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Rail News: May 2008

May 30

NS, 10 New York state short lines partner to form 'Empire Link' Value of freight railed between U.S./NAFTA partners rises in March Sound Transit completes southbound tracks on Central Link light-rail line DHS allocates $380 million in transit security grants U.S. railroads register another weak traffic week, AAR data shows Indiana economic development agency issues RFP for inland intermodal terminal Frasca joins MTA's board Updates from Axion, U.S. Development, Pacer, Interfleet, Parvus and MHF

May 29

Amtrak to replace bridge, conduct maintenance 'blitz' next month U.S. Class Is add workers for third-straight month Bush calls on Cumber for STB seat; CURE opposes nomination Oregon, North Carolina agencies propose fare increases Patriot Rail seeks STB nod for Louisiana and North West Railroad acquisition Ontario Northland to refurbish another 50 cars for GO Transit CSXI tailors 'Threads Express' to meet garment shippers' needs VIA Rail to upgrade track between Ottawa, Montreal

May 28

SEPTA approves $1 billion FY09 budget CSXT unveils GenSet switcher at Michigan yard; Central California Traction kicks GenSet's tires at Stockton port New Mexico's Rail Runner begins to build another station CSXI's fuel surcharge to surpass 40 percent in June Amtrak, TCU agree on tentative contracts covering three crafts Houston METRO seeks feedback on Southeast Corridor environmental report NS honors 43 chemical shippers with 'Thoroughbred' safety awards

May 27

AAR: U.S. roads report carload, intermodal volume drops in week No. 20 Los Angeles MTA notes progress on Eastside light-rail extension Miami-Dade Transit: More businesses subsidize monthly passes CPR, KCS issue notes to help pay down debt Small railroads' carloads up 1.7 percent through 19 weeks, RMI says Railpower to build locomotive plant in Quebec Alaska Railroad to offer one day of free rides to 50-year-olds next year

May 23

House transportation committee signs off on Amtrak reauthorization, high-speed rail bill UP unveils GenSet switcher at California yard; CSXT to introduce GenSets at Michigan yard next week LA MTA signs off on $3.4 billion FY09 budget NS boots up 'sustainability' Web site Class I CMOs talk operational turkey at shipper forum CN notes intermodal business boost from ongoing container train service, new Chicago grain terminal RTA: Tie purchases plummet, production eases in April

May 22

Turnstiles keep spinning in Sacramento, south Florida NS launches Uni-Level network with TTX-supplied cars AAR: Railroads are four times more fuel efficient than trucks UP a top veteran employer, California council says Fort Worth's 'T' appoints Pegues to oversee government relations Illinois commission OKs four grade crossing upgrades Updates from Bombardier, Sweco, The Carlyle Group and Hatch Mott MacDonald

May 21

APTA: One-third of summer travelers will use public transit BNSF opens history-making quadruple track in the PRB Northstar Corridor authority launches construction on another station Saskatchewan to pony up $500,000 for short-line infrastructure projects Bombardier, Transmashholding to develop new locomotive in Russia; Alstom unveils new locomotive platform CPR/DM&E merger will increase coal and haz-mat rail traffic in Rochester, coalition claims UP to upgrade line through southwest Kansas and Texas/Oklahoma panhandles Updates from Andrew, RailComm, Interfleet and Teradata

May 20

Sen. Lautenberg helps introduce 'safe truck' bill, garner federal rail and port security grants New York MTA chooses new developer for Hudson Yards STB orders UP to provide $30 million in rate relief to K.C. utility DHS awards $1.2 million to Charlotte agency BNSF makes switch to GenSet switchers at DFW, Houston yards Breske to become Wisconsin's railroad commissioner Houston METRO completes North Corridor environmental work Updates from ExpressYard, Unitrac Railroad Materials, Siemens, TAC Worldwide and Advanced Machine

May 19

UP promotes Wimmer to VP of operations, appoints four other execs More coal, grain and metallic ore moves help U.S. roads increase weekly carloads, AAR says Metra to adjust weekend, weekday service on northern lines  Panama Canal Railway breaks weekly container volume record St. Louis Metro hits ridership high in April NJ Transit to test online 'suggestion box' First Coast Railroad workers join UTU Updates from Wabtec, Belden, Gannett Fleming, Trinity and NICE Systems

May 16

NS, Pan Am Railways team up to create 'Patriot Corridor' San Diego's NCTD proposes budget, announces executive director's resignation Provision in Congress-approved 'Farm Bill' would direct USDA to study rail service, rates Transbay Joint Powers Authority chooses architect for Transbay Transit Center House transportation committee approves new public transit bill BNSF marks 100th 10,000-foot intermodal train; sets units-per-train and foreign ETD records Siemens obtains record LRV contract from Utah Transit Authority TranSystems, Watco and Harbour form transportation facility design/build/operate firm

May 15

NS' gold Harriman streak reaches 19 years; CSXT conductor takes home the Hammond UTA launches construction on first 'FrontLines' corridor Soft international container demand drives down total Q1 intermodal volume, IANA says CTA implements new performance measures USDOT: Train accident decline can be traced to national rail safety plan NJ Transit advances two station projects Transportation Services Index slips in March, USDOT says Updates from Timken, Siemens, ENSCO, Miscor Group, Wabtec, STV/Ralph Whitehead, Global Railway, Alcan, Citibank India and Bird-X

May 14

CN asks STB to expedite environmental review, final decision for EJ&E transaction Rail Runner Express receives high rider satisfaction marks Ohio rail commission OKs funds for five projects LIRR to quiet train horns RailAmerica left with 'little choice' but to abandon Coos Bay Line, short-line holding company says Construction under way on Binghamton intermodal terminal L.A.-area ports to boost volume in '08 after lackluster '07, report says SNCF’s Pepy joins International Union of Railways committee, regional assembly

May 13

St. Louis' Metro, California's NCTD brace for tough times in '09 Bill aimed at rebuilding nation's infrastructure enters House UP, Amtrak yardmasters ratify contracts; BLET marks 145th anniversary BNSF buys land in Dallas logistics park Charlotte Area Transit System to purchase another four LRVs Seattle port acquires BNSF line for public trail, local freight service Umberg joins California High Speed Rail Authority's board Updates from Wi-Tronix, BNSF Logistics, Bombardier, L.B. Foster, Railpower, AirBoss and Tideworks

May 12

CN launches eastern Québec-to-western Canada intermodal service Sound Transit, Tri-Rail continue to increase passenger counts U.S. roads register more carloads, fewer intermodal loads in April, AAR says Santa Clara VTA to receive $3.3 million in state security funds WMATA police department to develop long-term improvement plan Lipka joins Iowa Interstate as CFO International Railway Systems acquires controlling interest in Serbian car, locomotive builders

May 9

Passenger-rail bill proposes to reauthorize Amtrak, establish high-speed rail WMATA to delay planned improvements in lieu of 'critical repairs' UP notes capacity gain from border crossing test, plans train speed boost on Wisconsin line Northstar Corridor receives $53.9 million FFGA installment Class Is continue to acquire rolling stock, financial services firm says New York MTA to share greenhouse gas emissions data NS shareholders re-elect four directors, appoint auditor Illinois commission to partially fund UP crossing upgrade

May 8

U.S. Class Is enlist more workers in March, STB data shows LA MTA, MARTA propose FY09 spending plans LIRR's morning on-time performance reaches new high in April Massachusetts to analyze freight transportation system, update rail plan UTU members' ratification votes on national agreement due June 9 FECR names Biscan AVP of sales; RailAmerica appoints Preslar CFO Updates from ARINC, FreightCar America, Greenbrier, The Andersons, ARI, Alstom, Rail Exchange, Salco and ContiTech

May 7

Transport Canada provides more than $6 million for 23 'ecoFREIGHT' projects Three of seven Class Is made 'revenue adequacy' grade in '06, STB says CTA to upgrade track, signals on Loop UP nearly moves mountain to reopen mud-ravaged Oregon line Construction under way on second Northstar Corridor station Canadian railway association boots up greenhouse gas emission calculator Updates from Alstom, ENSCO, Tracksure, Wabash National, Faiveley Transport, Prover Technology, Pacer, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Safety Vision

May 6

ASLRRA hands out annual marketing awards at history-making San Antonio event Aviation bill amendment proposes to replenish Highway Trust Fund, finance high-speed rail projects KCS promotes two finance execs Fare increase doesn't deter WMATA passengers BNSF intermodal facility expansion wins national 'excellence in construction' award UP wins 'Blue Sky' award, upgrades track in two states Rail Europe appoints chief commercial, financial officers

May 5

House Judiciary Committee OKs railroad 'antitrust enforcement' bill Denver RTD starts construction on first FasTracks corridor CSX files investor presentation with SEC, urges shareholders to reject TCI/3G board nominees Utah Transit Authority obtains 'quiet zone' status for FrontRunner corridor Washington state DOT obtains FRA grants for rail projects Providence and Worcester to list common stock on NASDAQ Updates from Siemens, Alstom, Georgetown Rail, Rail Development Group, FreightCar America, Trinity, Portec Rail, Midland Manufacturing, Hax Technologies

May 2

CSX pursues public-private partnership to further 'National Gateway' proposal Metrolink receives $9 million California security grant AAR petitions STB for revenue adequacy calculation adjustment, addresses small shippers' 're-reg' call SEPTA, TWU to launch apprenticeship program U.S. railroads register another coal and grain uptick on way to weekly carload gain, AAR says BNSF appoints Vincent, Ebel and Potempa to management positions Miami-Dade Transit to test new Metromover vehicle

May 1

Tri-Rail records 28 percent ridership gain in April FTA advances Dulles rail project to final design phase Transport Canada to help fund upgrades to 82 crossings CSXI's, UP's fuel surcharges rise along with diesel costs Ontario Northland, CAW finalize five agreements Lafevers joins short-line owner Atlantic Western as commercial relations director TRANSCAER honors Class Is', chemical shipper's achievements << Previous Next >>
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