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Rail News: October 2005

October 31

RailAmerica's earnings go up, but so do expenses

TriMet to showcase final design plans for I-205 light-rail extension

Transport Canada provides more federal funds for crossing projects

Sentry Technology to provide traveling CCTVs for South African railway

DART boots up Spanish Web site

ESCO Equipment Service co-founder Gehr dies

Canadian Hall of Fame announces 2005 inductees

October 28

Record busters: U.S. railroads register more than 250,000 intermodal loads in a week, AAR says

Freight-car builders still on pace to eclipse 60,000 deliveries, ARCI says

New York/New Jersey port authority displays design for new PATH cars

Providence and Worcester, UTU sign dotted line on eight-year contract

Amtrak to provide 'quiet car' on Hiawatha trains

Emergency responders take UP's tank-car safety course at TTCI

New Jersey coalition seeks STB ruling to provide states control over rail-yard waste sites

GE Plastics introduces infrared-absorbing window application for public transit market

October 27

UP continues to follow operational, financial improvement path

GO Transit to add, adjust service on two lines

Florida East Coast boosts railway's revenue, operating profit

MBTA to conduct training drill on commuter-rail line

Houston METRO holds networking forum for small businesses

Citizens for Rail Safety boot up informational Web site

October 26

NS overcomes hurricane's wrath, fuel costs to earn record quarterly income

Third-quarter results: CSX posts record earnings, lowers operating ratio

SEPTA prepares for potential strike

CTA to poll public on 2006 spending plan

Senate transportation committee holds hearing on rail security bill

LA MTA seeks comments on Exposition light-rail project

Wabtec's third-quarter sales up, expenses down

Miami-Dade Transit contracts Parsons Brinckerhoff to manage rail, bus expansion

L.B. Foster, CXT upgrade equipment at Nebraska concrete-tie plant

October 25

Third-quarter results: BNSF improves operating ratio more than 20 points, sets revenue record

CPR registers record revenue, reduces operating ratio in the third quarter

NJ Transit to phase-in service for second Hudson-Bergen line segment

Houston METRO to develop mixed-use project above medical center

BNSF's shuttle trains for Southwest Grain reach triple digits

CN seeks to abandon seven Saskatchewan branch lines

MBTA to expand commuter-rail lot

Railtech Schlatter helps Steel Dynamics design CWR plant

L.B. Foster to provide ties, continuous-welded rail for Utah rail line

HDR acquires transportation consulting firm S.R. Beard

October 24

Senate approves $1.45 billion for Amtrak in FY2006

Canada to provide $500 million for rail, port infrastructure projects

Metra proposes FY2006 budget, fare increase

Nober to leave STB after chairmanship term expires at year end

Amtrak to restore a portion of Sunset Limited service early next month

Hawkins to succeed Endres as head of BNSF's governmental affairs

RailtecMéxico 2006 coming to Guadalajara in January

Santa Clara VTA seeks passenger feedback

American Council of Railroad Women name UP's Marshall 'Woman of the Year'

October 21

BNSF to delay mileage-based fuel surcharge launch for several shippers

New York/New Jersey port authority proposes record-high security budget

U.S. railroads set second intermodal traffic record in two weeks, AAR says

WMATA scores high in customer satisfaction

Sound Transit ponders purchasing additional light-rail vehicles

Crosstie purchases down, production up in the third quarter, RTA says

APTA nears $100,000 in hurricane relief donations

Maier to step down as RailPower's top exec

Miami-Dade Transit to hold open houses on airport extension

Hub Group sets quarterly net income record

October 20

U.S. railroads have a month to correct switch alignment problems, FRA says

Hurricane Stan not kind to Genesee & Wyoming's Mexican railroad

Utah Transit Authority to consider fuel surcharge

RailWorks sells products/services division to newly formed Tangent Rail

New funding model needed for intercity passenger rail, coalition says

RailPower obtains orders for nine Green Goats, names Garcia to board

Smart Card Alliance names new board leaders, members

European standardization committee, railway association to share research, expertise

October 19

CN's third-quarter report card: 'A' for earnings, income and operating ratio

Another year, another high-water mark for Amtrak's annual ridership

Agreement requires the DM&E to improve safety program, FRA says

APTA report: All modes post second-quarter increases

Tri-Rail to unveil new Boca Raton station

Steel Dynamics to acquire rival Roanoke Electric Steel

WMATA offers online calculator to compute driving vs. fare costs

RailWorks: List assumes chairman post, Levy takes top office

Caltrain nears completion of Hillsdale Station project

10East customizes handheld computer for the rail market

October 18

Global Railway to close down YSD Industries

TWU, UTU propose simultaneous strike at SEPTA

NJ Transit puts finishing touches on station restoration project

UP siding project under way in Portland

DART elects board officers, names director

Ohio railport installs warehouse management system

Transportation Research Board's 85th annual meeting set for late January in D.C.

Underwriters association provides data-gathering tips for rolling stock insurers

October 17

Sacramento RT posts record monthly ridership

FRA to hand out more than $2 million in grants

Rail-car deliveries still on the rise, two reports say

NJ Transit to add service on several lines

Long-time BNSF veterans Tolle, Grundmann to retire at year end

Belden, the 'heart and soul' of UTU's national legislative office, dies

Mohall Central to acquire, Northern Plains Railroad to operate BNSF's North Dakota line

Alaska Railroad seeks public comments on Wasilla project's environmental report

October 14

U.S. railroads' carload traffic finally succumbs to weather-related woes, AAR says

NJ Transit awards contracts for Hoboken Terminal development, restoration projects

Déjá Vu: KCS to pre-pay property taxes to aid Hurricane Rita rebuilding efforts

UP orders 111 environmentally friendly switchers from RailPower, MotivePower

Siemens lands $84 million contract to build LRVs for Edmonton extension

Bombardier-led consortium to provide FLEXITY trams for Austrian railway

Strike at major customer's mine leads Ontario Northland to furlough workers, defer spending

New York MTA names new police chief

Parsons Brinckerhoff to design Edinburgh light-rail lines

Brussels seminar sheds light on European rail industry research

October 13

Amtrak board approves resolution to create Northeast Corridor subsidiary

NJ Transit continues ridership rebound

BNSF, UP alter maintenance plan for joint Powder River Basin line

Newton to head Cattron's North American rail services

Amtrak trains to reach 95 mph in Michigan

U.S. surface transportation trade with NAFTA partners tumbles in July after June gain

Harsco Track Technologies adds ballast cleaning to service portfolio

WMATA opens $17.4 million parking structure

Transport Canada develops youth campaign to promote transportation jobs in Quebec

October 12

Government Accountability Office: Federal agencies need to better manage transit-rail security

Escalating gas prices help Pittsburgh port authority attract passengers

BNSF to install remote-controlled blue flag system at California yard

Sacramento transit district to open light-rail extension

LA MTA completes environmental work for Exposition light-rail line

UP to unveil custom-painted locomotive honoring President Bush

GE Rail Services adds Emro, Schitter to management staff

Schneider National opens logistics office in China, closes loop on motion-based training simulators in North America

October 11

House, Senate consider FY2006 transit appropriation, bless security bill

BART expands rush hour capacity

BNSF honors employee team for simplifying wheat tariff system

Amtrak expands ticket sales in international market

Watco takes wraps off new Arkansas short line

Lockheed Martin subcontracts Intergraph to provide software for New York MTA security system

Small roads using RailSync services surpass 50 mark, Railinc says

October 10

CN only Class I to boost train speed in the third quarter, Smith Barney/Citigroup says

WMATA completes summer trackwork

CN police officers union ratifies two-year contract extension

October 7

NJ Transit ramps up security following NYC subway threat

Not even hurricane-related traffic hiccups are slowing U.S. railroads' carload gains, AAR says

CTA unveils $1 billion 2006 budget

Transportation Services Index falls for second-straight month

Chinese railways contracts TTCI for trackside acoustic detection technology

UP caps off four-year crossing signage project

DMJM Harris promotes Chmielinski to president, COO

Cornerstone Systems opens Boston-area office

October 6

Amtrak to restore City of New Orleans, Crescent service

FRA haz-mat advisory: Railroads, chemical shippers need to speed up, keep tabs on tank cars

Congestion at major U.S. ports in the 'low' category, retail federation report says

Pittsburgh port authority to gather public comments on Maglev project

KCS makes advances on e-commerce curve

BNSF's Krajenta, Weekley take home League of Railway Industry Women's top honors

Utah Transit Authority opens $1.2 million light-rail station

Longtime chair Williams to retire from San Diego MTS board

Vest assumes Genesee & Wyoming VP post

October 5

D.C.-area leaders pledge to nail down dedicated dollars for WMATA

USDOT to provide funds to restore transit service in the Big Easy

BLET organizes 13th short line in three years

GO Transit orders 26 locomotives from MotivePower

Talgo/Bombardier to provide high-speed trains, power heads for Spanish railway

Kohut out, McManaman in as Global Railway's chief exec

Greenbrier appoints Wilsted to oversee operations, corporate development

Kelso Technologies lands Mexican patent for pressure relief valve

October 4

NS reopens Katrina-damaged intermodal terminal, yard in Big Easy

Eby joins FRA as deputy administrator

BNSF's Keller wins economic development achievement award

October 3

It's official: RailAmerica adds Alcoa's four roads to short-line roster

Contract squabbles continue for SEPTA, TWU

Amtrak posts ridership gains on California trains

BNSF seeks larger piece of Mexican business pie

Thompson, Owen resign from Global Railway's board

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