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Rail News: March 2004

March 31

KCS to refocus attention on NAFTA Rail plan after favorable TFM agreement ruling UP wins workforce management award NS obtains workforce diversity honor CSXI's April fuel surcharge to increase 0.4 percent Balfour Beatty Rail to move majority of Pittsburgh operations to Jacksonville

March 30

RailAmerica reaches agreement to sell Freight Australia - its last international holding House introduces $275 billion TEA-21 reauthorization bill BNSF, Kansas State University plan exhibit, courses to educate worldwide grain buyers about rail CTA reopens fifth rehabilitated station on Cermak (Douglas) branch Canada grants $1.2 million to Canadian railroad museum California High Speed Rail Authority extends public comment period for draft report Lumber shipper tabs TransWorks' real-time electronic system to manage shipments IANA schedules intermodal operations, maintenance seminar

March 29

Preliminary FRA safety stats: U.S. roads improved safety in most categories last year, but train accidents a cause for concern Canadian labor board certifies election results favoring the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Providence and Worcester posts promising 2003 financial results Johnstown America to deliver 367 coal cars to three customers by June Pacer Stacktrain appoints Bailey EVP of business development, transportation purchasing

March 26

BNSF banks on Web, email to provide customers up-to-the-minute shipment status Metra launches public safety campaign NS opens yard to serve Honda's Alabama plant, joins U.S. Customs' voluntary security program CTA kicks off Red Line rehabilitation project ASLRRA names 2003 safety, 'Jake' award winners WMATA to improve information display systems NS accelerates train speed on Georgia line Pacer Global Logistics names Pacer Stacktrain's Ruotsi chief commercial officer

March 25

It's time for a North American railroad summit to address transportation growth, CPR's Ritchie says Oregon's TriMet proposes $331 million budget Canada needs to raise railroads' depreciation rate to balance market, railway association says UK's Network Rail contracts ImageMap to supply track geometry measurement systems Indiana Rail Road appoints Orr to oversee operations, Van Gemert to head new switching subsidiary UP uploads short-line section to its Web site Railroads agree to boost UTU members' health-care benefits

March 24

Senate testimony supports, criticizes federal rail security plans DART seeks input on 2030 transit plan BNSF to double Memphis intermodal facility's capacity Charlotte agency to purchase light rail vehicles for South Corridor line Event reporting update: More short lines are making the grade, but many are flunking, ASLRRA says California High Speed Rail Authority to hear comments on environmental reports Genesee & Wyoming appoints Andres chief accounting officer, global controller Italian railway awards $292 million trainset contract to ALSTOM

March 23

AAR stats: U.S. roads continue year-over-year carload, intermodal traffic uptick Department of Homeland Security outlines new transit security initiatives Hudson Bay Railway to provide one leg of intermodal service to Canada's arctic region Steel Dynamics names Hollman VP

March 22

TFM acquisition agreement between KCS/Grupo TMM stands, Mexican arbitration panel says BART, SamTrans enter discussions to adjust SFO extension service plan BNSF's bullish on perishables traffic despite cow, poultry disease outbreaks SEPTA to re-bid rail-car order Ohio county seeks STB approval to acquire privately held line New York economic development agency to revamp Penn Station RMI's automated cargo notification service proposes a 'paperless railroad' WMATA to install cashless payment system at all parking lots Wabtec's Davies faces brain surgery, three-month recovery

March 19

CAW workers ratify CN agreements, expect to end strike tomorrow WMATA tightens security following Madrid terrorist attacks FRA charters KCS' safety assurance, compliance oversight committee U.S. transportation experts to help rebuild Iraq's passenger-, freight-rail systems Pioneer Railcorp CFO Carr adds president to title Brotherhood of Railway Carmen lodge boots up retirement benefit calculator RailPower to obtain California grants for Green Goat, Kid

March 18

CPR to lease 41 high-horsepower, AC locomotives from GE Transportation Houston METRO to review light-rail extension plans with area residents KCS to boot up Management Control System on Tex-Mex next month SAB WABCO to supply brake, coupler systems for new Taiwan transit system Cattron-Theimeg obtains UP order for 113 locomotive remote-control units Panama Canal Railway Co. to receive 'Excursion of the Year' award UTU's Thompson, Johnson lay out post-legal fallout plan Portland & Western operating employees organize under BLET umbrella

March 17

Intermodal: Double-stack corridor might be coming to America's 'Heartland' Bombardier to reorganize rail transportation division Catching the Ethanol Express: CSXT to serve as 'virtual pipeline' between the Midwest, Northeast Amtrak settles Acela lawsuit with Bombardier/ALSTOM consortium BNSF LOGS another commodity into guaranteed equipment program Public transportation offers significant commuter cost savings, Los Angeles MTA study says Wabtec wins $19 million braking equipment order from Union Tank Car Memphis Area Transit Authority opens trolley line extension Rail Theory Forecasts' service, book offers rail-car market breakdown

March 16

BNSF begins safety campaign to reverse recent rash of injuries NJ Transit awards intermodal ferry terminal contract AAR, Class Is diagram an Automatic Equipment Identification tag 'blitz' Siemens, Comverse to install communication system for Norwegian and Finnish railroads STB extends comment, rebuttal period for TTX's flat-car pooling authority application Broe Cos. launches land development division to increase OmniTRAX's intermodal business Two small Georgia roads to acquire Ogeechee Railway's lines

March 15

CN, CAW reach tentative agreements, set stage to end strike CTA to focus on capital projects to increase 2004 ridership RailAmerica takes chairmanship from Marino, gives to Pagonis Madrid commuter train attacks spur U.S. rail security legislation CSXT installs Ingram as EVP, COO CTA approves subway station plans FRA safety stats: U.S. roads succeeding with accident/incident counts, failing with train accident figures SEPTA, TWU reach tentative agreement GE, Science Applications International team up to develop container security system

March 12

Boyd pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy, retires from UTU BART, SamTrans dispute operating subsidies for SFO extension Intermodal: UP to open Tucson terminal next month WMATA proposes conversion to fully automated, cashless parking system KCS to add another 25 locomotives to growing fleet VRE proposes fare revisions National Mediation Board shuffles management staff responsibilities, reporting California's North County Transit District awards $50 million DMU contract to Siemens Global Railway to acquire YSD's rail-car door, side manufacturing assets

March 11

CN offers CAW three options to end strike; union rejects two of the proposals GE Rail Global Signaling to test train-control technology on Amtrak's Chicago-to-Detroit corridor New transportation index shows U.S. economy is strengthening, USDOT says NJ Transit approves track redesign to serve sports complex Locomotive remote controls should be regulated or eliminated, AFL-CIO transportation department says SEPTA continues contract negotiations with TWU PennDOT provides state funds for five small road projects BNSF tacks five years onto Optimization Alternatives software contract

March 10

CSXT schedules June mainline rehab blitz Amtrak, FRA have not 'exercised efficient management' of Northeast Corridor improvement project, GAO report says Bumper crops bump up RailAmerica's February carload counts Connex Melbourne extends maintenance contract with ALSTOM North American Technologies Group completes $14 million private placement Raw material costs prompt Wabash National to raise prices MARTA implements project update program England's Merseyrail names Cubic preferred fare gate supplier

March 9

BNSF earns 'Outstanding' service award from GLOVIS America GE Rail Services names LaBat VP of sales Taking stock: GWI's Fuller enters into Variable Prepaid Forward transaction Taking stock, part 2: RailPower positioned for TSX transition

March 8

NS creating women's network to support career development, diversity Americans want more public transportation investment, APTA poll says BNSF sets annual goal, empowers employees to improve fuel efficiency VIA Rail to serve discontinued Amtrak route NRC names Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell's Baker manager Los Angeles MTA to solicit public comments on unmet transit needs RMI's small-road customer base reaches, soon will surpass 200 Sound Transit opens remainder of Kent Station Garage Belt Railway to install Digital Concepts' dispatching system

March 5

AAR traffic update: February, year-to-date figures favorable for U.S. roads, taxing for TFM St. Louis Metro proposes fare increase to balance FY2005 budget NS introduces 'Patriot' trailer service to New England, southeast intermodal markets BART drafts FY2005 10-year plan Stop BC Rail sale until CN deal is cleared of criminal allegations, Canadian labor federation says President's proposed FY2005 budget addresses transportation needs, USDOT says In memoriam: Two-time former BLE International VP McGuire APTA becomes sole owner of Web-based TransportMAX tool Transplace appoints Abernathy EVP of sales, marketing

March 4

STB ready to re-address certain environmental implications of DM&E's Powder River Basin project Connecticut provides rolling stock funds for Shore Line East commuter rail KCS meets, exceeds electronic reporting demands under ISM initiative Department of Homeland Security division to up ante on cargo identification rules Railway Association of Canada report: Canadian roads are increasing traffic, decreasing fuel usage RailAmerica promotes Owen to top sales, marketing position

March 3

UTU suspends International President Boyd in the wake of federal racketeering charges, pegs Thompson to assume Boyd's duties VIA Rail ousts chairman, investigates workplace irregularities CN, CAW resume negotiations, but strike expected to enter third week Cisalpino awards $365 million tilting-train contract to ALSTOM Rail-car orders, deliveries climbing, but builders haven't curtailed castings shortage, EPA says North Carolina Transportation Museum to restore, display Amtrak locomotive BNSF adds Draper, Bobb and Kaufman to marketing exec roster Minnesotans favor Northstar commuter rail ACTA ready to inaugurate Alameda Corridor grade separation, reopen the Pacific Coast Highway Atlanta Streetcar contracts HDR to conduct feasibility study

March 2

NS, UP go the extra mile to please East Coast utility TTCI, consultant team up to offer noise, vibration testing services KCS adds ninth board member, elects Pletz to fill new seat NS opens 29th Thoroughbred Bulk Transfer terminal BLET sets strategy, structures trainmen department under Teamsters umbrella TieTek augments raw-material alliance with Avangard Industries

March 1

First-quarter woes will adversely affect earnings estimate, UP says Congress extends TEA-21 programs another two months CSXI, CN launch Memphis-to-Northeast trailer service WMATA schedules public hearings on proposed fare increases, releases parking audit report to Congress TFM releases less-than-favorable quarterly, annual financial results Utah Transit Authority awards commuter-rail contract, elects board members Georgia-Pacific sells Mississippi short line, paper mills to Koch Industries Caltrain to open reconstructed Lawrence station Timera returns to PS Technology moniker; names Tatro president, CEO << Previous Next >>
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