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Rail News: April 2006

April 28

FTA green lights $700 million grant for DART expansion

Sound Transit board OKs University Link plans

BNSF 'ombudsman' Karls to investigate, mediate grain shipper disputes in parts of Pacific Northwest

Car deliveries to total 76,000 units in 2006 after orders poured in during the first quarter, EPA says

ALSTOM to supply trains for Shanghai metro, sell minority stake to France's Bouygues

RailWorks to build and extend nine sidings for CSXT

RailComm installs wireless blue flag indication system at BNSF yard

FreightCar America boosts first-quarter sales and income

April 27

UP's Kennedy takes home AAR's top environmental award

BART receives $3.4 million in local dollars to complete crossover track design

Florida East Coast Railway boosts first-quarter revenue and profits

MBTA to expand North Station concourse

RailAmerica registers first-quarter revenue and income gains

SYSTRA proposes upgrades to Metro-North's traction power system

BLET members mull petition proposing direct election of officers

April 26

NS becomes sixth large road to report rise in first-quarter revenue, drop in operating ratio

UP to form rail industry's first inland truck chassis pool

More bay-area commuters turn to BART as gas prices continue to climb

WMATA to dole out more dollars for escalator rehab, maintenance

NS hands out 'Thoroughbred' haz-mat safety awards to 31 customers

Koppers closes Wisconsin crosstie treating plant

Wabtec boosts earnings and sales in the first quarter

Digital Concepts installs operations management system at Chicago's Union Station

April 25

Progressive Railroading to host Web seminar on freight-car market next month

Robust demand drives up BNSF's revenue and earnings

CPR increases revenue and income, lowers operating ratio during Ritchie's last full quarter as CEO

NS to revise fuel surcharge program in July

LA MTA posts 11.4 percent ridership gain in the first quarter

WMATA to install solar panels at 10 facilities

CSXI's May fuel surcharge to go up 3.5 percentage points

L.B. Foster to supply concrete ties for TriMet commuter-rail line

Houston METRO police department orders BIO-key's handheld devices

April 24

Tie purchases and production way up in March, RTA says

Los Angeles MTA adds warning signs at Long Beach intersections

Kansas City Southern de México extends and connects Saltillo District sidings

USDOT provides Louisiana $53 million to repair hurricane-damaged signals

Public hearing to showcase plans for proposed D.C.-area intermodal transit center

Pacific Harbor Line joins EPA program that aims to reduce fuel usage and air emissions

Colorado Railcar creates maintenance division

American Railcar Industries' tornado-ravaged Arkansas plant to resume production in August

April 21

CN sets first-quarter operating ratio record at 66.2

UP contracts Wabtec subsidiary to conduct positive train-control pilot

WMATA to create inspector general's office, eliminate auditor office

Car orders, deliveries and backlog post first-quarter gains, ARCI says

Hansen acquires asset management firm Spear Technologies

BNSF stockholders elect 11 directors

WMATA to extend off-peak service on Yellow and Red lines

April 20

UP sets first-quarter earnings and revenue records, lowers operating ratio

Zozaya joins Kansas City Southern de México as president and executive representative

CN to rebuild century-old Memphis yard

Alaska Railroad to review design plans for Ship Creek transportation center

AAR adds GATX Rail's Heidkamp to technical services commitee

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic workers become newest BLET members

WMATA adds elevators at Arlington station

SSG Innovations sells rail-car repair billing system to Springfield Terminal Railway

Port Terminal Railroad Association orders EnerBurn to cut diesel usage

April 19

CSX sets first-quarter records for revenue, income and operating ratio

CN to handle customs clearance duties for merchandise and intermodal shippers

Indiana commuter agency proposes ticket price increases

Short line association announces winners of new and revamped safety awards

Houston METRO to begin preliminary work on five light-rail lines

VIA Rail adds fourth train set to improve on-time performance

BNSF joins Western Transportation Advisory Council

Palladon Ventures picks Albany and Eastern Railroad to operate iron-ore mine short line

Gannett Fleming takes top engineering honor for LIRR database

April 18

UP to test air emission-reducing devices on older locomotives

BART awards first construction contract for Transbay Tube strengthening project

BNSF sets monthly coal loading record on joint line in March

NJ Transit to rehab Morgan Drawbridge

President Bush to nominate Rosenker as NTSB chairman

New England Central Railroad workers ratify BLET pact

L.B. Foster to provide more than 70,000 fasteners for DART extensions

April 17

BNSF to study Kansas town as potential site for third logistics park

BART unveils $557.3 million FY2007 budget

Short line association names Alaska Railroad's West safety person of the year

NJ Transit to begin preliminary engineering for new Penn Station concourse

CTA to host public meetings on proposed Circle Line

BNSF bestows safe-handling awards to 59 chemical shippers

Genesee & Wyoming's first-quarter carloads show gains in North America, losses in Australia

Adrian & Blissfield acquires first alternative-fuel pickup truck

April 13

Ian Sinclair, former Canadian Pacific CEO with 'immense vision,' passes away at 92

TriMet proposes $343 million FY2007 spending plan

Pennsylvania to provide more than $8 million for small-road infrastructure projects

Alcatel to sell signaling group to Thales as part of Lucent Technologies merger

NJ Transit to build station in Mount Arlington

Portec Rail acquires U.K.-based track component supplier Coronet Rail

NS takes home Toyota's top logistics provider award

BNSF's Langston to succeed Zajac as AVP of intermodal equipment

European transit agencies learn latest on Wi-Fi technology at summit

April 12

FRA grants $1 million to get Utah line's environmental study off the ground

U.K. lessor contracts Wabtec Rail to overhaul transit-car bogies

NS to offer free time equipment storage program at all terminals

GO Transit to build flyover on Bradford Line

RailAmerica's carloads fall in March and the first quarter

TTA names Northcutt interim engineering director

Foundation supports proposed containerization museum at New York marine academy

April 11

STB blesses KCS/NS plan to jointly control Meridian Speedway

BNSF to open office in China

WMATA shatters monthly ridership record in March

Steel Dynamics to expand Indiana mill's rail-producing capacity

NJ Transit contracts Affiliated Computer Services to maintain, upgrade fare-collection system

BNSF appoints Merrell, Karov to labor relations positions

April 10

U.S. roads moved more carloads and intermodal units in March, AAR says

Guilford Rail System changes name to Pan Am Railways

Kansas City Southern de México names Nolen transportation director

Bombardier completes 1,000th M-7 for Metro-North, Long Island railroads

Amtrak appoints Schmidt to head transportation department

Kansas City Southern Railway closes six grade crossings in Mississippi town

Caltrain to rebuild Mountain View bridge

Portec Rail promotes Pesarsick to CFO

April 7

WMATA board committee signs off on proposal to create inspector general's office

CSXI begins to move southern California-to-Southeast intermodal traffic through New Orleans terminal

February marks Transportation Services Index's third-straight monthly decline

CTA to rebuild Purple Line viaduct

UP police help penalize motorists for crossing violations in Oklahoma town

Siemens to manufacture light-rail vehicles in-house

Schaefer Equipment takes home TTX's top supplier honor for 15th-straight year

April 6

APTA report: U.S. transit systems carry 9.7 billion passengers in 2005

BNSF ranks No. 171 on 2005 Fortune 500 list

Gerdau Ameristeel to acquire spike producer Sheffield Steel

CTA to launch 'Convention Pass' pilot in summer

PATH to keep weekend trains away from World Trade Center hub construction work

Grand Canyon Railway owners ready to ride off into the sunset, consider sale

Coming to California: Operation Lifesaver to host international symposium in July

April 5

Progressive Railroading to host Web seminar on freight-car market next month

Rotem to build new U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia

More transit security funding needed in FY2007, APTA says

BNSF earns Toyota's top performance award

USDOT seeks applicants for regional university transportation center program

Slattery Skanska appoints Cavallaro president, Mac Kenna regional EVP

Greenbrier reaches record freight-car backlog, increases earnings in second-quarter FY06

Miner Enterprises acquires YSD's plastic pellet gate products

Bombardier earns more income, generates less revenue in FY06

Peterson to head Midland Manufacturing's operations

April 4

NS selects EVP Seale to assume chief marketing duties from the retiring Prillaman

Bombardier to refurbish Comet II coaches for Metro-North Railroad

CTA to test Pink Line route between Chicago's west side and downtown

BNSF gains transit time benefits from new locomotive refueling procedure at L.A. port

Georgia port approves plan to double rail capacity

Tornadoes, hail halt production at American Railcar Industries' Arkansas plant

SYSTRA recommends traction power improvements for Long Island Rail Road

Metal fatigue sensing system can help railroads comply with FRA's CWR inspection rule, Material Technologies says

April 3

Amalgamated Transit Union launches strike at Denver RTD

NS creates independent unit to attract more customers in Delaware and Maryland

Maryland Transit, Transportation Security administrations to screen one station's passengers and bags through April

Kansas City Southern Railroad begins to install digital video recorders on locomotives

BNSF to spend more than $150 million on trackwork in five states

LIRR to conduct passenger origin and destination study

Department of Homeland Security's voluntary haz-mat guidelines for railroads too soft for nation's security, opponents say

CPR sells Quebec yard site to Montreal university

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