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Rail News: August 2008

August 29

AAR: Carloads, intermodal loads down for U.S. railroads in week No. 34

Maryland Transit purchases passenger-rail coaches from VRE

IANA backs ATA's lawsuit against L.A.-area ports' concession plans

CSXI says 'thank you' to truckers during 'appreciation' week

Updates from Bombardier, FreightCar America, Interfleet and Harsco

August 28

U.S. Class I workforce a tad larger in July

Illinois commission OKs plans for 10 crossing-improvement projects

Two BMWED divisions merge to form Midwest federation

Updates from Harsco, HNTB, VTG Aktiengesellschaft and Midland Manufacturing

August 27

New legislation adds taxpayer protection, fiscal controls to California's high-speed bond meaure

UP provides $50,000 for Iowa's flood relief efforts; NS foundation donates $2.2 million in first half

St. Louis' TRRA contracts RMI to manage car hire services

August 26

Texas' Capital Metro notes progress on new passenger-rail line

Construction begins on next Northstar Corridor station

Updates from Jacobs Engineering, URS, Global Rail, Kelso Technologies and Macquarie Rail

August 25

GO Transit expands Lakeshore East line

WMATA aims to get a grip on overhead handles

Four agricultural shipper groups support 're-reg' bill

August 22

Rep. Lipinski, area leaders back CN's EJ&E deal

AAR: U.S. railroads rack up fewer carloads in August's second week

KCS elevates Scott to VP in accounting department

August 21

Livonia, Avon & Lakeville, Western New York & Pennsylvania fill top posts

August 20

Northstar Corridor authority launches new Web site

Updates from EMD, 10East, Timken, IndigoVision, PNG Ventures, GE Rail Services and Harsco

August 19

UP budgets $9.1 million for Wisconsin line improvements

Caltrain proposes ticket price hike

ACTA installs Hahn as chairman, passes resolution on four projects

August 18

KCS names Jensen AVP of intermodal sales, marketing

Regional state government group opposes 're-regulation' bills

Piper succeeds Glynn as Alaska Railroad's COO; Streat joins Watco as shop safety manager

August 15

AAR: Carloads, intermodal loads down for U.S. roads in August's first week

Eight unions, BNSF challenge USDOT's 'intrusive' drug test rule in federal court

Iowa Interstate to break out steam locomotives for Salvation Army benefit

August 14

LACMTA, Metro-North register ridership spikes

NJ Transit purchases more rail cars, expands SEPTA ticketing agreement

Illinois commission OKs upgrades to six grade crossings

Providence and Worcester registers more revenue, less income

Updates from L.B. Foster, MISCOR Group, Global Railway, MDI Group, FreightScan and J.L. Patterson

August 13

Watco, Wabtec and TTX make management changes

GO Transit widens Credit River Bridge

BLET, NS reach tentative agreement

August 12

FTA gives FDOT green light to begin final design for central Florida commuter-rail system

UP appoints new operating, labor relations managers

Updates from Progress Rail, Interfleet, Wi-Tronix and Carmanah Technologies

August 11

North American container volume reaches four-year high in 2Q, but ports expected to post container volume decline for full year

Utah Transit Authority to launch construction on commuter-rail line

U.S. Class I workforce a touch smaller in June, STB data shows

August 8

AAR: Carloads up, intermodal volume down for U.S. railroads in July

BNSF's PRB coal train loadings rebound in July

Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway lands iron ore concentrate contract

Updates from American Railcar, The Andersons, Con-way, Bombardier and Chas. H. Sells

August 7

CN to seek 'legal relief' to close on EJ&E transaction by year's end

UTU members ratify CPR/Soo Line contract

San Francisco's Muni advances agency review program

Indiana port introduces two hybrid locomotives

August 6

'TRACS' Act enters House, targets CN/EJ&E transaction

FRA to evaluate 25 proposals for intercity passenger-rail grants

BNSF to expand mileage-based fuel surcharge program

Jacobsen rejoins KCS as VP, chief engineer

Yocum retires as Montreal, Maine & Atlantic's VP and CFO

Updates from Wabtec, Cattron, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Pacer and Entrust

August 5

Rail safety bill passes muster in the Senate

Caltrain reaches another annual ridership, revenue high

VIA Rail raises passenger and revenue counts, lowers on-time performance in first half

Alaska Railroad, university team up to study vegetation-control herbicides

UP to improve track in Wisconsin

Bravo joins South Florida RTA's board

Updates from Mitsui Rail, US&S, Unitrac, Integrated Concepts, FreightCar America and RailRunner N.A.

August 4

Genesee & Wyoming to acquire nine Ohio Central Railroad System short lines

WMATA reorganizes administration, appoints three execs

August 1

TCI/3G nominees beat out CSX candidates for four board seats, final election results show

Bush Administration's proposed transportation policy doesn't properly address freight transport, coalition says

VIA Rail to upgrade Ottawa-to-Montreal line

AAR: U.S. railroads report first weekly carload decline in July

Chinese imports long will be key to North American intemodal traffic, study shows

Updates from Virgin Rail, Alstom, Trinity, Portec, Railpower and Faiveley Transport

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