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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

Sacramento Regional Transit District moves forward with transit-oriented development plans

Harrison to chair International Cargo Security Council next year

BART posts record ridership to airport during Christmas holiday

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

Chicago region needs to act to avoid future freight-traffic congestion, study says

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

December 27

Ohio short line to acquire, lease track from CSXT

Pennsylvania transit agencies to obtain short-term state funding

Pioneer Railcorp to stop trading stocks publicly

CTA to extend service hours on Cermak branch

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

Sound Transit to extend light-rail service to SeaTac airport

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

Amtrak opens new St. Louis station

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

Calgary Transit orders 33 light-rail vehicles from Siemens

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

Vienna transit agency orders light-rail vehicles from Bombardier-led joint venture

Indiana port posts record monthly tonnage total in November

Hatch Mott Mac Donald appoints Beach EVP in tunneling unit

December 21

CPR, Canada to fund cargo inspection system at Windsor-Detroit border crossing

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

New York Container Terminal assumes operation of Staten Island intermodal facility

Ontario Northland Transportation Commission appoints Carmichael president, CEO

Schneider National promotes Vander Ploeg to CFO

December 20

Monro to retire from FRA after serving as acting administrator for six months

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

WMATA unveils Blue Line extension

Chicago Southshore & South Bend reaches agreement with UTU

AirTrain JFK celebrates first year of service

ASLRRA accepting nominations for annual 'safety person' award

Railway Tie Association honors former Appalachian Timber Services head Gadd

December 17

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

Allegheny County port authority approves fare increase, service reduction plan

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

VTA inks deal with UP to purchase property, trackage rights

CG Railway to relocate rail-car facility from Mobile to New Orleans port

CTA to sell maintenance yard

RailWorks appoints Buresh, Levy to board

BART appoints board officers, members

Holland's track testing division obtains ISO accreditation

Denmark railway to install Verint's video security system

December 16

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

L.A. County leaders fight for transportation money

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

South Pasadena seeks noise mitigation measures for LA MTA's Gold Line

Australian mining firm orders 13 SD70ACe locomotives from EMD

NJ Transit adds governor appointee Mason to board

Schneider National shuffles sales, intermodal exec deck

Prover Technology to study safety of Swedish interlocking system

December 15

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

Sound Transit prepares to add second commuter-rail train

CPR sells Outremont Yard to Montreal university

Let it snow: WMATA, TriMet prepare for winter weather

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

Italian transit authority contracts Magnetek to provide subway car power systems

Greenbrier to collaborate with Chinese freight-car builder

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

Minneapolis' Hiawatha line carries 135,000 passengers in first full week

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

Metra dedicates three Electric District stations

House letter supports rail labor unions' opposition to National Mediation Board's arbitration fee proposal

New York, New Jersey port authority plans to develop regional smart card program

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

WMATA proposes $1.5 billion FY2006 budget

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

New York, New Jersey port authority approves FY2005 budget

Liquid propane transporter acquires rail terminal in New Hampshire

WMATA opens West Falls Church parking structure

RailPower to receive Texas R&D grant to produce hybrid locomotive

NYCT contracts Granite Construction subsidiary to build ventilation structures

December 10

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

Carmen union OKs officer, board member elections

IANA's board elects officers, directors

Containerization & Intermodal Institute hands out 'Connies'

Harsco Track Technologies receives South Carolina trade group's honor

December 9

USDOT report: U.S. surface transportation trade between Canada, Mexico continues to rise

Pennsylvania governor opposes stop-gap funds for state transit agencies

CSX to sell terminal operator subsidiary to Dubai Ports International

Montana Rockies Rail Tours suspends 2005 operations

UP appoints Peterson government affairs director

Santa Clara VTA releases environmental report on BART extension

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

SEPTA seeks new Market Elevated project contractor

Out of Africa: BNSF execs consult with West African rail leaders

Pennsylvania DOT to analyze state transportation system

Railinc implements Phase I redesign of AAR car repair billing system

One in a million: Sound Transit's Tacoma Link hits ridership milestone

UP tabs transportation vet Florence to serve new El Paso unit

BART tests "Smart" parking management system

Alcatel to supply communication system for new Swedish rail line

December 7

Back on track: Transportation Services Index up in September

Metro Transit opens next phase of Minneapolis' Hiawatha line

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

Houston METRO obtains federal FY2005 funds

Edwards steps down at GATX Rail; Earl promoted

ACACSO elects '05 officers

December 6

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

TRANSFLO Terminal Services selects 10East's mobile platform

Sound Transit releases environmental report on long-range plan

Bijur acquires Denco Lubrication

SEPTA board reviewing options to address budget deficit

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

Metro Transit to open remainder of Hiawatha line

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

BART posts ridership high on SFO extension during Thanksgiving holiday

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

Capital spending: NS to increase 2005 budget about 16 percent to $938 million

KCS' transload network continues to add facilities, traffic

Former short-line association head Loftus dies

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

National small shipments association schedules 'Logistics 101' seminar in February

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

TriMet ridership to airport station hits all-time high Thanksgiving weekend

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

Bombardier celebrates one year accident-free on NJ Transit's River Line

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

Texas group schedules conference to address high-speed rail corridor

Portec Rail completes Kelsan merger

Parsons, PointShot partner to provide Wi-Fi services for North American passenger-rail systems

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