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Rail News: June 2006

June 30

STB seeks railroads' plans for handling fall peak demand St. Louis Metro's May rail ridership surges 9 percent CSXT to conduct maintenance blitz on line between South Carolina and Kentucky National Mediation Board member Fitzmaurice fills chairman's seat MBTA redesigns car to carry more bicyclists FreightCar America begins to deliver Wheeling & Lake Erie's first-ever new cars Explosive-detecting canine team No. 400 graduates from TSA program ENSCO reaches $100 million mark in annual sales

June 29

FRA sets new locomotive crashworthiness standards LA MTA reaches tentative agreements with three unions BNSF appoints Lambley as liaison to agricultural product shippers TriMet approves $345 million operating budget Indiana transportation district to add high-level platforms at Hegewisch Station Schneider National names separate intermodal, truckload presidents Greenbrier's car deliveries, backlog fall in fiscal third quarter MiTek Industries to acquire Robbins Engineering

June 28

CPR, steelworkers union hammer out tentative contract Hub Group founder, intermodal pioneer Yeager obtains honorary degree from Denver university CSXT to construct Virginia crossover next month Rush, Quinn take on new positions at R.J. Corman Railroad Group Parsons Brinckerhoff to design, manage BART's seismic retrofit project Emro takes helm as American Railcar Leasing's CEO Houston METRO contracts Ross & Baruzzini to upgrade security network

June 27

Push-pull passenger-rail operations are safe, FRA says CSXI's July fuel surcharge to drop 0.5 percentage points CTA opens line, adds trains for west side riders Buffalo & Pittsburgh restores service after repairing fire-damaged bridge Shipper assigns fertilizer hoppers to GE Rail Services' freight-car maintenance program Bush chooses Sumwalt as transportation safety board's vice chairman

June 26

Mineta to step away from U.S. transportation secretary post STB data shows U.S. Class Is remain in hiring mode UP shuffles regions, upper management staff WMATA's Metrorail surpasses 200 million passenger mark in FY2006 CSXI scores success with chassis pool program Canadian government to provide funds for Algoma Central's passenger-rail service J.C. Penny chooses Pacer as top supply-chain provider of 2005

June 23

SEPTA signs off on $1.4 billion FY2007 spending plan AAR Week No. 24 report: Coal plays lead role in U.S. roads' traffic surge CN seeks court injunction to halt Manitoba First Nations' rail blockade plan NJ Transit set to open Newark light-rail line BMWED members re-elect Simpson as president, elect other officers Short line association schedules K.C. ethanol seminar in early August WMATA adds dogs to canine patrols

June 22

Railroads' prices decline since 1985, GAO reports; rates not fair for chemical shippers, ACC says RailAmerica shrinks size of organization, management staff Hahs wins re-election as BLET's national president Amtrak holds security expo at NYC's Penn Station RailComm installs automation system at UP yard Bombardier to build third people mover system for Las Vegas airport CN to use ultrasonic system to extend bridges' lifespan

June 21

AAR schedules 2006 fall peak forum to foster dialogue between railroads and shippers STB decision puts DM&E's plan to form Powder River Basin line-managing subsidiary on hold ALSTOM-led consortium to play major role in Algerian tramway project Tie purchases and production up dramatically in May, RTA says TransitCenter to introduce check card as part of commuter benefits program Wal-Mart selects J.B. Hunt as 2005's top intermodal carrier

June 20

NJ Transit to launch express service between New York, Atlantic City BNSF's Piggott and Bischler to take on VP positions, Murray to retire Santa Clara VTA names two top execs International railway union forms Middle East region Shumsky to head Florida East Coast's human resources department Cubic to install ticket distribution system for U.K.'s Northern Rail BLET members reelect five National Division officers

June 19

UP sets first seven-day carloadings record outside fall peak Utah Transit Authority gains $489 million federal grant for FrontRunner project Canadian transportation industry lands $226 million in federal funds to bolster security Kansas City Southern to install Wabtec's train/dispatching management system on U.S. and Mexican roads Greater Cleveland RTA asks employees, passengers to help keep watch over system Trucking capacity to remain tight into 2007, transportation research firm says Alaska Railroad shuffles executive staff BNSF, Japan railway share best practices at Texas meeting

June 16

WMATA board signs off on $1.9 billion FY07 budget CN elevates Jablonski, Ruest to SVP level Toll-free emergency phone numbers should be posted at more grade crossings, FRA says Caltrain seeks feedback on fare hike proposals NS orders 1,600 coal cars from FreightCar America FTA approves Sound Transit's environmental report for northern extensions Alaska Railroad seeks state permit to spray herbicides on weeds Short line association sets dates for fall regional meetings

June 15

House signs off on amendment to add $214 million to Amtrak's FY2007 appropriation UP sets several coal train loading records in May U.S. needs a 'truly intermodal' transportation system, NCIT's Sherry says New York MTA boots up new user-friendly home page SEPTA to rehabilite trolley line Bombardier to build another 31 light-rail cars for London transit agency Trinity completes sale of fittings group TieTek adds Darnell, House and Brink to executive ranks Klutts Equipment to take wraps off Oklahoma manufacturing plant

June 14

KCS names Shoener president and COO; Haverty remains chairman and CEO Tank-car design a focus of House subcommittee hearing on rail haz-mat safety Kopp to join California High Speed Rail Authority CN, KCS place orders for more than 100 locomotives High gas prices mean more passengers for LA MTA Same-railroad carloads fall for RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming in May BNSF transports Asian steam locomotives to Illinois for RDC Russian Railways rejoins international rail union after 50-year hiatus

June 13

NYCT sweeps APTA's Rail Rodeo competition in Brooklyn BNSF shuffles transportation department management staff NJ Transit begins to build Mount Arlington station TMCA hands out transportation marketing and communications honors Kansas City Southern de México begins to re-stencil locomotives Siemens delivers light-rail vehicle No. 1 to Charlotte agency Canadian hall of fame seeks nominations for 2006 inductees HDR to design, engineer Houston METRO extension RailComm to supply remote-control locomotive switching system to limestone miner

June 12

U.S. railroads originate record-setting number of carloads in May, AAR says Utah, California agencies place joint locomotive order with MotivePower CPR to serve Toyota's new Ontario plant NS sets coal, coke and iron ore volume records in May Pittsburgh port authority installs chemical detection devices at light-rail station Four Anacostia & Pacific small roads to spend millions on infrastructure and equipment Amtrak, Texas town unveil renovated station UP to boost train speed in Minnesota and Wisconsin

June 9

BART signs off on $557.3 million FY2007 operating budget House Appropriations Committee approves $9 billion in FY2007 transportation funding Florida East Coast, Wal-Mart win Argus Media's Win-Win Award KCS appoints Borrows, Cornelsen to high-ranking financial positions LA MTA named APTA's 2006 'outstanding' transit agency Former MidSouth Rail, Illinois Central and Southern Pacific CEO Moyers dies UP sponsors 37th tank car safety course at TTCI RMI seeks nominees for 2007 Fast Track Awards

June 8

BNSF sets units-handled record in May Metrolink's monthly passenger count reaches 1 million for the first time Siemens to provide traction control systems for passenger cars and locomotives Railmark Holdings acquires short line and dinner train operator Coe Rail BNSF to rely on rail fans' eyes and ears to help spot suspicious activity Bombardier delivers 1,000th car to China Jarrett to manage DTE Rail Services' Indiana rail-car repair shop On Track Innovations to supply smart cards for Israeli transit agency

June 7

Kansas City Southern to launch daily container/trailer service between Mexico and the U.S. Southeast House appropriations committee rejects amendments to provide additional Amtrak funding Transportation Services Index records first two-month winning streak since fall 2004 Amtrak offers online mobile device application Bombardier to renovate vehicles, bogies for U.K. transit agency KCSR teams up with Louisiana DOT to upgrade 300 crossings Tucker to head Virginia rail and public transportation department Pennsylvania railroad authorities to merge, change track ownership Faiveley Transport appoints Tomar VP of marketing and business development

June 6

FTA launches joint procurement pilot program California railroad authority chooses NWP to operate Northwestern Pacific Line STB schedules hearing to review 'paper barriers' part in line sales and leases WMATA realigns management structure BNSF gets more bang for the buck at the diesel pump Trimaran Capital Partners to purchase Standard Steel RailWorks appoints transit division president, two risk management department heads InTrade International to provide cranes, rail-car mover to two Venezuelan mining firms RailComm completes operating rules training for Indiana commuter road, short line

June 5

BNSF lines up ethanol move to the Dallas/Fort Worth market Transbay Joint Powers Authority to take two-phase approach to new intermodal transit center Pittsburgh port authority adds light-rail cars to rehab program UP to reschedule Ferromex interchange, improve track in Mexico SEPTA, UTU reach tentative pact for conductors CN cleans up river, assesses environmental impact after tank car accident in Quebec KCSM turns to machine of yesteryear to remove fouled ballast New Orleans transit authority obtains FTA waiver to protect FY2007 appropriation

June 2

House subcommittee marks up 2007 transportation appropriation, full House approves additional security funds Minnesota governor signs bonding bill for Northstar project Nottingham might be next STB chairman FRA provides $1 million grant to Operation Lifesaver Shurstad takes Pacer International's presidential reins, passes Pacer Stacktrain's top seat to Finkbiner L.B. Foster to provide fasteners for Canada Line Engleman Conners leaves National Transportation Safety Board Trinity Industries sells fittings group

June 1

Schneider National to launch container service with CSXI and KCS Surface transportation trade between the United States and NAFTA partners hits high-water mark in March Sound Transit completes two Central Link light-rail stations Chicago SouthShore orders 100 gondolas from Trinity Industries GE/Credit Suisse joint venture to invest millions in transportation infrastructure MBTA to transform century-old Maverick Station into intermodal hub UP names Florence, Yedlick to general transportation superintendent positions Trainyard Tech to install process control system at NS yard << Previous Next >>
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