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Rail News: October 2007

October 31

Rail Industry Trends
CN seeks STB blessing to acquire a major portion of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Senate signs off on long-term Amtrak funding bill Read More »
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Rail Industry Trends
Board proposes regulations governing 'paper barriers' in rail line transactions Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tie production plummets 25 percent in September, RTA says Read More »
Passenger Rail
North Carolina Railroad to explore cost of adding Goldsboro-to-Greensboro commuter track Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail industry loses California wine train founder, short-line association founding member DeDomenico Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alstom lands $316.7 million contract to supply 30 commuter trains to Spain's RENFE Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
VeraSun Energy launches ethanol production at Nebraska plant Read More »

October 30

Financials
CPR drives up revenue and income, drives down operating ratio Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce shrinks slightly in September Read More »
People
Pinsly Railroad Chairman Silver retires Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA schedules six public hearings to discuss fare increases Read More »
People
MHF Logistical Solutions selects Piatak to serve as president & CEO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS to power Ohio yard's wastewater treatment plant with wind Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
DHS to install container scanners at U.S. borders and points abroad Read More »

October 29

C&S
Kansas City Southern de México, Mexican city team up to boost train velocity and reduce vandalism on rail corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Mayo Clinic calls on the STB to 'carefully' examine CPR/DM&E transaction Read More »
People
A new chair for DART's board Read More »
Mechanical
Rail-car deliveries to total 64,500 this year and 57,500 in 2008, EPA says Read More »
Labor
Michigan State University sets dates for first-ever railway operations course Read More »
M&A
Mississippi Railcar buys Custom Rail Car; signs long-term pact to serve Chicago Freight Car as a 'preferred' maintenance service provider Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian railway association releases 2007 edition of 'Railway Trends' Read More »

October 26

Intermodal
AAR: Carloads up for Canadian railroads, down for U.S. roads last week Read More »
C&S
Illinois Commerce Commission OKs two grade crossing upgrade projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York MTA dedicates new district police HQ in honor of fallen officer Read More »
Financials
L.B. Foster, GATX Rail register income gains Read More »
People
Veteran transit officials launch executive search firm Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ronsco to open southern U.S. rail axle finishing facility next year Read More »
Mechanical
Nashville & Eastern Railroad kicks tires on GenSet switcher Read More »

October 25

Kansas City Southern
KCS reports record income and lower operating ratio for the third quarter; updates international rail bridge project Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak ridership tops 25.8 million, revenue reaches $1.5 billion in FY07 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB to hold hearing on proposed changes for calculating railroads' cost of capital Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT's Brinker wins AAR environmental award Read More »
Passenger Rail
HNTB, Twin Mountain-Herzog fast-tracking New Mexico Rail Runner project Read More »
C&S
Northern Indiana commuter agency using RailComm dispatch control technology Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RAC commemorates 90th anniversary of organization that led to railroad association's founding Read More »

October 24

Rail Industry Trends
State of New York 'scoping document' for Moynihan Station reveals two plan options Read More »
Financials
Sluggish traffic demand drives down NS' revenue and income Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF increases PRB coal train loadings in October's first half Read More »
Financials
Wabtec and Harsco ring up more sales, increase income in the third quarter Read More »
M&A
HDR acquires PHAROS Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Containerization & Intermodal Institute to bestow 'Connie Awards' to Devine and Ebeling Read More »

October 23

BNSF Railway
BNSF sets all-time quarterly revenue, income and earnings records Read More »
Financials
Strong Canadian dollar, 'unfavorable' forest products market chop down CN's income Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
MTA Metro-North selects Gannett Fleming to design inspection/repair facility at century-old Harmon Shop site Read More »
Passenger Rail
Fort Worth Transportation Authority seeks public input to narrow rail-station sites Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP seeks FRA waiver to test brakes on trains coming from Mexico at Texas yard instead of at border Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Alstom lands 'very high speed' contract to develop Tangier-Casablanca rail link Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT takes home EPA's environmental excellence honor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
DMJM Harris tabs three professionals for Twin Cities light-rail project Read More »

October 22

M&A
Genesee & Wyoming to acquire majority stake in Maryland Midland Railway Read More »
Labor
PATH, UTU-represented tower operators reach tentative pact Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Congress to assemble rail security training task force Read More »
People
Carmanah names Lattimore CEO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RAIL.ONE to provide supervisory services, concrete ties for South Korean high-speed line Read More »
Intermodal
NS to install automated gate system at Ohio intermodal facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Zoetmulder to direct European sales for EMD Read More »

October 19

Intermodal
U.S. railroads' carloads, intermodal loads continue to lag last year's levels, AAR says Read More »
C&S
MTA New York City Transit to increase service on two busy lines Read More »
MOW
Wisconsin & Southern close to wrapping up major rail replacement project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Standard Car Truck, China's Tianrui form joint venture to market rolling stock wheels Read More »
Labor
Oathout to succeed Arndt as TCU's international VP Read More »
MOW
Chicago Transit Authority awards composite-tie pact to TieTek Read More »
Mechanical
AAR OKs another Kelso Technologies pressure-relief valve Read More »

October 18

Financials
UP sets all-time quarterly revenue, traffic volume and operating ratio records Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
House passes safety bill by wide margin Read More »
C&S
PATH to invest $500 million in train control technology Read More »
Safety
U.S. railroads remain on pace to set all-time-low train accident rate, AAR says Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
South Carolina Public Railways boots up Web-based RailSync system Read More »
Mechanical
A. Stucki adds chemical, mechanical engineer positions to engineering department staff Read More »

October 17

CSX Transportation
CSX boosts earnings, increases revenue and reduces operating ratio Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail-car backlog, orders and deliveries nosedive in third quarter, ARCI data shows Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Live and in color: Portland's TriMet introduces TriMet TV Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian Railway Hall of Fame announces 2007 inductees Read More »
C&S
Buckingham Branch Railroad signs on as Software-as-a-Service customer for RailComm's operations control system Read More »
Mechanical
Miner Enterprises appoints O'Donnell regional sales manager Read More »

October 16

Rail Industry Trends
CN opens intermodal terminal, distribution center in Prince George Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX should implement seven measures to improve corporate governance and financial performance, TCI says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transit agencies continue to push the fare collection technology envelope, smart-card association says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF joins rail industry's service provider security program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Duos Technologies deploys rider detection system, obtains contract for video security system Read More »
C&S
BNSF installs interoperable radio communication system Read More »

October 15

Rail Industry Trends
Lack of state funding may result in job and service cuts, and fare increases at Chicago Transit Authority Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian government reaches agreements with CN, CPR governing federal grain-car fleet Read More »
Passenger Rail
Northstar Commuter Rail project clears another funding hurdle Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF, KCS take home top honors in Business Finance's Vision Awards Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Calling all nominees: TMCA seeks 2008 Compass Awards entries Read More »
C&S
Delhi Metro Rail awards signaling equipment pact to Bombardier Read More »
MOW
Hansen joins RailWorks as VP of business development Read More »

October 12

Rail Industry Trends
NS operates first ECP brake-equipped train in revenue service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian government launches largest capital program in VIA Rail's history Read More »
Intermodal
U.S. and Canadian railroads register carload drop in October's first week, AAR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
National Retail Systems to build transload/intermodal facility near New York City Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alchem to temporarily shutter BNSF-served ethanol plant in North Dakota Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak, GrandLuxe link up to provide 'luxury' service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
MARTA's a big-time growth catalyst in Georgia, study shows Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kelso Technologies hires consultant to help promote pressure-relief valves in Latin America Read More »

October 11

Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index ends two-month slide Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS hands out 10 awards at annual short-line meeting Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
LA MTA tabs PB to develop transit solution for Crenshaw-Prairie corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Georgia short line to serve new Southeast Railcar shop Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
The China market's 'burgeoning' and 'buoyant' for HLS Systems and Knorr-Bremse Read More »
M&A
Global Railway to acquire Canada Allied Diesel and affiliates by year's end Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Siemens to build 25 locomotives for Australia's Queensland Rail Read More »

October 10

Rail Industry Trends
APTA lauds 'best of the best' agencies and industry leaders Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB blesses Tongue River Railroad's proposed Montana line Read More »
C&S
Canadian federal, provincial governments to provide $50 million for grade separation Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland Transit Administration promotes Wells to key operations post Read More »
Mechanical
Greenbrier to build 11,900 cars for GE, enter North American tank-car manufacturing market Read More »
C&S
Alstom, Balfour Beatty partner to create Signalling Solutions in the U.K. Read More »
C&S
RailComm to expand operations controller system at BNSF's Montana diesel shop Read More »

October 9

Financials
Illinois tax law and rising crude-oil prices will drive down third-quarter earnings, NS says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Riders grade MTA New York City Transit's 'J/Z Line' service a C- Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF lands on InformationWeek magazine's list of the top 500 techno-savvy firms Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad 'impressed' with NREC's environmentally friendly switcher Read More »
Intermodal
University of Denver welcomes new intermodal masters program class Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
EWS Network lands freight-rail services contract from U.K. defense ministry Read More »

October 8

Rail Industry Trends
U.S. transportation fatalities fell 1.5 percent in 2006, NTSB says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian, provincial governments provide $40 million for Hudson Bay Railway upgrades Read More »
M&A
Finger Lakes Railway to acquire control of Ontario Central Railroad Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Siemens to supply 44 Railjets to Austrian railway Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier-led consortium lands $100 million order for 52 MK II cars from Kuala Lumpur railway Read More »
Intermodal
Pacer names Bailey EVP of strategy, organizational development Read More »

October 5

Rail Industry Trends
At mid-year, public transportation ridership remained ahead of last year's blistering pace, APTA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CPR completes DM&E deal, creates trust to control regional's shares Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF, UP set PRB train loading records in September Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB proposes rule to more closely scrutinize exemption requests tied to line leases and acquisitions Read More »
Intermodal
U.S., Canadian railroads registered carload drops in September and the third quarter, AAR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NYC economic development agency seeks Brooklyn Waterfront Railroad operator Read More »

October 4

Mechanical
Key customer orders uni-level securement systems from Portec Rail Products Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA to inspect Central Oregon and Pacific's Coos Bay Line, evaluate engineering reports on tunnels Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
MARTA boosts rail boardings in fiscal-year 2007 Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA provides two grants to Santa Clara Valley VTA for BART extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Massachusetts short line wins state contract to operate freight-rail lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
VeraSun Energy halts construction of Indiana ethanol plant Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TSA to deploy security devices at mass transit facilities Read More »

October 3

Rail Industry Trends
L.A. transportation authority authorizes $454.5 million for 169 projects Read More »
People
UP, BNSF name successors for retiring executives Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
National Industrial Transportation League backs short-line tax-credit bills Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Brazilian miner CVRD wins bid to operate another North-South Railroad line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FTA signs full funding grant agreement for Norfolk light-rail line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier to build 19 trams for German public transit agency; refurbish coaches for Norwegian railway Read More »
Mechanical
A. Stucki boots up revamped Web site Read More »

October 2

Kansas City Southern
KCS promotes four execs, changes direct reports for others Read More »
Intermodal
UP, NS shorten Southeast-to-Los Angeles intermodal route Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Greenbrier to lease and operate GATX's Mexican plant Read More »
C&S
Ansaldo STS to build another portion of Naples' new metro line Read More »
MOW
Harsco shakes up senior management team as part of CEO transition Read More »
M&A
Standard Car Truck acquires ZefTek Read More »
C&S
RailComm to supply dispatch control system to Texas commuter-rail agency Read More »

October 1

Rail Industry Trends
CSX buys land from Florida city for intermodal/automotive facility Read More »
Labor
FCM's Gilstad donates $1 million to help establish railway management course at Michigan State University Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Waters leaves Maryland Transit Administration for APTA Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS ranked 20th on FORTUNE's top 100 list of fastest-growing firms Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier-led consortium to supply 17 TALENT trains to Austrian passenger railroad Read More »
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