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Rail News: December 2005

December 29

WMATA establishes goals, plans for coming year

Class Is' slowing velocity should pick up speed in 2006, Smith Barney/Citigroup says

VIA Rail fires chairman

BNSF workers' injury-free streak reaches 11 years

MBTA expands Westborough station lot

Whiteman joins Wabtec Railway Electronics as VP/GM

December 28

Germany's Deutsche Bahn orders 72 trains from Bombardier/ALSTOM consortium

Caltrain to improve safety on four bridges

CSXI's January fuel surcharge to match December's 16 percent

Kulmer no longer part owner of A&K Railroad Materials

WMATA to gather feedback on Alexandria yard expansion

Retired Emery Tree Services VP Emery dies

December 27

Pittsburgh port authority to begin construction on North Shore alignment, defer convention center spur

RailAmerica sells Colorado short line to Permian Basin Railways

NYCT, TWU resume negotiations

New Jersey short line to launch express intermodal service with NS, CSXT

Greater Cleveland RTA dips into reserves to balance 2006 budget

V&S Railway purchases line from Colorado DOT

VIA Rail reaches tentative contract with locomotive engineers

Metra unveils new Oak Lawn station

Florida East Coast finalizes three labor agreements

Anacostia & Pacific boots up new Web site

December 22

Caltrain to hike ticket prices another 5.6 percent

BNSF begins to operate a portion of its new California transloading center

Senate signs off on measure to extend Patriot Act six months

St. Louis Metro posts first-quarter ridership increase

'Tis the season for tie purchases to plummet in November, RTA says

MBTA begins operating new bi-level passenger cars

Former FRA administrator, RailAmerica board member Sullivan dies

Bach-Simpson to supply event recorders for new PATH subway cars

December 21

D.C. proposes dedicated sales tax for WMATA

Buttrey to serve as board's interim chairman after Nober's departure

LA MTA closer to constructing Exposition light-rail line

MARTA's Ford to assume San Francisco agency's top post, Carroll to take over as interim GM

ASLRRA seeks nominees for safety person of the year, Susan Murray memorial scholarships

Manzo joins Montreal, Maine & Atlantic as finance director

Southwest Signal purchases Denver Signal Design

Cattron Group names Inam VP of global engineering

December 20

TWU workers begin walkout at NYCT

U.S. railroads post progress in avoiding train accidents, preventing employee fatalities this year, AAR says

BNSF on track to boost fuel efficiency 1 percent in 2005

San Diego Trolley adds eight surveillance cameras at downtown station

BART elects board president, vice president

AAR names NS' Moorman 2006 chair, appoints committee chairmen

CSXT, NS to use anti-freeze agent when loading coal cars in the cold

Railinc names Neville, West to VP positions

December 19

Carriers' conference seeks to stop mediation with rail labor union coalition

New Orleans transit authority can use federal dollars to jump-start streetcar service

TriMet to raise ticket prices Jan. 1

UP rolls out second high-tech track inspection vehicle

Bombardier to manufacture 47 FLEXITY trams for German transit authority

Hamburg Sud's Wilson to chair IANA in 2006

Next year's 'Day on the Hill' set for March 8

December 16

It's official: Nober won't seek second term as STB chief

Virginia transportation agency to provide $84.4 million for rail improvement projects

KCS promotes Campbell to VP-Administration

Stark to succeed Engel as SYSTRA's president & CEO

CTA contracts U.S. Cellular to provide wireless service in subway system

WMATA to test eight-car train service on Orange Line

ASME offers Terrey Hawthorne Memorial Scholarship

December 15

Transport Canada to monitor CN operations in B.C.

FRA's Boardman urges Congress to renew the Patriot Act

CTA to install computerized work-order system at maintenance facilities

San Diego Trolley to restore two vintage cars

ASME/IEEE to sponsor infrastructure/rolling-stock 'restoration & upgrade' conference

Cargo security council elects officers & board members

December 14

Five transit-rail agencies to help TSA test emergency preparedness

Bombardier/ALSTOM consortium to build 90 double-deck cars for Belgian railway

CPR's Ritchie helps launch fund raising campaign for Canadian colleges' transportation/logistics program

RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming notch traffic gains in November

Transit-oriented development center coming to Maryland Transit station

TTX promotes Savard, Deppisch

UP to install real-time surveillance, monitoring systems

Fitzpatrick, Madden join FreightCar America's board

December 13

FRA forges safety compliance agreement with Oregon short line

Cloudy coal forecast could put CPR's 2006 earnings in deep freeze

Santa Clara VTA temporarily withdraws BART extension from 'New Starts' process

North American small roads continue to move more carloads, RMI says

NJ Transit contracts Skanska to rebuild maintenance shop

TriMet, Google team up to offer online trip planning

Canadian supplier's headquarters headed for the United States

Wabtec commemorates 10th anniversary as public company

December 12

NS' 2006 budget to exceed $1 billion

Florida DOT, transit agencies to study options along freight-rail corridor

BNSF, BMWED augment safety agreement

WMATA appoints Davis to oversee Green/Yellow line

Wood-truss manufacturer turns to rail to reduce transportation costs

San Diego transit authority elects Mathis chairman

UP to speed up trains on Illinois line

Zurowski joins Global Railway's board

December 9

AAR: North American railroads' intermodal loads up, carloads down in November

New York/New Jersey port authority signs off on $5 billion budget

BNSF to buy back 30 million more common stock shares

Transportation appropriations bill earmarks $88.7 million for CTA

UP takes home national health honor for the fourth time

WMATA unveils FY2007 spending plans

Transportation safety board's Engleman Conners withdraws nomination for second chairmanship term

MARTA elects next year's directors

Containerization & Intermodal Institute hands out 2005 'Connies'

December 8

New York to provide $100 million for rail improvements

Transport Canada limits length of all northbound CN trains to prevent derailments in B.C.

Florida East Coast expects more railway revenue, profits by year end

Paducah & Louisville to launch new short line at month's end

Railway Association of Canada hands out environmental, safety awards

Peru copper miner installs Train Track's traffic-control system

Brazilian transit agency implements new signal system

December 7

Rail worker security training bill enters House

Transportation Services Index increases in September

NYCT orders 28 work trains from MotivePower

CN, UTU reach agreement on Wisconsin Central yardmasters' first-ever contract

Gunn signs on as Free Congress Foundation adjunct scholar

CPR's Ritchie to deliver keynote at RailtecMéxico next month

Timken appoints Deane to manage technology department

Dutch railway to test broadband connection onboard trains

Kocim to head AIG's newly formed rail-car leasing arm

December 6

KCS renames TFM, restructures Mexican subsidiary's management

NS to install computer system on all road locomotives

Ports navigate through peak season congestion-free, retail federation report says

Wabtec subsidiary lands ECP braking contract from South African railroad

BART unveils FY06 transit, capital improvement programs

Grupo TMM sells 18 million shares of KCS common stock

Global Railway sells YSD's Ohio plant

December 5

KCS, NS team up to exploit Meridian Speedway's potential

CN to increase budget 9 percent next year

BNSF offers online interline rates for traffic terminating on NS, CPR

Sound Transit begins to build elevated Central Link guideway

NS sole Class I to earn cost of capital in 2004, STB says

Amsted Rail, Progress Rail acquire assets from each other's business units

MBTA adds informational kiosks at South Station

December 2

Inspector general's audit: FRA should clarify railroads' accident reporting requirements, step up enforcement of rule violations

CN's the only Class I averaging faster train speeds in '05, Smith Barney/Citigroup says

Maryland Transit Administration nears completion of double-track project

Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern to provide service on coal shipper's Pennsylvania line

San Francisco Bay-area residents brainstorm rail improvements

Alabama & Gulf Coast's T&E workers join UTU

Minneapolis' Hiawatha hits 10 million mark

UP appoints Payne, Garrison and Chacon to new management positions

Silicon Valley employers take advantage of Santa Clara VTA Eco Pass

December 1

TriMet posts all-time high ridership during Thanksgiving holiday

BNSF to wrap up 'Thayer South' trackwork in March

UP to install video surveillance system on locomotives

Conti to succeed the late Harrold as Providence and Worcester president

Calgary Transit contracts L.B. Foster to supply materials for two extensions

AAR issues 2005 edition of Class I facts and figures publication

Portec Rail appoints Yared, Myronov to sales management positions

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