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Rail News: December 2007

December 28

Congress, president sign off on transit-related bills

STB accepts CPR's application to control the DM&E, sets procedural schedule

Federal court temporarily halts UTU/sheet metal workers merger

Ansaldo STS subsidiary to install traffic management system for Germany's Deutsche Bahn

Schroeder, Law join RailAmerica's sales and marketing team

South Florida RTA receives procurement honors

AAR releases '07 edition of 'Railroad Facts'

December 27

APTA lands another $1.9 million from FTA to develop industry standards

NJ Transit to unveil Mount Arlington Station next month

Random drug/alcohol screening rates in '08 to mirror '07, BLET says

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway to acquire major stake in Union Tank Car owner Marmon Holdings

Houston METRO to upgrade pedestrian signals

Queensland Rail teams up with fund managers to develop intermodal terminal Down Under

December 26

CN to acquire another northern Alberta short line

Former Amtrak and NJ Transit leader Warrington passes away

MBTA reopens trolley line

Illinois commission approves two crossing upgrades

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority tabs Mason as first-ever executive director

Updates From, Bombardier, Siemens and Hirschmann

December 21

SEPTA names Casey GM

BLET members give thumbs down to tentative NS contract

CN to Chicago-area communities: Think about 'J' acquisition's broad rail efficiencies, not adverse effects

New DVB fund closes on European rail deal; DVB Land Transport lands two rail finance awards

U.S. roads' carloads tumble in December's second week, AAR says

BART elects Murray, Blalock to top board posts

December 20

New York/New Jersey port authority signs off on $5.9 billion 2008 budget

Diesel costs, severe storm effects to drag down fourth-quarter earnings, UP says

New York MTA adopts 2008 budget, approves fare increase

CN earns Evergreen Shipping's top railroad honor

St. Louis Metro turns to former head Baer to take interim CEO seat

North Carolina Railroad to replace century-old bridge

Updates from SKF, Bourque Data Systems, Siemens, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bombardier and STV

December 19

TCI teams up with 3G Capital Partners to boost CSX stake, nominate directors to Class I's board

Congress close to signing off on FY08 omnibus package; $9.4 billion included for transit program

Greater Cleveland RTA signs off on FY08 budget

RTA report: Tie production plummets, purchases climb in November

Bombardier obtains car fleet contracts in Canada, U.K.

Idaho short line to serve three new customers next year

Updates from FreightCar America, Railpower, Harsco, RailComm, Bombardier, Environmental Lubricants and Wi-Tronix

December 18

Metro-North combats 'slippery' rail, posts best-ever November on-time performance

KCS notes numerous achievements in '07

Siemens to upgrade interlockings, control center at Toronto's Union Station

NJ Transit set to open new intermodal center

Seattle port gains county approval to pursue BNSF corridor

Alcatel-Lucent obtains communication network contract in Sweden

December 17

Massachusetts hires design firm to craft South Coast rail plan

British Columbia's Canada Line receives first trainsets

Great Western Railway lands $4 million RRIF loan

C.H. Robinson honors CSXI as top intermodal carrier

Alameda Corridor's lower train counts have more to do with longer trains and less to do with traffic volumes, ACTA says

Updates from National Steel Car, Trinity, Alstom and Swift

December 14

WMATA, Greater Cleveland RTA to hike ticket prices next month

Iowa Northern Railway teams up with storage terminal, ethanol producer to form logistics partnership

Pennsylvania provides freight-rail infrastructure grants totaling $20 million

Railroads will fare better than trucks next year in a continuing soft economy, Fitch Ratings says

AAR report: U.S. railroads notch more carloads in December's first week

Patriot Rail partners with SBA to develop communication towers

Wimbush to lead NS' environmental charge

December 13

NJ Transit sets ridership record in FY08's first quarter

Alameda Corridor: Train count falls to lowest monthly mark in more than two years

STB's Michigan Central rejection a short-sighted response to a far-sighted proposal, NS says

Amtrak, New York State DOT settle Empire Corridor high-speed rail service dispute

Transportation Services Index inches up in October, USDOT says

Metro-North to rehab three more Hudson Line stations

'Green' switchers help UP save greenbacks on fuel, cut emissions in Texas

Updates from FreightCar America, Mirage Networks, Bombardier, NCC Construction and Harsco

December 12

Rio Bravo/El Cenizo site best option for KCS' international bridge, study shows

Metro-North ratifies contract with signalmen's union

Utah Transit Authority seeks feedback on Draper light-rail corridor

Finger Lakes Railway mourns loss of marketing manager Sullivan

Former NITL President Ficker joins First Industrial Realty Trust

Sacramento agency unveils video control center

VIA Rail appoints three directors

Updates from GATX, Telos Network, Ansaldo STS, RFTrax, Jacobs Engineering, Siemens, RailComm, CH2M Hill, Safety Vision and Midland Manufacturing

December 11

Northstar Corridor lands $156.8 million federal grant agreement

STB rejects NS/Watco's exemption request to jointly form Michigan short line

RAND study recommends ways to secure passenger-rail systems

CAD Railway Industries to rehab VIA Rail locomotives

BLET's Hahs to serve six-month suspension

Indian firm to acquire Trona Railway owner Searles Valley Minerals

'True' railroad salesman and long-time Golden Domer Hogan passes away at 63

Pacific Ethanol postpones construction of California plant

December 10

Federal, Saskatchewan governments to help fund CPR intermodal facility

WMATA expands eight-car train service

Wheel/Rail Interaction '08 coming to Chicago in May

U.S. railroads post first monthly carload gain since December 2006, AAR says

NYCT names line general managers, addresses track worker safety

Updates from Mitsui Rail, EMCOR Group and Bombardier

December 7

Passenger-rail working group outlines $357 billion intercity rail plan; AAR says proposal relies too much on freight network

Mergers/acquisitions in global transportation market exceeding '06 levels, report says

BNSF set another PRB coal loading record in November

GO Transit, ATU come to tentative agreement

UP to speed up Kansas trains, play up wind-turbine equipment services

Brazil agency awards $276 million in rolling stock maintenance, refurbishment contracts

December 6

Denver-area residents favor RTD's FasTracks plan, poll shows

CPR, Teamsters conference come to agreement on new tentative contract

Calgary Transit set to launch service on Northeast light-rail extension

Intermodal hub coming to Dallas; rail-served distribution center on tap for Fort Worth

Four UTU members file federal lawsuit to block SMWIA merger

NYCT adds morning express trains on Staten Island Railway

December 5

DART to cut up to $900 million in North Irving, Rowlett project costs

Kansas City Transportation acquires K.C. lead track from BNSF

NS, FRA and Michigan DOT to test retractable barricades at grade crossing

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks for second-straight month, STB data shows

CTA reopens Addison Station

New York MTA schedules first-ever online forum to review spending plans

Updates from Ansaldo STS, Voith Turbo, Bombardier and RailComm

December 4

RailAmerica to open logistics, revenue protection centers

APTA: Transit ridership totals 2.5 billion in third quarter

New York MTA launches No. 7 subway extension

Kansas City Southern de México to serve new auto assembly plant in two years

UP posts record PRB train loadings in November

MTC Holdings acquires Mexican multi-modal facility

Wilbourn, Scott to helm UP service units

December 3

Florida DOT, CSXT finalize corridor ownership contract

USDOT to provide $4 million for Binghamton transit terminal

CN reaches tentative contract with IBEW, closes on sale/lease-back of Montreal station

Bush to nominate STB's Mulvey for another five-year term

PATH tower operators green-light six-year contract

Maryland Transit Administration to hold public meetings on proposed Purple Line

Updates from TranSystems, Burke-Parsons-Bowlby, Quantum Engineering and Viscount Systems

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