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Rail News: August 2003

August 29

Another day, another twist in the KCS, TMM 'NAFTA Rail' story

Houston Metro schedules bond election to obtain light-rail system expansion funds

BC Rail union opts to set aside strike mandate, return to bargaining table

Hi-tech security detail: WMATA adds robot to police department

KCS to relocate K.C. transload center, switch Dallas facility's operator

Alcatel obtains axle-counter contract from Indian Railways

BNSF shuffles divisional heads (8/29/03)

OmniTRAX appoints Parker executive vice president to head rail operations

August 28

Mexico's Foreign Investment Commission delays TFM-purchase decision until KCS, TMM resolve dispute

Maryland Transit Administration to expand quiet-car program

UP, NS add lanes to Blue Streak intermodal service

Union Switch & Signal obtains signal-system contract from Montreal subway

St. Lawrence & Atlantic to gain intermodal-growth benefits from port-of-entry designation

Wabtec subsidiary acheives ISO 9001:2000 status

STB picks former politician to act as rail-rate case mediator

August 27

Alaska Railroad to install positive train-control system

STB to scrutinize merger-related job transfers outside the United States, UTU says

AAR, ASLRRA to accelerate alliance's collaborative efforts

CSXI to raise monthly fuel surcharge in September 0.6 percent

August 26

KCS expresses 'surprise' at Grupo TMM shareholders' rejection of TFM stake sale

Hudson Bay Railway ends portion of passenger-rail service

BNSF takes home technological honors

STB conditionally approves Missouri intermodal port's planned line

August 25

Grupo TMM terminates sale of TFM stake to KCS

Sound Transit opens Tacoma light rail

Diversity: BNSF analyzes successes, failures at annual forum

Cubic obtains smart-card upgrade contract from WMATA

CANAC establishes new U.S. headquarters in nation's capitol

WMATA to reprimand no-show, late-canceling passengers

GE Rail Services appoints Klein to top ranking global sales position

Online travel program targets tourist railroads

August 22

UP plans grand opening for Chicago-area Global III intermodal facility

South Florida RTA to build intermodal transit station

In memoriam: Former BLE International President Delaney

CTA opens renovated Cermak line station

Two-year-old New Jersey short line registers business boom

Altamont Commuter Express to test wireless access on trains

Hub Group receives DuPont service honor

Alcatel obtains signaling and centralized train-control contract from Spanish railway

August 21

KCS reopens Texas dry bulk-transfer facility

CSXT contracts computer virus, briefly shuts down service

NS donates $50,000 to Pennsylvania rail-heritage scholarship program

Child celebrates her 35th year as a BLE staff employee

August 20

KCS to start using soybean-based friction modifier by year end

Port Authority of Allegheny County receives federal funds for light-rail system improvements

CSXI expands eastern STAX container service

Wabtec Corp. subsidiaries receive contracts from Kawasaki, Amtrak

NTSB releases annual safety recommendation priority list

Greater Cleveland RTA approves ATU contract

Calgary Transit awards train-control system expansion contract

August 19

NAFTA Rail: KCS suffers setback as Grupo TMM shareholders reject TFM sale

UTU members ratify CN/Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railway agreement

West Virginia road seeks CSXT line to set up shop as Class III

IntelliTrans acquires RADSS' assets to expand rail-car tracing software

August 18

STB to review small roads' line-abandonment rules

Sound Transit increases second-quarter ridership

New business: TFM begins transporting liquid petroleum gas across U.S.-Mexico border

MARTA adds canine team for airport station security

Fuel-cell locomotive has rail-application potential, consortium says

Houston METRO approves light-rail expansion

BNSF to serve beer maker's Montana elevator

L.A. MTA offers hourly car access

August 15

Northeast blackout hampers Class Is' traffic

Power outage halts passenger-rail service in Northeastern cities

NS opens 28th bulk-transfer terminal, third in North Carolina

Amtrak posts record-high ridership for fourth-straight month

Tranz Rail follows other roads' lead by releasing monthly traffic, on-time comparisons

WMATA set ridership highs in July

Pennsylvania short-line owner seeks control of Carolina Coastal Railway

Seattle Monorail awards facilities engineering contract

August 14

UP leases environmentally friendly switchers from CIT Rail Resources

BNSF rolls out recognition program to honor employees' fuel-conserving efforts

KCS upgrades crossings, installs CTC to speed up Texas trains

Short-line holding company, regional report quarterly, first-half financial results

August 13

NAFTA Rail: KCS, Grupo TMM to obtain final Mexican regulatory verdict in late August

White celebrates seven years as WMATA's head

BNSF earns supplier award for software enhancements

Metra set to begin North Central Service line improvements

AAR issues latest edition of annual rail-equipment report

U.S. DOT awards transportation research grants to University of South Florida

Colorado short line reinstates workers, provides back pay after six-year legal battle, UTU says

Andrew Corp. completes communications system installation for Hong Kong railway

August 12

North American intermodal players continue to crank up quarterly volume, IANA says

FRA seeks advisor to help process small roads' RRIF applications, ASLRRA says

CSXT, utility to argue coal-rate case before STB

RailAmerica: July carloads up, year-to-date units tumble

August 11

BNSF buys land to accommodate Chicago-area intermodal yard's burgeoning traffic

APTA report details public transportation's environmental benefits

ASLRRA provides training program to help small roads meet federal haz-mat security-risk rule

Most rural residents reside in close proximity to transportation options, BTS says

TieTek supplier obtains financing to add two production lines

CTA to install ATMs at 11 stations

ASLRRA appoints Borman general counsel

Bombardier joint venture to provide passenger cars for Chinese railway

August 8

July traffic comparisons: Canadian roads best U.S. brethren, AAR says

CTA to increase energy efficiency at seven stations

CSXT picks Favorite to implement performance-improvement program

Virginia transit schedules available on passengers' personal devices

Partnership plans to use union labor to build Detroit-area Jobs Tunnel project

NJ Transit board member receives recognition as minority leader

Coalition opposes bill backing change in intermodal-equipment inspection, repair responsibility

TranSystems acquires public transit consulting firm

UP, utility resolve rate dispute

August 7

Carriers shouldn't wait for shippers to take next container-security step, says ocean-carrier exec

Rising rail-car backlog helps Trinity Industries turn second-quarter profit

Tex Mex to become parter in chemical industry's Responsible Care program

August 6

BNSF, NIT League conditionally support KCS' NAFTA Rail plan

Port Authority chooses World Trade Center station design/build firm

AAR releases annual Class I data analysis

Houston METRO to finalize long-range transit plan

CSX obtains software to decrease computer-network downtime

Amtrak closes in on TCU agreement

CPR, traffic-controllers union reach agreement, end labor dispute

Greater Cleveland RTA, ATU reach tentative agreement

August 5

BMWE: Labor department's attempt to overturn year-old officer elections 'may not be valid and/or warranted'

BNSF on target to close more than 400 crossings by year end

Intermodal: CSXI, UP expand STAX container program's reach

Arzoon appoints Overcash head of field operations

Tucker takes on GETS' global sales

August 4

KCS/Grupo TMM's NAFTA Rail plan passes U.S. antitrust scrutiny

WMATA, state and local authorities plan for Dulles Airport extension

Truck diversion: CSXT, Florida Central team up to serve Sunshine State auto auctioneer

NJ Transit to open new transfer station next month

UP to sell LTL trucking subsidiary through IPO

Alaska Railroad tests Colorado Railcar's DMU

BLE organizes fifth small road in 12 months

Parsons Brinckerhoff to prepare study for Polish Railway

August 1

Tranz Rail's board recommends shareholders reject Toll Holdings' takeover bid

NJ Transit forms task force to address, recommend emergency procedures

Security: BNSF encourages employees to be 'On Guard'

Sound Transit receives mixed reviews from citizen panel

NIT League names Ficker president

Nordic agency to sell Amtrak tickets in Scandinavian market

Siemens Transportation Systems appoints Evans VP/CFO

Alcatel to install signal and telecommunications system for Portuguese railway

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