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Rail News: July 2008

July 31

KCS drives up traffic volume, revenue and income; drives down operating ratio

UP to bolster track in Wyoming, Missouri

Chinese railway to begin operating first high-speed line

August fuel surcharges: CSXI's to drop slightly, UP's and NS' to rise a tad

Utah Transit Authority appoints new board officers, members

Illinois commission gives UP thumbs up to upgrade four crossings

Torch River Rail becomes Canada's newest short line

July 30

Bush Administration proposes new federal transportation plan

MBTA joins parade of transit agencies posting record ridership

Joliet city council gives thumbs up to logistics/intermodal center

Ohio provides grants for diesel emission-reduction projects

Horodniceanu to oversee MTA's capital construction division

Midwestern state alliance backs 're-regulation' bills

Updates from Timken, NICE, Vossloh, Rescar and STV/Ralph Whitehead

July 29

Amtrak gains more revenue, riders in FY07

NS partners with North Carolina Railroad, state to upgrade 43 crossings; transfers Pennsylvania property to six townships

LACMTA, Sound Transit to take transit funding packages to voters

Strong second quarter means more rail-car deliveries in '08 than previously projected, EPA says

WMATA to participate in FTA emergency management program pilot

Smith succeeds Snyder as CSXT's VP of network ops; Gardner succeeds Yocum as MMA's VP and CFO

Updates from MeteorComm, Jacobs Engineering, VTG, BNSF Logistics, Smiths Detection and Cubic

July 28

Two TCI/3G nominees join CSX's board; two board seats still in play

STB issues draft environmental report on CN's proposed 'J' acquisition; expects to release final report in five to six months

Canadian government grants $100 million to Toronto Transit Commission

Santa Clara VTA sets summer-month ridership record

Rail inspection program not a factor in Pennsylvania derailment, NS tells NTSB

FRA provides grants for crossing safety, rail-flaw detection R&D

WMATA to strive for environmental certification on new, rehabbed facilities

July 25

Midwest floods submerge BNSF's income and earnings

WMATA board approves new infrastructure rehab strategy

AAR: U.S. railroads boost carloads for third-straight week

Capital goods investment 'held its own' in the second quarter, survey says

National Multilevel Reload Pool reaches 55,000 units

Updates from L.B. Foster, GATX, Morton Manufacturing, Federal Signal and RailFood.com

July 24

UP overcomes flooding, fuel costs to post revenue and income gains

U.S. House passes relief package for 'busted' Highway Trust Fund

New York MTA releases 'sobering' 2009 preliminary budget, four-year financial plan

Prince Rupert port boosts cargo, container volumes in first half

Caterpillar's Progress Rail to provide locomotive, rail-car services in Australia

Watco turns 25

July 23

NS sets revenue, income and earnings records

TCI/3G: CSX is delaying board election process; CSX: Counting votes in contested elections takes time

Metro-North to add weekend train on Pascack Valley Line

RailTrends coming to New York City in late September

AAR's Hamberger: Chemical shippers should share, help find solutions to haz-mat transportation risks

VIA Rail takes top honor in travel agents' awards

BART offers cell phone service in some underground stations

July 22

CN: Quarterly scorecard shows income down, operating expenses and ratio up

Revenue the lone bright spot on CPR's financial ledger

Sound Transit records second-quarter ridership spike

Bull Mountain mine deal a boon to BNSF's PRB coal traffic

Metro-North's wheel truing facility wins two engineering awards

FRA grants $1 million to Operation Lifesaver

BNSF installs camera system on 2,000th locomotive

July 21

CN, CPR team up to form switching operator at Deltaport terminal

Greater Cleveland RTA proposes fuel surcharge

FRA proposes rule to ramp up roadway worker protection procedures

Calegari takes reins as US&S CEO

Canadian rail association recognizes VIA Rail for defibrillator program

Tacoma port marks opening of 'FAST' freight corridor

First of five Northstar Corridor locomotives reaches remanufactured stage

July 18

Toronto Transit Commission cancels streetcar RFP

Federal court calls for arbitration in UTU's dispute of CSXT-BLET remote-control agreement

Denton County transit agency awards final design contract for new rail line

Carloads up, intermodal volume down for U.S. railroads in July's second week, AAR data shows

Charlotte, Dallas-area agencies record all-time-high passenger counts

Central Oregon & Pacific seeks STB approval to abandon Coos Bay Line

Updates from Bombardier/Talgo, Enterprise Wireless Alliance, Brookville Equipment and Ireco

July 17

Greater Cleveland RTA signs off on station contracts, proposes fuel surcharge

VTA to obtain feedback on proposed Santa Clara-Alum Rock project

Thirteen-member coalition calls on Congress to pass 'railroad antitrust' bill

Virginia Port Authority to acquire three hybrid switchers from Railpower

CTA contracts Jones Lang LaSalle to manage real estate

Nestlé selects Schneider National as primary intermodal provider

Updates from GE, HLS Systems, Bombardier, Dimetronic Signals, Cubic and Kelso

July 16

CSX earns record revenue, income despite soft economy and hard-to-take fuel costs; shares preliminary board election results

Amtrak re-launches 'Regional' service as 'Northeast Regional'

Los Angeles MTA receives $16 million in state security funds

BMWED negotiates contracts with two Watco short lines

New York/New Jersey port's Staten Island terminal exceeds container volume expectations

Long Island Rail Road collects, sells scrap metal

Updates from Union Switch & Signal, Bombardier, Gannett Fleming, Norguard Industries, Alstom and Nortel

July 15

Senate committee approves FY09 funds for FTA, FRA and Amtrak

Virginia rail agency to unveil draft edition of statewide rail plan

WMATA sets daily ridership record

FPN-USA seeks STB approval to operate Baja California short line

Sound Transit, BNSF close to completing trackwork

BNSF ranks No. 35 in Computerworld's top 100 IT workplaces list

Pennsylvania DOT seeks applicants for freight-rail grants

July 14

Two Iowa congressmen introduce bill proposing low-interest federal loans for short lines

Senate committee allocates funds for three transit agencies

Turnstiles active at LACMTA, TriMet in June

FRA lays out eligibility, selection requirements for capital grant program

South Florida RTA elects chair, vice chair

Kansas City Southern de México promotes Cervantes Martínez to AVP-taxes

Updates from MHF, Cattron and Knichel Logistics

July 11

Texas DOT appoints committee to examine transportation needs through 2030

BART to install solar panels at station, maintenance shops

AAR: U.S. railroads register carload, intermodal load gains in July's first week

Sound Transit unveils another ballot measure proposal

Severe storms rain on BNSF's PRB coal loadings in June

NS honors Heart of Georgia's business development efforts; Landstar recognizes UP as top rail carrier

CSXT outlines environmental initiatives at 'cleaner air' conference

Metro-North to distribute wireless ticket machines to conductors

July 10

NJ Transit signs off on FY09 spending plan

House subcommittee hearing sheds spotlight on truck size/weight issues

Alberta government 'green' program to provide $2 billion for public transit

California high-speed agency approves final route, environmental report

Transportation Services Index registers second month-over-month gain in 2008

WMATA posts record FY08 ridership, Tri-Rail notes ridership growth in 2008's first half

Ocean shipping alliance to call on British Columbia port each week

Updates from Wabtec, Cattron, Jacobs Engineering, CAF and Cubic

July 9

Railroads continue to restore flood-ravaged infrastructure

L.A. sanitation districts to build intermodal/refuse-handling facility

Siemens to cut 12,600 jobs worldwide

VIA Rail to relocate Manitoba station shelter

CPR's Soo Line, UTU agree on tentative contract

Updates from Alstom, Greenbrier, Unitrac and TranSystems

July 8

NS, Pan Am Railways to build intermodal/automotive terminal along Patriot Corridor

Pennsylvania to pony up $30 million for rail assistance program

RailAmerica, Florida East Coast appoint six regional VPs

Management appointments at SEPTA, Fort Worth's 'The T'

Barges are safer and environmentally friendlier than trains and trucks, study says

Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, Rail Development Group, MotivePower and UNIT Rail Anchor

July 7

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic lays off 33 workers

U.S., Canadian railroads report carload swoon in June, AAR says

Deutsche Bahn tabs Alstom to build up to 180 Coradia regional trains

KCS adds multiple trip plan application to e-commerce site

VIA Rail, SNCF subsidiary team up to market passenger-rail 'know-how' worldwide

Updates from Railpower, Nokia Siemens and Peab

July 3

July fuel surcharges up at NS and UP, down slightly at CSXI

UP starts trackwork in the Midwest; wins defense department's 'employer support' award

RailAmerica, Florida East Coast assign senior-exec team

NJ Transit completes Bloomfield Station shelter restoration

UTU officers sign national agreement

GE to overhaul signaling, communication system in Brazil

WMATA upgrades emergency communications

July 2

Illinois congressman proposes bill to block CN's EJ&E deal

Missouri allocates $5 million for Amtrak capacity improvements

More freight on rail, less on highways can cut motorists' fuel usage, traffic congestion study shows

DM&E forges tentative agreement with UTU; appoints Brooks to succeed Anderson as marketing head

Indiana Rail Road to lease coal cars, locomotives from CIT Rail

TCU workers ratify Amtrak contracts

Updates from RMI, GATX, TranSystems, Parsons, MHF and FirstGroup

July 1

U.S. Class I workforce swells a smidgen in May, STB says

Sound Transit obtains feedback on proposed ballot measure

STB orders CSXT to provide DuPont rate relief; NMB installs Van de Water as chairman a second time

Sacramento transit district sets monthly ridership highs

UP to upgrade tracks in Iowa

Oregon's TriMet unveils new LRV

Denver university institute, national intermodal center partner to offer freight training program in fall

Updates from Union Tank Car, Vossloh, Wabtec, Alstom and Wi-Tronix

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