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Rail News: April 2008

April 30

Rail Industry Trends
Nation needs infrastructure planning 'overhaul,' report states Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSX letter urges shareholders to re-elect directors; TCI/3G white paper states case for CSX board change Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA proposes fuel surcharge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New Orleans port, short line and CN inaugurate new rail yard Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York DOT dishes out $20 million from freight-, passenger-rail assistance program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Northstar Corridor station construction begins in Minnesota Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP takes home GM's service honor; CN hands out 'safe handling' awards to 79 shippers Read More »
C&S
Updates from Alstom, Wabtec, Transtec Gotthard, RMI, L.B. Foster, Standard Steel, WAGO and Midland Manufacturing Read More »

April 29

BNSF Railway
BNSF drives up income, drives down operating ratio despite skyrocketing fuel costs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York MTA seeks ways to control construction costs Read More »
Financials
Genesee & Wyoming to acquire CAGY Industries Read More »
Mechanical
Slow economy will restrict freight-car orders, production in coming years, EPA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Short-line association names safety award winners Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCSR becomes third U.S. railroad to obtain Responsible Care Management System certification Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA to launch 'mystery rider' program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Operation Lifesaver Canada honors New Brunswick Southern's Johnston with annual safety award Read More »

April 28

Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to seek feedback on new transit expansion program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Canadian government ponies up $2.7 million for Quebec passenger-rail improvements Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB ready to start environmental impact statement for CN/EJ&E transaction Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail a growth opportunity for manufacturers, economic analyst says Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR to upgrade Queens Interlocking Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA to adjust service on Chicago's west side Read More »

April 25

Intermodal
AAR weekly tallies: U.S. railroads boost carloads, Canadian railroads increase intermodal loads Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
LA MTA board mulls additional transportation sales tax Read More »
C&S
CREATE partners to break ground on signal system project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transit will be key to solving Houston's traffic issues, poll shows Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tie purchases soar, production falls in March, RTA says Read More »
MOW
CSXT to build bypass in Jacksonville Read More »
People
Heinle to oversee SEPTA's customer service department Read More »
Financials
Updates from Alstom/Knorr-Bremse, Interpipe, Wabtec, L.B. Foster, GATX, Hub Group and PS Technology Read More »

April 24

Union Pacific Railroad
UP marks all-time-best freight revenue, revenue per car in the first quarter Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS drives up revenue and income, drives down operating ratio Read More »
C&S
Rail Runner to add four-quadrant gates at another three crossings Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP's Schafer takes home AAR's 'Chafee' environmental award Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Minnesota's Hiawatha registers 16.4 percent ridership spike in first quarter Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Oregon governor rejects CORP's joint venture proposal to restore Coos Bay line Read More »
People
Marie new nominee as Connecticut DOT commissioner Read More »
C&S
Transport Canada to help fund crossing upgrades in Manitoba Read More »

April 23

Financials
NS sets revenue record, increases income in first quarter Read More »
Financials
CPR's income and operating ratio slips in snowy, costly first quarter Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North makes switch to energy-efficient light bulbs at Grand Central Terminal Read More »
Mechanical
Iowa Interstate orders 12 'Evolution' locomotives from GE Read More »
People
Colorado Railcar appoints Salci president and CEO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA tests resilient flooring in rail cars Read More »
People
Bergeron becomes Twin Cities & Western's first sales director Read More »

April 22

Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak outlines Chicago-to-Iowa City service plans Read More »
Financials
Severe winter storms, strong Canadian dollar a double whammy on CN's first-quarter financial fortunes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FTA grants another $18.9 million for Norfolk's 'Tide' Read More »
M&A
Interest groups to CN shareholders: Regional communities face long-term detrimental impacts if EJ&E deal is approved Read More »
Passenger Rail
California's Metrolink takes wraps off environmentally friendly locomotive Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP honors 31 chemical shippers with annual 'Pinnacle' awards Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from MotivePower, Bombardier, TOUAX Rail, Siemens, Harsco, Kelso Technologies, Midland Manufacturing and I.D. Systems Read More »

April 21

Rail Industry Trends
North County Transit District considers service cuts, fare hikes in FY09 Read More »
Intermodal
KCS: San Antonio, Lazaro Cardenas port pact a promising development Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA eyes capacity needs Read More »
M&A
Holland acquires Industrial Metrics' assets; PNR RailWorks purchases Quebec's largest railroad contractor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT's research unit seeks proposals from small businesses Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TMCA hands out 'Compass' marketing/communication awards Read More »

April 18

Intermodal
AAR week No. 15 round-up: U.S. roads register intermodal gain, carload decline Read More »
Mechanical
BNSF marks first distributed-power train to feature ECP brakes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ottawa proposes light-rail plan for downtown transit network Read More »
Intermodal
Montreal port to expand container capacity, improve infrastructure Read More »
People
New York/New Jersey port authority director Shorris resigns Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit hires contractor for Hudson-Bergen line extension Read More »
C&S
Updates from Trainyard Tech, EMCOR Group, RF Monolithics, PS Technology and Invensys Rail Group Read More »

April 17

Rail Industry Trends
USDOT unveils new rail haz-mat routing rule Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Utah Transit Authority completes TRAX extension to Salt Lake intermodal center Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alameda Corridor's train count reaches 100,000 Read More »
People
NS names Friedmann VP-strategic planning; BNSF appoints Cruz associate general counsel Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
International tribunal begins to arbitrate RDC's dispute with Guatemalan government Read More »
Labor
BLET names Pontolillo research director, president’s assistant Read More »
Intermodal
Minnesota DOT to test bi-modal trailers Read More »
MOW
UP budgets $3.1 million for Iowa trackwork Read More »

April 16

CSX Transportation
CSX sets first-quarter revenue, income and operating ratio records Read More »
Passenger Rail
Task force to prioritize Ohio's transportation needs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB computes rail industry's '06 cost of capital, creates new office Read More »
M&A
Ogeechee Railway acquires Georgia Midland branch line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
St. Louis Metro to poll passengers Read More »
People
Wells to take TTX's presidential reins in June Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS launches online carbon footprint analyzer Read More »
C&S
Updates from Duos Technologies, EMCOR Group, PS Technology, AT&T, Kelso Technologies, MHF Logistical Solutions, DRI and TransCore Read More »

April 15

Rail Industry Trends
CREATE Update: Belt Railway, NS line upgrades under way Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA, SEPTA unveil rebuilt stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming acquires Rotterdam short-haul railroad Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York MTA to ratchet up sustainability efforts Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS execs talk strategy, business fundamentals with European investors Read More »
Intermodal
Tacoma, port team up to pump up Chinese export volume Read More »
M&A
Nordco acquires Shuttlewagon maker Central Power Products Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail adds two board members Read More »

April 14

Rail Industry Trends
Colorado transportation department to determine feasibility of freight-rail relocation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA to launch next phase of slow zone eliminations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB to take its time to review proposed Yucca Mountain line in Nevada Read More »
Labor
Santa Clara VTA, ATU partner with California college to create workforce development program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pennsylvania transportation department ponies up $5 million for five freight-rail projects Read More »
Labor
UTU/SMWIA merger on hold till June; internal trials of seven UTU officers put off till July Read More »
Mechanical
NYCT rolls out haz-mat response vehicle Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Alstom, Koppers, Import Transport Logistik and FreightScan Read More »

April 11

Rail Industry Trends
BART proposes FY09 operating budget Read More »
Intermodal
U.S. railroads register carload gain in April's first week, AAR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut DOT to cut costs, features for rail maintenance facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF upgrades Seattle intermodal facility; CSXT eyes coal terminal expansion Read More »
M&A
Oregon, Massachusetts short lines under new ownership Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
National Industrial Transportation League names new president Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS to add 'Pacesetter' tool to online supply-chain portal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alstom consortiums obtain contracts totaling $983 million to build two Algerian tramways Read More »

April 10

Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index takes a slight tumble in February Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
DART notes higher satisfaction level in latest rider poll Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Retail development set for LIRR's Jamaica Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF honors 74 shippers' haz-mat safety efforts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Scholarship winners selected for Wheel/Rail Interaction '08 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland Transit Administration to purchase locomotives Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Orgo-Thermit, Midland Manufacturing, Kustom Seating, All Railroad Services, Greenbrier, Bentley Systems and ADS Logistics Read More »

April 9

Rail Industry Trends
BNSF sets PRB coal loading record in March Read More »
Passenger Rail
GO Transit to operate more 12-car trains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canada needs to stay deregulation course for grain transportation, CN's Ruest says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA to provide transit information on Google site Read More »
Labor
BLET promotes Sorrow, Pierce; endorses Obama's presidential bid Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Committee seeks topic abstracts for next year's light-rail conference Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to speed up trains in Texas town Read More »

April 8

Rail Industry Trends
Canada to take close look at rail service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Elliston ideal Virginia site for Heartland Corridor intermodal facility, rail agency says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
SEPTA to tighten system security Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS settles Graniteville accident-related lawsuit Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Six unions seek reconsideration of FRA rule; BLET members ratify short-line contract Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit deploys station agents system-wide Read More »
C&S
Updates from Alstom, Kelso Technologies, RailComm, Nordco, SYSTRA, Gannett Fleming and Pacer Read More »

April 7

Rail Industry Trends
TCI files suit in U.S. district court as counterclaim to CSX's allegations of federal security law violations Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain, MBTA chalk up more riders Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS posts progress on new intermodal terminal, rehabilitated line in south Texas Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to rehab Merrimack River bridge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
SEPTA unveils new Norristown parking garage Read More »
MOW
UP upgrades track in Illinois, ups train speeds in Oklahoma Read More »
M&A
Greenbrier acquires SKF USA's roller bearing operation Read More »

April 4

Rail Industry Trends
U.S., Canadian railroads register carload declines in March, AAR says Read More »
Financials
On heels of successful year, Alaska Railroad notes potential for tough times ahead Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB adds a day to rail 'common carrier obligation' hearing Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sacramento agency celebrates 35 years of service Read More »
Intermodal
Denver university’s intermodal institute under new board leadership Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RTA’s annual tie grading seminar set for Alabama in July Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Caterpillar, Bombardier, Stella-Jones, Global Rail Systems, RailComm and Vossloh Read More »

April 3

Amtrak
Freight-rail delays cost Amtrak $137 million in FY06, Inspector General report says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CPR joins UP in FRA's 'close call' reporting pilot Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New ethanol plant means track, traffic build-up for Greenville & Western Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Santa Clara VTA begins downtown San Jose rail replacement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina issues infrastructure-funding grants to 11 short lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NYCT's Steve Feil talks up reorganization in online chat Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
VAE Nortrak acquires majority stake in Mexican trackwork supplier DAMY Read More »

April 2

Labor
U.S. Class Is bring on a few more workers in February, STB data shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTU-represented engineers, conductors approve pact with northern Indiana agency Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT to open West Virginia dispatching center in August Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North posts progress on Yankee Stadium station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR to hold '08 customer forum at NARS' San Francisco meeting Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BART purchases new seats for 300 passenger cars Read More »
C&S
Updates from Faiveley Transport, Pacer, TFG Transfracht, Loram, Union Tank Car, ARCADIS, Bentley Systems, Greenbrier, Safety Vision and MISCOR Group Read More »

April 1

Rail Industry Trends
FRA proposes 'sweeping' rule to improve safety of hazardous materials-carrying tanks cars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit posts second-quarter ridership record on River LINE Read More »
People
UP promotes Zalar to Wichita unit's superintendent of transportation services Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Passenger-, freight-rail volumes registered growth worldwide in '07, International Union of Railways says Read More »
Mechanical
CSXI, UP raise fuel surcharges in April Read More »
People
Henry succeeds Davis as Genesee & Wyoming SVP, Utah Railway president Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Bombardier to develop high-speed train with AnsaldoBreda, deliver Ethernet trains in Germany and The Netherlands Read More »
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