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Rail News: September 2004

September 30

U.S. roads on track to report fewest-ever switching fatalities, FRA's Monro says

KCS has Texas grant in hand to purchase two hybrid switchers

CSXI's October fuel surcharge skyrockets to 10 percent

After more than half a century of service, technician ends BNSF career

Triple Crown terminal passes three-year mark without serious employee injury

September 29

NS names Moorman president, promotes six other officers

CTA obtains $38.8 million in federal funds for Blue Line, Brown Line projects

U.S. moving more freight to North American neighbors, USDOT says

Metra lands FTA grant to increase service on two lines

Florida East Coast Railway reaches tentative agreements with UTU

Oregon's TriMet obtains federal grant to build commuter-rail line

RailPower partners with Scandinavian locomotive reconditioning company

WMATA to improve Orange Line station's access

GE promotes two execs to rail-related positions

September 28

BNSF's unit-train ethanol service marks traffic milestone

STB issues five railroad-related rulings at open voting conference

BNSF appoints Michalski to head human resources

Wabtec to acquire Italian supplier's assets

Rypos rolls out new diesel engine filter

September 27

U.S. roads set 16th weekly intermodal traffic record in past 21 weeks, AAR says

California High Speed Rail Authority recommends route alignments

CSXT appoints Mast to head customer service operations

Los Angeles MTA to sell bonds to help fund transportation projects

Timken unveils universal backing ring for bearings

GE rail-car leasing unit offers maintenance management service

Pacer Stacktrain top intermodal service provider, magazine survey says

September 24

BNSF unifies two groups into one food, consumer goods unit

Port Authority provides funds to help NJ Transit expand Penn Station

KCS names Uzzell to new AVP, financial systems position

MBTA to renovate another Red Line station

Omaha to build park, monument honoring long-time corporate citizen UP

New York, New Jersey port authority to implement smart-card payment system next year

Bill seeks to prohibit railroads from using remote controls to move haz-mat trains

London transit agency to install TVs onboard passenger trains

Safety advisory could cost sleep-disorder suffering employees their job, UTU says

September 23

Bridges back as New York Regional Rail's CEO

TriMet obtains FTA grant to spur more development along new light-rail line

BLET to represent New England Central's T&E workers

California transportation commission honors Caltrain Baby Bullet supporter

CN MOW workers to select Steelworkers or Teamsters as union representative

Maglev demonstration project named one of 'top 100' technological products

USDOT orders three Green Goat hybrid locomotives from RailPower

CTA seeks higher FY2005 state appropriation, sets hearings on proposed service cuts

Bosnian railway contracts Alcatel to provide interlocking equipment

September 22

CSXT pegs Chinnici to head purchasing

Cleveland agency opens EcoVillage 'green' station

Pioneer Railcorp forms plan to exit stock market

Rise and shine: WMATA to operate earlier weekday trains

RailPower brings former CPR COO Dodge on board

NYCT contracts Spear Technologies to provide asset-management software

Wilbur Smith Associates appoints Walker president

Bombardier obtains German tram order, unveils new car design in London

Korea schedules second railway, logistics exhibition

SAB WABCO offers 'life cycle' component parts

September 21

Third time's a recruitment charm: UP again named one of the '100 Best Companies for Working Mothers'

Sound Transit marks five years of service, plans pilot program with Amtrak Cascades

Timken supplies 'intelligent' rail bearing technology for FRA field test

Electro-Motive Division receives Ex-Im Bank loan to support sale of locomotive upgrade kits in Turkey

RailWorks Wood Products appoints Hoffman Southeast Region manager

ASME/IEEE rail conference organizers issue 'call for papers'

September 20

UP to install cameras on locomotives to facilitate accident investigations

Metrolink leases Sound Transit passenger cars

Los Angeles MTA showcases transit-oriented development projects at Rail-Volution

Salient Systems shareholders approve Salient-Portec merger

Alaska Railroad to provide community hazmat training during tour

WMATA begins station expansion

In Canada, Operation Lifesaver unveils 'classroom on wheels' to deliver safety message

San Diego transit system chair Williams named 'Transit Board Member of the Year' by APTA

Rail recruitment firm expands North American operations

September 17

Railroads react to third hurricane to strike Southeast in a month

WMATA sets dates for station, extension openings

North American roads remain in traffic-building mode through week No. 36, AAR says

Minneapolis' Hiawatha line continues to exceed ridership expectations

Alliance Terminal Railroad to sublease, operate BNSF's Lone Star State line

Cubic promotes SVP Lapczynski to COO

BMWE's Simpson, Geller can remove 'acting' from their president, secretary-treasurer titles

Golden Isles Terminal Railroad to acquire Georgia line from CSXT

September 16

Mexico's Foreign Investment Commission rejects KCS' petition to become majority TFM owner

Another transit security bill enters the House

Study: Shifting more freight from road to rail in 20 years will cut commuters' travel time, reduce pollution

SEPTA seeks public feedback on possible fare increases, service cuts

NS note exchange offer draws investors' interest

Wisconsin planning commission obtains FTA funds to study commuter-rail corridor

CPR to conduct emergency response drill in Wisconsin town

September 15

UP, CSXT provide Florida free fuel for hurricane clean-up efforts

Sacramento Regional Transit District revises light-rail extension's opening date

Power brokers: NS, UP team up to speed generator to Dow plant

St. Louis Metro to take wraps off first new light-rail vehicle

Dispatchers' union members approve BNSF agreement

NJ Transit tweaks morning schedules to relieve overcrowding

RAILINC rolls out Web-based car accounting tool aimed at small roads

TNT Logistics North America wins DaimlerChrysler service award

September 14

Sounds of silence: CSXT mutes train whistles in Chicago-area 'quiet zone'

BART to receive APTA's 'outstanding achievement' award

BNSF begins to move trains across Kansas City flyover

Seattle's Sound Transit adds cars to morning, afternoon trains

Lake Terminal Railroad reaches tentative agreement with steelworkers' union

GE tests container security system prior to market launch

Short Line Data Systems introduces, updates event-reporting system

September 13

Intermodal: Alameda Corridor's container traffic rises 14.6 percent in FY04

Chicago transit agencies could receive more state funds

Shippers, BNSF to argue merits of re-opening STB rate case

Virginia transit department green lights preliminary engineering for Dulles airport extension

Carmen union appoints Freds, Gibler to succeed long-time officer White

Minneapolis' Metropolitan Council obtains $32.2 million in FTA funds

Rail-related deaths, total transportation fatalities fell in 2003, NTSB says

Women's Transportation Seminar to review California transit programs at L.A. meeting

September 10

Class Is, shippers address service, slip-ups at AAR's fall peak forum

SEPTA proposes job and service cuts, fare hikes to deal with FY2005 budget deficit

AAR traffic update: Week No. 35 shows roads continue to move more carloads, intermodal units

Caltrain continues work on new maintenance, operations facility

Alaska Railroad's Halpin receives National Defense Transportation Association award

Traffic congestion worsening in urban areas, mobility study says

In memoriam: Former NS director George

September 9

Rail life, post-Frances: Florida East Coast resumes operations

Regional panel to consider dedicated funding sources for WMATA

CSXT e-newsletter designed to keep customers in the electronic loop

More funds needed to support regional transportation operations, CTA says

ASLRRA subcommittee analyzes event-reporting equipment

Mitsubishi promotes Nagy to general manager, transportation division

CTA marks 20th anniversary of O'Hare service

September 8

Transportation Services Index drops for second-straight month

SEPTA, UTU negotiate tentative conductor contract

Two regionals reach tentative agreements with rail labor unions

PATH, transit union reach tentative agreement

Transit Rail's investment in New York Regional Rail surpasses $1 million

Canadian short line to host haz-mat safety seminar

BNSF Logistics, Autolog to expand rail/truck automobile-moving service

September 7

Inspector general's office to audit grade crossing inspections, accident reports, AAR says

CN taps Great Canadian Railtour to operate tourist trains on BC Rail lines

BNSF reaches safety agreements with carmen, firemen unions

NJ Transit opens another portion of light-rail extension

UP, Operation Lifesaver create safety campaign to address Oregon town's trespassing troubles

SEPTA expands pre-tax employee ticket program

NS begins to rack up tolls on reopened, restored Delaware bridge

UP contracts RMI to automate connecting short lines' car hire processes

September 3

AAR August traffic data trifecta: U.S. and Canadian roads, TFM register growth in carload, intermodal sectors

Amtrak to bag Mail and Express business

European freight volume growth hinges on infrastructure capacity, International Union of Railways' study says

Cubic acquires automated parking systems supplier

Tennessee, Georgia short lines seek STB approval to acquire CSXT lines

NJ Transit to operate earlier River LINE train

Teamsters Rail Conference, BLET campaign calls on members to monitor U.S. roads' safety, security

3M Web site to showcase transit wraps

National Cargo Security Council offers training sessions on Homeland Security policies

September 2

Tex Mex takes steps to speed traffic, avoid crew-change delays

California, Japanese transportation leaders talk high-speed rail

STB extends TTX's flat-car pooling authority, approves KCS' petition to reconsider Mexrail purchase

WMATA preps passengers for emergencies

Watco promotes VP Towner to president, COO

UTU members supplant contractors as new-hire trainers at UP's Chicago Service Unit

NS to obtain public safety system, software for police department

September 1

KCS promotes Hadel to manage asset utilization — especially use of end-of-train devices

California High Speed Rail Authority to prepare final environmental reports

CSXI's September fuel surcharge climbs to 7 percent

NYCT contracts wireless satellite communications provider for Republican National Convention

Railway Association of Canada appoints Burrows acting president, CEO

Signed, sealed, delivered: Johnstown America fills Indiana utility's coal-car order

LaSalle National Bank subsidiary enters rail-equipment leasing market

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