes helm as Genesee & Wyoming's CEO

UP, Grand Prairie install Texas' first crossing camera system

WMATA appoints Kubicek to oversee mechanical department

Alstom promotes financial execs Kientz, Morin

The Carlyle Group acquires majority stake in RMI

FreightCar America promotes Magolske, expands SVP Bridges' duties

June 1

Supplemental federal bill provides another $100 million for transit and rail security; House committee to review FY2008 security measure

Ohio rail commission, CSXT to replace surfaces at 17 crossings

Pittsburgh port authority proposes FY2008 budget

Long-time BLE leader and rail worker champion Sytsma dies

RailAmerica begins to acquire environmentally friendly switchers from NREC

NMB names Jones senior mediator

Pan American Railway Congress coming to Argentina

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