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Rail News: February 2006

February 28

VRE proposes ticket price hike in FY07 Bobb to succeed Kraemer as BNSF's Group VP of coal CSXI's March fuel surcharge to fall slightly Free Congress Foundation's Weyrich to join surface transportation policy commission UP tops list as America's 'most admired' railroad, Fortune says Maryland Transit Administration staffers venture to London to study CCTV system BNSF makes Latina magazine's top-50 list for seventh time

February 27

ACTA: Railroads operate more trains, move more containers along L.A.'s Alameda Corridor in 2005 Metrolink orders commuter-rail vehicles from Rotem Canadian railroad accidents and rail-related fatalities rise in 2005, transportation safety board says Bombardier constructs 1,000th carbody for Long Island, Metro-North railroads UTU files federal lawsuit to force Class Is to discuss training proposal ERICO validates collection volume method during 13-year lightning study in Malaysia

February 24

BNSF's Illinois terminal sets lift record, surpasses safety goal in 2005 Arkansas transit authority begins trolley line expansion Kansas City Southern adds longer siding, Centralized Traffic Control to the Meridian Speedway Maryland Transit Administration completes 9.4-mile double-track project WMATA proposes to increase service on several holidays, operate longer trains during tourist season Portec Rail posts record revenue, income in 2005 Moffett joins Raritan Central short line group as senior VP

February 23

Iowa Interstate scores second RRIF loan to purchase 22 locomotives BART increases rush hour train length to handle ridership spike Greater Cleveland RTA reaches five-year ridership high in January UP makes diesel-saving grade with 'Fuel Masters' program, Mineta says Potvin to succeed Ballachey as RailPower's CFO MHF Logistical Solutions to exhibit rail-car tracking, cargo monitoring service at Arizona conference Wabtec registers more sales, boosts earnings in 2005 Engineering firm STV appoints Agro to SVP, deputy director position

February 22

CPR: Ritchie and Newall to retire in May; Green to become CEO and Cleghorn to assume chairmanship North American tie purchases and production post January gains, RTA says Gates to head Genesee & Wyoming's safety and compliance department Amtrak boots up Spanish Web site Anacostia drops 'associate' from AAR membership status U.S. Railroad Retirement Board to host rail employer training seminar British Columbian tourist industry honors Rocky Mountaineer for employee management excellence

February 21

Tri-Rail adds trains as double-track project draws to a close Indiana DOT to provide more than $1.7 million in grants to 11 small roads Holland teams up with Ukrainian research institute and supplier to develop electric flash-butt welding equipment for worldwide market Alcatel to install CBTC for Vancouver rail line CTA to add route, increase service on Chicago's west side Nebraska Kansas Colorado Railway's workers join UTU Massachusetts Bay commuter-rail operator appoints Brereton chief mechanical officer Australia's Pacific National to add three 'slave' locomotives to its fleet NRC elects chairman, vice chairman and secretary-treasurer

February 17

DART anticipates revenue and ridership growth, light-rail project launch in FY06 Seattle, Indiana ports report record cargo volumes in 2005 WMATA installs Tangherlini as interim GM Kansas City Southern to operate remote-controlled locomotives at its Laredo yard Houston METRO to begin preliminary studies on University Line CPR to display 125-year-old charter at Calgary museum Hulcher Services purchases North American Recovery Services

February 16

Surface Transportation Board gives final blessing to DM&E's Powder River Basin project RailAmerica increases revenue, reduces operating ratio in the fourth quarter Carriers' committee to resume negotiations with union coalition, BLET says International Union of Railways to spend two years analyzing ways European railroads can increase market share Reported crimes on WMATA's D.C. system drop 8 percent in 2005 REMSA seeks applicants for five academic scholarships Amtrak orders bomb-resistant trash cans from BlastGard PointShot Wireless contracts Holden Railway Equipment to distribute products in China

February 15

In terms of total carloads, Kansas City Southern de México not in a 'slump' Bombardier to close New York production facility CTA to replace Church Street viaduct in suburban Chicago Kansas City Southern's 'Reggie' Reynolds passes away CPR to shutter Thunder Bay intermodal facility in late April Florida East Coast Railway sets full-year operating ratio record, registers revenue and profit gains AAR creates Associates Advisory Board to gain suppliers' input in industry issues STB to decide if South Carolina segment is purchased, leased or abandoned Enste to head EMD's international sales and service Swedish counties contract Cubic to supply fare-collection systems

February 14

CSXT, Baltimore reach settlement on tunnel train derailment/fire case Metra selects Parsons Brinckerhoff to conduct study on suburban Chicago STAR line Genesee & Wyoming, Wesfarmers to sell majority of Australian Railroad Group for nearly $1 billion North American intermodal industry ends 2005 with 15th-straight quarterly volume gain, IANA says Monthly revenue up, ridership down for Las Vegas Monorail Distributed power helps Kansas City Southern speed trains along Meridian Speedway FRA fines CSXT $227,000 for fatal warning system failure at New York grade crossing ASF-Keystone's new Mexican arm takes wraps off steel castings plant Northern Virginia Transportation Commission seeks dedicated state dollars

February 13

North American railroads register carload gains during year's fifth week, AAR says Santa Clara VTA to gather feedback on Downtown East Valley light-rail project New North Dakota small road assumes operation of two BNSF branch lines Boston-area developer to build condos, retail shops above MBTA station American Honda places $100 million order for Greenbrier's Auto-Max cars VIA Rail to build upon Easterly Class 'Maritime Learning' service's success Kelso Technologies lands largest pressure relief valve order

February 10

UP orders 60 low-emission Gen-Set switchers from National Railway Equipment Class Is expand workforce more than 3 percent in 2005, STB says Maryland Transit Administration names Smolenski deputy operations director Andersons Rail Group's 2005 ledger shows revenue and income gains Northstar commuter-rail project returns to FTA's funding recommendation list Tampa's HART appoints Persaud CFO Pacer International increases income and earnings in the fourth quarter, full year June's World Congress on Railway Research in Montreal to attract more than 600 attendees, organizers say

February 9

Harris Poll: Majority of Americans believe railroads should move more of the nation's freight and passengers Bush Administration's FY2007 budget proposes $8.9 billion for transit Rail commission considers raising Altamont Commuter Express fares U.S. railroads closed in on safest-ever year in 2005, AAR says North Carolina agency receives 'low' FTA funding recommendation L.A. port's 2005 rail lifts surpass 1 million mark, double 2002 lifts CN begins to serve new metallurgical coal mine Railinc cuts cost of wireless event-reporting software for small roads

February 8

President's FY2007 budget would provide $1.5 billion for transit-rail projects BNSF attracts 114 plant construction projects to its lines in 2005 SEPTA deploys two explosive detection systems Greenbrier subsidiary to handle Watco's car hire accounting processes Amtrak hires firm to handle advertising, PR programs in southeast ENSCO to take wraps off Pennsylvania rail-car maintenance and office buildings VolkerRail to use Applied Ultrasonics' metal component-strengthening system in Europe NARSTCO appoints five account executives

February 7

Bush Administration proposes $900 million for Amtrak in FY2007 CSX co-creator Rice dies in Virginia Transportation Services Index gains ground in November Proposed FY2007 security program funding insufficient, APTA says CSXT to upgrade track in Virginia and the Carolinas RDC's Guatemalan railroad marks 12 months without a personal injury Denver RTD to implement management information systems South Kansas and Oklahoma's MOW workers to join the BMWED ORTHSTAR to build transit car simulator for Port Authority Trans-Hudson FreightCar America increases full-year, fourth-quarter income and sales

February 6

Kansas City Southern de México launches locomotive management system, restructures engineering department ATU members ratify three-year Metro Transit contract Iowa Interstate to operate CSXT line in Land of Lincoln TriMet appoints Garling to new safety and security director post JLG Industries sells Gradall excavator line to Alamo Group Edwards and Kelcey acquires KKO and Associates division Golden to succeed Ciancio as GATX's VP and general counsel Voith Turbo introduces diesel-hydraulic six-axle locomotive to European rail market Rae to step down from Virginia rail agency post

February 3

KCS registers revenue gains because of acquisitions, reports income losses because of hurricanes U.S. and Canadian railroads move more carloads, Kansas City Southern de México remains mired in traffic slump in January NJ Transit to add service on Hudson-Bergen light-rail line MARTA names department managers Portland & Western workers ratify five-year BLET agreement MBTA boots up Web-based service center Kincheloe takes seat as North Carolina Railroad's chairman

February 2

UP, NS make changes to Blue Streak offerings BNSF selects Saft's nickel-cadmium batteries for crossing equipment New York MTA appoints former FBI agent Schiliro to oversee security policies Watco appoints Roach, Hawley to new SVP positions Short line association seeking applicants for women's scholarship program Harsco opens office in China

February 1

4Q and full year: CPR earns record income, reduces operating ratio CTA registers highest rail passenger count in 20 years BNSF begins to test GE's diesel consumption control system Florida East Coast places first order for new locomotives in two decades Oversight panel notes Sound Transit's ups and downs CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge back on the rise << Previous Next >>
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