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Rail News: June 2006

June 30

Rail Industry Trends
STB seeks railroads' plans for handling fall peak demand Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
St. Louis Metro's May rail ridership surges 9 percent Read More »
MOW
CSXT to conduct maintenance blitz on line between South Carolina and Kentucky Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
National Mediation Board member Fitzmaurice fills chairman's seat Read More »
Mechanical
MBTA redesigns car to carry more bicyclists Read More »
Mechanical
FreightCar America begins to deliver Wheeling & Lake Erie's first-ever new cars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Explosive-detecting canine team No. 400 graduates from TSA program Read More »
C&S
ENSCO reaches $100 million mark in annual sales Read More »

June 29

Rail Industry Trends
FRA sets new locomotive crashworthiness standards Read More »
Labor
LA MTA reaches tentative agreements with three unions Read More »
People
BNSF appoints Lambley as liaison to agricultural product shippers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TriMet approves $345 million operating budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Indiana transportation district to add high-level platforms at Hegewisch Station Read More »
Intermodal
Schneider National names separate intermodal, truckload presidents Read More »
Financials
Greenbrier's car deliveries, backlog fall in fiscal third quarter Read More »
M&A
MiTek Industries to acquire Robbins Engineering Read More »

June 28

Labor
CPR, steelworkers union hammer out tentative contract Read More »
Intermodal
Hub Group founder, intermodal pioneer Yeager obtains honorary degree from Denver university Read More »
MOW
CSXT to construct Virginia crossover next month Read More »
People
Rush, Quinn take on new positions at R.J. Corman Railroad Group Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Parsons Brinckerhoff to design, manage BART's seismic retrofit project Read More »
Mechanical
Emro takes helm as American Railcar Leasing's CEO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Houston METRO contracts Ross & Baruzzini to upgrade security network Read More »

June 27

Safety
Push-pull passenger-rail operations are safe, FRA says Read More »
Intermodal
CSXI's July fuel surcharge to drop 0.5 percentage points Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA opens line, adds trains for west side riders Read More »
MOW
Buffalo & Pittsburgh restores service after repairing fire-damaged bridge Read More »
Mechanical
Shipper assigns fertilizer hoppers to GE Rail Services' freight-car maintenance program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bush chooses Sumwalt as transportation safety board's vice chairman Read More »

June 26

Rail Industry Trends
Mineta to step away from U.S. transportation secretary post Read More »
Labor
STB data shows U.S. Class Is remain in hiring mode Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP shuffles regions, upper management staff Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA's Metrorail surpasses 200 million passenger mark in FY2006 Read More »
Intermodal
CSXI scores success with chassis pool program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian government to provide funds for Algoma Central's passenger-rail service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
J.C. Penny chooses Pacer as top supply-chain provider of 2005 Read More »

June 23

Rail Industry Trends
SEPTA signs off on $1.4 billion FY2007 spending plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR Week No. 24 report: Coal plays lead role in U.S. roads' traffic surge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN seeks court injunction to halt Manitoba First Nations' rail blockade plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit set to open Newark light-rail line Read More »
Labor
BMWED members re-elect Simpson as president, elect other officers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Short line association schedules K.C. ethanol seminar in early August Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA adds dogs to canine patrols Read More »

June 22

Rail Industry Trends
Railroads' prices decline since 1985, GAO reports; rates not fair for chemical shippers, ACC says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica shrinks size of organization, management staff Read More »
Labor
Hahs wins re-election as BLET's national president Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak holds security expo at NYC's Penn Station Read More »
C&S
RailComm installs automation system at UP yard Read More »
Mechanical
Bombardier to build third people mover system for Las Vegas airport Read More »
MOW
CN to use ultrasonic system to extend bridges' lifespan Read More »

June 21

Rail Industry Trends
AAR schedules 2006 fall peak forum to foster dialogue between railroads and shippers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB decision puts DM&E's plan to form Powder River Basin line-managing subsidiary on hold Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ALSTOM-led consortium to play major role in Algerian tramway project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tie purchases and production up dramatically in May, RTA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TransitCenter to introduce check card as part of commuter benefits program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wal-Mart selects J.B. Hunt as 2005's top intermodal carrier Read More »

June 20

Passenger Rail
NJ Transit to launch express service between New York, Atlantic City Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF's Piggott and Bischler to take on VP positions, Murray to retire Read More »
People
Santa Clara VTA names two top execs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
International railway union forms Middle East region Read More »
People
Shumsky to head Florida East Coast's human resources department Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Cubic to install ticket distribution system for U.K.'s Northern Rail Read More »
Labor
BLET members reelect five National Division officers Read More »

June 19

Rail Industry Trends
UP sets first seven-day carloadings record outside fall peak Read More »
Passenger Rail
Utah Transit Authority gains $489 million federal grant for FrontRunner project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian transportation industry lands $226 million in federal funds to bolster security Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern to install Wabtec's train/dispatching management system on U.S. and Mexican roads Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Greater Cleveland RTA asks employees, passengers to help keep watch over system Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Trucking capacity to remain tight into 2007, transportation research firm says Read More »
People
Alaska Railroad shuffles executive staff Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF, Japan railway share best practices at Texas meeting Read More »

June 16

Rail Industry Trends
WMATA board signs off on $1.9 billion FY07 budget Read More »
People
CN elevates Jablonski, Ruest to SVP level Read More »
C&S
Toll-free emergency phone numbers should be posted at more grade crossings, FRA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Caltrain seeks feedback on fare hike proposals Read More »
Mechanical
NS orders 1,600 coal cars from FreightCar America Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FTA approves Sound Transit's environmental report for northern extensions Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alaska Railroad seeks state permit to spray herbicides on weeds Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Short line association sets dates for fall regional meetings Read More »

June 15

Rail Industry Trends
House signs off on amendment to add $214 million to Amtrak's FY2007 appropriation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP sets several coal train loading records in May Read More »
Intermodal
U.S. needs a 'truly intermodal' transportation system, NCIT's Sherry says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York MTA boots up new user-friendly home page Read More »
MOW
SEPTA to rehabilite trolley line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier to build another 31 light-rail cars for London transit agency Read More »
M&A
Trinity completes sale of fittings group Read More »
MOW
TieTek adds Darnell, House and Brink to executive ranks Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Klutts Equipment to take wraps off Oklahoma manufacturing plant Read More »

June 14

Kansas City Southern
KCS names Shoener president and COO; Haverty remains chairman and CEO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tank-car design a focus of House subcommittee hearing on rail haz-mat safety Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Kopp to join California High Speed Rail Authority Read More »
Mechanical
CN, KCS place orders for more than 100 locomotives Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
High gas prices mean more passengers for LA MTA Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Same-railroad carloads fall for RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming in May Read More »
Mechanical
BNSF transports Asian steam locomotives to Illinois for RDC Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Russian Railways rejoins international rail union after 50-year hiatus Read More »

June 13

Rail Industry Trends
NYCT sweeps APTA's Rail Rodeo competition in Brooklyn Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF shuffles transportation department management staff Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit begins to build Mount Arlington station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TMCA hands out transportation marketing and communications honors Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kansas City Southern de México begins to re-stencil locomotives Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Siemens delivers light-rail vehicle No. 1 to Charlotte agency Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian hall of fame seeks nominations for 2006 inductees Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
HDR to design, engineer Houston METRO extension Read More »
Mechanical
RailComm to supply remote-control locomotive switching system to limestone miner Read More »

June 12

Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads originate record-setting number of carloads in May, AAR says Read More »
Mechanical
Utah, California agencies place joint locomotive order with MotivePower Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CPR to serve Toyota's new Ontario plant Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS sets coal, coke and iron ore volume records in May Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pittsburgh port authority installs chemical detection devices at light-rail station Read More »
C&S
Four Anacostia & Pacific small roads to spend millions on infrastructure and equipment Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak, Texas town unveil renovated station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to boost train speed in Minnesota and Wisconsin Read More »

June 9

Rail Industry Trends
BART signs off on $557.3 million FY2007 operating budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
House Appropriations Committee approves $9 billion in FY2007 transportation funding Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Florida East Coast, Wal-Mart win Argus Media's Win-Win Award Read More »
People
KCS appoints Borrows, Cornelsen to high-ranking financial positions Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
LA MTA named APTA's 2006 'outstanding' transit agency Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Former MidSouth Rail, Illinois Central and Southern Pacific CEO Moyers dies Read More »
Safety
UP sponsors 37th tank car safety course at TTCI Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RMI seeks nominees for 2007 Fast Track Awards Read More »

June 8

Rail Industry Trends
BNSF sets units-handled record in May Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink's monthly passenger count reaches 1 million for the first time Read More »
Mechanical
Siemens to provide traction control systems for passenger cars and locomotives Read More »
M&A
Railmark Holdings acquires short line and dinner train operator Coe Rail Read More »
Safety
BNSF to rely on rail fans' eyes and ears to help spot suspicious activity Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier delivers 1,000th car to China Read More »
Mechanical
Jarrett to manage DTE Rail Services' Indiana rail-car repair shop Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
On Track Innovations to supply smart cards for Israeli transit agency Read More »

June 7

Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern to launch daily container/trailer service between Mexico and the U.S. Southeast Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
House appropriations committee rejects amendments to provide additional Amtrak funding Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index records first two-month winning streak since fall 2004 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak offers online mobile device application Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier to renovate vehicles, bogies for U.K. transit agency Read More »
C&S
KCSR teams up with Louisiana DOT to upgrade 300 crossings Read More »
People
Tucker to head Virginia rail and public transportation department Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pennsylvania railroad authorities to merge, change track ownership Read More »
People
Faiveley Transport appoints Tomar VP of marketing and business development Read More »

June 6

Mechanical
FTA launches joint procurement pilot program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
California railroad authority chooses NWP to operate Northwestern Pacific Line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB schedules hearing to review 'paper barriers' part in line sales and leases Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA realigns management structure Read More »
Mechanical
BNSF gets more bang for the buck at the diesel pump Read More »
M&A
Trimaran Capital Partners to purchase Standard Steel Read More »
People
RailWorks appoints transit division president, two risk management department heads Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
InTrade International to provide cranes, rail-car mover to two Venezuelan mining firms Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
RailComm completes operating rules training for Indiana commuter road, short line Read More »

June 5

Rail Industry Trends
BNSF lines up ethanol move to the Dallas/Fort Worth market Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transbay Joint Powers Authority to take two-phase approach to new intermodal transit center Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pittsburgh port authority adds light-rail cars to rehab program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to reschedule Ferromex interchange, improve track in Mexico Read More »
Labor
SEPTA, UTU reach tentative pact for conductors Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN cleans up river, assesses environmental impact after tank car accident in Quebec Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCSM turns to machine of yesteryear to remove fouled ballast Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New Orleans transit authority obtains FTA waiver to protect FY2007 appropriation Read More »

June 2

Rail Industry Trends
House subcommittee marks up 2007 transportation appropriation, full House approves additional security funds Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota governor signs bonding bill for Northstar project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Nottingham might be next STB chairman Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA provides $1 million grant to Operation Lifesaver Read More »
Intermodal
Shurstad takes Pacer International's presidential reins, passes Pacer Stacktrain's top seat to Finkbiner Read More »
MOW
L.B. Foster to provide fasteners for Canada Line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Engleman Conners leaves National Transportation Safety Board Read More »
M&A
Trinity Industries sells fittings group Read More »

June 1

Intermodal
Schneider National to launch container service with CSXI and KCS Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Surface transportation trade between the United States and NAFTA partners hits high-water mark in March Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sound Transit completes two Central Link light-rail stations Read More »
Mechanical
Chicago SouthShore orders 100 gondolas from Trinity Industries Read More »
Financials
GE/Credit Suisse joint venture to invest millions in transportation infrastructure Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
MBTA to transform century-old Maverick Station into intermodal hub Read More »
People
UP names Florence, Yedlick to general transportation superintendent positions Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Trainyard Tech to install process control system at NS yard Read More »
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