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Rail News: March 2005

March 31

UP budgets $1.3 billion for 2005 MOW program

State approves funding for Northstar commuter rail

CSX nominates former Sen. Breaux as board member

NJ Transit adds express trains at two stations

The Andersons adds 1,180 rail cars to lease fleet

VIA Rail's Vancouver-to-Toronto service to turn 50

Railinc launches two more IT products aimed at small-road market

Global Railway's YSD subsidiary lands box-car door orders

March 30

KCS to take control of TFM by week's end

Railroads need to acquire 70,000 rail cars annually to meet North American freight demand, FTR says

APTA: Public transit ridership on the rise

CN tacks five years onto $1 billion credit line

Watco starts up West Virginia short line

Greenbrier increases quarterly revenue, rail-car deliveries

March 29

BNSF to bag freight bill, adopt mileage as basis of fuel surcharge

CSXI increases fuel surcharge for second-straight month

Providence & Worcester registers rise in annual revenue, income

Transport Canada provides funds to keep Operation Lifesaver afloat

Progress Rail Services sale a done deal

March 28

CN reaches tentative deal with electrical workers union, averts strike

Allegheny County port authority ridership on the rise

CN, NS forge routing protocol pact to improve traffic flow

TEA-LU includes funds for DART's Carrollton Station

Locomotive, car repair workers ratify CPR contract

VIA Rail reaches 10th year in the Land of the Rising Sun

Short line association to hand out annual safety awards

AAR update: U.S., Canadian roads' traffic on the rise, TFM's intermodal loads tumble

March 24

Electrical workers union strike won't affect rail operations, CN says

Mineta continues to push Amtrak reform

Smith Barney/Citigroup report: U.S. Class Is show some recent improvement, but still struggle with service metrics

TriMet proposes FY2006 budget

U.S., Mexican city to create trans-Pacific trade corridor

Design firm VHB acquires transit planner BMI-SG

BNSF Logistics receives service honor from Owens Corning

Carmanah Technologies expanding reach to Australian market

Railway association creates brochure to tout rail's benefits to Canada

March 23

Electrical workers union to launch CN strike on Friday

GO Transit raises fares to fund capital projects

CSXT increases industrial development projects 20 percent in 2004

Houston METRO terminates smart-card system contract with Cubic

U.S. roads see train accidents fall, crossing fatalities rise in 2004, FRA says

PATCO contracts Cubic to install smart-card system linking rail, parking services

Ontario Northland buys three used locomotives from Helm Financial

U.K.'s rail authority renews GNER franchise

MHW Group launches logistics arm, appoints Haksteen CEO of new unit

March 22

UP, BNSF partner with Texas to relocate lines away from crowded cities

APTA , Smart Card Alliance create council to promote transit smart-card applications

BNSF boots up Web-based interline price application

Staten Island Railway upgrades signal system

Track maintenance workers approve CPR deal

Long-time railroad consultant, passenger-rail engineering expert Banks dies

With revenue on the rise, UP brightens first-quarter earnings forecast

WMATA to hear passenger concerns at town hall meeting

Hub Group renames logistics unit Unyson Logistics

Alcatel to upgrade signal systems for Hungarian, Polish railways

March 21

BNSF to roll out rail incident response course nationwide

NS/union committee continues to seek best work-rest solutions

Watco ready to launch 11th short line

Greenbrier's Gunderson acquires two rail-car repair shops from GE

TMCA appoints Mantero to chair communication committtee

March 18

FRA postpones train horn rule effective date until late June

House FY2006 budget proposes $1.2 billion for Amtrak

AAR traffic update: U.S. roads remain on roll; Canadian roads and TFM register slowdown

Senate committee approves TEA-21 reauthorization bill

President to nominate Boardman as new FRA head

WMATA to add more bomb-resistant receptacles at stations

Mexican agency's tax audit not favorable to TFM

North American tie production continues to lag behind purchases, RTA says

March 17

Carriers committee faces UTU lawsuit, mediation with union coalition

Senate says nay to Amtrak funding amendment

UP to raise train speed limit in six Texas towns

Long Island Rail Road launches email notification system

STB reschedules hearing on rail rate challenge methodology

Bombardier to supply 36 freight locomotives to European leasing firm

Brazilian railroad to undergo major upgrade, expansion

March 16

STB backs CSXT's opposition to D.C. haz-mat ban

Senators introduce amendment proposing $1.4 billion for Amtrak in FY2006

CN, engineers union postpone lock-out or strike deadline to continue contract talks

Budget deficit blues: Caltrain proposes fare increase, service cuts

NS' industrial development deeds lead to more carloads

SEPTA, TWU extend contract

BNSF begins two-month track maintenance project in the southeast

Rail-car builder beat: Trinity appoints officers, Wabtec raises delivery forecast

March 15

CN can lock-out workers, unions can strike if contract talks stall

Swedish rail agency breaks ground on billion-dollar tunnel project

FRA awards RRIF loan No. 9 to Riverport Railroad

Coté can remove 'interim' from VIA Rail president/CEO title

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic names Lane C&S chief engineer

Alaskan tour operator offers service featuring 1950s-vintage cars

Osmose, Merichem Chemicals to market alternative wood-tie preservative

AREMA schedules Clean Water Act compliance seminar in late April

March 14

CPR expects to spend less green by acquiring Green Goat locomotives

NJ Transit opens pedestrian overpass at South Amboy station

European rail systems to address interoperability issue

Singapore agency procures simulator software

Short line association to assemble training committee

SKF appoints Loose railroad business unit president

Greenbrier appoints Centurion to manage Mexican manufacturing plant

March 11

Three-for-three: U.S., Canadian and Mexican roads register weekly traffic gains, AAR says

House passes TEA-21 reauthorization bill

Wochner to manage KCS' coal unit marketing, sales

CTA contracts capital program manager

Thompson becomes Red River Valley & Western's first-ever SVP, GM

NJ Transit seeks developer for transit village project

Negotiations with carriers stall over ground rules, rail labor union coalition says

FRA approves Boatright Enterprises' rail-gear inspection procedures

March 10

Canadian government to farmers coalition: Time to talk turkey about hopper fleet transfer

National Transportation Safety Board shuffles executive staff

NJ Transit posts all-time ridership record in 2004

CTA hires consultant to analyze expenses

Stolzman becomes Pacific Harbor Line's first-ever general superintendent

HNTB Corp. names top managers

BLET, BMWED officials from five states, D.C. form lobbying coalition

Recent North American orders raise Greenbrier's rail-car backlog

March 9

Condition of U.S. freight-rail infrastructure rates a low passing grade, civil engineering society says

Allegheny County port authority obtains state funds, resolves budget shortfall

Operations chief Harris becomes CN's third EVP

Minnesota transit operator considers fare increases, service cuts

NS to offer 100-year notes, gain long-term capital

GO Transit to increase fares

BMWED, BLET survey members to determine rail security vulnerabilities

Indian Railways to install train-control system based on European standards

Georgia Southwestern Railroad appoints McCullough CMO

Sea Containers names two SVPs, announces departure of co-founder Schlee

March 8

Federal officials, congressional leaders back rail industry's opposition to D.C. haz-mat ban

SEPTA obtains additional state funding, postpones fare increases and service cuts

FRA revises positive train-control rules

VRE seeks comments on fare increase proposal

Transportation Services Index comes up short in December after three-month winning streak

Voith Turbo to provide final drives for Metra double-deck cars

RailAmerica to appeal STB decision on Illinois line sale

J.L. Patterson nabs two awards from California engineering council

Railroad academy, AAR promote industry's job potential at national workforce association forum

Swedish transit agency contracts Cubic to design, install fare-collection system

March 7

CSXT to improve warning system monitoring, reporting procedures at New York grade crossings

BART to continue managing Amtrak's Capitol Corridor service

Average train speed a lingering service metric issue for U.S. Class Is, Smith Barney/Citigroup says

WMATA to test new passenger-car configuration

Fortune list: Pacer International one of country's most admired companies

NJ Transit's retired trolley cars to gain second service life at Bayonne development

Railway Industrial Clearance Association sets annual meeting agenda

Earth Tech earns design award for Miami airport station

Italian railway contracts Ansaldo Segnalamento to install safety, traffic control systems

March 4

North American railroads' traffic flourishes in February, AAR says

House committee approves $284 billion TEA-21 reauthorization bill

Canadian regional's workers remain injury-free for 1,000 days

Alaska Railroad obtains $1.9 million FTA grant for Fairbanks intermodal facility

AAR approves New York Air Brake's pneumatic system

OK to park: FTA funds parking expansion at VRE stations

RailComm completes blue flag automation system at BNSF fueling facility

Alcatel to install communications system for Shanghai metro

TTCI appoints Hannafious business development manager

STV promotes three executives

March 3

UP preps track in Texas for $42 million MOW project

FTA continues to fund facelift for historic Virginia station

BNSF routes poor-performing locomotives to Montana reliability center

APTA panel recommends WMATA make improvements

UTU-represented yardmasters at CPR's Soo Line ratify contract

Digital Concepts to provide station management system for Metra, Amtrak

Canadian railway association: No appreciation for federal depreciation policy

NYCT contracts Granite/Schiavone to design, build subway station

Financials: Trinity registers quarterly, yearly net losses despite revenue gains

Sweden's Skane region inks $77 million electric train deal with Bombardier

March 2

UP to handle more containers, take more trucks off highways for L.A.-area ports

North American surface transportation trade rises 12.6 percent in 2004, BTS says

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic adds Williams, Haluzak to management staff

Cattron Group appoints Vaughn to head engineering

Pacer International tabs Munn as COO, Maillette as CIO

March 1

UP promotes three executives, elects board member to replace retiring officers

Steelworkers ratify CN contract; Class I continues to negotiate Canadian pacts

CSXI to increase fuel surcharge 1.5 percent in March

Georgia Central seeks STB approval to acquire CSXT line

Texas grant to help Corpus Christi port expand rail, military cargo capacity

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