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Rail News: July 2005

July 29

Senate committee backs Amtrak investment and improvement act Florida East Coast posts double-digit percentage growth in revenue, operating profit Strong second-quarter results reflect 'increasingly positive' market conditions, GATX says UP appoints Bromley to 'historic' post

July 28

Four senators introduce Amtrak investment and improvement legislation NJ Transit approves FY2006 budgets, announces plans to purchase additional bi-level cars L.A. port obtains security funds RailAmerica improves safety, operating ratio – and profits Financial results improve for L.B. Foster in second quarter NJ Transit advances Trans-Hudson tunnel project Santa Clara VTA to open portion of light-rail extension ahead of schedule, postpone remainder Greenbrier names Nussrallah to head European operations

July 27

NS posts best-ever quarterly operating revenue, income CSX records sixth-straight quarter of earnings growth IPO, new plant help FreightCar America boost second-quarter sales, net income French railway orders additional TGV trainsets from ALSTOM RailPower, Swedish Train Technology ink 'Green Goat' conversion deal Railinc implements parameter-tracing tool on Steelroads.com

July 26

For BNSF, another quarterly revenue record Corridor expansion doesn't keep CPR from recording revenue growth Surging freight-rail market drives Wabtec's second-quarter sales Portec posts record quarter for sales, earnings Siemens to manufacture carshells in-house Amtrak to operate new Silver Service schedule

July 25

CPR increases capacity to Port of Vancouver Senate appropriations committee increases Amtrak funding to $1.45 billion Federal government needs to provide additional transit security funding, APTA says TTX's David Ireland: 1953-2005 New York/New Jersey port authority to construct transfer facility Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North order more Bombardier electric cars New York DOT accepting comments on environmental study for CPR communications system upgrade WMATA to begin operating eight-car trains

July 22

AAR weekly data: U.S. roads' traffic up; Canadian roads' and TFM's traffic down Buffalo & Pittsburgh reopens Pennsylvania line UTU appoints committee to ponder merger proposals Wabtec, March Networks market digital locomotive video recorder Swindells to join Greenbrier's board AAR's Hamberger, U.S. Rep. Nadler to deliver keynotes at Progressive Railroading's 'RailTrends' conference

July 21

2Q: CN's 61.2 operating ratio sets quarterly record UP lowers operating ratio, raises income in the second quarter Watco to lease KCS lines, launch three small roads After closing third crossing this year, KCS has more closures on tap Wabtec Rail to refurbish passenger-car interiors for Angel Trains L.A.'s Metrolink lands FRA grant to study 'sealed corridor' concept Portec Rail joins Russell's newly formed small-cap index U.S. DOT to study safer commuter train seats, tables

July 20

Congress to consider second 'rail competition' bill NS to break ground on Ohio intermodal terminal Pacer to serve as Del Monte's sole 3PL Hurley joins Genesee & Wyoming's board BNSF to boot up Mincom's asset-management software Cornerstone Systems appoints Veneklase account executive

July 19

Class Is share fall peak action plans with the STB Sound Transit green lights airport extension NJ Transit to improve traffic flow along Pascack Valley line Former UTU International Vice President Thornton dies RailPower inks Green Goat assembly agreement with Super Steel Capital Metro contracts Interfleet to provide support services for DMU procurement Simmons Machine Tool names Collen VP of sales Tunisian railway obtains locomotive simulators to improve conductor training Hamm joins Cornerstone Systems as account executive

July 18

Senate defeats amendment to hike transit security funding Second-quarter rail-car orders, deliveries outpace first-quarter figures, ARCI says NS launches trailer management program to meet fall peak equipment demand California allocates $1.26 billion in transportation funds Electrical workers' union agrees to add fifth year to CN contract UP begins major trackwork project in Iowa RFTrax appoints Felty to manage business development

July 15

Pittsburgh port authority's Skoutelas to join Parsons Brinckerhoff AAR, RSI to brief U.S. rail suppliers on Iraq business opportunities CTA boosts 2005 ridership through May AAR traffic update: Holiday week weakens U.S. railroads' carloads WMATA to upgrade Navy Yard station to accommodate baseball fans Alameda Corridor's train traffic on the rise CSX to boot up redesigned Web site July 18 CTA to expand fiber optic network Seattle Monorail consortium unveils preliminary design Rail service, stockpiles should be on uptick next year, Arch Coal says

July 14

Democrats introduce security funding bill in the House CPR, electrical workers' union agree on five-year contract RailAmerica reports carload rise in June, first half FreightCar America appoints Baun to head western region sales, Johnson to succeed the retiring Sornsen Sound Transit obtains tunnel-boring machine North American Technologies secures financing deal with major shareholders to ramp up tie production Chartwell International purchases 95 flat cars for waste-by-rail service

July 13

FTA provides funds for World Trade Center transportation hub Dispatchers' union OKs two-year contract extension with CN WMATA posts monthly ridership record in June Tex-Mex lands $50 million RRIF loan Canada extends passenger-rail funding pact with Ontario Northland U.S. Customs certifies Pacer Stacktrain as security program member The Andersons rail unit acquires 1,600 freight cars KCS to boot up Spear Technologies' asset management software French railway to provide real-time train arrival info at stations

July 12

APTA seeks $2 billion in FY2006 transit security funding Louisiana senator drafts bill to seek safer crossings Maryland Transit appoints Wells to head subway system Washington county closer to acquiring BNSF corridor BART seeks comments on environmental concerns for proposed extension NS showcases interchange scorecard at short line meeting Amtrak aims to be a better service provider on Empire Builder trips Ohi-Rail to lease Wheeling & Lake Erie lines in Ohio Minnesota approves $40 million for Twin Cities transit Duos Technologies, Epsilon Systems to supply security system for CSXT's D.C. line

July 11

Amtrak reinstates portion of Acela Express service BNSF to exit rail-controlled trailer business by end of 2006 Las Vegas Monorail Co. to acquire management firm FRA green lights $32.7 million RRIF loan for Iowa Interstate Cubic installs fare-collection system on San Diego Trolley extension Florida short line takes over former CSXT track Class Is need to step up training to reduce safety risks, UTU's Thompson says New Web site offers low-cost international train tickets to travel agents Safetran boots up business collaboration platform to improve IT

July 8

U.S. roads register traffic gains in the year's first half, AAR says More federal security funding needed in U.S. transit sector, APTA says WMATA board committee endorses three yard expansion projects Federal court to consider UTU's lawsuit against carriers' committee Utility, BNSF to argue rate case before the STB Sound Transit board backs updated long-range plan CSXI's truck dispatching device helps reduce driver turnover, traffic center calls National Mediation Board creates Web-based arbitration record archive

July 7

U.S. Homeland Security elevates mass transportation threat level after London bombings Transportation Services Index registers second-straight monthly gain in April TCU to merge with machinists' union UIC to begin enforcing standard rail-car use contract next year BMWED to represent workers at another VAE Nortrak plant Miami-Dade tabs URS to design aerial rail link BNSF continues to re-paint locomotive fleet DART names new police chief

July 6

California college obtains FRA grant for rail defect detection system Ohio tax law not a liability to NS' quarterly net income CPR compiles trackwork component list for capacity expansion projects CG Railway to lease track from New Orleans port South Africa selects Bombardier-led consortium as preferred bidder for 50-mile rail system Iowa Interstate appoints one, promotes two

July 5

KCS appoints Rión to TFM's top post Teamsters Canada Rail Conference members ratify two CN contracts CTA begins third phase of Red Line rehab project Senate OKs Kaveeshwar as administrator of USDOT's new research arm RailComm installs remote-control yard automation system at chemical shipper's Alabama plant Maryland Transit Administration completes portion of double-track project Sony division honors Pacer Global Logistics as top intermodal carrier

July 1

Extension No. 8: Congress delays TEA-21 reauthorization another 20 days AAR traffic update: U.S. roads remain in traffic groove; Canadian roads and TFM still in carload slump New York/New Jersey port authority to expand less-than-year-old intermodal facility KCS to spend $50 million to expand Shreveport yard New York area transit agencies to develop regional smart card system KCS appoints Grimes AVP of business development VAE Nortrak's Wyoming employees ratify first-ever labor contract, join BMWED Homeland Security contracts Epsilon Systems to install surveillance system on D.C.-area rail lines Van de Water to chair National Mediation Board Global Railway's YSD to supply doors for 150 box cars << Previous Next >>
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