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Rail News: June 2008

June 30

Four-way pact will resolve key issue surrounding EJ&E transaction in Indiana, CN says Pittsburgh port authority signs off on FY09 budget Kenna succeeds Starling as Panama Canal Railway's president Houston METRO breaks ground on light-rail line STB says no to Nevada, will continue to review the DOE's application to build Yucca Mountain line RTA report: Tie purchases rise, production falls in May South Florida RTA gains recognition for bridge project, business strategies Ansaldo STS OKs merger of Italian units; wins contracts in Italy and China

June 27

House bill proposes $1.7 billion to help transit agencies handle soaring fuel costs June carload swoon continues for U.S. and Canadian railroads, AAR data shows WMATA signs off on FY09 spending plan Proposal by NS, Pan Am Railways to co-own new railroad a minor transaction, STB says SEPTA to lease passenger cars from NJ Transit Federal court places preliminary injunction against UTU, sheet metal workers merger BNSF lands on top 100 list of 'best diversity' companies Updates from Thales, Skanska, Alstom, MHF and Motiva Enterprises

June 26

Outcome of CSX board elections could take a month to sort out In memoriam: Rapid-discharge door developer Robert Ortner Higher ticket prices on tap in Oregon, Minnesota Potash exporter to build terminal at CN-served Canadian port USDOT, Caltrans to test intelligent transportation systems in Bay area UP-sponsored tank-car safety course nets 24 participants Illinois commission OKs pedestrian underpass project

June 25

Survey says: L.A. County residents would support additional transportation sales tax Nation needs to tap more of railroads' fuel efficiency and 'green' appeal, AAR's Hamberger tells Senate committee Commercial equipment finance an active market in May, index shows Caterpillar acquires Brazilian locomotive/transit car service provider for Progress Rail division Rail Runner places event recorders on trains Michigan State University marks first graduating class for railway management course International railway union boots up emission calculation tools Updates from The Andersons, URS, FreightCar America, VTG Group and SafeRack

June 24

UP, NS partner to provide automotive co-loading service Short-line tax credit extension passes House, stalls in Senate Oregon to pony up $100 million for 30 transportation projects DART rolls out 'super-size' LRVs TCI and 3G Capital can vote their shares at CSX's annual stockholders meeting, appellate court says Edmonton takes wraps off new light-rail vehicle BLET engineers, trainmen ratify Wheeling & Lake Erie contracts

June 23

House subcommittee proposes $1.4 billion for Amtrak in FY09 MARTA to discuss potential rail extension to Gwinnett County U.S. carloads plunge in latest week after damaging floods, AAR says BNSF marks 4000th crossing closure in eight years, new intermodal customer coming to Chicago-area terminal KCS CEO Haverty earns top entrepreneur regional honor; Govreau joins KCS as AVP Metro-North completes upgrades to four stations Intermodal terminal opens in Poland Updates from L.B. Foster, Union Switch & Signal, Pacer and SEKO

June 20

Houston METRO gets go-ahead from city to launch light-rail construction Ferromex, Ferrosur pull out of AMF; association's future 'very uncertain' CEO poll: Fewer workers, more sales on many top execs' near-term agenda CenterPoint Properties-commissioned study touts local benefits of proposed Chicago-area intermodal terminal/industrial park STB re-schedules hearing on common-carrier obligation tied to haz-mat moves Updates from Alstom, Energy Absorption, American Railcar Industries and Georgetown Rail Equipment CSXT to hold fall e-business workshop in Chicago

June 19

Independent proxy voting advisor backs four of TCI/3G's five CSX board nominees COSCO to bring container vessels to Prince Rupert port Utah, North Carolina agencies to raise ticket prices MBTA to give Blue Line stations a face lift Seven UTU officers can intervene in SMART merger case, federal court rules VeraSun Energy delays two ethanol plant openings in the Midwest Updates from Greenbrier, Railpower, Vossloh, Alstom, and RMI

June 18

Utah Transit Authority starts construction on another light-rail line MBTA launches ridership campaign FRA-sponsored study targets T&E employees' work/rest patterns League of Railway Industry Women seeks 'Outstanding' nominees Davies succeeds Benac as American Railcar Industries' CFO Joint venture to build elevated railway in the Philippines Kush joins UP as AVP of corporate communications

June 17

Los Angeles MTA's subway, light-rail ridership spike in May SEPTA reaches tentative pact with transit police union KCSR scores higher service metric grades at Shreveport terminal TCU's carmen members to vote on tentative Soo Line agreement Grossman to retire from Genesee & Wyoming at month's end Sound Transit considers expansion plans' cost benefits Investment firms swing deals to acquire U.K.'s Freightliner, Angel Trains Updates from GE, e-VERIFILE.COM, Bombardier and Nomad Digital

June 16

Great Plains and Midwest floods wash out track, bridges Alaska Railroad lands FRA grant to install PTC system on 68 locomotives BART, MARTA sign off on FY09 spending plans S.F. Bay-area transit agencies obtain state security funds L.A. County transportation sales tax would stimulate economy, local group says Updates from Lockheed Martin, Faiveley Transport, Siemens and TRANSED TMCA elects officers, board members Russian prime minister OKs new rail-car plant

June 13

FRA focuses attention on grade crossing accidents NJ Transit to build station in Wood-Ridge Metro-North proposes Harrison Station transit-oriented development project U.S., Canadian railroads report carload declines in June's first week L.A. port's FY08-09 spending plan sets aside dollars for Pacific Harbor Line yard relocation project McAllister joins Pittsburgh port authority as planning director Updates from Boatright Enterprises, SKF, US&S, RailComm and STV

June 12

House signs off on Amtrak, high-speed rail bill TCI/3G Capital Partners' CSX stock transactions violated federal securities laws, U.S. district court says April's Transportation Services Index matches March level CTA turns to private sector to complete Block 37 project Vaughan Railroad seeks STB approval to build coal mine-serving line in West Virginia BNSF, NS to unveil new Columbus-to-L.A. container service next month SEPTA police prepared to strike Short lines help bolster Ontario's economy, study shows

June 11

Oregon's TriMet carries record number of passengers in May Sound Transit to expand Everett Station parking Patriot Rail adds Louisiana & North West to short-line stable Louisiana-Pacific moves first carload of laminated strand lumber from Maine plant Alstom to negotiate rail contracts with Kazakhstan railway BNSF appoints Rynearson AVP-compensation and benefits Lasarte joins South Florida RTA board

June 10

UTU members ratify national agreement with carriers' committee MBTA to start final design for Rockport Station Southern Railway of B.C. facility to transload various commodities instead of lumber Canadian government to help fund road upgrades near CPR's Calgary intermodal facility CTA completes Armitage Station renovation S.F. Bay area planners to prioritize transportation projects through 2035 Updates from National Railway Equipment, L.B. Foster, LightSpin Technologies, Azimuth Systems

June 9

Starling succeeds Shoener as KCS' president, COO FRA seeks applications for intercity passenger-rail program Toyota distributor to construct BNSF-served facility in Texas Mica appoints Rose as railroad subcommittee director North American transportation movers and shakers to meet in Canada Caltrain wraps up Burlingame Station modernization Emergency response center lands $250,000 FRA grant

June 6

California Senate committee calls for more accountability, information from high-speed rail authority SEC: TCI's CSX share transactions didn't violate federal security laws North County Transit District pegs Patchett as interim director AAR: U.S. railroads register more carloads, fewer intermodal loads in May Certain Transcona shop-produced wheel sets should be removed, Canadian transportation safety board says Queensland Rail to acquire rolling stock, upgrade terminals Updates from Mallory Alexander, Alstom, CONTECH, Hirschmann and RMI

June 5

North Carolina to add mid-day Amtrak service between Raleigh, Charlotte CN introduces online greenhouse gas-emissions calculator FTA office honors CATS' Blue Line for spurring development STB schedules hearing on common-carrier obligation tied to haz-mat moves Computerworld honors BNSF's fuel-saving efforts EMD retools old CPR locomotive into a 'Repower' unit Dwyer, Renz assume top posts at rail retiree association

June 4

Record-high gas prices continue to fuel transit ridership Honolulu to include airport spur in transit-rail plans KCSM posts progress on 'paperless' car repair billing VIA Rail ranks No. 35 in Canada's 'Top 100 Companies' list Mississippi harbor commission lands federal grant to improve Port Bienville Railroad North Carolina DOT to review crossing closure, improvement plans Updates from Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Skelly and Loy, and Wonderware

June 3

Permut to succeed Cannito as Metro-North president LACMTA wins top prize in APTA's Rail Rodeo BNSF names Gwilt, Irvin to HR management posts Eastman honors NS' coal logistics efforts; Owens Corning recognizes BNSF's intermodal service Holt to oversee RailWorks' L.K. Comstock subsidiary, transit division Watco acquires Fitzgerald Railcar Services' operations Voyack joins NS as government relations director Knorr-Bremse wins braking system orders in China

June 2

Public transit systems log 2.6 billion rides in first quarter, APTA says St. Louis Metro signs off on FY09 budget, cites need for new revenue source Bethel to succeed Regan as CSXT's VP-mechanical KCSR to introduce new management training program Weyerhaeuser seeks 'strategic alternatives' for short line subsidiaries Sound Transit to begin serving new Mukilteo station CPR to clean grain from hopper cars' end sills Genesee & Wyoming completes CAGY Industries acquisition << Previous Next >>
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