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Rail News: August 2008

August 29

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

Five Class Is prep operations for Hurricane Gustav

Maryland Transit purchases passenger-rail coaches from VRE

STB's Buttrey to step down from government service

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

County to file lawsuit against Virginia to challenge use of public funds for NS intermodal terminal

Keewatin Railway to receive capital funds from Canadian government

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

DART, TRE register all-time-high ridership in July

NJ Transit begins final phase of South Amboy Station reconstruction

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

CN reaches terms on EJ&E-related agreement with Joliet

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

Three Class Is' monthly fuel surcharges reflect diesel price drop

BNSF recognizes truck carriers, lands logistics magazine's 'quality' award

Construction begins on next Northstar Corridor station

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

August 25

FRA issues two research grants to colleges, bridge inspection handbook to railroads

GO Transit expands Lakeshore East line

USDOT delays new drug-testing rule until November, UTU says

League of Railway Industry Women names Farmrail's Petry 'Woman of the Year'

CTA seeks public input on Yellow Line extension

WMATA aims to get a grip on overhead handles

Four agricultural shipper groups support 're-reg' bill

Updates from URS, TKDA, Interfleet Technology, RAIL.ONE, Kelso Technologies and All Track

August 22

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

Amtrak's California trains busy in July

Oregon governor calls on STB to accept port's Coos Bay Line purchase proposal

GO Transit set to open Lincolnville Station

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

St. Louis' Metro achieves FTA 'excellence' award

KCS elevates Scott to VP in accounting department

August 21

Greater Cleveland RTA boosts passenger count in July

Pennsylvania commission updates 12-year transportation spending plan

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

LACMTA to update public on Westside subway extension

Triple Crown tops logistics magazine's service provider list

Updates from GE - Transportation, MISCOR Group and Specialized Rail Transport

August 20

Virginia green lights NS to build Heartland Corridor terminal in Elliston

USDOT's proposed RRIF program changes could put loans out of reach for many short lines, ASLRRA says

Amtrak registers ridership spike in Heartland Corridor

Santa Clara VTA cuts water consumption

BNSF reopens transload center near Chicago

New York DOT contracts SYSTRA to help develop state's rail transportation plan

Northstar Corridor authority launches new Web site

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

August 19

Pittsburgh port authority posts ridership gains in July

UP budgets $9.1 million for Wisconsin line improvements

Caltrain proposes ticket price hike

RailTrends coming to New York City next month

ACTA installs Hahn as chairman, passes resolution on four projects

Updates from Bombardier, EMD, Balfour Beatty Rail, Midland Manufacturing, L.B. Foster, ROBEL and Hatch Mott MacDonald

August 18

All-time-high 2.75 million passengers ride Amtrak in July

Sacramento agency hires consultant for light-rail extension

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

Metro Transit partners with Google to offer trip planner

AAR issues 13th annual edition of Class I statistics

August 15

CN petitions STB to modify procedural schedule so EJ&E transaction can close this year

SEPTA set to launch largest-ever service expansion

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

South Carolina to draft statewide rail plan

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

WMATA unveils six-level parking garage at Huntington station

Iowa Interstate to break out steam locomotives for Salvation Army benefit

August 14

Transportation Services Index makes modest gain in June, USDOT says

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

CTA to hold hearings on Orange Line extension

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

August 13

FRA, unions unveil 'risk reduction' safety program

TriMet posts another ridership record in July

Canadian government to launch first stage of freight-rail service review

Watco, Wabtec and TTX make management changes

STB denies FPN-USA's application to operate portion of Baja California line

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

Santa Clara VTA seeks sales tax increase to operate, maintain BART extension

APTA names Alexander 2008 Hall of Fame award winner

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

New parking garage opens along Hiawatha line

August 11

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

Sacramento RT plans to raise fares, cut service in FY09

Utah Transit Authority to launch construction on commuter-rail line

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

Massachusetts Central names Bentley VP, signs marketing agreement with Claremont Concord

National Mediation Board boots up arbitrators' caseload report on Web site

August 8

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

DART to celebrate 25th anniversary

BNSF's PRB coal train loadings rebound in July

Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway lands iron ore concentrate contract

Maglev conference coming to San Diego

New York MTA adds nine language translations to Web site

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

Short-line tax credits still stalled in the Senate

WMATA posts record ridership in July

UTU members ratify CPR/Soo Line contract

NTSB: Bush backs Rosenker as vice chairman, Hersman as board member

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

Birmingham to receive $23 million from feds for intermodal terminal

Amtrak expands shuttle service to eastern Maryland

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

FMCSA extends cross-border trucking demo; four congressmen, UTU oppose extension

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

STB schedules Oregon field hearing to review proposed Coos Bay Line abandonment

Iowa ponies up $4 million to help seven small railroads pay for flood-damage repairs

Alaska Railroad to gain FRA grant for rail/highway bridge

CTA reopens Diversey Station

Watco lands Solvay Chemicals' switching business in Wyoming

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

APTA: Commuters can save $8,000 a year by taking transit

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

RailTrends coming to New York City in late September

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

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