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Rail News: August 2007

August 31

AAR data: Carloads remain in the red for U.S, Canadian railroads

Illinois Commerce Commission provides $479,000 to upgrade three crossings

Riders grade MTA New York City Transit's '7 Line' service a C-

August 30

GO Transit adds third track to busiest rail corridor

California county budgets $60 million for rail safety upgrades

CSXI, NS honor drivers during national trucker appreciation week

Putterman, Gabriel join RailAmerica's ranks

WMATA enlists ENSCO to provide track inspection services

August 29

Port-sector activities responsible for 8.4 million American jobs and $2 trillion in economic output, study says

BNSF says 'Thank you' to trucking partners as part of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

UTU endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid

Goddard joins Modular Mining Systems as global accounts manager

August 28

Kansas City Southern de México boots up train dispatching system

EMD acquires ITS Rail Services' assets

SNCF to outfit 172 trains with Bombardier's SEKURFLO 'intelligent' security technology

RailComm lines up railroads to access train-control system through Software-as-a-Service option

August 27

Bay Area Rapid Transit promotes Dugger to general manager

FRA issues grants totaling $14.1 million to railroads, high-speed rail corridors and researchers

120 locomotives on the way to Kansas City Southern subsidiaries

McWhorter succeeds Green as South Carolina Public Railways' president

Global Rail Systems acquires Alstom's computerized dispatching software

August 24

AAR: U.S. railroads continue to register fewer carloads, intermodal loads

Utah Transit Authority issues draft environmental study for 'Commuter Rail South' project

Washington state port hires construction manager for rail line project

Corys T.E.S.S. to supply simulators to Chicago Transit Authority

August 23

UP breaks ground for San Antonio intermodal terminal

HNTB tabs transport vets Gertler, Aadnesen to serve as VPs

August 22

Chicago suburb to take wraps off CREATE's first grade separation

CSX renews line of credit, increases credit facility

'Decision-support' software helps MARTA improve maintenance and operations planning

August 21

Andrew Corp. to upgrade radio system for Hong Kong railway

August 20

UP, NS to offer faster westbound BlueStreak service between Atlanta and L.A.

KCS promotes finance execs Borrows, Befort and Mylin

UTU, White Pass & Yukon Route ratify four-year contract

Livonia, Avon & Lakeville appoints Belke and Collard as VPs

New York MTA contracts HDR to provide transportation planning services

August 17

AAR: U.S. railroads' weekly carloads continue to lag last year's pace

Metrolink launches crossing improvement program

UP gets Illinois Commerce Commission's green light to upgrade West Frankfort crossings

NJ Transit to open passing sidings, add service on Pascack Valley Line

PATH to provide train information, TV programming onboard cars

CSXI adds cell phone, in-gate billing features to shipment management site

August 16

Providence & Worcester posts more income, less revenue

UTU members elect international officers

Fazzolari to succeed Hathaway as Harsco's CEO

Midland Manufacturing obtains AAR approval for breather vent

Nussrallah joins Thomas Group as SVP of transportation business

August 15

New Mexico agencies complete environmental assessment for Rail Runner extension

New York & Atlantic names Victor general superintendent

RailComm commissions derail, blue flag protection system for BNSF diesel shop

August 14

UTU members elect president, assistant president for new SMART transportation division

CAW-represented workers ratify VIA Rail contract

American Railcar Industries sets revenue, rail-car delivery records

Global Railway registers quarterly, first-half revenue gains

August 13

Timken realigns operations into two business groups

North American Technologies Group sells debentures, accepts board resignations

August 10

NS hires STV/Ralph Whitehead Associates to construction manage Heartland Corridor projects

August 9

UTU members bless merger with sheet metal workers union

Rail Link switchers burn biodiesel blend at Tennessee chemical plant

Metrolink extends engineering contract with J.L. Patterson

ExpressYard lands three contracts for rail-car repair management software

Davis returns to Simmons Machine Tool as president, COO

August 8

NS, BLET agree on tentative pact; Chicago Rail Link workers ratify UTU contract

Carolina Coastal Railway leases North Carolina line from NS

NJ Transit to contribute $10 million for new Hoboken sewer

Owen to head Pinsly Railroad's marketing, sales

MTU Detroit Diesel's new locomotive engine meets EPA Tier 2 standard

Harco Manufacturing unveils diesel oxidation catalyst for locomotive market

August 7

BNSF loads fewer PRB coal trains last month

Citizens for Rail Safety, Louisville university develop online maps to track crossing incidents

HDR to provide engineering, environmental services for southern California crossing separation

Szewczyk, Baird and Anderson assume new roles at Union Switch & Signal

August 6

LIRR to seek horn rule waiver from FRA

Pacer shuffles management staff, streamlines operations

Mutch joins VIA Rail board

August 3

AAR July data: Another month, another carload decline for U.S. railroads

Savannah port sets annual container traffic record; Vancouver port sets new monthly and first-half volume marks

CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge to rise for first time since May

August 2

Rising gasoline consumption in May fuels ethanol production and demand, Renewable Fuels Association says

Genesee & Wyoming's revenue rises, income and earnings tumble

The Andersons, Trinity and Portec Rail report earnings

August 1

LIRR encourages passengers to 'Be Train Smart'

Steel Dynamics, L.B. Foster partner to provide 1,600-foot welded rail strings for St. Lawrence & Atlantic

Union Switch & Signal CEO Burk resigns, Violett fills in as interim chief

Greene succeeds McCluskey as Montreal, Maine & Atlantic's VP-mechanical

Progress Rail Services to use ExpressYard software at rail-car repair shops

RailComm unveils Web-enabled software application

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