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Rail News: January 2008

January 31

High-Speed Rail
California, Tennessee/Georgia high-speed proponents take a lesson from Asian operators Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York MTA board signs off on LIRR contracts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB extends EIS comment period on CN/EJ&E deal to Feb. 15 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXI, UP to reduce fuel surcharges in February Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to speed up trains in Texas town Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Allegheny County port authority names Behrman AGM of planning Read More »

January 30

Rail Industry Trends
ProgressiveRailroading.com sports new look, provides more content Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kansas City Southern de México budgets $251 million for '08 capex Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak evaluates service changes in key Virginia corridors Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland Transit Administration to expand nighttime MARC service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF's capex budget slightly smaller in '08 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tie production and purchases tumble in December, remain down for '07 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North receives high customer satisfaction marks in 2007 Read More »
People
NS: Dimino to assume VP-audit and compliance post; Carter to retire Read More »

January 29

BNSF Railway
BNSF pays the price for soaring fuel costs with high quarterly expenses, operating ratio Read More »
Mechanical
Rail-car orders up in fourth quarter, but expect decline in '08, EPA says Read More »
Financials
CPR weathers severe storms, high diesel prices in the expenses and income columns Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Greater Cleveland RTA's rail ridership spikes in 2007 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Quebec's Tshiuetin railway to obtain $12 million from Canadian government Read More »
Mechanical
UP to install digital cameras on 1,600 locomotives in 2008 Read More »
C&S
Updates from Amsted Rail, Harsco Track Technologies, Siemens, NICE Systems and RailComm Read More »

January 28

Rail Industry Trends
North County Transit District delays SPRINTER opening Read More »
Labor
CPR, auto workers union reach accord to avert strike Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF marks first revenue-service coal train equipped with electronically controlled pneumatic brakes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit opens Pennsylvania yard facilities Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to test WiFi on commuter-rail line Read More »
People
Arizona Railroad Group appoints Scott Parkinson president and CEO Read More »
M&A
Greenbrier to acquire American Allied Railway's assets Read More »

January 25

Labor
UTU, carriers' conference finally hammer out tentative contract Read More »
Intermodal
Container volume down or even at three West Coast ports in '07 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA adjusts contract to include additional car features Read More »
Intermodal
U.S. railroads register carload gain for second-straight week, AAR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York/New Jersey port authority takes wraps off new rail-car design Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Trinity Industries, Bombardier, Talgo, Savi Technology and Unitrac Railroad Materials Read More »

January 24

Financials
UP shakes off severe storms' effects to set revenue, income records Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
House bill proposes transportation funding for trade corridors Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Construction projects cause CTA rail ridership to drop in 2007 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UTA obtains three honors for FrontRunner project Read More »
MOW
UP to upgrade track on key Missouri line Read More »
Labor
NJ Transit signalmen ratify new contract Read More »
C&S
Updates from RailWorks, HLS Systems, GATX and Thomas Group Read More »

January 23

Financials
NS sets revenue, earnings and income records Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN drives up income, drives down expenses despite headwinds Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
St. Louis Metro, contractor joint venture settle lawsuit Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Virginia rail agency, NS pony up $57 million to spruce up key rail corridor Read More »
Labor
CN, UTU agree on tentative contract for 600 U.S. workers Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit's Mount Arlington Station open for business Read More »
Passenger Rail
TCU members ratify LIRR contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FreightCar America teams up with Titagarh to build rail cars in India Read More »

January 22

CSX Transportation
CSX in '07: Record revenue, best operating ratio in a decade Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Deutsche Bahn to acquire U.K. passenger-rail operator Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian government issues transit security grants Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TTCI, Canadian research council to help Brazil's VALE increase axle loads Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Light-rail excerpt cut from surface transportation commission's report, National Corridors Initiative says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail contractors association, unions forge new labor agreement Read More »
C&S
Updates from Siemens, Bombardier and RailComm Read More »

January 21

Amtrak
Amtrak reaches tentative pact with eight unions Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio rail commission OKs action plan, project funds Read More »
Intermodal
KCS, industrial park partners to open K.C. intermodal facility in March Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Advocacy group pushes for restoration of Amtrak's New Orleans-to-Orlando service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN didn't meet service obligations for six grain shippers in prior crop year, feds say Read More »
BNSF Railway
Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway boosts BNSF stake to 18.2 percent Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia Railway Express elects 2008 officers Read More »

January 18

Rail Industry Trends
Illinois lawmakers pass transit funding, reform bill Read More »
Intermodal
AAR on Week No. 2: Carloads up in U.S., way up in Canada Read More »
Passenger Rail
Algoma Central obtains another $4.2 million in federal operating funds Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB changes calculation method for rail industry's cost of equity Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
VIA Rail's 'Canadian' among world's 'Top 25' trains, rail travelers' society says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Texas Railcar Leasing, Alstom, TÜVRheinland, David J. Joseph Co. and Brookville Equipment Read More »

January 17

Passenger Rail
Denver RTD seeks alternatives for FasTracks properties Read More »
Labor
Steelworkers union ratifies CN contract Read More »
C&S
Illinois Commerce Commission to fund four crossing projects Read More »
Labor
Report suggests ways New York MTA can bolster labor/management ties Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Alstom-led consortium to build high-speed line in Argentina Read More »
Passenger Rail
BLET-represented engineers give thumbs up to LIRR contract Read More »
M&A
MISCOR Group acquires American Motive Power Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
South Dakota corn growers honor the DM&E's Schieffer as agricultural MVP Read More »

January 16

Rail Industry Trends
Commission calls for new transportation program, funding mechanisms Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ProgressiveRailroading.com introduces audio interviews Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tacoma Rail receives more than $750,000 from USDOT Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Oregon's TriMet promotes Hanson to senior operations manager Read More »
Labor
Supreme Court backs unions' position on unpaid leave Read More »
C&S
Updates from North American Technologies, RailComm, Optelecom-NKF and Knorr-Bremse Read More »

January 15

Rail Industry Trends
FTA awards $6.3 million to maglev developer Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Short lines' carloads decline in '07, RMI index shows Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
California ports OK cargo fee to help fund projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority signs off on six-year plan Read More »
High-Speed Rail
TTCI to supply wheel/rail measurement system for Chinese high-speed lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF recognizes top diverse enterprise-certified suppliers Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Ohio Central logs another double-digit traffic gain in '07 Read More »

January 14

Labor
Canadian Auto Workers members OK strike mandate at CPR Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Miami-Dade Transit to hold contractor meeting for Metrorail extension Read More »
Safety
MARTA to conduct system-wide safety review Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCSM marks intermodal facility's opening in Mexico Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming's carloads fall in '07's final month, quarter Read More »
MOW
Alaska Railroad to detail '08 capital project plans Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Rochester Signal, RMI, Thales Group and Unitrac Read More »

January 11

Intermodal
AAR carload data: Railroads off to slow start in '08's first week Read More »
Passenger Rail
High-speed rail study garners funds, VIA Rail gains holiday riders Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index notches a small gain in November Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA proposes $1.7 billion FY09 budget Read More »
Mechanical
GATX lands car supply, equity interest deals with Providence and Worcester Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TSA appoints Rossides to permanent deputy administrator post Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR analyzes decade's worth of rail trends in annual book Read More »

January 10

Rail Industry Trends
Construction costs soar for Twin Cities' Central Corridor project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP revamps, staffs northern region public affairs office Read More »
Mechanical
WMATA ponders passenger car designs Read More »
Mechanical
BNSF partners with Vehicle Projects to develop a hydrogen fuel-cell switcher Read More »
People
BART names deVaughn deputy GM Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Busalacchi will keynote first-ever 'Carmichael' transportation conference Read More »
M&A
Watco adds Reload to growing portfolio Read More »
Financials
Updates from National Railway Equipment, Alstom, GATX, Wabtec and FLS Transportation Read More »

January 9

Rail Industry Trends
Short-line tax credits in limbo, but not for long, lobbyist says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Value of goods flowing across U.S. borders hits all-time high in October Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to overhaul three bridges Read More »
People
Butzelaar succeeds van der Burch as Southern Railway of B.C. president Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Construction to begin on NJ Transit station-area project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail-served ethanol plants to open in Ohio, Minnesota Read More »
C&S
Updates from RailComm, Digital Concepts, Amsted Rail, Greenbrier and Lenord + Bauer Read More »

January 8

Rail Industry Trends
Presidential Emergency Board releases contract recommendations; eight unions impose Amtrak strike deadline Read More »
Intermodal
BNSF in '07: new coal loading record, another 'perfect' peak season for UPS Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North, LIRR set ridership and on-time performance records in 2007 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Roanoke intermodal facility means more jobs and tax revenue, Virginia rail office says Read More »
M&A
Stella-Jones lays groundwork to acquire Burke-Parsons-Bowlby Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak analyzes feasibility of Quad Cities-to-Chicago line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NITL names Sandberg interim president Read More »
Labor
Electrical workers' union ratifies CN contract Read More »

January 7

Rail Industry Trends
FRA OKs $3 million RRIF loan for Columbia Basin Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York/New Jersey port authority to hike ticket prices Read More »
Labor
Stillwater Central MOW workers join BMWED Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain appoints Hartnett chairman, Gage vice chairman Read More »
Labor
Seven UTU board members urge union president to support SMWIA merger Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB chooses Quinlan, FreightCar America tabs Matthews to succeed retiring execs Read More »

January 4

Rail Industry Trends
FRA collects fines from CSXT, challenges Class I to instill safety culture Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Christmas travelers help BART set holiday ridership record on SFO extension Read More »
Intermodal
Second-highest carload count still adds up to year-over-year loss for U.S. roads, AAR says Read More »
People
Keating succeeds Russack as BNSF Foundation president Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ProLogis to develop rail-served distribution park in London Read More »
People
RailWorks promotes Kennedy, Bennett Read More »

January 3

Passenger Rail
South Florida RTA sets ridership record in 2007 Read More »
Intermodal
U.S., Canadian railroads continue to report opposite carloading results Read More »
MOW
San Francisco Muni to upgrade tunnel track, improve station Read More »
M&A
Patriot Rail acquires Utah Central Railway Read More »
People
WMATA's Keele to oversee safety department Read More »
Intermodal
CSXI's fuel surcharge falls, UP's rises in January Read More »
MOW
Portec Rail, Kennedy/Jenks and Patrick Engineering announce personnel changes Read More »

January 2

Labor
U.S. Class Is expand workforce in November, STB data shows Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Houston METRO transitions to new fare structure, media Read More »
Financials
CPR went over, CN stayed under federal grain revenue caps last year Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
MBTA to provide wireless service in select subway stations, tunnels Read More »
M&A
Genesee & Wyoming completes Maryland Midland Railway deal Read More »
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