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Rail News: October 2006

October 31

KCS' revenue and income climb, expenses fall in third quarter Metrolink hits 100-million-passenger mark BART launches construction on Dublin Transit Center parking garage Iowa Northern Railway to receive $25.5 million RRIF loan RailAmerica registers revenue, income gains despite traffic losses in third quarter STB issues new rules governing large railroad rate cases RailWorks appoints Patterson, Rothschild to L.K. Comstock senior management posts

October 30

FRA issues final rule to limit locomotive cab noise Amtrak tweaks timetables on several routes KCS promotes three execs at U.S., Mexican railroads Canadian government to provide millions for tribal passenger-rail operation LIRR unveils intermodal center in Mineola GE Rail Services to acquire Allrail Services' assets Brickle to manage TTCI's London research center

October 27

BNSF honors three short lines with annual achievement awards Caltrain backs transportation ballot measures North County Transit District testing SPRINTER DMUs STB should reconsider changes to rate challenge guidelines, agricultural consortium says Union Switch & Signal lands short line's re-signaling contract, continues train-control work for regional Intermodal pioneer, Pacer founder Orris to retire as firm's CEO within a year International Paint opens Pittsburgh distribution center

October 26

CN might not honor passenger-rail service expansion agreement, Amtrak says UP, CSXT move first dedicated produce unit train between Washington state and New York WMATA to test electric emergency-response vehicle FreightCar America obtains order for more coal cars, rings up more sales in third quarter UTA carries 50-millionth TRAX passenger, seeks feedback on proposed extension Wabtec boosts sales, income and earnings in third quarter Portec Rail to distribute Highland Tank's oil/water separators to the rail industry

October 25

NS' third-quarter operating ratio of 70.1 matches nine-year-old record Bombardier lands billion-dollar order to supply commuter trains for France's SNCF NJ Transit to add, adjust train service on several lines Pennsylvania DOT provides $20 million for freight-rail projects DART signs off on new long-range plan UP to speed up freight, passenger trains in three Texas towns Canadian railway association releases annual publication on freight-, passenger-rail statistics

October 24

BNSF sets revenue, income and volume records in third quarter NS, plaintiffs to settle personal injury class action suit pertaining to last year's Graniteville derailment Third-quarter results show CPR increases revenue, contains costs Transportation improvements a high priority in southern California, regional council says Union Switch & Signal boots up dispatching software for CSXT The Andersons appoints Moschella to direct rail group's operations

October 23

U.S. Class Is boost workforce in September WMATA appoints Requa acting GM to succeed Tangherlini U.S. railroads register ninth-highest weekly intermodal volume, AAR says Metro-North completes Beacon Station improvements BNSF's on-dock container loadings surpass 1 million mark CTA to install ticket vending machine at Metra Station CIT Group appoints Keasling SVP, Kearby VP of CIT Rail

October 20

CN sets operating ratio record of 57.4 in third quarter TriMet to launch construction on commuter-rail line New York/New Jersey ports increase spending, scope of freight-rail capacity program UP forms auto racing-like pit crew to speed up run-through train duties at Nebraska yard Harney joins CTA as EVP of construction/maintenance New York/New Jersey port authority to begin acquiring property for THE Tunnel Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern locomotive engineers join the BLET

October 19

UP sets all-time operating revenue and income records in third quarter FRA schedules compliance date for CWR joint bar inspection regulation CTA provides additional funds for Wilson Station project design CSXT wins American Honda's annual 'rail destination' award Chilean agency opens new Metro line Railinc seeks buyer for RailSync software suite IEEE to develop standard for calculating transit-rail vehicle braking distances

October 18

CSX registers record revenue and income, reduces operating ratio into the 70s in third quarter Metro-North's reverse-commute, off-peak ridership exceeds NYC-bound passenger count for the first time GO Transit reaches one-billion passenger mark GE's rail services unit names Wileman president, CEO CTA contracts Edwards and Kelcey to manage signal, traction power project SWAT to install surveillance systems on Capitol Corridor trains McQuillan joins Optimization Alternatives as SVP

October 17

National intercity passenger railroad registers FY06 ridership, revenue gains BNSF contracts development partner for Kansas logistics park, manager for domestic chassis pool Grand Trunk Western territory trainmen ratify UTU, CN contract Orange County Transportation Authority hires Parsons Brinckerhoff to oversee Metrolink expansion CIT Rail acquires Bombardier's rail-car leasing division Progress Rail Services CEO Ainsworth to serve as Caterpillar VP FRA releases report, co-produces trucker tip cards to prevent crossing incidents Bombardier-led consortium to supply driverless vehicles to Malaysian transit agency

October 16

ARCI: Rail-car orders and backlog climb, deliveries fall in third quarter Rhode Island to place transit funding measure on November ballot Illinois to fund additional Chicago-to-St. Louis Amtrak trains Greenbrier acquires Meridian Rail Services, forms freight car-building joint venture with Mexican firm MARTA implements business automation program STB issues final environmental statement on Tongue River's proposed Montana coal line RailComm installs remote-control derail system at Ohio CSXT yard Signal Training Solutions to relocate to larger facility

October 13

BNSF and CSX to create coast-to-coast intermodal corridor, expand route's capacity CTA proposes $1.1 billion 2007 spending plan, recommends capital projects Canada earmarks more than $500 million for western intermodal corridor initiative Genesee & Wyoming, RailAmerica register fewer 'same railroad' carloads in September Virginia to pony up $1.3 million for shippers' freight-rail projects NBC Universal, Inova Computers to provide 'infotainment' in PATH stations and cars Smiths Detection, RedXDefense team up to create explosives detection system for transit industry

October 12

CTA to issue $275 million in bonds to help fund capital program NJ Transit gears up for multi-level train service CN's freight forwarding subsidiary enters China Oklahoma agency mulls commuter-rail line between Tulsa, Broken Arrow MBTA to add trains on Lowell commuter-rail line STB schedules public hearing to review grain transportation issues Long-time Santa Maria Valley owner sells railroad's assets to Coast Belle Rail

October 11

Wisconsin & Southern to serve fourth ethanol plant in Badger State North Carolina's Triangle Transit Authority appoints King interim GM Portec Rail acquires Vulcan Chain's railroad-related product line Transit agencies, financial firms can team up to offer contactless fare payment system, Smart Card Alliance says Containerization & Intermodal Institute names Yeager, Vitarana 2006 Connie Award winners G&B Specialties co-founder Griffiths resigns from Global Railway's board

October 10

CTA's ridership, customer satisfaction up on two routes CPR takes home American Honda's rail performance award MARTA introduces permanent 'Breeze' smart cards Electro-Motive Diesel to acquire Scottish firm's EMD-related business CN, UTU reach tentative terms on five-year pact for Grand Trunk Western yardmasters Denver university's intermodal institute sets enrollment record for executive master's program Skanska-led consortium to upgrade Prague line

October 9

St. Louis Metro carries half a million more passengers in September BNSF breaks system-wide coal loading record in September Illinois to add another Amtrak train to downstate route Wabtec purchases Schaefer Equipment for $36 million August's Transportation Services Index slips by widest month-over-month margin in five years Bombardier to build another 42 double-deck cars for German transit agency DMJM Harris acquires Korve Engineering

October 6

Congress signs off on FY2007 homeland security funding but still needs to approve transit appropriations bill UP reaches pact with state to build intermodal terminal in New Mexico FRA proposes passenger-car safety regulations U.S. railroads' carload, intermodal unit counts continued to climb in September, AAR says St. Louis Metro, Pittsburgh port authority obtain DHS security grants Schwarzenegger signs California's rail security bill UP shuffles transportation department staff MBTA to randomly inspect passengers' bags

October 5

CPR appoints Lambert EVP and CFO Surface transportation trade between U.S. and NAFTA partners reaches $55.9 billion in July Connecticut commuter-rail services post ridership gains through August DHS grants Denver RTD $1.2 million to install surveillance equipment in stations NYCT to test TieTek's composite crossties MHF Logistical Solutions develops GPS-based software for 'smart' rail cars RMI unveils updated RailConnect Transportation Management System

October 4

Virginia's Hampton Roads Transit to begin final design on Norfolk light-rail line Tangherlini withdraws application for WMATA's GM post; takes job as D.C. administrator Duos Technologies to implement surveillance system in UP tunnel TTCI names Ehrlich GM of Emergency Response Training Center California high-speed rail advocacy group elects new officers

October 3

U.S. rail employees are receiving comprehensive security training, AAR says Kansas City Southern Railway's fuel conservation incentive program pays dividends in August Port Authority of Allegheny County joins Google's trip planner program BroadWare Technologies to supply video surveillance, media integration for New York MTA security system Railinc names Bolon VP and CIO

October 2

Senate confirms Peters as U.S. transportation secretary LA MTA breaks ground on Exposition line U.S. railroads continue to boost intermodal volume, AAR says BART begins to build first new station in three years Port security bill passes Congress << Previous Next >>
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