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Rail News: April 2008

April 30

Nation needs infrastructure planning 'overhaul,' report states CSX letter urges shareholders to re-elect directors; TCI/3G white paper states case for CSX board change UTA proposes fuel surcharge New Orleans port, short line and CN inaugurate new rail yard New York DOT dishes out $20 million from freight-, passenger-rail assistance program Northstar Corridor station construction begins in Minnesota UP takes home GM's service honor; CN hands out 'safe handling' awards to 79 shippers Updates from Alstom, Wabtec, Transtec Gotthard, RMI, L.B. Foster, Standard Steel, WAGO and Midland Manufacturing

April 29

BNSF drives up income, drives down operating ratio despite skyrocketing fuel costs New York MTA seeks ways to control construction costs Genesee & Wyoming to acquire CAGY Industries Slow economy will restrict freight-car orders, production in coming years, EPA says Short-line association names safety award winners KCSR becomes third U.S. railroad to obtain Responsible Care Management System certification WMATA to launch 'mystery rider' program Operation Lifesaver Canada honors New Brunswick Southern's Johnston with annual safety award

April 28

Sound Transit to seek feedback on new transit expansion program Canadian government ponies up $2.7 million for Quebec passenger-rail improvements STB ready to start environmental impact statement for CN/EJ&E transaction Rail a growth opportunity for manufacturers, economic analyst says LIRR to upgrade Queens Interlocking CTA to adjust service on Chicago's west side

April 25

AAR weekly tallies: U.S. railroads boost carloads, Canadian railroads increase intermodal loads LA MTA board mulls additional transportation sales tax CREATE partners to break ground on signal system project Transit will be key to solving Houston's traffic issues, poll shows Tie purchases soar, production falls in March, RTA says CSXT to build bypass in Jacksonville Heinle to oversee SEPTA's customer service department Updates from Alstom/Knorr-Bremse, Interpipe, Wabtec, L.B. Foster, GATX, Hub Group and PS Technology

April 24

UP marks all-time-best freight revenue, revenue per car in the first quarter KCS drives up revenue and income, drives down operating ratio Rail Runner to add four-quadrant gates at another three crossings UP's Schafer takes home AAR's 'Chafee' environmental award Minnesota's Hiawatha registers 16.4 percent ridership spike in first quarter Oregon governor rejects CORP's joint venture proposal to restore Coos Bay line Marie new nominee as Connecticut DOT commissioner Transport Canada to help fund crossing upgrades in Manitoba

April 23

NS sets revenue record, increases income in first quarter CPR's income and operating ratio slips in snowy, costly first quarter Metro-North makes switch to energy-efficient light bulbs at Grand Central Terminal Iowa Interstate orders 12 'Evolution' locomotives from GE Colorado Railcar appoints Salci president and CEO WMATA tests resilient flooring in rail cars Bergeron becomes Twin Cities & Western's first sales director

April 22

Amtrak outlines Chicago-to-Iowa City service plans Severe winter storms, strong Canadian dollar a double whammy on CN's first-quarter financial fortunes FTA grants another $18.9 million for Norfolk's 'Tide' Interest groups to CN shareholders: Regional communities face long-term detrimental impacts if EJ&E deal is approved California's Metrolink takes wraps off environmentally friendly locomotive UP honors 31 chemical shippers with annual 'Pinnacle' awards Updates from MotivePower, Bombardier, TOUAX Rail, Siemens, Harsco, Kelso Technologies, Midland Manufacturing and I.D. Systems

April 21

North County Transit District considers service cuts, fare hikes in FY09 KCS: San Antonio, Lazaro Cardenas port pact a promising development WMATA eyes capacity needs Holland acquires Industrial Metrics' assets; PNR RailWorks purchases Quebec's largest railroad contractor USDOT's research unit seeks proposals from small businesses TMCA hands out 'Compass' marketing/communication awards

April 18

AAR week No. 15 round-up: U.S. roads register intermodal gain, carload decline BNSF marks first distributed-power train to feature ECP brakes Ottawa proposes light-rail plan for downtown transit network Montreal port to expand container capacity, improve infrastructure New York/New Jersey port authority director Shorris resigns NJ Transit hires contractor for Hudson-Bergen line extension Updates from Trainyard Tech, EMCOR Group, RF Monolithics, PS Technology and Invensys Rail Group

April 17

USDOT unveils new rail haz-mat routing rule Utah Transit Authority completes TRAX extension to Salt Lake intermodal center Alameda Corridor's train count reaches 100,000 NS names Friedmann VP-strategic planning; BNSF appoints Cruz associate general counsel International tribunal begins to arbitrate RDC's dispute with Guatemalan government BLET names Pontolillo research director, president’s assistant Minnesota DOT to test bi-modal trailers UP budgets $3.1 million for Iowa trackwork

April 16

CSX sets first-quarter revenue, income and operating ratio records Task force to prioritize Ohio's transportation needs STB computes rail industry's '06 cost of capital, creates new office Ogeechee Railway acquires Georgia Midland branch line St. Louis Metro to poll passengers Wells to take TTX's presidential reins in June NS launches online carbon footprint analyzer Updates from Duos Technologies, EMCOR Group, PS Technology, AT&T, Kelso Technologies, MHF Logistical Solutions, DRI and TransCore

April 15

CREATE Update: Belt Railway, NS line upgrades under way CTA, SEPTA unveil rebuilt stations Genesee & Wyoming acquires Rotterdam short-haul railroad New York MTA to ratchet up sustainability efforts KCS execs talk strategy, business fundamentals with European investors Tacoma, port team up to pump up Chinese export volume Nordco acquires Shuttlewagon maker Central Power Products VIA Rail adds two board members

April 14

Colorado transportation department to determine feasibility of freight-rail relocation CTA to launch next phase of slow zone eliminations STB to take its time to review proposed Yucca Mountain line in Nevada Santa Clara VTA, ATU partner with California college to create workforce development program Pennsylvania transportation department ponies up $5 million for five freight-rail projects UTU/SMWIA merger on hold till June; internal trials of seven UTU officers put off till July NYCT rolls out haz-mat response vehicle Updates from Alstom, Koppers, Import Transport Logistik and FreightScan

April 11

BART proposes FY09 operating budget U.S. railroads register carload gain in April's first week, AAR says Connecticut DOT to cut costs, features for rail maintenance facility BNSF upgrades Seattle intermodal facility; CSXT eyes coal terminal expansion Oregon, Massachusetts short lines under new ownership National Industrial Transportation League names new president NS to add 'Pacesetter' tool to online supply-chain portal Alstom consortiums obtain contracts totaling $983 million to build two Algerian tramways

April 10

Transportation Services Index takes a slight tumble in February DART notes higher satisfaction level in latest rider poll Retail development set for LIRR's Jamaica Station BNSF honors 74 shippers' haz-mat safety efforts Scholarship winners selected for Wheel/Rail Interaction '08 Maryland Transit Administration to purchase locomotives Updates from Orgo-Thermit, Midland Manufacturing, Kustom Seating, All Railroad Services, Greenbrier, Bentley Systems and ADS Logistics

April 9

BNSF sets PRB coal loading record in March GO Transit to operate more 12-car trains Canada needs to stay deregulation course for grain transportation, CN's Ruest says CTA to provide transit information on Google site BLET promotes Sorrow, Pierce; endorses Obama's presidential bid Committee seeks topic abstracts for next year's light-rail conference UP to speed up trains in Texas town

April 8

Canada to take close look at rail service Elliston ideal Virginia site for Heartland Corridor intermodal facility, rail agency says SEPTA to tighten system security NS settles Graniteville accident-related lawsuit Six unions seek reconsideration of FRA rule; BLET members ratify short-line contract Sound Transit deploys station agents system-wide Updates from Alstom, Kelso Technologies, RailComm, Nordco, SYSTRA, Gannett Fleming and Pacer

April 7

TCI files suit in U.S. district court as counterclaim to CSX's allegations of federal security law violations Caltrain, MBTA chalk up more riders KCS posts progress on new intermodal terminal, rehabilitated line in south Texas MBTA to rehab Merrimack River bridge SEPTA unveils new Norristown parking garage UP upgrades track in Illinois, ups train speeds in Oklahoma Greenbrier acquires SKF USA's roller bearing operation

April 4

U.S., Canadian railroads register carload declines in March, AAR says On heels of successful year, Alaska Railroad notes potential for tough times ahead STB adds a day to rail 'common carrier obligation' hearing Sacramento agency celebrates 35 years of service Denver university’s intermodal institute under new board leadership RTA’s annual tie grading seminar set for Alabama in July Updates from Caterpillar, Bombardier, Stella-Jones, Global Rail Systems, RailComm and Vossloh

April 3

Freight-rail delays cost Amtrak $137 million in FY06, Inspector General report says CPR joins UP in FRA's 'close call' reporting pilot New ethanol plant means track, traffic build-up for Greenville & Western Santa Clara VTA begins downtown San Jose rail replacement North Carolina issues infrastructure-funding grants to 11 short lines NYCT's Steve Feil talks up reorganization in online chat VAE Nortrak acquires majority stake in Mexican trackwork supplier DAMY

April 2

U.S. Class Is bring on a few more workers in February, STB data shows UTU-represented engineers, conductors approve pact with northern Indiana agency CSXT to open West Virginia dispatching center in August Metro-North posts progress on Yankee Stadium station AAR to hold '08 customer forum at NARS' San Francisco meeting BART purchases new seats for 300 passenger cars Updates from Faiveley Transport, Pacer, TFG Transfracht, Loram, Union Tank Car, ARCADIS, Bentley Systems, Greenbrier, Safety Vision and MISCOR Group

April 1

FRA proposes 'sweeping' rule to improve safety of hazardous materials-carrying tanks cars NJ Transit posts second-quarter ridership record on River LINE UP promotes Zalar to Wichita unit's superintendent of transportation services Passenger-, freight-rail volumes registered growth worldwide in '07, International Union of Railways says CSXI, UP raise fuel surcharges in April Henry succeeds Davis as Genesee & Wyoming SVP, Utah Railway president Bombardier to develop high-speed train with AnsaldoBreda, deliver Ethernet trains in Germany and The Netherlands << Previous Next >>
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