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Rail News: December 2001

December 28

RailAmerica remains in sale mode with two more transactions

Rail retirement investment trust lands two labor board members

Trinity to record merger-related restructuring charge

RTA ends nine-month safety director search

WMATA signs GM White to 7.5-year contract — a year early

CTA orders smart card equipment for Cermak Branch

December 27

STB ceases CN/IC merger oversight

Transport Canada unveils medical fitness rules for safety-critical personnel

December 26

RailAmerica sells Minnesota short line

President Bush inks retirement reform bill

General Bearing boosts presence in China

German, Swiss railways order vehicles from Bombardier consortiums

Utah agency receives 10th light-rail vehicle from Siemens

December 21

RailAmerica's Ferronor to soon operate Chilean copper producer's railway

Retirement bill still awaits president's signature

STB ends UP/SP merger oversight

WMATA budget: No fare increases, some headcount trimming

Maryland rail, bus passengers to see smart cards by end of 2004

BART introduces Tiny Tickets program

Toronto Transit to use Alcatel's SelTrac system

December 20

Canadian rails last year bumped up traffic, held down expenses, RAC says

RailAmerica plans stock listing switch, raises equity to bolster more buys

December 19

NASA's anti-icing fluid available for rail industry applications

CN to soon launch online tracing feature for paper shippers

UTU plans 'patient' Class I negotiations in 2002, says Boyd

Cleveland RTA makes tough choices to face budget crunch

Stockholm transit agency orders 70 Bombardier trainsets

December 18

CSXT plans LRC plunge with 100-unit Cattron-Theimeg order

BNSF, Swift partner to provide seamless perishable-commodity service

Indiana short line commences coal carloads under truck-diverting contract

December 17

BC Rail eyes exit from TOFC service

CN, UTU reach tentative accord

TMM finalizes merger, single-class stock plans

Sacramento students to see cheaper fares

December 14

NS to dole out fewer dollars for 2002 capital projects

CSXT's, NS' post-Conrail service improving, but oversight will press on, STB says

LA port close to another annual container-volume record

NJ Transit inks rail car overhaul deal with AAI>

SNCF places $1.5 billion order for 500 trains

MARC line and WMATA transit center to open

Tyco Electronics to provide wire, cables for Santa Clara LRVs

December 13

BLE, UTU back to war of words, Class I representation

CSXT to soon speed up some Alabama trains

Bankruptcy court OKs ABC-NACO's asset sale to TCF

December 12

Retirement bill now balances on president's pen

Mineta taps Magaw as president's transportation security under secretary nominee

STB seeks AAR's help in resolving interchange-delay issues

Intercity rail service returns to Kentucky

BART offers special passes as alternative to holiday driving

Bombardier/Alstom land Swiss EMU contract

Alstom/SNCF/CAF consortium testing very-high-speed trainset

December 11

BLE members trounce UTU merger proposal

Federal budget short-changes Canadian railroads, RAC says

December 10

CSXT, NCRR resolve more than century-old track-ownership debate

ABC-NACO set to sell majority of operating assets

NYC Transit begins testing CBTC-equipped subway cars

Italian Railways orders 100 Bombardier locomotives

English train leasing company purchases event recorders

Sound Transit to mark light rail progress with rail-laying ceremony

December 7

NS process-improving program enters second phase

ASLRRA continues organizational examination

B&A sale hits snag due to bankruptcy ruling

Reform Council plans meeting to ponder Amtrak restructuring options

WMATA begins auto-sharing program

Bombardier/ALSTOM land $312.5 million SNCF order

December 6

CPR, Consolidated Fastfrate tighten partnership bond

Memphis distribution center to help prosper CN's paper business

UP ranks high on magazine's best-benefits survey

December 5

Rail retirement bill: Back to the House

Intermodal traffic continues up-and-down trend in the third quarter, IANA says

RailAmerica set to shutter E&N's freight service

WMATA's chemical-release drill shortened by actual federal building fire

BART program aimed at increasing off-peak ridership enters second year on high note

International consortium lands study contract for Singapore's Eastern Region Line

December 4

Retirement bill fends off opposition, but more resistance might be on the way

GWI agrees to acquire Emons, then merge it with new subsidiary

UP surges ahead with e-procurement system

December 3

STB sets January meetings to extract public opinions on proposed Houston line's environmental effects

Washington's FAST program might soon procure federal funds

WMATA monitors funding bills, strategizes best uses

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