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Rail News: January 2006

January 31

CN to move some CSXT traffic; CSXT to sell Ontario line to CN

Metro-North posts highest-ever on-time performance, ridership in 2005

BLET, UTU unite to campaign against one-man train crews

Freight-car deliveries will dip slightly to 64,000 units in 2006, Rail Theory Forecasts says

Amtrak Cascades sets annual ridership record

Fisher to manage North American sales for ZTR Control Systems' rail division

January 30

U.S., Canadian railroads continue to move more carloads and containers, AAR says

Amtrak's ticket prices to fluctuate on several Northeast Corridor trains

Rail-car deliveries to surpass 73,000 in 2006, EPA says

WMATA begins to test eight-car trains during morning rush

Greater Cleveland RTA continues to carry more passengers

Gen. Krulak becomes newest UP director

January 27

CN and CPR to operate more of each other's trains in the Vancouver area

New York/New Jersey port authority selects contractor for World Trade Center Hub

Amtrak carries record number of passengers in Golden State

British Columbia port to begin building container-handling facility

Watco promotes Eyermann to SVP, appoints Kess to head engineering

Los Angeles MTA, unions plan to hold productive negotiating sessions

Former BLE VP, Secretary-Treasurer Voyk dies

From Landover to Lanham: AREMA moving to new Maryland office

January 26

FRA to launch program aimed at preventing train accidents in 'hot spot' areas

UP set to start track renewal project in L.A. area

Greenbrier acquires YSD Industries' box-car door and roof product lines

Union Switch obtains $9 million track circuit contract from WMATA

Given takes post as Hulcher Services president

L.B. Foster to begin building concrete tie plant in Tucson

OCTA names 2006 chairman, vice chairman

January 25

CN's fourth-quarter and annual operating ratios improve more than 3 points to the low 60s

NS sets high-water marks for annual and fourth-quarter revenue, income

BNSF increases annual capital spending budget 10 percent to $2.4 billion

LIRR posts informational signs at grade crossings

NS President/CEO Moorman to succeed Goode as chairman

American Railcar Industries completes IPO

Chinese railway contracts project managers for high-speed rail line

Canadian trade council recognizes Carmanah with 2005 export awards

January 24

BNSF sets traffic and revenue records, reduces operating ratio in 2005

CSX's 4Q: ONE Plan gains offset hurricane-related losses

BART draws up short-, long-range plans

GO Transit to expand bi-level car fleet

Ontario short line adds wood product supplier to customer list

Dunn leaves seat as New York MTA vice chair

Schaefer Equipment appoints four top executives

Caltrain to bolster four bridges

Musser to manage sales for Portec Rail's maintenance product division

January 23

North American railroads cap off year's second week with more carloads, intermodal moves

President to nominate Victory Transportation's Simpson to top FTA post

Pittsburgh port authority's annual passenger count hits three-year high

CSX seeks to build logistics center in Sunshine State

Massachusetts Bay commuter-rail operator makes senior management changes

BLET organizes OmniTRAX's Panhandle Northern

Foster-Miller obtains federal funds to continue locomotive safety studies

U.K. transport department to begin passenger-screening pilot program

GE, Siemens team up to market container security system in Europe

New York MTA boots up Web page translator

January 20

BNSF, CN to exchange trackage and other access rights in three areas

RailAmerica sells three Alberta short lines to CN

Amtrak hires Heidrick & Struggles to help find next top executive

UP to acquire 60 'Gen-Set' switchers for L.A. yards

Long-time director Mack to chair WMATA's board

LA MTA to operate limited-stop trains on Gold Line

Four KCS execs move up a notch on the corporate ladder

Second annual 'RailTrends' conference coming to New York City in October

Hub Group to acquire Comtrak's assets

Rail system advocate/author Kunstler to deliver keynote at association's annual high speed rail meeting

January 19

UP sets revenue and traffic records despite year-long series of severe storms

CSXT to reopen Katrina-damaged Gulf Coast line

All modes post third-quarter passenger gains, APTA says

Kansas City Southern's U.S., Mexican roads test joint intermodal service

LIRR to add trains on several lines

Sound Transit begins to bore Central Link tunnels

Watco starts up Mississippi short line

Amtrak to adjust discount on monthly Northeast Corridor passes

Cryo-Trans orders 429 refrigerated box cars from Greenbrier

January 18

Our misinterpretation of Week No. 1 Class I service metrics

CN pulls out of Chicago's CREATE program

CPR sells part of spur to British Columbia city

BNSF's Anderson, Draper and Johnson assume new VP roles

Sacramento RT to consolidate services at new center

BNSF banks on steady fuselage business from Boeing

TSA names Miller special counselor

January 17

R. J. Corman leases Memphis-area line from BNSF

Neupaver succeeds Kassling as Wabtec president/CEO

National Labor College schedules three haz-mat training courses for rail workers

Toyota's North American division sets vehicle production record

RMI recognizes customers with first-ever 'Fast-Track' awards

Vapor Rail selects SolidWorks CAD software

January 16

BNSF reduces rates for northern wheat shippers

Tie purchases reach highest total since 1987, RTA says

Carriers' committee, UTU to resume contract negotiations in mid-February

Chicago ordinance bans smoking in majority of Union Station

LaBat takes helm as GE rail service unit's first-ever CMO

Miami-Dade County representatives join South Florida RTA's board

TTCI to test Material Technologies' metal fatigue detection system

January 13

Class Is not off to great start in service performance, Smith Barney/Citigroup says

CTA to rehabilitate Howard Station

New Year's holiday muddies railroads' year-over-year traffic comparisons, AAR says

Orange County transportation agency seeks to extend sales tax

UP to military-experienced personnel: Want a job?

WMATA to use Homeland Security grant to build control center, improve radio system

Dispatchers union seeks to organize UP workers

Genesee & Wyoming registers monthly, quarterly traffic gains

January 12

WMATA's White to step down from top post

Kansas City Southern de México changes operating practices to speed up cross-border freight

Virginia transportation commission elects officers, outlines objectives for 2006

ARCI report: Rail-car builders cap off 2005 with boost in orders, deliveries

RailAmerica registers more carloads in monthly, year-end reports

MBTA to begin $3 million bridge rehab project

Watco program rewards rule-conscious workers

Former BNSF intermodal VP Hickerson to head Pacer's trucking unit

January 11

FRA stats show train accidents, crossing incidents continue to drop

Amtrak to replace nearly century-old Thames River Bridge

Maryland Transit Administration to close four commuter-rail stations

UP to EPA: Railroad shouldn't foot entire soil clean-up bill in Omaha

TTCI center to provide emergency preparedness field training for first responders across the nation

CTA to temporarily close several Brown Line stations during construction project

Wilsted to succeed Brady as Greenbrier's CFO

January 10

Amtrak selects firms to redevelop Chicago's historic Union Station

BNSF moves more trailers, meets most service commitments for UPS

Bombardier/Talgo consortium wins $786 million high-speed train contract from Spanish railway

KCS appoints Freeman AVP of strategic analysis

Short line association seeks entries for annual marketing awards

Cando Contracting partners with Sumitomo Canada to expand product and service portfolio

Transportation management tool users exceed 300 small roads, RMI says

January 9

U.S. roads set ton-miles, intermodal load records in 2005, AAR says

Metra to add trains, stops on three newly expanded lines

October's Transportation Services Index falls to seven-month low

Minnesota residents favor Northstar commuter-rail project

Iowa Interstate to land new customers from industrial development projects

Westcode to supply HVAC systems for Port Authority Trans-Hudson cars

AAR publishes 22nd edition of book tracking 10-year trends

Carmanah Technologies gains $15 million from private placement

Caltrain names 2006 chair, vice chair

January 6

Amtrak supporters, labor unions disagree with president's board appointments

NMB orders carriers' committee back to the bargaining table, BLET says

Program cuts reduce FY06 federal transit program by $100 million

Mercer Management acquires rail industry software developer MultiModal Applied Systems

KCS to test waters with new cross-functional management training program

Newly enacted Badger State law requires railroads to install yield signs at 'passive' crossings

TriMet turns to K-9 unit to patrol vehicles

North American Technologies secures financing, installs Kaufman in top post to succeed Sullivan

January 5

Bush reappoints Hall, Sosa to Amtrak board during congressional recess

BNSF rolls out mileage-based fuel surcharge program for coal, ag shippers

CN exceeds grain revenue cap by more than $118,000, Canadian Transportation Agency says

Higgins joins National Transportation Safety Board

Alaska Railroad to review construction plans at open houses

Wabtec's Young Touchstone appoints Smith VP/GM

Pacer adds Starzel to board

January 4

WABCO Transit, Vapor Rail to supply parts for PATH subway cars

Bombardier obtains 73-train order from French railway

Greenbrier produces fewer rail cars but earns more greenbacks during FY2006's first quarter

STB selects 15 new members for small railroad, shipper council

Mansbart succeeds Schwayer as GATX Rail Europe's CEO

Virginia transportation commission to present 2006 goals

Portec Rail's U.K.-based subsidiary acquires conveyor firm's assets

South Africa's Spoornet orders ECP brake, distributed power systems from New York Air Brake parent Knorr-Bremse

January 3

STB arm releases final environmental analysis of DM&E's Powder River Basin project

CPR to cut capital spending about $100 million in 2006

CTA offers monthly reserved parking passes

BLET members at CN's Illinois Central division ratify five-year contract

UP names Barnes AVP of Chicago operations

New canine unit patrols Pittsburgh port authority

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