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Rail News: September 2007

September 28

AAR weekly data shows U.S. railroads register carload gain - a rare occurrence in '07

Sustainable U.S. rail system in jeopardy if 'rail competition' bills cap freight rates, consultant says

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority re-selects HNTB as general engineering consultant

Tie production way up, purchases way down in August, RTA says

McGuckin, Sandrin become NMB's newest mediators

September 27

U.S. Class I workforce expanded slightly in August

APTA study: Public transportation use substantially reduces greenhouse gases

Ohio rail commission to upgrade three grade crossings

Caltrain to open $140 million equipment maintenance facility

GATX names Zmudka, Hadenfeldt to 'strategic sales' positions

National Steel Car to break ground for Alabama freight-car plant

Durden joins Balfour Beatty Rail as VP of business development

September 26

CN to acquire 'major portion' of Elgin, Joliet & Eastern from U.S. Steel

Rail competition act co-sponsor joins lobbying effort to enact bill at House committee hearing

TriMet, retailers come to terms on parking/circulation plan for Washington County Commuter Rail station

Rail industry execs to address RailTrends conference in New York City next week

BNSF boosts PRB coal train loadings in September's first half

CSXI's fuel surcharge to rise, UP's to hold steady in October

WMATA installs RailComm's yard automation system

September 25

FRA: U.S. railroads report fewer train accidents, grade crossing collisions in 2007's first half

Washington state DOT seeks applicants for interest-free loans to help fund freight-rail projects

MTA New York City public hearing to feature online component

Horton to succeed Lewis as Aberdeen & Rockfish's president

Two former Utah Transit Authority attorneys join Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll's Salt Lake City office

USDOT's Volpe Center acquires two GenSet locomotives from National Railway Equipment

September 24

KCS, TMM settle last dispute tied to TFM acquisition agreement

FRA provides nine rail infrastructure/research grants totaling more than $8 million

MBTA to re-open Greenbush Line next month

Chicago's Metra expands one station, restores another

'Unsafe' tunnel conditions prompt Central Oregon and Pacific to close Coos Bay Line indefinitely

Italian firm acquires ImageMap

Bombardier to supply 60 TRAXX freight locomotives to Europe's Angel Trains

September 21

Transbay Joint Powers Authority selects architect for new transit center

Bombardier/Siemens land $557 million order for 64 EMUs from Netherlands Railways

Senate Judiciary Committee passes rail 'antitrust enforcement' bill

U.S. roads' weekly intermodal volume reaches seventh-highest mark on all-time list, AAR says

Pinsly Railroad's Rennicke to manage Pioneer Valley Railroad and Massachusetts warehouse; Depalo to head human resources

CPR to implement 10East's mobile operating platform throughout the signal department

FreightCar America to local union: Negotiate agreement that cuts labor costs or Johnstown plant could close

September 20

Rhode Island DOT receives $5.4 million to build station for South County Commuter Rail project

CN to net $350 million in Montreal station sale/leaseback deal

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to purchase two hybrid locomotives

Boise Cascade to sell Minnesota, Dakota & Western Railway as part of $1.6 billion deal

Interfleet appoints three execs, rebrands LDK Engineering

Harsco Track Technologies lands grinder orders in Japan, Singapore

STV names Amodei SVP/chief strategic growth officer

September 19

U.S. railroads need to invest $135 billion over next 30 years to address capacity constraints, AAR study shows

Amtrak, Michigan short line agreement addresses passenger-rail line concerns

Report confirms public transportation's 'stand out' role as traffic-congestion reliever/energy saver, APTA says

GE Equipment Services introduces Web-based asset-management systems for rail and intermodal

Midland Manufacturing retools valve remanufacturing program

ENSCO lands two rail-inspection services contracts

Quantum Engineering receives 'Business Excellence' award for manufacturing

September 18

Federal mediator to help Canadian grain shippers, CN settle rail-car booking dispute

UP to upgrade Des Moines-to-K.C. line by early '08

Long Island Rail Road awards design contract for Ronkonkoma Station parking lot

Indian container train operator obtains GE financing to acquire rail cars

Tacoma Rail kicks tires on National Railway Equipment's GenSet switcher

TriMet awards CTC system pact to RailComm

September 17

League of Railway Industry Women names CSX's Acors 'Woman of the Year'

U.S. Class Is turned fuel cost recovery fees into 'profit centers,' rail shipper organizations claim

Ohio rail commission OKs line lease study, approves W&LE grant and appoints executive director

WMATA hires firm to help reduce energy costs

North Carolina port, terminal railroad complete siding

Sound Transit unveils 'reverse commute' service

Stelling succeeds Midili as Safetran's GM of railroad sales

September 14

Pending UP, RTD pact calls for moving yard and intermodal terminal away from Denver

STB hires Christensen Associates to study U.S. rail competition

D.C. transit authority to operate more six-car trains during peak periods

CN opens intermodal terminal, transload center at new Canadian port

Denver university's intermodal institute elects four board members

Actuant acquires Templeton, Kenly & Co.

September 13

Transportation Services Index slips in July

Sacramento transit district's light-rail system turns 20

New York City Transit to implement Novell's IT security systems

UP orders four 'genset' switchers from Railpower

Hub Group's Comtrak Logistics to acquire intermodal trucking firm's assets

Miner Enterprises to supply outlet gates for CPR's grain hopper fleet

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

September 12

'Rail renaissance' continues, but beware of potential roadblocks, says Hatch

MARTA names new GM

Wabash National partners with Kirloskar Pneumatic to market RoadRailer trailers in India

RailComm adds remote-control functions to Alton & Southern's yard automation system

SEPTA awards re-signaling pact to Union Switch & Signal

ShipXpress unveils new Web site, logo to spotlight RailSync software addition

September 11

NJ Transit's board OK's funding for corridor study, station improvements

Sumitomo subsidiary acquires Southern Illinois Railcar

BNSF increases PRB coal loadings in August

STB rejects shippers' rate complaints for two coal moves

San Diego's North County Transit District installs Digital Concepts traffic-control system for SPRINTER line

Architecture firm designs mixed-use complex around LA MTA station

September 10

New on Blogs

Class Is' average train speed losing some steam, Bank of America Securities says

Northstar Corridor Development Authority breaks ground on $21.6 million vehicle maintenance facility in Minnesota

BNSF to boot up new IT platform for financial and HR systems

New York state senate earmarks $22 million to 'make high-speed rail a reality'

UP to complete 'Boone High' rail bridge in Iowa next year

Transport Workers Union VP recommends members ratify national freight railroad contract

September 7

AAR: Eight months into 2007, U.S. roads' traffic volume still trails 2006

U.S. Senate could consider transportation appropriations bill early next week, APTA says

Regional Rail acquires first short line, sets up shop in Pennsylvania

BNSF tests bridge-structure measurement device

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Murray to chair regional 'transportation leadership forum'

Two BMWED federations merge, form union's largest representation unit

September 6

STB revises small rate-dispute procedures; House transportation committee schedules rail competition hearing

California Transportation Commission allocates $315 million for LA MTA's Exposition line

BNSF, UP tour Nebraska to teach emergency responders about ethanol hazards

Canadian government earmarks $18.8 million to boost transit security

MTA New York City Transit awards $1.8 LED signal pact to Dialight

IANA issues 2007 intermodal product/supplier directory

RailComm one of nation's 5,000 fastest-growing private companies, Inc.magazine says

September 5

CPR, DM&E reach $1.5 billion merger agreement

FRA issues proposed rule backing ECP brakes

Fort Worth Transportation Authority to identify station locations, begin station design for new commuter-rail line

CPR, Teamsters reach tentative agreement; TCU/BRC members ratify national contract

Russian-Finnish rail joint venture awards Alstom $163 million Pendolino train pact

Godwin joins KCS as AVP-premium operations

ENSCO to provide track inspection services for Atlanta's MARTA

September 4

International investment settlement agency accepts Railroad Development Corp.'s arbitration claim against Guatemalan government

KCS passes halfway mark on Meridian Speedway CTC project

GO Transit completes $14.2 million Don Yard train storage facility

U.S. Class I workforce a tad smaller in July, STB says

Harsco adds ZETA-TECH to track maintenance division

Alstom wins two rail electrification contracts in Greece

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