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Rail News: July 2007

July 31

Rail safety bill enters U.S. Senate, mirrors many of House measure's proposals USDOT chooses two Denver RTD projects for pilot program FRA grants $4.5 million for CBTC research; USDOT awards $24.5 million for transportation R&D Lowenthal to chair Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority New Hampshire creates rail authority to establish commuter-rail service Global Railway lands deal to acquire locomotive engine refurbisher Siemens to supply substations for DART extensions Continental Fuels crafts UP move; American Surface Lines tests intermodal shipment on Twin Cities & Western

July 30

Congress passes Improving America's Security Act Pittsburgh port authority drops service cuts from FY2008 budget BNSF, Vision Intermodal to provide intermodal services for North Dakota industrial park Short-line association rallies support from politicians, shippers for tax-credit extension bills All signs point to 66,500 rail-car deliveries by year's end, EPA says Indiana Rail Road appoints Hardy chief administrative officer MET Laboratories certifies Salco Technologies’ remote monitoring device and sensors

July 27

NYCT, LIRR, Metro-North announce 2008 service and system improvement agendas Pennsylvania attorneys general file misdemeanor charges against NS in connection with 2006 derailment/sodium hydroxide release Vossloh, Wabtec, L.B. Foster, Harsco, GATX, FreightCar America report earnings BNSF idles 20 train sets, records fewer coal loadings because of reduced PRB mine production BNSF orders container-handling cranes for Memphis, Kansas City intermodal facilities Interfleet launches new light-rail department Salco Technologies appoints VPs, product specialists

July 26

'Strong pricing environment' drove revenue boost, KCS says New York MTA proposes three-year financial plan Alstom, Kawasaki to supply another 620 subway cars for NYCT CG Railway, Alabama officials dedicate Mobile ferry terminal STB data shows U.S. Class I workforce shrinks for first time in 2007 FRA to pony up $1 million grant for Operation Lifesaver RTA report: Tie production in high gear, purchases at low ebb in June

July 25

NS: Income and earnings in the black, revenue in the red Florida East Coast shareholders bless Fortress acquisition agreement European high-speed operators team up to provide seamless transportation between routes BNSF's Kansas hump yard turns 10 ASLRRA partners with coalition to oppose legislative attempts to increase truck size and weight Texas Petrochemicals installs OPW's couplers on 600 tank cars

July 24

BNSF: Revenue up, but so are expenses and operating ratio Federal arbitrator chooses CN's best contract offer over UTU-Canada's CN weathers severe storms, soft economy to boost revenue and income Bombardier to supply 37 double-deck coaches for Polish railway CPR drives up revenue and income, drives down operating ratio RMI introduces fleet management service suite Alstom delivers final track components for Paris-to-London high-speed line

July 23

VIA Rail, CAW reach tentative agreement at 11th hour Caltrain sets ridership, revenue records in FY2007 Progressive Rail acquires Missouri short line AAR data shows U.S. railroads remain behind last year's carload, intermodal volume pace Amtrak, BLET reach tentative pact covering 1,300 engineers Nottingham, Foote, McQuade and Schieffer to deliver keynotes at Progressive Railroading's RailTrends conference in NYC GE Equipment Services teams up with, acquires part of Indian freight-car builder Tynes joins RailAmerica as VP, controller

July 20

New York City Transit purchases portable detection systems for safety pilot CSX to hold analyst/investor conference in NYC Sept. 6 Maryland Transit Administration awards overhaul pact to Bombardier Red River Valley & Western turns 20 Railpower to foot $15 million bill to fix recalled switchers UP's logistics arm combines transload, rail shipment management units into carload group NTSB vet Quimby joins Rail Sciences' engineering staff

July 19

UP tops $4 billion in quarterly revenue for first time Pennsylvania legislature provides Pittsburgh port authority with $55 million in operating funds, $12 million in capital funds Private equity firm focuses on CPR buyout; Interpool stockholders OK sale to Fortress Carriers' committee reaches tentative agreement with five unions; BLET members ratify pact with New York short line Rarus Railway reverts back to name of yesteryear Bombardier, Alstom record rail-car orders National Steel Car to construct plant in Alabama

July 18

CSX sets quarterly revenue record at $2.5 billion, increases income House, Senate committees sign off on transportation appropriations bills Auto workers union issues strike mandate to VIA Rail CSXT partners with New York, New Jersey to boost rail security Metro-North to evaluate transit options for Stewart airport area STB creates advisory committee to keep tabs on rail-transported energy product issues Rail World, Mid Europa Partners consortium to bid on Hungary's state-owned MÁV Cargo State agency compact seeks to improve transportation coordination, communication in Massachusetts

July 17

K.C. transportation authority to conduct light-rail study Congressmen tout TTCI as anti-terrorism training center CSXT takes delivery of 300th Evolution Series locomotive from GE Car orders up slightly, but deliveries and backlog drop in second quarter, ARCI says MTA to add NYCT Staten Island-to-NJ Transit line bus route Steel Dynamics begins to ship CWR from Indiana welding plant Former UTU International VP Deering passes away at 91

July 16

Rail rates and service will be issues as U.S. ethanol production rises, shippers say; destination terminal capacity a bigger concern, short line says New York MTA seeks proposals to develop Hudson yard sites Kansas City Southern de México restructures carload unit management New Mexico's Rail Runner completes first year of service Ohio rail commission OKs $1 million loan for ethanol plant spur USDOT awards $6 million to five university transportation research centers Zant takes helm as Midland Manufacturing's president

July 13

Northern Virginia transportation agency approves tax/fee proposal Florida East Coast settles class action suit tied to Fortress deal UP partners with Nebraska college to add rail-related courses to applied science program Tennessee Southern scores three new customers, six refurbished locomotives NJ Transit to add parking at North Hackensack Station WMATA proposes to upgrade fare machines at 86 rail stations UPS recognizes Florida East Coast, NS as top rail carriers of 2006 Bourque Data Systems partners with Satamatics to provide GPS tracking for haz-mat rail cars

July 12

NJ Transit signs off on FY08 budget NS, Watco form joint venture to launch short line in Michigan CTA posts budget surplus in May, still ponders lay offs Transportation Services Index inches up in May Senate subcommittee proposes $1.4 billion for Amtrak in FY2008 Pacific Harbor Line, L.A.-area ports commission first few switchers in environmentally friendly fleet NJ Transit to advance Hudson-Bergen extension, grade separation project Providence and Worcester, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen agree on eight-year contract

July 11

NJ Transit posts record ridership in FY2007 Senate subcommittee proposes millions for Sound Transit light-rail projects in FY08 funding bill KCS hammers out intermodal, rail service deals in U.S. and Mexico Kapoor takes helm as Miami-Dade Transit's permanent director Short line set to reopen storm-damaged track; Class Is back in business on formerly flooded lines Proposed transload facility needs to comply with Massachusetts and local environmental laws, STB says Hub Group, Interdom Partners part ways on acquisition agreement

July 10

Santa Clara VTA restructures to improve financial management, operations Greenbrier boosts revenue, net earnings in third quarter More than 100 first responders receive NS-sponsored emergency response training at TTCI HDR to provide engineering services for new Port of Long Beach rail facility Bombardier to install CuproBraze oil coolers on refurbished South African Railway locomotives Safety Vision names Kerr controller

July 9

Allegheny County port authority to cut more service, jobs in September Railroad Development Corp. to suspend Guatemalan rail operations Oct. 1 KCS promotes IT execs Hall and Stones NCC Construction Sweden lands $39 million contract to build viaduct in Gothenburg Caltrain adds fencing along rail corridor Bombardier to supply another 19 high-capacity trains for French railway HDR gears up for streetcar workshop

July 6

AAR: Freight traffic slumps in year's first half, but comeback still expected in second half Carlyle Group to acquire ARINC WMATA posts record FY2007 ridership In Canada, federal and provincial governments to pony up to upgrade Quebec short-line infrastructure Amtrak to host station improvement workshop Former CN CEO Lawless becomes Order of Canada member

July 5

TriMet secures $345.5 million federal grant for I-205/Portland Mall line BNSF begins to use wide-span cranes, in-train wheel changing equipment to speed operations CSXI's July fuel surcharge matches June's 20.5 percent National Mediation Board names Hoglander chairman Caltrain to display train travel times on US 101 Bombardier to supply another 36 EMUs for London agency UP amends composite crosstie sales agreement with TieTek

July 3

U.S. Class Is' workforce remains on the rise in '07, STB data shows NS: Squires new CFO after Wolf retires Great Plains flooding slows Class Is, short line New York MTA shuffles executive staff Buffalo & Pittsburgh to lease New York branch line from NS UP, KCS announce management changes Coffey International acquires rail engineering, project management firms Barrerio, Eggelletion win re-election as South Florida RTA board leaders

July 2

North America's largest Class I turns 145 WMATA signs off on financial, operating plans for Dulles extension STB arm issues Draft EIS on new Utah line APTA poll shows more tourists will use public transit this summer AAR data: U.S. railroads match ton-miles in most recent week, but carloads still trail last year's total CN back in business on Toronto-to-Montreal route after native blockade ends Deutsche Bahn to acquire U.K. freight railroad, Spanish logistics firm through stock transactions << Previous Next >>
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