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Rail News: December 2007

December 28

Congress, president sign off on transit-related bills STB accepts CPR's application to control the DM&E, sets procedural schedule Federal court temporarily halts UTU/sheet metal workers merger Ansaldo STS subsidiary to install traffic management system for Germany's Deutsche Bahn Schroeder, Law join RailAmerica's sales and marketing team South Florida RTA receives procurement honors AAR releases '07 edition of 'Railroad Facts'

December 27

APTA lands another $1.9 million from FTA to develop industry standards NJ Transit to unveil Mount Arlington Station next month Random drug/alcohol screening rates in '08 to mirror '07, BLET says Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway to acquire major stake in Union Tank Car owner Marmon Holdings Houston METRO to upgrade pedestrian signals Queensland Rail teams up with fund managers to develop intermodal terminal Down Under

December 26

CN to acquire another northern Alberta short line Former Amtrak and NJ Transit leader Warrington passes away MBTA reopens trolley line Illinois commission approves two crossing upgrades Northern Virginia Transportation Authority tabs Mason as first-ever executive director Updates From, Bombardier, Siemens and Hirschmann

December 21

SEPTA names Casey GM BLET members give thumbs down to tentative NS contract CN to Chicago-area communities: Think about 'J' acquisition's broad rail efficiencies, not adverse effects New DVB fund closes on European rail deal; DVB Land Transport lands two rail finance awards U.S. roads' carloads tumble in December's second week, AAR says BART elects Murray, Blalock to top board posts

December 20

New York/New Jersey port authority signs off on $5.9 billion 2008 budget Diesel costs, severe storm effects to drag down fourth-quarter earnings, UP says New York MTA adopts 2008 budget, approves fare increase CN earns Evergreen Shipping's top railroad honor St. Louis Metro turns to former head Baer to take interim CEO seat North Carolina Railroad to replace century-old bridge Updates from SKF, Bourque Data Systems, Siemens, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bombardier and STV

December 19

TCI teams up with 3G Capital Partners to boost CSX stake, nominate directors to Class I's board Congress close to signing off on FY08 omnibus package; $9.4 billion included for transit program Greater Cleveland RTA signs off on FY08 budget RTA report: Tie production plummets, purchases climb in November Bombardier obtains car fleet contracts in Canada, U.K. Idaho short line to serve three new customers next year Updates from FreightCar America, Railpower, Harsco, RailComm, Bombardier, Environmental Lubricants and Wi-Tronix

December 18

Metro-North combats 'slippery' rail, posts best-ever November on-time performance KCS notes numerous achievements in '07 Siemens to upgrade interlockings, control center at Toronto's Union Station NJ Transit set to open new intermodal center Seattle port gains county approval to pursue BNSF corridor Alcatel-Lucent obtains communication network contract in Sweden

December 17

Massachusetts hires design firm to craft South Coast rail plan British Columbia's Canada Line receives first trainsets Great Western Railway lands $4 million RRIF loan C.H. Robinson honors CSXI as top intermodal carrier Alameda Corridor's lower train counts have more to do with longer trains and less to do with traffic volumes, ACTA says Updates from National Steel Car, Trinity, Alstom and Swift

December 14

WMATA, Greater Cleveland RTA to hike ticket prices next month Iowa Northern Railway teams up with storage terminal, ethanol producer to form logistics partnership Pennsylvania provides freight-rail infrastructure grants totaling $20 million Railroads will fare better than trucks next year in a continuing soft economy, Fitch Ratings says AAR report: U.S. railroads notch more carloads in December's first week Patriot Rail partners with SBA to develop communication towers Wimbush to lead NS' environmental charge

December 13

NJ Transit sets ridership record in FY08's first quarter Alameda Corridor: Train count falls to lowest monthly mark in more than two years STB's Michigan Central rejection a short-sighted response to a far-sighted proposal, NS says Amtrak, New York State DOT settle Empire Corridor high-speed rail service dispute Transportation Services Index inches up in October, USDOT says Metro-North to rehab three more Hudson Line stations 'Green' switchers help UP save greenbacks on fuel, cut emissions in Texas Updates from FreightCar America, Mirage Networks, Bombardier, NCC Construction and Harsco

December 12

Rio Bravo/El Cenizo site best option for KCS' international bridge, study shows Metro-North ratifies contract with signalmen's union Utah Transit Authority seeks feedback on Draper light-rail corridor Finger Lakes Railway mourns loss of marketing manager Sullivan Former NITL President Ficker joins First Industrial Realty Trust Sacramento agency unveils video control center VIA Rail appoints three directors Updates from GATX, Telos Network, Ansaldo STS, RFTrax, Jacobs Engineering, Siemens, RailComm, CH2M Hill, Safety Vision and Midland Manufacturing

December 11

Northstar Corridor lands $156.8 million federal grant agreement STB rejects NS/Watco's exemption request to jointly form Michigan short line RAND study recommends ways to secure passenger-rail systems CAD Railway Industries to rehab VIA Rail locomotives BLET's Hahs to serve six-month suspension Indian firm to acquire Trona Railway owner Searles Valley Minerals 'True' railroad salesman and long-time Golden Domer Hogan passes away at 63 Pacific Ethanol postpones construction of California plant

December 10

Federal, Saskatchewan governments to help fund CPR intermodal facility WMATA expands eight-car train service Wheel/Rail Interaction '08 coming to Chicago in May U.S. railroads post first monthly carload gain since December 2006, AAR says NYCT names line general managers, addresses track worker safety Updates from Mitsui Rail, EMCOR Group and Bombardier

December 7

Passenger-rail working group outlines $357 billion intercity rail plan; AAR says proposal relies too much on freight network Mergers/acquisitions in global transportation market exceeding '06 levels, report says BNSF set another PRB coal loading record in November GO Transit, ATU come to tentative agreement UP to speed up Kansas trains, play up wind-turbine equipment services Brazil agency awards $276 million in rolling stock maintenance, refurbishment contracts

December 6

Denver-area residents favor RTD's FasTracks plan, poll shows CPR, Teamsters conference come to agreement on new tentative contract Calgary Transit set to launch service on Northeast light-rail extension Intermodal hub coming to Dallas; rail-served distribution center on tap for Fort Worth Four UTU members file federal lawsuit to block SMWIA merger NYCT adds morning express trains on Staten Island Railway

December 5

DART to cut up to $900 million in North Irving, Rowlett project costs Kansas City Transportation acquires K.C. lead track from BNSF NS, FRA and Michigan DOT to test retractable barricades at grade crossing U.S. Class I workforce shrinks for second-straight month, STB data shows CTA reopens Addison Station New York MTA schedules first-ever online forum to review spending plans Updates from Ansaldo STS, Voith Turbo, Bombardier and RailComm

December 4

RailAmerica to open logistics, revenue protection centers APTA: Transit ridership totals 2.5 billion in third quarter New York MTA launches No. 7 subway extension Kansas City Southern de México to serve new auto assembly plant in two years UP posts record PRB train loadings in November MTC Holdings acquires Mexican multi-modal facility Wilbourn, Scott to helm UP service units

December 3

Florida DOT, CSXT finalize corridor ownership contract USDOT to provide $4 million for Binghamton transit terminal CN reaches tentative contract with IBEW, closes on sale/lease-back of Montreal station Bush to nominate STB's Mulvey for another five-year term PATH tower operators green-light six-year contract Maryland Transit Administration to hold public meetings on proposed Purple Line Updates from TranSystems, Burke-Parsons-Bowlby, Quantum Engineering and Viscount Systems << Previous Next >>
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