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Rail News: October 2008

October 31

Passenger Rail
Voters to consider 26 transportation ballot measures next week Read More »
Intermodal
AAR: Canadian and U.S. roads report carload, intermodal volume drops in latest week Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
DART: Customer satisfaction rating on the rise Read More »
M&A
CPR assumes control of DM&E, IC&E Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Florida city green lights CSX's proposed intermodal/automotive terminal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Value of U.S. goods ground transported in North America climbs in August, USDOT says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit unveils updated Watsessing Station Read More »
People
Riddett to take reins as Safetran Systems' president Read More »

October 30

Rail Industry Trends
Rail associations call on Congress to include transportation funds in economic stimulus package Read More »
Passenger Rail
Northstar Corridor commuter-rail line to feature sixth station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NTSB drops PTC, rail worker fatigue from annual 'most wanted' list Read More »
M&A
Seattle port places BNSF corridor acquisition on hold Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ARCI: Rail-car orders sputter, deliveries hum in third quarter Read More »
Passenger Rail
Tri-Rail ridership hits 50-million mark Read More »
MOW
BNSF upgrades track in Illinois, New Mexico Read More »
Financials
Updates from FreightCar America, Trinity Industries, Safetran, Minmetals and Vossloh Read More »

October 29

Passenger Rail
VRE continues to boost on-time performance Read More »
Intermodal
Three Class Is to cut fuel surcharges next month Read More »
Passenger Rail
Tri-Rail to fuel locomotives with biodiesel Read More »
Mechanical
Rail-car deliveries could reach 60,000 by year's end, Rail Theory Forecasts says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Fort Worth agency completes draft environmental work for commuter-rail line Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Lessors' new equipment leasing/finance business slips in September Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Alstom, TTX, RailComm, MATECH, L.B. Foster and MHF Logistical Solutions Read More »

October 28

Financials
CPR: Earnings and income tumble, operating ratio rises Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS overcomes storms' financial drag to set revenue, income records Read More »
People
NYCT appoints line managers, group GMs Read More »
Passenger Rail
AASHTO proposes recommendations, reforms for new surface transportation bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
In Mexico, restructuring puts rail association back on track Read More »
MOW
CN adds track geometry vehicle to rail inspection equipment arsenal Read More »
Labor
Ontario Northland, Teamsters Canada approve three-year contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian miner on schedule to complete new line by September 2009 Read More »

October 27

Rail Industry Trends
House committee to review potential infrastructure projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART posts all-time-high ridership in FY08 Read More »
Intermodal
West Coast port volume drop likely to worsen in next decade, study says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Six CREATE projects under way in Chicago Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT notes decline in miles driven, need for new transportation funding program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB schedules public meeting to review freight-rail competition study Read More »
Financials
Updates from Timken, Interfleet Technology, The Andersons and FreightScan Read More »

October 24

BNSF Railway
BNSF sets earnings, revenue records despite lower traffic volume and higher fuel costs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS sets quarterly coal tonnage record Read More »
Intermodal
Carloads down for U.S., Canadian roads in year's 42nd week, AAR says Read More »
Financials
UPS reports volume, earnings declines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT’s 'invasive' urine-sample collection rule to take effect despite pending lawsuit, BLET says Read More »
Shippers
BNSF, Montana grain shippers institute rate dispute arbitration and mediation process Read More »

October 23

Union Pacific Railroad
UP shakes off soft economy, traffic to register revenue, earnings and income gains Read More »
Mechanical
LIRR notes locomotive reliability boost Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
San Francisco agency to advance transit improvement program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railroading in Chicago reaches 160-year marker Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UTA obtains public input on South Davis line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, Alstom, L.B. Foster, GATX and Hub Group Read More »

October 22

Financials
NS sets five financial records, drops operating ratio below 70 for first time Read More »
Financials
CN scores success with earnings, income and revenue Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
MARTA's Scott becomes APTA chairman Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Maryland Transit Administration seeks feedback on Purple Line studies Read More »
Labor
Pittsburgh port authority, transit police sign off on one-year contract Read More »
Financials
Updates from Wabtec, Salco Products, LAP GmbH, Olsson Associates and Kelso Technologies Read More »

October 21

Rail Industry Trends
Houston METRO signs off on FY09 spending plan, fare increase Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UTA set to start construction on airport light-rail line Read More »
Intermodal
Indiana Rail Road introduces container-handling service at Indianapolis terminal Read More »
MOW
UP to upgrade Wyoming line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian Transportation Agency outlines railway noise, vibration guidelines Read More »
C&S
North Carolina DOT to grade separate, close crossings in Durham Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GE, Ansaldo STS - US&S, JMDiaz, Bombardier and Kelso Technologies Read More »

October 20

Rail Industry Trends
TriMet breaks ridership record in September Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario planning agency to outline 50-year transit system blueprint Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA seeks grant applications for maglev projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CPR to demolish more than 50-year-old locomotive shop in British Columbia Read More »
C&S
Kansas City Southern de México to upgrade 32 crossings Read More »
C&S
CN, Safe Kids Canada launch 'Safe Crossing Week' campaign Read More »
Logistics
Updates from TieTek, Rock-It Cargo, Clear Channel and Anpath Group Read More »

October 17

Rail Industry Trends
Rail safety bill, passenger rail act become law Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit authorizes funds for tunnel project's final design Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE cuts fare increase in half Read More »
Intermodal
Week No. 41: Ferromex's fortunes up, U.S. roads' tallies down on both sides of AAR traffic ledger Read More »
People
Ottensmeyer, Upchurch assume new senior executive roles at KCS Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA seeks ways to trim expenses Read More »
C&S
Updates from Ansaldo STS, Railpower, Bentley Systems and Harsco Read More »

October 16

Rail Industry Trends
FRA issues final rule on ECP brakes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Greater Cleveland RTA signs off on fuel surcharge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
LACMTA posts rail ridership gains in September Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit launches construction on Hudson-Bergen light-rail station Read More »
Intermodal
Dallas logistics park developer receives bridge loan to recapitalize land Read More »
M&A
Pennsylvania rail authority seeks STB approval to buy NS line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Progress Rail Services, Georgetown Rail Equipment, Siemens, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam and Savi Group Read More »

October 15

CSX Transportation
CSX scores revenue and income gains, sets third-quarter operating ratio record Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to provide riders better communication tools Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
International railway union obtains recognition for online 'Eco' tool Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois commission seeks applicants for rail safety program grants Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Containerization/intermodal institute names 2008 'Connie' recipients Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Vossloh, ARCADIS and RAIL.ONE Read More »

October 14

Passenger Rail
Utah Transit Authority's ridership spikes in September Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
East Coast Ethanol to construct rail-served plants in four states Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Short line carloads down slightly through September, RMI data shows Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Santa Clara VTA to receive state credit for excess solar power Read More »
MOW
UP to upgrade Illinois line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Wi-Tronix, Bombardier, Safetran, Global Rail Systems and Interfleet Technology Read More »

October 13

Amtrak
Amtrak posts record ridership, ticket revenue rise in FY08 Read More »
MOW
UP to upgrade track in Nebraska, Illinois Read More »
MOW
FRA completes final environmental report for New Jersey bridge replacement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco seeks STB approval to lease California lines from BNSF, launch new short line Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE boosts ridership in FY09's first quarter Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming: 'Same railroad' carloads slip in September, third quarter Read More »

October 10

Rail Industry Trends
CTA proposes 2009 budget, as well as job cuts, fare hike Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR adds Ferromex data to weekly traffic report Read More »
C&S
Illinois commission OKs major grade separation on BNSF line in Chicago suburb Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak's California routes post ridership gains Read More »
Passenger Rail
Freight- and commuter-rail trains could co-exist in North Carolina corridor, NCRR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF's 'Ethanol Express' to serve DFW storage terminal Read More »
C&S
Grade crossing scorecard in Mississippi: 130 upgrades, 40 closures Read More »

October 9

C&S
Four Class Is to establish PTC interoperability standards; two to implement PTC in L.A. area by 2012 Read More »
Intermodal
'Port Tracker' report: U.S. container volume to finish year with a thud Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index slips in August Read More »
Mechanical
CN to upgrade iron-ore car fleet Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Chicago university, community group obtain RTA grant to analyze Red Line extension Read More »
C&S
Updates from Timken, Thales, FreightCar America and Interfleet Technology Read More »

October 8

Rail Industry Trends
Florida utility co-op files STB coal rate complaint against CSXT Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
APTA recognizes 'outstanding' agencies, individuals at annual conference Read More »
People
Long-time DM&E CEO Schieffer steps down Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailTrends 2008 Recap: In these most uncertain times, the 'Rail Renaissance' endures Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR tries to rein in retirement board disability claims Read More »
C&S
Entire rail industry should commit to PTC implementation, NTSB's Rosenker says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
EPA honors 27 transportation industry members' environmental efforts Read More »
C&S
Amsted Rail's IONX acquires Salco Technologies Read More »

October 7

MOW
BNSF sets PRB coal loading record in September; targets completion of major trackwork in October Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Enacted 'economic rescue' bill includes two-year extension for short line tax credits, NRC says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian railway association honors VIA Rail, CN and Quebec North Shore/Labrador Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT, UP introduce California-to-New York produce train Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Chicago obtains RTA grant to draw up land-use plans for three CTA stations Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP gains operating lease to Tacoma port's intermodal yard Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BART completes trial of multi-use mobile phones Read More »
C&S
Updates from Railpower, Pacer, RailComm and Leica Geosystems Read More »

October 6

High-Speed Rail
Report: High-speed rail would boost Bay-area economy, improve mobility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSX attains high 'climate leadership' marks; CPR lands on magazine's top employers list Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain to raise ticket prices next year Read More »
Labor
Machinists union ratifies national agreement; Connecticut short-line workers OK BLET pact Read More »
MOW
Tennessee's Walking Horse and Eastern gains new overpass Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts commuter-rail operator names Davey GM Read More »
C&S
Updates from Trainyard Tech, Alstom, Knorr-Bremse, FreightCar America and Trinity Read More »

October 3

Passenger Rail
Massachusetts, CSXT agree on commuter- and freight-rail pact Read More »
Intermodal
AAR: U.S. railroads register carload, intermodal volume declines in September Read More »
High-Speed Rail
President Bush to sign high-speed legislation included in rail safety bill, Mica says Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet to open first commuter-rail line in February Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tie production and purchases post gains in August, RTA says Read More »
Mechanical
Illinois college obtains federal grant to study locomotive fuel usage, emissions Read More »
People
UP appoints Houton AVP of external relations Read More »
Intermodal
Updates from Sumitomo/Mitsubishi, Siemens, Westcode and Triple Crown Services Read More »

October 2

Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rail safety bill clears Senate, heads to White House Read More »
Safety
NTSB releases Metrolink engineer's cell phone records; FRA promises to issue emergency order on electronic-device usage while on duty Read More »
M&A
Genesee & Wyoming acquires Georgia Southwestern Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia rail department to postpone release of statewide rail plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS issues first-ever 'sustainability' report Read More »
Mechanical
CSXT to unveil GenSet at Chicago terminal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo, Bombardier, Alstom, L.B. Foster, CIT Rail and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »

October 1

Rail Industry Trends
STB gives CPR/DM&E merger the thumbs up Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA awards intercity passenger-rail grants for 15 projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Three Class Is to reduce fuel surcharges for October Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tri-City & Olympia-served transload facility opens in Washington Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Maryland Transit Administration seeks feedback on Red Line studies Read More »
People
McCarthy joins UP's board Read More »
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