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Rail News: June 2004

June 30

Alliance in action: CPR, NS to trade trackage rights, share some Northeast freight moves and yards

Fleet, infrastructure maintenance key to Amtrak's updated five-year plan

Dispatchers' union ratifies CN deal

Las Vegas monorail to begin shuttling gamblers in mid-July

CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge decreases for first time since October

FRA obtains funds to begin BMWE fatigue study

MultiModal, Innovative Scheduling Systems to integrate, produce software products

June 29

CSXT speeds up T&E job assignments with speech-enabled system

Oregon's TriMet adopts FY2005 budget

STB to hear arguments on TTX's flat-car pooling authority application

MBTA finishes a 'Super' job

UP's fiber-optic program reaches 20-year mark

Bombardier North America's Spurr appointed MUTA honorary president

Steelworkers' union halts contract talks with Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway, iron-ore parent company

Portec Rail Products director Hooten dies

June 28

U.S. roads set fourth weekly intermodal traffic record in 2004, AAR says

California high-speed bond measure postponed for two years

Belvidere & Delaware River Railway to lease track from sister short line

Initial portion of Minneapolis' Hiawatha line opens; FTA awards funds for remaining section

Transportation Communications International Union members re-elect execs

LA MTA appoints Lancaster Mayor Roberts chairman

Loftus to head TTX's law department

Montana tourist train operator appoints Fine VP of sales, marketing

Global Transportation Solutions appoints Henke to head European sales

June 25

KCS closer to completing Shreveport yard improvements

Santa Clara VTA completes light-rail extension

BNSF brainstorms, benchmarks before retooling intermodal Web site

Maryland Transit reinstates portion of light-rail service after five-month shutdown

STB appoints Mulvey vice chairman

St. Louis Metro raises fares

Union Tank Car to build plant in Louisiana

Wal-Mart honors Schneider National as year's best intermodal, truckload carrier

June 24

Quiet please: FRA proposes rule to limit workers' exposure to unnecessary train noise

CTA officials open to community's service suggestions

KCS forms team to analyze, prevent train accidents

Auditors report: Seattle's Sound Transit is financially sound

Short-line tax credit bill passes Senate, but more needs to be done to improve small roads' infrastructure, NRC says

Alaska Railroad to test broken-rail detecting system in dark territory

Watco ups automation ante in human resource department

June 23

Congestion busters: CPR allocates containers to West Coast shippers

Delaware Valley assesses transit-oriented development opportunities

STB issues six decisions during first open voting conference as a three-member board

Union Switch & Signal appoints White to head automation, information systems

CSXI to enhance electronic, manual billing systems

New York Regional Rail obtains additional investment funds, locomotives

BLET members to receive higher wage, pay higher dues

June 22

Hertwig to assume presidential post at CSXI

Billions needed to improve transit security, APTA says

FECR's failure-free service streak for UPS stands at 500 days and counting

Los Angeles MTA selects design/build contractor for light-rail extension

EPA report: Rail-car deliveries to reach 46,000 units in 2005, surpass 58,000 units by 2009

Hersman joins National Transportation Safety Board

TransMex Logistics' equipment matching program targets Mexican container, trailer shortages

June 21

AAR traffic update: Weekly carloads climb for U.S., Canadian roads and TFM

WMATA to begin transit-oriented development at West Hyattsville station

Precision ballast dumping a PLUS to CPR

Caribbean nation hires Parsons Brinckerhoff to develop 20-year transportation plan

Police officers union ratifies CN agreement

Algerian railway contracts ALSTOM-led consortium for track upgrades

Bush Administration needs to pay more attention to freight-rail security, BLET says

June 18

A PREEMPTive measure: House transportation committee members introduce rail security improvement bill

N.Y./N.J. port authority issues RFP for $809 million car replacement program

WMATA to increase fares, early morning service

NYCT contracts Parsons Brinckerhoff to conduct equipment inspections

UP to speed up trains through two Texas towns

FRA schedules dispatching seminar in late September

Long-time transit exec Feil takes COO reins at WMATA

In memoriam: Former UTU VP Harden Jr.

Security: Supplier targets 'anti-terrorist' tracing system at railroads, truckers

Portec Rail expands rep firm's role to include East Coast transits

June 17

UP: McClish to lead 'continuous improvement' effort; EVP King to retire in July

E-business: CSXT boots up rail-car ordering tool

Greenbrier obtains Iraqi rail-car order, attains record North American/European backlog

Pacer International appoints Prokop president of logistics unit

Operation Lifesaver, Direction 2006 earn honor for promoting Canadian rail safety through CD-ROM

June 16

USDOT updates decade-old crossing safety plan

Toronto issues RFP for Union Station restoration

FRA, ASLRRA schedule short-line safety seminar

NJ Transit to increase light-rail service on River Line

Portuguese railroad purchases optical system to identify containers, trucks at terminal entrance

Wrapping it up: BART cars sport new look to promote ridership during smog season

UPS receives more recognition as diverse employer

Amtrak offers Wi-Fi services at Northeast Corridor stations

Transentric's supply-chain management software receives industry compliance certification

June 15

GoRail to enlist railroad and supply industry employees, retirees as lobbyists

Pennsylvania senator proposes long-term funding source for SEPTA, other state transit authorities

FRA safety stats: Fewer reporting roads, but numerous first-quarter improvements

Houston METRO increases weekend service

Pacer International names Noel head of cartage company

Cattron-Theimeg appoints Martin regional sales director

South Africa's Spoornet takes delivery of Plasser & Theurer tamper

June 14

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic posts — and prepares for more — traffic growth

Proposed bill would provide $4.5 billion for rail security

Traffic: New York & Atlantic anticipates another record-breaking year after setting high-water mark in 2003

Sound Transit obtains $43.2 million FTA grant

Canadian labor relations board should reconsider Teamsters certification, UAW says

Trucking, rail service problems will reduce second-quarter earnings, Pacer says

China obtains computerized operating system to improve package delivery by rail

June 11

RailAmerica handpicks Swinburn, Redfearn to head company in post-Marino era

NJ Transit shakes two-year ridership slump

Bleak for peak? STB wants to know how Class Is will meet fall shipping season demands

BART seeks $980 million worth of earthquake protection

KCS adds personal touch to operating rules training

Dulles Airport extension gets green light

Coming soon to San Luis Potosi: An intermodal-served industrial park

Bombardier obtains orders from Israeli, French railways

DaimlerChrysler implements vehicle-tracking system to monitor Mexican shipments

June 10

Rising expenses will lower second-quarter earnings, UP says

Reagan funeral procession spurs record-high D.C. ridership

Canadian labor relations board certifies Teamsters to represent CPR's MOW workers

CTA seeks more bids for Brown Line project

IANA offers 2004 intermodal product, service directory

Houston METRO schedules public hearings for two light-rail extensions

Thompson Industries appoints Broadfoot to manage national accounts as part of sales department reorganization

Cubic opens China headquarters

Modesto and Empire Traction to test RailPower's Green Goat

Survey says: CTA passengers satisfied with service

June 9

UP breaks out the bulldozers for Dallas-area intermodal terminal

TSA begins baggage screening at D.C.'s Union Station

NS bestows 'Thoroughbred Award' to Cregger

Houston METRO appoints EVP, SVP

Florida East Coast's board adds four, subtracts two members

UTU's Reed to retire, ending 33-year union career

RELCO Finance acquires Joseph Transportation's locomotive leasing division

June 8

No sign of economic slowdown: March transportation index sets 14-year high, USDOT says

Los Angeles MTA approves FY04 budget

BNSF Logistics acquires Sumark Services; BNSF takes home Toyota Logistics' honor

Alcatel obtains signaling contracts in Turkey, Spain

Amsted Rail Group consolidates three subsidiaries' engineering departments into two divisions

Transit agencies rope APTA Rail Rodeo awards

Transtar's five railroads to boot up RMI's Web-based systems

Long Island Rail Road to upload asset management software

RailPower sells a hybrid locomotive to Vancouver-area intermodal yard operator

European rail ticket distributor increases quarterly North American sales

June 7

UP shuffles senior management ranks to address Dolan, von Bernuth retirements

MBTA opens new station, prepares to rehabilitate another

Piacente to manage CSXT's chemicals/fertilizer groups; Soliah to head TRANSFLO subsidiary

Sacramento Regional Transit completes first segment of light-rail extension

North Carolina DOT grants $2 million to nine short lines

Renovated station opens as part of CTA's Cermak branch rehabilitation

PennDOT awards more than $1.5 million for four freight-rail projects

Oregon's TriMet to raise fares

Union Switch & Signal appoints Burnham to manage manufacturing, supply chain

International transit organizations stress need for security analyses

June 4

AAR: May more than OK to U.S., Canadian roads' traffic ledgers

Sound Transit to begin next light-rail construction project

Special subway map commemorates NYCT's 100th anniversary

NS takes home three Toyota awards for 2003 service performance

Kaw River Railroad provides switching services for some K.C.-area shippers

NS appoints Wimbush to manage real estate portfolio

Washington short line to market fuel-saving catalyst to rail industry

June 3

CSXT's Cantrell to retire in September; three execs to split his duties

Arbitration panel delivers decision on Los Angeles County MTA, ATU health care trust fund

ARCI update: Rail-car orders continue to mount, but so do component concerns

Bombardier reviews three-year plan, elects two board directors

CSXT, NIT League schedule forum to address shippers' service concerns

MARTA names new vice chair

UP crosses over to new Omaha headquarters, adds board member

Transportation group lobbies for VIA Rail reform

Beard to retire as top exec of family-owned railroad, real estate firm

June 2

CPR changes fuel surcharge policy to better reflect fluctuating diesel prices

BART approves FY2005 budget

CSXI's fuel surcharge rises 2.3 percent in six months

Los Angeles County MTA to begin building Eastside extension

Safety: Alaska Railroad continues to reduce injuries despite burgeoning business

Allegheny County port authority opens rehabilitated line, obtains funds for extension

Not exactly apples for apples, but reporting railroads improve most safety stats, FRA says

Sound Transit reorganizes to better serve passengers

Transport Canada provides grants for greenhouse gas-reducing projects

Union Switch & Signal to provide MicroCab systems for new Sound Transit vehicles

June 1

KCS rolls out system to manage, improve pricing processes

Soo Line, UTU agree to five-year contract for T&E workers

Providence and Worcester found liable in five-year-old lawsuit

Canadian cities, railroads boot up joint Web site to address proximity issues

RailPower locks up another long-term Green Goat lease with a Class I

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