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Rail News: February 2008

February 29

NS to open Heartland Corridor's first intermodal facility March 3 It's official: Wiley assumes CEO post at Sacramento transit agency Iowa DOT provides $4 million for 26 crossing projects Davis succeeds Shoener on KCS' board WMATA adds track trash collectors at three stations Updates from Trainyard Tech, International Railway Systems, Boxcar Services and FTR Associates

February 28

Amtrak proposes $1.67 billion FY09 budget New York MTA proposes five-year, $30 billion capital plan It's time to stop producing and transporting dangerous chemicals around the nation, AAR's Hamberger says Illinois commission OKs four crossing upgrades, one bridge replacement Charlotte contracts STV/Ralph Whitehead to help plan Blue Line extension MotivePower introduces low-emission switcher; EJ&E tests NREC's GenSet switcher Houston METRO, FTA officials discuss project funding

February 27

FRA seeks $1.1 billion appropriation in FY2009 federal budget CTA to sell $1.9 billion in bonds to fund pension program Metro-North, Connecticut DOT unveil M-8 mock-up Lower locomotive depreciation rate a boon for rail-related investments and jobs in Canada, RAC says Anacostia & Pacific's Gilbertson to chair Hill reference library Updates from WAGO, Kalmar, Greenbrier, Transplace, RailComm, Portec, Railinc, Mechel and Sure Seal

February 26

Canadian Transportation Agency lowers Class Is' western grain revenue caps Ferromex becomes TTX's first new owner in 43 years Tie purchases and production skyrocket in January, RTA says CSXI's fuel surcharge to rise, UP's carload rate-based surcharge to hold steady in March AAR: Railroads help utilities stock up on near-record amounts of coal BNSF closes 453 crossings in '07 Horn joins NS' board

February 25

U.S. railroads boost carloads for second-straight week, AAR says PATH celebrates a century of service Maryland Transit Administration tests train arrival system STB schedules hearing on railroads' common carrier obligation Great Northwest Railroad gets carload boost from dry urea Updates from Knichel Logistics, Faiveley Transport, RailComm and Union Switch & Signal

February 22

Sound Transit seeks input on transit expansion options BNSF regains Chrysler business New York/New Jersey port authority test contactless payment system Bombardier to build 27 locomotives for NJ Transit LIRR scores slightly higher rider satisfaction marks in 2007 Unitrac Railroad Materials acquires Donovan EDH and Trackwork Solutions

February 21

GO Transit to hike ticket prices next month UP speeds up trains at five San Antonio crossings MBTA places new passenger cars in service NS appoints Baker AVP of industrial development Ottawa Central Railway set to start track improvement project Short lines register carload gain through week No. 5, RMI index shows Updates from ARI, Trinity, Wabtec, DMF, AIG Rail, Railpower, Smiths Detection, Greenstone Holdings and Boxcar Services

February 20

Southern California ports, transportation authorities seek $2.2 billion in state funds Chicago mayor outlines service improvement plan for CTA CPR to challenge federal grain hopper maintenance adjustment in court Panama Canal Railway boosts intermodal, passenger-rail capacity North Carolina Railroad to begin preliminary grade separation design Caltrain to add weekday evening trains Myson to join Canadian rail association as dangerous goods specialist

February 19

Amtrak to deploy mobile security teams, conduct random bag checks FRA welcomes intercity passenger-rail grant program, releases draft environmental study for New Jersey bridge project Canadian Auto Workers ratify CPR contract; TCU OKs CSXI pact VRE proposes 3 percent fare hike Huron & Eastern workers join BLET North Carolina DOT upgrades track, signals along key corridor USDOT appoints ITS council chairs; FRA issues crossing safety resource guides Updates from RMI, Alstom, Loram and International Fuel Technology

February 15

U.S. railroads register carload gain in February's first week, AAR says NYCT to inspect, repair platform rubbing boards BNSF weathers winter conditions to boost coal train loadings in the PRB RailTrends 2008 coming to New York City Sept. 30-Oct. 1 STB seeks comments on proposed complement to capital asset pricing model WMATA to purchase track geometry vehicle UP's Duren one of top 15 women in corporate America, magazine says Containerization/intermodal institute elects officers, reappoints executive

February 14

FRA issues regulation to prevent human error-caused accidents Central Corridor group outlines most feasible option for Twin Cities' light-rail line CN's new car allocation system is flawed, grain shippers say; it's not an allocation system, CN says CSX board fires back at TCI's bylaw amendment criticisms UTU, Amtrak agree on tentative pact Transportation Services Index inches up in 2007 Teamsters rail conference ratifies CPR contract Updates from New York Air Brake, RailComm, STV, Pacer International and RoadLink

February 13

CPR, Consolidated Fastfrate extend intermodal partnership pact Sound Transit vows to meet strict environmental standards UP to boost up recruiting efforts in '08, speed up trains in Kansas STB to study environmental impact of Alaska Railroad's proposed line Genesee & Wyoming reports revenue, income gains Vossloh acquires track component supplier Kloos Oving Former Amtrak/Conrail leader Lewis and Hatch & Kirk co-founder Hatch pass away in January CTA implements Wi-Fi network to automate 10 yards

February 12

VIA Rail seeks contractor to overhaul passenger cars California's Capitol Corridor posts ridership, revenue gains in FY07 U.S. Class I workforce a tad smaller at 2007's end, STB data shows BNSF and UP among top Hispanic employers, Latina magazine says WMATA proposes Blue Line service changes STB seeks public comments on cost-of-equity calculation change Catalyst Paper to acquire Apache Railway as part of paper mill deal R.J. Corman to serve newly opened ethanol plant in Ohio

February 11

Seven senators urge majority leader to bring antitrust enforcement bill to Senate floor Riders give Caltrain high customer satisfaction marks Virginia port pumps up the volume in '07 Ridership on the rise in St. Louis, Twin Cities CSXT boots up 'Carbon Calculator' to show shippers rail is environmentally friendly Oregon's TriMet to add rush-hour light-rail service Carmichael at 'Carmichael' conference: U.S. needs an expanded rail network Updates from David J. Joseph Co., Alstom/Ansaldo STS, Global Rail Systems and Lat-Lon

February 8

TCI to CSX: Bylaw changes a 'disingenuous effort' to address shareholders' interests LIRR, AirTrain, Tri-Rail note higher annual or daily passenger counts AAR's January review: U.S. roads boost carloads, Canadian roads increase intermodal volume MBTA to purchase 75 bi-level cars from Rotem Domestic containers up, international containers down in 4Q, IANA says LIRR completes draft environmental study for third track project Illinois commission approves new overpass, crossing upgrade Transportation-related mergers/acquisitions in '07 reach 20-year high, M&A activity report shows

February 7

NYCT posts highest annual ridership in almost 40 years Canadian railroads reduce accidents, fatalities in '07 Schneider National picks BNSF, CSXI as primary rail carriers GO Transit surpasses 50 million passengers in 2007 TTCI launches test on composite rail bridge NJ Transit's ARC project gets FTA rating boost Federal court extends restraining order on UTU/SMWIA merger until May Updates from Wabtec, FreightCar America, The Andersons, Railinc and RailComm

February 6

Bush Administration recommends FY09 funding for New Starts projects KCS sets revenue and income records, trims operating ratio Shifts to all-water moves dragged down intermodal traffic last year, report says Illinois Commerce Commission OKs two crossing upgrades Caltrain to upgrade San Bruno grade crossings Simmons Machine Tool wins automated axle line contract

February 5

Federal FY09 budget proposes $10.1 billion for transit, $800 million for Amtrak Icahn's move to acquire Greenbrier and merge firm with ARI makes sense, Morgan Keegan says Siemens lands largest light-rail vehicle contract, Hampton Roads order KCS to deploy GPS ballast train, CWR train and Gen-Set switchers Retirements drive executive appointments at CN, NS Alstom takes wraps off latest high-speed train BNSF becomes chemistry council-certified system user, opens redesigned Seattle yard

February 4

Canadian, Quebec governments provide millions for short-line trackwork McFadden to succeed Martin as NS' corporate secretary; Derry joins KCS as VP WMATA's Catoe reflects on 2007 accomplishments, sets 2008 agenda FRA provides another RRIF loan, surpasses another track inspection milestone New York Air Brake acquires Klasing Hand Brake's business UP budgets $3.1 billion for capex in '08

February 1

BNSF Logistics acquires DFL FRA announces new passenger-car safety requirements Mayo Clinic seeks mitigation for Rochester as condition of CPR/DM&E merger DART names Chrisman new board chair Homan to succeed Wilson as Loram's president/CEO Updates from Harsco, L.B. Foster, RailComm, Global Rail, Cisco and TUVRheinland << Previous Next >>
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