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Rail News: May 2007

May 31

Explosive ethanol growth is enough evidence to suggest '07 car deliveries will reach 62,000, Rail Theory Forecasts' Kolstad says Transport minister proposes freight-rail amendments to Canada's transportation act USDOT selects CSXT's I-95 route as one of 14 transportation corridors of the future SYSTRA to help NICTD, Metra allocate traction power costs on shared track Hatch to provide keynote address at AREMA's annual luncheon Bombardier to supply vehicles, train-control system for Chinese people mover Locomotive parts supplier unveils redesigned Web site

May 30

UTU-represented conductors ratify hourly rate agreement with CN Miami-Dade Transit, South Florida RTA obtain federal security training grants Kansas City Southern de México provides safety training programs for shippers CTA urges Illinois lawmakers to pony up additional funds for public transit agencies CSXI's June fuel surcharge to match May's 20.5 percent AREMA names '07 scholarship winners, new marketing director

May 29

LA MTA to hike most fares the next two years CPR to provide rail access, transload services for Alberta oil sands shippers CTA drafts contingency plan to balance 2007 budget NS takes home two TRANSCAER honors St. Louis-to-Springfield service not financially viable, Amtrak says BNSF names Freeman VP of engineering, reassigns Wright and Shircliff Engineering firm URS to acquire competitor Washington Group Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2007' Webinar tomorrow

May 25

GO Transit celebrates 40th anniversary U.S. roads continue to register fewer carloads, AAR says BNSF boots up software to streamline fuel management processes Banta to oversee TriMet's operations division Trucking firm Swift Transportation rings up intermodal sales New York/New Jersey port authority elects officers FreightCar America delivers steel ballast cars to BNSF Harsco Track Technologies lands another grinder order in China

May 24

UTA approves three-year fare increase, FrontRunner ticket prices CPR wins two of Toyota's performance awards U.K. railroad operator FirstGroup to acquire Laidlaw Transport Canada to pony up more security grants, extend security funding program GE unveils battery-powered hybrid version of Evolution Series locomotive Union Switch & Signal to acquire yard control system provider RM Star Canadian emergency response alliance elects executive committee

May 23

Rail crossing, haz-mat safety bill enters Senate Minnesota's Northstar Corridor to apply for FTA grant FRA posts progress with national rail safety plan, promises more results LIRR takes delivery of first East Side Access tunnel boring machine KCSM factors fuel supply zone into faster locomotive throughput at Mexican terminal Fox succeeds Dealy as BNSF's VP of transportation Automotive engineer society honors UP's environmental efforts

May 22

Pacer Stacktrain, Trailer Bridge partner to provide domestic container move between U.S. and Puerto Rico Tie purchases soar, production plummets in April, RTA says Houston METRO, TriMet obtain TSA grants Metro-North, New York City to finalize Yankee Stadium station pact Chinese rail ministry sale marks Harsco Track's largest-ever track maintenance equipment order Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2007' Webinar on May 30 Carr joins finance/leasing firm AllCapital as managing director

May 21

SEPTA board to review fare hike proposal Massachusetts advances South Coast Rail project Ohio rail commission OKs $1.2 million for freight-rail projects, pursues new executive director KCS promotes Harrison, Grafton to AVP positions NYCT, TWU address trackwork safety Saudi Basic Industries to acquire GE Plastics AAR committee approves Kelso's low-flow pressure-relief valves

May 18

Denver RTD launches FasTracks construction MARTA adopts FY08 spending plan NS stretches Harriman gold winning streak to 18; NS carman takes home the Hammond Earth Tech to advance station design for BART extension to San Jose Weekly carloads remain in red for U.S. and Canadian railroads, AAR says Global Rail Systems acquires Signal Innovations AAR ad campaign touts freight-rail advantages

May 17

Washington state to streamline transportation ballot measure Trucks move majority of freight between U.S. and NAFTA partners in '06, USDOT says Transportation workers, union leaders hold D.C. rally to drum up support for industry issues Two new federal bills could fuel railroads' ethanol traffic DART will spur $8 billion in economic activity in Texas, university study says USDOT chooses Oakland Airport connector project for public-private partnership pilot FRA acquires two track inspection vehicles to triple rail-flaw detection capacity

May 16

Teamsters-represented MOW workers walk off job at CPR Severe storms rain on BNSF's PRB coal loadings DuPont Safety Resources to help WMATA shore up safety program NS names Butler, Ehlers to VP positions Amtrak registers 5 percent ridership increase through FY07's first seven months DHS establishes Tacoma port test center to detect radiation in rail cargo Providence and Worcester's traffic, revenue plummet in first quarter

May 15

Five U.S. Class Is 'conspired' to fix fuel surcharge rates, rail shipper's lawsuit claims Rail labor union coalition, carriers' committee finalize tentative agreement CN signs up COSCO steamship line for new British Columbia port container terminal FRA issues grant to Nevada DOT to evaluate proposed Maglev corridor In Memoriam: Strato Inc.'s Fran Kimball Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2007' Webinar on May 30 Wanted: Applicants for AARS' Frank J. Richter Scholarship

May 14

Teamsters Canadian maintenance-of-way division to launch strike at CPR Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to deploy National Guard at PATH stations U.S., Canadian railroads' weekly carloads remain down, AAR says California business group lauds Caltrain for 'reinvention' effort Pennsylvania provides $10 million in grants to help short lines, shippers upgrade rail infrastructure Kaw River Railroad leases K.C.-area industrial line from BNSF RSI announces '07 scholarship winners

May 11

CTA to eliminate jobs, implement other cost-cutting measures BNSF finalizes development deals for Kansas City-area logistics park California development authority proposes privately funded maglev line Florida East Coast Railway's UPS service streak reaches 700 days Management team, Wind Point Partners join forces to acquire RailWorks DHS awards final allotment of FY2007 transit security grants NS orders two 'GenSet' switchers from National Railway Equipment

May 10

U.S. lagging when it comes to transportation investment, report says BNSF, BLET reach tentative agreement Florida East Coast Railway's revenue drops, operating ratio climbs in first quarter Transportation Services Index posts gains in March, first quarter Class I workforce a tad larger in March, STB data shows Railpower obtains EPA 'clean air' award

May 9

New Jersey proposes to raise ARC project funding by $1 billion North American intermodal volume reaches record 3.4 million units in first quarter, IANA says Manufacturing growth will be slow but steady throughout 2007, survey says Houston METRO gives Washington Group green light to begin preliminary design for transit expansion Another rail industry re-regulation bill enters Congress BNSF factors 'green' features into proposed L.A.-area near-dock facility Four Class Is honor chemical shippers' safety achievements

May 8

Fortress Investment Group to acquire Florida East Coast through $3.5 billion transaction FRA needs to step up crossing safety oversight, Office of Inspector General says MTA Chairman Kalikow to step down BLET-represented engineers ratify seven-year Metra agreement Washington state DOT selects US Rail Partners, Washington and Idaho Railway to operate PCC branch lines Providence & Worcester tests National Railway Equipment's 'GenSet' switcher Amtrak launches Web site for mobile device users

May 7

DART seeks to build second downtown Dallas line BNSF tests natural gas hostler trucks at L.A. terminal Tie production up, purchases down in March, RTA says Massachusetts Bay commuter-rail contractor appoints Davey deputy GM CSXI's fuel surcharge exceeds 20 percent mark in May Canadian railway association honors short line's, passenger railroad's safety efforts ENSCO tabs Sherrock to manage FRA research and development program

May 4

AAR's April scorecard: Carloads up for Canadian railroads, down for U.S. roads DART obtains FTA funds to purchase level-boarding cars CPR, BLET reach tentative agreement for Soo Line engineers Poet to build CSXT-served ethanol plant in Ohio, NS-served plant in Indiana Amtrak employee receives safety award New York Air Brake to supply ECP brakes to Australian miner Hutton Communications lands distribution agreement, appoints SVP of sales

May 3

Newly minted House bill proposes to revamp rail safety, rename FRA Montreal's AMT unveils Laval extension CPR to maintain, refurbish federally owned hoppers under operating agreement Greenbrier obtains intermodal platform order, makes management changes Bombardier obtains passenger-car orders in China, the U.K. NARP honors Montana congressman with Golden Spike Award Westcode opens Illinois manufacturing plant

May 2

Huberman joins CTA as president North Carolina Railroad, state DOT team up to rebuild nine-mile line Miami-Dade Transit to begin acquiring land for North Corridor extension Watco acquires Millennium Rail's freight-car repair operations Amtrak appoints Campbell CFO Genesee & Wyoming's revenue climbs, but so does its operating ratio Patriot Rail acquires Rarus Railway, Copper King excursion train

May 1

UP, NS to route domestic container trains through shorter Shreveport gateway DART to raise ticket prices in October CN sets alternative fuels strategy to boost biodiesel, ethanol carloads Virginia rail department needs more time to evaluate 10 proposed sites for 'Heartland' regional intermodal facility King drops 'interim' tag from GM job title at Triangle Transit Norris joins Railpower as VP of marketing, sales << Previous Next >>
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