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Rail News: November 2005

November 30

NTSB issues recommendations on preventing train accidents, haz-mat mishaps

Algoma Central Railway workers ratify CN contract

KCSR closes two crossings, targets additional closures

Bombardier Transportation registers less revenue, more orders

CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge to drop in December

NJ Transit to add, upgrade ticket vending machines

Mathieu assumes RailPower Technologies' top post

November 29

New Mexico DOT to acquire BNSF mainline for commuter-rail service

Orange County Transportation Authority approves five-year plan

NJ Transit to be anchor tenant at NYC's Moynihan Station

BNSF boots up Web page to attract candidates with military experience

Miami-Dade Transit to review progress on airport extension

VIA Rail appoints Fraser as director

FreightCar America replaces metal coal-car component with plastic part

November 28

BNSF, South Dakota settle on new purchase price for state-owned line

Canadian government to provide $110 million in transit security funding

FY2006 transportation bill earmarks $6.5 million for BART extension to the Silicon Valley

Greenbrier to reduce Canadian plant's rail-car production, workforce

Canadian government to lease 12,000 grain hoppers to farmer coalition

Westerfield joins New York & Atlantic as general superintendent

Bay area transit agencies to develop regional rail plan

November 23

North American crosstie purchases rise, production falls in October

Congress signs off on $8.6 billion FY2006 transit bill

Long-time Providence and Worcester President Harrold passes away

BART notes progress on earthquake safety project

Cattron introduces digital event recorder for industrial locomotives

Majority of Santa Clara Valley residents consider public transit a travel option

Australian miner orders 10 SD70ACe locomotives from EMD

Car accounting, services association elects 2006 officers

November 22

New Jersey short lines sign interline agreements with Conrail, CSXT and NS

KCSR leases Mississippi branch to new Watco short line

FTA should help cut light-rail project costs, transportation research center says

Pittsburgh-area port authority, ATU agree on three-year deal

Eight Canadian railroads obtain federal funds for clean-air projects

UTU ratifies four-year agreement with SEPTA

Transportation marketing association: Good-bye Trannys, hello Compass awards

Small shipments association opens membership to all transportation modes

November 21

CSXT offers online interline prices for traffic terminating on NS, CPR

New York/New Jersey port authority seeks planning assistance from universities

AAR data: U.S., Canadian railroads move fewer carloads, more intermodal loads

U.S. railroads remain in hiring mode, retirement board says

Houston METRO restricts rail platforms to ticket holders

Operation Lifesaver boots up new Web site, unveils new logo

Rail travel group Wandrian names Bernat CEO

L.B. Foster to turn Colorado rocket parts facility into rail component plant

HNTB names Taylor associate VP for south Florida's public transportation projects

November 18

Young to succeed Davidson as UP's top executive

CPR, British Columbia port to jointly improve rail infrastructure, service

Amtrak's Cascades service sets annual ridership record

CN celebrates 10th anniversary as publicly held company, sets strategy for next five years

VIA Rail inks deal with Parsons to implement Wi-Fi service on trains, in stations

Amtrak completes restoration of historical California depot

Alabama short line's T&E workers join UTU

MHF Logistical Solutions to launch 'smart' sensitive-cargo service

St. Louis MetroLink extension contractors receive AGC honors

November 17

San Diego Trolley to begin preliminary engineering for new extension

L.A. port sets container-volume record in October

Bombardier-led consortium begins to build Korean light-rail line

Class I 'ideally suited' to serve Asian shippers, BNSF says

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad names GM, managing director

Short line association's legislative committee to meet during NRC's California conference

Portec adds load securement catalog to Web site

November 16

House subcommittee holds hearing on Amtrak's state of affairs

CPR's revenue and rates to rise, capital spending to drop in 2006

Senate bill seeks to secure U.S. ports, containers

Amtrak's Northeast Corridor engineers, MOW workers issue strike warning

CN, UTU come to terms on tentative contract for conductors

Greater Cleveland RTA outlines 2006 spending plans

L.A.-area transportation coalition members discuss ways to improve regional traffic flow

Balfour Beatty recounts post-Katrina contract work

SEPTA, UTU negotiate tentative pact

Canadian regional, railway association train emergency responders

November 15

FRA, BNSF to test wireless switch monitors in dark territory

TSA adds dogs, attracts transit agency to canine program

Stefflres first duo to win IANA's Silver Kingpin Award

Toronto agency begins prep work for third track

UP to speed up trains on Iowa line

Providence and Worcester's revenue up, income down in the third quarter

Sound Transit to review transit options with local residents

Transpo installs crossing system for Nebraska short line

November 14

BNSF appoints three execs to VP positions

San Diego agency shovels dirt for SPRINTER maintenance building

Caltrain registers ridership, revenue gains during FY2006's first quarter

BNSF to fine-tune freight-car reservation program

Intermodal industry veteran Beers joins Pacer Stacktrain as EVP

RailComm provides automation systems for two UP yards

DMJM Harris names three SVPs

November 11

Weekly AAR data: U.S. railroads' traffic still on the upswing

Texas voters OK plan to fund rail-line relocations, crossing closures

CTA approves budget, green lights line extension studies

Las Vegas Monorail's ridership, revenue holds steady in October

Genesee & Wyoming's traffic slows in October

GCRTA contracts college to provide emergency-response training

Waters joins Intermodal Transportation Institute's board

Altamont Commuter Express to install surveillance cameras onboard trains

Coe assumes post as GATX Rail's managing director

November 10

Amtrak supporters voice opinions on Gunn's termination

New York state residents OK $2.9 billion transportation plan

CTA awards $173 million signal contract

Latest Amtrak reform bill would eliminate routes, on-board services

Wal-Mart honors BNSF, Florida East Coast as carriers of the year

RailAmerica registers carload gains in October

Home Depot recognizes UP as railroad of the year

NTSB to release latest wish list on transportation safety improvements

Kelso Technologies lands pressure relief valve order from Rescar Industries

November 9

Rail delays cause moderate congestion at West Coast ports, retail federation says

Amtrak fires Gunn, launches national search for new leader

CPR to sell 92-mile line to Indiana Rail Road

DART to discuss Irving/DFW light-rail extension

UP's military recruiting efforts earn magazine's No. 1 rank

Voith Turbo to supply transmissions for Russian railway's passenger cars

Employees tout NS' connection to communities through speaker network

Mitsui Rail makes changes to executive roster

November 8

USDOT to tighten reins on Amtrak

SEPTA reaches tentative agreement with TWU, UTU

Transportation Services Index in midst of two-month slide

ATU-represented workers ponder strike at Pittsburgh port authority

BNSF continues to upgrade joint PRB line

House bill would silence train horns in suburbs during off-peak hours

Snyder succeeds Daly as head of CSXT's network operations

November 7

DM&E to seek $2.5 billion federal loan to fund Powder River Basin project, additional trackwork

FRA rule will require railroads to conduct more continuous-welded rail inspections

Transport Canada places train-length limit on CN to prevent derailments in B.C.

Sound Transit's light-rail extension receives 'high' FTA funding rank

North American intermodal traffic increases for 14th-consecutive quarter, IANA says

Greater Cleveland RTA begins to serve new Red Line station

KCS adds Zuza, Banks to executive roster

EnviroFuels contracts Romic to distribute rail products overseas

November 4

GAO: More business practice improvements needed at Amtrak

AAR: 2005 could be banner year for U.S. rail workers' safety

Senate adopts Amtrak reform bill

Weather a damper on U.S. railroads' October carloads, AAR says

Chamber of Commerce foundation outlines new transportation funding ideas

The Andersons' rail division drives up income, revenue in the third quarter

Harsco Track Technologies lands another long-term rail grinding contract

Trinity Industries increases third-quarter revenue by one-third

November 3

KCS subsidiary buys 75 locomotives

California high-speed authority OKs environmental report

Copeland takes reins as Balfour Beatty Rail president

BNSF installs steel-post fences to reduce wind force

UTA postpones fuel surcharge plans

RailPower to gauge Japanese market for hybrid locomotives

Greenbrier's FY2005 revenue reaches $1 billion

Indiana commuter-rail agency contracts RailComm to provide operating rules training

November 2

KCS' third-quarter results reflect benefits of TFM acquisition, detriments from hurricanes

TWU, UTU enter third day of strike at SEPTA

BNSF honors three short lines for 'exceeding expectations'

STB to study Alaska Railroad line's environmental effects

CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge continues to creep up

CTA awards ATM, parking facility management contracts

GE to build 300 locomotives for China's railway ministry

November 1

Green takes presidential reins at CPR; Ritchie remains CEO

Genesee & Wyoming boosts third-quarter revenue in North America, Australia

UP names four supervisors to new management positions

'Upbeat' rail-car market won't miss a beat next year, EPA says

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