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Rail News: September 2008

September 30

Rail safety bill advances in Senate; TRACS Act stalls in House

Toronto's Metrolinx outlines $50 billion transit investment plan

In memoriam: Intermodal 'founding father' and Hub Group leader Phil Yeager

September 29

Niesen joins KCS as AVP in intermodal/automotive unit

Coming soon: Bargaining stage for expiring CN and CPR contracts, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference says

September 26

LACMTA proposes safety measures for Metrolink

Ike's aftereffects include reduced traffic volume on U.S. roads, AAR says

DART: Make it four months in a row with record ridership

September 25

U.S. Class I workforce a smidge smaller in August, STB data shows

VIA Rail to introduce new 'Concierge' class on Canadian train

September 24

Minneapolis agency to review proposed Northstar Corridor fares

MBTA completes Fields Corner station rehab

Updates from GE, The Andersons, Wi-Tronix, Knorr-Bremse, Ritron, RailRunner and MISCOR

September 23

UP projects Q3 earnings increase

CN police officers ratify new contract

Metro-North releases findings from origin/destination study

BNSF to rehab track in Oklahoma

Arizona & California leases part of ROW for underground pipeline

Updates from Bombardier, Railpower, Performance Technologies and Interfleet Technology

September 22

Congress considers economic stimulus, energy-saving legislation that contains public transit component

OmniTRAX to upgrade Hudson Bay's locomotive fleet

Tri-Rail posts second-highest passenger count

Updates from Alstom, Vossloh, Bombardier, Savi, Traction Motor Service and The Andersons

September 19

Metrolink board establishes post-accident assistance funds, reimburses Ventura line passengers

'Re-reg' bill on way to House vote; short-line tax credit bill awaits another Senate vote

AAR: Carload, intermodal volume down for U.S. roads in September's second week

New operating practice helps BNSF cut fuel usage

Workers at two Watco short lines ratify BMWED contracts

September 18

Regionals and short lines work to maintain operations before, after Ike

ALCO Spring Industries now an A. Stucki subsidiary

GrandLuxe Rail Journeys to sell vintage train

Updates from ENSCO, TAC, Renaissance Rail Group, HLS Systems and Specialized Services

September 17

Three California agencies endorse high-speed rail measure on November ballot

CTA to test reduced-seating cars

Invensys Rail Group acquires Quantum Engineering

NJ Transit awards design contract for $1.3 billion Portal Bridge replacement

Updates from Southwest Signal, North Star Rail Intermodal, Bombardier, Accenture and SafeRack

September 16

Appellate court ruling allows TCI/3G to seat all four election winners on CSX's board

Pittsburgh port authority, ATU disagree on Fact Finder's contract recommendations

MBTA to upgrade Beverly bridge

Mastrean to manage CSX's compensation, benefits

September 15

Metrolink to resume Ventura line service after deadly train collision

House passes Senate-approved legislation to restore Highway Trust Fund

Genesee & Wyoming notes subsidiary's high federal security program status, lands lease to Ohio-owned line

Updates from Caterpillar/Progress Rail, Wabtec, Intrade International, Andrew and Hardesty & Hanover

September 12

Storms rain on U.S. railroads' traffic in September's first week, AAR says

CSX expects high-60s operating ratio, higher-than-expected income and earnings by 2010

BNSF sets PRB coal volume record in August

UTA riders put onboard WiFi service to use

Illinois commission OKs upgrades to three grade crossings

September 11

Transportation officials association calls for new federal focus

UP preps for Hurricane Ike in Texas, plans track upgrades in Nebraska

BLET members bless NS contract; Railroad Retirement Board to reorganize field service

Updates from Harsco, ARCADIS, Skanska, MISCOR, Safetran, Southwest Signal and Railpower

September 10

Altamont Commuter Express to hike fares in '09

U.S. ports' container volume will tumble 6 percent in 2008, report says

NS' emergency preparedness training tour coming to four states

Updates from L.B. Foster, Alstom, Bombardier, RailComm and Transplace

September 9

AAR committee sets mid-2010 deadline for rail industry's narrowband conversion

Washington county to begin rehabbing portion of short line's route

September 8

CIT Group opts to retain CIT Rail

Updates from Safetran, Union Switch & Signal and Alstom

September 5

McQuade takes CPR's CFO reins

U.S. railroads register carload and intermodal volume declines in August, AAR says

CN, police officers union agree on tentative contract

Updates from United Group/Ansaldo STS, Bombardier and Pacer

September 4

BART purchases rail grinder No. 2

Updates from Volkmann Railroad Builders, Redline, Business Contingency Group and Bombardier

September 3

VRE proposes to hike fares to offset surging fuel, labor costs

UP sets PRB train loading records in August

BNSF to upgrade North Dakota line

September 2

CN workers join Teamsters Canada Rail Conference

North Carolina's New Hope Valley Railway to conduct emergency training drill

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