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Rail News: May 2006

May 31

North American container and trailer volume continues winning streak in the first quarter, IANA says Bombardier-led consortium to provide FLEXITY light-rail vehicles for Portugal system CSXI's fuel surcharge to rise 0.5 percentage points in June RTA report: Tie purchases rise, production falls in April WMATA to improve station lighting, poll passengers Former CSX CEO Snow resigns as treasury secretary Pacific Harbor Line purchases 16 MotivePower locomotives for $21 million MARTA appoints Waters to oversee service planning and scheduling

May 30

House subcommittee appropriates $900 million for Amtrak in FY2007 LA MTA approves $3 billion FY2007 spending plan Indiana Rail Road takes ownership of former CPR line U.S. roads report fewer accidents, fatalities in January and February Lucas Oil Products subsidiary purchases Indiana short line Seventy-six organizations form coalition to promote DM&E's PRB project UP in midst of $6.1 million trackwork project in Iowa Ansaldobreda to rebuild Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's light-rail vehicles

May 26

Amtrak power outage brings dozens of commuter trains to a standstill GO Transit launches Stouffville Line extension Keewatin Railway to take over passenger-rail operations on former Hudson Bay Railway line U.S. roads register highest weekly carload volume in 2006, AAR says Ohio commission seeks federal funds to study freight-, passenger-rail corridors Pagonis, Curtis retain seats on RailAmerica's board

May 25

TriMet to raise ticket prices a nickel BNSF bulks up centerbeam fleet to move more lumber MBTA to build walkway between Boston rail and bus stations Siemens to build eight high-speed trains for Russian Railways GE's 1,000th Evolution Series locomotive to roll off assembly line

May 24

Hutchison Ports Holdings to construct terminal at Mexican port TRANSCAER group honors three Class Is' contributions to emergency response training Amtrak and Carnival Cruise Lines to resume joint program in New Orleans BNSF sets units-handled records APTA adds personal touch to Web site navigation

May 23

FRA provides grants to help fund Alaska Railroad, Tacoma Rail projects Minnesota legislature OKs measure to provide $60 million for Northstar commuter-rail line NJ Transit helps inaugurate Weehawken ferry/train/bus terminal ALSTOM-led consortium to build 170 METROPOLIS metro cars for Budapest railway UP to spend $10.1 million on California trackwork project South Africa's Spoornet to install New York Air Brake's ECP and computer-controlled brakes on new locomotives Nortel to supply switching centers to Chinese railway ministry

May 22

CSXT names Brown VP and chief transportation officer British Columbia Railway seeks bulk marine terminal operator League of Railway Industry Women seeks 'Outstanding' nominees Montana Rail Link, BLET set tentative agreement terms Bombardier-led consortium to build 13 more EMUs for Deutsche Bahn North Carolina Railroad seeks options to relocate line Kelso Technologies boots up new Web site

May 19

New Illinois law allows cities to install cameras to enforce crossing regulations BNSF, UP expand Powder River Basin joint line with third main track Stillwater Central T&E workers say 'no' to joining BLET a second time BART partners with SF airport, Travelocity to deliver 'moving messages' TriMet names developer for Interstate MAX site UP honors chemical shippers' safety efforts Chalich to head Northern Plains Railroad's sales and marketing

May 18

USDOT sets strategy for reducing bottlenecks on nation's transportation network North Dakota development agency receives grant for Minot intermodal terminal Worker deaths prompt WMATA, union to review system safety Trinity appoints McWhirter, Menzies and Perry to top management posts Lloyd's Register Rail to provide safety, reliability assurance for Dubai monorail project DPS Electronics contracts out sales duties to TPSC Schneider National arm to provide Chicago-area warehousing services to Wal-Mart

May 17

NS runs Harriman gold winning streak to 17-straight years BNSF's Coronado wins rail industry's highest employee safety honor Greater Cleveland RTA approves first fare increase in 13 years Bush nominates Biden and McLean as reform board members Sixty petitioners back DM&E in Rochester lawsuit opposing Powder River Basin project Florida East Coast Railway VP and CFO Bramlitt to take on parent company's controller duties Huron & Eastern Railway workers join the BLET

May 16

Ohio provides funds for 'Heartland' double-stack container corridor Caterpillar to acquire Progress Rail Services MARTA adopts FY2007 budget Watco sells West Virginia short line to Four Rivers Transportation Bombardier lands fleet support contract from First ScotRail California railroad authority to name Northwestern Pacific line operator next month Transit-rail engineering veteran Long retires from LTK Small roads register carload gain in the first quarter, RMI says Providence and Worcester's revenue and expenses rise

May 15

KCS appoints four execs to key financial posts Capital spending shows U.S. roads are serious about tackling capacity and service issues, Fitch Ratings says CN bans night-time train horns in Ontario town WMATA to build police substation KCSR to employ high-production tamper, KCSM to boot up high-tech computer system April an up-and-down month for Genesee & Wyoming's and RailAmerica's carloads

May 12

Rail shippers, Class Is discuss fuel surcharge programs' pros and cons at STB hearing Allegheny County port authority appoints Bland CEO Montreal transit agency to negotiate subway car contract with Bombardier CN changes sales and marketing staff's direct reports in bulk commodities unit, appoints AVP of intermodal marketing Pennsylvania DOT grants include more than $2 million for short-line infrastructure improvements HDR to manage Albuquerque streetcar project Witt joins Washington state DOT as first-ever multi-modal manager Wausaukee Composites to provide ALSTOM various components for WMATA cars

May 11

CTA contracts Bombardier to manufacture up to 706 heavy-rail cars NJ Transit receives $500 million state commitment for Trans-Hudson tunnel project Brazil's América Latina Logística to acquire Brasil Ferrovias' three rail concessions FRA, WMATA unveil passenger-rail emergency evacuation simulator KCS names Avramovich EVP of sales and marketing Western Canada's container and export coal traffic to more than double in a decade, study says TriMet to purchase 21 light-rail vehicles from Siemens Shirley to succeed Demmert as Griffin Wheel's president CN honors 93 shippers' haz-mat safety efforts

May 10

Minnesota, BNSF reach financial agreement for Northstar commuter-rail line Transportation Services Index ends three-month losing streak in March BNSF takes wraps off California transload center ASLRRA hands out 2006 Marketing Awards to four short lines Sacramento transit district receives high marks in rider poll Railinc drops RailSync suite from product portfolio New Hope Valley Railway to mark 100th anniversary Three small roads purchase Short Line Data Systems' electronic dispatching system

May 9

BNSF, UP to build more mainlines and move more coal in the Powder River Basin Alstom expands Montreal division to provide transit-rail security systems MBTA to renovate Mattapan trolley station Amsted Rail acquires Transolutions to enter Russian railway supply market San Diego's North County Transit District hits halfway point on SPRINTER construction Kansas City Southern Railway handles levee reinforcement materials at New Orleans transload center Quality Railway Services acquires W.H. Leary's electronics repair business

May 8

Progressive Railroading to host Web seminar on freight-car market Rochester, DM&E officials continue to squabble over Powder River Basin project Toronto's GO Transit contracts Aecon Group to construct grade separation UP to serve Green Plains' second ethanol plant in Iowa San Diego-area transit agency proposes ticket price hike ARI sets car delivery, financial records in the first quarter G. W. Peoples Contracting names Schaffold operations manager

May 5

SEPTA proposes $991 million FY2007 spending plan AAR data: U.S. and Canadian railroads post intermodal gains, carload declines in April Canadian government to retain ownership of grain hoppers North Carolina's Triangle-region residents support regional rail system Federated Railways purchases Tuscola & Saginaw Bay Railway UP beefs up refrigerated rail-car fleet to keep up with frozen-food traffic WMATA proposes to open some stations to vendors Trinity, Andersons' Rail Group add cars to lease fleets in first quarter

May 4

Power co-ops, AAR ask federal energy commission to examine railroads' coal delivery performance and commodity's supply chain MBTA proposes ticket price hike to make up FY2007 budget shortfall St. Louis Metro blesses FY2007 budget, three-year capital program Bull Mountain Coal to construct rail line in Montana Metra to build new Edison Park depot Intermodal Transportation Institute elects board members, names honorary degree recipient Canada to pony up more federal dollars for rail security, infrastructure improvements Harsco installs Gerson as first CIO, boots up revamped Web site Prime Railway to produce car doors in place of shuttered YSD plant

May 3

Maryland agency joins TSA's canine training program Red River Valley & Western appoints Thompson president and COO Genesee & Wyoming boosts North American revenue and income despite struggling Mexican operations New York/New Jersey port authority elects officers Chartwell International buys Middletown and New Jersey Railway Twin Cities & Western promotes Wegner to EVP and COO Staveley Services forms division to offer oil analysis services to North American rail industry

May 2

KCS continues Class Is' streak of first-quarter revenues up, operating ratios down KCS, NS seal deal on Meridian Speedway joint venture MARTA to get a cut of local sales tax for operating budget CTA to rehab Clark Junction Palendat to manage CSXI's trucking operations Pacific Rail Services' Memphis intermodal yard workers to join Teamsters Rail Conference Former WMATA GM White joins engineering firm DMJM Harris NS to repurchase small amounts of stock, CN to sell debt securities

May 1

Canadian railroads must comply with new federal reflective material rules LA MTA obtains $315 million in state funds for Exposition light-rail extension AAR bestows first lifetime achievement award to Rep. Boehlert Marshall retires as Genesee & Wyoming's vice chairman Transport Canada provides $2.5 million for Ontario passenger-rail service 10East launches 'railHOUND' search engine for the rail industry Metrolink inks $4.5 million deal with J.L. Patterson to provide flagging, inspection services GATX Rail registers more income, acquires more freight cars in the first quarter << Previous Next >>
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