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Rail News: May 2004

May 28

AAR traffic update: U.S. roads set another weekly intermodal record

SEPTA obtains $1 million to fund security programs

CSXI to offer 'Transborder' container service into Mexico

TriMet to add, upgrade security cameras

Wal-Mart bestows annual carrier award to BNSF for sixth-straight year

BART asks passengers to be on lookout for suspicious activity

Rochester & Southern, UTU reach tentative agreement for T&E workers

Taiwan railway contracts Alcatel to provide mass rapid-transit communication system

BNSF's Kraemer to chair National Coal Council

May 27

BNSF opens suggestion box to welcome workers' security-enhancing ideas

Amtrak orders 10 switcher locomotives from MotivePower

KCS to enhance e-business tools' functionality, security

AllTranstek names Hoffman president, Wilson VP/GM

GATX Rail appoints McGrath to manage eastern region accounts

Arch Insurance to begin offering coverage to railroads

May 26

Aiming lower: CN seeks operating ratio below 65 as part of five-year plan

TriMet sets average weekday ridership record

CSXI enhances e-business, plans service changes to be ready for fall peak

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut employers recognized for programs benefitting commuters

UP settles class action suit related to Louisiana derailment

RailAmerica's Indy short line to lease Fort Wayne corridor from CSXT

RailWorks appoints List president/CEO, Campbell CFO

May 25

Senate confirms Buttrey, Mulvey as STB members

VRE names acting CEO Zehner top exec

LIRR opens new bridge as part of Jamaica Station rehab project

AAR traffic data: U.S. roads still on a traffic roll

The Carlyle Group sells Horizon Lines 15 months after acquiring firm from CSX

WMATA contracts LAZ Parking to assist in parking lot payment conversion

BNSF awards contract to Georgetown Rail for dump-car conversion kits

Plasser & Theurer cracks European market for 600 S Series mobile welder

May 24

Kazakhstan to build $7 billion high-speed freight line linking China, European Union

CTA begins Lake Street Station improvements

Rural Canadian towns to receive funds for passenger-rail services

AAR honors CSXT's Gleason for haz-mat safety contributions

CN reaches tentative agreement with police officers union

WMATA names two board members

Atlantic Western Transportation appoints Ricketts to head sales, marketing

U.K. train operator purchases train simulator

Class I to test RailPower's Green Goat for five years in L.A. Basin

May 21

BNSF's L.A. intermodal facility sets back-to-back daily lift records

FRA to begin environmental study for California-to-Nevada Maglev project

IBEW negotiators halt contract talks with CN reps

Department of Homeland Security issues passenger-rail security directives

Wabtec's Davies resigns because of health; Chairman Kassling assumes president/CEO duties

TSA issues RFP for I.D. card prototype

Transco Railway Products acquires seven rail-car repair shops from Trinity Industries

Harsco Track Technologies obtains equipment orders in India, Africa

May 20

TRANSCAER honors BNSF, NS for emergency preparedness program assistance

MARTA cuts 'up close' parking fees

Canadian legislators continue to seek ways to revamp railroad noise laws

Maryland MTA to launch redesigned Web site

Alaska Railroad to assess environmental condition of Ship Creek Yard

Revived New Orleans streetcar service a 'significant accomplishment,' USDOT's Mineta says

Progressive Rail to lease, operate Soo Line's track segments in Minnesota

North Carolina Railroad names Burnell VP of real estate

May 19

BNSF promotes Kempker, Stropes

NJ Transit to break ground on three-station rehab project

UP reroutes Iowa traffic over CN/IC line to accommodate two-month trackwork project

SEPTA transportation center lands 'Project of the Year'award

Eliminating an eyesore: ACTA, LA-area ports propose storing empty containers off site

French national railway orders transmission equipment from CXR Anderson Jacobson

Bombardier rolls locomotive No. 34,000 off German assembly line

GATX Rail appoints Groos SVP of maintenance network

May 18

CN: Grand Trunk Western workers ratify contract; Wisconsin Central Division employees approve tentative pact

Canadian governments to fund study for new Ontario light-rail system

BNSF, utility resolve majority of rate dispute, STB says

Plauderville lot part of NJ Transit's parking expansion plans

CN honors chemical shippers' safe-handling efforts

LIRR sets agenda for summer trackwork program

Taking a Toll: Holding company renames Tranz Rail

RMI continues to build railroad, shipper customer base

May 17

AAR traffic data: U.S. railroads maintain traffic-building momentum

Caltrain's CTX project nears completion

CN reaches tentative agreement with Canadian dispatchers union

BART, SamTrans reach agreement on SFO extension funding

EPA rule requires railroads to start using low-sulfur fuel in 2007, AAR says

Nevada's RTC to begin final design on Las Vegas monorail extension

Alaska Railroad gains new gravel business

HNTB to acquire transportation planning, design firm TEI

May 14

FRA safety audit: Results show remote-control locomotive operations cause fewer accidents, injuries

WMATA to combine SmarTrip, credit card

BNSF promotes public education programs, closes crossings to reduce train collisions

CTA appoints two execs

KCS' new security council conducts first meeting

NS stockholders re-elect four board members, approve auditing firm

Detroit's Delray Connecting Railroad reaches the century mark

May 13

Another ONE on the way: CSXT to begin implementing next portion of operational-improving strategy

Bush Administration-appointed board recommends resolution to SEPTA/UTU dispute

CPR to lease space in Port Moody public safety building for railway police

VRE to raise fares next month

Providence and Worcester narrows net loss, increases revenue during traditionally weak first quarter

Genesee & Wyoming shareholders elect three board members

Chemical shipper now a three-time NS safety award winner

May 12

UP, NIT League schedule forum to address service problems

Manhattan/Long Island/airport tunnel would cut rail passengers' commute times, transit authorities say

BMWE Canada to merge with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference

More evidence of traffic upturn: U.S. roads' weekly carloads reach five-year high, AAR says

UP officials say nay to TRC Capital's stock purchase offer

Transportation ministry taps Brown to serve as Iraq reconstruction liaison

May 11

BNSF off to best safety performance start in nine years

NYCT contracts Parsons Brinckerhoff-led joint venture to manage transit center construction

North American trailer moves set stage for first-quarter intermodal growth, IANA says

California's North County Transit District proposes fare increase

AmerenEnergy seeks STB approval to build Illinois line

Thailand railway awards $70 million interlocking system contract to Bombardier

Loram obtains Stellent software to store, share engineering documents

Wabtec Rail makes three management appointments

May 10

CN takes ownership of Great Lakes Transportation's short lines, shipping company

LA MTA proposes $2.9 billion FY2005 budget

BLET organizes 10th short line — Louisville & Indiana Railroad

Australian research organization develops passenger-rail operations simulator

NS obtains software to sharpen track-condition analyses

CN adds three years to Optimization Alternatives' software contract

3PL Cornerstone Systems to start offering rail-transportation services

May 7

Transportation industry's February index indicates economic resurgence is for real

Senate committee backs bill proposing more federal funds to bolster transit-system security

AAR hands out Harrimans — including NS' 15th-straight Group A gold

BNSF's Robinson receives Hammond award for safety achievements

UP is violating an agreement by replacing locomotive engineers with officers, UTU says

It's 'Tranny' time again: TMCA awards honor transportation firms' marketing achievements

May 6

KCS continues to roll out workforce management system

DART's 2003 report cites ridership increase, expansion plans

Illinois fuel-tax bill would pump up railroads' diesel costs, ASLRRA says

UTU members to help Metra spread safety message

From Montreal to Seoul: World Congress on Railway Research prepares for upcoming international conferences

Cubic card services division expands to attract new smart-card customers

Trinity Industries improves year-over-year quarterly financial figures, but numbers still add up to a loss

Dowd resigns from RailPower's board

May 5

BNSF banks on bigger hopper fleet, ombudsman to reap grain-service rewards

Maryland Commuter Rail, Amtrak to screen New Carrollton station passengers for explosives under pilot program

FRA provides annual grant to Operation Lifesaver

WMATA proposes FY2005 fare increase

Carmen union members to contribute more toward monthly health, welfare costs

Minneapolis' Hiawatha light-rail to open late next month

Tie Tek adds three execs to management ranks

New York MTA to spend $600 million to increase security

Ontario Northland obtains additional passenger cars

Survey: Supply chains lack efficiency, synchronization, U.S. business execs say

May 4

NS, CSX: STB should end formal oversight of the Conrail split

House subcommittee to hold rail-security hearing

BNSF targets moviegoers, existing employees as T&E candidates

Portland's TriMet receives federal funds for new line

BMWE's Canadian legislative directors bless Teamsters merger

Phoenix light-rail project obtains $9.9 million USDOT grant

BNSF's Galassi, Schulze to assume new management roles

Finnish railway contracts Alcatel to provide train control for southern line

WABCO Freight Car Products negotiates three-year contract with Ontario workers

May 3

Rutter resigns as FRA administrator to again serve native Texas

Minnesota House axes Northstar funds from capital investment bill

U.S. railroads shatter weekly intermodal traffic record, AAR says

Southern California's Metrolink to increase, restructure fares

KCS fuels diesel-supply needs with new Oklahoma pipeline

Canadian governments, railways secure funds to continue service to First Nations reserve

Genesee & Wyoming overcomes severe winter weather to post promising first-quarter financial figures

Cubic names Carroll VP of card services

Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority repays federal loan decades ahead of deadline

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