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Rail News: July 2007

July 31

Rail safety bill enters U.S. Senate, mirrors many of House measure's proposals

USDOT chooses two Denver RTD projects for pilot program

FRA grants $4.5 million for CBTC research; USDOT awards $24.5 million for transportation R&D

Lowenthal to chair Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority

New Hampshire creates rail authority to establish commuter-rail service

Global Railway lands deal to acquire locomotive engine refurbisher

Siemens to supply substations for DART extensions

Continental Fuels crafts UP move; American Surface Lines tests intermodal shipment on Twin Cities & Western

July 30

Congress passes Improving America's Security Act

Pittsburgh port authority drops service cuts from FY2008 budget

BNSF, Vision Intermodal to provide intermodal services for North Dakota industrial park

Short-line association rallies support from politicians, shippers for tax-credit extension bills

All signs point to 66,500 rail-car deliveries by year's end, EPA says

Indiana Rail Road appoints Hardy chief administrative officer

MET Laboratories certifies Salco Technologies’ remote monitoring device and sensors

July 27

NYCT, LIRR, Metro-North announce 2008 service and system improvement agendas

Pennsylvania attorneys general file misdemeanor charges against NS in connection with 2006 derailment/sodium hydroxide release

Vossloh, Wabtec, L.B. Foster, Harsco, GATX, FreightCar America report earnings

BNSF idles 20 train sets, records fewer coal loadings because of reduced PRB mine production

BNSF orders container-handling cranes for Memphis, Kansas City intermodal facilities

Interfleet launches new light-rail department

Salco Technologies appoints VPs, product specialists

July 26

'Strong pricing environment' drove revenue boost, KCS says

New York MTA proposes three-year financial plan

Alstom, Kawasaki to supply another 620 subway cars for NYCT

CG Railway, Alabama officials dedicate Mobile ferry terminal

STB data shows U.S. Class I workforce shrinks for first time in 2007

FRA to pony up $1 million grant for Operation Lifesaver

RTA report: Tie production in high gear, purchases at low ebb in June

July 25

NS: Income and earnings in the black, revenue in the red

Florida East Coast shareholders bless Fortress acquisition agreement

European high-speed operators team up to provide seamless transportation between routes

BNSF's Kansas hump yard turns 10

ASLRRA partners with coalition to oppose legislative attempts to increase truck size and weight

Texas Petrochemicals installs OPW's couplers on 600 tank cars

July 24

BNSF: Revenue up, but so are expenses and operating ratio

Federal arbitrator chooses CN's best contract offer over UTU-Canada's

CN weathers severe storms, soft economy to boost revenue and income

Bombardier to supply 37 double-deck coaches for Polish railway

CPR drives up revenue and income, drives down operating ratio

RMI introduces fleet management service suite

Alstom delivers final track components for Paris-to-London high-speed line

July 23

VIA Rail, CAW reach tentative agreement at 11th hour

Caltrain sets ridership, revenue records in FY2007

Progressive Rail acquires Missouri short line

AAR data shows U.S. railroads remain behind last year's carload, intermodal volume pace

Amtrak, BLET reach tentative pact covering 1,300 engineers

Nottingham, Foote, McQuade and Schieffer to deliver keynotes at Progressive Railroading's RailTrends conference in NYC

GE Equipment Services teams up with, acquires part of Indian freight-car builder

Tynes joins RailAmerica as VP, controller

July 20

New York City Transit purchases portable detection systems for safety pilot

CSX to hold analyst/investor conference in NYC Sept. 6

Maryland Transit Administration awards overhaul pact to Bombardier

Red River Valley & Western turns 20

Railpower to foot $15 million bill to fix recalled switchers

UP's logistics arm combines transload, rail shipment management units into carload group

NTSB vet Quimby joins Rail Sciences' engineering staff

July 19

UP tops $4 billion in quarterly revenue for first time

Pennsylvania legislature provides Pittsburgh port authority with $55 million in operating funds, $12 million in capital funds

Private equity firm focuses on CPR buyout; Interpool stockholders OK sale to Fortress

Carriers' committee reaches tentative agreement with five unions; BLET members ratify pact with New York short line

Rarus Railway reverts back to name of yesteryear

Bombardier, Alstom record rail-car orders

National Steel Car to construct plant in Alabama

July 18

CSX sets quarterly revenue record at $2.5 billion, increases income

House, Senate committees sign off on transportation appropriations bills

Auto workers union issues strike mandate to VIA Rail

CSXT partners with New York, New Jersey to boost rail security

Metro-North to evaluate transit options for Stewart airport area

STB creates advisory committee to keep tabs on rail-transported energy product issues

Rail World, Mid Europa Partners consortium to bid on Hungary's state-owned MÁV Cargo

State agency compact seeks to improve transportation coordination, communication in Massachusetts

July 17

K.C. transportation authority to conduct light-rail study

Congressmen tout TTCI as anti-terrorism training center

CSXT takes delivery of 300th Evolution Series locomotive from GE

Car orders up slightly, but deliveries and backlog drop in second quarter, ARCI says

MTA to add NYCT Staten Island-to-NJ Transit line bus route

Steel Dynamics begins to ship CWR from Indiana welding plant

Former UTU International VP Deering passes away at 91

July 16

Rail rates and service will be issues as U.S. ethanol production rises, shippers say; destination terminal capacity a bigger concern, short line says

New York MTA seeks proposals to develop Hudson yard sites

Kansas City Southern de México restructures carload unit management

New Mexico's Rail Runner completes first year of service

Ohio rail commission OKs $1 million loan for ethanol plant spur

USDOT awards $6 million to five university transportation research centers

Zant takes helm as Midland Manufacturing's president

July 13

Northern Virginia transportation agency approves tax/fee proposal

Florida East Coast settles class action suit tied to Fortress deal

UP partners with Nebraska college to add rail-related courses to applied science program

Tennessee Southern scores three new customers, six refurbished locomotives

NJ Transit to add parking at North Hackensack Station

WMATA proposes to upgrade fare machines at 86 rail stations

UPS recognizes Florida East Coast, NS as top rail carriers of 2006

Bourque Data Systems partners with Satamatics to provide GPS tracking for haz-mat rail cars

July 12

NJ Transit signs off on FY08 budget

NS, Watco form joint venture to launch short line in Michigan

CTA posts budget surplus in May, still ponders lay offs

Transportation Services Index inches up in May

Senate subcommittee proposes $1.4 billion for Amtrak in FY2008

Pacific Harbor Line, L.A.-area ports commission first few switchers in environmentally friendly fleet

NJ Transit to advance Hudson-Bergen extension, grade separation project

Providence and Worcester, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen agree on eight-year contract

July 11

NJ Transit posts record ridership in FY2007

Senate subcommittee proposes millions for Sound Transit light-rail projects in FY08 funding bill

KCS hammers out intermodal, rail service deals in U.S. and Mexico

Kapoor takes helm as Miami-Dade Transit's permanent director

Short line set to reopen storm-damaged track; Class Is back in business on formerly flooded lines

Proposed transload facility needs to comply with Massachusetts and local environmental laws, STB says

Hub Group, Interdom Partners part ways on acquisition agreement

July 10

Santa Clara VTA restructures to improve financial management, operations

Greenbrier boosts revenue, net earnings in third quarter

More than 100 first responders receive NS-sponsored emergency response training at TTCI

HDR to provide engineering services for new Port of Long Beach rail facility

Bombardier to install CuproBraze oil coolers on refurbished South African Railway locomotives

Safety Vision names Kerr controller

July 9

Allegheny County port authority to cut more service, jobs in September

Railroad Development Corp. to suspend Guatemalan rail operations Oct. 1

KCS promotes IT execs Hall and Stones

NCC Construction Sweden lands $39 million contract to build viaduct in Gothenburg

Caltrain adds fencing along rail corridor

Bombardier to supply another 19 high-capacity trains for French railway

HDR gears up for streetcar workshop

July 6

AAR: Freight traffic slumps in year's first half, but comeback still expected in second half

Carlyle Group to acquire ARINC

WMATA posts record FY2007 ridership

In Canada, federal and provincial governments to pony up to upgrade Quebec short-line infrastructure

Amtrak to host station improvement workshop

Former CN CEO Lawless becomes Order of Canada member

July 5

TriMet secures $345.5 million federal grant for I-205/Portland Mall line

BNSF begins to use wide-span cranes, in-train wheel changing equipment to speed operations

CSXI's July fuel surcharge matches June's 20.5 percent

National Mediation Board names Hoglander chairman

Caltrain to display train travel times on US 101

Bombardier to supply another 36 EMUs for London agency

UP amends composite crosstie sales agreement with TieTek

July 3

U.S. Class Is' workforce remains on the rise in '07, STB data shows

NS: Squires new CFO after Wolf retires

Great Plains flooding slows Class Is, short line

New York MTA shuffles executive staff

Buffalo & Pittsburgh to lease New York branch line from NS

UP, KCS announce management changes

Coffey International acquires rail engineering, project management firms

Barrerio, Eggelletion win re-election as South Florida RTA board leaders

July 2

North America's largest Class I turns 145

WMATA signs off on financial, operating plans for Dulles extension

STB arm issues Draft EIS on new Utah line

APTA poll shows more tourists will use public transit this summer

AAR data: U.S. railroads match ton-miles in most recent week, but carloads still trail last year's total

CN back in business on Toronto-to-Montreal route after native blockade ends

Deutsche Bahn to acquire U.K. freight railroad, Spanish logistics firm through stock transactions

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