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Rail News: July 2006

July 31

New York/New Jersey port authority earmarks $1 billion for bi-state tunnel project

Orange County Transportation Authority seeks voter approval to renew Measure M transportation tax

Houston METRO completes draft environmental report for Southeast Corridor

STB to revise rate case guidelines, examine grain rates at fall hearing

Thelen, Heilig assume VP posts at NS

Trinity Industries to sell European freight-car business to International Railway Systems

TransCore acquires rail tracking software provider IntelliTrans

July 28

Sacramento agency to raise fares for second time in a year

CTA, Bombardier finalize 406-car order

Chicago-area transit agencies form coalition to improve regional transportation

UP adds former White House Chief of Staff Card as director

Developer begins to build high-rise, mixed-use complex near LA MTA station

Four Rivers Transportation appoints, promotes execs at two short lines

FreightCar America's second-quarter sales, income and backlog go up; car orders come down

July 27

Freight-rail tax credit bill enters Senate

Providence and Worcester to begin using newly built Rhode Island corridor in August

Canadian government earmarks more than $11 million for crossing improvements

More passengers climb aboard Amtrak trains on Keystone Corridor

RailAmerica's second-quarter operating ratio rises, income falls

Wabtec boosts second-quarter income, restructures to control costs

July 26

NS sets quarterly high-water marks for revenue, income and carloads

CPR's second-quarter revenue and income rise, operating ratio falls

FRA to address private-crossing safety at public meetings

Cashman to succeed McClure as CIT Rail Resources president

Bombardier to supply trams for new Italian light-rail system

Garnett to leave post as Great North Eastern Railway's CEO

July 25

BNSF sets revenue and income records in year's second quarter

Connecticut DOT, Metro-North to award $522 million M-8 car contract to Kawasaki

New ethanol facilities to build up Iowa short lines' traffic

California Transportation Commission allocates millions to transit agencies

Bordner takes reins as Maryland Midland's president and CEO

Railmark Holdings changes Coe Rail's name to historic 'Michigan Air-Line' moniker

July 24

FRA data shows U.S. roads reducing train accidents and employee injuries, AAR says

KCS, NS joint venture to start Meridian Speedway trackwork in August

Transport Canada requires CN to restrict train speeds in Ontario

FRA grants Georgia DOT $6.7 million to study Atlanta-to-Chattanooga line

CSXI to boot up load matching tool

MotivePower to remanufacture five NJ Transit switchers

GE Rail Services promotes Schitter to VP of sales

July 21

DM&E's PRB project threatens safety, Mayo Clinic and Rochester Coalition claim; upgraded track will help prevent train accidents, railroad says

CN attains all-time-low operating ratio, all-time-high revenue in second quarter

House committee signs off on $3.5 billion transit security grant bill

UP to build terminal near San Antonio next year

BNSF names Williams AVP of service design

Twin Cities & Western celebrates 15th anniversary

WMATA to upgrade car washers

July 20

UP sets revenue and carload records, lowers operating ratio in second quarter

Senate appropriations subcommittee approves $1.4 billion for Amtrak, billions for FTA and FRA

CN and BMWED agree to resume contract talks, ending one-day strike

WMATA lands $4 million grant for backup control center

ARCI data: Car deliveries climb, orders and backlog fall in second quarter

Pickett to serve fourth term as Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen president

Greater Cleveland RTA names Kelley board VP

July 19

CSX sets revenue and income records, lowers operating ratio in second quarter

Transit agencies carry 2.5 billion passengers in first quarter, APTA says

BMWED launches strike at CN to prompt contract resolution

WMATA posts record ridership for 10th-straight year

GE, Cubic complete first explosives-detecting ticket vending machine test

NS purchases two RailPower switcher conversion kits

Miner Enterprises files federal patent infringement lawsuit against A. Stucki

July 18

Iowa Interstate closes on Great Western acquisition

Mexican government to fund three-fourths of Chiapas-Mayab's line rebuilding costs

Progress Rail subsidiary to acquire CSXT's Kentucky shop

BNSF counts on campaign to help prevent track buckles

UP's fourth 'Heritage Series' locomotive honors Chicago & North Western's workers

July 17

Pittsburgh port authority awards $156.5 million tunnel construction contract

Sound Transit seeks feedback on three expansion options

New name, new schedule for MBTA's Providence-to-Stoughton line

FRA awards research grants to two universities

NJ Transit opens Newark light-rail line

Genesee & Wyoming registers carload gains in June, second quarter

Bush to nominate Scovel as USDOT's inspector general

Sturtz joins Global Railway as COO

July 14

New Mexico's Rail Runner launches service

Ottawa awards $580 million design/build contract to Siemens-led consortium

Watco to acquire Minnesota, Dakota & Western from Boise Cascade

Burgeoning coal and intermodal traffic bodes well for rail-car demand, FTR says

Altamont agency increases fares, adds trains

SEPTA contracts Parsons to conduct second phase of 'Smart Stations' program

BNSF creates council to address transportation supervisors' concerns

Trinity Industries finds buyer for European freight-car business

July 13

Government grants will spur ethanol traffic in Ontario, RAC says

GO Transit installs television systems on trains

Barthle becomes National Association of Railway Business Women's 34th president

BNSF appoints Haynes to succeed retiring AVP Sturgeon

TieTek forms six-person advisory board

Kondek joins Aspectus Video Intelligence as president, CEO

July 12

U.S. transit systems under no imminent threat following Indian commuter train bombings, DHS says

DHS to test passenger screening equipment at PATH's Exchange Place Station

Sound Transit to add Sounder trains in 2007

Sammon to head Transportation Security Administration's network management office

Brookville Equipment to build environmentally friendly locomotives for Metro-North, Staten Island Railroad

RailAmerica's carloads decline for fifth-straight month

ALSTOM to supply trains in France, Denmark

Teamsters Rail Conference solicits first responders' support for 'safe rails' campaign

July 11

RailTrends finance conference coming to New York City in October

Another year, another fare increase at Caltrain

Velocity committees help Kansas City Southern's railroads shore up service metrics

BNSF provides workers tips to avoid slips and trips

CXT to supply concrete ties for Edmonton light-rail extension

TMCA installs officers, names year's top marketing executive

Brijot Imaging Systems offers explosives-detecting camera software

July 10

U.S. railroads register carload gain, set coal volume record in June, AAR says

LIRR receives New York transportation safety board honor for crossing safety program

U.S. Class Is' workforces remain on the rise, STB data shows

Transportation Services Index registers third-straight monthly gain in May

Fatigue probable cause of 2004 train accident, NTSB finds

Transit security bill enters the House

July 7

DHS to dole out $168 million to transit agencies, $7.2 million to Amtrak

Transport Canada orders CN to use dynamic brake-equipped locomotives on part of B.C. line

BNSF sets Powder River Basin train loading record in June

WMATA, ATU agree on four-year deal

Island foundation chooses Southern Railway of B.C. to operate freight and passenger trains

ALSTOM to supply CORADIA trains to French, Italian railways

LA MTA to analyze DMUs, connector line

UTU, steelworkers union to share knowledge and resources

Burke-Parsons-Bowlby to build second wood treating plant in Kentucky

July 6

Sen. Kohl aims antitrust enforcement act at rail industry

Emergency board seeks to resolve SEPTA, BLET dispute

California ports launch plan to cut air emissions

South Florida RTA appoints Scott chairman, Barreiro vice chairman

Kansas City Southern Railway installs revenue management system

Carter & Burgess acquires Day Wilburn Associates

RailPower scales back 2006 production goal by 40 switchers

Santa Clara VTA hires Hursh as deputy maintenance director

July 5

DOT signs off on $700 million for DART light-rail expansion

AAR data: About halfway through 2006, U.S. roads continue to move more carloads

CSXI, UP to drop 'STAX' domestic container program

Canadian government to grant millions to help secure large transit systems

CN, UTU agree on contract covering Bessemer Subdivision T&E workers

FRA, USDOT dole out grants for intermodal terminal and transportation research

LA MTA appoints Molina chairman

Teamsters' rail conference elects officers

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