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Rail News: February 2006

February 28

VRE proposes ticket price hike in FY07

Bobb to succeed Kraemer as BNSF's Group VP of coal

CSXI's March fuel surcharge to fall slightly

Free Congress Foundation's Weyrich to join surface transportation policy commission

UP tops list as America's 'most admired' railroad, Fortune says

Maryland Transit Administration staffers venture to London to study CCTV system

BNSF makes Latina magazine's top-50 list for seventh time

February 27

ACTA: Railroads operate more trains, move more containers along L.A.'s Alameda Corridor in 2005

Metrolink orders commuter-rail vehicles from Rotem

Canadian railroad accidents and rail-related fatalities rise in 2005, transportation safety board says

Bombardier constructs 1,000th carbody for Long Island, Metro-North railroads

UTU files federal lawsuit to force Class Is to discuss training proposal

ERICO validates collection volume method during 13-year lightning study in Malaysia

February 24

BNSF's Illinois terminal sets lift record, surpasses safety goal in 2005

Arkansas transit authority begins trolley line expansion

Kansas City Southern adds longer siding, Centralized Traffic Control to the Meridian Speedway

Maryland Transit Administration completes 9.4-mile double-track project

WMATA proposes to increase service on several holidays, operate longer trains during tourist season

Portec Rail posts record revenue, income in 2005

Moffett joins Raritan Central short line group as senior VP

February 23

Iowa Interstate scores second RRIF loan to purchase 22 locomotives

BART increases rush hour train length to handle ridership spike

Greater Cleveland RTA reaches five-year ridership high in January

UP makes diesel-saving grade with 'Fuel Masters' program, Mineta says

Potvin to succeed Ballachey as RailPower's CFO

MHF Logistical Solutions to exhibit rail-car tracking, cargo monitoring service at Arizona conference

Wabtec registers more sales, boosts earnings in 2005

Engineering firm STV appoints Agro to SVP, deputy director position

February 22

CPR: Ritchie and Newall to retire in May; Green to become CEO and Cleghorn to assume chairmanship

North American tie purchases and production post January gains, RTA says

Gates to head Genesee & Wyoming's safety and compliance department

Amtrak boots up Spanish Web site

Anacostia drops 'associate' from AAR membership status

U.S. Railroad Retirement Board to host rail employer training seminar

British Columbian tourist industry honors Rocky Mountaineer for employee management excellence

February 21

Tri-Rail adds trains as double-track project draws to a close

Indiana DOT to provide more than $1.7 million in grants to 11 small roads

Holland teams up with Ukrainian research institute and supplier to develop electric flash-butt welding equipment for worldwide market

Alcatel to install CBTC for Vancouver rail line

CTA to add route, increase service on Chicago's west side

Nebraska Kansas Colorado Railway's workers join UTU

Massachusetts Bay commuter-rail operator appoints Brereton chief mechanical officer

Australia's Pacific National to add three 'slave' locomotives to its fleet

NRC elects chairman, vice chairman and secretary-treasurer

February 17

DART anticipates revenue and ridership growth, light-rail project launch in FY06

Seattle, Indiana ports report record cargo volumes in 2005

WMATA installs Tangherlini as interim GM

Kansas City Southern to operate remote-controlled locomotives at its Laredo yard

Houston METRO to begin preliminary studies on University Line

CPR to display 125-year-old charter at Calgary museum

Hulcher Services purchases North American Recovery Services

February 16

Surface Transportation Board gives final blessing to DM&E's Powder River Basin project

RailAmerica increases revenue, reduces operating ratio in the fourth quarter

Carriers' committee to resume negotiations with union coalition, BLET says

International Union of Railways to spend two years analyzing ways European railroads can increase market share

Reported crimes on WMATA's D.C. system drop 8 percent in 2005

REMSA seeks applicants for five academic scholarships

Amtrak orders bomb-resistant trash cans from BlastGard

PointShot Wireless contracts Holden Railway Equipment to distribute products in China

February 15

In terms of total carloads, Kansas City Southern de México not in a 'slump'

Bombardier to close New York production facility

CTA to replace Church Street viaduct in suburban Chicago

Kansas City Southern's 'Reggie' Reynolds passes away

CPR to shutter Thunder Bay intermodal facility in late April

Florida East Coast Railway sets full-year operating ratio record, registers revenue and profit gains

AAR creates Associates Advisory Board to gain suppliers' input in industry issues

STB to decide if South Carolina segment is purchased, leased or abandoned

Enste to head EMD's international sales and service

Swedish counties contract Cubic to supply fare-collection systems

February 14

CSXT, Baltimore reach settlement on tunnel train derailment/fire case

Metra selects Parsons Brinckerhoff to conduct study on suburban Chicago STAR line

Genesee & Wyoming, Wesfarmers to sell majority of Australian Railroad Group for nearly $1 billion

North American intermodal industry ends 2005 with 15th-straight quarterly volume gain, IANA says

Monthly revenue up, ridership down for Las Vegas Monorail

Distributed power helps Kansas City Southern speed trains along Meridian Speedway

FRA fines CSXT $227,000 for fatal warning system failure at New York grade crossing

ASF-Keystone's new Mexican arm takes wraps off steel castings plant

Northern Virginia Transportation Commission seeks dedicated state dollars

February 13

North American railroads register carload gains during year's fifth week, AAR says

Santa Clara VTA to gather feedback on Downtown East Valley light-rail project

New North Dakota small road assumes operation of two BNSF branch lines

Boston-area developer to build condos, retail shops above MBTA station

American Honda places $100 million order for Greenbrier's Auto-Max cars

VIA Rail to build upon Easterly Class 'Maritime Learning' service's success

Kelso Technologies lands largest pressure relief valve order

February 10

UP orders 60 low-emission Gen-Set switchers from National Railway Equipment

Class Is expand workforce more than 3 percent in 2005, STB says

Maryland Transit Administration names Smolenski deputy operations director

Andersons Rail Group's 2005 ledger shows revenue and income gains

Northstar commuter-rail project returns to FTA's funding recommendation list

Tampa's HART appoints Persaud CFO

Pacer International increases income and earnings in the fourth quarter, full year

June's World Congress on Railway Research in Montreal to attract more than 600 attendees, organizers say

February 9

Harris Poll: Majority of Americans believe railroads should move more of the nation's freight and passengers

Bush Administration's FY2007 budget proposes $8.9 billion for transit

Rail commission considers raising Altamont Commuter Express fares

U.S. railroads closed in on safest-ever year in 2005, AAR says

North Carolina agency receives 'low' FTA funding recommendation

L.A. port's 2005 rail lifts surpass 1 million mark, double 2002 lifts

CN begins to serve new metallurgical coal mine

Railinc cuts cost of wireless event-reporting software for small roads

February 8

President's FY2007 budget would provide $1.5 billion for transit-rail projects

BNSF attracts 114 plant construction projects to its lines in 2005

SEPTA deploys two explosive detection systems

Greenbrier subsidiary to handle Watco's car hire accounting processes

Amtrak hires firm to handle advertising, PR programs in southeast

ENSCO to take wraps off Pennsylvania rail-car maintenance and office buildings

VolkerRail to use Applied Ultrasonics' metal component-strengthening system in Europe

NARSTCO appoints five account executives

February 7

Bush Administration proposes $900 million for Amtrak in FY2007

CSX co-creator Rice dies in Virginia

Transportation Services Index gains ground in November

Proposed FY2007 security program funding insufficient, APTA says

CSXT to upgrade track in Virginia and the Carolinas

RDC's Guatemalan railroad marks 12 months without a personal injury

Denver RTD to implement management information systems

South Kansas and Oklahoma's MOW workers to join the BMWED

ORTHSTAR to build transit car simulator for Port Authority Trans-Hudson

FreightCar America increases full-year, fourth-quarter income and sales

February 6

Kansas City Southern de México launches locomotive management system, restructures engineering department

ATU members ratify three-year Metro Transit contract

Iowa Interstate to operate CSXT line in Land of Lincoln

TriMet appoints Garling to new safety and security director post

JLG Industries sells Gradall excavator line to Alamo Group

Edwards and Kelcey acquires KKO and Associates division

Golden to succeed Ciancio as GATX's VP and general counsel

Voith Turbo introduces diesel-hydraulic six-axle locomotive to European rail market

Rae to step down from Virginia rail agency post

February 3

KCS registers revenue gains because of acquisitions, reports income losses because of hurricanes

U.S. and Canadian railroads move more carloads, Kansas City Southern de México remains mired in traffic slump in January

NJ Transit to add service on Hudson-Bergen light-rail line

MARTA names department managers

Portland & Western workers ratify five-year BLET agreement

MBTA boots up Web-based service center

Kincheloe takes seat as North Carolina Railroad's chairman

February 2

UP, NS make changes to Blue Streak offerings

BNSF selects Saft's nickel-cadmium batteries for crossing equipment

New York MTA appoints former FBI agent Schiliro to oversee security policies

Watco appoints Roach, Hawley to new SVP positions

Short line association seeking applicants for women's scholarship program

Harsco opens office in China

February 1

4Q and full year: CPR earns record income, reduces operating ratio

CTA registers highest rail passenger count in 20 years

BNSF begins to test GE's diesel consumption control system

Florida East Coast places first order for new locomotives in two decades

Oversight panel notes Sound Transit's ups and downs

CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge back on the rise

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