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Rail News: May 2002

May 31

Mineta taps Loy to assist transportation security agency

Transportation industry educator Priest dies

Estonian road procures Holland's mobile welder

US&S to supply signal, control systems below WTC site

CAF opens assembly plant in Sacramento

May 30

KCS reflective about locomotive visibility

UP commemorates construction of Chicago-area intermodal terminal

Online rail-car management system available in second version

May 29

AMSTED Rail Group to combine three subsidiaries' sales efforts

NS, Delaware reach bridge-rehab deal

Teamsters, AFL-CIO side with BLE on opposing single operating craft

TTX to reduce rates, introduce incentive pricing on doublestack cars

California passenger rail systems land federal grants

Alcatel lands CBTC contract in Central China

May 28

UTU officers support carrier agreement, target July ratification vote

RailAmerica sells stock, leases assets of two Texas short lines

STB to promote arbitration in railroad disputes

May 24

Rail World-led consortium seals Bangor & Aroostook deal, awaits bankruptcy court's approval stamp

KCS chooses Russ as CFO, key cog in domestic, international growth

RailAmerica to set up former ParkSierra short lines as separate entities

Timken closes deal with South African coal exporter, opens bearing reconditioning facility on Brazilian road

May 23

Grupo TMM joint venture to expand Mexican yard, port — and TFM's intermodal business

DM&E holding company to preserve railroad's South Dakota presence

BNSF, Kansas DOT share vegetation-control costs to heighten crossing safety

WMATA staff recommends Alstom for next rail-car order

FTA awards Utah Transit $53.6 million FFGA

NYCT taps Harsco for third-rail-powered rail grinder

Siemens lands U.S. LRV orders

May 22

ASLRRA, AAR propose alliance to achieve common goals

KCS obtains efficiencies from new Tex Mex operating plan

BNSF claims Kia Motors', Wal-Mart's top-carrier award for 2001

RIDE 21, Amtrak reauthorization markup put on hold

WMATA taps first female police chief, appoints chief engineer

VIA Rail continues renovation projects while RIDE 21, Amtrak reauthorization on hold

Cleveland RTA appoints director of procurement, passes measures to aid track, finances, ridership

May 21

Rail-safety reform bill enters House

BMWE, Indiana Harbor Belt agreement averts strike

BNSF lands long-term coal contract with Georgia utility

May 20

Mexican government agency rejects proposed Ferromex-Ferrosur merger; Ferromex vows to 'invoke all appropriate legal means' to complete deal

House Transportation and Infrastructure committee to markup RIDE 21, Amtrak reauthorization

WMATA April ridership higher than last year's, still below projections

May 17

Lawsuit: BLE seeks to prohibit UP from operating locomotive remote controls

Global Railway calls off G&B Specialties acquisition

WFEC Railroad gives trackage rights to Kiamichi

WMATA board modifies one contract, awards another

FTA plans to prepare EISs for Atlanta, Spokane, Wash.

Historic NJ Transit station to be restored

May 16

RPI, UP settle tank-car charge dispute, STB says

GATX's Mexican arm acquires Joseph Transportation's Mexican rail-car fleet

Congo plans to privatize national freight/passenger railway

May 15

AAR, freight roads start up industry-promoting Web site

NS, port authority to build Philadelphia yard

U.S., Canada partner on grade-crossing research to improve safety

VIA completes renovation project, reopens stations

Survey says CTA nets high marks

Jacobs Engineering to design WMATA's Largo extension

May 14

BMWE workers strike Indiana Harbor Belt

IANA unveils quarterly intermodal publication reporting first-quarter traffic drop

STB upholds prior decision that UP charges utility high rates

CSXT plans to spend nearly half a billion dollars to upgrade infrastructure in 14 states

May 13

STB permits IC to cross KCS' Louisiana track to serve chemical shipper

UTU, U.S. freight roads could seal new deal by late July

Short line plans to reopen desert line linking United States, Mexico

BART faces $28 million shortfall in preliminary FY 2003 operating budget

Bi-State Development plans LRV purchase, bond issuance

Bombardier, partners land English, Australian, German contracts totaling $5 billion

Andrew Corp. to install Motorola's trunked radio system at MARTA

May 10

KCS takes on Tex Mex operations, new corporate name

BNSF to recognize load-test team's safety record

Chemical shipper honors CN's safe-shipping processes

Sound Transit's Central Link light-rail project clears federal funding hurdle

WMATA expands commuter options

May 9

BNSF, Ferromex partner to provide international carload moves through El Paso, Texas

CSXT set to speed up northern Georgia trains

Tanzania pre-qualifies bidders for state railway's privatization

House subcommittee passes RIDE 21, Amtrak reauthorization

May 8

BNSF, EEOC settle year-old genetic-testing lawsuit

Grain partnership breaks ground on shuttle-train receiving facility in Texas

Johnstown America delivers coil steel cars to CPR

Faltering ridership prompts Caltrain to cut four commute-hour trains

Pelli to design facility next to 30th Street Station

May 7

Steelmaker seeks STB approval to shuffle short lines

NS honors chemical shippers' safe-handling efforts

Spike-driving ceremony to mark UP's new headquarters, heritage

May 6

Divergent strategies lead NITL, ARC to dissolve coalition

CN forms Short Line Council to help solidify small-road relationships

Carriers' committee, UTU reach tentative contract

Public education, closures help BNSF reduce its crossing-collision rate

L.A. MTA's Snoble presents balanced budget with increased service

DART expansion continues on fast track

Passenger-rail supporters plan D.C. rally

May 3

U.S./Canadian roads' four-month traffic totals still elicit intermodal smile, carload frown

AAR, USDOT partner to protect transportation infrastructure, Internet

CN, steel shipper secure safety-improving property agreement

NS makes it a baker's dozen of successive gold Harriman awards; BNSF carman earns Hammond safety honor

Bombardier lands $720 million worth of commuter-rail-car, freight locomotive orders

New York MTA awards project-management pact to Carter & Burgess

May 2

STB seeks better way to compute small-road variable costs during rate cases

CPR invests more than $20 million to improve two corridors

FRA adds mapping software to crossing-problem notification system

May 1

Small roads vital to BNSF's revamped carload network, but e-compliance is required, Rose says

CN leases Saskatchewan grain line to railway owned by six provincial municipalities; averts running-rights application

BNSF retools site to streamline navigation, online services

BART to build parking structure supporting 'transit village' site

Swiss transit road launches Bombardier's radio-controlled traffic-management system

Washington Group regroups in downtown New York; coalition releases draft report on rebuilding Lower Manhattan

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