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Rail News: April 2005

April 29

Budget deficit blues: Caltrain to raise fares more than 20 percent, reduce several services

AAR update: U.S. roads continue to move more carloads, intermodal loads

L.A. MTA OKs funding plan for Exposition light-rail project

RailAmerica's 1Q earnings and revenue up, operating income and ratio down

Sound Transit unveils regional long-range plans

Short line association shuffles board

Greenbrier, Babcock & Brown team up to obtain, lease out rail cars

North American Technologies Group names Dorman CFO

April 28

BNSF sets quarterly revenue, income and earnings records

CSX stays its 'continuous improvement' course by increasing quarterly income and revenue, decreasing costs and operating ratio

1Q: CPR's revenue reaches $1 billion mark, operating ratio drops to low 80s

Amtrak, PennDOT continue to reconstruct the Keystone Corridor

UTU carries out short strike against BNSF

TriMet marks anniversary of Interstate MAX Yellow Line service, designs two new lines

Rail-car deliveries will surpass 60,000 this year, Rail Theory Forecasts says

VIA adds Crete, Cummings to board

April 27

1Q: NS increases income, improves operating ratio despite costly derailment

Rail shippers pay higher rates, live with roads' performance because trucks a 'less attractive' option, UBS survey says

Tex Mex T&E workers to log onto KCS' automated crew management system

Time flies: SEPTA's airport line marks second decade

WMATA names Malasky to head property development division

Calgary Transit, CPR stress crossing safety to passengers

Ferromex leases 300 covered hoppers from CIT Rail Resources

RELCO takes wraps off Iowa locomotive rebuild center

Alcatel installs communication system on Egyptian metro line

TTX appoints Pokorski VP of equipment

April 26

Anacostia & Pacific leases BNSF track in Minnesota, launches Northern Lines Railway

CSXI to pump up May fuel surcharge to 14 percent

KCS appoints Howard associate general counsel

Wabtec registers first-quarter earnings, income gains

Hurst to head TNT Logistics' business development

April 25

FRA issues final train horn rule

NJ Transit adds trains on several lines

Savage Cos. to enter short-line business by acquiring Alberta RailNet

Santa Clara VTA to review engineering study for BART extension

WMATA to continue rehabbing escalators, elevators

Railroad doing its part to reduce air pollution, CPR says

VIA Rail to operate new service to Maritime provinces

TranSystems wins engineering award for K.C. flyover design

Panasonic provides communication system for NYCT subway cars

Greenbrier settles litigation, arranges stock buy-out with late co-founder's estate

April 22

Amtrak develops own reform proposal, seeks different legislation

CPR, Vancouver port team up to tap into growing Asia-North America trade

U.S. roads set weekly ton-miles record at 33.3 billion, AAR says

Acela service may be suspended until summer, Amtrak says

Florida East Coast posts quarterly revenue and income gains, lowers operating ratio

NJ Transit approves FY2006 fare increase, outlines project plans

North Carolina Railroad to improve Raleigh-to-Goldsboro line

Watco's K.C. short line leases 15 track miles from BNSF

UP honors 19 chemical shippers' safety efforts

April 21

CN posts best-ever first-quarter operating ratio, registers year-over-year revenue and income gains

1Q: UP's results still show effects from operational woes

BNSF's board retains 10 members, loses one director to retirement

Canadian railway association report: Roads' fuel usage, emissions haven't risen along with traffic, ridership

Sierra Railroad ready for 'Skunk Train's' return to California route

KCS continues to offer a crossing safety refresher course for police officers

'RailSight' railroad customers surpass 460 mark, Railinc says

Greenbrier adds 1,300 rail cars to order count

April 20

U.S. appellate court puts D.C. haz-mat ban on hold

Utah agency to build five light-rail lines

Federal funds to help CPR find ways to reduce fuel usage

From one new start to another: Former Metro Transit execs to take on Phoenix light-rail project

Australia to study freight-rail corridor; install interoperable communications and train-control systems

VIA Rail to adjust schedules

Former UTU VP Miller dies

WMATA to welcome passenger comments at monthly board meetings

Bombardier to sell Capital subsidiary's inventory financing division

April 19

U.S. district court upholds D.C. haz-mat ban; CSXT to appeal decision

CPR cites three reasons to start multi-phased capacity expansion program

Group unveils 'vision' for Manhattan light-rail line

Bay-area agencies to obtain additional state, federal funds

Stengem to retire from BNSF; Schulze selected as successor

BART outlines plan to overcome $30 million FY2006 budget deficit

Ontario Northland negotiates four labor agreements covering 281 workers

CTA updates public on station renovations, Brown Line project

NS earns Toyota's top service award, on-time performance honor

Spear Technologies, AEA Technology team up to improve asset management software

April 18

House bills propose billions for passenger, freight roads

Senate bill aims to improve track inspections, tank-car safety

CTA approves fare increase, service cuts

STB releases supplemental environmental study on DM&E's Powder River Basin project

Houston METRO posts record light-rail ridership in March

CSXT assigns five execs to operating department positions

RTA report: Tie production picks up in March, but still lags behind purchases

BNSF conducts passenger-rail training session

AllTranstek acquires Rail Transportation Management Services

Cubic to supply regional smart-card system for L.A.-area agencies

April 15

Second time around: Bush Administration reintroduces Amtrak reform legislation

CN, terminal operator expect no more container backlogs at Vancouver port

SEPTA, TWU extend contract a second time

San Mateo transit authority to start preliminary work on San Francisco area corridor

NJ Transit proposes $1 billion FY2006 capital budget

AAR: U.S., Canadian roads and TFM post weekly traffic gains

Alaska Railroad sets income record in 2004

Pennsylvania House green lights funds for new commuter-rail line

Railway Tie Association to hold tie grading seminar in mid-July

C.K. Industries promotes Meyers to VP

April 14

KCS stresses 'no blind shoves' to maintain safety performance momentum

BNSF to reduce rates for Montana grain shippers

Caltrain banks on Baby Bullet train additions to reduce budget deficit

Siemens to supply high-speed trains for Russian railroad

U.S. agency helps fund cargo security program at L.A.-area ports

Alameda Corridor a boon to L.A.'s air quality, study shows

Butler, Krehbiel to take on new VP roles at UP

Engineering firm appoints Noonan to manage transit-rail accounts

April 13

U.S. government agency allocates $108 million in transit-rail security grants

CTA to consider cost-cutting measures

BNSF bags Toyota's annual service award a second-straight time

Northstar commuter-rail authority secures 2005 funding

Riverport to build 'AgriPort,' increase car storage capacity

Miami transit agency to hike fares

Sacramento transit district to add station amenities

Global Railway to produce Rafna's rail gears in Pennsylvania instead of Quebec

RMI's information technology controls receive approval rating

FreightCar America's IPO nets $86 million

April 12

CN, BLET agree on tentative contract

KCS to consolidate, improve revenue management system

A sign of the times: BART gains riders as gas prices skyrocket

Bush to nominate Cino as deputy transportation secretary

MARTA to unveil FY2006 budget

CSXI introduces Chicago-to-northern New Jersey trailer service

WMATA prepares for town hall meeting

FCM Rail promotes Marshall to president, appoints two other execs

April 11

Railroads, chemical shippers should continue to label haz-mat carrying rail cars, DHS says

CN offers instant carload rates on the Internet

CSXT leases southeastern line to Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary

Charlotte agency holds hearing on proposed stations

Twin Cities & Western appoints Suko GM of operations

North American intermodal association issues report reviewing years worth of data

April 8

AAR March traffic tally: U.S. roads score; Canadian roads and TFM fall below par

SEPTA continues negotiations with TWU, prepares for possible strike

Average train speed still a drag for U.S. Class Is, Smith Barney/Citigroup says

Issues beyond railroad's control are affecting grain shippers' service, CN says

FTA approves VTA's revised Silicon Valley extension proposal

BNSF honors haz-mat shippers' safe-handling efforts

Cherry blossom events, start of tourist season spike WMATA's ridership

U.S. Class Is rank in upper fourth of Forbes top 2,000 global firms

April 7

CN orders 75 locomotives to meet traffic demands

After one-month decline, TSI inches up in January

On a roll: Las Vegas monorail carries 1 million passengers in March

UP stations hybrid low-emission switcher at Fresno yard

San Diego Trolley to open Mission Valley extension in July

Foreign exchange: OmniTRAX seeks to generate trade between Canadian, Russian ports

MARTA to add residential space to transit-oriented development

STB to hike various fees for processing cases

April 6

BART's $523 million FY2006 budget anticipates more costs, fewer jobs

Canadian grain shippers' association pans Class Is' service, seeks solutions

TRE to open quiet zones in Irving

Short-line association hands out annual marketing, safety person awards

BART to poll public on Warm Springs extension

The end of the Electro-Motive Division era: EMD changes owners, management and name

FreightCar America initiates IPO

DSL.net to provide broadband communication services for WMATA

Savi adds former homeland security head Ridge to board

April 5

Power purchase: NS to buy 50 more locomotives

Canadian Pacific, Elk Valley Coal reach five-year pact

Bombardier receives $323 million order to supply 100 locomotives to Italian Railways

BNSF Logistics adds Boyd, Richards to management team

April 4

Done deal: KCS completes TFM transaction, names interim CEO for TFM

ASLRRA selects BNSF to provide technical training to short-line employees

WMATA seeks to curb employee overtime costs

BNSF's Los Angeles Division unveils realignment strategy

RailAmerica elects former American Airlines exec to the board

April 1

New York, New Jersey port authority contracts Kawasaki to build 340 cars

Good Friday slows North American roads' weekly traffic, AAR says

CTA lobbies for state funds

OmniTRAX to acquire North American RailNet's three U.S. short lines

Watco, KCS agree on lease deal to resurrect Mississippi branch line

WMATA to upgrade, install automatic train-control systems on 740 cars

Rail Theory Forecasts: Ton-mile increase will pressure U.S. roads to acquire more locomotives, cars this year

VIA Rail considers adding trains in Ontario

CSXT to use 10East's Web-based management system another four years

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