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Rail News: June 2008

June 30

Four-way pact will resolve key issue surrounding EJ&E transaction in Indiana, CN says

Pittsburgh port authority signs off on FY09 budget

Kenna succeeds Starling as Panama Canal Railway's president

Houston METRO breaks ground on light-rail line

STB says no to Nevada, will continue to review the DOE's application to build Yucca Mountain line

RTA report: Tie purchases rise, production falls in May

South Florida RTA gains recognition for bridge project, business strategies

Ansaldo STS OKs merger of Italian units; wins contracts in Italy and China

June 27

House bill proposes $1.7 billion to help transit agencies handle soaring fuel costs

June carload swoon continues for U.S. and Canadian railroads, AAR data shows

WMATA signs off on FY09 spending plan

Proposal by NS, Pan Am Railways to co-own new railroad a minor transaction, STB says

SEPTA to lease passenger cars from NJ Transit

Federal court places preliminary injunction against UTU, sheet metal workers merger

BNSF lands on top 100 list of 'best diversity' companies

Updates from Thales, Skanska, Alstom, MHF and Motiva Enterprises

June 26

Outcome of CSX board elections could take a month to sort out

In memoriam: Rapid-discharge door developer Robert Ortner

Higher ticket prices on tap in Oregon, Minnesota

Potash exporter to build terminal at CN-served Canadian port

USDOT, Caltrans to test intelligent transportation systems in Bay area

UP-sponsored tank-car safety course nets 24 participants

Illinois commission OKs pedestrian underpass project

June 25

Survey says: L.A. County residents would support additional transportation sales tax

Nation needs to tap more of railroads' fuel efficiency and 'green' appeal, AAR's Hamberger tells Senate committee

Commercial equipment finance an active market in May, index shows

Caterpillar acquires Brazilian locomotive/transit car service provider for Progress Rail division

Rail Runner places event recorders on trains

Michigan State University marks first graduating class for railway management course

International railway union boots up emission calculation tools

Updates from The Andersons, URS, FreightCar America, VTG Group and SafeRack

June 24

UP, NS partner to provide automotive co-loading service

Short-line tax credit extension passes House, stalls in Senate

Oregon to pony up $100 million for 30 transportation projects

DART rolls out 'super-size' LRVs

TCI and 3G Capital can vote their shares at CSX's annual stockholders meeting, appellate court says

Edmonton takes wraps off new light-rail vehicle

BLET engineers, trainmen ratify Wheeling & Lake Erie contracts

June 23

House subcommittee proposes $1.4 billion for Amtrak in FY09

MARTA to discuss potential rail extension to Gwinnett County

U.S. carloads plunge in latest week after damaging floods, AAR says

BNSF marks 4000th crossing closure in eight years, new intermodal customer coming to Chicago-area terminal

KCS CEO Haverty earns top entrepreneur regional honor; Govreau joins KCS as AVP

Metro-North completes upgrades to four stations

Intermodal terminal opens in Poland

Updates from L.B. Foster, Union Switch & Signal, Pacer and SEKO

June 20

Houston METRO gets go-ahead from city to launch light-rail construction

Ferromex, Ferrosur pull out of AMF; association's future 'very uncertain'

CEO poll: Fewer workers, more sales on many top execs' near-term agenda

CenterPoint Properties-commissioned study touts local benefits of proposed Chicago-area intermodal terminal/industrial park

STB re-schedules hearing on common-carrier obligation tied to haz-mat moves

Updates from Alstom, Energy Absorption, American Railcar Industries and Georgetown Rail Equipment

CSXT to hold fall e-business workshop in Chicago

June 19

Independent proxy voting advisor backs four of TCI/3G's five CSX board nominees

COSCO to bring container vessels to Prince Rupert port

Utah, North Carolina agencies to raise ticket prices

MBTA to give Blue Line stations a face lift

Seven UTU officers can intervene in SMART merger case, federal court rules

VeraSun Energy delays two ethanol plant openings in the Midwest

Updates from Greenbrier, Railpower, Vossloh, Alstom, and RMI

June 18

Utah Transit Authority starts construction on another light-rail line

MBTA launches ridership campaign

FRA-sponsored study targets T&E employees' work/rest patterns

League of Railway Industry Women seeks 'Outstanding' nominees

Davies succeeds Benac as American Railcar Industries' CFO

Joint venture to build elevated railway in the Philippines

Kush joins UP as AVP of corporate communications

June 17

Los Angeles MTA's subway, light-rail ridership spike in May

SEPTA reaches tentative pact with transit police union

KCSR scores higher service metric grades at Shreveport terminal

TCU's carmen members to vote on tentative Soo Line agreement

Grossman to retire from Genesee & Wyoming at month's end

Sound Transit considers expansion plans' cost benefits

Investment firms swing deals to acquire U.K.'s Freightliner, Angel Trains

Updates from GE, e-VERIFILE.COM, Bombardier and Nomad Digital

June 16

Great Plains and Midwest floods wash out track, bridges

Alaska Railroad lands FRA grant to install PTC system on 68 locomotives

BART, MARTA sign off on FY09 spending plans

S.F. Bay-area transit agencies obtain state security funds

L.A. County transportation sales tax would stimulate economy, local group says

Updates from Lockheed Martin, Faiveley Transport, Siemens and TRANSED

TMCA elects officers, board members

Russian prime minister OKs new rail-car plant

June 13

FRA focuses attention on grade crossing accidents

NJ Transit to build station in Wood-Ridge

Metro-North proposes Harrison Station transit-oriented development project

U.S., Canadian railroads report carload declines in June's first week

L.A. port's FY08-09 spending plan sets aside dollars for Pacific Harbor Line yard relocation project

McAllister joins Pittsburgh port authority as planning director

Updates from Boatright Enterprises, SKF, US&S, RailComm and STV

June 12

House signs off on Amtrak, high-speed rail bill

TCI/3G Capital Partners' CSX stock transactions violated federal securities laws, U.S. district court says

April's Transportation Services Index matches March level

CTA turns to private sector to complete Block 37 project

Vaughan Railroad seeks STB approval to build coal mine-serving line in West Virginia

BNSF, NS to unveil new Columbus-to-L.A. container service next month

SEPTA police prepared to strike

Short lines help bolster Ontario's economy, study shows

June 11

Oregon's TriMet carries record number of passengers in May

Sound Transit to expand Everett Station parking

Patriot Rail adds Louisiana & North West to short-line stable

Louisiana-Pacific moves first carload of laminated strand lumber from Maine plant

Alstom to negotiate rail contracts with Kazakhstan railway

BNSF appoints Rynearson AVP-compensation and benefits

Lasarte joins South Florida RTA board

June 10

UTU members ratify national agreement with carriers' committee

MBTA to start final design for Rockport Station

Southern Railway of B.C. facility to transload various commodities instead of lumber

Canadian government to help fund road upgrades near CPR's Calgary intermodal facility

CTA completes Armitage Station renovation

S.F. Bay area planners to prioritize transportation projects through 2035

Updates from National Railway Equipment, L.B. Foster, LightSpin Technologies, Azimuth Systems

June 9

Starling succeeds Shoener as KCS' president, COO

FRA seeks applications for intercity passenger-rail program

Toyota distributor to construct BNSF-served facility in Texas

Mica appoints Rose as railroad subcommittee director

North American transportation movers and shakers to meet in Canada

Caltrain wraps up Burlingame Station modernization

Emergency response center lands $250,000 FRA grant

June 6

California Senate committee calls for more accountability, information from high-speed rail authority

SEC: TCI's CSX share transactions didn't violate federal security laws

North County Transit District pegs Patchett as interim director

AAR: U.S. railroads register more carloads, fewer intermodal loads in May

Certain Transcona shop-produced wheel sets should be removed, Canadian transportation safety board says

Queensland Rail to acquire rolling stock, upgrade terminals

Updates from Mallory Alexander, Alstom, CONTECH, Hirschmann and RMI

June 5

North Carolina to add mid-day Amtrak service between Raleigh, Charlotte

CN introduces online greenhouse gas-emissions calculator

FTA office honors CATS' Blue Line for spurring development

STB schedules hearing on common-carrier obligation tied to haz-mat moves

Computerworld honors BNSF's fuel-saving efforts

EMD retools old CPR locomotive into a 'Repower' unit

Dwyer, Renz assume top posts at rail retiree association

June 4

Record-high gas prices continue to fuel transit ridership

Honolulu to include airport spur in transit-rail plans

KCSM posts progress on 'paperless' car repair billing

VIA Rail ranks No. 35 in Canada's 'Top 100 Companies' list

Mississippi harbor commission lands federal grant to improve Port Bienville Railroad

North Carolina DOT to review crossing closure, improvement plans

Updates from Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Skelly and Loy, and Wonderware

June 3

Permut to succeed Cannito as Metro-North president

LACMTA wins top prize in APTA's Rail Rodeo

BNSF names Gwilt, Irvin to HR management posts

Eastman honors NS' coal logistics efforts; Owens Corning recognizes BNSF's intermodal service

Holt to oversee RailWorks' L.K. Comstock subsidiary, transit division

Watco acquires Fitzgerald Railcar Services' operations

Voyack joins NS as government relations director

Knorr-Bremse wins braking system orders in China

June 2

Public transit systems log 2.6 billion rides in first quarter, APTA says

St. Louis Metro signs off on FY09 budget, cites need for new revenue source

Bethel to succeed Regan as CSXT's VP-mechanical

KCSR to introduce new management training program

Weyerhaeuser seeks 'strategic alternatives' for short line subsidiaries

Sound Transit to begin serving new Mukilteo station

CPR to clean grain from hopper cars' end sills

Genesee & Wyoming completes CAGY Industries acquisition

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