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Rail News: December 2008

December 30

Valley Metro launches service on Phoenix light-rail line Three Class Is to further drop fuel surcharges in January CTA to hike fares Jan. 1 Watco shuffles management staff at several short lines Canadian municipality federation, railway association extend agreement on rail issues Updates from Savage Services, Bombardier, Alstom, Colorado Railcar and Professional Transportation

December 29

STB blesses CN's EJ&E acquisition; Class I questions board-imposed conditions Chicago transportation authority signs off on '09 budget AAR: U.S., Canadian railroads continue to register fewer carloads in December CTA increases service on three lines In memoriam: Red River Valley & Western/Twin Cities & Western co-founder and leader Kent Shoemaker Remember freight rail when developing stimulus legislation, rail organizations tell President-elect Obama Reimer to succeed Jezuit as Quixote's chief executive

December 26

GO Transit completes Stouffville line underpass CSXI adds trailer service, extends gate deadlines for Florida customers Caltrain set to hike fares in new year BNSF teams take on locomotive management processes STB seeks feedback on new role established by passenger-rail act U.S. equipment finance industry's new-business volume plummets in November Women's transportation group recognizes California High Speed Rail Authority's Pourvahidi

December 23

FRA on path to develop PTC rules by first part of next year Dallas council creates TIF district to promote transit-oriented development BNSF, Washington state port hammer out tentative land/infrastructure pact FTA names Welbes executive director KCS to move customer service, network operations centers to Missouri headquarters UP garners honor for internships; CSXT receives recognition for health programs Updates from Unit Rail, Caterpillar/Progress Rail, Bombardier, Professional Transportation and Interfleet Technology

December 22

Congressmen seek leaseback agreement relief for transit agencies KCS' East Loop Bypass project gets USDOT nod U.S., Canadian roads register fewer carloads in December's second week, AAR says Santa Clara VTA registers more riders in November UTU mourns loss of long-time legislative director, lobbyist extraordinaire Brunkenhoefer CN to acquire 90 high-horsepower locomotives from EMD Roberts to succeed Hill as BNSF's top mechanical officer; Class I reassigns other execs

December 19

New York/New Jersey port authority approves 2009 budget Caltrain completes Palo Alto station improvements Another Indiana town forges mitigation pact with CN to address EJ&E-related concerns
STB OKs quarry-serving line in Texas
Gradia to succeed Allen as National Railway Labor Conference chairman Alabama, Virginia to provide grants for freight-rail projects, ASLRRA says BART, VTA name new board leaders

December 18

New York MTA signs off on '09 budget, plans service cuts and fare hikes CPR's temporary layoffs more a safety than cost-cutting issue, unions say Obama selects LaHood as transportation secretary LACMTA's Snoble set to retire Conrail Shared Assets, South Carolina railway workers ratify UTU contracts; two BMWED federations merge Genesee & Wyoming's AN Railway to serve reopened Florida port Updates from AirBoss, GATX, Siemens, Railhead and FreightCar America

December 17

Texas commission: DOT needs a rail division DART, TRE post more ridership gains in November CN negotiates EJ&E-related mitigation agreements with two more Windy City-area towns Indiana can tap intermodal opportunities arising from Chicago congestion, ITI's Finkbiner says California High Speed Rail Authority's Kopp attains 'infrastructure champion' honor BNSF recognizes diverse business enterprise suppliers' efforts Updates from Union Switch & Signal, Jacobs Engineering, WAAV, FCI Constructors and Transplace

December 16

USDOT seeks public, private high-speed rail proposals Sound Transit completes East Link draft environmental review RailAmerica, Florida East Coast acquire four EMD locomotives TriMet's light-rail ridership slips slightly in November RTA report: Tie purchases soar, production plummets in November CURE prioritizes rail reforms for next Administration, reaffirms 're-reg' call WMATA installs new public-address system Updates from Wabtec, Bombardier/Alstom, Railhead, RailComm, Boatright Enterprises and Railpower

December 15

Iowa Interstate obtains FRA approval for third RRIF loan GO Transit releases strategic plan FRA to hold public meeting on maglev grants, completes California high-speed rail environmental review Rail's outlook is better than truckers' prospects, says Genesee & Wyoming's same-railroad traffic slips in November STB releases draft environmental review of proposed Alaska Railroad line Updates from Alstom, Siemens, Lat-Lon, LRM Industries and HAX Technologies

December 12

New York/New Jersey port authority issues preliminary 2009 budget U.S. roads' traffic totals way down in December's first week, AAR says Rail Runner to open Albuquerque-to-Santa Fe route next week NS to develop 3-D map of entire infrastructure Amtrak's California routes register ridership gains in November CN hammers out mitigation pacts with two more towns Pennsylvania to provide 48 grants for freight-rail projects

December 11

Light-rail projects advance in Texas, Virginia and Washington Slightly fewer people on U.S. Class Is' payroll in October Transportation Services Index inches up in October GO Transit to add service on Lakeshore lines BNSF sets PRB joint line coal tonnage record in November U.S. Class Is' FMLA leave policies violate labor agreements, arbitration panel says Three European rail groups hold 'green' side event at U.N. Climate Change Conference in Poland

December 10

Rail tonnage strong in '07, but '08 and '09 stacking up as different stories San Francisco-area transportation group launches Transbay Transit Center's first phase U.S. manufacturers expect a better second-half '09 than first, economic forecast shows Toyota starts up CPR-served automotive plant in Canada New York senator calls on Amtrak to expand service U.S. Rail seeks STB approval to lease, operate Indiana lines Updates from 10East, Alstom, Thales, Retlif Testing Labs and RailComm

December 9

APTA: Transit ridership gains continue in 3Q Pennsylvania to provide $10 million for NS yard relocation CN, Chicago Heights agree on mitigation measures for EJ&E deal Four rail projects could move ahead if Congress OKs economic stimulus, Missouri DOT says CTA renovates two more Brown Line stations UP enlists Villarreal for board seat Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern celebrates silver anniversary

December 8

STB releases final environmental report on CN/EJ&E deal; Class I reaches agreement with Indiana town Pittsburgh port authority, ATU reach four-year agreement Pennsylvania governor a proponent of CSX's National Gateway 'Port Tracker' report: U.S. container volume dips in November; another drop expected in December WMATA, CTA redesign Web sites CTA makes West Side service improvements permanent FRA proposes rule on CWR safety standards Updates from New York Air Brake, Wabtec, Alanco Technologies, Emcom Systems, Skelly & Loy and Interfleet Technology

December 5

U.S. roads' intermodal volume, carloads reach record lows in November, AAR says WMATA issues RFP for new, rehabbed rail cars Amtrak to study service offerings in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas Illinois commission OKs two grade separation projects Twelve labor unions oppose Boardman's appointment as Amtrak CEO Obama tabs Napolitano as DHS secretary CTA to add energy-efficient lighting at facilities Updates from Ansaldo STS, Bombardier, Railpower, Vossloh and ARCADIS

December 4

San Francisco agency receives FTA approval, awards management contract for Central Subway project CN, Amtrak reach agreement on Chicago route usage; new study outlines benefits of 'J' deal L.A. agency advances plan to extend Gold Line to L.A./Ontario airport Watco awaits STB ruling on Michigan short line venture FRA appoints Eby as acting administrator LIRR to build transit police station Teamsters Rail Conference voices opposition to proposed federal haz-mat/worker rule Updates from MHF, Ansaldo STS, Nortel and Bombardier

December 3

L.A. County's sales tax measure passes — officially Rail project fund gains Texas commission backing for state infusion Ontario agency signs off on 25-year transportation plan, green lights first two projects Tacoma port tests wireless container-tracing system California coalitions call for infrastructure funds in stimulus package, list of construction-ready projects BNSF delays fuel surcharge program changes Updates from Timken, Super Steel, Bombardier, Alstom, Kelso Technologies, Siemens, EnerTeck and Southwest Signal Engineering

December 2

San Francisco transportation commission fills funding gap for Fairfield-Vacaville station USDOT: Value of goods moving north, south across U.S. borders goes up in September South Florida RTA seeks input on regional transportation issues, funding California 'Officer on the Train' event raises public awareness of rail safety SEPTA tabs Diggs as assistant GM of operations CSXI introduces weekly fuel surcharge for domestic container program North Carolina DOT to close another grade crossing

December 1

Thanksgiving holiday holds key to U.S. roads' weekly traffic gains, AAR says TriMet appoints deHamel to head finance, administration NS takes home Honda's service honor; UP wins award for health program Ontario Northland, Steelworkers' union sign off on three-year contracts Equipment finance business volume tumbles in October, leasing/finance index shows Charlotte agency's light-rail station attains highway administration honors Updates from AECOM Technology, RailComm, VTG Aktiengesellschaft and CommScope/Andrew << Previous Next >>
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