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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

Horodniceanu to oversee MTA's capital construction division

Midwestern state alliance backs 're-regulation' bills

July 29

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

July 28

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

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

Prince Rupert port boosts cargo, container volumes in first half

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

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

BNSF installs camera system on 2,000th locomotive

July 21

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

Calegari takes reins as US&S CEO

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

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

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

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

Virginia rail agency to unveil draft edition of statewide rail plan

Sound Transit, BNSF close to completing trackwork

July 14

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

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

CSXT outlines environmental initiatives at 'cleaner air' conference

Metro-North to distribute wireless ticket machines to conductors

July 10

California high-speed agency approves final route, environmental report

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

July 9

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

RailAmerica, Florida East Coast appoint six regional VPs

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

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

Updates from Railpower, Nokia Siemens and Peab

July 3

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

RailAmerica, Florida East Coast assign senior-exec team

UTU officers sign national agreement

GE to overhaul signaling, communication system in Brazil

WMATA upgrades emergency communications

July 2

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

July 1

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

Sound Transit obtains feedback on proposed ballot measure

UP to upgrade tracks in Iowa

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

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