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Rail News: August 2004

August 31

Genesee & Wyoming subsidiaries land deals to lease Illinois railroad's assets, acquire Georgia branch line

Done deal Down Under: RailAmerica completes Freight Australia sale

BNSF bids adieu to Boeing's 757 business

National Mediation Board extends comment period on proposed arbitration rule changes

August 30

CSXT, OmniTRAX partner to improve services for Atlanta industrial park shippers

House transportation committee members seek co-sponsors for 'PROTECTS' rail security bill

BNSF to begin using new Idaho fueling facility

UP receives top 50 honor for Hispanic female employment policies

RMI introduces weekly index of short-line traffic data

August 27

Intermodal loads dominate U.S. roads' weekly traffic gains; carloads do same for Canadian roads, AAR says

Alaska Railroad opens state fair intermodal facility

CSX creates credit line with another minority owned bank

VRE to randomly deploy bomb-sniffing dogs onboard trains

Citizens group proposes rail corridor as solution to I-81 traffic congestion

New York Regional Rail: Revenue roll can't compensate for mounting costs

MHF Logistical Solutions moves 5,000th rail car carrying contaminated soil

August 26

BNSF thanks truckers for prosperous intermodal relationship

KCS obtains industrial spur in Mississippi to increase carloads, cut costs

In memoriam: Former Vermont Railway President Pennington

Online shipper/transloader matching service draws interest in first 30 days, BNSF says

CN, UTU to discuss U.S. crews' safety vest concerns

August 25

Livonia, Avon & Lakeville appoints top officers

Year-old WMATA police unit meets crime prevention mandate

Raritan Central to serve second New Jersey industrial park

To EACH its own: East Camden & Highland boots up new Web site

Horizon Lines to add 900 units to refrigerated-container arsenal

August 24

CSXT, NS to exchange about $774 million worth of Conrail's debt securities

NJ Transit preps extension for next month's opening

BNSF appoints Goodall, Freeman to new AVP positions

Santa Clara VTA appoints Miller to head land development division

BMWE members to vote on proposed Teamsters merger

Colorado transportation authority to restore freight service on 33-mile line

Private investor Washburn joins Greenbrier's board

August 23

CPR identifies two branch lines as abandonment candidates, uploads performance measures to Web site

NJ Transit opens new station, parking facility

BNSF serves another super-sized container ship at Long Beach port

WMATA to begin elevator overhaul next month

RailRunner inaugurates Indiana-to-Florida intermodal service

Alameda Corridor authority appoints Preusch CFO

Transplace names Cashman CTO, Chiodo VP of sales

August 20

AAR traffic update: U.S. roads still on a roll, TFM narrows year-over-year gaps

Oregon's TriMet seeks funds for new light-rail line

Transport Canada lowers speed limit, steps up investigation following CN derailment on Alberta line

WMATA replenishes SmarTrip card supply

Ohio enacts law allowing cities to create quiet zones, ban train whistles

BNSF superintendent ends 53-year railroading career

August 19

CSXT, NS add advertising campaign, cameras to crossing safety strategies, UTU says

MARTA appoints four board members

U.S. transportation industry needs to increase implementation pace of container security systems, report says

E-business: Louisville & Indiana customers begin to bill cars online

Oerlikon Contraves names Stadler president, CEO

Transportation Research Forum seeks submissions for annual conference, schedules fall meetings

August 18

CSXT receives top railroad ranking for moving waste materials

Alaska Railroad to adopt distributed power to pull longer trains from North Pole

Pennsylvania revises 12-year transportation spending program

Lapierre takes helm as Canadian transport minister

Railroad places PC order to complete conductor work-order reporting system

August 17

NS to exchange some unsecured debt securities to extend maturity date

USDOT to help fund grade crossing improvements for five high-speed corridors

CSXT ready to roll out new online shipping instructions tool

Amtrak posts ridership gains in Illinois

KCS envisions Web-based prescription eyewear program to cut safety equipment costs

FTA awards studies grant to Houston METRO

Providence and Worcester's revenue on the rise, but so are expenses

WMATA adds six transit agencies to online trip planner

STB considers seven cases at open voting conference

August 16

KCS, TMM come to terms, close on new Mexrail sale transaction

Intermodal: L.A. port sets policy promoting more reliance on rail

Coal shipper shouldn't be allowed to seek federal arbitration in rate case, CPR says

RailAmerica gets last green light to sell Freight Australia

Greenbrier's rail-car backlog a boon to Gunderson plant's production

August 13

RailAmerica subsidiary to purchase CSXT Ohio line

St. Louis Metro to take over construction management for Cross County extension

2Q Financials: Global Railway increases revenue

London transit system wins award for fare-collection system

National Mediation Board proposes new arbitration rules

Kyocera to increase production at Mexican plant, open California office

TranSystems appoints Hopkins to lead eastern business sector

August 12

Ethanol plant opens on Indiana Rail Road line

CTA to issue bonds to help fund capital projects

AAR report: Rail traffic up in U.S., Canada, Mexico

Chicago's Metra adds parking at two stations

Magnus L.L.C. appoints Perillo to VP post

It's a GO: CTA to rent vehicles at five stations

AAR now offering 2004 equipment report

August 11

BNSF, dispatchers union set contract terms

CSX to pull listing from London Stock Exchange next month

U.S. transportation industry still short on security, study says

Watco adds locomotives, personnel to beef up mechanical department

Cleveland Commercial Railroad to lease, operate Wheeling & Lake Erie line

August 10

North American intermodal industry's quarterly traffic-growth streak reaches nine, IANA says

Charlotte light-rail line planners obtain $11.5 million FTA grant

Federal Highway Administration issues interim approval on wayside horn systems

NJ Transit to open Ramsey station in less than two weeks

BNSF to test locomotive cameras for two months

Florida East Coast Railway carries quarterly revenue load for parent company, lowers operating ratio

IANA, NITL, TIA set schedules for joint November conference

August 9

Transportation Services Index sets 14-year record for fourth-straight month

Hiawatha's first month of service a ridership success

Class Is answer STB's call for fall peak service plans

VIA Rail, Canadian Auto Workers reach tentative three-year agreement

UP to speed up trains in three Texas towns

Amtrak's Pere Marquette service marks 20th anniversary

New York, New Jersey port authority approves rail bridge funds

TTX signs up as associate AAR member

August 6

AAR schedules September forum focusing on shippers' fall peak demands, Class Is' ability to meet them

Maryland Transit appoints former COO Taylor to planning post

U.S. roads to share wayside wheel-health data to prevent accidents, damage

Spanish agency contracts ALSTOM to supply vehicles for new light-rail system

AAR: U.S. roads seven-for-seven in monthly gains on both sides of traffic equation; others not hitting intermodal stride

CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge on the rise again in August

Intermodal: 'Big' not large enough word to describe BNSF customer's ship

August 5

Port of New York/New Jersey already anxious to expand yet-to-open intermodal terminal

San Diego Trolley scores big with baseball park service

BMWE, labor department settlement requires re-election of union president, secretary-treasurer

European car builder contracts Magnetek to supply power systems for Italian passenger cars

Florida East Coast Industries buys back shares from major stockholders

Trinity Industries increases quarterly revenue, but rising raw material prices reduce income

RailPower partners with United Goninan to sell hybrid switchers in Australia, Asia

August 4

BNSF continues to close in on grade-crossing closure goal

Preliminary work on Northstar Corridor might proceed this year without state bonds

STB re-schedules hearing on small-road abandonment procedures

NYCT contracts RailWorks subsidiary to rehabilitate Queens signals

New York Regional Rail promotes Sage to president, GM of trucking arm

Johnstown America begins to fill First Union Rail's auto-carrier order

Greenbrier obtains TTX order for 1,100 intermodal wells

August 3

CSX creates $15 million credit line with more than a dozen minority owned banks

BART to earthquake-proof underwater tube

KCS appoints Brook VP, comptroller

Maryland Transit receives double-tracking project funds

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway receives $25 million RRIF loan for 286k-related trackwork

Amtrak to analyze RailPower's Green Goat in D.C. yard

Genesee & Wyoming increases second-quarter earnings despite North American, Australian operational snags

Alcatel installs security cameras on Denmark passenger train

Stone secures Senate approval as TSA's assistant secretary of homeland security

August 2

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic makes three executive appointments

BNSF Logistics receives top-10 ranking in 3PL shipper survey

TTCI names Moore Ede communications, train control scientist

TransSystems appoints Schmidt VP to oversee eastern U.S. offices

GE Inspection Technologies acquires Hocking NDT

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