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Rail News: March 2003

March 31

Signed, sealed and delivered: TCU, carriers ink carmen, clerks contract

TriMet begins initiative to increase security, passenger services

Sound Transit offers transit accessibility guide for disabled passengers

Cubic names Purcell senior vice president of contracts

BNSF a welcome workplace for Latinas, magazine says

Chattahoochee & Gulf to acquire Central of Georgia Railroad line

March 28

UP adds MexDirect rates, instructions to Web site

Canadian governments provide funds for GO Transit, York Region Transit improvements

Legislation to help fund Northstar Corridor

Security: WMATA receives radiological detection equipment

Canadian Transportation Agency cites disability obstacles on some VIA rail cars

FECR begins serving new intermodal customer

STB invites public input on small rate-challenge procedures

Pioneer Railcorp's 2002 financial performance sets all-time record

March 27

KCS begins to offer empty-car releases online

BNSF powers up seasonal electric-vehicle business

Watco Cos. expands, revises executives' responsibilities

Global Railway secures funds to purchase G&B Specialties

March 26

BNSF pilots program targeting human element in incidents, injuries

San Francisco Municipal Railway awards subway-extension design contract

Sound Transit opens pedestrian bridge

Tri-Met begins bridge repairs on trolley line

Metro-North contracts consultant

Trinity, Rescar terminate rail-car repair transaction

Alameda Corridor selected as civil-engineering award finalist

On the move: ASLRRA to set up shop in AAR's office building

March 25

Rising fuel prices, falling consumer confidence to take bite out of quarterly earnings, UP says

Double-stack line would clear path for affordable container service in Appalachia region, study says

Double-stack line would clear path for affordable container service in Appalachia region, study says

NTSB: Engleman to chair, Rosenker to serve board

Indiana Harbor Belt reaches tentative agreement with signalmen

March 24

Follow that car: CPR to track automobiles, light trucks with vehicle I.D. numbers, wireless technology

Metra begins second phase of depot construction

SNCF awards $71 million train contract to Bombardier

Kawasaki receives undercarriage order for MBTA cars; authority to reintroduce low-floor vehicles on Green Line

CTA sells bonds to fund Cermak renovation

BNSF delivers diversity message at Hispanic business association meeting

STB settles several cases during second open-voting conference

March 21

Burkes resigns as STB vice chairman

Sound Transit can proceed with Seattle-to-Everett shoreline plans

WMATA, Greyhound team up to offer passengers bus-ticket outlet

DART light-rail expansion wins engineering award

CSXT to dole out fuel surcharge in smaller doses

UP to speed up trains through three Texas towns

CPR joins U.S. Customs' anti-terrorism program

March 20

CSXT orders 75 BELTPACKs from CANAC

AAR data: North American roads posting promising year-over-year traffic figures

UP's Pinnacle Award honors 24 chemical shippers' safety efforts

Chicago's Belt Railway appoints O'Brien president

March 19

Freight roads remain on high alert

Transit roads increase security after Office of Homeland Security issues 'high' terrorist alert

Port Authority receives FEMA grant for rebuilding World Trade Center station

WMATA tallies record ridership after farmer closes roads

SEPTA to implement procurement software

BNSF, FRA begin quiet-zone pilot project in Southern California

BLE-represented workers in northern Quebec ratify CN contract

March 18

CN, customs broker begin electronic manifest data exchange

Tranz Rail seeks bids for commuter road Tranz Metro

CSXT plays role in transporting bulky transformer

RailPower names Chairman Gish interim president, CEO

March 17

BNSF set to double-track Texas segment on Transcon line

CTA plans to seek New Start funding for regional rail projects

APTA survey: Americans support public transportation

SNCF awards HVAC contract

Waites to head CPR's U.S. network

USDOT provides state freight-flow profiles

March 14

Senate committee blesses NTSB reauthorization bill

Metra's recent rolling-stock order among industry's largest

Tunnel construction dispute: U.S. appellate court rules in favor of WMATA

London railway awards Alcatel software upgrade contract

BNSF assists 'Operation Iron Horse' with military-equipment moves

Bakersfield joins remote-control resolution bandwagon

AARS plans late July annual meeting in Pittsburgh

March 13

NS bringing service back to Ohio branch line

Wabtec Rail to supply more ballast cars to U.K.'s Network Rail

EVA Signal obtains first international order for grade-crossing detection system

March 12

Supreme Court awards rail workers damages for cancer fears tied to asbestos

APTA campaigns for federal funding increase

Rail 2 Rail program shows first-quarter progress

SACRT names long-time NJ Transit human-resource exec Johnson chief administrative officer

N.Y. MTA using federal dollars to fund new union, UTU says

Escalating crude-oil prices fuel potential Class I surcharge change

KCS to merge Gateway Western's identity into mother railroad's by July

Progress Rail subsidiary set to sell cars, locomotives to The Andersons Co.-formed LLC

March 11

There's no evidence to back remote-control bans, FRA's Rutter says

After reaching carload heights in 2002, Reading & Northern set to soar again in 2003

Tacoma port to install intermodal-yard planning software

March 10

Amtrak, Missouri DOT cut costs, services to resolve state funding shortfall

UP continues to test battery-powered locomotive in California yard

METRO seeks transit alternatives in high-traffic area

BART to enhance network communications

New software provides smart-card clearinghouse alternative

Alaska Railroad pays penalty, upgrades emergency-response equipment to settle EPA fuel-spill suit

UP to bypass IC interchange by using utility's Joliet track

Subsidiary to market NS' services south of the U.S. border

March 7

TEA-21 needs to speed up, increase funds for freight roads, witnesses tell House railroad subcommittee

Amtrak to limit use of 'Acela' name

CTA approves subway telecommunications contract

WMATA plans to add parking deck at West Falls Church Station

Cubic shuffles exec deck

Train accidents, employee casualties down last year, but trespasser fatalities rise, AAR says

North American roads' monthly, year-to-date traffic figures follow familiar path

UP to move over-sized wind-turbine parts, speed Texas trains

March 6

NITL's Emmett to step down in March, rather than May

More remote interest: Another Arkansas city raises LRC concerns, BLE says

Corporate finance: CN launches $400 million debt offering

March 5

TCU, carriers expect to carry out carmen, clerks contract by April 1

Albuquerque plans rapid-transit system

L.A. MTA to launch transit pass programs

TriMet steps up security

Track work to temporarily suspend Amtrak's Sunset Limited service

BLE plans rally in front of FRA's offices to draw attention to remote-control safety issues

CSXT names Peifer senior labor-relations VP

AAR supports the Bush Administration's coal-favoring stance on two energy initiatives

March 4

Rail-car deliveries will gradually recover, EPA says

Pacer Stacktrain starts up two U.S.-to-Mexico intermodal services

Railway Supply Group's Danavac acquires Procor's gravity discharge gate

Ocean-carrier Web site to broaden transportation-mode horizons through partnership

Advanced Rail Management to conduct economic panel discussion at ninth annual Chicago seminar

March 3

March's fuel-price outlook not very encouraging, OPIS says

BART releases 10-year plan draft

WMATA nurtures car replacement, rehabilitation plans to support growth

Caltrain adds message boards to 10 stations

Metro targets Somalian-speaking riders

Morgan to resign from STB next month

BLE wins right to represent Utah Railway workers; BLE-represented employees at Indiana short-line ratify RailAmerica agreement

Locomotive remote-control technology is 'simply an issue over jobs and who has them,' UTU says

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