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Rail News: September 2005

September 30

Hurricanes not hurting U.S. roads' traffic, AAR says

Class Is' service metrics still show pluses and minuses, Smith Barney/Citigroup says

WMATA to add bomb-containment trash cans on platforms

South Florida RTA elects new chair, vice chair

Teamsters Rail Conference report: U.S. railroads' safety, security measures not up to snuff

Operation Lifesaver airs radio spots to raise motorists' awareness about fall peak's, hurricanes' effect on rail traffic

Nortech to provide components for GE Rail's locomotive camera

Federated Financial hires Bagwell to head passenger car leasing division

September 29

Moorman to take top NS office as president/CEO, Goode to remain chairman through January

CTA completes station rehab

NS sets coal volume record in the second quarter

ALSTOM-led consortium lands contract for Venezuela Metro line extension

TFM appoints Garcia Acosta to top commercial officer post

Alaska Railroad to unveil design for new intermodal transportation center

Reynolds assumes AVP role in KCS' information technology department

Pennsylvania grants more than $13 million for 12 freight-rail projects

Sharma Group acquires Talgo's car-rehab division

September 28

TSA to provide explosive detection canine training to officers from 10 transit agencies

Amtrak to raise ticket prices, reduce discounts

NS names Atlanta office building after long-time leader Goode

CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge climbs to 20 percent

Transit-oriented development on the rise in Dallas, economists say

Timber Rock reopens subdivision to traffic, continues to clear track

APTA honors public transit agencies, leaders

Castilaw takes helm as Montreal, Maine & Atlantic's first transportation superintendent

New Jersey Transit orders another 131 cars from Bombardier

Canadian transportation association hands out annual awards

September 27

Hurricane Rita wreaks havoc for roads operating in Texas, Louisiana

Bombardier enters passenger vehicle spare parts market

Hurricane Rita puts hurt on Watco's Louisiana short-line start up

North County Transit District lets contract for $24.4 million maintenance facility

San Diego Trolley's newly expanded Green Line a popular choice for passengers

Chinese intermodal firm tours BNSF's intermodal facilities

San Mateo County Transit District takes top APTA honors for marketing campaigns

Siemens, TIME Magazine to reschedule security summit

Lytle joins CIT Rail Resources' senior management team

September 26

More people turning to transit as gas prices increase, APTA says

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic appoints Rushmore VP marketing

GE, Cubic develop plans to integrate explosives detection technology with fare collection systems

September 23

Railroads hunker down as Hurricane Rita nears Texas, Louisiana

NJ Transit extends light-rail operating contract, approves rehabilitation projects

Hurricane not a hindrance: U.S. roads set two weekly traffic-volume records, AAR says

Texas' Capital Metro inks passenger-vehicle deal with Stadler

WMATA appoints Woodruff CFO

Electrical workers union members ratify CPR agreement

September 22

Katrina, robust demand aren't slowing rail traffic, AAR says

Amtrak to begin operating full Acela schedule

NS rolls out 48-foot trailer management program

NJ Transit, Red Cross promote emergency preparedness at stations

BMWED to represent continuous-welded rail supplier's workers

Leif to direct KCS' labor relations

September 21

NS close to creating its own train-control system

FRA's upcoming RCL safety report will raise questions about using remotes on mainlines, AAR says

KCS to pre-pay taxes to Katrina-ravaged Louisiana, Mississippi counties

UP unveils locomotive commemorating the 'Katy'

Cedar American promotes Mittleider, Gabel to executive posts

September 20

UP opens $100 million Dallas intermodal terminal

VTA updates BART extension plans

KCS names four AVPs to helm consolidated purchasing department

Santa Clara VTA to open Vasona light-rail extension

Crossing fatalities down, but trespasser deaths still a safety concern, FRA says

MBTA unveils pedestrian-friendly Gloucester station

Allegheny County port authority rejects fact finder's labor contract recommendations

Czech Republic rail agency lets contract for mainline rebuilding project

RailComm installs yard automation system for Alton & Southern Railway

September 19

UP names three execs to senior operations positions

Railroads can help reduce major U.S. cities' highway congestion, study says

Canadian railway association launches annual safety, environmental awards

STB hands down six rail-related decisions at open voting conference

Rail Retrievers adds six specialized freight cars to its fleet

September 16

Katrina costly for CSX, potential revenue stream for RailAmerica road

Amtrak holds off on fare increase

AAR weekly report: Hard to gauge Katrina's impact on U.S. roads' traffic

CTA awards construction contracts totaling $68 million

FRA boots up demonstration Web site to avoid close calls, change railroad/worker safety culture

PATCO obtains federal funds to upgrade passenger cars

STB schedules public hearing to prompt Staggers Act discussion, debate

WMATA closer to establishing passenger advisory group

Retired Air Force General Cook joins BNSF's board

September 15

Class Is put stop to post-Katrina service metric slip, Smith Barney/Citigroup says

UP keeps trains, dollars pumping into Katrina-ravaged region

NJ Transit takes wraps off new multi-level cars

In with the new: More cars, locomotives display BNSF's latest logo

Bombardier lands 22-tram add-on order from Brussels transport authority

RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming post carload gains

Jamison trades FTA deputy administrator hat for similar one at TSA

September 14

BNSF, UP exhibit clean-air technologies at California events

NS expands bulk transfer terminal in Steel City

NJ Transit's River LINE hits three-million passenger mark

NY/NJ port authority seeks new revenue sources

Pressure relief valve sales, revenue on tap for Kelso Technologies

Optimization Alternatives rolls out operations management software division

Chartwell International acquires waste-by-rail logistics firm

September 13

Post-Katrina update: Railroads continue to rebound from hurricane's wrath

Years in the making: KCS settles TFM's value-added tax claim dispute with Mexico

Genesee & Wyoming names Powell, Tilley to VP posts

TieTek bags 60,000-tie order from BNSF

Simpson, Geller retain top BMWED posts

Trotter takes helm as Cattron's first VP of quality

RMI attracts more than 90 customers to online service products since April

September 12

Katrina doesn't dampen U.S. roads' monthly, weekly traffic tallies, AAR says

Amtrak to hike fares, expand reserved service

MBTA to rebuild Morton Street station

CN seals five-year deal with machinists union

Foreign relations: U.S. federal grant to help open Russian market to American suppliers

CTA continues to expand security camera network

Curtright, Smith assume higher BNSF posts

CN, Steelworkers team up to tackle safety

BART seeks comments on earthquake safety plan

September 9

RailAmerica to purchase four short lines from aluminum manufacturer

CSX to pay property taxes early in Gulf Coast region

Maryland Transit to expand MARC station, upgrade system

L.A.-area sanitation districts contract J.L. Patterson to design landfill rail spur

NS to promote haz-mat transportation safety in Northeast

Former Siemens exec van Ark takes reins as SVP of ALSTOM's NAFTA Region

WMATA prepares passengers for possible ridership surge

September 8

NS provides funds, financial assistance and other aid to Gulf Coast communities and workers

PATH to upgrade surveillance system

WMATA names Dziduch line manager

Metra unveils new Crystal Lake station

EMD, Dalian to provide 300 locomotives to Chinese railway

VIA Rail contracts Allstream to install voice and data services

September 7

New York/New Jersey port authority begins to build World Trade Center station

Transportation Services Index falls for first time in three months

Light-rail line under way in Edmonton

Energy department releases draft environmental analysis of Yucca Mountain line

Francisco Cuevas Feliu takes helm as TFM's CFO

New Orleans port on path to recovery from Hurricane Katrina

Metro-North contracts MotivePower to overhaul locomotives

Long-time Maine Central leader, independent spirit Miller dies

MBTA closer to adopting train operating system

September 6

APTA, transit agencies offer assistance to Gulf Coast residents

Post-Katrina update: Class Is lend hand to Gulf Coast region employees, residents

Utah Transit Authority begins to build commuter-rail line

CPR on track to expand western Canada capacity by year's end

Rail retirement board rates a 90 in customer satisfaction survey

UP lets contract for automated gate system at Utah terminal

WMATA contracts Parsons/Delon Hampton to provide on-call engineering services

RailPower to provide hybrid engine kits for tugboat, barge market

September 2

Post-Katrina: Class Is slowly make headway in clean-up, repair efforts

Houston METRO restructures, cuts jobs

AAR traffic data: U.S. roads post second-highest weekly intermodal record, Canadian roads register carload rebound

Everything old is new again: SEPTA restores trolley service in North Philadelphia

Michigan short line, dinner train provider boosts business in 2005

Sound Transit to add Sounder commuter-rail train

Kansas & Oklahoma to acquire UP line in Jayhawk State

Texas Rail Advocates name speakers for South Central high-speed corridor conference

REMSA hands out scholarships to five college students

Washington Group offers help for Gulf Coast reconstruction

September 1

Class Is continue to deal with Hurricane Katrina's aftermath

NS' Maestri assumes additional public affairs duties

Arkansas Midland to assume operations on more UP lines

BART solicits issuer for credit card reward program

KCS, NS to install Wabtec Global's wireless car maintenance, billing system

Machinists union ratifies contract with U.S. railroads

Mirwaldt, Savage join VIA Rail's board

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