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Rail News: February 2007

February 28

Amtrak posts double-digit ridership growth on Illinois, Acela Express trains CSXT boots up Web-based interchange performance measurement tool for short lines Indiana ports set cargo-handling record in 2006 CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge to rise in March

February 27

FRA says 'nay' to DM&E's federal loan request BNSF, King County and Port of Seattle to transfer ownership of unused rail line ECORail readies Kentucky plant to treat, market wood ties ARINC opens Pittsburgh office to support surface transportation, security projects Econify boots up Web-based inventory location service for rail industry

February 26

UTU-Canada, CN reach tentative agreement, but strike will go on until late March ratification ballot Amtrak ridership on the rise in Michigan RailAmerica: Giles to succeed Swinburn as CEO; Redfearn and Howe to step down as president and CFO CPR joins U.S. Army's post-military job placement program Metrolink names Crary assistant executive officer of operations

February 23

Severe storms, UTU strike reduce U.S. and Canadian roads' weekly carloads, AAR says New Mexico chooses route for Rail Runner extension to Santa Fe Utah transit agency takes delivery of first FrontRunner locomotive from MotivePower Former TCU International President Kilroy dies Trinity sets freight-car backlog record in fourth quarter Wabtec generates record sales, increases cash flow

February 22

LIRR's ridership, on-time performance rise in 2006 It's time for federal legislation to end UTU-Canada strike, CN says Wiedefeld, Waters assume Maryland Transit Administration's top two posts Wisconsin & Southern seeks state funds to restore service on abandoned lines RailAmerica mourns passing of Central Operations President Hulstrom Nicoloff succeeds Kulmer as A&K Railroad Materials' president

February 21

Congressional bill, lawsuit latest attempts to stall DM&E's federal loan application CTA to install ticket vending machines at two Metra facilities Canadian government appoints panel to review federal rail safety act VRE wraps up Quantico Creek bridge project's second phase IANA creates card program to help truckers manage fuel purchases Railex installs computer system to help manage warehouse, rail produce shipments

February 20

UTU-Canada's strike against CN is legal, Canadian labor relations board says; contract negotiations to resume today, union says Metra carries record number of passengers in 2006 Sound Transit proposes to raise ticket prices, change fare structure Canadian government's ecoFreight program to promote environmentally friendly freight transportation Rail industry to defend right to keep convicted contractor employees off railroad property, AAR says FreightCar America marks opening of second Roanoke production line, delivery of first hybrid coal car to NS New York governor nominates Kluger as MTA's inspector general

February 16

Feds release funds for Chicago's CREATE program; seven projects slated to start construction SEPTA proposes FY08 fare hike to help make up $150 million budget deficit President signs off on bill to fund Amtrak at FY06 level UTU-Canada rejects offer to resume bargaining and end strike, CN says; deal limits ability to resume picketing, union says AAR weekly report: Intermodal loads go up, but carloads remain down for U.S. roads Florida East Coast boosts revenue, profit despite drops in aggregate and automotive traffic CTA expands mobile security network pilot

February 15

Rail safety bill would empower FRA to regulate rail workers' service hours CTA reiterates need for $6.1 billion in capital funds over five years Transportation Services Index registers first year-over-year decline since 2001 BNSF, CSX to repurchase more outstanding common shares Union Switch & Signal to install automatic train-control systems in Greece, Italy ARI sets revenue, earnings records in 2006

February 14

House subcommittee hearing: Railroads and Congress can do more to ensure rail workers are well rested, speakers say UTU-Canada strike at CN likely to linger into next week New Orleans planning commission obtains FRA funds to study passenger terminal redevelopment NJ Transit proposes ticket price hike in FY2008 KCSM advances plan to build Lazaro Cardenas terminal, spend more than $300 million on capacity projects UP and GE schedule California 'green' tour to tout environmentally friendly locomotive technology Fitzpatrick to succeed Santomero as FreightCar America's chairman

February 13

Four design teams to submit proposals for San Francisco intermodal transit center Genesee & Wyoming generates more revenue, income in 2006 Fortress Investment Group to close on RailAmerica acquisition BART hires firm to oversee Transbay Tube retrofitting BNSF, UP to serve southern Illinois ethanol plant Bombardier to help fill Chinese railway ministry's order for 500 freight locomotives VHB appoints Byrne senior project manager of train controls

February 12

UTU-Canada members launch strike against CN; Class I claims strike is illegal Washington state DOT to acquire third PCC branch line from Watco LA MTA, developers break ground on $600 million project at Hollywood & Vine station Ohio rail commission OKs upgrades to seven grade crossings Wi-Tronix appoints Cozzi VP of sales

February 9

AAR: U.S. and Canadian roads' slow start reaches five weeks WMATA to purchase new passenger cars KCS promotes Evans, Franko to AVP positions Anacostia & Pacific to install RMI's wireless transportation management system on 34 locomotives ALSTOM to supply trainsets for SNCF, freight locomotives for Veolia Cargo Railhead Vision Systems to provide onboard surveillance systems for Metra

February 8

Fourth-quarter volume gain caps off another record-breaking year for intermodal industry, IANA says MBTA opens larger concourse at North Station CSXI to double Charlotte terminal's capacity KCS names Mylin AVP of revenue accounting, disbursement FreightCar America registers record sales, reduces backlog Henneberry joins AIG as president and CEO of rail services unit

February 7

President's FY08 budget proposes $1.4 billion for transit projects Tacoma port projects record container volume, intermodal lift increase in 2007 MBTA to operate trains on Greenbush Branch for first time in almost 50 years CN implements contingency plan in wake of UTU-Canada strike mandate Montana Tractors honors BNSF Logistics as carrier of the year Amtrak's multicultural ad campaign targets African-Americans, Hispanics O'Rourke to manage Sperry Rail Service's North American operations

February 6

Bush Administration proposes $9.4 billion for federal transit program, $800 million for Amtrak in FY08 KCS churns out revenue and income records, reins in operating ratio Virginia rail agency to select intermodal terminal site in April State study shows 26 Wisconsin & Southern-used bridges need 286k-related upgrades NS appoints Earhart, Werner to VP positions Santa Clara VTA to release updated draft environmental report for BART extension

February 5

House votes to freeze Amtrak's FY2007 appropriation at FY2006 level FRA pilot program encourages yard workers to anonymously report near-miss accidents Santa Clara VTA obtains state funds for BART extension CN to boost Toronto terminal's capacity by one-fourth RailComm installs wireless control system on two crossovers at BNSF's Tulsa yard Bombardier to supply 321 TALENT 2 trains for Germany's Deutsche Bahn

February 2

AAR: U.S. railroads' carloads, intermodal loads drop for fourth-straight week Rail-car deliveries to drop slightly to 69,000 units in 2007, bounce back to 70,500 units in 2008, EPA says Timken obtains order to supply, recondition tapered bearings for German bogie manufacturer Nober, Mulvey to teach master's program transportation courses at Denver intermodal institute ShockWatch acquires temperature sensor manufacturer IntroTech

February 1

DM&E's Powder River Basin project stands up to environmental review, FRA says; Still need environmental study on former I&M line, STB says House OKs measure to fully fund transit programs in FY2007 STB data shows U.S. Class Is' workforce increased 1.6 percent New York MTA creates task force to secure LIRR, Metro-North rights of way UP begins to use first of 60 'Gen-Set' switchers at L.A.-area yards KCS appoints Wochner senior VP and chief legal officer << Previous Next >>
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