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Rail News: June 2005

June 30

House approves $1.2 billion for Amtrak in FY2006

Locomotive 'black box' rule will improve accident investigations, FRA says

NS to move more pallets in ultra-wide containers

SacRT approves budget, fare increase

UP to complete trackwork in Oregon next month

Transport Canada to fund crossing upgrades at 80 locations

Greenbrier registers record earnings, builds rail-car backlog in FY05's third quarter

ARINC, Broadware team up to offer single-solution surveillance equipment

June 29

House debating FY2006 appropriations bill

CSXT settles long-standing rate dispute with Duke Energy

California's North County Transit District mulls land use options near stations

Metra begins to build Orland Park station

India rail official gets first-hand look at BNSF, EMD facilities

Allegheny County Port Authority to improve access near light-rail station

RailPower lands licensee to produce, maintain hybrid locomotives in two European countries

Global Railway names VP of finance, board members

June 28

CPR takes wraps off Saskatchewan crew lodge

MBTA designates firms as North Station-area developers

Amtrak, PennDOT continue to improve Keystone Corridor

CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge to increase for fourth time in 2005

Federal court denies NS' preliminary injunction motion, BRS says

Los Angeles Mayor-elect Villaraigosa to chair LA MTA board

Bombardier to build trains, design maintenace facility for China railways

NASDAQ delists North American Technologies' stock from smallcap market

June 27

UP to reduce engine emissions at California yards

Midwest business execs form passenger-rail advocacy group

NS settles two coal rate cases

Pittsburgh Port Authority approves FY2006 budget

NS, chemical shipper settle rate dispute with assist from mediation, new STB guidelines

New York MTA awards South Ferry Terminal design contract to Vollmer Associates

CSXI to improve container interchanges at four gateways

Monthly tie purchases fall for first time in 2005, RTA says

MARTA contracts Rail Development Group to rehab switch machines

June 24

CTA obtains $54.3 million in additional state funding

Rail research foundation obtains FRA grant to continue PTC system tests

North Carolina transit agency retains Parsons Brinckerhoff as rail line's engineering consultant

Week No. 24 traffic tallies: U.S. roads rebound, Canadian roads still in slump

WMATA station receives AIA award for innovative design

FRA grants to help two colleges conduct rail safety research

Buffalo/Niagara transit authority to attract home buyers

BNSF begins to blow train horns in three cities to comply with FRA rule

Netherlands transit agency contracts Bombardier to build light-rail vehicles

June 23

Nearing 2005's midpoint, most Class Is' service metrics remain on uphill slope, Smith Barney/Citigroup says

Portland's TriMet adopts FY2006 budget

NS to sound train horns in 13 Virginia towns per new FRA rule

Greater Cleveland RTA introduces refurbished light-rail vehicles

NS' logistics subsidiary leases first trailer fleet

Carriers' committee, UTU resume negotiations per mediation mandate

MBTA completes parking expansion project at Walpole Station

June 22

House Appropriations Committee proposes $550 million for Amtrak in FY2006

AAR schedules fall peak forum No. 2 to keep railroads, shippers on same page

Board committee approves Pittsburgh port authority's FY2006 budget

Business group honors UP's efforts to promote healthy lifestyles

Watco installs automated train dispatching systems at two centers

Mears to manage ASLRRA's equipment, utilization programs

June 21

APTA: Senate subcommittee's funding cut 'a step backward' for transit security

Virginia rail fund to help freight, passenger roads pay for trackwork

NJ Transit adds trains to Bayonne Flyer express service

Santa Clara VTA to install surveillance cameras on vehicles

WMATA to improve, upgrade infrastructure

Canadian Railway Hall of Fame asks public to pick 2005 nominees

VIA increases summer runs to Niagara Falls

Schneider National subsidiary to add transloading arm

3PL Mallory Alexander acquires freight forwarder Quast

Kocim to lead AIG Commercial Equipment's entry into rail equipment leasing

June 20

High-speed maglev rail system would bolster border security, promoters say

SEPTA adjusts regional train schedules

'Get it done now': Government, association leaders urge Congress to pass TEA-21 reauthorization bill

CSXI launches expedited ramp-to-ramp trailer service between Chicago, Little Ferry

NJ Transit tweaks timetables

AAR: Congressional report found U.S. railroads, shippers mitigated most demand-related problems last year

Charlotte Area Transit System to update public on proposed streetcar project

Small shipments association adds five members to exec committee

Transportation Research Board's late summer conference to tackle rail worker recruiting, training issues

June 17

Senate bill advocates re-routing haz-mat tank cars, stepping up chemical shipment security

STB seeks railroads' fall peak plans for second-straight year

U.S. roads' intermodal moves register sole gain in AAR's weekly traffic tallies

NJ Transit to raise a few fares next month

A railroad first: UP receives ACC's Responsible Care certification

BRS issues short strike against NS to protest outsourcing concerns

WMATA to replace public-address systems, CCTVs

Florida Northern to lease, operate CSXT track in the Sunshine State

June 16

Amtrak 'sadly disappointed' with House subcommittee's FY2006 funding proposal

EPA orders UP to eliminate oil spills at California service track

House appropriations subcommittee proposes $8.5 billion for FY2006 transit funding program

AAR: House should bag bill proposing to ban remote-controlled haz-mat moves

St. Louis Metro proposes fare hikes

KCS appoints Albano to labor relations post

Railroads should expect more moderate intermodal traffic growth, Rail Theory Forecasts says

BNSF to lease five Green Goat switchers from RailPower

June 15

NS program to tie free equipment storage time to service performance

Orange County Transportation Authority to fund crossing upgrades

KCS adds Texas terminal to transload network

Carriers' committee seeks mediation with union coalition a second time

Rail User's Network to host international conference in Toronto

Bombardier builds first bi-level car for future New Mexico commuter-rail system

Private equity firm purchases TydenBrammall parent Tyden Group

Bladon to manage ImageMap's North American sales

June 14

House bill would ban railroads from using remotes to move haz-mat loads

U.S. roads rate high marks in most first-quarter safety measures, FRA says

Sound Transit to review Airport Link plans with public

BNSF begins $13.5 million trackwork project in Montana

Los Angeles MTA takes delivery of light-rail vehicle

Watco wins Kansas commerce/housing department's regional service award

Chinese firm to produce Primix's composite tie in Peoples Republic

VIA Rail adds Ross, Tremblay to board

June 13

UP isn't meeting contract obligations, California rail authority says

UP police team up with local law enforcement to crack down on crossing violations in two Texas towns

Genesee & Wyoming posts carload gains in North America, losses in Australia

South Florida RTA wins public procurement award

RailAmerica registers more carloads in May

I-39 corridor west of Chicago has high logistics potential, study says

June 10

WMATA committee proposes $1.5 billion FY2006 budget

AAR data: U.S., Canadian roads and TFM continue to increase intermodal moves

GO Transit opens new station

July conference sets sights on U.S./Canada border security

Estonian railway's majority investors claim country is violating bilateral investment treaties

Trinity Industries anticipates additional quarterly earnings, revenue

June 9

NJ Transit to begin environmental work on Tenafly-to-North Bergen line

A grand re-opening: FreightCar America refurbishes former NS shop to build array of freight cars

UP begins $9.7 million Missouri track project

GO Transit's Dias-Schimek receives recognition award

UP snags 27 crossing violators in San Antonio

Revenue, market share on the rise for Bombardier Transportation

RailComm provides computer-aided dispatching to Mexico freight road, Indiana commuter agency

Bombardier to help Italian railway upgrade electric power heads

June 8

MARTA approves $770.7 million FY2006 budget, postpones fare increase

AAR honors BNSF's Stehly with Holden-Proferock Award

Amtrak, Michigan DOT's Blue Water route marks successful first year

Summer completion dates set for KCS MOW projects

BART, HNTB receive engineering award for airport extension

CTA seeks to speed boarding times

WMATA to add ATMs at several stations

New senior management-led company purchases Hovey Industries' products from RailWorks

Railinc increases IT budget, outsources business processes/technology functions

King to manage Traction Motor Services' national sales

June 7

SEPTA bucks 17 competing agencies to win APTA's highest 'Rail Rodeo' award

Transportation Services Index back up in March after February fall

Seattle Monorail negotiates construction contract with Cascadia Monorail

STB takes first step toward reforming small rate case guidelines

Maryland Transit Administration to solicit public opinion on proposed Red Line

DM&E/IC&E parent appoints one, promotes two marketing execs

San Diego MTS conducts emergency response drill at underground station

Standard Car Truck, Cooper Standard Automotive team up to market rail-car controls

MotivePower to overhaul lessor's locomotives

German railway to operate separable commuter trains

June 6

Caltrain board approves $76.7 million operating budget

VRE to tack on five years to Amtrak operating agreement

CPR completes first capacity expansion project under $160 million plan

WMATA hires research firm to recommend better customer service practices

UP closer to completing Minnesota trackwork

NS honors chemical shippers' safe-handling efforts

WMATA to open new parking garages at College Park, New Carrollton stations

Georgia Southwestern adds Central of Georgia line to Peach State network

Wallboard shipper boots up RMI's car monitoring system

June 3

AAR traffic update: U.S., Canadian roads and TFM didn't make hay with carloads in May

U.S. Class Is' service metrics far from impressive, Smith Barney/Citigroup says

Santa Clara VTA appoints Burns to general manager post

CSXI teams up with Iowa Interstate to expand container service

WMATA to complete expanded New Carrollton yard project next year

New York, New Jersey port authority program promises to please more customers

Railroad, state and local police officers team up to promote crossing safety in Fresno

Amtrak marks a decade of Seattle-to-Vancouver Cascades service

Kansas honors Watco's civic mindedness with governor's award

June 2

Congress extends TEA-21 a seventh time

Boardman now full-fledged FRA administator

Hiawatha light-rail fares to go up July 1

CPR's logistics arm lands wind turbine contract

Emergency responders complete UP-sponsored training course at TTCI

CSXI's June fuel surcharge to drop after three-month climb

Sigley to manage Watco's locomotive fleet

ALSTOM to sell Australian, New Zealand operations to United Group

Lloyd's Register Rail to conduct safety review for Thailand transit authority

June 1

FRA grants $1 million to Operation Lifesaver

KCS' Foster succeeds Fisk as VP, CMO

VIA Rail adds Ferrante, MacInnis to board

Germany's LNVG orders more double-deck coaches, locomotives from Bombardier

Alcatel to upgrade Spanish rail line's train routing, communication systems

Small shipments association names Rutkowski, Kudlacek members of the year

TydenBrammall lab attains A2LA accreditation

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