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Rail News: May 2007

May 31

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

May 30

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

May 29

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

May 25

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

May 24

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

May 23

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

May 22

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

May 21

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

May 18

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

May 17

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

May 16

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

May 15

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

May 14

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

May 11

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

May 10

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

May 9

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

May 8

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

May 7

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

May 4

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

May 3

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

May 2

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

May 1

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