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Rail News: January 2008

January 31

California, Tennessee/Georgia high-speed proponents take a lesson from Asian operators New York MTA board signs off on LIRR contracts STB extends EIS comment period on CN/EJ&E deal to Feb. 15 CSXI, UP to reduce fuel surcharges in February UP to speed up trains in Texas town Allegheny County port authority names Behrman AGM of planning

January 30

ProgressiveRailroading.com sports new look, provides more content Kansas City Southern de México budgets $251 million for '08 capex Amtrak evaluates service changes in key Virginia corridors Maryland Transit Administration to expand nighttime MARC service BNSF's capex budget slightly smaller in '08 Tie production and purchases tumble in December, remain down for '07 Metro-North receives high customer satisfaction marks in 2007 NS: Dimino to assume VP-audit and compliance post; Carter to retire

January 29

BNSF pays the price for soaring fuel costs with high quarterly expenses, operating ratio Rail-car orders up in fourth quarter, but expect decline in '08, EPA says CPR weathers severe storms, high diesel prices in the expenses and income columns Greater Cleveland RTA's rail ridership spikes in 2007 Quebec's Tshiuetin railway to obtain $12 million from Canadian government UP to install digital cameras on 1,600 locomotives in 2008 Updates from Amsted Rail, Harsco Track Technologies, Siemens, NICE Systems and RailComm

January 28

North County Transit District delays SPRINTER opening CPR, auto workers union reach accord to avert strike BNSF marks first revenue-service coal train equipped with electronically controlled pneumatic brakes NJ Transit opens Pennsylvania yard facilities MBTA to test WiFi on commuter-rail line Arizona Railroad Group appoints Scott Parkinson president and CEO Greenbrier to acquire American Allied Railway's assets

January 25

UTU, carriers' conference finally hammer out tentative contract Container volume down or even at three West Coast ports in '07 CTA adjusts contract to include additional car features U.S. railroads register carload gain for second-straight week, AAR says New York/New Jersey port authority takes wraps off new rail-car design Updates from Trinity Industries, Bombardier, Talgo, Savi Technology and Unitrac Railroad Materials

January 24

UP shakes off severe storms' effects to set revenue, income records House bill proposes transportation funding for trade corridors Construction projects cause CTA rail ridership to drop in 2007 UTA obtains three honors for FrontRunner project UP to upgrade track on key Missouri line NJ Transit signalmen ratify new contract Updates from RailWorks, HLS Systems, GATX and Thomas Group

January 23

NS sets revenue, earnings and income records CN drives up income, drives down expenses despite headwinds St. Louis Metro, contractor joint venture settle lawsuit Virginia rail agency, NS pony up $57 million to spruce up key rail corridor CN, UTU agree on tentative contract for 600 U.S. workers NJ Transit's Mount Arlington Station open for business TCU members ratify LIRR contract FreightCar America teams up with Titagarh to build rail cars in India

January 22

CSX in '07: Record revenue, best operating ratio in a decade Deutsche Bahn to acquire U.K. passenger-rail operator Canadian government issues transit security grants TTCI, Canadian research council to help Brazil's VALE increase axle loads Light-rail excerpt cut from surface transportation commission's report, National Corridors Initiative says Rail contractors association, unions forge new labor agreement Updates from Siemens, Bombardier and RailComm

January 21

Amtrak reaches tentative pact with eight unions Ohio rail commission OKs action plan, project funds KCS, industrial park partners to open K.C. intermodal facility in March Advocacy group pushes for restoration of Amtrak's New Orleans-to-Orlando service CN didn't meet service obligations for six grain shippers in prior crop year, feds say Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway boosts BNSF stake to 18.2 percent Virginia Railway Express elects 2008 officers

January 18

Illinois lawmakers pass transit funding, reform bill AAR on Week No. 2: Carloads up in U.S., way up in Canada Algoma Central obtains another $4.2 million in federal operating funds STB changes calculation method for rail industry's cost of equity VIA Rail's 'Canadian' among world's 'Top 25' trains, rail travelers' society says Updates from Texas Railcar Leasing, Alstom, TÜVRheinland, David J. Joseph Co. and Brookville Equipment

January 17

Denver RTD seeks alternatives for FasTracks properties Steelworkers union ratifies CN contract Illinois Commerce Commission to fund four crossing projects Report suggests ways New York MTA can bolster labor/management ties Alstom-led consortium to build high-speed line in Argentina BLET-represented engineers give thumbs up to LIRR contract MISCOR Group acquires American Motive Power South Dakota corn growers honor the DM&E's Schieffer as agricultural MVP

January 16

Commission calls for new transportation program, funding mechanisms ProgressiveRailroading.com introduces audio interviews Tacoma Rail receives more than $750,000 from USDOT Oregon's TriMet promotes Hanson to senior operations manager Supreme Court backs unions' position on unpaid leave Updates from North American Technologies, RailComm, Optelecom-NKF and Knorr-Bremse

January 15

FTA awards $6.3 million to maglev developer Short lines' carloads decline in '07, RMI index shows California ports OK cargo fee to help fund projects Northern Virginia Transportation Authority signs off on six-year plan TTCI to supply wheel/rail measurement system for Chinese high-speed lines BNSF recognizes top diverse enterprise-certified suppliers Ohio Central logs another double-digit traffic gain in '07

January 14

Canadian Auto Workers members OK strike mandate at CPR Miami-Dade Transit to hold contractor meeting for Metrorail extension MARTA to conduct system-wide safety review KCSM marks intermodal facility's opening in Mexico Genesee & Wyoming's carloads fall in '07's final month, quarter Alaska Railroad to detail '08 capital project plans Updates from Rochester Signal, RMI, Thales Group and Unitrac

January 11

AAR carload data: Railroads off to slow start in '08's first week High-speed rail study garners funds, VIA Rail gains holiday riders Transportation Services Index notches a small gain in November WMATA proposes $1.7 billion FY09 budget GATX lands car supply, equity interest deals with Providence and Worcester TSA appoints Rossides to permanent deputy administrator post AAR analyzes decade's worth of rail trends in annual book

January 10

Construction costs soar for Twin Cities' Central Corridor project UP revamps, staffs northern region public affairs office WMATA ponders passenger car designs BNSF partners with Vehicle Projects to develop a hydrogen fuel-cell switcher BART names deVaughn deputy GM Busalacchi will keynote first-ever 'Carmichael' transportation conference Watco adds Reload to growing portfolio Updates from National Railway Equipment, Alstom, GATX, Wabtec and FLS Transportation

January 9

Short-line tax credits in limbo, but not for long, lobbyist says Value of goods flowing across U.S. borders hits all-time high in October MBTA to overhaul three bridges Butzelaar succeeds van der Burch as Southern Railway of B.C. president Construction to begin on NJ Transit station-area project Rail-served ethanol plants to open in Ohio, Minnesota Updates from RailComm, Digital Concepts, Amsted Rail, Greenbrier and Lenord + Bauer

January 8

Presidential Emergency Board releases contract recommendations; eight unions impose Amtrak strike deadline BNSF in '07: new coal loading record, another 'perfect' peak season for UPS Metro-North, LIRR set ridership and on-time performance records in 2007 Roanoke intermodal facility means more jobs and tax revenue, Virginia rail office says Stella-Jones lays groundwork to acquire Burke-Parsons-Bowlby Amtrak analyzes feasibility of Quad Cities-to-Chicago line NITL names Sandberg interim president Electrical workers' union ratifies CN contract

January 7

FRA OKs $3 million RRIF loan for Columbia Basin New York/New Jersey port authority to hike ticket prices Stillwater Central MOW workers join BMWED Caltrain appoints Hartnett chairman, Gage vice chairman Seven UTU board members urge union president to support SMWIA merger STB chooses Quinlan, FreightCar America tabs Matthews to succeed retiring execs

January 4

FRA collects fines from CSXT, challenges Class I to instill safety culture Christmas travelers help BART set holiday ridership record on SFO extension Second-highest carload count still adds up to year-over-year loss for U.S. roads, AAR says Keating succeeds Russack as BNSF Foundation president ProLogis to develop rail-served distribution park in London RailWorks promotes Kennedy, Bennett

January 3

South Florida RTA sets ridership record in 2007 U.S., Canadian railroads continue to report opposite carloading results San Francisco Muni to upgrade tunnel track, improve station Patriot Rail acquires Utah Central Railway WMATA's Keele to oversee safety department CSXI's fuel surcharge falls, UP's rises in January Portec Rail, Kennedy/Jenks and Patrick Engineering announce personnel changes

January 2

U.S. Class Is expand workforce in November, STB data shows Houston METRO transitions to new fare structure, media CPR went over, CN stayed under federal grain revenue caps last year MBTA to provide wireless service in select subway stations, tunnels Genesee & Wyoming completes Maryland Midland Railway deal << Previous Next >>
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