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Rail News: December 2006

December 29

U.S. appellate court upholds STB's green-light decision on the DM&E's Powder River Basin project New Mexico's Rail Runner opens Los Lunas-to-Albuquerque segment U.S. roads set freight volume record for ninth-consecutive year Calgary Transit to raise ticket prices in 2007 Pittsburgh Logistics Systems names Williams VP of rail strategy

December 28

WMATA notes 2006 accomplishments CSXI's January fuel surcharge to match December's 17.5 percent Ohio political leaders reappoint four members to state's rail commission Bombardier/EDI joint venture to supply 15 trainsets to Western Australia Government Lighting supplier honors Nordco for saving energy at Wisconsin plant

December 27

NS asks federal court to approve class action agreement associated with Graniteville train accident WMATA obtains $15 million in federal bonds to fund solar equipment EPA certifies Railpower's three-engine diesel 'Gen-Set' switcher Henry joins Twin Cities & Western as VP of marketing, sales Bombardier to supply 50 double-deck EMUs to Netherlands railway

December 22

U.S. railroads on pace to surpass 12 million intermodal loads for first time, AAR says SEPTA to use capital funds to balance operating budget Ottawa terminates contract for north-south light-rail extension CN, BLET agree on tentative five-year pact for GTW engineers Toronto Transit Commission awards $473 million subway car contract to Bombardier

December 21

GO Transit to add third track on Lakeshore West corridor, improve two stations Greater Cleveland RTA signs off on $386.8 million 2007 budget New Orleans RTA resumes streetcar service on portion of St. Charles Line BNSF appoints Shewmake, Johnson to high-ranking law department positions Florida Central Railroad turns 20

December 20

Genesee & Wyoming realigns North American operating regions NJ Transit to refurbish, expand Metropark Station RTA report shows tie purchases sizzle, production fizzles in November Bombardier, EDI Rail to supply 20 commuter trains to Australian government Ellman rejoins GATX as chief commercial officer-rail

December 19

Amtrak shuffles staff, reorganizes departments LIRR lands $2.6 billion FTA funding agreement for East Side Access project WMATA implements hiring freeze, analyzes organizational structure FRA data shows U.S. railroads record fewer train accidents, worker fatalities through September New York grants $60 million to help fund rail infrastructure improvements

December 18

Proposed federal rule would require railroads to determine safest, securest hazardous materials route New York/New Jersey port authority signs off on 10-year capital plan, 2007 budget Independent panel to review, update Canada's 17-year-old rail safety act NJ Transit contracts consortium to oversee THE tunnel construction UP to test locomotive exhaust 'scrubber' at California yard L.B. Foster to provide track components for LA MTA extension

December 15

WMATA unveils $1.9 billion FY08 spending plan FRA, NJ Transit and Amtrak study options to replace 100-year-old Portal Bridge TTX names two senior execs FCM pledges $150,000 to help Michigan university develop rail manager education program GATX appoints Earl, Porzenheim to VP positions

December 14

CPR to boost capex budget 6 percent in '07 Sramek to succeed Hall as Operation Lifesaver's president WMATA to offer more car rentals at more stations FreightCar America delivers 100,000th aluminum coal car TTX appoints Wells, Casey to VP positions

December 13

DM&E coal trains could delay Chicago-area BNSF and commuter trains - BNSF STB filing CTA lets contract for last batch of Brown Line station rebuilds Alstom to upgrade propulsion systems for Mexico City's Metro BNSF to restore Pacific Northwest-to-Memphis container service Nathan Manufacturing acquires Airchime

December 12

NS budgets $1.34 billion for next year's capital improvements Report: Midwest's passenger-rail lines could play a prominent role in emergency preparedness planning KCS boots up Web-based tracing tool for intermodal customers Ross succeeds Kline as Safetran Systems president California's Capitol Corridor marks 15 years of service

December 11

In memoriam: Intermodal and trucking maverick J.B. Hunt Caltrain posts progress with commuter-rail safety campaign STB arm issues supplemental environmental impact statement for proposed Texas line DMJM Harris acquires Egis Semaly New England Central to modify Vermont tunnel for double-stack traffic RailComm to install remote-control automation system at shipper's Texas yard HNTB Architecture appoints Caswell to head transportation practice

December 8

Oberstar, Mica to head Transportation and Infrastructure Committee DHS, DOE to launch security initiative at overseas ports BNSF promotes Moreland to public affairs EVP, hires Nober to succeed Moreland in law department Intermodal loads up, carloads down for U.S. and Canadian railroads in November Presidential Emergency Board to investigate union/Metro-North dispute Lennon to head TSA's mass transit division

December 7

U.S. roads continue record-setting coal-carrying pace TRANSCAER, energy department office team up to improve emergency responder training programs Swedish agency contracts Alstom to provide CORADIA regional trains Transportation safety board names Yager government affairs director Chinese railway ministry orders 20 trackside detection systems from TTCI

December 6

Sacramento agency set to open half-mile Amtrak/Folsom Corridor extension KCSM to reconfigure two Mexican yards TieTek opens composite-tie production plant in Houston Wabtec appoints Anderson VP, GM of Schaefer Equipment Railpower reaches contract settlement with customer over switcher order Clarke joins Railinc as VP and CFO

December 5

FRA proposes to double civil fines for most safety regulation violations STB data shows U.S. Class Is' workforce shrinks slightly in October CTA to test mobile security network Shipper to expand Montana grain exporting facility for BNSF shuttle trains Phoenix agency appoints Curcio, Ketcherside as deputy executive directors Timken to supply bearing/housing systems for Vossloh's new European locomotive ALSTOM to sell U.K. train renovation division to investor group

December 4

CN acquires Alberta short line KCS appoints Wochner interim general counsel to succeed outgoing Terry Virginia rail agency puts out call for public feedback on proposed intermodal terminal sites Marubeni Corp. acquires Midwest Railcar Telvent to upgrade electrical infrastructure, implement smart-card technology for Mexico City Metro

December 1

New York/New Jersey port authority proposes $5.7 billion 2007 budget CN adds one year to CEO Harrison's contract New Orleans transit authority obtains $13.6 million FTA grant Portland port to build connecting track between intermodal yard, Class I mainlines Pennsylvania DOT provides grants for 14 freight-rail projects Bombardier acquires Transportation and Transit Associates' passenger-car overhaul division << Previous Next >>
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