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Rail News: April 2004

April 30

Trucks moved more than five times the U.S. freight carried by railroads in 2003, ATA says

Congress extends TEA-21 for the third time

Car builder to open Philadelphia production facility

Santa Clara County VTA contracts HNTB to conduct preliminary work on BART line extension

Amtrak increases off-peak weekend hours on Northeast Corridor trains

Sacramento Regional Transit chief appointed to Women's Transportation Seminar board

RailAmerica's first-quarter revenue, carloads rise but earnings, income fall

First-quarter financial scorecard: FECR raises revenue, lowers operating ratio

Reflecting on safety: Transport Canada to establish reflective-material rule governing all locomotives, cars

OmniTRAX EVP Boucher to retire in mid-May

April 29

UP's first-quarter financial statement shows effects from service problems, litigation

LA MTA to begin another joint development project

KCS drops quarterly operating ratio more than nine points

New York MTA names director of finance, board member

Rail industry to add 140,000 workers by 2014, AAR says

BNSF reaps fuel-saving benefits from workers' train-handling habits, warmer weather

OmniTRAX appoints Brede EVP to succeed COO Parker

April 28

CSX posts record first-quarter surface transportation revenue

Sound Transit to add light-rail line as ridership continues to exceed projections

BNSF solicits shipper feedback at year's first face-to-face symposium

Houston METRO names operations center after retiring chief

CSXI's May fuel surcharge to surpass 5 percent

GE's Evolution Series locomotives pass the 1 million-mile marker during revenue-service tests

Ozburn-Hessey Logistics acquires two Lanter companies

April 27

CN sells CANAC — minus BELTPACK division — to Savage Cos.

DART refines construction-management proposal process

WMATA adds trains to busiest line

Across-the-board volume uptick fuels BNSF's first-quarter revenue, income

Strong Canadian dollar, severe weather hamper CPR's first-quarter financial results

Pacer Stacktrain salutes 20 years of double-stack intermodal service

Riverport Railroad to obtain line from Illinois redevelopment agency

April 26

NS, CSXT seek SEC approval to restructure Conrail's debt, establish direct ownership

UP's Moore to nurture public partnerships in new role

NS' MODALGISTICS targets heavy equipment diversions

Senate drops asbestos injury resolution bill, UTU says

Zuspan forms track design, construction consulting firm

April 23

CN posts first-quarter income gains, extends CEO Harrison's contract through 2008

Long Island, Metro-North railroads purchase additional M-7 cars from Bombardier

As expected, Wabtec's first-quarter sales up, net income down

Passenger-rail systems decrease cities' accidents and costs, study says

Rail unit helps drive income at GATX

CSXT machinist wins AAR Chafee Award

Cargo security council signs 1,000th member

April 22

BNSF names 11 board members

Sierra Railroad can call the 'Skunk Train' its own

CN donates $1 million to Alberta business school

Operation Lifesaver schedules public awareness week in Canada

RMI launches real-time computing application for small-road train crews

April 21

First-quarter financials: NS posts record revenue, income; drops operating ratio south of 80

Houston METRO appoints new chief exec to succeed DeLibero

AAR to present environmental excellence award

BART to conduct environmental report for proposed Warm Springs extension

BMWE's Fleming retires, ending 14-year presidential reign

SEPTA to modify regional rail schedules

BMWE to represent VAE Nortrak's Wyoming workers

Network Rail contracts Harsco Track Technologies to operate rail grinders, maintenance facility

Greenbrier, CPR settle patent infringement case with National Steel Car

April 20

CREATE partners award $12.5 million in preliminary engineering contracts

On the Hill, APTA's Millar calls for $2 billion in transit security funding

NAFTA note: Texas county tabs HNTB to design $22 million rail project involving UP, TFM facilities

Now playing: Hollywood's Transit Village

L.B. Foster posts first-quarter net loss; CEO eyes return to revenue-increase lane

Architect honored for Alaska Railroad depot design

April 19

AAR traffic stats: U.S. railroads continue to build carload, intermodal traffic

CTA to begin preliminary studies on Circle Line

KCS committee reviews first-quarter safety performance, forms subcommittees

MBTA continues Green Line relocation project

Maryland DOT names Ganovski head of new freight logistics office

Meany Center schedules haz-mat response training workshop

Wabtec reaches labor accord with workers at Pennsylvania plants

April 16

FCC rule allows boost in RFID system radio-signal strength, duration

Crime declines for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

BNSF execs extol services during Oriental intermodal presentations

U.S. population will depend more on public transportation after age 65, report says

Genesee & Wyoming joins AAR, Fuller wins board election

GO Transit increases fares

Pacer Stacktrain adds Memphis lane to PacerMex intermodal service

R. J. Corman's railroad, construction firms name new presidents

April 15

BNSF honors 56 chemical shippers' haz-mat safety efforts

Harsco Track Technologies receives one domestic, two foreign rail-equipment orders

Rail labor unions are proposing a unified bargaining front, BMWE's Simpson says

UTU removes attorneys from 'recommended' list because of ethical concerns

UPS scores highest customer satisfaction rating in J.D. Power survey

April 14

CN restructures, separates sales and marketing department

CTA obtains federal funds to expand capacity on 100-year-old line

Railroads must begin complying with customs agency's advance cargo data regulation in July

Potential riders, fault lines should be considerations for California high-speed rail system, Palmdale mayor says

ASLRRA announces marketing award winners, safety person of the year

Carrizo Gorge Railway ready to revive San Diego-to-northern Baja line

Greenbrier raises quarterly revenue despite steel price, casting supply struggles

April 13

AAR traffic tally: March caps off U.S. roads' first-quarter trifecta

WMATA to receive $2.4 million for car delivery delay

UP should account for political contributions, activist group says

Emergency board to investigate SEPTA, UTU dispute

STB adds user-friendly functions to Web site

Alaska Railroad increased ridership and revenue, improved safety in 2003

RTA's wood-tie grading seminar to be held at RailWorks' Louisiana plant in late July

LIFE in the faster lane: Arzoon updates transportation-management software

Sierra Railroad seeks STB approval to acquire the 'Skunk Train'

April 12

STB conditionally approves CN's acquisition of three Great Lakes Transportation railroads

Senate committee passes rail security bill

Watco, developer partner to purchase Houston multi-modal industrial park

MBTA to improve service along Green Line's busiest branch

Indiana Rail Road revives Indy yard to accommodate traffic growth

Hitachi proposes San Jose transit-oriented development site

New York Regional Rail attracts additional investment to improve New York Cross Harbor Railroad

Metra schedules new stop on Milwaukee North line

Watco fills several top operating department positions

April 8

Marino retires, ending 18-year reign as RailAmerica's leader

Long-term funding needed to overcome FY2005 budget deficit, SEPTA says

BNSF Foundation grants $750,000 to Kansas community college

Maryland Transit Administration implements training software

Minding the store: Riverport Railroad broadens marketing horizons, builds car-storage business

Spanish railway's new high-speed trains include Timken tapered roller bearings

Progressive Rail to lease two UP lines, obtain trackage rights in Minnesota

Taiwan Railway Administration contracts Alcatel to install axle counters

Everett Railroad reaches half-century mark

April 7

KCS, TMM agree to meet TFM pact obligations, suspend second arbitration phase

Sound Transit modifies train schedules

Evidence of economic rebound: January transportation index reaches highest level in 14 years

Caltrain proposes conversion to electrified trains

UTU elects Marceau assistant president as part of executive changes

European high-speed train sets records first-quarter ridership record

Global Railway completes purchase of YSD Industries' assets

White Pass & Yukon Route receives new passenger cars

New transportation-service provider Tri County Rail appoints top execs

WMATA begins elevator work

April 6

BNSF sales team believes 'Hot Leads' from employees better than cold calls

FTA chooses four transit agencies for ridership pilot

UP takes home GM honor for third-straight year

MARTA rail service not affected by budget cuts

EMD begins revenue-service tests on environmentally friendly SD70ACe

San Francisco-area transit projects receive House support

BRS awaits results of fatigue study to address signalmen's alertness

Maryland Transit Administration's Kay to direct Baltimore regional rail coalition

CPR uploads 2004 fact book onto Web site

California's North County Transit District opens passing track

April 5

Mexican competition commission extends NAFTA Rail ruling another six months

Another rail security bill hits the Senate floor

UP's hiring spree bucks rising U.S. unemployment rate

Illinois House passes walkway safety bill, UTU says

House passes TEA 21 reauthorization bill

Dow Chemical to kick RailPower locomotive's tires

South Korea opens high-speed rail line

NIT League schedules seminar to examine free trade's impact on logistics

UTU members ratify SEPTA contract

Canadian Railway Hall of Fame seeks nominees for fall induction

Spanish National Railways awards high-speed power head contract to Bombardier-led consortium

April 2

NS sets monthly Monongahela Valley coal-traffic record

Illinois commuter-rail group to study feasibility of Rockford-to-Chicago service

Toronto Transit Commission obtains $1 billion in federal, local funds

AAR carload data: U.S., Canadian roads on right traffic path, TFM a bit off course

Operating employees a source for sales opportunities, KCS officials believe

Houston METRO installs vehicle simulator

New York Regional Rail appoints Hutton EVP to head government relations

Caltrain increases service with new schedule

Louisville & Indiana reaches 10-year milestone

Russian railway awards bearing contract to Timken

April 1

Many shippers oppose rail-industry re-regulation, AAR's Hamberger says

MTA Metro-North Railroad to install management software

KCS to test two EMD SD70ACe locomotives

SEPTA, UTU reach tentative agreement

CPR to complete new La Crosse bridge by month's end

Engineering firm ARCADIS to help design Pyrenees mountain high-speed project

NS presents safety awards to 35 chemical shippers

Rail-labor unions voice concern about FAIR Act's implications on workers' asbestos-related injury cases

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