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Rail News: April 2003

April 30

E-Buzz: Oasis Users Group meeting suggests rails working the Web to boost productivity - commentary from rail industry analyst Tony Hatch

Coors Brewing recognizes NS for improving transit times

CSXT announces recipients of 2002 Chemical Safety Excellence Award

Amtrak unveils five-year strategic plan

States for Passenger Rail Coalition hopes to rally congressional support

Los Angeles MTA awards $159 million contract to Ansaldobreda for Metro Gold Line cars

CTA earns ISO 9001:2000 certificate for project development processes

April 29

Operating expenses up, revenues down at KCS in Q1

Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad reach agreement with UTU

Rail-car leasing revenue up slightly for The Andersons

GE TIP unveils asset-tracking program

April 28

The Chafee Awards: Railroaders to be recognized for environmental contributions

Midwest Railcar appoints CFO

MBTA prepares for new rail service provider

RTA finishes $6.6 million track project

Alcatel wins award for safety and technological innovation

Bombardier to supply vehicles, electrical systems for new Taiwan rapid transit system

April 25

CPR's revenue rises, income falls during the first quarter

BNSF falls short of first-quarter fuel-conserving goal

U.S. roads' carload, intermodal traffic on uptick, AAR says

Pennsylvania Southwestern Railroad to lease steelmaker's line

MARTA negotiating contract with Cubic to implement smart-card technology

Phoenix Light Rail chooses engineer for final design

WMATA proposes increased fares, hours

Alcatel to install train-control equipment on Amsterdam high-speed line

April 24

Diesel-price doldrums dampen UP's first-quarter earnings

British Columbia prepares RFP seeking input on restructuring BC Rail's freight operations

NS recognizes chemical shippers' safe-handling efforts

TFM appoints Polack engineering director

April 23

NS: A mostly promising first quarter

CN weathers harsh winter, escalating fuel costs to post passable first-quarter financial figures

NS opens office to centralize property-damage claim processing

CSX appoints Munoz to top financial post

Australasian Railway Association names Nye CEO

Amtrak sets second-quarter ridership records on all California trains

Minnesota Senate committee approves bonding bill for Northstar Corridor

BART's airport extension expected to open in late June

Amtrak to reduce Acela Express fares

April 22

Railroads view competition bill as potential re-regulation

First-quarter fuel costs mar BNSF's revenue-growth momentum

NS fetches mine's business, fine-tunes shuttle-train service to build Ohio coal revenue

Class action: U.S. district court finds 'sufficient evidence' that BNSF fixed hearing-loss settlements, sending case to trial

Alabama city to acquire former army ammunition plant line

April 21

KCS, Grupo TMM plan to place three railroads under 'NAFTA Rail' umbrella

Hyundai honors BNSF with annual service award

Surveys say: Majority of BLE members back Teamsters merger

GETS offers engine shut-down system for all locomotive models

EMD delivers 'Class 66' locomotive to GB Railfreight

Proposed legislation would force Sound Transit to foot utility relocation bills

LIRR revises fare structure, discount programs

SEPTA seeks public input on annual service plan

Taiwan Railway awards communications contract to Motorola

April 17

UP to expand, upgrade refrigerated-car fleet

Brazilian firms forge purchase agreements affecting railroad-ownership stakes

CSXT, New York Central grant CN trackage rights to improve interchanges

BNSF completes more than a decade's worth of remediation work in New Mexico

Freight-car component demand drives Wabtec's quarterly earnings

SNCF, Delta Airlines offer new codeshare service to four destinations

NJ Transit adopts a more passenger-friendly approach

April 16

NS enhances intermodal service in Georgia lane

GM honors UP, CSXT as suppliers of the year

Rail, shipper council releases TEA-21 recommendations

NTSB schedules symposium on vehicle recorders

APTA conference: A customer-focused approach is ápropos, Bombardier says

CTA awards asset-management program contract

Amtrak adds service, reduces fares on Springfield Line

Metra to build parking lot at south suburban station

April 15

Greenbrier receives orders for 2,800 more rail cars, posts record backlog

R.J. Corman unit to acquire Lexington & Ohio line

Retlif celebrates 25th anniversary

St. Louis terminal road selects RMI's Web-based portal

April 14

Captive-shipper appeasing bill enters the Senate

FRA approves $11 million RRIF loan for Arkansas & Missouri

RailAmerica's Washington state, Nova Scotia roads land contracts that create, preserve rail service

TRANSCAER honors NS for emergency-preparedness efforts

Compliance program aims to prevent food-product tampering on trains, trucks

Caltrain to implement new fare structure

WMATA begins emergency preparedness campaign

Bi-State breaks ground on eight-mile extension

April 11

Congressmen seek federal funding for Cross Harbor rail tunnel

BNSF presents Product Stewardship Awards to 46 chemical shippers

ASF-Keystone acquires manufacturing rights to Meridian Rail's car suspension system, interest in Chinese joint ventures

Railway Tie Association's Tie Grading Seminar set for late July

BART presents preliminary FY2004 budget

MARTA eliminates top-management positions to cut costs

Delaware Area Rapid Transit's program provides homebuyers an incentive to live near stations

Spanish National Railways extends contract with Alcatel

April 10

KCS, TFM tweak computerized operating system to prepare for early 2004 launch in Mexico

BNSF moves first ag-product unit train from Minnesota to California

Canadian rail, college associations join forces to recruit, train the 'best and the brightest'

Morrison Metalweld employees purchase company from venture capital firm

House committee approves NTSB reauthorization bill

USDOT approves Amtrak's business plan, cautions the railroad to stay within budget

April 9

CPR earns hefty revenue from heavy-machinery moves

CSXT recognized for locomotive auxiliary power unit

Infrastructure funding: Federal tax-credit bill more likely to gain congressional stamp of approval than grant legislation, ASLRRA believes

CIT Rail Resources acquires Flex Leasing Corp.

Cattron-Theimeg forms separate marketing and sales, operations units

Final phase under way on NYCT's subway station rehabilitation

FTA, New York City Transit to begin environmental study on proposed Fulton Street Station

Sound Transit completes 1.6-mile Tacoma line

NYCT, BART plan to use plastic ties

April 8

In memoriam: Former OmniTRAX executive Selby dies

Bill would allot rails' fuel tax to infrastructure-improving grants, but roads want tax axed

Web campaign touts CN's e-business tools

BNSF creates Web site to fuel diesel-conservation program

Port security: Transentric's software helps identify incoming carrier's crew, cargo

April 7

UP to fine-tune fuel surcharge in June

NS, CSXT to convert Shared Assets Area's computerized operating system

More international freight flowing into the United States, USDOT says

RailAmerica appoints Pagonis as vice chairman

Denver Regional Transportation District, Amalgamated Transit Union reach tentative agreement

Metronet awards supply contract to Bombardier for London's underground rail system

NFTA proposes first fare increase in eight years

San Diego Trolley to adjust fares

April 4

U.S. roads' monthly, quarterly traffic on uptick, AAR says

NS to add dispatchers to wage-bonus program

Senate confirms Shane as USDOT's first under secretary of transportation for policy

Greenbrier's rail-car orders, backlog on the rise

CN, CPR join U.S., Canadian customs agencies in promoting security-enhancing principles

RailPower names Maier president/CEO

SEPTA: Increasing fares, reducing service to address budget deficit

CTA advances three projects

Metro-North plans to sublease, operate NS line

CTA Chairman Jarrett resigns

April 3

KCS analyzes employee awareness program, technology at safety meeting

UP to test GETS' diesel-electric locomotives for five years

Network Rail orders more Stoneblowers from Harsco Track Technologies

CN funds fellowship at University of Illinois

April 2

Brazilian mining firm CVRD set to expand rail holdings, car and locomotive fleet

UP to increase train speed in fourth Texas town

Watco Cos. acquires first eastern short line

LaBarge seeks buyer for remaining ScadaNet portion

L.A. MTA contemplates fare restructuring to offset deficit

NJ Transit contracts chopper to complete aerial rights-of-way survey

Alaska Railroad: Annual report shows increased net earnings, cost savings from fewer personnel injuries

NYCT awards relay-based signal system contract to US&S

April 1

Squash anyone? CPR to move glass court from Chicago to Edmonton

BNSF enables short lines to tap its event-reporting technology for free

NTSB appoints Healing to three-year board term

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