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Rail News: February 2004

February 27

UP routes southern California-bound traffic over BNSF's Arkansas line Amtrak to revise Michigan-to-Chicago service CN, UTU reach tentative agreement covering GTW workers South Florida RTA obtains $28 million from USDOT for double-track project NS helps develop more than $1 billion worth of industrial projects in 2003 Spanish railway contracts Bombardier-led consortium to maintain high-speed trains U.S. roads register robust weekly traffic figures, Canadian roads and TFM record up and down data, AAR says MBTA to replace Orange Line signal system Trinity obtains BNSF's 6,000-hopper order, offers senior notes to generate working capital

February 26

CN, CAW officials back at bargaining table KCS' year-old transportation plan is paying service accuracy dividends EWS replaces 'Royal Train's' two power units with one EMD locomotive Wheeling & Lake Erie rolls out Johnstown America's specially built aggregate cars Transentric sells rail-car tracing software to Texas oil refinery

February 25

FRA to ease, hasten RRIF application process as promised, ASLRRA says Spanish railway awards shuttle, variable gauge train contract to ALSTOM/CAF consortium CSXI's March fuel surcharge to hold steady at 4.5 percent BART contracts Cubic for smart-card software U.S. rail retirement board appoints Arfa head of hearings, appeals VIA Rail tests new wireless Internet service RailPower lines up another shipper to test hybrid Green Kid switcher STV promotes SVP Spearing to chief strategic growth officer Wabtec Railway Electronics, Cobra Europe attain ISO 9001:2000 status

February 24

STB schedules last public hearings tied to Conrail merger oversight FHWA should act on rail committee's crossing safety recommendations, AAR's Hamberger says UTU-Canada asks appellate court to review CIRB's decision to reword representation election ballots MHF Logistical Solutions to market container for radioactive-material moves UPS continues streak as top transportation company in Fortune poll

February 23

BNSF banks on campaign to turn up the heat on track buckle prevention Houston METRO proposes light-rail extension Portland port picks Anacostia & Pacific to form rail switching firm Amtrak expects Acela ridership boosts from new marketing campaigns Peoria seeks STB approval to build connecting track, convert segment into trail NJ Transit adjusts Secaucus Junction timetables Kelso can market pressure-relief valve to North American tank-car users, AAR says WMATA to install credit card fraud-identifying software Greenbrier promotes Olinger to VP, controller

February 20

Canadian Auto Workers launch CN strike after negotiation stalemate WMATA Chairman Smith outlines 2004 obstacles, goals BNSF to build track serving Stockton, Calif., industrial park Long Island Rail Road implements online ticket service UP continues search for train-service candidates Siemens to implement product-development software Weekly AAR traffic figures so-so for U.S. railroads, strong for Canadian roads and sickly for TFM Spanish railway contracts Alcatel-led consortium to provide C&S technology Note to railroads: UPS has the nation's best customer service, survey says

February 19

Canadian labor minister, mediator try to prevent CAW strike against CN KCS to purchase 74 locomotives from lessor Financials: RailAmerica increases quarterly, annual revenue; reduces debt-to-capital ratio OmniTRAX appoints former RailAmerica SVP Sauer to top marketing post Savi Technology offers updated software, RFID tags targeting container safety

February 18

In memoriam: Former Penn Central, B&O president Langdon US&S to cut jobs after Network Rail cancels contract Schneider National opens Pacific Northwest intermodal field office Houston METRO registers more than half a million riders on new light-rail line Wabtec increases year-over-year earnings for sixth-straight quarter ARINC names longtime exec Jacoby chairman National Steel Car names Bertram regional VP of marketing, sales Bombardier names Navarri head of rail transportation group New York City Transit contracts Wabtec to provide additional subway-car components

February 17

Canadian Auto Workers reject CN agreements, plan to strike Friday Watco Cos. to acquire Camas Prairie from North American RailNet Make it seven quarters in a row of North American intermodal volume growth, IANA report says BNSF banks on teen meetings, school presentations to boost crossing safety National Steel Car appoints Pickel regional VP of marketing, sales

February 16

AAR traffic figures: Intermodal still primary driver, but carloads not taking a back seat for U.S., Canadian roads Rail tunnel fires: How to minimize risk, maximize safety, report says NJ Transit approves $22.9 million in viaduct repairs The Andersons assumes ownership of all Railcar Ltd./Progress Rail rolling stock Greenbrier's Nova Scotia workers ratify three-year pact Libya to host international transportation conference in fall

February 13

Deutsche Bank transportation conference: Second day, same positive economic sentiments expressed by Class I execs Senate passes $318 billion reauthorization bill; House recommends TEA-21 extension FRA provides public another two months to comment on interim train-horn rule Budget woes continue for Port Authority of Allegheny County North Carolina Railroad, NS choose contractor to replace rail bridge World Trade Center PATH station sets higher-than-expected commuter figures Indiana Rail Road set to spend a record amount of MOW dollars to handle increasing traffic TRE names Sklannik COO FRA doles out $4.6 million RRIF loan to Oklahoma short line

February 12

Deutsche Bank transportation conference: Day one presentations focus on improving economy, accelerating earnings KCS senior staffers conduct series of town hall meetings to stress safety, service OmniTRAX handpicks Hollowell to head Colorado short line, build region's business Indiana short line to operate Ameren's Show Me State small road Smart and Secure Tradelanes expands to South Africa, adds Taiwanese port

February 11

Genesee & Wyoming's full year, quarterly financial figures multiply in Australia, subtract in North America Amtrak requests $1.8 billion in FY05 Florida East Coast Railway helps color parent company's financial ledger black Port Authority of Allegheny County receives federal funds to extend light rail, enhance community programs Pacific Harbor Line to regain scrap-metal recycling customer HNTB to study proposed Kansas City, Mo., commuter-rail line Hydrogen generator supplier on board for fuel cell-powered locomotive project WMATA to build West Falls Church station parking structure Florida East Coast appoints Popky EVP, CFO ALSTOM obtains two contracts from French national railway

February 10

BNSF's 2003 industrial development scorecard surpasses $1 billion Watco forgoes annual budget process in favor of overall operating plan OmniTRAX promotes EVP Parker to COO Railroads play role in reducing UPS' fuel usage, greenhouse gas emissions Florida East Coast Railway to install MPL Technology's lubricating stick on all locomotives

February 9

CSXT cuts 120 management positions; plans to issue more pink slips Transportation leaders experience war game to enhance security efforts CSXT, UTU to test guaranteed rest at several yards SEPTA to close community information center Shapira starts up Pennsylvania short line, raising small-road roster to three Cubic-led consortium to bid on Denmark smart-card system New York Regional Rail attracts investor, issues common stock and adds board members WMATA to solicit public comments on proposed police station North American Technologies finances debt, shuffles senior staff to prompt composite tie production

February 6

AAR January traffic tally: U.S., Canadian roads register carload gains; combined intermodal traffic still strong Teamsters Canada Rail Conference outpolls UTU for right to represent CPR workers FTA recommends FY2005 New Start funds Texas Transportation Institute to conduct safety study for Houston METRO UP unveils intermodal service designed to speed freight across Mexican border Amtrak signs agreement with AT&T wireless to install Internet at stations 'Day on the Hill' still a go for next week despite Senate ricin scare, ASLRRA says VRE obtains FTA funds for additional station parking TTX seeks STB approval to extend flat-car pooling authority until 2019

February 5

CSXT charges Duke Energy 'reasonable' coal rates, STB says Puerto Rico plans to construct the Caribbean's signature port CSXT to place 10East's mobile device in all signal maintainers' pockets Agricultural-product shipper plans to test drive RailPower's Green Kid International rail consultant Interfleet Technology acquires GB Railway's RSE Management

February 4

Rate case corrections favor utility's argument against NS, STB says Senate Finance Committee recommends TEA 21 transit funds KCS sets 2004 MOW agenda Draft environmental reports complete for California's proposed high-speed rail system CSXT honors Virginia county administrator for promoting 'Parks for Growth' program WMATA awards control system contract to ARINC Newly reorganized Railroads of New York elects officers, names executive director Amtrak contracts Wabtec to provide brake actuators National Cargo Security Council book offers shipment security tips

February 3

Rail-car market report: 2003 deliveries, orders and backlog reveal a rebound, but some constraints remain, ARCI says USDOT proposes FY2005 budget BMWE to participate in FRA-sponsored fatigue study of MOW workers CSXT honors two Florida short lines' business-boosting efforts GE Rail/MHF Logistical Solutions' remote-monitoring system targets rail security Wabtec's locomotive, rubber-product subsidiaries attain ISO 9001:2000 designation

February 2

Change at the top: UP pegs three-man team to lead company New York MTA advances car purchase for Metro-North Railroad United Steelworkers members approve CPR contract Maryland Transit prepares for double-track project, reconfigures routes and reduces headways NS registers record-setting performance for UPS during 2003 CTA reopens fourth station on the Blue Line's Cermak (Douglas) branch CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge surpasses 4 percent RailPower forms subsidiary to foster U.S. presence << Previous Next >>
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