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Rail News: December 2007

December 28

Rail Industry Trends
Congress, president sign off on transit-related bills Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB accepts CPR's application to control the DM&E, sets procedural schedule Read More »
Labor
Federal court temporarily halts UTU/sheet metal workers merger Read More »
C&S
Ansaldo STS subsidiary to install traffic management system for Germany's Deutsche Bahn Read More »
People
Schroeder, Law join RailAmerica's sales and marketing team Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
South Florida RTA receives procurement honors Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR releases '07 edition of 'Railroad Facts' Read More »

December 27

Rail Industry Trends
APTA lands another $1.9 million from FTA to develop industry standards Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit to unveil Mount Arlington Station next month Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Random drug/alcohol screening rates in '08 to mirror '07, BLET says Read More »
M&A
Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway to acquire major stake in Union Tank Car owner Marmon Holdings Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Houston METRO to upgrade pedestrian signals Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Queensland Rail teams up with fund managers to develop intermodal terminal Down Under Read More »

December 26

M&A
CN to acquire another northern Alberta short line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Former Amtrak and NJ Transit leader Warrington passes away Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
MBTA reopens trolley line Read More »
C&S
Illinois commission approves two crossing upgrades Read More »
People
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority tabs Mason as first-ever executive director Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates From, Bombardier, Siemens and Hirschmann Read More »

December 21

People
SEPTA names Casey GM Read More »
Labor
BLET members give thumbs down to tentative NS contract Read More »
M&A
CN to Chicago-area communities: Think about 'J' acquisition's broad rail efficiencies, not adverse effects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New DVB fund closes on European rail deal; DVB Land Transport lands two rail finance awards Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. roads' carloads tumble in December's second week, AAR says Read More »
People
BART elects Murray, Blalock to top board posts Read More »

December 20

Rail Industry Trends
New York/New Jersey port authority signs off on $5.9 billion 2008 budget Read More »
Financials
Diesel costs, severe storm effects to drag down fourth-quarter earnings, UP says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York MTA adopts 2008 budget, approves fare increase Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN earns Evergreen Shipping's top railroad honor Read More »
People
St. Louis Metro turns to former head Baer to take interim CEO seat Read More »
MOW
North Carolina Railroad to replace century-old bridge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from SKF, Bourque Data Systems, Siemens, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bombardier and STV Read More »

December 19

Financials
TCI teams up with 3G Capital Partners to boost CSX stake, nominate directors to Class I's board Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Congress close to signing off on FY08 omnibus package; $9.4 billion included for transit program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Greater Cleveland RTA signs off on FY08 budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RTA report: Tie production plummets, purchases climb in November Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier obtains car fleet contracts in Canada, U.K. Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Idaho short line to serve three new customers next year Read More »
C&S
Updates from FreightCar America, Railpower, Harsco, RailComm, Bombardier, Environmental Lubricants and Wi-Tronix Read More »

December 18

Passenger Rail
Metro-North combats 'slippery' rail, posts best-ever November on-time performance Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS notes numerous achievements in '07 Read More »
C&S
Siemens to upgrade interlockings, control center at Toronto's Union Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit set to open new intermodal center Read More »
M&A
Seattle port gains county approval to pursue BNSF corridor Read More »
C&S
Alcatel-Lucent obtains communication network contract in Sweden Read More »

December 17

Passenger Rail
Massachusetts hires design firm to craft South Coast rail plan Read More »
Mechanical
British Columbia's Canada Line receives first trainsets Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Great Western Railway lands $4 million RRIF loan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
C.H. Robinson honors CSXI as top intermodal carrier Read More »
Intermodal
Alameda Corridor's lower train counts have more to do with longer trains and less to do with traffic volumes, ACTA says Read More »
People
Updates from National Steel Car, Trinity, Alstom and Swift Read More »

December 14

Rail Industry Trends
WMATA, Greater Cleveland RTA to hike ticket prices next month Read More »
Logistics
Iowa Northern Railway teams up with storage terminal, ethanol producer to form logistics partnership Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pennsylvania provides freight-rail infrastructure grants totaling $20 million Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railroads will fare better than trucks next year in a continuing soft economy, Fitch Ratings says Read More »
Intermodal
AAR report: U.S. railroads notch more carloads in December's first week Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Patriot Rail partners with SBA to develop communication towers Read More »
People
Wimbush to lead NS' environmental charge Read More »

December 13

Passenger Rail
NJ Transit sets ridership record in FY08's first quarter Read More »
Intermodal
Alameda Corridor: Train count falls to lowest monthly mark in more than two years Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB's Michigan Central rejection a short-sighted response to a far-sighted proposal, NS says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak, New York State DOT settle Empire Corridor high-speed rail service dispute Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index inches up in October, USDOT says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North to rehab three more Hudson Line stations Read More »
Mechanical
'Green' switchers help UP save greenbacks on fuel, cut emissions in Texas Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from FreightCar America, Mirage Networks, Bombardier, NCC Construction and Harsco Read More »

December 12

Rail Industry Trends
Rio Bravo/El Cenizo site best option for KCS' international bridge, study shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North ratifies contract with signalmen's union Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Utah Transit Authority seeks feedback on Draper light-rail corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Finger Lakes Railway mourns loss of marketing manager Sullivan Read More »
People
Former NITL President Ficker joins First Industrial Realty Trust Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sacramento agency unveils video control center Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail appoints three directors Read More »
C&S
Updates from GATX, Telos Network, Ansaldo STS, RFTrax, Jacobs Engineering, Siemens, RailComm, CH2M Hill, Safety Vision and Midland Manufacturing Read More »

December 11

Passenger Rail
Northstar Corridor lands $156.8 million federal grant agreement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB rejects NS/Watco's exemption request to jointly form Michigan short line Read More »
Passenger Rail
RAND study recommends ways to secure passenger-rail systems Read More »
Mechanical
CAD Railway Industries to rehab VIA Rail locomotives Read More »
Labor
BLET's Hahs to serve six-month suspension Read More »
M&A
Indian firm to acquire Trona Railway owner Searles Valley Minerals Read More »
MOW
'True' railroad salesman and long-time Golden Domer Hogan passes away at 63 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pacific Ethanol postpones construction of California plant Read More »

December 10

Rail Industry Trends
Federal, Saskatchewan governments to help fund CPR intermodal facility Read More »
Mechanical
WMATA expands eight-car train service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wheel/Rail Interaction '08 coming to Chicago in May Read More »
Intermodal
U.S. railroads post first monthly carload gain since December 2006, AAR says Read More »
MOW
NYCT names line general managers, addresses track worker safety Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Mitsui Rail, EMCOR Group and Bombardier Read More »

December 7

Rail Industry Trends
Passenger-rail working group outlines $357 billion intercity rail plan; AAR says proposal relies too much on freight network Read More »
M&A
Mergers/acquisitions in global transportation market exceeding '06 levels, report says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF set another PRB coal loading record in November Read More »
Passenger Rail
GO Transit, ATU come to tentative agreement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to speed up Kansas trains, play up wind-turbine equipment services Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Brazil agency awards $276 million in rolling stock maintenance, refurbishment contracts Read More »

December 6

Rail Industry Trends
Denver-area residents favor RTD's FasTracks plan, poll shows Read More »
Labor
CPR, Teamsters conference come to agreement on new tentative contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Calgary Transit set to launch service on Northeast light-rail extension Read More »
Intermodal
Intermodal hub coming to Dallas; rail-served distribution center on tap for Fort Worth Read More »
Labor
Four UTU members file federal lawsuit to block SMWIA merger Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NYCT adds morning express trains on Staten Island Railway Read More »

December 5

Rail Industry Trends
DART to cut up to $900 million in North Irving, Rowlett project costs Read More »
M&A
Kansas City Transportation acquires K.C. lead track from BNSF Read More »
C&S
NS, FRA and Michigan DOT to test retractable barricades at grade crossing Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce shrinks for second-straight month, STB data shows Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA reopens Addison Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York MTA schedules first-ever online forum to review spending plans Read More »
C&S
Updates from Ansaldo STS, Voith Turbo, Bombardier and RailComm Read More »

December 4

Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica to open logistics, revenue protection centers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
APTA: Transit ridership totals 2.5 billion in third quarter Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York MTA launches No. 7 subway extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kansas City Southern de México to serve new auto assembly plant in two years Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP posts record PRB train loadings in November Read More »
Intermodal
MTC Holdings acquires Mexican multi-modal facility Read More »
People
Wilbourn, Scott to helm UP service units Read More »

December 3

Passenger Rail
Florida DOT, CSXT finalize corridor ownership contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT to provide $4 million for Binghamton transit terminal Read More »
Financials
CN reaches tentative contract with IBEW, closes on sale/lease-back of Montreal station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bush to nominate STB's Mulvey for another five-year term Read More »
Labor
PATH tower operators green-light six-year contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Maryland Transit Administration to hold public meetings on proposed Purple Line Read More »
Mechanical
Updates from TranSystems, Burke-Parsons-Bowlby, Quantum Engineering and Viscount Systems Read More »
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