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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

RailComm installs wireless automation system at UP yard

January 28

Caltrain outlines 2005 capital projects

Evans to end six-plus year tenure at UP

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

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

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

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

BNSF calls all-out track maintenance blitz on California mainline

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

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

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

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

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

Rail Scale taps Payne as president

January 20

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

Chicago's Belt Railway appoints Paras GM of transportation

January 19

Teamsters conference-represented train crew workers ratify CPR contract

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

January 18

CPR, coal shipper choose mediation to resolve rate dispute

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

ASLRRA accepting applications for women's scholarship program

Carter to succeed long-time Alfred Benesch Chairman Sandberg

January 17

CN, Steelworkers settle on tentative contract

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

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

January 14

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

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

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

AAR publishes 21st edition of 10-year trends book

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

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

Trucking firm leases North Las Vegas track to new short line

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

January 10

Utah Transit Authority obtains $34.8 million in FTA grants

Watco expands into West Virginia by leasing CSXT line

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

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

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

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

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

KCS in midst of upgrading Meridian Speedway line

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

January 4

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

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

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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