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Rail News: November 2008

November 26

Amtrak names Boardman interim CEO Canadian court rejects CN's, CPR's appeal of federal grain revenue ruling FRA, PHMSA issue final rules on haz-mat route safety/security procedures North County Transit District appoints Tucker to top post Three Class Is' fuel surcharges to fall in December RTA report: Tie production up, purchases down in October CTA to hold more public hearings on Red Line extension Updates from Bombardier, The Allen Group, LEDtronics and ARCADIS

November 25

UTA to hold off on fare hike Renjel to manage CSX's strategic infrastructure initiatives TriMet to add light-rail trains NS turns to wind turbine to help power up second yard Canadian railway association releases annual 'trends' report Caltrain unveils new platform at California Avenue station Montreal port welcomes additional ship traffic

November 24

St. Louis Metro signs off on fare hike Amtrak unveils new St. Louis transportation hub Canadian railroads, environmentalists team up to bolster fuel storage tank safety/security Busy turnstiles for DART, TRE in October Western New York & Pennsylvania T&E workers join BLET Washington university gives Sound Transit green light to build station TTCI, U.K. arm adopt asset management modeling tool Updates from Miner Enterprises, Parvus, Knorr-Bremse, Faiveley Transport, ArcelorMittal Steelton, FreightCar America and Visionaire

November 21

MTA's 2009 budget and long-term financial plan call for cost-cutting measures  STB sets Coos Bay Line portion price at $16.6 million AAR: U.S. and Canadian railroads continue to report traffic downturn in November Santa Clara VTA sets ridership record in October ITI, IANA elect new board members VRE completes maintenance facility Bruno to direct BLET's regulatory affairs; Brooking to represent UTU members in CSXT's Great Lakes Division

November 20

Two of three California Amtrak routes still gaining passengers ELFA to Secretary Paulson: Include the commercial finance market in your 'rescue package' thinking Mica to brief high-speed rail stakeholders on RFP requirements Freight shipments between U.S., Canada, Mexico hit record high in 2007 AAR comments on DHS rail security final rule Feds issue 'science-based' hours-of-service rule for truckers Updates from JMA Railroad Supply, Union Switch & Signal, Tideworks Technology and Interfleet

November 19

Transit leaders ask federal government to guarantee SILO/LILO agreements Metra signs off on 2009 spending plan, outlines capital funding needs CN, city of Crest Hill reach agreement on transaction-related mitigation plan
Public-private sector cooperation needed to meet nation's infrastructure needs, CSX execs say
KCS' Haverty named 'Entrepreneur of the Year' finalist by Ernst & Young NYCT riders give Flushing and Canarsie lines average scores Illinois commission OKs seven grade crossing projects Updates from Railinc, Miner Enterprises, Southern Illinois Railcar, RailComm, Bombardier and Tideworks Technology

November 18

DHS issues rule to strengthen rail security FTA anticipates grant agreement for Sound Transit light-rail extension IANA bestows 'Silver Kingpin' to Pacella Trucking's Baima; Ernst & Young honors KCS' Haverty Los Angeles MTA posts double-digit rail ridership gains in October U.S., Canadian railroads off to slow traffic start in November, AAR data shows Passenger-rail coalition urges Congress to fund transit projects as part of new economic stimulus bill FRA should make exceptions to electronic device order, BLET and UTU say Anacostia & Pacific launches Gulf Coast Switching subsidiary

November 17

Amtrak's Kummant resigns as CEO Transportation Services Index slips in September CSX's Mancini; KCS' Ballesteros and Befort assume new high-ranking positions WMATA, Belgian bank reach leasing deal settlement STB seeks public comments on Pan Am Southern proposal's environmental report New York/New Jersey port authority reviews cross-harbor project, freight movement strategy BNSF, unions to settle RCL dispute through binding arbitration Updates from L.B. Foster, Harsco, Siemens/Bombardier, OPW Fluid Transfer and HDR

November 14

CPR to slash capital spending in 2009 LRV industry going strong, German consulting firm says NS, Watco seek STB approval for smaller-scale Michigan transaction Amtrak honors rail leaders at Illinois, Wisconsin DOTs Providence and Worcester boosts income, revenue BNSF bestows 'achievement' awards to three short lines Carmichael to address Intelligent Transportation Systems conference in NYC Updates from Amsted Rail/IONX, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Nexans, Interfleet, Railpower and Lodging Enterprises

November 13

Railroads' liquidity on solid ground, Fitch Ratings says USDOT's proposed RRIF rule changes a detriment to well-working program, congressmen say TriMet registers record passenger count in October Global transportation/logistics industry's M&A activity off 2007's pace, PricewaterhouseCoopers says Washington city green-lights Icicle Station project Canada Line launches trial run Iowa Northern workers join UTU

November 12

IANA 3Q report: Domestic intermodal traffic surges, international traffic sputters Four Class Is land in top 30 on G.I. magazine's annual list of best military employers New coalition to back transit efforts in Michigan Staten Island Railroad, CSX launch dedicated intermodal service LACMTA to tout transit's advantages at area colleges 'Railway Interchange' co-located trade show coming to Minneapolis in 2011 Updates from Wi-Tronix, AirBoss, LEDtronics, Global Railway Industries and IntraPoint

November 11

STB should speed up EJ&E decision-making despite court rejection, CN says Four Class Is continue to face fuel surcharge-fixing charges Texas toll authority, Fort Worth and UP agree on lead track project at hump yard California high-speed authority outlines project benefits, funding plan BNSF boosts PRB coal loadings in October CTA to make 'experimental' service changes permanent King joins Tacoma Rail as superintendent Updates from Alstom, Timken, Miner Enterprises and RailComm

November 10

Latest rail-car, intermodal market forecasts far from rosy STB schedules public meeting to discuss CN/EJ&E deal's environmental review Caltrain notes ridership, revenue gains in FY2008 RDC, LeGrand America to launch Steel City Flyer passenger service TTCI ramps up emergency response, domestic preparedness training efforts FRA seeks state applications for small railroad infrastructure repair grants MacMillan becomes MBTA's new police chief Montreal port pumps up third-quarter cargo volume

November 7

Denver's RTD, UP reach preliminary agreement on FasTracks-related transactions AAR's October scorecard: U.S. and Canadian roads tally fewer carloads, intermodal loads BNSF takes wraps off Cajon Pass triple track TRE registers 20 millionth rider STB seeks public feedback on rail competition study NYCT receives recognition for energy-saving efforts Updates from Bombardier, Invensys Rail Group, Alstom and ALK Technologies

November 6

Voters approve 23 transportation ballot measures DHS to provide $388 million in FY09 transit security grants AAR honors BNSF's Staley for 'environmental excellence' Railroads, rail labor unions recognize Obama Administration's potential American Honda honors BNSF's service performance; Bon-Ton Stores recognizes Schneider National's intermodal efforts Vitality Products places ethanol plant feasibility study on hold Updates from ARI, Greenbrier, Invensys and EnerTeck

November 5

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks in September, STB data shows New England passenger-rail authority seeks to raise Amtrak Downeaster fares Rail-car delivery outlook rosy for rest of year, not very promising for next two years, EPA says Short line workers ratify UTU/Timber Rock pact VIA Rail receives recognition for new customer service program UP initiates track upgrades in Iowa Updates from Trainyard Tech, The Andersons, Harsco and Wabash National

November 4

Honolulu completes draft environmental report for proposed transit-rail system Logistec to acquire QRC's Sydney Coal Railway RTA's September report: 'Tis the season for tie purchase, production drop-off Canadian city caps off grade separation on CPR line Ambler to join BNSF as VP of corporate relations South Florida RTA to hold two more transportation workshops Updates from Siemens, Ansaldo STS, Granite Construction, U.S. Development, Portec Rail, ARCADIS and Visa

November 3

CN lands deal with Quebec Railway to acquire three short lines, one freight-rail ferry STB sorts out Coos Bay Line dispute, schedules field hearing to review Yucca Mountain line Chicago's RTA to set aside funds for additional Metra service BNSF, nine unions delay USDOT's new drug test rule a second time KCSR, Texas DOT to explore line relocation options Michigan agency to take on WALLY commuter-rail project Genesee & Wyoming sets operating income record, boosts earnings << Previous Next >>
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