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Rail News: December 2004

December 29

With two weeks to go, U.S. roads set annual ton-miles record, AAR says

Year in review: WMATA notes 2004 accomplishments, looks ahead to 2005 priorities

Watco swings second track-acquisition deal with BNSF in two days

December 28

Short lines jump on 'Jersey Express' to lure coast-to-coast perishables shippers

Watco launches 10th short line after acquiring BNSF lines in Montana

CSXI's January fuel surcharge to decline for second-straight month

December 27

Ohio short line to acquire, lease track from CSXT

Pioneer Railcorp to stop trading stocks publicly

OmniTRAX seeks to lease, operate CSXT lines in Alabama

National Mediation Board to gather input on proposed arbitration service fees

Johnstown America changes name to FreightCar America, names Bagby CFO

December 22

BNSF, UP to compete for Houston shippers' business, STB says

KCS to take control of Tex Mex on New Year's Day

Milestone: BNSF moves one-billionth ton of coal from Wyoming mine

UP to record fourth-quarter operating charge due to asbestos-claim liability

Indiana port posts record monthly tonnage total in November

Hatch Mott Mac Donald appoints Beach EVP in tunneling unit

December 21

BNSF again a top 50 diversity-conscious company, magazine says

Ontario Northland Transportation Commission appoints Carmichael president, CEO

Schneider National promotes Vander Ploeg to CFO

December 20

CSX Technology: Wodehouse to retire, pass presidential reins to West

Chicago Southshore & South Bend reaches agreement with UTU

AirTrain JFK celebrates first year of service

December 17

AAR update: With three weeks to go in 2004, North American roads remain well ahead of 2003 traffic pace

CSXT faces lawsuit alleging chemical contamination at predecessors' former tie treatment plant

CTA to sell maintenance yard

RailWorks appoints Buresh, Levy to board

BART appoints board officers, members

Holland's track testing division obtains ISO accreditation

December 16

BNSF, American Commercial Lines land long-term coal transportation contract

Canadian short line's paper business on a roll since partnering with shipper

Coast Guard to limit New Jersey drawbridge openings during peak travel periods

International Container Terminal Services to study commercial potential of southern Texas port's intermodal facility

NJ Transit adds governor appointee Mason to board

Schneider National shuffles sales, intermodal exec deck

December 15

KCS, TMM amend TFM acquisition agreement, end long dispute over deal

Sound Transit prepares to add second commuter-rail train

Let it snow: WMATA, TriMet prepare for winter weather

Schneider National addresses driver shortage by offering largest-ever pay raise

Trinity sets succession plan for EVP Adams, SVP and CFO Ivy

December 14

CPR receives favorable arbitration ruling on rate, continues to pursue claim against coal shipper

Metra prepares for Belmont Road underpass project

RailAmerica increases North American traffic in November

STB issues rulings on five rail-related cases at open voting conference

Metra dedicates three Electric District stations

Roper Industries completes TransCore Holdings acquisition

HNTB names Gertler VP

December 13

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic preps for remote controls, winter weather

Bombardier terminates Tellier's contract, appoints execs to new office of president

November carloads: Genesee & Wyoming tacks on traffic in North America, Australia

New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway T&E workers to join BLET

Liquid propane transporter acquires rail terminal in New Hampshire

WMATA opens West Falls Church parking structure

December 10

A first: U.S. roads' intermodal traffic tops 10 million units, AAR says

Carmen union OKs officer, board member elections

December 9

CSX to sell terminal operator subsidiary to Dubai Ports International

UP appoints Peterson government affairs director

RailAmerica sells Arizona, Texas short lines to Permian Basin Railways

GO Transit contracts Bombardier to build 10 bi-level cars

GATX Rail acquires EMD's stake in Locomotive Leasing Partners

LA MTA adds city councilman Reyes to board

December 8

Greenbrier buys Bombardier's 50 percent interest in Mexican freight-car venture

Pennsylvania DOT to analyze state transportation system

Railinc implements Phase I redesign of AAR car repair billing system

BART tests "Smart" parking management system

Alcatel to supply communication system for new Swedish rail line

December 7

GE Equipment Services enters rail-car maintenance/repair pact with Millennium Rail

Edwards steps down at GATX Rail; Earl promoted

December 6

CPR installs "smart" sound technology to predict wheel bearing failure

TRANSFLO Terminal Services selects 10East's mobile platform

Bijur acquires Denco Lubrication

TNT Logistics names Lamolinara VP of business development

PB consult appoints Johinke president

December 3

AAR traffic update: No November slowdown for U.S. roads or TFM; Canadian roads' intermodal units drop slightly

Metra dedicates one station, completes renovations on another

CSXT to consolidate T&E, maintenance craft training at Atlanta facility

UP appoints Mitchell as San Antonio unit's first-ever general director of operating practices

NS, UP continue to be one of best and worst service-metric performers, Smith Barney/Citigroup says

Great Canadian Railtour Co. purchases Kamloops hotel to accommodate passengers

Washington DOT obtains federal funds to maintain refrigerated car supply for perishable product shippers

Alcatel to install signaling system for Spanish high-speed line

December 2

Thrall Investment to sell some Trinity Industries stock obtained in 2001 merger deal

December 1

BNSF divides domestic intermodal department into five groups

Bombardier to lay off 2,200 more transportation division workers

Alaska Railroad contracts Union Switch & Signal to supply 'first vital stand-alone' positive train control system

CN renames St. Clair Tunnel to honor former president, CEO Tellier

3Q: New York Regional Rail raises revenue, earns income

Portec Rail completes Kelsan merger

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