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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

Charlotte transit system to hike fares next week

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

TriMet to add security cameras, police officers

Updates from Alstom, EMD and Southwest Signal

September 29

FRA issues six grants for trackwork, research

LACMTA seeks voter approval of half-cent sales tax measure

Rail safety bill amendment proposes to extend RRIF loan terms by 10 years

Miami-Dade Transit hikes ticket prices

STB: NS, CPR's Soo Line made 'revenue adequacy' grade last year

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

Canadian Transportation Agency orders CN to meet service obligations for four grain shippers

'Poor' freight-road practices key cause of Amtrak's OTP woes, inspector general says

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

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

STB to assess environmental impacts of NS/Pan Am Railways' Patriot Corridor

Updates from Ansaldo STS - US&S, Knorr-Bremse, Sweco, Alstom, RailComm, Bird-X, Parsons Brinckerhoff and J.L. Patterson

September 25

House transportation committee passes bill targeting STB's merger/acquisition review process

NYCT to assign line general managers for entire subway system

House approves rail safety bill with Amtrak reauthorization amendment

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

Wisconsin DOT ponies up $16.4 million for eight freight-rail projects

Railroads, FRA develop 'essential elements' of bridge maintenance

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

September 24

Congress reaches compromise agreement on rail safety reauthorization bill

Minneapolis agency to review proposed Northstar Corridor fares

CSX boots up 'responsibility' site to stress corporate citizenship

San Francisco Muni unveils new maintenance facility

MBTA completes Fields Corner station rehab

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

September 23

WMATA outlines $11 billion in capital needs

AREMA honors UP with 'Hay' award, outlines future conferences at Salt Lake City show

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

USDOT prioritizes rail project in Texas

BART to explore ways to handle increased ridership demand

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

Greater Cleveland RTA obtains TSA grant to upgrade security

Workers at two Watco short lines ratify BMWED contracts

September 18

Senate bill would require freight, commuter railroads to implement PTC

CN seeks appellate court order to prompt final STB ruling on EJ&E deal by year's end

Denver RTD considers ways to handle skyrocketing FasTracks costs

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

BNSF, NS and UP make grade on magazines' top performer lists

Invensys Rail Group acquires Quantum Engineering

York Railway-served detergent plant coming to Pennsylvania

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

Santa Clara VTA notes ridership gains in August

Tie production up, purchases down in July, RTA says

Canada to cut diesel tax in half by 2013, RAC says

MBTA to upgrade Beverly bridge

Mastrean to manage CSX's compensation, benefits

September 15

Metrolink to resume Ventura line service after deadly train collision

Ike wreaks havoc with four Class Is' operations

FRA OKs 11 rail grants; Ohio rail commission approves six grants

New York governor: Moynihan Station developers, builders must meet state conditions

RDC sells interest in African rail corridor to Mozambican investor group

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

Sound Transit's ridership skyrockets 25 percent in July

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

CTA to extend weekend service pilot on Yellow Line

BNSF sets PRB coal volume record in August

RailTrends coming to New York City at month's end

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

Transportation Services Index inches up in July

Greater Cleveland RTA obtains additional state funds, revises '09 spending plan

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

Houston METRO's light-rail ridership reaches 50-million mark

Hoosier Southern lands federal grant for infrastructure upgrades; Pacific Harbor Line marks first-ever eco-friendly locomotive fleet

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

FRA proposes rule to generate more detailed train accident info, more useful injury data

Rising fuel costs impacting agencies' budgets and capacity, APTA says

Altamont Commuter Express to hike fares in '09

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

PATCO adds peak-period service

NS' emergency preparedness training tour coming to four states

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

September 9

APTA: Public transit ridership totals 2.8 billion in Q2

STB rejects CN's petition for an expedited ruling on EJ&E deal

CTA to trim jobs, costs

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

Amtrak's California routes attract more riders in August

LACMTA to analyze transit options for Harbor Subdivision corridor

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

Southern Railway of B.C. lands federal funds for rail-barge ramp

September 8

Canadian government allocates $622 million for Toronto subway extension

CIT Group opts to retain CIT Rail

Sacramento agency approves fare hikes, considers cost reductions

Charlotte transit system to review proposed LYNX Purple Line

Iowa Pacific's new UK subsidiary acquires ECT group's rail holdings

Updates from Safetran, Union Switch & Signal and Alstom

September 5

MBTA, MARTA and CTA post monthly passenger-count gains

APTA: Public transit can save commuters more than $9,000 annually

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

Five Class Is report minimal damage from Gustav

CTA continues to eliminate slow zones

Arizona cities gear up for Valley Metro light-rail opening later this year

Northern Ethanol to build CSXT-served plant in New York

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

More Canadians want to use public transit, but agencies can't accommodate demand surge, poll says

UP sets PRB train loading records in August

San Francisco Muni posts ridership gains in FY08

BNSF to upgrade North Dakota line

Wisconsin & Southern among recipients of regional transportation honor

Intermodal training program coming to Denver university next month

September 2

FRA issues four grants for rail research, infrastructure upgrades

Santa Clara VTA to launch two grade-separation projects

Canadian government selects QGI to conduct part of freight-rail service study

NS to NTSB: Pennsylvania derailment not result of inadequate rail inspection

CN workers join Teamsters Canada Rail Conference

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

Updates from Siemens/Bombardier, MHF Holdings, SYSTRA and Veolia Transport

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