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Rail News: July 2008

July 31

KCS drives up traffic volume, revenue and income; drives down operating ratio UP to bolster track in Wyoming, Missouri Chinese railway to begin operating first high-speed line August fuel surcharges: CSXI's to drop slightly, UP's and NS' to rise a tad Utah Transit Authority appoints new board officers, members Illinois commission gives UP thumbs up to upgrade four crossings Torch River Rail becomes Canada's newest short line

July 30

Bush Administration proposes new federal transportation plan MBTA joins parade of transit agencies posting record ridership Joliet city council gives thumbs up to logistics/intermodal center Ohio provides grants for diesel emission-reduction projects Horodniceanu to oversee MTA's capital construction division Midwestern state alliance backs 're-regulation' bills Updates from Timken, NICE, Vossloh, Rescar and STV/Ralph Whitehead

July 29

Amtrak gains more revenue, riders in FY07 NS partners with North Carolina Railroad, state to upgrade 43 crossings; transfers Pennsylvania property to six townships LACMTA, Sound Transit to take transit funding packages to voters Strong second quarter means more rail-car deliveries in '08 than previously projected, EPA says WMATA to participate in FTA emergency management program pilot Smith succeeds Snyder as CSXT's VP of network ops; Gardner succeeds Yocum as MMA's VP and CFO Updates from MeteorComm, Jacobs Engineering, VTG, BNSF Logistics, Smiths Detection and Cubic

July 28

Two TCI/3G nominees join CSX's board; two board seats still in play STB issues draft environmental report on CN's proposed 'J' acquisition; expects to release final report in five to six months Canadian government grants $100 million to Toronto Transit Commission Santa Clara VTA sets summer-month ridership record Rail inspection program not a factor in Pennsylvania derailment, NS tells NTSB FRA provides grants for crossing safety, rail-flaw detection R&D WMATA to strive for environmental certification on new, rehabbed facilities

July 25

Midwest floods submerge BNSF's income and earnings WMATA board approves new infrastructure rehab strategy AAR: U.S. railroads boost carloads for third-straight week Capital goods investment 'held its own' in the second quarter, survey says National Multilevel Reload Pool reaches 55,000 units Updates from L.B. Foster, GATX, Morton Manufacturing, Federal Signal and RailFood.com

July 24

UP overcomes flooding, fuel costs to post revenue and income gains U.S. House passes relief package for 'busted' Highway Trust Fund New York MTA releases 'sobering' 2009 preliminary budget, four-year financial plan Prince Rupert port boosts cargo, container volumes in first half Caterpillar's Progress Rail to provide locomotive, rail-car services in Australia Watco turns 25

July 23

NS sets revenue, income and earnings records TCI/3G: CSX is delaying board election process; CSX: Counting votes in contested elections takes time Metro-North to add weekend train on Pascack Valley Line RailTrends coming to New York City in late September AAR's Hamberger: Chemical shippers should share, help find solutions to haz-mat transportation risks VIA Rail takes top honor in travel agents' awards BART offers cell phone service in some underground stations

July 22

CN: Quarterly scorecard shows income down, operating expenses and ratio up Revenue the lone bright spot on CPR's financial ledger Sound Transit records second-quarter ridership spike Bull Mountain mine deal a boon to BNSF's PRB coal traffic Metro-North's wheel truing facility wins two engineering awards FRA grants $1 million to Operation Lifesaver BNSF installs camera system on 2,000th locomotive

July 21

CN, CPR team up to form switching operator at Deltaport terminal Greater Cleveland RTA proposes fuel surcharge FRA proposes rule to ramp up roadway worker protection procedures Calegari takes reins as US&S CEO Canadian rail association recognizes VIA Rail for defibrillator program Tacoma port marks opening of 'FAST' freight corridor First of five Northstar Corridor locomotives reaches remanufactured stage

July 18

Toronto Transit Commission cancels streetcar RFP Federal court calls for arbitration in UTU's dispute of CSXT-BLET remote-control agreement Denton County transit agency awards final design contract for new rail line Carloads up, intermodal volume down for U.S. railroads in July's second week, AAR data shows Charlotte, Dallas-area agencies record all-time-high passenger counts Central Oregon & Pacific seeks STB approval to abandon Coos Bay Line Updates from Bombardier/Talgo, Enterprise Wireless Alliance, Brookville Equipment and Ireco

July 17

Greater Cleveland RTA signs off on station contracts, proposes fuel surcharge VTA to obtain feedback on proposed Santa Clara-Alum Rock project Thirteen-member coalition calls on Congress to pass 'railroad antitrust' bill Virginia Port Authority to acquire three hybrid switchers from Railpower CTA contracts Jones Lang LaSalle to manage real estate Nestlé selects Schneider National as primary intermodal provider Updates from GE, HLS Systems, Bombardier, Dimetronic Signals, Cubic and Kelso

July 16

CSX earns record revenue, income despite soft economy and hard-to-take fuel costs; shares preliminary board election results Amtrak re-launches 'Regional' service as 'Northeast Regional' Los Angeles MTA receives $16 million in state security funds BMWED negotiates contracts with two Watco short lines New York/New Jersey port's Staten Island terminal exceeds container volume expectations Long Island Rail Road collects, sells scrap metal Updates from Union Switch & Signal, Bombardier, Gannett Fleming, Norguard Industries, Alstom and Nortel

July 15

Senate committee approves FY09 funds for FTA, FRA and Amtrak Virginia rail agency to unveil draft edition of statewide rail plan WMATA sets daily ridership record FPN-USA seeks STB approval to operate Baja California short line Sound Transit, BNSF close to completing trackwork BNSF ranks No. 35 in Computerworld's top 100 IT workplaces list Pennsylvania DOT seeks applicants for freight-rail grants

July 14

Two Iowa congressmen introduce bill proposing low-interest federal loans for short lines Senate committee allocates funds for three transit agencies Turnstiles active at LACMTA, TriMet in June FRA lays out eligibility, selection requirements for capital grant program South Florida RTA elects chair, vice chair Kansas City Southern de México promotes Cervantes Martínez to AVP-taxes Updates from MHF, Cattron and Knichel Logistics

July 11

Texas DOT appoints committee to examine transportation needs through 2030 BART to install solar panels at station, maintenance shops AAR: U.S. railroads register carload, intermodal load gains in July's first week Sound Transit unveils another ballot measure proposal Severe storms rain on BNSF's PRB coal loadings in June NS honors Heart of Georgia's business development efforts; Landstar recognizes UP as top rail carrier CSXT outlines environmental initiatives at 'cleaner air' conference Metro-North to distribute wireless ticket machines to conductors

July 10

NJ Transit signs off on FY09 spending plan House subcommittee hearing sheds spotlight on truck size/weight issues Alberta government 'green' program to provide $2 billion for public transit California high-speed agency approves final route, environmental report Transportation Services Index registers second month-over-month gain in 2008 WMATA posts record FY08 ridership, Tri-Rail notes ridership growth in 2008's first half Ocean shipping alliance to call on British Columbia port each week Updates from Wabtec, Cattron, Jacobs Engineering, CAF and Cubic

July 9

Railroads continue to restore flood-ravaged infrastructure L.A. sanitation districts to build intermodal/refuse-handling facility Siemens to cut 12,600 jobs worldwide VIA Rail to relocate Manitoba station shelter CPR's Soo Line, UTU agree on tentative contract Updates from Alstom, Greenbrier, Unitrac and TranSystems

July 8

NS, Pan Am Railways to build intermodal/automotive terminal along Patriot Corridor Pennsylvania to pony up $30 million for rail assistance program RailAmerica, Florida East Coast appoint six regional VPs Management appointments at SEPTA, Fort Worth's 'The T' Barges are safer and environmentally friendlier than trains and trucks, study says Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, Rail Development Group, MotivePower and UNIT Rail Anchor

July 7

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic lays off 33 workers U.S., Canadian railroads report carload swoon in June, AAR says Deutsche Bahn tabs Alstom to build up to 180 Coradia regional trains KCS adds multiple trip plan application to e-commerce site VIA Rail, SNCF subsidiary team up to market passenger-rail 'know-how' worldwide Updates from Railpower, Nokia Siemens and Peab

July 3

July fuel surcharges up at NS and UP, down slightly at CSXI UP starts trackwork in the Midwest; wins defense department's 'employer support' award RailAmerica, Florida East Coast assign senior-exec team NJ Transit completes Bloomfield Station shelter restoration UTU officers sign national agreement GE to overhaul signaling, communication system in Brazil WMATA upgrades emergency communications

July 2

Illinois congressman proposes bill to block CN's EJ&E deal Missouri allocates $5 million for Amtrak capacity improvements More freight on rail, less on highways can cut motorists' fuel usage, traffic congestion study shows DM&E forges tentative agreement with UTU; appoints Brooks to succeed Anderson as marketing head Indiana Rail Road to lease coal cars, locomotives from CIT Rail TCU workers ratify Amtrak contracts Updates from RMI, GATX, TranSystems, Parsons, MHF and FirstGroup

July 1

U.S. Class I workforce swells a smidgen in May, STB says Sound Transit obtains feedback on proposed ballot measure STB orders CSXT to provide DuPont rate relief; NMB installs Van de Water as chairman a second time Sacramento transit district sets monthly ridership highs UP to upgrade tracks in Iowa Oregon's TriMet unveils new LRV Denver university institute, national intermodal center partner to offer freight training program in fall Updates from Union Tank Car, Vossloh, Wabtec, Alstom and Wi-Tronix << Previous Next >>
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