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Rail News: February 2003

February 28

Locomotive remote controls increase yard safety, CSXT says MARTA, ALSTOM reach car rehabilitation agreement House transportation committee approves bill to support families of passenger rail accident victims Passenger-rail coalition seeks federal funding WMATA considers extending passenger-train hours KCS needs extra time to prepare, launch its automated payroll system Retirement investment trustees appoint chairman, board members Foreman earns BNSF Achievement Award for helping crews deal with frigid temperatures Harsco Track Technologies obtains first German order

February 27

CSXT promotes Crown to COO, names Cantrell to new technology post Bill would provide small roads tax credits to fund infrastructure improvements KCS promotes fuel-conservation practices NS safety committee targets trespassers at Chicago commuter-rail station TSA going from USDOT's governance to the Office of Homeland Security

February 26

Rail industry, government officials hold security briefing NS' industrial-development efforts paid off last year Canadian railway association, labor union sound off on Collenette's 'Straight Ahead' blueprint Higher fuel prices shouldn't hamper rail industry's investment outlook, Deutsche Bank says Australian Railroad Group appoints Mohan as CEO Federal funds enable NCTD to advance light-rail project Bombardier receives order, charters propulsion-system joint venture Pennsylvania professor designs handicapped-accessible rail cars Microsol Inc. to offer equipment, services to transit companies

February 25

CSX to uproot Richmond headquarters, relocate south to Jacksonville post Transport Minister Collenette lays out Canada's transportation blueprint BNSF LOGs more than $250 million in revenue from guaranteed empty-equipment program Pine Bluff bans locomotive remote controls within city limits, BLE says Rail industry representatives ready for tomorrow's 'Day on the Hill' MBTA awards joint venture a $1 billion operating contract

February 24

NS chooses soybean-based grease as rail-lubricant alternative BNSF plans to pare down diesel expenses, pump up fuel efficiency NS moves to Phase II of process-improving program Wabtec promotes Garcia-Tunon to head finance; CFO Brooks to assume new role Amtrak begins dealing with $1.05 billion appropriation NJ Transit's board gives go-ahead to four projects DART begins clean fuels program

February 21

Cost control: BC Rail, OmniTRAX roads pull out of Canadian small-road association Cost control: BC Rail, OmniTRAX roads pull out of Canadian small-road association Bush nominates Engleman as NTSB chairman Terminal road seeks Indiana line to set up switching operation BC Rail's three-year plan focuses on freight-rail service UP's Butler earns African-American heritage award Amtrak asks for $1.8 billion in FY 2004 RailKey provides comprehensive site for rail travel services NCDA seeks governmental support for commuter-rail project Tri-Rail awards bridge contract

February 20

KCS, BNSF execs eye enhanced marketing alliance Shippers adding transit time, absorbing cost to comply with U.S. Customs security rule, survey says McFalls to help drive BNSF's diversity efforts STB to hold second open-voting conference in March Railway Supply Association seeks college scholarship applicants

February 19

U.S. Steel seeks STB approval to acquire National Steel's short line Greenbrier, ACF might start up their own castings company after failed Buckeye bid CSXT selects US&S to upgrade traffic-control, dispatch system Timken completes Torrington transaction Johnstown America delivers 120 coal cars, appoints manufacturers' rep GCRTA introduces Web-based transit services Caltrain proposes fare, zone changes for more efficient service Cubic names Chant managing director New DART facility to reflect community's character

February 18

After five-month shutdown, Buckeye Steel plant set to restart OmniTRAX COO Rennick eyes March departure; company names three EVPs to fill his shoes Ohio county considers locomotive remote-control ban, BLE says CIT Rail Resources orders more than 3,000 rail cars Kansas & Oklahoma calls on state, communities — and customers — to help upgrade branch line

February 17

Security: STB determines delegation of authority during emergencies ACTA pencils in May start for Alameda Corridor's final grade separation UP becomes third Class I to join U.S. Customs Service's anti-terrorism program BNSF offers grade-crossing incident investigation tips to CHiPs KCS set to streamline mail, document management departments New light-rail system progresses in Phoenix area Kawasaki completes NYCT's subway-car order Sound Transit grows commuter-rail ridership in 2002 Metra plans another southern commuter-rail line Metra to purchase land for new Elburn station, storage yard

February 14

UP, CSXI team up on truck-competitive trailer service to and from Mexico Albany & Eastern, BNSF accept arbitration to resolve Oregon line dispute KCS, chemical transportation provider ready to unveil Texas industrial park Dallas short line's clerks choose UTU representation General Bearing tabs Uhlig as executive vice president Amtrak to make do with less-than-desired appropriation BART scores high in latest customer satisfaction survey METRO receives nearly $30 million in federal funds DART increases fares

February 13

USDOT's high-tech intermodal project passes initial test NS, Goode garner awards House transportation committee names railroad, transit subcommittee heads Climate control: U.S. roads envision 18 percent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2012, AAR says USDOT's high-tech intermodal project passes initial test Timken sells shares of common stock to fund purchase of Ingersoll-Rand unit

February 12

UP targets Nebraska trespassers to clear path for double-track project Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range offers 'noncompulsory severance' program to MOW workers Springfield Terminal Railway, electricians union set tentative contract terms Try, try again: Global Railway renegotiates deal to acquire G&B Specialties Study results to help ARRC improve passenger service in Anchorage More parking in store for Amtrak's second-busiest station Port authority awaits FTA recommendation on light-rail project

February 11

Rail intermodal volume rises almost 6 percent in 2002, IANA says KCS obtains trackage rights to Illinois Central's Mississippi line AAR OKs Kelso Technologies' pressure relief valve for tank-car use

February 10

CN set to offer 'scheduled' intermodal service FRA contracts consultant to help improve RRIF process BNSF to caution truck drivers on terminal hazards WMATA heightens security Amtrak: Single phone call for rail, room reservations Sound Transit's Central Link receives FTA's 'highest' recommendation, proposed federal funding

February 7

Traffic theater: U.S., Canadian roads' monthly carload totals elicit smiles, frowns UP, NS add northbound option to Mexican intermodal service Small road restores Washington line to divert frozen-food traffic CANAC's contribution to Kenyan railway garners award CTA continues to boost annual ridership O'Hare, Midway airports closer to getting downtown express rail service Group seeks to spur U.S. maglev projects Metra breaks ground on new Elgin station

February 6

Balfour Beatty appoints Wathen as head of North American operations RailAmerica returns to its asset-rationalization, debt-reducing past KCS expands transload network BLE to poll members on how Teamsters merger agreement should be structured Pieces of space shuttle Columbia bypass BNSF tracks

February 5

Watts to step down as Montana Rail Link's top exec at year's end Homeland security: DOT to step up background checks on U.S.-bound Canadian explosives carriers BNSF to join U.S. Customs' anti-terrorism program USDOT tabs Whitmer as deputy chief of staff Amtrak sets aside Bush Administration's 2004 budget proposal, awaits congressional verdict on 2003 appropriation L.A. MTA tests personal mobility devices Rail ridership increases in the third quarter, APTA says

February 4

Bills to repeal freight roads' federal fuel tax enter the House, Senate Mettle testing: CPR's 2002 financial results confirm market strategy CSXT's summer track maintenance 'Jamboree' to be its biggest Grade-crossing safety: Transport Canada to fund major portion of 35 improvement projects CPR a finalist for INFORMS 'best practice' award

February 3

STB dishes out seven decisions at first open-voting conference New York state law will lower property taxes, encourage rail investment, CSXT says Alaska Railroad ready to wrap up double-track project in Anchorage North Carolina railroad association names executive director, elects board members Amtrak receives go-ahead for faster Downeaster trains SNCF awards $257 million high-capacity train contract to Bombardier Yardmasters ratify NJ Transit, UTU agreement WMATA adds 10 vehicles to car-sharing program << Previous Next >>
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