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Rail News: June 2007

June 29

SEPTA to hike ticket prices 11 percent Staten Island Railroad moves first containers from new ship-to-rail transfer facility WMATA approves $1.9 billion budget for FY08 Canadian governments, transportation constituents team up to fund rail corridor improvements in B.C. CN halts trains, embargos traffic on Toronto-to-Montreal corridor after native blockade TriMet signs off on $741 million FY08 spending plan BNSF, real estate developer propose Illinois business park featuring transload and intermodal facilities Patriot Rail promotes Wlotko to SVP of operations

June 28

CTA settles contract with 17 unions BART surpasses 100 million mark for FY2007 UP to acquire 10 Gen-Set switchers for L.A.-area yard CPR joins rail industry safety/security program ITT to acquire ENIDINE owner International Motion Control Trinity forms freight-car leasing, fleet management company

June 27

BNSF train tour provides glimpse of new capacity, business coming to nation's richest coal region TriMet sets ridership record in May Tie production and purchases surpass seasonal averages in May, RTA says Charlotte transit system opens light-rail facility Minneapolis' Metropolitan Council to award preliminary engineering contract for Central Corridor light-rail line AMEC to engineer tunnel construction, clearances for NS' Heartland Corridor intermodal route SNCF awards $2.8 billion high-speed train contract to Alstom McCarthy, Trusdell join FreightCar America's executive ranks

June 26

Six unions ratify contracts with NCCC Pennsylvania House approves amendment to create dedicated public transit funding FreightCar America estimates second-quarter earnings, announces hopper order Northern Virginia Transportation Authority recommends transportation projects Spanish railway green lights Siemens' Velaro E high-speed train for service Wireless Matrix inks 550-vehicle FleetOutlook agreement with RailCrewXpress

June 25

Genesee & Wyoming to terminate Ferrocarriles Chiapas-Mayab operations National Association of Railroad Passengers unveils proposal to upgrade, integrate national rail system KCS introduces program to teach English-speaking employees a 'proficient level' of Spanish City-Rail conference to come to Shanghai in September CMI-Promex's plastic signal housings pass AREMA 'Class B' muster Lat-Lon lands locomotive monitoring system orders from two railroads, sets first-half sales record for damage prevention system

June 22

House signs off on $400 million rail security bill, House committee OKs $1.6 billion for transit expansions AAR weekly data: U.S. roads move most carloads, second-most intermodal loads in '07 Caltrain to launch Burlingame Station project Capitol Hill press conference casts spotlight on freight-rail tax credit bill Alaska, Yukon study rail link SEKO opens office in Turkey

June 21

UP agrees to limit slow orders on Amtrak routes Kansas City Southern de México refinances debt to reduce pre-tax interest payments CN to acquire another 65 locomotives by next year International high-speed rail conference coming to Amsterdam in March NYC business leader Hemmerdinger might be MTA's next chairman Pennsylvania politicians honor AAR, others for giving veterans a lift with 'Liberty Limited' train Anderson to chair TMCA's new recognition committee

June 20

BLET members give thumbs up to tentative national contract Amtrak to add second Cascades train Sheet metal workers union blesses proposed UTU merger In Memoriam: Former RSSI Executive Director W. Edward Rowland ShipXpress acquires RailSync system from Railinc New Mexico's Rail Runner ridership spikes more than 20 percent in two weeks Utah Transit Authority launches redesigned Web site

June 19

Fort Worth Transportation Authority to begin environmental process for new commuter-rail line Canadian government to place three B.C. ports under one organizational umbrella Maine to examine cost of extending freight-, passenger-rail line MotivePower obtains locomotive orders from three transit agencies Amtrak, GrandLuxe Rail Journeys team up to offer luxury train service Fort Worth & Western acquires two Gen-Set switchers UP lands geographic information system user award

June 18

House committee adds railroad investment reporting requirement to rail safety bill Kansas City Southern de México marks 10 years since privatization St. Louis Metro OKs FY08 operating budget, registers ridership gains RDC seeks international arbitration to settle dispute with Guatemalan government GO Transit unveils prototype of new MotivePower Industries locomotive It'll take a tad longer to deliver 98 refurbished switchers, RailPower tells UP Wal-Mart honors J.B. Hunt as top intermodal carrier for '06

June 15

Rail stocks among transportation group's best performers in '07, report says House, Senate committees review transit legislation U.S. railroads' traffic remains down into year's sixth month, AAR says BART posts daily ridership record CSXI to expand Atlanta-area intermodal terminal Utah Transit Authority to receive first installment of federal FrontRunner grant Bombardier to overhaul locomotives for Sweden's Green Cargo

June 14

Transportation Services Index holds steady at 111 in April NJ Transit orders another 45 multi-level vehicles from Bombardier Teamsters Canadian MOW division to poll members on tentative CPR pact East European high-speed line launches service Alberta university bestows honorary law degree to CN's Harrison Telstra to install new communications system for Australia Rail Track Corp. TMCA presents top marketing exec award posthumously to ATA's Russell

June 13

VTA approves biennial budget, fare reduction plan Railroad and mass transit constituents can do a better job of securing their systems, Penn State study says CN preps network, plans transload facility to seize oil sands and other opportunities in western Canada STB data shows U.S. Class Is remain in hiring mode Metro-North, Teamsters local reach tentative agreement UP-sponsored emergency responder course racks up 24 more graduates RMI seeks nominees for next year's 'Fast Track' awards

June 12

TCU tells Amtrak to jump-start negotiations or brace for strike BNSF lengthens TransCon trains to move more containers per trip Capitol Corridor registers all-time-high ridership in May UTU proposes merger with sheet metal workers union NS names 21-story Norfolk headquarters after former leader McKinnon Century Products, Ameren partner to produce eco-friendly composite tie Greenbrier to turn 48-foot intermodal platforms into 40-footers Alstom, Colubris Networks team up to offer onboard wireless services

June 11

GO Transit begins to build third track on Lakeshore West corridor U.S. railroads remained stuck in carload, intermodal volume malaise in May Kansas City Southern de México adds train capacity tool to computer platform Amtrak becomes partner in Army's post-military career program Western New York and Pennsylvania to lease line from N.Y. rail authority, NS Wabtec acquires lift and ramp manufacturer Ricon Shepetuk to head California Transportation and Logistics Institute

June 8

USDOT announces semi-finalists for new congestion-relief program BLET chosen to represent Talleyrand Terminal Railroad workers, renews PATH pact BNSF loaded fewer coal trains in PRB last month Georgetown Rail Equipment lands automated ballast unloading kit orders from CSXT and BNSF, makes management changes League of Railway Industry Women seeks 'Outstanding' nominees for annual award HNTB to oversee engineering for Miami Intermodal Center

June 7

NS proposes to build New Jersey-to-Louisiana Crescent Corridor Sound Transit, University of Washington reach tentative University Link agreement STB schedules K.C. hearing to obtain public feedback on rail-transported energy products Strasburg Rail Road celebrates 175 years as short line of yesteryear, steam excursion line of today FreightCar America adds field engineers, administrator to bolster customer service department Siemens, Alstom to upgrade signal system for Belgian railway Hub Group to acquire Interdom Partners

June 6

CPR, Teamsters' MOW division reach tentative agreement, end to three-week strike KCS seeks $100 million RRIF loan to help fund Texas trackwork SEPTA ropes in top honor at APTA's Rail Rodeo competition New York MTA to create more seamless transportation network Terrorism not an imminent threat to TIH-carrying trains, rail security study says U.S. economy will grow at moderate pace through '07, Federal Reserve chairman says TranSystems merges with Lichtenstein Consulting Engineers Bombardier introduces maintenance, security systems to North American transit-rail market

June 5

Williams to take office as LIRR's first female president Back to the bargaining table: CPR, Teamsters' union meet for first time since strike began BART marks 50 years in Bay area BNSF completes coal line maintenance blitz in Wyoming INVITE, The Allen Group to create U.S-Mexico intermodal corridor Santa Clara VTA names Mikolajczyk CFO, Gonot chief of BART extension Railpower recalls Green Goat Series switchers after locomotive fire

June 4

NS turns 25 Hellmann takes helm as Genesee & Wyoming's CEO UP, Grand Prairie install Texas' first crossing camera system WMATA appoints Kubicek to oversee mechanical department Alstom promotes financial execs Kientz, Morin The Carlyle Group acquires majority stake in RMI FreightCar America promotes Magolske, expands SVP Bridges' duties

June 1

Supplemental federal bill provides another $100 million for transit and rail security; House committee to review FY2008 security measure Ohio rail commission, CSXT to replace surfaces at 17 crossings Pittsburgh port authority proposes FY2008 budget Long-time BLE leader and rail worker champion Sytsma dies RailAmerica begins to acquire environmentally friendly switchers from NREC NMB names Jones senior mediator Pan American Railway Congress coming to Argentina << Previous Next >>
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