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Rail News: July 2008

July 31

Kansas City Southern
KCS drives up traffic volume, revenue and income; drives down operating ratio Read More »
MOW
UP to bolster track in Wyoming, Missouri Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Chinese railway to begin operating first high-speed line Read More »
Intermodal
August fuel surcharges: CSXI's to drop slightly, UP's and NS' to rise a tad Read More »
People
Utah Transit Authority appoints new board officers, members Read More »
C&S
Illinois commission gives UP thumbs up to upgrade four crossings Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Torch River Rail becomes Canada's newest short line Read More »

July 30

Rail Industry Trends
Bush Administration proposes new federal transportation plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
MBTA joins parade of transit agencies posting record ridership Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Joliet city council gives thumbs up to logistics/intermodal center Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio provides grants for diesel emission-reduction projects Read More »
People
Horodniceanu to oversee MTA's capital construction division Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Midwestern state alliance backs 're-regulation' bills Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Timken, NICE, Vossloh, Rescar and STV/Ralph Whitehead Read More »

July 29

Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak gains more revenue, riders in FY07 Read More »
C&S
NS partners with North Carolina Railroad, state to upgrade 43 crossings; transfers Pennsylvania property to six townships Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA, Sound Transit to take transit funding packages to voters Read More »
Mechanical
Strong second quarter means more rail-car deliveries in '08 than previously projected, EPA says Read More »
Safety
WMATA to participate in FTA emergency management program pilot Read More »
People
Smith succeeds Snyder as CSXT's VP of network ops; Gardner succeeds Yocum as MMA's VP and CFO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from MeteorComm, Jacobs Engineering, VTG, BNSF Logistics, Smiths Detection and Cubic Read More »

July 28

Rail Industry Trends
Two TCI/3G nominees join CSX's board; two board seats still in play Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB issues draft environmental report on CN's proposed 'J' acquisition; expects to release final report in five to six months Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian government grants $100 million to Toronto Transit Commission Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Santa Clara VTA sets summer-month ridership record Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail inspection program not a factor in Pennsylvania derailment, NS tells NTSB Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA provides grants for crossing safety, rail-flaw detection R&D Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA to strive for environmental certification on new, rehabbed facilities Read More »

July 25

Financials
Midwest floods submerge BNSF's income and earnings Read More »
MOW
WMATA board approves new infrastructure rehab strategy Read More »
Intermodal
AAR: U.S. railroads boost carloads for third-straight week Read More »
Mechanical
Capital goods investment 'held its own' in the second quarter, survey says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
National Multilevel Reload Pool reaches 55,000 units Read More »
Financials
Updates from L.B. Foster, GATX, Morton Manufacturing, Federal Signal and RailFood.com Read More »

July 24

Union Pacific Railroad
UP overcomes flooding, fuel costs to post revenue and income gains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. House passes relief package for 'busted' Highway Trust Fund Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York MTA releases 'sobering' 2009 preliminary budget, four-year financial plan Read More »
Intermodal
Prince Rupert port boosts cargo, container volumes in first half Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Caterpillar's Progress Rail to provide locomotive, rail-car services in Australia Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco turns 25 Read More »

July 23

Financials
NS sets revenue, income and earnings records Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TCI/3G: CSX is delaying board election process; CSX: Counting votes in contested elections takes time Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North to add weekend train on Pascack Valley Line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailTrends coming to New York City in late September Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR's Hamberger: Chemical shippers should share, help find solutions to haz-mat transportation risks Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
VIA Rail takes top honor in travel agents' awards Read More »
C&S
BART offers cell phone service in some underground stations Read More »

July 22

Financials
CN: Quarterly scorecard shows income down, operating expenses and ratio up Read More »
Financials
Revenue the lone bright spot on CPR's financial ledger Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit records second-quarter ridership spike Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bull Mountain mine deal a boon to BNSF's PRB coal traffic Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Metro-North's wheel truing facility wins two engineering awards Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA grants $1 million to Operation Lifesaver Read More »
Mechanical
BNSF installs camera system on 2,000th locomotive Read More »

July 21

Intermodal
CN, CPR team up to form switching operator at Deltaport terminal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Greater Cleveland RTA proposes fuel surcharge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA proposes rule to ramp up roadway worker protection procedures Read More »
People
Calegari takes reins as US&S CEO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian rail association recognizes VIA Rail for defibrillator program Read More »
Intermodal
Tacoma port marks opening of 'FAST' freight corridor Read More »
Passenger Rail
First of five Northstar Corridor locomotives reaches remanufactured stage Read More »

July 18

Mechanical
Toronto Transit Commission cancels streetcar RFP Read More »
Labor
Federal court calls for arbitration in UTU's dispute of CSXT-BLET remote-control agreement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Denton County transit agency awards final design contract for new rail line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Carloads up, intermodal volume down for U.S. railroads in July's second week, AAR data shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
Charlotte, Dallas-area agencies record all-time-high passenger counts Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Central Oregon & Pacific seeks STB approval to abandon Coos Bay Line Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Bombardier/Talgo, Enterprise Wireless Alliance, Brookville Equipment and Ireco Read More »

July 17

Rail Industry Trends
Greater Cleveland RTA signs off on station contracts, proposes fuel surcharge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
VTA to obtain feedback on proposed Santa Clara-Alum Rock project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Thirteen-member coalition calls on Congress to pass 'railroad antitrust' bill Read More »
Mechanical
Virginia Port Authority to acquire three hybrid switchers from Railpower Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA contracts Jones Lang LaSalle to manage real estate Read More »
Intermodal
Nestlé selects Schneider National as primary intermodal provider Read More »
C&S
Updates from GE, HLS Systems, Bombardier, Dimetronic Signals, Cubic and Kelso Read More »

July 16

CSX Transportation
CSX earns record revenue, income despite soft economy and hard-to-take fuel costs; shares preliminary board election results Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak re-launches 'Regional' service as 'Northeast Regional' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Los Angeles MTA receives $16 million in state security funds Read More »
Labor
BMWED negotiates contracts with two Watco short lines Read More »
Intermodal
New York/New Jersey port's Staten Island terminal exceeds container volume expectations Read More »
Passenger Rail
Long Island Rail Road collects, sells scrap metal Read More »
C&S
Updates from Union Switch & Signal, Bombardier, Gannett Fleming, Norguard Industries, Alstom and Nortel Read More »

July 15

Rail Industry Trends
Senate committee approves FY09 funds for FTA, FRA and Amtrak Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia rail agency to unveil draft edition of statewide rail plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA sets daily ridership record Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FPN-USA seeks STB approval to operate Baja California short line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit, BNSF close to completing trackwork Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF ranks No. 35 in Computerworld's top 100 IT workplaces list Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pennsylvania DOT seeks applicants for freight-rail grants Read More »

July 14

Rail Industry Trends
Two Iowa congressmen introduce bill proposing low-interest federal loans for short lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Senate committee allocates funds for three transit agencies Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Turnstiles active at LACMTA, TriMet in June Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA lays out eligibility, selection requirements for capital grant program Read More »
Passenger Rail
South Florida RTA elects chair, vice chair Read More »
People
Kansas City Southern de México promotes Cervantes Martínez to AVP-taxes Read More »
Logistics
Updates from MHF, Cattron and Knichel Logistics Read More »

July 11

Rail Industry Trends
Texas DOT appoints committee to examine transportation needs through 2030 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BART to install solar panels at station, maintenance shops Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. railroads register carload, intermodal load gains in July's first week Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit unveils another ballot measure proposal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Severe storms rain on BNSF's PRB coal loadings in June Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS honors Heart of Georgia's business development efforts; Landstar recognizes UP as top rail carrier Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT outlines environmental initiatives at 'cleaner air' conference Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North to distribute wireless ticket machines to conductors Read More »

July 10

Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit signs off on FY09 spending plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
House subcommittee hearing sheds spotlight on truck size/weight issues Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alberta government 'green' program to provide $2 billion for public transit Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California high-speed agency approves final route, environmental report Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index registers second month-over-month gain in 2008 Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA posts record FY08 ridership, Tri-Rail notes ridership growth in 2008's first half Read More »
Intermodal
Ocean shipping alliance to call on British Columbia port each week Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Wabtec, Cattron, Jacobs Engineering, CAF and Cubic Read More »

July 9

Rail Industry Trends
Railroads continue to restore flood-ravaged infrastructure Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
L.A. sanitation districts to build intermodal/refuse-handling facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Siemens to cut 12,600 jobs worldwide Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail to relocate Manitoba station shelter Read More »
Labor
CPR's Soo Line, UTU agree on tentative contract Read More »
C&S
Updates from Alstom, Greenbrier, Unitrac and TranSystems Read More »

July 8

Rail Industry Trends
NS, Pan Am Railways to build intermodal/automotive terminal along Patriot Corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pennsylvania to pony up $30 million for rail assistance program Read More »
People
RailAmerica, Florida East Coast appoint six regional VPs Read More »
People
Management appointments at SEPTA, Fort Worth's 'The T' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Barges are safer and environmentally friendlier than trains and trucks, study says Read More »
C&S
Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, Rail Development Group, MotivePower and UNIT Rail Anchor Read More »

July 7

Labor
Montreal, Maine & Atlantic lays off 33 workers Read More »
Intermodal
U.S., Canadian railroads report carload swoon in June, AAR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Deutsche Bahn tabs Alstom to build up to 180 Coradia regional trains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS adds multiple trip plan application to e-commerce site Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
VIA Rail, SNCF subsidiary team up to market passenger-rail 'know-how' worldwide Read More »
C&S
Updates from Railpower, Nokia Siemens and Peab Read More »

July 3

Intermodal
July fuel surcharges up at NS and UP, down slightly at CSXI Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP starts trackwork in the Midwest; wins defense department's 'employer support' award Read More »
People
RailAmerica, Florida East Coast assign senior-exec team Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit completes Bloomfield Station shelter restoration Read More »
Labor
UTU officers sign national agreement Read More »
C&S
GE to overhaul signaling, communication system in Brazil Read More »
C&S
WMATA upgrades emergency communications Read More »

July 2

Rail Industry Trends
Illinois congressman proposes bill to block CN's EJ&E deal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Missouri allocates $5 million for Amtrak capacity improvements Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
More freight on rail, less on highways can cut motorists' fuel usage, traffic congestion study shows Read More »
Labor
DM&E forges tentative agreement with UTU; appoints Brooks to succeed Anderson as marketing head Read More »
Mechanical
Indiana Rail Road to lease coal cars, locomotives from CIT Rail Read More »
Amtrak
TCU workers ratify Amtrak contracts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from RMI, GATX, TranSystems, Parsons, MHF and FirstGroup Read More »

July 1

Labor
U.S. Class I workforce swells a smidgen in May, STB says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit obtains feedback on proposed ballot measure Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB orders CSXT to provide DuPont rate relief; NMB installs Van de Water as chairman a second time Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sacramento transit district sets monthly ridership highs Read More »
MOW
UP to upgrade tracks in Iowa Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Oregon's TriMet unveils new LRV Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Denver university institute, national intermodal center partner to offer freight training program in fall Read More »
C&S
Updates from Union Tank Car, Vossloh, Wabtec, Alstom and Wi-Tronix Read More »
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