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Rail News: December 2003

December 30

AAR data: Year-to-date carloads flat, intermodal traffic flourishing

CTA to restructure fares Jan. 1

Keokuk Junction Railway can skip environmental assessment to acquire Illinois line, STB says

Houston METRO to begin light-rail service Jan. 1

On the road to the Super Bowl: UP's historical steam locomotive

Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems appoints McNamara VP, COO

A. Stucki: Losing two long-time execs to retirement, gaining new president

GNER Holdings can submit bid to operate London's Integrated Kent Rail Franchise, SRA says

December 29

NS charging Carolina Power & Light 'unreasonably high' coal rates, STB says

WMATA places spotlight on 2004 projects and plans

BLE: Another city seeks safer locomotive remote-control guidelines

Caltrain proposes 20-year plan

NS promotes basic safety practices at system-wide workshops

December 23

Security: Authority to add eyes, ears to Alameda Corridor by building manned center, installing motion detectors and cameras

Judge rules in favor of MARTA in fare-collection system contract dispute

CPR to test RailPower's Green Goat in winter conditions

Transit agencies increase security during holidays

Ohio River terminals primed to provide container-on-barge services, study says

UTU-represented NICTD workers ratify six-year contract

Brotherhood of Railway Carmen's Anderson to leave hospital board post

December 22

Genesee & Wyoming purchases Georgia-Pacific's three short lines

Johnstown America completes delivery of high-capacity intermodal cars

Sierra Railroad hopes to have legendary 'Skunk' tourist train smelling like a rose again

Underground rail tunnel could be added to Massachusetts' long-term transportation plan

Utility, Class Is resolve rate dispute during technical conference, STB says

GCRTA approves FY2004 budget

LA MTA, UTU reach tentative labor agreement

Union Switch & Signal appoints Borman CFO

December 19

Ohio coke plant to be a future NS customer

MARTA to cut jobs, require short-term furloughs to decrease FY04 deficit

UP relocates bridge as part of plan to bypass Kansas town

More funds needed for northern Virginia's public transportation, regional commission says

Alameda Corridor to be completely grade separated by spring

Sound Transit purchases, leases track from BNSF to extend commuter-rail service

Rosen begins general counsel stint at USDOT

Bombardier to supply DMUs to German transit authority

TieTek receives ISO 9001-2000 certification

December 18

Sound off: FRA issues interim final rule on train horns

CPR launches remote-control locomotives, adds double-stack cars to increase intermodal train capacity

Arbitrators' decision on TFM purchase agreement to come early next year, KCS' Haverty says

BNSF begins PRB coal moves under Georgia Power contract

National Rail Car to expand, renovate Texas car-repair facility

December 17

Descending telecommunication-asset values to dampen NS' fourth-quarter earnings

Rude workers, passengers a travel industry problem, survey says

BLE members ratify national contract with U.S. roads

Cubic to integrate customer-service software

FRA releases Volpe Center's RRIF recommendations

Minority newspapers recognize DART for supplier diversity

Cattron-Theimeg names Doxtater quality director

CTA dedicates renovated station, rail yard on Cermak (Douglas) line

Midland Manufacturing appoints Gorman to top engineering post

December 16

NS subsidiaries' fused system targets shipment tracing across truck, rail

UP, Stillwater Central to relocate line serving Oklahoma military reservation

First time since Ford Administration: NTSB's open safety recommendations drop to three digits

Indiana Rail Road announces two appointments

Arzoon appoints Sickler CEO to succeed co-founder Dibachi

December 15

Johnstown America to finish filling UP's 600 coal-car order

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approves FY2004 budget

CSX Corp. SVP Fogarty to succeed retiring Grassi as CSX World Terminals CEO

Amtrak records busiest-ever week, month

Watco Cos.' new safety head strives to halve accidents, injuries in 2004

BART to raise fares Jan. 1

Winds of change: NIT League names carrier execs to board

Ocean carrier expands container fleet

December 12

Canadian steelworkers union targets CN's, CPR's trackworkers

Charlotte Area Transit System purchases NS right of way to help launch light-rail service

U.S. roads set another annual intermodal traffic record, AAR says

More funds needed in FY2005 budget, WMATA says

BMWE to continue merger talks with the Teamsters

Sound Transit elects chairman, vice chairs

STB seeks Class I input to calculate the industry's annual cost of capital

Minor-Lawrence to fill new TriMet workforce development position

President Bush installs Van Tine as acting USDOT deputy secretary while awaiting Senate confirmation

December 11

Employees help BNSF preserve peak-season form for UPS

Sound Transit to review University of Washington's proposed light-rail route

U.S. cabinet honors UP's health-care programs

Direct-connect communication devices coming to NJ Transit

AAR data: U.S., Canadian roads finally on positive side of year-to-date carload ledger

WMATA tests online language translation service

Railroads ready to tackle large-vehicle moves, Pacific Harbor Line says

Los Angeles MTA to revise fares Jan. 1

Van de Water to become National Mediation Board's newest member

December 10

NS to spend a few more dollars on capital improvements next year

Chicagoland project's potential CREATEs local support

CPR, steelworkers union reach tentative agreement

OmniTRAX, public partners seek to pump up Port of Churchill's volume

December 9

CN's Edison to quarterback BC Rail integration

UP obtains another hazmat spill-sealing system

Indiana Rail Road continues to cut coal-train cycle times

GE Transportation Systems to become umbrella organization unit GE Rail

Australian Railroad Group restructures debt

December 8

BLE members bless Teamsters merger

CN, BC Rail seek tourist-train operator

Canada needs to consider mounting transportation capacity crunch, CPR's Ritchie says

Corpus Christi RTA awards downtown streetcar engineering contract

In memoriam: Retired railway association public affairs head Bilanow

Triple Crown marks 3 millionth truckload

Beyond the Alameda Corridor: ACTA to ratchet up L.A. region's intermodal capability

December 5

AAR traffic data: U.S., Canadian roads register gains in November

California High Speed Rail Authority awards implementation plan contract

Buffalo & Pittsburgh to lease, operate CSXT's Pennsylvania line

LA MTA seeks to reduce noise on Metro Gold Line

FRA, UIC to share rail security information, techniques

PATH adds train-tracking system to temporary World Trade Center site station

Small roads' tax-credit bill tacks on congressional supporters, ASLRRA says

Great Canadian Railtour Co. proposes new route, locomotive

Canadian agency orders representation election at CPR, UTU says

December 4

Intermodal: UP, Ferromex launch expedited, all-rail L.A.-to-Mexico service

BMWE members picket Amtrak maintenance facility to protest trackwork outsourcing

KCS joins U.S. Customs' voluntary border-security program

Former Short Line Superintendents Association president Betz dies

UP improves intermodal terminal's gate security by adding fingerprint-scanning system

Twin Cities & Western promotes Wegner, Anderson

December 3

Safety: BNSF initiative promotes awareness to avoid adjacent-track incidents

Bill ARRIVEs in Senate

Rail-car orders to rise, but casting crunch will constrain near-term production, EPA says

U.S. DOT provides funds to restore transit in lower Manhattan

CSXI partners with REZ-1 to improve trailer program

NS relocates Manassas crew-change center to avoid crossing delays

In memoriam: BLE state legislative board chairman Blake

December 2

NS shakes up senior-level staff

CPR outsources computer infrastructure to IBM

No end in sight to surging intermodal volume

BLE, CN's Grand Trunk Western reach tentative agreement

IANA awards honor individual's, organization's contributions to intermodal industry

December 1

Class Is pool box cars to provide tip-top fleet

DART to update residents on planned projects

Senate blesses rail-safety improvement bill

Houston METRO receives security grant

RailAmerica expands Michigan short-line roster

Metro-North names Herrington first female operations chief

B.C. labor federation: Province 'giving away' BC Rail, hundreds of railroad jobs

BART to monitor employees' Internet use

Pennsylvania short line to lease, operate CSXT's track

Oerlikon transit subsidiary names Mercier chief operating officer

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