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Rail News: August 2008

August 29

AAR: Carloads, intermodal loads down for U.S. railroads in week No. 34 Five Class Is prep operations for Hurricane Gustav Maryland Transit purchases passenger-rail coaches from VRE STB's Buttrey to step down from government service IANA backs ATA's lawsuit against L.A.-area ports' concession plans CSXI says 'thank you' to truckers during 'appreciation' week Updates from Bombardier, FreightCar America, Interfleet and Harsco

August 28

U.S. Class I workforce a tad larger in July County to file lawsuit against Virginia to challenge use of public funds for NS intermodal terminal Keewatin Railway to receive capital funds from Canadian government Illinois commission OKs plans for 10 crossing-improvement projects Two BMWED divisions merge to form Midwest federation Updates from Harsco, HNTB, VTG Aktiengesellschaft and Midland Manufacturing

August 27

New legislation adds taxpayer protection, fiscal controls to California's high-speed bond meaure DART, TRE register all-time-high ridership in July NJ Transit begins final phase of South Amboy Station reconstruction UP provides $50,000 for Iowa's flood relief efforts; NS foundation donates $2.2 million in first half St. Louis' TRRA contracts RMI to manage car hire services

August 26

CN reaches terms on EJ&E-related agreement with Joliet Texas' Capital Metro notes progress on new passenger-rail line Three Class Is' monthly fuel surcharges reflect diesel price drop BNSF recognizes truck carriers, lands logistics magazine's 'quality' award Construction begins on next Northstar Corridor station Updates from Jacobs Engineering, URS, Global Rail, Kelso Technologies and Macquarie Rail

August 25

FRA issues two research grants to colleges, bridge inspection handbook to railroads GO Transit expands Lakeshore East line USDOT delays new drug-testing rule until November, UTU says League of Railway Industry Women names Farmrail's Petry 'Woman of the Year' CTA seeks public input on Yellow Line extension WMATA aims to get a grip on overhead handles Four agricultural shipper groups support 're-reg' bill Updates from URS, TKDA, Interfleet Technology, RAIL.ONE, Kelso Technologies and All Track

August 22

Rep. Lipinski, area leaders back CN's EJ&E deal Amtrak's California trains busy in July Oregon governor calls on STB to accept port's Coos Bay Line purchase proposal GO Transit set to open Lincolnville Station AAR: U.S. railroads rack up fewer carloads in August's second week St. Louis' Metro achieves FTA 'excellence' award KCS elevates Scott to VP in accounting department

August 21

Greater Cleveland RTA boosts passenger count in July Pennsylvania commission updates 12-year transportation spending plan Livonia, Avon & Lakeville, Western New York & Pennsylvania fill top posts LACMTA to update public on Westside subway extension Triple Crown tops logistics magazine's service provider list Updates from GE - Transportation, MISCOR Group and Specialized Rail Transport

August 20

Virginia green lights NS to build Heartland Corridor terminal in Elliston USDOT's proposed RRIF program changes could put loans out of reach for many short lines, ASLRRA says Amtrak registers ridership spike in Heartland Corridor Santa Clara VTA cuts water consumption BNSF reopens transload center near Chicago New York DOT contracts SYSTRA to help develop state's rail transportation plan Northstar Corridor authority launches new Web site Updates from EMD, 10East, Timken, IndigoVision, PNG Ventures, GE Rail Services and Harsco

August 19

Pittsburgh port authority posts ridership gains in July UP budgets $9.1 million for Wisconsin line improvements Caltrain proposes ticket price hike RailTrends coming to New York City next month ACTA installs Hahn as chairman, passes resolution on four projects Updates from Bombardier, EMD, Balfour Beatty Rail, Midland Manufacturing, L.B. Foster, ROBEL and Hatch Mott MacDonald

August 18

All-time-high 2.75 million passengers ride Amtrak in July Sacramento agency hires consultant for light-rail extension KCS names Jensen AVP of intermodal sales, marketing Regional state government group opposes 're-regulation' bills Piper succeeds Glynn as Alaska Railroad's COO; Streat joins Watco as shop safety manager Metro Transit partners with Google to offer trip planner AAR issues 13th annual edition of Class I statistics

August 15

CN petitions STB to modify procedural schedule so EJ&E transaction can close this year SEPTA set to launch largest-ever service expansion AAR: Carloads, intermodal loads down for U.S. roads in August's first week South Carolina to draft statewide rail plan Eight unions, BNSF challenge USDOT's 'intrusive' drug test rule in federal court WMATA unveils six-level parking garage at Huntington station Iowa Interstate to break out steam locomotives for Salvation Army benefit

August 14

Transportation Services Index makes modest gain in June, USDOT says LACMTA, Metro-North register ridership spikes NJ Transit purchases more rail cars, expands SEPTA ticketing agreement Illinois commission OKs upgrades to six grade crossings Providence and Worcester registers more revenue, less income CTA to hold hearings on Orange Line extension Updates from L.B. Foster, MISCOR Group, Global Railway, MDI Group, FreightScan and J.L. Patterson

August 13

FRA, unions unveil 'risk reduction' safety program TriMet posts another ridership record in July Canadian government to launch first stage of freight-rail service review Watco, Wabtec and TTX make management changes STB denies FPN-USA's application to operate portion of Baja California line GO Transit widens Credit River Bridge BLET, NS reach tentative agreement

August 12

FTA gives FDOT green light to begin final design for central Florida commuter-rail system UP appoints new operating, labor relations managers Santa Clara VTA seeks sales tax increase to operate, maintain BART extension APTA names Alexander 2008 Hall of Fame award winner Updates from Progress Rail, Interfleet, Wi-Tronix and Carmanah Technologies New parking garage opens along Hiawatha line

August 11

North American container volume reaches four-year high in 2Q, but ports expected to post container volume decline for full year Sacramento RT plans to raise fares, cut service in FY09 Utah Transit Authority to launch construction on commuter-rail line U.S. Class I workforce a touch smaller in June, STB data shows Massachusetts Central names Bentley VP, signs marketing agreement with Claremont Concord National Mediation Board boots up arbitrators' caseload report on Web site

August 8

AAR: Carloads up, intermodal volume down for U.S. railroads in July DART to celebrate 25th anniversary BNSF's PRB coal train loadings rebound in July Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway lands iron ore concentrate contract Maglev conference coming to San Diego New York MTA adds nine language translations to Web site Updates from American Railcar, The Andersons, Con-way, Bombardier and Chas. H. Sells

August 7

CN to seek 'legal relief' to close on EJ&E transaction by year's end Short-line tax credits still stalled in the Senate WMATA posts record ridership in July UTU members ratify CPR/Soo Line contract NTSB: Bush backs Rosenker as vice chairman, Hersman as board member San Francisco's Muni advances agency review program Indiana port introduces two hybrid locomotives

August 6

'TRACS' Act enters House, targets CN/EJ&E transaction FRA to evaluate 25 proposals for intercity passenger-rail grants BNSF to expand mileage-based fuel surcharge program Birmingham to receive $23 million from feds for intermodal terminal Amtrak expands shuttle service to eastern Maryland Jacobsen rejoins KCS as VP, chief engineer Yocum retires as Montreal, Maine & Atlantic's VP and CFO Updates from Wabtec, Cattron, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Pacer and Entrust

August 5

Rail safety bill passes muster in the Senate Caltrain reaches another annual ridership, revenue high FMCSA extends cross-border trucking demo; four congressmen, UTU oppose extension VIA Rail raises passenger and revenue counts, lowers on-time performance in first half Alaska Railroad, university team up to study vegetation-control herbicides UP to improve track in Wisconsin Bravo joins South Florida RTA's board Updates from Mitsui Rail, US&S, Unitrac, Integrated Concepts, FreightCar America and RailRunner N.A.

August 4

Genesee & Wyoming to acquire nine Ohio Central Railroad System short lines WMATA reorganizes administration, appoints three execs STB schedules Oregon field hearing to review proposed Coos Bay Line abandonment Iowa ponies up $4 million to help seven small railroads pay for flood-damage repairs Alaska Railroad to gain FRA grant for rail/highway bridge CTA reopens Diversey Station Watco lands Solvay Chemicals' switching business in Wyoming

August 1

TCI/3G nominees beat out CSX candidates for four board seats, final election results show Bush Administration's proposed transportation policy doesn't properly address freight transport, coalition says VIA Rail to upgrade Ottawa-to-Montreal line AAR: U.S. railroads report first weekly carload decline in July APTA: Commuters can save $8,000 a year by taking transit Chinese imports long will be key to North American intemodal traffic, study shows RailTrends coming to New York City in late September Updates from Virgin Rail, Alstom, Trinity, Portec, Railpower and Faiveley Transport << Previous Next >>
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