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Rail News: September 2004

September 30

U.S. roads on track to report fewest-ever switching fatalities, FRA's Monro says KCS has Texas grant in hand to purchase two hybrid switchers CSXI's October fuel surcharge skyrockets to 10 percent After more than half a century of service, technician ends BNSF career Triple Crown terminal passes three-year mark without serious employee injury

September 29

NS names Moorman president, promotes six other officers CTA obtains $38.8 million in federal funds for Blue Line, Brown Line projects U.S. moving more freight to North American neighbors, USDOT says Metra lands FTA grant to increase service on two lines Florida East Coast Railway reaches tentative agreements with UTU Oregon's TriMet obtains federal grant to build commuter-rail line RailPower partners with Scandinavian locomotive reconditioning company WMATA to improve Orange Line station's access GE promotes two execs to rail-related positions

September 28

BNSF's unit-train ethanol service marks traffic milestone STB issues five railroad-related rulings at open voting conference BNSF appoints Michalski to head human resources Wabtec to acquire Italian supplier's assets Rypos rolls out new diesel engine filter

September 27

U.S. roads set 16th weekly intermodal traffic record in past 21 weeks, AAR says California High Speed Rail Authority recommends route alignments CSXT appoints Mast to head customer service operations Los Angeles MTA to sell bonds to help fund transportation projects Timken unveils universal backing ring for bearings GE rail-car leasing unit offers maintenance management service Pacer Stacktrain top intermodal service provider, magazine survey says

September 24

BNSF unifies two groups into one food, consumer goods unit Port Authority provides funds to help NJ Transit expand Penn Station KCS names Uzzell to new AVP, financial systems position MBTA to renovate another Red Line station Omaha to build park, monument honoring long-time corporate citizen UP New York, New Jersey port authority to implement smart-card payment system next year Bill seeks to prohibit railroads from using remote controls to move haz-mat trains London transit agency to install TVs onboard passenger trains Safety advisory could cost sleep-disorder suffering employees their job, UTU says

September 23

Bridges back as New York Regional Rail's CEO TriMet obtains FTA grant to spur more development along new light-rail line BLET to represent New England Central's T&E workers California transportation commission honors Caltrain Baby Bullet supporter CN MOW workers to select Steelworkers or Teamsters as union representative Maglev demonstration project named one of 'top 100' technological products USDOT orders three Green Goat hybrid locomotives from RailPower CTA seeks higher FY2005 state appropriation, sets hearings on proposed service cuts Bosnian railway contracts Alcatel to provide interlocking equipment

September 22

CSXT pegs Chinnici to head purchasing Cleveland agency opens EcoVillage 'green' station Pioneer Railcorp forms plan to exit stock market Rise and shine: WMATA to operate earlier weekday trains RailPower brings former CPR COO Dodge on board NYCT contracts Spear Technologies to provide asset-management software Wilbur Smith Associates appoints Walker president Bombardier obtains German tram order, unveils new car design in London Korea schedules second railway, logistics exhibition SAB WABCO offers 'life cycle' component parts

September 21

Third time's a recruitment charm: UP again named one of the '100 Best Companies for Working Mothers' Sound Transit marks five years of service, plans pilot program with Amtrak Cascades Timken supplies 'intelligent' rail bearing technology for FRA field test Electro-Motive Division receives Ex-Im Bank loan to support sale of locomotive upgrade kits in Turkey RailWorks Wood Products appoints Hoffman Southeast Region manager ASME/IEEE rail conference organizers issue 'call for papers'

September 20

UP to install cameras on locomotives to facilitate accident investigations Metrolink leases Sound Transit passenger cars Los Angeles MTA showcases transit-oriented development projects at Rail-Volution Salient Systems shareholders approve Salient-Portec merger Alaska Railroad to provide community hazmat training during tour WMATA begins station expansion In Canada, Operation Lifesaver unveils 'classroom on wheels' to deliver safety message San Diego transit system chair Williams named 'Transit Board Member of the Year' by APTA Rail recruitment firm expands North American operations

September 17

Railroads react to third hurricane to strike Southeast in a month WMATA sets dates for station, extension openings North American roads remain in traffic-building mode through week No. 36, AAR says Minneapolis' Hiawatha line continues to exceed ridership expectations Alliance Terminal Railroad to sublease, operate BNSF's Lone Star State line Cubic promotes SVP Lapczynski to COO BMWE's Simpson, Geller can remove 'acting' from their president, secretary-treasurer titles Golden Isles Terminal Railroad to acquire Georgia line from CSXT

September 16

Mexico's Foreign Investment Commission rejects KCS' petition to become majority TFM owner Another transit security bill enters the House Study: Shifting more freight from road to rail in 20 years will cut commuters' travel time, reduce pollution SEPTA seeks public feedback on possible fare increases, service cuts NS note exchange offer draws investors' interest Wisconsin planning commission obtains FTA funds to study commuter-rail corridor CPR to conduct emergency response drill in Wisconsin town

September 15

UP, CSXT provide Florida free fuel for hurricane clean-up efforts Sacramento Regional Transit District revises light-rail extension's opening date Power brokers: NS, UP team up to speed generator to Dow plant St. Louis Metro to take wraps off first new light-rail vehicle Dispatchers' union members approve BNSF agreement NJ Transit tweaks morning schedules to relieve overcrowding RAILINC rolls out Web-based car accounting tool aimed at small roads TNT Logistics North America wins DaimlerChrysler service award

September 14

Sounds of silence: CSXT mutes train whistles in Chicago-area 'quiet zone' BART to receive APTA's 'outstanding achievement' award BNSF begins to move trains across Kansas City flyover Seattle's Sound Transit adds cars to morning, afternoon trains Lake Terminal Railroad reaches tentative agreement with steelworkers' union GE tests container security system prior to market launch Short Line Data Systems introduces, updates event-reporting system

September 13

Intermodal: Alameda Corridor's container traffic rises 14.6 percent in FY04 Chicago transit agencies could receive more state funds Shippers, BNSF to argue merits of re-opening STB rate case Virginia transit department green lights preliminary engineering for Dulles airport extension Carmen union appoints Freds, Gibler to succeed long-time officer White Minneapolis' Metropolitan Council obtains $32.2 million in FTA funds Rail-related deaths, total transportation fatalities fell in 2003, NTSB says Women's Transportation Seminar to review California transit programs at L.A. meeting

September 10

Class Is, shippers address service, slip-ups at AAR's fall peak forum SEPTA proposes job and service cuts, fare hikes to deal with FY2005 budget deficit AAR traffic update: Week No. 35 shows roads continue to move more carloads, intermodal units Caltrain continues work on new maintenance, operations facility Alaska Railroad's Halpin receives National Defense Transportation Association award Traffic congestion worsening in urban areas, mobility study says In memoriam: Former NS director George

September 9

Rail life, post-Frances: Florida East Coast resumes operations Regional panel to consider dedicated funding sources for WMATA CSXT e-newsletter designed to keep customers in the electronic loop More funds needed to support regional transportation operations, CTA says ASLRRA subcommittee analyzes event-reporting equipment Mitsubishi promotes Nagy to general manager, transportation division CTA marks 20th anniversary of O'Hare service

September 8

Transportation Services Index drops for second-straight month SEPTA, UTU negotiate tentative conductor contract Two regionals reach tentative agreements with rail labor unions PATH, transit union reach tentative agreement Transit Rail's investment in New York Regional Rail surpasses $1 million Canadian short line to host haz-mat safety seminar BNSF Logistics, Autolog to expand rail/truck automobile-moving service

September 7

Inspector general's office to audit grade crossing inspections, accident reports, AAR says CN taps Great Canadian Railtour to operate tourist trains on BC Rail lines BNSF reaches safety agreements with carmen, firemen unions NJ Transit opens another portion of light-rail extension UP, Operation Lifesaver create safety campaign to address Oregon town's trespassing troubles SEPTA expands pre-tax employee ticket program NS begins to rack up tolls on reopened, restored Delaware bridge UP contracts RMI to automate connecting short lines' car hire processes

September 3

AAR August traffic data trifecta: U.S. and Canadian roads, TFM register growth in carload, intermodal sectors Amtrak to bag Mail and Express business European freight volume growth hinges on infrastructure capacity, International Union of Railways' study says Cubic acquires automated parking systems supplier Tennessee, Georgia short lines seek STB approval to acquire CSXT lines NJ Transit to operate earlier River LINE train Teamsters Rail Conference, BLET campaign calls on members to monitor U.S. roads' safety, security 3M Web site to showcase transit wraps National Cargo Security Council offers training sessions on Homeland Security policies

September 2

Tex Mex takes steps to speed traffic, avoid crew-change delays California, Japanese transportation leaders talk high-speed rail STB extends TTX's flat-car pooling authority, approves KCS' petition to reconsider Mexrail purchase WMATA preps passengers for emergencies Watco promotes VP Towner to president, COO UTU members supplant contractors as new-hire trainers at UP's Chicago Service Unit NS to obtain public safety system, software for police department

September 1

KCS promotes Hadel to manage asset utilization — especially use of end-of-train devices California High Speed Rail Authority to prepare final environmental reports CSXI's September fuel surcharge climbs to 7 percent NYCT contracts wireless satellite communications provider for Republican National Convention Railway Association of Canada appoints Burrows acting president, CEO Signed, sealed, delivered: Johnstown America fills Indiana utility's coal-car order LaSalle National Bank subsidiary enters rail-equipment leasing market << Previous Next >>
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