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Rail News: February 2003

February 28

Locomotive remote controls increase yard safety, CSXT says

MARTA, ALSTOM reach car rehabilitation agreement

House transportation committee approves bill to support families of passenger rail accident victims

Passenger-rail coalition seeks federal funding

WMATA considers extending passenger-train hours

KCS needs extra time to prepare, launch its automated payroll system

Retirement investment trustees appoint chairman, board members

Foreman earns BNSF Achievement Award for helping crews deal with frigid temperatures

Harsco Track Technologies obtains first German order

February 27

CSXT promotes Crown to COO, names Cantrell to new technology post

Bill would provide small roads tax credits to fund infrastructure improvements

KCS promotes fuel-conservation practices

NS safety committee targets trespassers at Chicago commuter-rail station

TSA going from USDOT's governance to the Office of Homeland Security

February 26

Rail industry, government officials hold security briefing

NS' industrial-development efforts paid off last year

Canadian railway association, labor union sound off on Collenette's 'Straight Ahead' blueprint

Higher fuel prices shouldn't hamper rail industry's investment outlook, Deutsche Bank says

Australian Railroad Group appoints Mohan as CEO

Federal funds enable NCTD to advance light-rail project

Bombardier receives order, charters propulsion-system joint venture

Pennsylvania professor designs handicapped-accessible rail cars

Microsol Inc. to offer equipment, services to transit companies

February 25

CSX to uproot Richmond headquarters, relocate south to Jacksonville post

Transport Minister Collenette lays out Canada's transportation blueprint

BNSF LOGs more than $250 million in revenue from guaranteed empty-equipment program

Pine Bluff bans locomotive remote controls within city limits, BLE says

Rail industry representatives ready for tomorrow's 'Day on the Hill'

MBTA awards joint venture a $1 billion operating contract

February 24

NS chooses soybean-based grease as rail-lubricant alternative

BNSF plans to pare down diesel expenses, pump up fuel efficiency

NS moves to Phase II of process-improving program

Wabtec promotes Garcia-Tunon to head finance; CFO Brooks to assume new role

Amtrak begins dealing with $1.05 billion appropriation

NJ Transit's board gives go-ahead to four projects

DART begins clean fuels program

February 21

Cost control: BC Rail, OmniTRAX roads pull out of Canadian small-road association

Cost control: BC Rail, OmniTRAX roads pull out of Canadian small-road association

Bush nominates Engleman as NTSB chairman

Terminal road seeks Indiana line to set up switching operation

BC Rail's three-year plan focuses on freight-rail service

UP's Butler earns African-American heritage award

Amtrak asks for $1.8 billion in FY 2004

RailKey provides comprehensive site for rail travel services

NCDA seeks governmental support for commuter-rail project

Tri-Rail awards bridge contract

February 20

KCS, BNSF execs eye enhanced marketing alliance

Shippers adding transit time, absorbing cost to comply with U.S. Customs security rule, survey says

McFalls to help drive BNSF's diversity efforts

STB to hold second open-voting conference in March

Railway Supply Association seeks college scholarship applicants

February 19

U.S. Steel seeks STB approval to acquire National Steel's short line

Greenbrier, ACF might start up their own castings company after failed Buckeye bid

CSXT selects US&S to upgrade traffic-control, dispatch system

Timken completes Torrington transaction

Johnstown America delivers 120 coal cars, appoints manufacturers' rep

GCRTA introduces Web-based transit services

Caltrain proposes fare, zone changes for more efficient service

Cubic names Chant managing director

New DART facility to reflect community's character

February 18

After five-month shutdown, Buckeye Steel plant set to restart

OmniTRAX COO Rennick eyes March departure; company names three EVPs to fill his shoes

Ohio county considers locomotive remote-control ban, BLE says

CIT Rail Resources orders more than 3,000 rail cars

Kansas & Oklahoma calls on state, communities — and customers — to help upgrade branch line

February 17

Security: STB determines delegation of authority during emergencies

ACTA pencils in May start for Alameda Corridor's final grade separation

UP becomes third Class I to join U.S. Customs Service's anti-terrorism program

BNSF offers grade-crossing incident investigation tips to CHiPs

KCS set to streamline mail, document management departments

New light-rail system progresses in Phoenix area

Kawasaki completes NYCT's subway-car order

Sound Transit grows commuter-rail ridership in 2002

Metra plans another southern commuter-rail line

Metra to purchase land for new Elburn station, storage yard

February 14

UP, CSXI team up on truck-competitive trailer service to and from Mexico

Albany & Eastern, BNSF accept arbitration to resolve Oregon line dispute

KCS, chemical transportation provider ready to unveil Texas industrial park

Dallas short line's clerks choose UTU representation

General Bearing tabs Uhlig as executive vice president

Amtrak to make do with less-than-desired appropriation

BART scores high in latest customer satisfaction survey

METRO receives nearly $30 million in federal funds

DART increases fares

February 13

USDOT's high-tech intermodal project passes initial test

NS, Goode garner awards

House transportation committee names railroad, transit subcommittee heads

Climate control: U.S. roads envision 18 percent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2012, AAR says

USDOT's high-tech intermodal project passes initial test

Timken sells shares of common stock to fund purchase of Ingersoll-Rand unit

February 12

UP targets Nebraska trespassers to clear path for double-track project

Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range offers 'noncompulsory severance' program to MOW workers

Springfield Terminal Railway, electricians union set tentative contract terms

Try, try again: Global Railway renegotiates deal to acquire G&B Specialties

Study results to help ARRC improve passenger service in Anchorage

More parking in store for Amtrak's second-busiest station

Port authority awaits FTA recommendation on light-rail project

February 11

Rail intermodal volume rises almost 6 percent in 2002, IANA says

KCS obtains trackage rights to Illinois Central's Mississippi line

AAR OKs Kelso Technologies' pressure relief valve for tank-car use

February 10

CN set to offer 'scheduled' intermodal service

FRA contracts consultant to help improve RRIF process

BNSF to caution truck drivers on terminal hazards

WMATA heightens security

Amtrak: Single phone call for rail, room reservations

Sound Transit's Central Link receives FTA's 'highest' recommendation, proposed federal funding

February 7

Traffic theater: U.S., Canadian roads' monthly carload totals elicit smiles, frowns

UP, NS add northbound option to Mexican intermodal service

Small road restores Washington line to divert frozen-food traffic

CANAC's contribution to Kenyan railway garners award

CTA continues to boost annual ridership

O'Hare, Midway airports closer to getting downtown express rail service

Group seeks to spur U.S. maglev projects

Metra breaks ground on new Elgin station

February 6

Balfour Beatty appoints Wathen as head of North American operations

RailAmerica returns to its asset-rationalization, debt-reducing past

KCS expands transload network

BLE to poll members on how Teamsters merger agreement should be structured

Pieces of space shuttle Columbia bypass BNSF tracks

February 5

Watts to step down as Montana Rail Link's top exec at year's end

Homeland security: DOT to step up background checks on U.S.-bound Canadian explosives carriers

BNSF to join U.S. Customs' anti-terrorism program

USDOT tabs Whitmer as deputy chief of staff

Amtrak sets aside Bush Administration's 2004 budget proposal, awaits congressional verdict on 2003 appropriation

L.A. MTA tests personal mobility devices

Rail ridership increases in the third quarter, APTA says

February 4

Bills to repeal freight roads' federal fuel tax enter the House, Senate

Mettle testing: CPR's 2002 financial results confirm market strategy

CSXT's summer track maintenance 'Jamboree' to be its biggest

Grade-crossing safety: Transport Canada to fund major portion of 35 improvement projects

CPR a finalist for INFORMS 'best practice' award

February 3

STB dishes out seven decisions at first open-voting conference

New York state law will lower property taxes, encourage rail investment, CSXT says

Alaska Railroad ready to wrap up double-track project in Anchorage

North Carolina railroad association names executive director, elects board members

Amtrak receives go-ahead for faster Downeaster trains

SNCF awards $257 million high-capacity train contract to Bombardier

Yardmasters ratify NJ Transit, UTU agreement

WMATA adds 10 vehicles to car-sharing program

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