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Rail News: July 2003

July 31

BNSF aligns operating divisions to traffic flows

CPR: High-capacity box cars paying dividends for paper shippers

CSXI to increase monthly fuel surcharge

July 30

Class I financials: KCS scores higher second-quarter revenue, but posts net loss tied to TFM tax expenses

House Appropriations Committee earmarks $15 million for Sound Transit's Central Link

ASLRRA forms committee to address short-line technical issues

House committee sets aside FY2004 funding for CTA

Former STB Chair Morgan joins Capitol Hill law firm

Amtrak appoints new chairman, vice chairman

South Koreans tour KCS facilities to expand knowledge of North American rail operations

NJ Transit installs ticket vending machines on Main and Bergen County lines

July 29

Senate bill's sister: Rail competition legislation enters House

U.S. DOT proposes national passenger-rail system reform bill

BNSF sets agenda for annual diversity forum

UTU elects Boyd to first full term as international president

July 28

CN launches customized online shipment-status report tool

CIT Rail Resources lands its largest rail-car lease deal

House appropriations committee recommends Amtrak FY04 budget, but more funds needed, national passenger railroad says

BNSF prompts electronic supplier-payment process

Wabtec's Italian subsidiary awarded contract by Spanish railway

U.S. Customs proposes cargo-data regulations to beef up border security

July 25

BC Rail union schedules strike vote to save jobs, provincial ownership

NS underscores small-road issues at annual short line meeting

BNSF appoints Clark AVP of resource protection

Pennsylvania provides grants for 30 freight-rail projects

July 24

Record quarterly revenue can't offset UP's second-quarter fuel expenses

Amtrak awaits House amendment on FY2004 transportation bill

CSX: Quarterly revenue rises but labor, asbestos-claim expenses pinch income performance

WMATA ranks above average on customer satisfaction surveys

Focus on fuel: KCS to use pipeline to cut diesel costs

Former NJ Transit engineer joins HNTB Corp.

Hotel-chain CEO elected to NS board

Miner takes home honors from TTX, UP

July 23

Coal pick-up propels NS to quarterly operating revenue record

Strong Canadian dollar, higher fuel prices, one-time charge hammer CPR's Q2 earnings

German rails order 500-plus freight cars from Greenbrier Europe

UP receives 'Compassionate Employer' award

July 22

2Q financials: For BNSF, higher fuel costs offset revenue increase

Higher fuel costs, lower revenues, stronger Canadian dollar dampen CN's second-quarter report

Freight-car orders continue to surge in second quarter, ARCI says

Two Wabtec subsidiaries celebrate milestones

July 21

CSXT eliminates 143 supervisory jobs

House bill would help fund transportation projects (7/21/03)

Wheeling & Lake Erie, BRS reach tentative agreement

STPP to publish report ranking metro-area transportation spending (7/21/03)

Added security: NS to issue photo ID cards to all employees

WMATA employees receive awards for Sept. 11 actions (7/21/03)

Transportation Marketing & Communications Association appoints president

BART awards contract for SFO employee discount cards (7/21/03)

July 18

STB, rail-safety reauthorization bills sail through Senate committee

House subcommittee proposes $580 million for Amtrak in FY2004

UP triples refrigerated box-car order with Trinity Rail Group

CTA completes Cermak Blue Line station renovation

Senate committee approves amendments aimed at preventing rail accidents

LA MTA installs more user-friendly ticket vending machines on Metro Gold Line

National Small Shipments Traffic Conference names Everett executive director

Queensland Transport awards Cubic $95 million ticketing-system contract

July 17

AAR activates online tool to support lobby against re-regulation legislation

Maryland company chosen to help Shanghai Maglev reach installation tolerances

BNSF, power company settle rail-rate differences

NS adds account-management tool to online offerings

E-business: BNSF to speed, customize electronic data interchanges

July 16

UTU ratifies CN contract covering U.S. conductors, brakemen

CTA, Chicago DOT complete 35th Street renovations

WMATA achieves record FY 2003 ridership

IEEE sets new battery sizing, train-control system standards

BNSF completes double-track project in Texas

CPR honors chemical shippers' safety efforts in 2002

UP grants trackage rights to two Oregon short lines

July 15

British Columbia selects four-firm short list for BC Rail privatization bids

In memoriam: EMD engineering director Smith

CPR to serve new North Dakota grain terminal

BNSF earns Wal-Mart's annual carrier award for fifth-straight year

NS improves Chicago-to-Pennsylvania intermodal service

Purchasing power: ASLRRA ponders possibility of adding fuel-buying program to Web-based 'storefront'

July 14

BNSF to begin Illinois train-control pilot program using Wabtec's ETMS

Sound Transit's light-rail system receives federal funds, wins appellate court ruling

MBTA, local transit authority to upgrade Leominister station

Rocky Mountaineer Railtours increases bookings after adding overnight stops at historic Canadian attraction

CN, UTU agree to tentative contract covering Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railway workers

Wisconsin & Southern conducts emergency-response drill to mimic terrorist act

Plastic-encapsulated wood tie enters railroad market

July 11

UTU, BLE draw battle lines in CPR representation 'raid'

Canadian government provides passenger-rail funds for Algoma Central Railway

VIA Rail begins pilot program to provide wireless Internet access aboard trains

MBTA awards data communications system contract

Train-robbing 'boyz' could be heading for New Jersey clink

DM&E, UP reach trackage-rights agreement on Minnesota line

BLE board approves Teamsters merger agreement

July 10

BNSF reorganizes engineering department

Sound Transit to consider awarding Bechtel Infrastructure construction management contract

Jacobs Engineering lands Cross London design contract

STB to solicit public feedback on U.S. portion of KCS' NAFTA Rail plan

July 9

AAR traffic tally: Despite a sluggish June, U.S. roads post positive second-quarter, first-half figures

Colorado to study feasibility of Denver bypass for BNSF, UP trains

Sound Transit receives Central Link thumbs up from USDOT

LA MTA to reserve parking for Metro Gold Line passengers

LIRR receives safety awards from NY MTA

Utah tourist road expands steam-engine fleet

Earth Tech lands CTA construction safety management services contract

SNCF orders 15 LRVs from Siemens

BNSF, Union Carbide inaugurate Texas line, Class I competition

AAR appoints VanderClute as Dettmann's successor

Rising rail-car orders, backlog help Greenbrier post quarterly profit

July 8

Global Railway to supply event-recorder systems for Long Island Rail Road equipment

U.S. DOT awards Amtrak $76 million for tunnel life safety

Tie suppliers, shippers assist ASLRRA in backing tax-credit bill

NS, UP launch Toledo-to-West Coast EMP container service

Fleming takes leave of absence from BMWE presidential post

July 7

New Zealand government negotiates Tranz Rail agreement with Australia's Toll Holdings; Tranz Rail board 'surprised' by deal's terms

Bombardier receives $466 million order from German railway

WMATA proposes light-rail corridor

Kawasaki appoints new chairman, president

RailPower closes $2.4 million private placement

Another 'Super' public-private partnership: CN, CSXI plan 155-acre Memphis intermodal terminal

CPR seeks buyers for two Alberta branch lines

July 3

Judgment call: Canada's Transportation Appeal Tribunal puts rail, marine, aviation on same review/appeal plane

Schwartz sworn in as Railroad Retirement Board chair

WMATA approves police station plans, adds morning trains to Green Line

Swiss railway awards $75 million security and signaling systems contract to Alcatel

July 2

Dates set for RailtecMéxico 2004

The Ascent of Tier-2 Compliant Power: UP now running five GETS 'Evolution' locomotives in revenue service, BNSF to test 30

CPR reaches settlement with North Dakota for Minot derailment

Fitzmaurice named NMB chairman

Bay Area Rapid Transit opens airport extension

Ontario Northland Transportation Commission receives government funding to continue passenger-rail service

July 1

RDC-led consortium receives $29.6 million from Overseas Private Investment Corp. for African port/rail project

TTX tabs Marion to serve as VP/CFO

LRIW seeks nominations for 'Outstanding Woman of The Year'

Greater Cleveland RTA opens new Community Circulator route

North Carolina's Triangle Transit purchases right-of-way from CSX

High-speed rail presents most viable solution to California's growing transportation needs, study shows

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