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Rail News: January 2003

January 31

Senate gives Snow thumbs up as treasury secretary; CSX names Ward Snow's successor

UP to implement locomotive remote controls at Bailey Yard

NS, UP to add three cities to Blue Streak intermodal service

Long Island Rail Road president to join RailWorks as CFO

A. Stucki Co. parent purchases Independent Draft Gear

Sound Transit, Port of Seattle share light-rail vision

Tri-Rail expects ridership growth in 2003

Alexander to focus on development, growth for Connex

January 30

CSX posts positive yearly, quarterly financials

KCS reports mixed results in annual, quarterly financial performance

Small road to lease, operate UP's Missouri line

To reduce debt, RailAmerica opts to sell Chilean rail interests

Metra plans new suburban line

January 29

NS posts positive yearly, quarterly financial figures

BNSF, Ferromex trim transit time from truck-competitive Mexi-Modal intermodal service

CSXT, CSXI to join U.S. Customs' anti-terrorism program

NS taps Moorman as top corporate services exec

Transit systems crack down on vandals

New name 'unifies' Bi-State Development Agency

Study shows DART stations increase value of nearby properties

MBTA ready to renovate Malden Center Station

January 28

CPR posts record operating ratio, income in 2002

TCU: Arbitrator's ruling on national agreement for carmen, clerks is 'disappointing'

Rail-car builders' doldrums might cease and desist in 2003, ARCI says

January 27

BNSF goes down swinging on UPS failure-free service streak

GM honors UP's service performance

Railcar Custom Leasing names Amick president

Caltrain set to start second phase of CTX

WMATA reports decrease in motor-vehicle thefts

Houston METRO plans public meetings to discuss 20-year plan

DART introduces online trip planner

January 24

Chemical industry leader calls on railroads, government and captive shippers to create competitive rail-shipping environment

GE taps Begley as top GETS officer

STB to solicit public's view on proposed rate-challenge amendments

North American Technologies obtains financing to increase production of plastic-composite ties

CNN online poll: Amtrak's worth $2 billion a year in taxpayer money

National security: APTA to coordinate public-transportation ISAC

January 23

UP continues 'remarkable' financial performance; plans to cut costs, jobs to counter economic, fuel-price concerns

KCS promotes financial, legal execs

Bombardier, Greenbrier joint venture receives 500-car order from TTX

New Hampshire seeks to acquire line from Maine Central Railroad

January 22

CN's fourth-quarter, annual financial performance left to one's own speculation

UP, TRANSFLO to create transload-terminal network targeting non-rail served chemical customers

ASLRRA forming committee to provide small roads more focused technology review

Harsco supplies switch, crossing grinders to China's Guangzhou Metro System

Union Switch installing last piece of NJ Transit's wayside speed-enforcement system

L.A. MTA begins building busway project that will provide San Fernando Valley commuters better access to light rail

CTA taps Smith to head capital construction program

SamTrans elects chairman, board members

January 21

BNSF's promising fourth-quarter financial results cap cash-strapped year

Conser caps 42-year career, retires from RailAmerica

North Shore Railroad System taps Shields as president

Yardmasters ratify UTU, Grand Trunk Western Railway contract

January 20

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic cuts pay, temporarily lays off workers to counterbalance lost business

BLE files dissent in locomotive remote-control arbitration case

Wisconsin & Southern seeks to acquire CPR line

Vermont set to purchase line from former Bangor & Aroostook

UP to test RailPower Technologies' Green Goat in Chicago yard

New Jersey Transit set to build consolidated training center, two parking decks

FTA schedules emergency-preparedness forum for Newark

WMATA to rename training facility after first female, African American general manager

January 17

CSXT partners to promote its services to Spanish, Portuguese shippers

CPR sells little-used northern New Brunswick spur line to CN

KCS gains access to seventh U.S. port

Bush appoints Hammerschmidt as NTSB head

Senate approves amendment that would meet Amtrak's appropriation request

Transit advocacy groups to Feds: 'Finance passenger-rail development'

Amtrak orders $3 million worth of brake actuators from WABCO Transit

IEEE issues standard for battery compartment size in rail-transit vehicles

Senate's verdict on Amtrak appropriation could come today

January 16

AAR releases most recent edition of rail-industry trends

BNSF chips in by helping Indian reservation move salvaged logs

Watco Cos. to centralize purchasing under five categories

Pennsylvania provides more than $6 million toward small-road projects

January 15

Locomotive remote controls are safe, AAR says

RailAmerica hits the ground running on 2003 growth plans

CSXT to jam weeks worth of track maintenance into four-day March 'Jamboree'

STB invites public to observe first open-voting conference

Grisso begins tenure as Alliance for Rail Competition's executive director

Iowa Interstate, carmen union agree on tentative contract

Joint venture delivers 22 rail cars to Shanghai Railways

Paris agency places $156.3 million trainset order with Bombardier-ALSTOM consortium

Minnesota commuter-rail project garners FTA's environmental seal of approval

Rail life, post-Sept. 11: FTA to provide $54.8 million for New York City-Northern New Jersey ferry projects

January 14

Senate targets late January hearing to consider Snow's nomination

BNSF grows wheat business east of the Mississippi River

FRA offers Web-based grade-crossing evaluation tool

RailAmerica's annual carload account an up-and-down tale

January 13

Federal bankruptcy court OKs Buckeye Steel's asset sale

Arbitrator rejects BLE's position on locomotive remote-control assignment

Supplier launches software targeting cuts in railroads' fuel costs

BNSF eliminates 332 jobs at three locomotive shops

CSXT joins EPA's emission-control program

Battling budget shortfall, WMATA staff recommends fare, parking-fee increases

Washington State DOT launches voice-driven portal for travel information

Computer-based training: BART provides online courses

France's SNCF, Continental Airlines form air/rail codeshare partnership

January 10

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about NS' premium paper service offering supply-chain management

ACTA names Doherty head of construction, engineering

Republicans take control of House transportation committee

U.S. Steel to acquire National Steel's assets, including Michigan short line

German agency orders 40 double-deck coaches, eight locomotives from Bombardier

Swiss Federal Railways places $122.7 million rail-car order with Bombardier-ALSTOM venture

New York MTA awards joint venture $90.6 million subway station reconstruction contract

Chicago CTA board blesses $33.8 million connector-track renovation

January 9

Emmett eyes May end to NITL career

Smithsonian exhibit to highlight U.S. transportation history

Timken names Happach to head rail business

Omaha Public Power District seeks short-line service provider, line maintainer

CSXT hopes cash awards entice small roads to augment Class I's carloads

TMCA seeks Tranny Award entries

January 8

Safety training: KCS to lean more heavily on operational tests, less on written exams

BNSF on a service failure-free streak for UPS

North Carolina Railroad proposes capital projects totaling $24.5 million

STB taps Schieb as chief of staff, chairman's counsel

New York MTA awards $162 million signal modernization pact to Granite Halmar

Intelligent Power Systems acquires power-conversion equipment supply contracts from R-R Industrial Controls

Amtrak rolls back coach fares

January 7

Arbitrator nears decision on unions' locomotive remote-control dispute

Greenbrier achieves quarterly gains in rail-car orders, backlog

International Steel Group makes bid for Bethlehem Steel

January 6

U.S. roads' intermodal up, carloads down saga holds true through 2002

Alaska Railroad seeks public comments on capital projects

International Container Terminal Services to shutter rail-served terminal in the Philippines

SFO extension won't open at month's end, BART says

DART general counsel resigns, returns to private sector

January 3

Australia to simulate rail operations in cyberspace

STB clears path for Portland & Western to lease BNSF line

ASLRRA to promote small roads' purpose by producing industry data

Public-conduct policing: WMATA creates 'Rail Anti-Crime Target Squad'

GO Transit adds Mount Joy trains

January 2

In its largest-ever expenditure decision, Indiana Harbor Belt contracts GETS to upgrade, remanufacture locomotives

Teamsters/BLE to represent Iowa, Chicago & Eastern workers

CSXT appoints Griffith as coal-operation coordinator

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic to launch operations Jan. 9

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