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Rail News: August 2006

August 31

Genesee & Wyoming acquires two short lines' assets, purchases NS line

Bombardier Transportation to build 152 electric multiple-unit cars for London passenger road

Columbus, Ohio, airport authority awards construction contract for NS terminal

Metra orders five locomotive simulators from Corys TESS

August 30

Kummant to take reins as Amtrak's president and CEO

BNSF to serve two new ethanol plants in Texas

National Railway Equipment's 'Gen-Set' switcher matches more powerful locomotive's performance in parallel pull test at L.A. port

Reeves joins KCS as associate general counsel

Timken to provide journal bearing assembly for new German passenger train

Siemens supplies first DMU to California's NCTD for SPRINTER line

August 29

ATU-represented Utah Transit workers to vote on new three-year pact

Capitol Corridor authority adds trains on California line

CSXI's September fuel surcharge to increase slightly to 23 percent

LORD Corp. to supply fasteners for DART turnouts

GE Rail Services promotes Gray to EVP of sales and service

August 28

AAR data: U.S. roads register more carloads and intermodal moves in week No. 33

Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner reaches highest-ever quarterly passenger count

U.S. utilities build up stockpiles, drive up railroads' coal traffic, AAR says

Carlin to head Loram Maintenance of Way's international business

Sumwalt takes seat as National Transportation Safety Board member

August 25

North Carolina's Triangle Transit removes regional rail plan from New Starts process, seeks local funding

FTA to give Northstar Corridor authority the green light to begin final design for new line

Rochester clinic, coalition contact FRA a second time to oppose the DM&E's RRIF loan

CPR cites six branch lines as abandonment candidates

TRE's Sklannik named to U.S. DOT's Langston University intermodal committee

Civil engineers society, transportation engineering journal seek papers on freight and passenger rail

August 24

BLET-represented SEPTA engineers ratify five-year contract

BART obtains $2.9 million grant from California

CSXI hosts celebrations at terminals to thank truckers for fruitful business partnership

Maryland to develop land near commuter-rail station

Seney resigns as Ohio rail commission's executive director

Florida East Coast installs wireless video surveillance system to monitor boat traffic under drawbridge

CPR to use 10East's mobile business platform in U.S. locations

August 23

Bear Stearns' shipper survey shows railroads are boosting service performance, AAR says

Sacramento RT obtains FRA waiver to eliminate train horns

Majority of Minnesotans and Rochester residents oppose DM&E's RRIF loan, Mayo Clinic-commissioned survey says

Florida DOT seeks public input on southeastern Florida passenger-rail options

BNSF thanks trucking partners for intermodal business boost by honoring drivers at terminal celebrations

One in four transportation firms rate disaster preparedness plans as 'fair' or 'poor,' university survey says

August 22

UP shuffles sales and marketing staff selects BNSF subsidiary as logistics manager

Long Island Rail Road President Dermody to retire

CN to serve Alternative Energy Sources' new Illinois plant

Indiana Rail Road reaches 20th anniversary

AMSER Logistics names Axelson SVP-business development

August 21

BNSF closer to double-tracking entire 'Transcon' route

U.S. roads register more intermodal loads, fewer carloads in week No. 32, AAR says

Johnson Fain to develop land-use plan for LA MTA's Culver City station

Alternative Energy Sources to build ethanol plant on UP mainline

BNSF's California on-dock unit sets container-handling record in July

Utah Transit Authority to host transit maintenance course

August 18

Escalating PRB demand prompts BNSF to change coal divisions

Tie purchases and production plummet in July, RTA says

UP to speed up trains through five Texas towns

Virginia rail agency expands online grant application system

Georgetown Rail Equipment appoints three execs

Interfleet launches Web-based incident-reporting system in UK

August 17

FRA to revise safety regulations, promote ECP brake systems

FRA seeks public comments on environmental findings before ruling on DM&E's RRIF loan

Nottingham becomes Surface Transportation Board's fourth chairman

St. Louis Metro unveils second customer service center

FRA provides $1 million for Vermont Railway track project

Balfour Beatty Rail names Koff VP of railroad services, opens L.A. office

FreightCar America sells Johnstown car shell plant to United Industrial

August 16

STB gives DM&E green light to create subsidiary for Powder River Basin project

Cleveland RTA adding surveillance systems, bomb-sniffing dogs

2Q: Providence and Worcester registers net income and revenue increases

30-mile section of Dutch high-speed line ready for passengers

Long Island Rail Road yard earns 'Design-Build Project of the Year' award

Dates set for 'Wheel/Rail Interaction '07'

August 15

Survey Says: Majority of Minnesotans favor DM&E plans

Shippers making supply-chain efficiency gains, study says

NJ Transit to expand 2-year-old Morrisville yard

London railway contracts Wabtec to refurbish high-speed passenger cars

Saginaw Bay Southern installs RailComm CTC system

Port Authority Trans-Hudson to upgrade wireless network

GATX renames European operations

August 14

AAR: Carloads continue to climb for U.S. and Canadian roads

RailPower records revenue decline, but projects 4Q production increase

$400 million ethanol plant to be constructed at Indiana port

MBTA to add 186 security cameras throughout subway system

CTA nears completion of two Brown Line station rehabs

August 11

2Q IANA Report: North American intermodal volume hits quarterly, monthly peak

GATX Rail to purchase up to 4,000 rail cars from ARI

Senate confirms Simpson as FTA head

Genesee & Wyoming's North American carloads down, RailAmerica's flat

Metra makes improvements to Stony Island, Bryn Mawr stations

Providence and Worcester signs eight-year contract with TCU

August 10

ARI to build 'flexible' rail-car manufacturing plant

UP, Union Tank Car and Dow form team, advisory group for next-generation tank car project

CTA identifies $8 billion in capital funding needs

Former Transportation Secretary Mineta joins intermodal firm's advisory board

Brazilian agency awards 30-year operating contract

Pacer International promotes Strutz to chief commercial officer of logistics arm

August 9

RailTrends conference coming to New York City in October

Transportation Services Index's June swoon ends three-month winning streak

St. Louis Metro to open MetroLink extension

Intermodal industry veteran Prince joins KCS as VP of sales and marketing

Houston METRO's light-rail system hits 25-million mark

CSXT, BNSF Logistics gain top performer honors in magazine polls

Study: Voter-approved transportation measures on the rise since 2000

August 8

Delaware & Hudson, Appalachian and Ohio workers ratify union contracts

Metro-North to commemorate 100th anniversary of electric train operations

Parsons Brinckerhoff to analyze options for relocating freight-rail line away from nation's capitol

Caltrain tests wireless high-speed Internet onboard trains

Kansas City Southern de México names Padilla legal director

Pennsylvania to pony up more than $5 billion for public transit and freight-rail improvements the next four years

Amtrak, Metrolink help power up 'Rail 2 Rail' on the Internet

August 7

SEPTA, BLET reach tentative agreement with assist from emergency board

Class I workforces up almost 3 percent at mid-year, STB says

Arizona Eastern Railway to build 10-mile line to build up carloads

NJ Transit to improve fluidity, reliability of 96-year-old bridge

State OKs Alaska Railroad's bond issue for MOW projects, equipment purchases

NS to roll out 'Modal-X' door-to-door service

Virginia agency names Page director of rail transportation

Railinc hands presidential reins to West

August 4

Florida DOT to provide millions for freight-rail infrastructure, commuter-rail line

AAR: Coal and grain help trigger U.S. roads' carload gain in July

SEPTA posts 6 percent ridership gain on regional rail lines

STB seeks public comments on proposed fuel surcharge practice changes

MBTA, Rhode Island DOT take wraps off $18.5 million layover facility

NS to open 'Shelocta Secondary' coal line in western Pennsylvania

Tie purchases and production plummet in June after 'hot' May, RTA says

FRA grants $679,000 for advanced train control development project

New Senate bill proposes treasury department as provider of railroad retirement annuities

August 3

CSXT to transfer operation of commuter-rail corridor to Florida DOT

KCS boosts revenue and income, reduces operating ratio

Metro-North lets contract for Harmon yard modernization project

NJ Transit awards $82.5 million tunnel engineering contract

UP, partnership to test locomotive emission treatment system in California yard

Revenue, profits roll in for Florida East Coast Railway in quarter No. 2

Siemens expands Sacramento passenger-car plant

Georgetown Rail boots up revamped Internet site

August 2

NJ Transit approves $2.8 billion FY07 spending plan

FTA to provide $104 million toward WMATA car purchase

Small roads' carloads up 3.8 percent in 2006's first half, RMI says

Australian transaction drives up Genesee & Wyoming's second-quarter income

VRE orders another 50 bi-level cars from Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo

AAR releases annual analysis of U.S. Class I data

RailComm installs wireless blue flag indication system at KCS yard

August 1

Greater Cleveland RTA's ridership, on-time performance rise in 2006's first half

Former BN operations head and 'technology innovator' Henderson passes away

WMATA to evaluate new interior car designs

Car deliveries still on pace to surpass 76,000 units by year's end, EPA says

CSXI's August fuel surcharge to go up 1.5 percentage points

Conrail to install Duos' surveillance and video system in New Jersey yard

Saft to provide batteries for 340 Port Authority Trans-Hudson cars

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