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Rail News: January 2005

January 31

Year-end financial statement: KCS sets revenue, income records; slashes operating ratios

CTA seeks proposals for new passenger cars

CSXT completes Chicago-area quiet zone

Pennsylvania short line sets annual carload record

IANA, NITL hire firm to manage co-located trade shows, attract more international attendees

RailComm installs wireless automation system at UP yard

January 28

Mexican fiscal court upholds TFM's value-added tax refund claim

Caltrain outlines 2005 capital projects

Evans to end six-plus year tenure at UP

Utah Transit Authority proposes consecutive-year fare hikes

North American railroads to USDOT: Let us help rebuild railways in tsunami-impacted regions

Bush to nominate former DOT Deputy Secretary Jackson to similar Department of Homeland Security post

Home Depot honors BNSF as a top transportation provider in 2004

WMATA shuffles board roster

CXT lands long-term concrete tie contract from UP

January 27

Financials: CPR's fourth quarter a bit soft, but full-year results are solid

Minnesota Senate gives thumbs up to Northstar commuter-rail funding

KCS orders 30 SD70ACe locomotives from EMD

Sacramento RT to review budget process with residents

NS fills five senior executive positions

New York/New Jersey port authority's intermodal terminals shatter container volume record in 2004

KCS sets infrastructure improvement agenda for Meridian Speedway

January 26

NS attains annual '7 + 7' goal — more than $7 billion in revenue, operating ratio in the 70s

Phoenix's Valley Metro obtains $587 million FTA grant for new light-rail line

Making a financial statement: CN registers lowest-ever operating ratios, sets income records

Santa Clara VTA schedules public meetings on BART extension

BNSF calls all-out track maintenance blitz on California mainline

Sound Transit hosts open house on Central Link light-rail construction

Tompkins to head Volpe Center; Frankel to leave USDOT post

Sacramento RT to hold hearings on proposed light-rail system modifications

Rail is safest, cleanest transportation mode in Canada, railway association survey says

January 25

BNSF registers best quarterly operating ratio in four years; adopts new name to reflect forward-moving resolve

Year-end financials: UP sees income fall and operating ratio soar; prepares 'Unified Plan' network redesign for 2Q roll out

CSX posts promising 4Q earnings, operating ratio

KCS, TMM clear potential U.S. antitrust hurdle to TFM transaction

Iowa, Chicago & Eastern, BLET hammer out four-year contract through mediation

January 24

NS rolls out its own 'Blue Streak' intermodal service

Minnesota Senate committee approves Northstar funding

Texas Pacifico revives rail service on former South Orient line

Bombardier announces more corporate reorganization moves, layoffs

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad lands FRA's eighth RRIF loan

Interfleet obtains contract to study light-rail vehicles

Lampe takes presidential reins at Chicago SouthShore & South Bend

Edwards and Kelcey taps Warzala as VP of design

Rail-car orders increased 50 percent in 2004, ARCI says

January 21

NYC economic development agency seeks operator to re-establish service on Staten Island Railroad

NJ Transit proposes fare increase in FY2006

2005 Outlook: RailAmerica expects 10 percent rise in revenue, 2 percent climb in carloads

SEPTA to gather more public comments on proposed fare increase

North Carolina Railroad to redevelop 13 stations to create revenue stream

Amtrak continues to increase ridership in Pacific Northwest

Transit Rail completes $2.5 million investment in New York Regional Rail

Pennsylvania's Chocolate Town to build intermodal center

Rail Scale taps Payne as president

WMATA increases ridership, security during inauguration events

January 20

Routing protocol pact: BNSF, CN to reduce interchange locations from six to four, bypass Chicago

UP upgrading track, crossing surfaces around San Antonio to speed up trains

Federal truck safety administration to re-examine hours-of-service rules

Iowa Interstate becomes full-fledged AAR member

Chicago's Belt Railway appoints Paras GM of transportation

January 19

UP to reopen parts of storm-damaged western lines by Monday

Minneapolis' Hiawatha ridership still on the rise

Teamsters conference-represented train crew workers ratify CPR contract

Cubic creates smart-card parking systems division

Indication of intermodal growth: Vancouver port increases volume 11 percent in 2004

Passenger-rail association seeks to increase membership, awareness

Retired NMB mediator Ingles dies

Romanian metro orders 20 MOVIA trains from Bombardier

Brazilian miner CVRD to acquire more rail cars, locomotives for three subsidiary railroads

January 18

CPR, coal shipper choose mediation to resolve rate dispute

Bay Area residents want regional transportation authority, survey says

Amtrak's Milwaukee airport station to open today

Off the abandonment list: Wisconsin purchases CN line to preserve rail service

ASLRRA accepting applications for women's scholarship program

Railway Association of Canada appoints Lafreniere to manage railroads' radio spectrum

Carter to succeed long-time Alfred Benesch Chairman Sandberg

January 17

CN, Steelworkers settle on tentative contract

Greater Cleveland RTA increases annual ridership for second-straight year

BNSF's real estate department changes name, but not charge to land more revenue

BART service is highly recommended, survey says

NS moves military vehicles, equipment for Operation Iraqi Freedom

Minnesota could approve state funds for new commuter-rail system later this year

RDC-led consortium assumes control of Mozambique's railway, port

Bombardier to supply low-floor trams for German transit agencies

FreightCar America leases NS facility to establish third rail-car production plant

January 14

Grupo TMM shareholders sanction sale of TFM stake to KCS

Diesel costs fuel TriMet to propose fare increase

AAR traffic report: U.S. roads pick up where they left off in 2004

CTA awards contract for Wilson station rehabilitation

It might take weeks to repair storm damage, restore operations in the West, UP says

WMATA posts budget proposals online

GE Security's tamper-resistant container passes field tests

Sacramento agency appoints board chairman, vice chair

Union Switch & Signal appoints McGee COO

January 13

GM to sell EMD to Greenbriar/Berkshire-led investor group

Severe western storms bring UP traffic to screeching halt

KCS gathers gangs at annual start-up meetings to talk MOW turkey

Washington state short line leases track from BNSF

RMI projects second-straight banner year for product sales

January 12

Young appoints LaTourette to chair House's railroad subcommittee

WMATA installs smart-card system at newest facilities

AAR publishes 21st edition of 10-year trends book

Calgary Transit raises a few fares

Multi-Link Terminals to expand intermodal capacity in Finland, Russia

GO Transit replaces Union Station monitors

Quarterly financials: Greenbrier off to good start in FY2005

FreightCar America to sell stock publicly through IPO

January 11

FRA to issue safety advisory on switching procedures

CTA completes Cermak branch rehabilitation

Bulkmatic Transport accepts plea agreement for breaking federal haz-mat transportation laws, USDOT says

Canadian labor board ponders service implications of possible CN strikes, lockouts

Alaska Railroad to review capital projects at Fairbanks open house

Trucking firm leases North Las Vegas track to new short line

Bright and early: NJ Transit to add morning train on River LINE

Union Tank Car, Kelso Technologies to jointly produce, peddle pressure-relief valves

January 10

USDOT traffic-flow survey: Trucks moved vast majority of U.S. freight by weight, value

Utah Transit Authority obtains $34.8 million in FTA grants

Watco expands into West Virginia by leasing CSXT line

Sound Transit seeks public input on long-range plans

Anacostia & Pacific to lease BNSF lines in central Minnesota, inaugurate short line No. 5

Greater Cleveland RTA to begin building new station

STB's shipper assistance program lends hand to 120 companies in 2004

Georgetown Loop historic road appoints Gores general manager

Former CSX Technology execs form PPT Solutions

Wabtec Rail to refurbish car interiors for British rolling stock lessor

January 7

AAR's annual traffic tally: 2004 a year to remember for North American roads

Northstar Corridor Development Authority crosses fingers for 2005 funding

Caltrain names 2005 board chairman, vice chair

Transportation Services Index registers second-straight monthly rise in October

TriMet to install security monitoring system

BNSF promotes Hickerson, Malesa to head intermodal business segments

OmniTRAX's U.S, Canadian short-line roster reaches No. 14

The Andersons, RailWorks name VP/general counsels

January 6

CSXT offers real-time interline prices on the Internet

Alaska Railroad's New Years' resolution: To improve passenger-, tourist-rail services

Mexican appellate court upholds TFM's VAT refund claim

WMATA to offer car-sharing services at more stations

A British accent: TTCI opens London office

MBTA police promotes MacMillan to deputy chief

New York Regional Rail settles legal cases, sells more stock to Transit Rail

SAFLINK to provide biometric services, supplies for homeland security program

Sheahan to administer Montreal, Maine & Atlantic's engineering department

January 5

U.S. surface transportation trade with NAFTA partners continues to tick up, USDOT says

Alaska Railroad to review capital projects at Anchorage open house

KCS in midst of upgrading Meridian Speedway line

NJ Transit one step closer to opening Newark City Subway extension

BNSF, UP seek ways to reduce emissions on pre-2001 locomotive engines

MotivePower to supply locomotives for Albuquerque commuter-rail system

Small road obtains trackage rights to South Dakota-owned lines

French railway contracts Bombardier to supply 100 high-capacity cars

Railroad Cooperation and Education Trust adds five railroad contractors to RTOA ranks

January 4

President Bush to designate FTA's Jamison as acting FRA administrator

Unified front: Seven rail labor unions form coalition to strengthen negotiating position

Western Carolina Railway boots up new Web site

Rail-car deliveries to increase 18 percent to 52,300 units, Rail Theory Forecasts says

AAR approves Standard Steel's 'K+' axle design

January 3

FRA's final reflectorization rule to take effect March 4

SEPTA to hold off on fare increases, service cuts

NJ Transit to expand late-night service on Newark City Subway

Preparing to take on TFM: KCS adds Shoener, Zidar to exec staff; promotes Heavin

UP budgets $54 million to upgrade San Antonio-area infrastructure

OmniTRAX to obtain Washington state lines from BNSF, set up new small road as operator

CSX World Terminals buys larger piece of Asia Container Terminals pie

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