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Rail News: June 2004

June 30

Dispatchers' union ratifies CN deal

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

FRA obtains funds to begin BMWE fatigue study

June 29

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

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

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

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

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

BNSF brainstorms, benchmarks before retooling intermodal Web site

Union Tank Car to build plant in Louisiana

June 24

KCS forms team to analyze, prevent train accidents

Auditors report: Seattle's Sound Transit is financially sound

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

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

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

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

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

Precision ballast dumping a PLUS to CPR

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

Police officers union ratifies CN agreement

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

June 18

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

Long-time transit exec Feil takes COO reins at WMATA

In memoriam: Former UTU VP Harden Jr.

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

Pacer International appoints Prokop president of logistics unit

June 16

USDOT updates decade-old crossing safety plan

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

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

June 15

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

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

Pacer International names Noel head of cartage company

Cattron-Theimeg appoints Martin regional sales director

June 14

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

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

Canadian labor relations board should reconsider Teamsters certification, UAW says

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

June 11

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

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

KCS adds personal touch to operating rules training

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

DaimlerChrysler implements vehicle-tracking system to monitor Mexican shipments

June 10

Rising expenses will lower second-quarter earnings, UP says

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

IANA offers 2004 intermodal product, service directory

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

Modesto and Empire Traction to test RailPower's Green Goat

June 9

UP breaks out the bulldozers for Dallas-area intermodal terminal

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 4

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

Special subway map commemorates NYCT's 100th anniversary

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

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

CSXI's fuel surcharge rises 2.3 percent in six months

Safety: Alaska Railroad continues to reduce injuries despite burgeoning business

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

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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