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Rail News: October 2008

October 31

Voters to consider 26 transportation ballot measures next week AAR: Canadian and U.S. roads report carload, intermodal volume drops in latest week DART: Customer satisfaction rating on the rise CPR assumes control of DM&E, IC&E Florida city green lights CSX's proposed intermodal/automotive terminal Value of U.S. goods ground transported in North America climbs in August, USDOT says NJ Transit unveils updated Watsessing Station Riddett to take reins as Safetran Systems' president

October 30

Rail associations call on Congress to include transportation funds in economic stimulus package Northstar Corridor commuter-rail line to feature sixth station NTSB drops PTC, rail worker fatigue from annual 'most wanted' list Seattle port places BNSF corridor acquisition on hold ARCI: Rail-car orders sputter, deliveries hum in third quarter Tri-Rail ridership hits 50-million mark BNSF upgrades track in Illinois, New Mexico Updates from FreightCar America, Trinity Industries, Safetran, Minmetals and Vossloh

October 29

VRE continues to boost on-time performance Three Class Is to cut fuel surcharges next month Tri-Rail to fuel locomotives with biodiesel Rail-car deliveries could reach 60,000 by year's end, Rail Theory Forecasts says Fort Worth agency completes draft environmental work for commuter-rail line Lessors' new equipment leasing/finance business slips in September Updates from Alstom, TTX, RailComm, MATECH, L.B. Foster and MHF Logistical Solutions

October 28

CPR: Earnings and income tumble, operating ratio rises KCS overcomes storms' financial drag to set revenue, income records NYCT appoints line managers, group GMs AASHTO proposes recommendations, reforms for new surface transportation bill In Mexico, restructuring puts rail association back on track CN adds track geometry vehicle to rail inspection equipment arsenal Ontario Northland, Teamsters Canada approve three-year contract Canadian miner on schedule to complete new line by September 2009

October 27

House committee to review potential infrastructure projects DART posts all-time-high ridership in FY08 West Coast port volume drop likely to worsen in next decade, study says Six CREATE projects under way in Chicago USDOT notes decline in miles driven, need for new transportation funding program STB schedules public meeting to review freight-rail competition study Updates from Timken, Interfleet Technology, The Andersons and FreightScan

October 24

BNSF sets earnings, revenue records despite lower traffic volume and higher fuel costs NS sets quarterly coal tonnage record Carloads down for U.S., Canadian roads in year's 42nd week, AAR says UPS reports volume, earnings declines USDOT’s 'invasive' urine-sample collection rule to take effect despite pending lawsuit, BLET says BNSF, Montana grain shippers institute rate dispute arbitration and mediation process

October 23

UP shakes off soft economy, traffic to register revenue, earnings and income gains LIRR notes locomotive reliability boost San Francisco agency to advance transit improvement program Railroading in Chicago reaches 160-year marker UTA obtains public input on South Davis line Updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, Alstom, L.B. Foster, GATX and Hub Group

October 22

NS sets five financial records, drops operating ratio below 70 for first time CN scores success with earnings, income and revenue MARTA's Scott becomes APTA chairman Maryland Transit Administration seeks feedback on Purple Line studies Pittsburgh port authority, transit police sign off on one-year contract Updates from Wabtec, Salco Products, LAP GmbH, Olsson Associates and Kelso Technologies

October 21

Houston METRO signs off on FY09 spending plan, fare increase UTA set to start construction on airport light-rail line Indiana Rail Road introduces container-handling service at Indianapolis terminal UP to upgrade Wyoming line Canadian Transportation Agency outlines railway noise, vibration guidelines North Carolina DOT to grade separate, close crossings in Durham Updates from GE, Ansaldo STS - US&S, JMDiaz, Bombardier and Kelso Technologies

October 20

TriMet breaks ridership record in September Ontario planning agency to outline 50-year transit system blueprint FRA seeks grant applications for maglev projects CPR to demolish more than 50-year-old locomotive shop in British Columbia Kansas City Southern de México to upgrade 32 crossings CN, Safe Kids Canada launch 'Safe Crossing Week' campaign Updates from TieTek, Rock-It Cargo, Clear Channel and Anpath Group

October 17

Rail safety bill, passenger rail act become law NJ Transit authorizes funds for tunnel project's final design VRE cuts fare increase in half Week No. 41: Ferromex's fortunes up, U.S. roads' tallies down on both sides of AAR traffic ledger Ottensmeyer, Upchurch assume new senior executive roles at KCS WMATA seeks ways to trim expenses Updates from Ansaldo STS, Railpower, Bentley Systems and Harsco

October 16

FRA issues final rule on ECP brakes Greater Cleveland RTA signs off on fuel surcharge LACMTA posts rail ridership gains in September NJ Transit launches construction on Hudson-Bergen light-rail station Dallas logistics park developer receives bridge loan to recapitalize land Pennsylvania rail authority seeks STB approval to buy NS line Updates from Progress Rail Services, Georgetown Rail Equipment, Siemens, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam and Savi Group

October 15

CSX scores revenue and income gains, sets third-quarter operating ratio record CTA to provide riders better communication tools International railway union obtains recognition for online 'Eco' tool Illinois commission seeks applicants for rail safety program grants Containerization/intermodal institute names 2008 'Connie' recipients Updates from Vossloh, ARCADIS and RAIL.ONE

October 14

Utah Transit Authority's ridership spikes in September East Coast Ethanol to construct rail-served plants in four states Short line carloads down slightly through September, RMI data shows Santa Clara VTA to receive state credit for excess solar power UP to upgrade Illinois line Updates from Wi-Tronix, Bombardier, Safetran, Global Rail Systems and Interfleet Technology

October 13

Amtrak posts record ridership, ticket revenue rise in FY08 UP to upgrade track in Nebraska, Illinois FRA completes final environmental report for New Jersey bridge replacement Watco seeks STB approval to lease California lines from BNSF, launch new short line VRE boosts ridership in FY09's first quarter Genesee & Wyoming: 'Same railroad' carloads slip in September, third quarter

October 10

CTA proposes 2009 budget, as well as job cuts, fare hike AAR adds Ferromex data to weekly traffic report Illinois commission OKs major grade separation on BNSF line in Chicago suburb Amtrak's California routes post ridership gains Freight- and commuter-rail trains could co-exist in North Carolina corridor, NCRR says BNSF's 'Ethanol Express' to serve DFW storage terminal Grade crossing scorecard in Mississippi: 130 upgrades, 40 closures

October 9

Four Class Is to establish PTC interoperability standards; two to implement PTC in L.A. area by 2012 'Port Tracker' report: U.S. container volume to finish year with a thud Transportation Services Index slips in August CN to upgrade iron-ore car fleet Chicago university, community group obtain RTA grant to analyze Red Line extension Updates from Timken, Thales, FreightCar America and Interfleet Technology

October 8

Florida utility co-op files STB coal rate complaint against CSXT APTA recognizes 'outstanding' agencies, individuals at annual conference Long-time DM&E CEO Schieffer steps down RailTrends 2008 Recap: In these most uncertain times, the 'Rail Renaissance' endures LIRR tries to rein in retirement board disability claims Entire rail industry should commit to PTC implementation, NTSB's Rosenker says EPA honors 27 transportation industry members' environmental efforts Amsted Rail's IONX acquires Salco Technologies

October 7

BNSF sets PRB coal loading record in September; targets completion of major trackwork in October Enacted 'economic rescue' bill includes two-year extension for short line tax credits, NRC says Canadian railway association honors VIA Rail, CN and Quebec North Shore/Labrador CSXT, UP introduce California-to-New York produce train Chicago obtains RTA grant to draw up land-use plans for three CTA stations UP gains operating lease to Tacoma port's intermodal yard BART completes trial of multi-use mobile phones Updates from Railpower, Pacer, RailComm and Leica Geosystems

October 6

Report: High-speed rail would boost Bay-area economy, improve mobility CSX attains high 'climate leadership' marks; CPR lands on magazine's top employers list Caltrain to raise ticket prices next year Machinists union ratifies national agreement; Connecticut short-line workers OK BLET pact Tennessee's Walking Horse and Eastern gains new overpass Massachusetts commuter-rail operator names Davey GM Updates from Trainyard Tech, Alstom, Knorr-Bremse, FreightCar America and Trinity

October 3

Massachusetts, CSXT agree on commuter- and freight-rail pact AAR: U.S. railroads register carload, intermodal volume declines in September President Bush to sign high-speed legislation included in rail safety bill, Mica says TriMet to open first commuter-rail line in February Tie production and purchases post gains in August, RTA says Illinois college obtains federal grant to study locomotive fuel usage, emissions UP appoints Houton AVP of external relations Updates from Sumitomo/Mitsubishi, Siemens, Westcode and Triple Crown Services

October 2

Rail safety bill clears Senate, heads to White House NTSB releases Metrolink engineer's cell phone records; FRA promises to issue emergency order on electronic-device usage while on duty Genesee & Wyoming acquires Georgia Southwestern Virginia rail department to postpone release of statewide rail plan NS issues first-ever 'sustainability' report CSXT to unveil GenSet at Chicago terminal Updates from Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo, Bombardier, Alstom, L.B. Foster, CIT Rail and Parsons Brinckerhoff

October 1

STB gives CPR/DM&E merger the thumbs up FRA awards intercity passenger-rail grants for 15 projects Three Class Is to reduce fuel surcharges for October Tri-City & Olympia-served transload facility opens in Washington Maryland Transit Administration seeks feedback on Red Line studies McCarthy joins UP's board << Previous Next >>
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