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Rail News: February 2008

February 29

Rail Industry Trends
NS to open Heartland Corridor's first intermodal facility March 3 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
It's official: Wiley assumes CEO post at Sacramento transit agency Read More »
C&S
Iowa DOT provides $4 million for 26 crossing projects Read More »
People
Davis succeeds Shoener on KCS' board Read More »
MOW
WMATA adds track trash collectors at three stations Read More »
C&S
Updates from Trainyard Tech, International Railway Systems, Boxcar Services and FTR Associates Read More »

February 28

Amtrak
Amtrak proposes $1.67 billion FY09 budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York MTA proposes five-year, $30 billion capital plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
It's time to stop producing and transporting dangerous chemicals around the nation, AAR's Hamberger says Read More »
C&S
Illinois commission OKs four crossing upgrades, one bridge replacement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Charlotte contracts STV/Ralph Whitehead to help plan Blue Line extension Read More »
Mechanical
MotivePower introduces low-emission switcher; EJ&E tests NREC's GenSet switcher Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Houston METRO, FTA officials discuss project funding Read More »

February 27

Rail Industry Trends
FRA seeks $1.1 billion appropriation in FY2009 federal budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA to sell $1.9 billion in bonds to fund pension program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North, Connecticut DOT unveil M-8 mock-up Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Lower locomotive depreciation rate a boon for rail-related investments and jobs in Canada, RAC says Read More »
People
Anacostia & Pacific's Gilbertson to chair Hill reference library Read More »
Financials
Updates from WAGO, Kalmar, Greenbrier, Transplace, RailComm, Portec, Railinc, Mechel and Sure Seal Read More »

February 26

Rail Industry Trends
Canadian Transportation Agency lowers Class Is' western grain revenue caps Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ferromex becomes TTX's first new owner in 43 years Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tie purchases and production skyrocket in January, RTA says Read More »
Intermodal
CSXI's fuel surcharge to rise, UP's carload rate-based surcharge to hold steady in March Read More »
MOW
AAR: Railroads help utilities stock up on near-record amounts of coal Read More »
C&S
BNSF closes 453 crossings in '07 Read More »
People
Horn joins NS' board Read More »

February 25

Intermodal
U.S. railroads boost carloads for second-straight week, AAR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
PATH celebrates a century of service Read More »
C&S
Maryland Transit Administration tests train arrival system Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB schedules hearing on railroads' common carrier obligation Read More »
Logistics
Great Northwest Railroad gets carload boost from dry urea Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Knichel Logistics, Faiveley Transport, RailComm and Union Switch & Signal Read More »

February 22

Passenger Rail
Sound Transit seeks input on transit expansion options Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF regains Chrysler business Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York/New Jersey port authority test contactless payment system Read More »
Passenger Rail
Bombardier to build 27 locomotives for NJ Transit Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR scores slightly higher rider satisfaction marks in 2007 Read More »
M&A
Unitrac Railroad Materials acquires Donovan EDH and Trackwork Solutions Read More »

February 21

Passenger Rail
GO Transit to hike ticket prices next month Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP speeds up trains at five San Antonio crossings Read More »
Mechanical
MBTA places new passenger cars in service Read More »
People
NS appoints Baker AVP of industrial development Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ottawa Central Railway set to start track improvement project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Short lines register carload gain through week No. 5, RMI index shows Read More »
Financials
Updates from ARI, Trinity, Wabtec, DMF, AIG Rail, Railpower, Smiths Detection, Greenstone Holdings and Boxcar Services Read More »

February 20

Rail Industry Trends
Southern California ports, transportation authorities seek $2.2 billion in state funds Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Chicago mayor outlines service improvement plan for CTA Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CPR to challenge federal grain hopper maintenance adjustment in court Read More »
Intermodal
Panama Canal Railway boosts intermodal, passenger-rail capacity Read More »
C&S
North Carolina Railroad to begin preliminary grade separation design Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain to add weekday evening trains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Myson to join Canadian rail association as dangerous goods specialist Read More »

February 19

Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak to deploy mobile security teams, conduct random bag checks Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA welcomes intercity passenger-rail grant program, releases draft environmental study for New Jersey bridge project Read More »
Labor
Canadian Auto Workers ratify CPR contract; TCU OKs CSXI pact Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE proposes 3 percent fare hike Read More »
Labor
Huron & Eastern workers join BLET Read More »
MOW
North Carolina DOT upgrades track, signals along key corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT appoints ITS council chairs; FRA issues crossing safety resource guides Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from RMI, Alstom, Loram and International Fuel Technology Read More »

February 15

Intermodal
U.S. railroads register carload gain in February's first week, AAR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NYCT to inspect, repair platform rubbing boards Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF weathers winter conditions to boost coal train loadings in the PRB Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailTrends 2008 coming to New York City Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB seeks comments on proposed complement to capital asset pricing model Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA to purchase track geometry vehicle Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP's Duren one of top 15 women in corporate America, magazine says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Containerization/intermodal institute elects officers, reappoints executive Read More »

February 14

Rail Industry Trends
FRA issues regulation to prevent human error-caused accidents Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Central Corridor group outlines most feasible option for Twin Cities' light-rail line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN's new car allocation system is flawed, grain shippers say; it's not an allocation system, CN says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSX board fires back at TCI's bylaw amendment criticisms Read More »
Amtrak
UTU, Amtrak agree on tentative pact Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index inches up in 2007 Read More »
Labor
Teamsters rail conference ratifies CPR contract Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Updates from New York Air Brake, RailComm, STV, Pacer International and RoadLink Read More »

February 13

Intermodal
CPR, Consolidated Fastfrate extend intermodal partnership pact Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit vows to meet strict environmental standards Read More »
Labor
UP to boost up recruiting efforts in '08, speed up trains in Kansas Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB to study environmental impact of Alaska Railroad's proposed line Read More »
Financials
Genesee & Wyoming reports revenue, income gains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Vossloh acquires track component supplier Kloos Oving Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Former Amtrak/Conrail leader Lewis and Hatch & Kirk co-founder Hatch pass away in January Read More »
C&S
CTA implements Wi-Fi network to automate 10 yards Read More »

February 12

Passenger Rail
VIA Rail seeks contractor to overhaul passenger cars Read More »
Passenger Rail
California's Capitol Corridor posts ridership, revenue gains in FY07 Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce a tad smaller at 2007's end, STB data shows Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF and UP among top Hispanic employers, Latina magazine says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA proposes Blue Line service changes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB seeks public comments on cost-of-equity calculation change Read More »
M&A
Catalyst Paper to acquire Apache Railway as part of paper mill deal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
R.J. Corman to serve newly opened ethanol plant in Ohio Read More »

February 11

Federal Legislation & Regulation
Seven senators urge majority leader to bring antitrust enforcement bill to Senate floor Read More »
Passenger Rail
Riders give Caltrain high customer satisfaction marks Read More »
Intermodal
Virginia port pumps up the volume in '07 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ridership on the rise in St. Louis, Twin Cities Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT boots up 'Carbon Calculator' to show shippers rail is environmentally friendly Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Oregon's TriMet to add rush-hour light-rail service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Carmichael at 'Carmichael' conference: U.S. needs an expanded rail network Read More »
C&S
Updates from David J. Joseph Co., Alstom/Ansaldo STS, Global Rail Systems and Lat-Lon Read More »

February 8

Financials
TCI to CSX: Bylaw changes a 'disingenuous effort' to address shareholders' interests Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR, AirTrain, Tri-Rail note higher annual or daily passenger counts Read More »
Intermodal
AAR's January review: U.S. roads boost carloads, Canadian roads increase intermodal volume Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to purchase 75 bi-level cars from Rotem Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Domestic containers up, international containers down in 4Q, IANA says Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR completes draft environmental study for third track project Read More »
C&S
Illinois commission approves new overpass, crossing upgrade Read More »
M&A
Transportation-related mergers/acquisitions in '07 reach 20-year high, M&A activity report shows Read More »

February 7

Rail Industry Trends
NYCT posts highest annual ridership in almost 40 years Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian railroads reduce accidents, fatalities in '07 Read More »
CSX Transportation
Schneider National picks BNSF, CSXI as primary rail carriers Read More »
Passenger Rail
GO Transit surpasses 50 million passengers in 2007 Read More »
MOW
TTCI launches test on composite rail bridge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit's ARC project gets FTA rating boost Read More »
Labor
Federal court extends restraining order on UTU/SMWIA merger until May Read More »
C&S
Updates from Wabtec, FreightCar America, The Andersons, Railinc and RailComm Read More »

February 6

Rail Industry Trends
Bush Administration recommends FY09 funding for New Starts projects Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS sets revenue and income records, trims operating ratio Read More »
Intermodal
Shifts to all-water moves dragged down intermodal traffic last year, report says Read More »
C&S
Illinois Commerce Commission OKs two crossing upgrades Read More »
C&S
Caltrain to upgrade San Bruno grade crossings Read More »
Mechanical
Simmons Machine Tool wins automated axle line contract Read More »

February 5

Rail Industry Trends
Federal FY09 budget proposes $10.1 billion for transit, $800 million for Amtrak Read More »
M&A
Icahn's move to acquire Greenbrier and merge firm with ARI makes sense, Morgan Keegan says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Siemens lands largest light-rail vehicle contract, Hampton Roads order Read More »
Mechanical
KCS to deploy GPS ballast train, CWR train and Gen-Set switchers Read More »
People
Retirements drive executive appointments at CN, NS Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Alstom takes wraps off latest high-speed train Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF becomes chemistry council-certified system user, opens redesigned Seattle yard Read More »

February 4

Rail Industry Trends
Canadian, Quebec governments provide millions for short-line trackwork Read More »
People
McFadden to succeed Martin as NS' corporate secretary; Derry joins KCS as VP Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA's Catoe reflects on 2007 accomplishments, sets 2008 agenda Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA provides another RRIF loan, surpasses another track inspection milestone Read More »
M&A
New York Air Brake acquires Klasing Hand Brake's business Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP budgets $3.1 billion for capex in '08 Read More »

February 1

Logistics
BNSF Logistics acquires DFL Read More »
Mechanical
FRA announces new passenger-car safety requirements Read More »
M&A
Mayo Clinic seeks mitigation for Rochester as condition of CPR/DM&E merger Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
DART names Chrisman new board chair Read More »
People
Homan to succeed Wilson as Loram's president/CEO Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Harsco, L.B. Foster, RailComm, Global Rail, Cisco and TUVRheinland Read More »
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