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Rail News: October 2004

October 29

AAR: Another week, another intermodal traffic record for U.S. railroads

Sound Transit mulls second Central Link station near stadiums

Fuel, casualty costs and special charges add up to third-quarter loss for RailAmerica

China's Guangzhou Metro orders more metro cars from Bombardier-led joint venture

Construction to begin soon on two California quiet zones

STB tabs Hart to mediate rate dispute

GE lands loan guarantee to sell 25 locomotives to Grupo Ferroviario Mexicano

October 28

CSX increases third-quarter income and revenue, decreases costs

KCS reports record third-quarter revenue, higher income

BNSF opens Wyoming triple-track section ahead of schedule

CSXI's November fuel surcharge set at 13 percent

BMWE members approve Teamsters merger

October 27

CN posts promising third-quarter income growth, Class Is' best operating ratio

OmniTRAX to lease CSXT's Atlanta line, lead industrial development push at adjacent park

Indiana ports' September cargo reaches three-year high

Timken increases third-quarter sales, income

LED product supplier Carmanah Technologies posts best-ever quarterly financial figures

October 26

CPR makes strides with third-quarter revenue, income; loses a few steps with expenses, operating ratio

Special charge for asbestos, environmental liabilities escalates BNSF's third-quarter expenses, operating ratio

CPR: Green takes COO reins, Lamarre leaves board

Rail-car market update: Plate, flat-rolled steel product prices to be cut in half next year, Rail Theory Forecasts says

AAR issues 2004 edition of rail facts guide

October 25

'Jobs' bill becomes law: Class Is can drop diesel tax, short lines will collect trackwork tax credit

NJ Transit to help communities take advantage of economic opportunities along River Line

STB hands out six decisions at open voting conference

Allegheny County port authority receives recognition for FY2004 budget

UP proposes plan to reduce more engine emissions at California yard

Cubic to install smart-card system for Italian transit agency

CSX sets policy on 'poison pill' plans

Iowa, Chicago & Eastern offers $10,000 reward, seeks answers to switch tampering

October 22

CN opens two offices in China, appoints Tonsager to head Asian arms

New York, New Jersey port authority names state commissioner Ringler executive director

U.S. railroads set weekly freight volume record along with another intermodal traffic high-water mark, AAR says

Charlotte Area Transit System to unveil station designs for new light-rail line

BNSF appoints Shewmake AVP, state government affairs

NYCT contracts iVoice to install speech recognition system

Wabtec increases third-quarter earnings, net income

Swedish railway to install LED signs onboard high-speed trains

RMI to reorganize, augment Atlanta offices

October 21

Financial fallout: Network congestion, fuel costs shrink UP's third-quarter income, inflate operating ratio

NJ Transit opens MSU station

KCS partners with Missouri DOT to improve crossing safety

Houston METRO tops safety record for third-straight year

Tie production up, purchases down in September, RTA says

Ports Plus a part of KCS' marketing equation

GATX promotes CFO, SVP Kenney to president

October 20

Financials: Any way you slice it, an 'extremely strong' third quarter for NS

TriMet to redevelop Gateway Transit Center

FRA funds crossing safety projects in Tar Heel state

DART part of Fannie Mae's Smart Commute program

CPR reaches tentative agreement with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference

Lloyd's Register Rail acquires Blue Print Rail

CSXT purchases International Electronic Machines' wheel inspection system

U.K.'s Great North Eastern Railway relies on software to increase returns on ticket revenue

Quixote reorganizes six subsidiaries into three divisions

Alcatel completes initial design of London Underground signal system

October 19

CN, CPR partner to speed up Vancouver port traffic

NJ Transit to tweak timetables, improve customer service

BNSF changes wheat rates to meet small shippers' needs

APTA inducts Dyer into Hall of Fame

ARCI report: Rail-car orders, deliveries continue quarterly climb

Mapping it out: CTA helps passengers navigate around communities

AAR appoints Thompson to manage CREATE program's rail projects

DART contracts Behlman Electronics to supply signal generators

Johnstown America to deliver 375 aluminum auto-carrying cars to CPR

More and more passenger roads using composite materials, report says

October 18

AAR: U.S. roads miss all-time weekly intermodal volume mark, continue to hit traffic stride

Amtrak sets ridership record in FY2004

Small roads' year-to-date traffic up more than 10 percent, RMI says

Allegheny County port authority proposes fare increases, service cuts to balance FY05 budget

STB arm releases preliminary environmental impact analysis on proposed Montana line

CTA to begin upgrading Brown Line signal system

UP to donate unused rail bridge to Oregon city

Romania railway contracts Alcatel to modernize interlocking systems

KCS appoints Byrd AVP-taxes

Amtrak to enforce baggage limits

October 15

Remotes controlled: Cattron Group acquires CN's Beltpack business

WMATA obtains $3.3 billion capital funding commitment from state, local governments

RailAmerica begins to roll out RAILINC's transportation management system

3Q financials: J.B. Hunt posts 46.5 percent net earnings increase

South Florida RTA obtains funds to continue DMU testing

'Heavy Haul' conference/exhibit coming to Rio in June '05

Bombardier-led joint venture obtains trainset order from China's Ministry of Railways

Southern California Regional Rail Authority contracts JLP engineering firm to provide on-call services

MARTA to make fare payments a 'breeze'

October 14

Ohio rail commission receives FRA grant to study crossing safety device

Chinese railway ministry awards ALSTOM contracts worth more than $1 billion

CSXT environmental program manager wins AAR's excellence award

New Mexico government agencies order commuter cars from Bombardier

Wisconsin & Southern helps 'haul the load' for the U.S. economy, USDOT's Whitmer says

Shanghai transit agency contracts ALSTOM-led consortium to supply trains

Calling all trucks: CSXI implements wireless communication system

Burns Engineering acquires Heery Transportation Group

Wabtec adds two years to electrical, machine workers contract

October 13

UP to tie wellness programs to medical plans

Sound Transit seeks public comments on North Link extension

STB schedules hearing to address coal shipper's rate case against BNSF, UP

Bombardier, ALSTOM to build additional cars for Belgian railway

U.S. needs to form a 'truly integrated' intermodal system, Horizon Lines' Raymond says

Caltrain contracts Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide on-call services

RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming tally more North American carloads

Montreal Metro to install surveillance cameras throughout underground network

AAR celebrates 70th anniversary

Caltrain, WageWorks to promote commuter benefits program

October 12

House, Senate pass bill proposing repeal of railroads' fuel tax

APTA develops public transit operation, maintenance standards

UP on track to complete crossing safety program

Finnish railway to improve onboard information systems

Progressive Rail's plan to lease two Wisconsin lines, control new short line runs into regulatory snag

Sea Containers creates separate passenger rail, ferry divisions

Portec Rail, partner unveil 'multi-season' curve-rail lubricant

French railway, Delta to end codesharing agreement

Progress Rail to automate procure-to-pay process

October 11

Logistics Park II: BNSF to build intermodal facility in southern California

USDOT grants $74 million to LIRR for East Side Access project

AAR traffic update: North American roads register monthly, quarterly and year-to-date gains

North Carolina's Triangle Transit Authority selects United Transit Systems to build DMUs

Illinois RailNet acquires two BNSF lines in Land of Lincoln

Port Authority receives $46 million USDOT grant for Stage II light-rail project

Pennsylvania DOT provides $7.8 million for eight railroad projects

CTA campaign advocates increased state funds

Kazakhstan railway orders another 200 locomotive kits from GE

Hiawatha ridership still rising in Minneapolis

October 8

AAR, ASLRRA augment the Rail Industry Agreement

STB to hear arguments on CSXT, Buckingham Branch Railroad lease transaction

AAR sets sights on Virginia Tech for railroad research lab

Flourishing rail-car market a 'bellwether' of economic growth, Frankel says

Roper Industries to acquire TransCore Holdings

October 7

Mexico's Foreign Investment Commission reverses field, approves KCS' application to acquire TMM's TFM interest

LA MTA contracts Parsons Brinckerhoff to perform preliminary engineering on Gold Line extension

Transportation Services Index stops slide, sets another 14-year record in July

North County Transit District begins SPRINTER construction

Canadian coal shipper signs transportation agreements with CN, Alberta RailNet

Charlotte Area Transit System gets local thumbs up on federal grant agreement

RAILINC service offers railroads, trading partners a tool to exchange electronic data

Survey: More L.A. commuters choosing trains, buses over automobiles

Canadian chemical producers schedule haz-mat transportation conference

October 6

IANA committee approves revisions to 'roadability' agreement

Maryland Transit Administration to test trains on double-tracked line

BNSF's 2004 double-track projects on the Transcon draw to a close

New York, New Jersey port authority's AirTrain extension still going strong

NS, Mississippi transportation department complete crossing upgrades

MARTA to install new information technology system

Watco shuffles marketing management staff

Sacramento Regional Transit District marks South Line extension's anniversary

Greenbrier names Whiteley chairman, aims to renew Furman's president/CEO contract

Amtrak to hire more minority-, women-owned law firms

October 5

Southwestern Railroad leases, operates BNSF line in Land of Enchantment

TEA-21 extended for the sixth time while other funding measures advance

EPA rail-car report: Orders remain on the rise, but castings crunch still a production downfall

CTA proposes two FY2005 budgets

AAR appoints Usher senior director, business services

South Florida RTA obtains $13 million federal double-tracking grant

Genesee & Wyoming to centralize some of newest short lines' functions through RMI's Web-based system

DART closer to completing extension to American Airlines Center

Pacer Global Logistics receives Ryder System's intermodal carrier award

Indian railway to install wireless communications network

October 4

CPR, NS seek STB approval for portion of Northeast haulage-sharing plan

UTU-represented conductors ratify SEPTA agreement

U.S. roads set weekly intermodal volume record for second-straight week, AAR says

New York, New Jersey port authority extends a hand to the homeless

CPR increases capacity to move more export grain

WMATA to build new parking structure

Terry joins KCS as SVP, general counsel

School's in session: SEPTA police help keep students in the classroom

RailPower promotes Ballachey to CFO

St. Louis Metro names Jones VP of government, community affairs

October 1

UP to power up locomotive fleet with environmentally friendly units

Sound Transit purchases BNSF right-of-way to extend commuter-rail service

U.S., Canadian roads' damage claim payouts drop, AAR says

Remainder of Hiawatha line set to open ahead of schedule

RailAmerica reviews options to 'dispose' of Canadian short line, elects board member

CTA opens 17th parking lot

Missouri city obtains FRA grant to study freight-train routes, grade separations

Total Logistic Control extends rail-car switching contract with Rochelle

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