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Rail News: November 2004

November 30

STB approves KCS' application to control Mexrail

VTA to add closed-circuit TVs at stations, transit centers

UTU members ratify CN agreement affecting Northern Quebec Territory

Sound Transit's Web site gets a new look

CSXI's December fuel surcharge to drop 1.5 percent

Cubic adds Weaver to board

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic appoints Jones to succeed Schauer as head of sales, marketing

UP selects Science Applications International to supply automated gate system

November 29

IC&E, BLET agree to arbitration, ending strike threat

California appellate court redefines utilities' jurisdiction for state light-rail systems

Rio Valley Railroad to lease UP lines in Lone Star State

Sound Transit to obtain $80 million in federal FY05 budget for Central Link project

Indiana ports' October tonnage reaches eight-year high

Amtrak appoints Smith CFO

Montana Rail Link orders 16 SD70ACe locomotives from EMD

North County Transit District awards San Marcos Loop contract

Retlif Testing Laboratories founder Poggi receives independent lab council's highest award

URS Corp. names Sacket VP, director of transit programs

November 24

CN, UP join Class Is' growing co-production pact crowd

Maryland Transit Administration to reopen south-end stops, begin final double-tracking phase

BNSF ranks sixth among top 100 technology savvy companies, magazine says

DART drops Love Field tunnel from expansion plans

Canadian railway association releases annual trends report

WMATA to obtain federal funds for FY2005 projects

Schneider National subsidiaries hand out 'carrier of the year' awards

Washington Group teams with France's RATP to offer operation, maintenance services to U.S. transit agencies

GATX Rail to participate in Responsible Care program

Metro Transit to add more than 1,200 parking spaces for light-rail passengers

November 23

FRA: Train horn rule to take effect April 1 instead of next month

Allegheny County port authority to proceed with fare increases, service cuts

Railroad police appropriately enforce employee-related policies, USDOT says

PATH ridership on a roll at temporary World Trade Center station

European rail conference attendees stress sustainable transport system challenges

LIRR locomotive engineers reject contract proposal

BNSF selects 10East's mobile platform for signaling department

Charlotte Area Transit System to begin initial design for streetcar system

Grease institute publishes Portec Rail alliance partner's paper on soybean-based rail curve lubricant

Madrid Metro contracts Bombardier to install signal systems

November 22

CN MOW workers make switch to Steelworkers' representation

Amtrak: Congress approves $1.2 billion appropriation for FY2005

Cedar American to take delivery of 200 flat cars from Johnstown America subcontractor Kasgro Rail

New York, New Jersey port authority to help fund Penn Station platform extension

In memoriam: Hansen Inc./A. Stucki Chairman, CEO Hansen

Sound Transit contracts Parsons Brinckerhoff to construction-manage Tukwila light-rail project

GE rail-car leasing unit names Thompson leader of new intermodal segment

Colorado Railcar obtains Canadian DMU and coach order, continues to build Alaska Railroad vehicle

Inaugural international transportation management seminar coming to Houston in March

WMATA opens first in-fill station

November 19

AAR update: U.S. roads just miss another weekly intermodal volume record, TFM continues to hit traffic-building target

WMATA to implement customer service initiatives

NS to install 1,600 locomotive-mounted cameras by the end of 2005

San Diego Trolley obtains $26.5 million federal grant for light-rail extension

KCS takes safety support to front-line level

Federated Financial creates rail subsidiary to lease passenger cars

Keller to manage transportation services for UP's San Antonio unit

Amtrak needs adequate funding for infrastructure repairs in FY05, council says

ADS Logistics brings rail service back to Louisiana facility

November 18

BNSF to add transload, direct-rail facility to Texas logistics center

WMATA orders more subway cars from ALSTOM

Arkansas Midland to lease, operate another UP line

Secret Service recognizes NJ Transit's security efforts during Republican National Convention

RailAmerica names Hunter to head New England Central

Nokia to supply radio communication system for China Metro line

Former CN president/CEO Lawless, Prime Minister MacDonald enter Canadian Railway Hall of Fame

WAGO appoints Artmann president of North American operations

November 17

CN, CPR unveil additional collaborative ventures

SEPTA expects to obtain additional FY2005 funds

FRA to UP: 'Clean up your safety act in San Antonio'

Sacramento Regional Transit District provides South Corridor Phase 2 update

Union Switch & Signal appoints two VPs

Caltrain, SamTrans seek the spotlight

Mi-Jack's Tippit wins 2004 IANA 'Silver Kingpin' award

November 16

CPR selects RAILINC's NextPath VAN messaging services

Light-rail demonstration project under way for WMATA

Barging ahead: New York Cross Harbor builds customer base

VTA completes final environmental report, contracts engineer for BART extension

BNSF offers 'personalized' Web page for customers

WMATA to open in-fill station

Schneider National unveils stackable intermodal container

Wabtec's Vapor-Stone subsidiary to overhaul doors, HVAC systems for London Underground cars

Magnus tabs Boyle as sales manager

November 15

Genesee & Wyoming completes $257 million debt refinancing

3Q financials: Metal products, intermodal help drive Providence and Worcester revenue increase

BNSF to host December freight-rail operations research workshop

Indiana Port Commission appoints Cooper acting executive director

American and Ohio Locomotive Crane partners with Chinese manufacturer

November 12

AAR traffic update: U.S., Canadian roads still ahead of 2003 levels; TFM remains on a tear

CASTing call: VRE asks passengers to take on role of safety observers

North American intermodal industry's third-quarter volume registers largest gain since 1Q 2003, IANA says

WMATA to begin building Anacostia light-rail line

Pulling rank: UP among top military friendly employers, magazine says

Bombardier's debt rating downgraded

Class I orders 35 hybrid locomotives from RailPower

Intelligent Power Systems to supply components for National Railway Equipment's prototype switcher

November 11

NTSB updates transportation safety improvement wish list

California High Speed Rail Authority proposes route alignments

NMB teams with Massachusetts university to improve online dispute resolution tools

NJ Transit to assemble management team for Meadowlands project

North Carolina railway association elects board members

GCRTA unveils preliminary FY2005 budget

North American Technologies seeks stockholder approval to change ownership, management

NJ Transit moves forward with Hamilton Station parking deck

EMD wins Illinois pollution prevention award

Swedish railway contracts Citytunnel builders

November 10

KCS, financing partner mark opening of Oklahoma fuel facility

MBTA to phase in new automated fare-collection system

CPR builds track at Calgary college for on-campus conductor training

Alcatel completes interlocking system upgrade at first of four Romanian train stations

Florida East Coast promotes Bramlitt to VP, CFO

Amtrak installs LED signals along Northeast Corridor

'Robust' rail-car market helps Greenbrier register record fiscal-year revenue

Transportation management system users now number 20 short lines, RAILINC says

November 9

After a one-month climb, the Transportation Services Index fell in August

CTA board approves two FY2005 budgets

KCS' Davies to retire, consult on TFM transaction

Caltrain registers ridership increase for four straight months

BNSF promotes five AVPs to VP positions

Phoenix-area voters approve transportation sales tax extension

Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado RailNet to acquire two BNSF lines in Cornhusker State

BART contracts Cubic to complete fare collection system integration

STB conditionally approves Buckingham Branch's plan to lease CSXT line, sublease NS line in Virginia

New York, New Jersey port authority appoints Fox deputy executive director

November 8

From two- to three-teamer: CN teams with NS, CPR to improve eastern Canada-to-eastern U.S. service

San Diego's North County Transit District reviewing bids for SPRINTER's university loop

STB arm issues draft environmental statement on proposed Texas line

MBTA to rehabilitate State Street Station

BNSF presents 'partnership' awards to four short lines

GE receives locomotive, train control orders in China

Wabtec to provide components, assembly services for RailPower's hybrid locomotives

November 5

North American roads register October traffic gains, AAR says

Relationship building: BNSF hosts first technology forum to strengthen ties with suppliers

Caltrain to begin building $76 million maintenance facility

Sacramento RT posts record September ridership

UP is 'living up' to commitments at L.A., Long Beach ports, railroad officials say

Maryland Transit Administration contracts ARINC to provide on-call consulting services

BNSF appoints Piggott, Bischler to AVP positions

Home Depot dubs the Hub Group intermodal carrier of 2004

November 4

Recent fatalities signal need for workers to be more vigilant about safety, FRA's Monro says

Decision 2004: Voters weigh transportation referendums

Smith Barney/Citigroup report: Class Is' service metrics show improvement

Santa Clara VTA contractor to control corrosion at facilities along BART extension

AAR, ASLRRA schedule first-ever joint safety conference

NJ Transit police using mobile tool to access databases, improve security

Washington DOT buys Watco short line's rights of way

Swedish railway contracts SWECO to provide consulting services for track realignment

Third-quarter income, revenue skyrocket for The Andersons Rail Group

November 3

Proposed FRA rule calls for locomotive crashworthiness improvements

Bombardier, EDI Rail to build commuter trains for Australia's Queensland Rail

Hurricane aftereffects eat up portion of Florida East Coast's third-quarter revenue, profit

Emergency responders complete UP-sponsored tank car safety course

Canadian rail industry holds own 'Day on the Hill'

Trinity Industries' third-quarter revenue rises, but material costs 'impede' income recovery

November 2

CPR proposes grain-handling system revisions in Canada

Sacramento RT to share fiber-optic cable with nine public agencies

Genesee & Wyoming increases third-quarter income, lowers operating ratio

Survey: Congressional candidates favor public transit

Arbitrator's decision ends four-year contract debate between NCCC, IBEW

WMATA Web site gets a new look

Cattron Group acquires industrial remote-control product supplier Remtron

HNTB Corp. names former Army general Rhoades SVP, division president

Portec Rail to acquire all of Kelsan Technologies' stock

November 1

BNSF to train workers on track inspection data management tool

Metra officials take a stand against CTA's funding proposals

New Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary initiates Illinois operations

CTA notifies employees of layoff plans

Progressive Rail to lease, operate UP line in Badger State

Metra to build Palos Park station as part of SouthWest Service upgrade

Transport Canada grants more than $10 million to upgrade 92 crossings

Vapor Rail to manufacture doors for Bombardier-built subway cars in the UK

Canadian technical college holds commencement for first group of conductor trainees

In memoriam: Earth Tech SVP Bergerson

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