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Rail News: January 2004

January 30

Transportation trends to become a monthly U.S. economic indicator

Bombardier reorganizes rail transportation group

East Camden & Highland, Canton Railroad name executives

Metro-North awards software upgrade contract to Railware

Georgia-Pacific sells fourth short line as part of pulp/paper operations deal

Rail Car America pegs Smith as president

Salco Products acquires Hazarsolve's assets to create new product line

January 29

Claim reserves, rising fuel prices color KCS' quarterly, annual financial performance

Brazil's CVRD to acquire locomotives, cars as part of mining expansion

Ferromex adopts RMI's Web-based tool to take advantage of industry's interline settlement system

KCS appoints Osterberg VP, comptroller

ASLRRA accepting applications for new women's scholarship program

January 28

CN reports record — and industry's lowest — quarterly operating ratio, but a strong Canadian dollar affects fourth-quarter, annual results

DART marks 20th anniversary

Voluntary separation program takes a bite out of NS' fourth-quarter, annual financial results

Architect unveils design plans for World Trade Center Transportation Hub

CSXT to use satellite communication services to link remote locations

Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas names Kelly metro district manager

Monthly high watermark streak helps New York & Atlantic set annual carload record

St. Louis Metro appoints human resources VP, supplier diversity specialist

TFM to lease 250 gondolas through CIT Rail Resources

January 27

Financials: BNSF ends 2003 on a high note

CSX struggles to overcome soaring operational costs during the fourth quarter, 2003

Higher fuel prices, stronger Canadian dollar dampen CPR's quarterly, annual earnings

BLET-represented Grand Trunk Western workers bless hourly-wage contract with CN

UTU, Pittsburgh-area short line agree on tentative contract

January 26

AAR, NITL ask appellate court to reconsider part of DM&E decision

Senate approves FY2004 transportation funds

Virginia needs to promote, help fund intermodal service to relieve I-81 truck-traffic congestion, study says

Northstar Corridor Development Authority green lights governor's funding proposal

Former UTU International President Little pleads guilty to racketeering charges

WMATA renames stations, begins to build parking structure

IANA elects chairman, bevy of board members

Northern Virginia Transportation Commission elects officers, board representatives

Midwest foundation seeks scholarship applicants

January 23

AAR traffic report: Good news for U.S., Canadian roads, bad news for TFM

SEPTA projects $70 million deficit in FY2005

CN agrees to tentative contracts, averts Canadian Auto Workers strike

Greater Cleveland RTA records first ridership increase in six years

UP increases spending with minority-, women-owned suppliers

WMATA elects chair, board member

Triple Crown to implement three-pronged expansion plan

Carter & Burgess names Transportation Programs Division leaders

Portec initiates IPO to reduce debt, expand product lines

CTA completes Jackson Station platform renovations

January 22

FRA safety stats: U.S. roads post year-over-year progress, but train accidents continue to proliferate

KCS initiatives aim to address absenteeism, provide immediate medical care

BNSF's Campbell among the world's top 100 IT leaders, magazine says

CSXT the third Class I to kick Green Goat's tires

Johnstown America begins to fill TTX's 500 flat-car order

January 21

UP's fourth quarter, full year bring more financial highs - and records - than lows

Transportation funding should be a top 2004 priority, APTA says

CN, CSXT to offer instant interline prices online

FTA names industry veteran Cohen Lower Manhattan Recovery Office director

USDOT awards locomotive-simulator contract

NJ Transit's Castillo named 'Woman of the Year'

U.S.-China Business Council elects UPS' Eskew chairman

PointShot Wireless, Broadreach Networks to install Wi-Fi systems on UK rail system

Wabtec completes revolving credit transaction

January 20

Two thousand and counting: BNSF's crossing closure program marks milestone

BC Rail union calls for audit of province's CN agreement

Chicago-area short line builds loading facility to land shipper's outbound business

RailAmerica elevates three execs' rank

Arzoon to add Vigilance's process-management software to LIFE supply-chain management suite

January 19

RailAmerica sells majority stake in Chilean railroad

Public transportation campaign to air before President Bush's State of the Union address

Sound Transit oversight panel releases year-end report

BNSF bestows 'Bell' awards to honor units' safety performance

UTU can spread switching safety message to local levels, FRA's Rutter says

Grand Excursion celebrates 150 years of upper Mississippi rail connections

Massachusetts short line to acquire CSXT line

Toronto subway to honor 50th anniversary

AREMA adopts smaller board, installs group of governors

January 16

AAR data: North American roads take traffic lumps during 2004's first full week

LA MTA-led coalition lobbies for increased transportation funding

KCS tweaks management ranks, responsibilities to satisfy safety needs

CTA to introduce online account-based farecard

NS to pay locomotive engineer damages associated with 'diesel asthma,' Ohio Supreme Court says

Northstar Corridor receives tentative state funding commitment

RailPower gains Green Goat order from business partner CANAC

St. Louis Metrolink awards communications, train-control contract to ARINC

TMCA's advisory council adds new members

Gannett Fleming appoints Jones VP and signal director

January 15

BNSF-led alliance seeks to attract 'snowbirds' with car-rail service

CSX lands first project under industrial park development program

Looking up Down Under: Transcontinental line's first freight train signals new Australian rail realm

Texas funds help fuel RailPower's first hybrid locomotive order

Wife of former BLE International President Sytsma dies

January 14

UP's St. Louis-to-Omaha transferee tally now a four-digit number

MARTA ponders paid parking program

Calling all congressmen: 'Railroad Day on the Hill' set for Feb. 11

Siemens lands electrical equipment contract from Indian railways

CN yardmasters choose UTU representation

CTA opens renovated Cermak (Douglas) line station

In memoriam: Short-line holding company co-founder, partner Riedmiller

Eurostar posts record fourth-quarter ridership

Miller Felpax to sell Brazilian supplier's traction-motor support bearings in North America

ALSTOM/Bombardier consortium obtains order from French railways

January 13

UP in hiring, hurry up mode

Final AAR report card: U.S., Canadian roads make the traffic grade in 2003

Watco lays out 2004 MOW plans for its seven short lines

Greenbrier posts promising first quarter in fiscal-year 2004

Wabtec high on 2004 financial prospects despite atrophying rail-parts aftermarket

January 12

ACTA plan aims to increase Alameda Corridor's rail traffic

California governor proposes shifting transportation-intended gas tax funds in FY2005

BNSF begins serving Honda's Alabama automotive plant

Northstar Corridor Development Authority halves proposed commuter-rail route

RailAmerica appoints Linn SVP of North American eastern corridor

MBTA to help tailor industry-wide transit system environmental standards

FRA contracts Foster-Miller to improve locomotive-component designs

Los Angeles Junction Railway to test RailPower's Green Goat switcher

January 9

KCS forms steering committee to mold, manage safety plan

WMATA sponsors meeting to discuss regional transportation needs, goals

RailAmerica's short lines play starring roles on the silver screen

Architect to unveil World Trade Center Transportation Hub design

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic overcomes adversity to celebrate one-year anniversary

AECOM names former deputy transportation secretary Jackson SVP

AAR issues latest edition of Class I facts and figures

Los Angeles MTA revises brand name, logo

Leaseback pact pads GATX Rail's covered hopper fleet

January 8

DM&E lands $233.6 million RRIF loan — the largest FRA's doled out to date

Break out the blitzes: BNSF, CSXT schedule time-compacted track-maintenance projects

CN appoints Waite to head intermodal improvement initiative

KCS appoints Bilovesky, Baltz to AVP posts

Pacific Wood Preserving Cos. to solicit West Coast customers for Thompson Industries' wood ties

January 7

Delaware court holds TMM in contempt for violating October 'status quo' order, KCS says

Northstar commuter-rail project needs a shorter segment to meet FTA cost-effectiveness requirements, preliminary report says

BNSF tabs trucking industry veteran Hickerson to head truckload marketing

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials reflect on 2003 successes

CPR's Green adds operational oversight to sales, marketing duties

BART adds ticket vending machines to all stations

Cargo security seminar draws a crowd to City by the Bay, security council says

RailComm promotes engineers Kunzmann, Penza

January 6

USDOT's restructuring plan proposes FRA/Office of Pipeline Safety merger

BNSF customers now can track progress of MOW projects via the Internet

Iowa Interstate purchase provides Railroad Development Corp. sole ownership

Alaska Railroad seeks feedback on proposed 2004 projects at four public open houses

Zambia awards freight-, passenger-rail service concessions to consortium

January 5

CN, CPR below grain-revenue cap during past crop year, CTA says

MBTA launches transit-oriented development initiative

Wanted by Iraq: American firms' wares, services to help rebuild country's railroad, says U.S. trade agency

CTA to generate additional revenue from new ATMs

CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge up a notch for January

Heber Valley Railroad offers Winter Olympics tie-in on tourist train

Escort service: Arkansas town police convoy follows trains to foil crossing collisions

January 2

Carload/intermodal traffic: Canadian, U.S roads cap off 2003 in the black, AAR says

Amtrak Cascades ridership rises in 2003

Divisions unite to approve BLE/BNSF on-property agreement

SEPTA to add fare line at new transportation center

USDOT to inform nation's truck drivers about impending hours-of-service changes

Bombardier obtains electric locomotive contract from Italian Railways

Lehigh Valley Rail to obtain Pennsylvania lines from short-line holding company ISG Railways

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