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Rail News: April 2006

April 28

FTA green lights $700 million grant for DART expansion Sound Transit board OKs University Link plans BNSF 'ombudsman' Karls to investigate, mediate grain shipper disputes in parts of Pacific Northwest Car deliveries to total 76,000 units in 2006 after orders poured in during the first quarter, EPA says ALSTOM to supply trains for Shanghai metro, sell minority stake to France's Bouygues RailWorks to build and extend nine sidings for CSXT RailComm installs wireless blue flag indication system at BNSF yard FreightCar America boosts first-quarter sales and income

April 27

UP's Kennedy takes home AAR's top environmental award BART receives $3.4 million in local dollars to complete crossover track design Florida East Coast Railway boosts first-quarter revenue and profits MBTA to expand North Station concourse RailAmerica registers first-quarter revenue and income gains SYSTRA proposes upgrades to Metro-North's traction power system BLET members mull petition proposing direct election of officers

April 26

NS becomes sixth large road to report rise in first-quarter revenue, drop in operating ratio UP to form rail industry's first inland truck chassis pool More bay-area commuters turn to BART as gas prices continue to climb WMATA to dole out more dollars for escalator rehab, maintenance NS hands out 'Thoroughbred' haz-mat safety awards to 31 customers Koppers closes Wisconsin crosstie treating plant Wabtec boosts earnings and sales in the first quarter Digital Concepts installs operations management system at Chicago's Union Station

April 25

Progressive Railroading to host Web seminar on freight-car market next month Robust demand drives up BNSF's revenue and earnings CPR increases revenue and income, lowers operating ratio during Ritchie's last full quarter as CEO NS to revise fuel surcharge program in July LA MTA posts 11.4 percent ridership gain in the first quarter WMATA to install solar panels at 10 facilities CSXI's May fuel surcharge to go up 3.5 percentage points L.B. Foster to supply concrete ties for TriMet commuter-rail line Houston METRO police department orders BIO-key's handheld devices

April 24

Tie purchases and production way up in March, RTA says Los Angeles MTA adds warning signs at Long Beach intersections Kansas City Southern de México extends and connects Saltillo District sidings USDOT provides Louisiana $53 million to repair hurricane-damaged signals Public hearing to showcase plans for proposed D.C.-area intermodal transit center Pacific Harbor Line joins EPA program that aims to reduce fuel usage and air emissions Colorado Railcar creates maintenance division American Railcar Industries' tornado-ravaged Arkansas plant to resume production in August

April 21

CN sets first-quarter operating ratio record at 66.2 UP contracts Wabtec subsidiary to conduct positive train-control pilot WMATA to create inspector general's office, eliminate auditor office Car orders, deliveries and backlog post first-quarter gains, ARCI says Hansen acquires asset management firm Spear Technologies BNSF stockholders elect 11 directors WMATA to extend off-peak service on Yellow and Red lines

April 20

UP sets first-quarter earnings and revenue records, lowers operating ratio Zozaya joins Kansas City Southern de México as president and executive representative CN to rebuild century-old Memphis yard Alaska Railroad to review design plans for Ship Creek transportation center AAR adds GATX Rail's Heidkamp to technical services commitee Montreal, Maine & Atlantic workers become newest BLET members WMATA adds elevators at Arlington station SSG Innovations sells rail-car repair billing system to Springfield Terminal Railway Port Terminal Railroad Association orders EnerBurn to cut diesel usage

April 19

CSX sets first-quarter records for revenue, income and operating ratio CN to handle customs clearance duties for merchandise and intermodal shippers Indiana commuter agency proposes ticket price increases Short line association announces winners of new and revamped safety awards Houston METRO to begin preliminary work on five light-rail lines VIA Rail adds fourth train set to improve on-time performance BNSF joins Western Transportation Advisory Council Palladon Ventures picks Albany and Eastern Railroad to operate iron-ore mine short line Gannett Fleming takes top engineering honor for LIRR database

April 18

UP to test air emission-reducing devices on older locomotives BART awards first construction contract for Transbay Tube strengthening project BNSF sets monthly coal loading record on joint line in March NJ Transit to rehab Morgan Drawbridge President Bush to nominate Rosenker as NTSB chairman New England Central Railroad workers ratify BLET pact L.B. Foster to provide more than 70,000 fasteners for DART extensions

April 17

BNSF to study Kansas town as potential site for third logistics park BART unveils $557.3 million FY2007 budget Short line association names Alaska Railroad's West safety person of the year NJ Transit to begin preliminary engineering for new Penn Station concourse CTA to host public meetings on proposed Circle Line BNSF bestows safe-handling awards to 59 chemical shippers Genesee & Wyoming's first-quarter carloads show gains in North America, losses in Australia Adrian & Blissfield acquires first alternative-fuel pickup truck

April 13

Ian Sinclair, former Canadian Pacific CEO with 'immense vision,' passes away at 92 TriMet proposes $343 million FY2007 spending plan Pennsylvania to provide more than $8 million for small-road infrastructure projects Alcatel to sell signaling group to Thales as part of Lucent Technologies merger NJ Transit to build station in Mount Arlington Portec Rail acquires U.K.-based track component supplier Coronet Rail NS takes home Toyota's top logistics provider award BNSF's Langston to succeed Zajac as AVP of intermodal equipment European transit agencies learn latest on Wi-Fi technology at summit

April 12

FRA grants $1 million to get Utah line's environmental study off the ground U.K. lessor contracts Wabtec Rail to overhaul transit-car bogies NS to offer free time equipment storage program at all terminals GO Transit to build flyover on Bradford Line RailAmerica's carloads fall in March and the first quarter TTA names Northcutt interim engineering director Foundation supports proposed containerization museum at New York marine academy

April 11

STB blesses KCS/NS plan to jointly control Meridian Speedway BNSF to open office in China WMATA shatters monthly ridership record in March Steel Dynamics to expand Indiana mill's rail-producing capacity NJ Transit contracts Affiliated Computer Services to maintain, upgrade fare-collection system BNSF appoints Merrell, Karov to labor relations positions

April 10

U.S. roads moved more carloads and intermodal units in March, AAR says Guilford Rail System changes name to Pan Am Railways Kansas City Southern de México names Nolen transportation director Bombardier completes 1,000th M-7 for Metro-North, Long Island railroads Amtrak appoints Schmidt to head transportation department Kansas City Southern Railway closes six grade crossings in Mississippi town Caltrain to rebuild Mountain View bridge Portec Rail promotes Pesarsick to CFO

April 7

WMATA board committee signs off on proposal to create inspector general's office CSXI begins to move southern California-to-Southeast intermodal traffic through New Orleans terminal February marks Transportation Services Index's third-straight monthly decline CTA to rebuild Purple Line viaduct UP police help penalize motorists for crossing violations in Oklahoma town Siemens to manufacture light-rail vehicles in-house Schaefer Equipment takes home TTX's top supplier honor for 15th-straight year

April 6

APTA report: U.S. transit systems carry 9.7 billion passengers in 2005 BNSF ranks No. 171 on 2005 Fortune 500 list Gerdau Ameristeel to acquire spike producer Sheffield Steel CTA to launch 'Convention Pass' pilot in summer PATH to keep weekend trains away from World Trade Center hub construction work Grand Canyon Railway owners ready to ride off into the sunset, consider sale Coming to California: Operation Lifesaver to host international symposium in July

April 5

Progressive Railroading to host Web seminar on freight-car market next month Rotem to build new U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia More transit security funding needed in FY2007, APTA says BNSF earns Toyota's top performance award USDOT seeks applicants for regional university transportation center program Slattery Skanska appoints Cavallaro president, Mac Kenna regional EVP Greenbrier reaches record freight-car backlog, increases earnings in second-quarter FY06 Miner Enterprises acquires YSD's plastic pellet gate products Bombardier earns more income, generates less revenue in FY06 Peterson to head Midland Manufacturing's operations

April 4

NS selects EVP Seale to assume chief marketing duties from the retiring Prillaman Bombardier to refurbish Comet II coaches for Metro-North Railroad CTA to test Pink Line route between Chicago's west side and downtown BNSF gains transit time benefits from new locomotive refueling procedure at L.A. port Georgia port approves plan to double rail capacity Tornadoes, hail halt production at American Railcar Industries' Arkansas plant SYSTRA recommends traction power improvements for Long Island Rail Road Metal fatigue sensing system can help railroads comply with FRA's CWR inspection rule, Material Technologies says

April 3

Amalgamated Transit Union launches strike at Denver RTD NS creates independent unit to attract more customers in Delaware and Maryland Maryland Transit, Transportation Security administrations to screen one station's passengers and bags through April Kansas City Southern Railroad begins to install digital video recorders on locomotives BNSF to spend more than $150 million on trackwork in five states LIRR to conduct passenger origin and destination study Department of Homeland Security's voluntary haz-mat guidelines for railroads too soft for nation's security, opponents say CPR sells Quebec yard site to Montreal university << Previous Next >>
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