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Rail News: July 2006

July 31

New York/New Jersey port authority earmarks $1 billion for bi-state tunnel project Orange County Transportation Authority seeks voter approval to renew Measure M transportation tax Houston METRO completes draft environmental report for Southeast Corridor STB to revise rate case guidelines, examine grain rates at fall hearing Thelen, Heilig assume VP posts at NS Trinity Industries to sell European freight-car business to International Railway Systems TransCore acquires rail tracking software provider IntelliTrans

July 28

Sacramento agency to raise fares for second time in a year CTA, Bombardier finalize 406-car order Chicago-area transit agencies form coalition to improve regional transportation UP adds former White House Chief of Staff Card as director Developer begins to build high-rise, mixed-use complex near LA MTA station Four Rivers Transportation appoints, promotes execs at two short lines FreightCar America's second-quarter sales, income and backlog go up; car orders come down

July 27

Freight-rail tax credit bill enters Senate Providence and Worcester to begin using newly built Rhode Island corridor in August Canadian government earmarks more than $11 million for crossing improvements More passengers climb aboard Amtrak trains on Keystone Corridor RailAmerica's second-quarter operating ratio rises, income falls Wabtec boosts second-quarter income, restructures to control costs

July 26

NS sets quarterly high-water marks for revenue, income and carloads CPR's second-quarter revenue and income rise, operating ratio falls FRA to address private-crossing safety at public meetings Cashman to succeed McClure as CIT Rail Resources president Bombardier to supply trams for new Italian light-rail system Garnett to leave post as Great North Eastern Railway's CEO

July 25

BNSF sets revenue and income records in year's second quarter Connecticut DOT, Metro-North to award $522 million M-8 car contract to Kawasaki New ethanol facilities to build up Iowa short lines' traffic California Transportation Commission allocates millions to transit agencies Bordner takes reins as Maryland Midland's president and CEO Railmark Holdings changes Coe Rail's name to historic 'Michigan Air-Line' moniker

July 24

FRA data shows U.S. roads reducing train accidents and employee injuries, AAR says KCS, NS joint venture to start Meridian Speedway trackwork in August Transport Canada requires CN to restrict train speeds in Ontario FRA grants Georgia DOT $6.7 million to study Atlanta-to-Chattanooga line CSXI to boot up load matching tool MotivePower to remanufacture five NJ Transit switchers GE Rail Services promotes Schitter to VP of sales

July 21

DM&E's PRB project threatens safety, Mayo Clinic and Rochester Coalition claim; upgraded track will help prevent train accidents, railroad says CN attains all-time-low operating ratio, all-time-high revenue in second quarter House committee signs off on $3.5 billion transit security grant bill UP to build terminal near San Antonio next year BNSF names Williams AVP of service design Twin Cities & Western celebrates 15th anniversary WMATA to upgrade car washers

July 20

UP sets revenue and carload records, lowers operating ratio in second quarter Senate appropriations subcommittee approves $1.4 billion for Amtrak, billions for FTA and FRA CN and BMWED agree to resume contract talks, ending one-day strike WMATA lands $4 million grant for backup control center ARCI data: Car deliveries climb, orders and backlog fall in second quarter Pickett to serve fourth term as Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen president Greater Cleveland RTA names Kelley board VP

July 19

CSX sets revenue and income records, lowers operating ratio in second quarter Transit agencies carry 2.5 billion passengers in first quarter, APTA says BMWED launches strike at CN to prompt contract resolution WMATA posts record ridership for 10th-straight year GE, Cubic complete first explosives-detecting ticket vending machine test NS purchases two RailPower switcher conversion kits Miner Enterprises files federal patent infringement lawsuit against A. Stucki

July 18

Iowa Interstate closes on Great Western acquisition Mexican government to fund three-fourths of Chiapas-Mayab's line rebuilding costs Progress Rail subsidiary to acquire CSXT's Kentucky shop BNSF counts on campaign to help prevent track buckles UP's fourth 'Heritage Series' locomotive honors Chicago & North Western's workers

July 17

Pittsburgh port authority awards $156.5 million tunnel construction contract Sound Transit seeks feedback on three expansion options New name, new schedule for MBTA's Providence-to-Stoughton line FRA awards research grants to two universities NJ Transit opens Newark light-rail line Genesee & Wyoming registers carload gains in June, second quarter Bush to nominate Scovel as USDOT's inspector general Sturtz joins Global Railway as COO

July 14

New Mexico's Rail Runner launches service Ottawa awards $580 million design/build contract to Siemens-led consortium Watco to acquire Minnesota, Dakota & Western from Boise Cascade Burgeoning coal and intermodal traffic bodes well for rail-car demand, FTR says Altamont agency increases fares, adds trains SEPTA contracts Parsons to conduct second phase of 'Smart Stations' program BNSF creates council to address transportation supervisors' concerns Trinity Industries finds buyer for European freight-car business

July 13

Government grants will spur ethanol traffic in Ontario, RAC says GO Transit installs television systems on trains Barthle becomes National Association of Railway Business Women's 34th president BNSF appoints Haynes to succeed retiring AVP Sturgeon TieTek forms six-person advisory board Kondek joins Aspectus Video Intelligence as president, CEO

July 12

U.S. transit systems under no imminent threat following Indian commuter train bombings, DHS says DHS to test passenger screening equipment at PATH's Exchange Place Station Sound Transit to add Sounder trains in 2007 Sammon to head Transportation Security Administration's network management office Brookville Equipment to build environmentally friendly locomotives for Metro-North, Staten Island Railroad RailAmerica's carloads decline for fifth-straight month ALSTOM to supply trains in France, Denmark Teamsters Rail Conference solicits first responders' support for 'safe rails' campaign

July 11

RailTrends finance conference coming to New York City in October Another year, another fare increase at Caltrain Velocity committees help Kansas City Southern's railroads shore up service metrics BNSF provides workers tips to avoid slips and trips CXT to supply concrete ties for Edmonton light-rail extension TMCA installs officers, names year's top marketing executive Brijot Imaging Systems offers explosives-detecting camera software

July 10

U.S. railroads register carload gain, set coal volume record in June, AAR says LIRR receives New York transportation safety board honor for crossing safety program U.S. Class Is' workforces remain on the rise, STB data shows Transportation Services Index registers third-straight monthly gain in May Fatigue probable cause of 2004 train accident, NTSB finds Transit security bill enters the House

July 7

DHS to dole out $168 million to transit agencies, $7.2 million to Amtrak Transport Canada orders CN to use dynamic brake-equipped locomotives on part of B.C. line BNSF sets Powder River Basin train loading record in June WMATA, ATU agree on four-year deal Island foundation chooses Southern Railway of B.C. to operate freight and passenger trains ALSTOM to supply CORADIA trains to French, Italian railways LA MTA to analyze DMUs, connector line UTU, steelworkers union to share knowledge and resources Burke-Parsons-Bowlby to build second wood treating plant in Kentucky

July 6

Sen. Kohl aims antitrust enforcement act at rail industry Emergency board seeks to resolve SEPTA, BLET dispute California ports launch plan to cut air emissions South Florida RTA appoints Scott chairman, Barreiro vice chairman Kansas City Southern Railway installs revenue management system Carter & Burgess acquires Day Wilburn Associates RailPower scales back 2006 production goal by 40 switchers Santa Clara VTA hires Hursh as deputy maintenance director

July 5

DOT signs off on $700 million for DART light-rail expansion AAR data: About halfway through 2006, U.S. roads continue to move more carloads CSXI, UP to drop 'STAX' domestic container program Canadian government to grant millions to help secure large transit systems CN, UTU agree on contract covering Bessemer Subdivision T&E workers FRA, USDOT dole out grants for intermodal terminal and transportation research LA MTA appoints Molina chairman Teamsters' rail conference elects officers << Previous Next >>
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