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Rail News: September 2003

September 30

Appellate court denies BNSF's attempt to halt workers' class action

E-business: CSXT rolls out online tool providing local carload schedules

Tranz Rail names Fouhy new acting CFO

CSXI to slash October fuel surcharge 0.7 percent

September 29

Congress, freight-transportation industry need to address capacity constraints, ITI's Finkbiner says

Senate approves TEA-21 extension

KCS to speed up trains through Louisiana town

Amtrak's Illinois services record August, year-to-date ridership increases

USDOT provides grants to speed regional responses to haz-mat incidents

NJ Transit begins testing light-rail extension

Trinity Industries boosts borrowing power

Transport Canada to fund Quebec North Shore passenger-line safety improvements

September 26

NS offers voluntary 'separation' program to non-union employees

Short-term TEA-21 extension approved

Mexican Competition Commission extends authorization of KCS' TFM purchase-deal with TMM

BART to implement regional smart-card program

BNSF employees honored for moving Army equipment during Iraqi conflict

LIRR names longtime employee Dermody president

TTCI sets March dates for annual research review

PlasTie begins producing plastic-coated wood ties

September 25

BNSF attracts industrial development

AAR committee sets event-reporting compliance schedule

BNSF grants UP trackage rights on three lines

Johnstown America promotes three engineers

September 24

KCS' board blesses legal action to enforce TFM deal with TMM

DART approves FY04 budget, implements service changes

British Columbia receives three BC Rail bids

MBTA completes seven-year Aquarium Station renovation

UP a top employer of working mothers, magazine says

League of Railway Industry Women honors two members

Study: Washington state better off by buying Watco short line

September 23

RSI convention: Expect more supplier consolidation, BNSF's Rose says

CSXI adds direct lanes between Cincinnati, two Florida cities

BMWE to poll members on proposed Teamsters merger

Graham-White obtains Amsted's air-brake division

Robins to head Rutgers' renamed transportation center

September 22

International Rail Planning Conference: Economies would reap benefits of worldwide shift to scheduled rail operations, CPR says

Caltrain restructures fares, launches new proof-of-payment system

Florida East Coast Industries reclassifies common-stock shares

Bombardier obtains contract from Montreal railway

Swedish National Rail Administration to accept bids for Citytunnel project

Sales team changes at steel-tie producer Narstco

September 19

New rail business on tap: Bottle manufacturer selects site on OmniTRAX Colorado line

Transit agencies clean up after Hurricane Isabel

Raritan affiliate inks long-term switching pact to facilitate transload development

California to reduce Capitol Corridor transit times

Atlanta to be designated 'Freight Rail Smart Zone'

Bombardier obtains car orders from Brussels transport authority

Canadian research center opens international HQ for vehicle-track systems group

September 18

Eastern railroads, USDOT get ready for Hurricane Isabel's wrath

Transit agencies prepare for Hurricane Isabel

UP to add trains, raise speed on revamped Illinois line

Crossing safety: KCS targets relocations and closings, provides police officer training

Alaska Railroad obtains contract to move South Korea-bound coal

Louisville & Indiana to serve new steel customers

September 17

BNSF shuffles part of operations management deck

LA MTA, UTU extend current contract to avert strike

BMWE to stage one-day protest to support Amtrak

In memoriam: Former BLE General Chairman McDaniel

Sacramento Regional Transit begins light-rail extension

White paper: Three shipper organizations share container-security ideas

Tri-County Metropolitan District of Oregon to open extension ahead of schedule

Hansen Inc. adds ASF-Keystone's friction draft gears to subsidiary's product line

Sound Transit completes intermodal station

ASME, IEEE seek technical paper/presenters for 2004 joint rail conference

September 16

U.S. attorney accuses four current, former UTU officers of racketeering, bribery, mail and wire fraud

BRS members ratify agreements with Class Is, Ohio regional

BNSF Logistics purchases freight forwarder M.R.S.

Pacer places cartage operation under Pacer Stacktrain umbrella

Cattron-Theimeg appoints Franc to head railroad sales

September 15

BMWE to poll members on potential Teamsters merger

California transit agencies obtain USDOT grants

Railroads doled out slightly fewer damage/loss payments in 2002, AAR says

Port Authority to invest in rail cars, signal system, facility repairs

R.J. Corman to acquire CSXT's 'Old Road' Kentucky line

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority relocates bus terminal to improve rail access

British Columbia to review BC Rail take-over proposals 'behind closed doors,' labor federation says

President Bush nominates three to Amtrak board

Schneider National appoints two VPs to help spur western intermodal business

September 12

CSXT's Crown retires; Ward assumes top operating officer duties

Sacramento Regional Transit's light-rail extension almost ready for revenue service

CANAC, RailPower team up to market hybrid switcher featuring remote controls

NJ Transit approves funding for additional parking

CSXI, UP add Laredo to intermodal program's location line-up

Sound Transit's Tacoma Link light-rail line exceeds ridership projections

Alameda Corridor authority to consider lending a hand to other regional transportation projects

Long Island Rail road awards signal-system contract

NIT League names former fill-in president Gatti EVP

September 11

Summer safety campaign helps BNSF reduce year-over-year injuries

Senators ask FRA to audit locomotive remote-control safety, UTU says

CSXT to transform Atlanta business park into key southeastern rail center

CN celebrates opening of larger Winnipeg intermodal terminal

KCS relocates power planners to Louisiana locomotive shop

September 10

Clear and present danger: Terrorism threat to rail corridors 'is real,' report says

Northstar Corridor coalition launches petition campaign

North Vancouver officials to provincial magistrate: 'Stop sale of BC Rail'

LA MTA names Thorpe project manager

TTCI to test slab track for freight-, high-speed rail compliance

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad employees ratify contract

National Mediation Board appoints Dowling associate general counsel

Survey: Americans' commuting times hold steady

Schook to head RailComm's sales, marketing

September 9

BNSF to generate business from proliferation of wind power

Tranz Rail's board backs Toll Group's latest takeover bid

Indiana Rail Road creates scheduled service to retain large customer

3PL expands U.S.-to-Mexico intermodal-service coverage

September 8

Senate subcommittee schedules hearing for S. 919 'rail-competition' bill

House, Senate committees consider FY 2004 transportation funding

BNSF's prevention programs help control freight-damage claims

NJ Transit opens transfer station for weekend service

CPR to advertise Vancouver line's availability under federal abandonment procedures

Amtrak to upgrade online booking system

Rail-car outlook: Rising demand will continue to constrain production capacity, EPA says

September 5

AAR August traffic tally: U.S. roads continue to ride 'carloads down/intermodal units up' roller coaster

Senate committee approves $1.35 billion in FY2004 for Amtrak

CN to raise some rates next month

Progress report shows transit systems in need of investment

Florida East Coast boots up new Web site

Sound Transit to receive federal Central Link funds

Test data prompts RailPower to tweak its hybrid switchers

Johnstown America obtains coal-car order from Georgia power supplier

FRA grants $5.2 million to 10 states for crossing improvements along high-speed rail corridors

September 4

KCS' lawsuit 'is without merit,' TMM says

APTA nominates Greater Cleveland RTA president as chairman

BNSF receives American Honda's service award for sixth-straight year

NS Police special agent joins FBI's terrorism task force

NIT League appoints Ulm treasurer until November elections

September 3

KCS seeks Delaware court injunction to 'preserve positions' during dispute-resolution negotiations with TMM

BNSF installs electronic monitoring system to gauge fuel usage, expenses

STB: Wheeling & Lake Erie's line acquisition won't affect employees

Pacer adds northeastern stops to Midwest-to-Mexico intermodal service

Wabtec Global Services markets wireless car-repair billing system

September 2

KCS to 'assert legal rights' to enforce TMM agreements

LA MTA approves six-year plan

Tranz Rail improves financial health during latest fiscal year, quarter

New Texas law enables DART to issue fare-evasion citations

North American Technologies obtains second Texas plant to produce TieTek ties

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