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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

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

Locomotive, car repair workers ratify CPR contract

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

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

Design firm VHB acquires transit planner BMI-SG

March 23

Electrical workers union to launch CN strike on Friday

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

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

BNSF boots up Web-based interline price application

Staten Island Railway upgrades signal system

Track maintenance workers approve CPR deal

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

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

March 17

Carriers committee faces UTU lawsuit, mediation with union coalition

March 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wochner to manage KCS' coal unit marketing, sales

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

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

FRA approves Boatright Enterprises' rail-gear inspection procedures

March 10

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

Operations chief Harris becomes CN's third EVP

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

BMWED, BLET survey members to determine rail security vulnerabilities

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

FRA revises positive train-control rules

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

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

March 7

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

WMATA to test new passenger-car configuration

March 4

North American railroads' traffic flourishes in February, AAR says

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

AAR approves New York Air Brake's pneumatic system

RailComm completes blue flag automation system at BNSF fueling facility

STV promotes three executives

March 3

UP preps track in Texas for $42 million MOW project

BNSF routes poor-performing locomotives to Montana reliability center

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

Canadian railway association: No appreciation for federal depreciation policy

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

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

Georgia Central seeks STB approval to acquire CSXT line

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