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Rail News: May 2008

May 30

Rail Industry Trends
NS, 10 New York state short lines partner to form 'Empire Link' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Value of freight railed between U.S./NAFTA partners rises in March Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sound Transit completes southbound tracks on Central Link light-rail line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
DHS allocates $380 million in transit security grants Read More »
Intermodal
U.S. railroads register another weak traffic week, AAR data shows Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Indiana economic development agency issues RFP for inland intermodal terminal Read More »
People
Frasca joins MTA's board Read More »
Logistics
Updates from Axion, U.S. Development, Pacer, Interfleet, Parvus and MHF Read More »

May 29

Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak to replace bridge, conduct maintenance 'blitz' next month Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class Is add workers for third-straight month Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bush calls on Cumber for STB seat; CURE opposes nomination Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Oregon, North Carolina agencies propose fare increases Read More »
M&A
Patriot Rail seeks STB nod for Louisiana and North West Railroad acquisition Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario Northland to refurbish another 50 cars for GO Transit Read More »
Intermodal
CSXI tailors 'Threads Express' to meet garment shippers' needs Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail to upgrade track between Ottawa, Montreal Read More »

May 28

Rail Industry Trends
SEPTA approves $1 billion FY09 budget Read More »
Mechanical
CSXT unveils GenSet switcher at Michigan yard; Central California Traction kicks GenSet's tires at Stockton port Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Mexico's Rail Runner begins to build another station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXI's fuel surcharge to surpass 40 percent in June Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak, TCU agree on tentative contracts covering three crafts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Houston METRO seeks feedback on Southeast Corridor environmental report Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS honors 43 chemical shippers with 'Thoroughbred' safety awards Read More »

May 27

Intermodal
AAR: U.S. roads report carload, intermodal volume drops in week No. 20 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Los Angeles MTA notes progress on Eastside light-rail extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Miami-Dade Transit: More businesses subsidize monthly passes Read More »
Financials
CPR, KCS issue notes to help pay down debt Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Small railroads' carloads up 1.7 percent through 19 weeks, RMI says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railpower to build locomotive plant in Quebec Read More »
Passenger Rail
Alaska Railroad to offer one day of free rides to 50-year-olds next year Read More »

May 23

Rail Industry Trends
House transportation committee signs off on Amtrak reauthorization, high-speed rail bill Read More »
Mechanical
UP unveils GenSet switcher at California yard; CSXT to introduce GenSets at Michigan yard next week Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
LA MTA signs off on $3.4 billion FY09 budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS boots up 'sustainability' Web site Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Class I CMOs talk operational turkey at shipper forum Read More »
Intermodal
CN notes intermodal business boost from ongoing container train service, new Chicago grain terminal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RTA: Tie purchases plummet, production eases in April Read More »

May 22

People
Turnstiles keep spinning in Sacramento, south Florida Read More »
Mechanical
NS launches Uni-Level network with TTX-supplied cars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Railroads are four times more fuel efficient than trucks Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP a top veteran employer, California council says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Fort Worth's 'T' appoints Pegues to oversee government relations Read More »
C&S
Illinois commission OKs four grade crossing upgrades Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Bombardier, Sweco, The Carlyle Group and Hatch Mott MacDonald Read More »

May 21

Rail Industry Trends
APTA: One-third of summer travelers will use public transit Read More »
MOW
BNSF opens history-making quadruple track in the PRB Read More »
Passenger Rail
Northstar Corridor authority launches construction on another station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Saskatchewan to pony up $500,000 for short-line infrastructure projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier, Transmashholding to develop new locomotive in Russia; Alstom unveils new locomotive platform Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CPR/DM&E merger will increase coal and haz-mat rail traffic in Rochester, coalition claims Read More »
MOW
UP to upgrade line through southwest Kansas and Texas/Oklahoma panhandles Read More »
C&S
Updates from Andrew, RailComm, Interfleet and Teradata Read More »

May 20

Rail Industry Trends
Sen. Lautenberg helps introduce 'safe truck' bill, garner federal rail and port security grants Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York MTA chooses new developer for Hudson Yards Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB orders UP to provide $30 million in rate relief to K.C. utility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
DHS awards $1.2 million to Charlotte agency Read More »
Mechanical
BNSF makes switch to GenSet switchers at DFW, Houston yards Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Breske to become Wisconsin's railroad commissioner Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Houston METRO completes North Corridor environmental work Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from ExpressYard, Unitrac Railroad Materials, Siemens, TAC Worldwide and Advanced Machine Read More »

May 19

People
UP promotes Wimmer to VP of operations, appoints four other execs Read More »
Intermodal
More coal, grain and metallic ore moves help U.S. roads increase weekly carloads, AAR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra to adjust weekend, weekday service on northern lines  Read More »
Intermodal
Panama Canal Railway breaks weekly container volume record Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
St. Louis Metro hits ridership high in April Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit to test online 'suggestion box' Read More »
Labor
First Coast Railroad workers join UTU Read More »
Financials
Updates from Wabtec, Belden, Gannett Fleming, Trinity and NICE Systems Read More »

May 16

Rail Industry Trends
NS, Pan Am Railways team up to create 'Patriot Corridor' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
San Diego's NCTD proposes budget, announces executive director's resignation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Provision in Congress-approved 'Farm Bill' would direct USDA to study rail service, rates Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transbay Joint Powers Authority chooses architect for Transbay Transit Center Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House transportation committee approves new public transit bill Read More »
Intermodal
BNSF marks 100th 10,000-foot intermodal train; sets units-per-train and foreign ETD records Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Siemens obtains record LRV contract from Utah Transit Authority Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TranSystems, Watco and Harbour form transportation facility design/build/operate firm Read More »

May 15

Rail Industry Trends
NS' gold Harriman streak reaches 19 years; CSXT conductor takes home the Hammond Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UTA launches construction on first 'FrontLines' corridor Read More »
Intermodal
Soft international container demand drives down total Q1 intermodal volume, IANA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA implements new performance measures Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT: Train accident decline can be traced to national rail safety plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit advances two station projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index slips in March, USDOT says Read More »
Financials
Updates from Timken, Siemens, ENSCO, Miscor Group, Wabtec, STV/Ralph Whitehead, Global Railway, Alcan, Citibank India and Bird-X Read More »

May 14

Rail Industry Trends
CN asks STB to expedite environmental review, final decision for EJ&E transaction Read More »
Passenger Rail
Rail Runner Express receives high rider satisfaction marks Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio rail commission OKs funds for five projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR to quiet train horns Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica left with 'little choice' but to abandon Coos Bay Line, short-line holding company says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Construction under way on Binghamton intermodal terminal Read More »
Intermodal
L.A.-area ports to boost volume in '08 after lackluster '07, report says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
SNCF’s Pepy joins International Union of Railways committee, regional assembly Read More »

May 13

Rail Industry Trends
St. Louis' Metro, California's NCTD brace for tough times in '09 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bill aimed at rebuilding nation's infrastructure enters House Read More »
Labor
UP, Amtrak yardmasters ratify contracts; BLET marks 145th anniversary Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF buys land in Dallas logistics park Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Charlotte Area Transit System to purchase another four LRVs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Seattle port acquires BNSF line for public trail, local freight service Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Umberg joins California High Speed Rail Authority's board Read More »
Financials
Updates from Wi-Tronix, BNSF Logistics, Bombardier, L.B. Foster, Railpower, AirBoss and Tideworks Read More »

May 12

Intermodal
CN launches eastern Québec-to-western Canada intermodal service Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit, Tri-Rail continue to increase passenger counts Read More »
Intermodal
U.S. roads register more carloads, fewer intermodal loads in April, AAR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Santa Clara VTA to receive $3.3 million in state security funds Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA police department to develop long-term improvement plan Read More »
People
Lipka joins Iowa Interstate as CFO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
International Railway Systems acquires controlling interest in Serbian car, locomotive builders Read More »

May 9

Amtrak
Passenger-rail bill proposes to reauthorize Amtrak, establish high-speed rail Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA to delay planned improvements in lieu of 'critical repairs' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP notes capacity gain from border crossing test, plans train speed boost on Wisconsin line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Northstar Corridor receives $53.9 million FFGA installment Read More »
Mechanical
Class Is continue to acquire rolling stock, financial services firm says Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York MTA to share greenhouse gas emissions data Read More »
People
NS shareholders re-elect four directors, appoint auditor Read More »
C&S
Illinois commission to partially fund UP crossing upgrade Read More »

May 8

Labor
U.S. Class Is enlist more workers in March, STB data shows Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
LA MTA, MARTA propose FY09 spending plans Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR's morning on-time performance reaches new high in April Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Massachusetts to analyze freight transportation system, update rail plan Read More »
Labor
UTU members' ratification votes on national agreement due June 9 Read More »
People
FECR names Biscan AVP of sales; RailAmerica appoints Preslar CFO Read More »
C&S
Updates from ARINC, FreightCar America, Greenbrier, The Andersons, ARI, Alstom, Rail Exchange, Salco and ContiTech Read More »

May 7

Rail Industry Trends
Transport Canada provides more than $6 million for 23 'ecoFREIGHT' projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Three of seven Class Is made 'revenue adequacy' grade in '06, STB says Read More »
C&S
CTA to upgrade track, signals on Loop Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP nearly moves mountain to reopen mud-ravaged Oregon line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Construction under way on second Northstar Corridor station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian railway association boots up greenhouse gas emission calculator Read More »
Intermodal
Updates from Alstom, ENSCO, Tracksure, Wabash National, Faiveley Transport, Prover Technology, Pacer, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Safety Vision Read More »

May 6

Rail Industry Trends
ASLRRA hands out annual marketing awards at history-making San Antonio event Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Aviation bill amendment proposes to replenish Highway Trust Fund, finance high-speed rail projects Read More »
People
KCS promotes two finance execs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Fare increase doesn't deter WMATA passengers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF intermodal facility expansion wins national 'excellence in construction' award Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP wins 'Blue Sky' award, upgrades track in two states Read More »
People
Rail Europe appoints chief commercial, financial officers Read More »

May 5

Federal Legislation & Regulation
House Judiciary Committee OKs railroad 'antitrust enforcement' bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Denver RTD starts construction on first FasTracks corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSX files investor presentation with SEC, urges shareholders to reject TCI/3G board nominees Read More »
Passenger Rail
Utah Transit Authority obtains 'quiet zone' status for FrontRunner corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Washington state DOT obtains FRA grants for rail projects Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Providence and Worcester to list common stock on NASDAQ Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Siemens, Alstom, Georgetown Rail, Rail Development Group, FreightCar America, Trinity, Portec Rail, Midland Manufacturing, Hax Technologies Read More »

May 2

CSX Transportation
CSX pursues public-private partnership to further 'National Gateway' proposal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink receives $9 million California security grant Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR petitions STB for revenue adequacy calculation adjustment, addresses small shippers' 're-reg' call Read More »
Labor
SEPTA, TWU to launch apprenticeship program Read More »
Intermodal
U.S. railroads register another coal and grain uptick on way to weekly carload gain, AAR says Read More »
People
BNSF appoints Vincent, Ebel and Potempa to management positions Read More »
Mechanical
Miami-Dade Transit to test new Metromover vehicle Read More »

May 1

Passenger Rail
Tri-Rail records 28 percent ridership gain in April Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FTA advances Dulles rail project to final design phase Read More »
C&S
Transport Canada to help fund upgrades to 82 crossings Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXI's, UP's fuel surcharges rise along with diesel costs Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario Northland, CAW finalize five agreements Read More »
People
Lafevers joins short-line owner Atlantic Western as commercial relations director Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TRANSCAER honors Class Is', chemical shipper's achievements Read More »
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