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Rail News: August 2007

August 31

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

Santa Clara VTA expedites grant fund reimbursement, retires bond debt

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

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

Six rail industry execs to address RailTrends attendees in New York City

Bombardier-led venture lands $119 million pact to upgrade driverless Malaysian line

RMI names 12 winners of 2008 'Fast Track' Awards

August 30

GO Transit adds third track to busiest rail corridor

MARTA records operating budget surplus for second-straight year

Indiana short line would serve proposed intermodal ramp, logistics park

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

MHW Group opens cold storage warehouse in Maryland

UTU endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid

Shanghai metro places 246-car order with Alstom-led consortium

Goddard joins Modular Mining Systems as global accounts manager

August 28

Kansas City Southern de Mexico boots up train dispatching system

EMD acquires ITS Rail Services' assets

Timken supplies bearings to Norwegian mining firm, appoints five execs in new group

In Memoriam: VAE Nortrak's John Pit

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

Las Vegas Monorail partners with Google Transit

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

BNSF boosts daily train loadings in the PRB

Washington state port hires construction manager for rail line project

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

Swedish mining firm to purchase four locomotives, 222 cars

August 23

Caltrans seeks public feedback on proposed bridge, highway improvements along key intermodal corridor

Canadian panel to draft report on federal rail safety act review

Owens Corning honors BNSF's on-time performance in '06

Greater Cleveland RTA approves URS planning/design pact for Cedar-University Rapid Station

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

Stillwater Central embargoes traffic after Tropical Storm Erin damages bridge

Ohio's first-ever freight conference coming to Toledo next month

Jacobs Engineering to provide design services for U.K.'s Network Rail

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

August 21

Maryland Transit Administration to improve subway, light-rail service

RTA report: Tie purchases rebound, production plummets in July

Santa Maria Valley Railroad teams up with trucking firm, tacks on job duties for two execs

Wallen joins STB as director of government/public affairs office

Chicago SouthShore & South Bend to develop industrial park in Indiana

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

MacFarlane, JBG team up to develop WMATA station sites

Canada's Trillium Railway to serve first ethanol plant

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

Alabama provides grant for rail spur at steel dust recycler's plant

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

LIRR to install new ticket vending machines at 11 stations

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

St. Louis Metro sets light-rail ridership record in July

STB proposes new way to calculate railroads' cost of capital

New Mexico agencies complete environmental assessment for Rail Runner extension

New York & Atlantic names Victor general superintendent

Timken to supply rail-car bearings for India's Titagarh Wagons

Wabtec obtains $40 million locomotive maintenance contract from UK rail equipment lessor

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

August 14

Diversions from rail and rates on the rise, Bank of America Securities shipper survey shows

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

CAW-represented workers ratify VIA Rail contract

Siemens to supply parts for 500 Chinese locomotives

American Railcar Industries sets revenue, rail-car delivery records

International railway union to host level crossing symposium in Paris next year

Global Railway registers quarterly, first-half revenue gains

August 13

FRA awards grants to railroad, port and university

BNSF Logistics lands in magazine's top 10 3PL list for fourth-straight year

RSI to join AREMA, REMSA and RSSI in Minneapolis for joint 2010 event

Timken realigns operations into two business groups

Bombardier to provide train-control system for China's Ministry of Railways

North American Technologies Group sells debentures, accepts board resignations

August 10

Transportation Services Index tumbles in June

Houston METRO completes draft environmental report for University Corridor

New York, Susquehanna & Western owner and short-line industry leader Rich dies

State legislatures conference drops rail industry 're-regulation' resolution

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

Washington dinner train makes switch to Tacoma route

Vossloh AG terminates Eschenröder's contract as CEO, chairman

Bourque Data Systems, RFTrax to integrate asset management software

August 9

CTA approves 2007 budget contingency plan

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

AECOM obtains engineering, design contract for new Minneapolis light-rail line

ExpressYard lands three contracts for rail-car repair management software

Davis returns to Simmons Machine Tool as president, COO

August 8

Architects unveil design proposals for new San Francisco transit center

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

MBTA to make Longwood Station more accessible

FRA unveils crossing safety outreach program for Hispanic farm workers

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

North American intermodal volume declines for first time since 2002, IANA says

STB's environmental arm seeks public comments on historic bridge portion of DM&E's PRB plan

LIRR to seek horn rule waiver from FRA

Pacer shuffles management staff, streamlines operations

USDOT report: Railroads contribute to domestic freight's 'decade of growth'

Bombardier contracts logistics provider, preferred carrier for European operations

Mutch joins VIA Rail board

August 3

Senate committee approves 10-year, $1.5 billion bill to fund WMATA capital improvements

UP forms three regional public affairs offices, appoints VPs for each

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

NJ Transit contracts joint venture to manage construction of Trans-Hudson tunnel's first phase

CPR contracts IBM, Infosys to manage application development

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

Dulles Corridor project poses concerns, U.S. Inspector General says

CSXT partners with Kentucky to boost rail security

FRA proposes new passenger-rail car safety standards

Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide construction management services for NYCT's Second Avenue Subway

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

The Andersons, Trinity and Portec Rail report earnings

August 1

CPR to sell former headquarters, station in Montreal

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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