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Rail News: June 2003

June 30

BNSF receives royalties for selling auto inventory-management software to CPR

TCU, railway-labor committee agree to equalize carmen's health-care contributions

RailPower Technologies ready to sell Green Goat locomotives

June 27

CPR begins hauling nuclear reactor head to South Carolina

Railroads need congressional backing to pursue public-private partnerships, AAR's Hamberger says

CPR appoints Goegan to head logistics services

RailAmerica's portfolio returns to the half-century mark with Colorado short-line transaction

CPR appoints Goegan to head logistics services

SEPTA approves FY 2004 budget, awaits state funds

Jersey City PATH station to reopen

UTU ratifies NJ Transit contract

June 26

CN restructures western Canada/U.S. divisions, appoints regional heads

CSXT to begin annual July 'Jamboree'

NAFTA Rail receives Mexican competition commission's stamp of approval

Suppliers' ideas have IMPACT on purchasing costs, CSXT says

AAR, ATA unite to advocate a continuation of current truck sizes and weights

June 25

Railroad Retirement Board reaches middle ground in appropriation proposals

Triple Crown Services receives Owens Corning honor

Industrial-equipment supplier acquires Vibratech's rail-product line

Revamped RIDE 21 bill reintroduced to Congress

U.S. DOT allocates funds to rebuild major Manhattan transit center

Acela Express ridership increases after Amtrak reduces fares

June 24

BRS, railroads reach tentative agreement, avert strike

ACF/Greenbrier joint venture forges rail-car casting deal with Meridian Rail, ASF-Keystone

CSXI improves service between Baltimore/Portsmouth and the Midwest

CPR outsources management of pension fund's Canadian equities

June 23

NS tweaks disciplinary program to promote education, collaboration

CN names Joel the Class I's first-ever VP of logistics solutions

Alameda Corridor, part two: Construction begins on grade-separation project

Wabtec appoints Sindelar to assist southwest region sales

WMATA approves FY 2004 budget

SEPTA proposes amendments to preliminary FY 2004 budget

FTA consolidates contracting rules

June 20

The SD70ACe: Environmentally friendly locomotive offers high reliability, state-of-the-art ergonomics, EMD says

Johnstown America tabs rail-industry vet Johnson for VP/regional sales post

L.B. Foster Piling Division earns UP 'Supplier of the Year' award

June 19

Rail industry's 2002 cost of capital less than 2001, STB says

Rail-traffic controllers union begins CPR strike

Tex-Mex donates cargo-inspection system structure to Department of Homeland Security

L.A. MTA expects late July Metro Gold Line opening

ALSTOM to supply trainsets for London Underground

Transit suppliers form coalition to advocate Buy America Act revisions

U.S., Spain to share transportation technology expertise

June 18

CPR to restructure, slash more jobs

BNSF boots up easier Intranet access

KCS appoints Fisk to succeed retiring VP/CMO Sizemore

BLE, Teamsters propose unified rail-labor front under IBT umbrella

Second round of environmental studies under way for southeast high-speed rail project

Amtrak adds credit-card capability to automated phone system

Electric rail creates air pollution, environmental group says

June 17

Railroads, Chicago, Illinois team up to tackle Windy City traffic congestion

BNSF appoints Jackson to head Northwest Division, reassigns Thompson as Powder River Division GM

ASLRRA: Legislation proposing a federal asbestos-claim court, payment system won't affect short lines

Network Rail obtains signal-department scheduling software

June 16

CPR prepares for potential rail-traffic controller strike

Oklahoma short line mines military-equipment moves

Schneider National receives Wal-Mart's intermodal-carrier honor second-consecutive year

West Virginia college seeks conductor-training program instructors

WMATA sets daily ridership records three times in one week

New BART station will enable passengers to access Caltrain service

BART advances plans for Warm Springs extension

Sound Transit receives lower-than-expected bids for Central Link project

June 13

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic begins to recover from rocky start

U.S. roads oppose EPA's proposal to limit sulfur emissions

Fast-growing Kansas city to build grade-separating overpass

In memoriam: Former BLE vice president DeBolt

NJ Transit advances three subway projects

WMATA awaits board approval on fare increase, extended hours

Monorail: Las Vegas to give passengers a glitzy ride

Metra extends fare savings program through summer, breaks ground on new station

June 12

To preserve lines, small roads ask STB to simplify abandonment process

Iowa, Chicago & Eastern to acquire rebuilt, environmentally friendly locomotives

Canada should consider funneling federal program funds to short-line infrastructure projects, Canadian railway association says

Closer in proximity: California short lines plan merger

Non-carrier to acquire Mississippi & Tennessee RailNet line, form new short line

RailPower to raise funds for initial Green Kid production run

June 11

KCS' proposed NAFTA Rail plan is a 'minor transaction,' STB says

USDOT denies Truckload Carriers Association's attempt to employ younger-than-21 drivers

AAR earns defense department honor for rail-industry security plan

House subcommittee testimony: Accidents and incidents are down, but railroads still need to step up safety efforts

Alcatel receives contract to upgrade Detroit Downtown People Movers

VRE proposes fare increase, more local funding in FY 2004

Ohio transit authority plans light-rail project

SEPTA bulls its way into first in APTA's Rail Rodeo competition

June 10

Cattron Group acquired by senior management, equity investors

UP's first national ad campaign in 20 years earns ADDY honors

UTU co-founder Gilbert dies in Arizona

UP contracts Harsco Track Technologies for long-term grinding, track-renewal services

NS tweaks Web site to furnish more customer-friendly features

UP's first national ad campaign in 20 years earns ADDY honors

Florida East Coast appoints Lucas to head new intermodal division

June 9

BNSF, CSXT receive service recognition from shippers

Hudson Bay Railway to rebuild electric utility's spur under first-ever track-maintenance contract

BNSF on track to close more than 400 redundant grade crossings by year end

Rail-car market: Greenbrier obtains more North American orders, reaches record backlog

UP to speed up trains through Texas town

CTA board advances three projects

Port Authority Trans-Hudson contracts Cubic to install Smart Card technology

Metra dedicates renovated Barrington station

Northstar Corridor officials to pursue state funding in 2004 budget

June 6

EPA proposes regulation to reduce sulfur in diesel fuel

Thompson returns to BNSF as division general manager after short OmniTRAX stint

STB seeks New Yorkers' feedback on viaduct-abandonment case

U.S. roads' May traffic produces mixed results

Stalled CPR/traffic-controllers union negotiations might lead to strike or lockout, BLE says

Maryland Transit raises fares, cuts three daily train trips

SACRT completes light-rail bridge

WMATA plans Orange Line station improvements

Canadian labor-relations board rules VIA Rail, BLE must pay lost wages to former conductors, UTU says

June 5

STB to consider petition placing direct control of Conrail's New York Lines under CSXT, Pennsylvania Lines under NS

Intermodal: NS offers guaranteed, lower-priced service between Chicago and Pennsylvania

UTU shares transportation-issue concerns with top federal officials

June 4

Event reporting: RAILINC offers free-of-charge online tool to small roads

USDOT revises drug-test rule to prevent misinterpreted results

Alabama roads, suppliers form railway association

GETS purchases simulators to track auxiliary-power controller development

Johnstown America's custom-built, rapid-discharge hoppers coming to Canadian gypsum miner

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad ratifies BLE contract

Southern California prepares for future Maglev system

DART to acquire lines from track-owning affiliate

Ridership figures: Amtrak's Silver Service reaches year's high-water mark in April

June 3

CSXI to boot up Web-based shipment-management system

Newly formed New York City coalition plans to promote rail-tunnel project

Rail-car demand is rapidly rebounding, EPA says

Springfield Terminal Railway negotiates tentative agreements with BLE, UTU

June 2

RailAmerica acquires 288 track miles in Alabama from BNSF

CN ends bid to acquire Ontario Northland Railway from province

BLE advisory board to review Teamsters merger agreement in early July

Brotherhood of Railway Carmen names Wilhelm senior assistant local chairman for Fort Wayne lodge

Cattron-Theimeg to mine Mexican rail market per ALSTOM product-distribution agreement

Los Angeles MTA adds fare inspectors to increase security

Tri-Met adopts five-year plan

NICTD approves fare increase

Bi-State Development Agency begins second phase of streetscape improvements

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