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Rail News: September 2008

September 30

Rail safety bill advances in Senate; TRACS Act stalls in House Toronto's Metrolinx outlines $50 billion transit investment plan Charlotte transit system to hike fares next week In memoriam: Intermodal 'founding father' and Hub Group leader Phil Yeager TriMet to add security cameras, police officers Updates from Alstom, EMD and Southwest Signal

September 29

FRA issues six grants for trackwork, research LACMTA seeks voter approval of half-cent sales tax measure Rail safety bill amendment proposes to extend RRIF loan terms by 10 years Miami-Dade Transit hikes ticket prices STB: NS, CPR's Soo Line made 'revenue adequacy' grade last year Niesen joins KCS as AVP in intermodal/automotive unit Coming soon: Bargaining stage for expiring CN and CPR contracts, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference says

September 26

LACMTA proposes safety measures for Metrolink Canadian Transportation Agency orders CN to meet service obligations for four grain shippers 'Poor' freight-road practices key cause of Amtrak's OTP woes, inspector general says Ike's aftereffects include reduced traffic volume on U.S. roads, AAR says DART: Make it four months in a row with record ridership STB to assess environmental impacts of NS/Pan Am Railways' Patriot Corridor Updates from Ansaldo STS - US&S, Knorr-Bremse, Sweco, Alstom, RailComm, Bird-X, Parsons Brinckerhoff and J.L. Patterson

September 25

House transportation committee passes bill targeting STB's merger/acquisition review process NYCT to assign line general managers for entire subway system House approves rail safety bill with Amtrak reauthorization amendment U.S. Class I workforce a smidge smaller in August, STB data shows Wisconsin DOT ponies up $16.4 million for eight freight-rail projects Railroads, FRA develop 'essential elements' of bridge maintenance VIA Rail to introduce new 'Concierge' class on Canadian train

September 24

Congress reaches compromise agreement on rail safety reauthorization bill Minneapolis agency to review proposed Northstar Corridor fares CSX boots up 'responsibility' site to stress corporate citizenship San Francisco Muni unveils new maintenance facility MBTA completes Fields Corner station rehab Updates from GE, The Andersons, Wi-Tronix, Knorr-Bremse, Ritron, RailRunner and MISCOR

September 23

WMATA outlines $11 billion in capital needs AREMA honors UP with 'Hay' award, outlines future conferences at Salt Lake City show UP projects Q3 earnings increase CN police officers ratify new contract Metro-North releases findings from origin/destination study BNSF to rehab track in Oklahoma Arizona & California leases part of ROW for underground pipeline Updates from Bombardier, Railpower, Performance Technologies and Interfleet Technology

September 22

Congress considers economic stimulus, energy-saving legislation that contains public transit component USDOT prioritizes rail project in Texas BART to explore ways to handle increased ridership demand OmniTRAX to upgrade Hudson Bay's locomotive fleet Tri-Rail posts second-highest passenger count Updates from Alstom, Vossloh, Bombardier, Savi, Traction Motor Service and The Andersons

September 19

Metrolink board establishes post-accident assistance funds, reimburses Ventura line passengers 'Re-reg' bill on way to House vote; short-line tax credit bill awaits another Senate vote AAR: Carload, intermodal volume down for U.S. roads in September's second week New operating practice helps BNSF cut fuel usage Greater Cleveland RTA obtains TSA grant to upgrade security Workers at two Watco short lines ratify BMWED contracts

September 18

Senate bill would require freight, commuter railroads to implement PTC CN seeks appellate court order to prompt final STB ruling on EJ&E deal by year's end Denver RTD considers ways to handle skyrocketing FasTracks costs Regionals and short lines work to maintain operations before, after Ike ALCO Spring Industries now an A. Stucki subsidiary GrandLuxe Rail Journeys to sell vintage train Updates from ENSCO, TAC, Renaissance Rail Group, HLS Systems and Specialized Services

September 17

Three California agencies endorse high-speed rail measure on November ballot CTA to test reduced-seating cars BNSF, NS and UP make grade on magazines' top performer lists Invensys Rail Group acquires Quantum Engineering York Railway-served detergent plant coming to Pennsylvania NJ Transit awards design contract for $1.3 billion Portal Bridge replacement Updates from Southwest Signal, North Star Rail Intermodal, Bombardier, Accenture and SafeRack

September 16

Appellate court ruling allows TCI/3G to seat all four election winners on CSX's board Pittsburgh port authority, ATU disagree on Fact Finder's contract recommendations Santa Clara VTA notes ridership gains in August Tie production up, purchases down in July, RTA says Canada to cut diesel tax in half by 2013, RAC says MBTA to upgrade Beverly bridge Mastrean to manage CSX's compensation, benefits

September 15

Metrolink to resume Ventura line service after deadly train collision Ike wreaks havoc with four Class Is' operations FRA OKs 11 rail grants; Ohio rail commission approves six grants New York governor: Moynihan Station developers, builders must meet state conditions RDC sells interest in African rail corridor to Mozambican investor group House passes Senate-approved legislation to restore Highway Trust Fund Genesee & Wyoming notes subsidiary's high federal security program status, lands lease to Ohio-owned line Updates from Caterpillar/Progress Rail, Wabtec, Intrade International, Andrew and Hardesty & Hanover

September 12

Sound Transit's ridership skyrockets 25 percent in July Storms rain on U.S. railroads' traffic in September's first week, AAR says CSX expects high-60s operating ratio, higher-than-expected income and earnings by 2010 CTA to extend weekend service pilot on Yellow Line BNSF sets PRB coal volume record in August RailTrends coming to New York City at month's end UTA riders put onboard WiFi service to use Illinois commission OKs upgrades to three grade crossings

September 11

Transportation officials association calls for new federal focus Transportation Services Index inches up in July Greater Cleveland RTA obtains additional state funds, revises '09 spending plan UP preps for Hurricane Ike in Texas, plans track upgrades in Nebraska Houston METRO's light-rail ridership reaches 50-million mark Hoosier Southern lands federal grant for infrastructure upgrades; Pacific Harbor Line marks first-ever eco-friendly locomotive fleet BLET members bless NS contract; Railroad Retirement Board to reorganize field service Updates from Harsco, ARCADIS, Skanska, MISCOR, Safetran, Southwest Signal and Railpower

September 10

FRA proposes rule to generate more detailed train accident info, more useful injury data Rising fuel costs impacting agencies' budgets and capacity, APTA says Altamont Commuter Express to hike fares in '09 U.S. ports' container volume will tumble 6 percent in 2008, report says PATCO adds peak-period service NS' emergency preparedness training tour coming to four states Updates from L.B. Foster, Alstom, Bombardier, RailComm and Transplace

September 9

APTA: Public transit ridership totals 2.8 billion in Q2 STB rejects CN's petition for an expedited ruling on EJ&E deal CTA to trim jobs, costs AAR committee sets mid-2010 deadline for rail industry's narrowband conversion Amtrak's California routes attract more riders in August LACMTA to analyze transit options for Harbor Subdivision corridor Washington county to begin rehabbing portion of short line's route Southern Railway of B.C. lands federal funds for rail-barge ramp

September 8

Canadian government allocates $622 million for Toronto subway extension CIT Group opts to retain CIT Rail Sacramento agency approves fare hikes, considers cost reductions Charlotte transit system to review proposed LYNX Purple Line Iowa Pacific's new UK subsidiary acquires ECT group's rail holdings Updates from Safetran, Union Switch & Signal and Alstom

September 5

MBTA, MARTA and CTA post monthly passenger-count gains APTA: Public transit can save commuters more than $9,000 annually McQuade takes CPR's CFO reins U.S. railroads register carload and intermodal volume declines in August, AAR says CN, police officers union agree on tentative contract Updates from United Group/Ansaldo STS, Bombardier and Pacer

September 4

Five Class Is report minimal damage from Gustav CTA continues to eliminate slow zones Arizona cities gear up for Valley Metro light-rail opening later this year Northern Ethanol to build CSXT-served plant in New York BART purchases rail grinder No. 2 Updates from Volkmann Railroad Builders, Redline, Business Contingency Group and Bombardier

September 3

VRE proposes to hike fares to offset surging fuel, labor costs More Canadians want to use public transit, but agencies can't accommodate demand surge, poll says UP sets PRB train loading records in August San Francisco Muni posts ridership gains in FY08 BNSF to upgrade North Dakota line Wisconsin & Southern among recipients of regional transportation honor Intermodal training program coming to Denver university next month

September 2

FRA issues four grants for rail research, infrastructure upgrades Santa Clara VTA to launch two grade-separation projects Canadian government selects QGI to conduct part of freight-rail service study NS to NTSB: Pennsylvania derailment not result of inadequate rail inspection CN workers join Teamsters Canada Rail Conference North Carolina's New Hope Valley Railway to conduct emergency training drill Updates from Siemens/Bombardier, MHF Holdings, SYSTRA and Veolia Transport << Previous Next >>
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