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Rail News: October 2003

October 31

BLE, Texas Mexican Railway ink remote-control pact

LA MTA presents final offer to striking ATU members

UPdate: Union Pacific prices Overnite IPO at $19 per share

Bombardier to provide cars, maintenance for Brussels transport authority

BNSF tabs Reynolds, Smith for key operations posts

Oregon's TriMet posts ridership increase

Cargo security association offers shipment-protection seminar

October 30

3Q financials: Traffic, track and productivity improvements pave way for promising 4Q, CPR says

RailAmerica to sell Australian line, focus on North American operations

New U.S. lines, 'promising' Australian operation fuel GWI's 3Q revenue growth

Intermodal: New Jersey terminal operator awards automated gate system pact to SAIC

October 29

Service initiatives help drive NS' third-quarter, year-to-date financial gains

Granite Construction, Bombardier obtain Las Vegas Monorail Phase II contract

KCS earns less quarterly, year-to-date net income, but operating income and revenue rise

LIRR completes St. Albans Station renovation

Members have spoken: BMWE phone poll shows majority support proposed Teamsters merger

MARTA awards fare-collection system contract to Cubic

STB to hear utility's, NS' rate-case arguments next month

Harsco lands largest-ever track-maintenance equipment order in China

October 28

NS finishes first part of motorist-friendly Manassas project

California wildfires wipe out BNSF workers' homes, idle trains

Bush to nominate CSX's Havens as treasury department general counsel

Security: Suppliers ready to take wraps off 'smart' container

October 27

Senate subcommittee hearing: Railroads, shippers state rail-competition act cases

VIA Rail to receive governmental capital-improvement funds for five years

FRA finds BNSF failed to provide T&E crews 'suitable food' during Montana stopover

WMATA takes delivery of rehabilitated cars

CSXT requires environmental contractor to use haz-mat spill-control kit

NJ Transit implements pressure-washing system to avoid slippery tracks

Software provider markets latest update to 20-year-old rail-mapping software

Sound Transit receives Central Link funding

October 24

CN improving mainline to reduce freight, passenger transit times

WMATA makes case for additional governmental funding

New York Regional Rail names Kuhn chairman, extends intermodal-service pact

Sound Transit meets Central Link funding requirements

BRS-represented NS workers ratify local, national agreements

Gannett Fleming adds Hofsass, Hughes to management team

Morristown & Erie Railway to lease, operate Maine-owned lines

NIT League names Gilanshah head of finance/administration

October 23

Third-quarter financials: UP reports record revenue, rising expenses

Power outage, hurricane and operating difficulties drain quarterly income from CSX

Delaware court grants KCS preliminary injunction preventing TMM from violating TFM acquisition agreement

North American Technologies contracts design/build team for composite-tie plant expansion

Wabtec to sell one-tenth of outstanding stock in secondary offering

October 22

Casting crunch drags down quarterly rail-car orders, ARCI says

NJ Transit, Port Authority award contract for commuter-tunnel study

NS adds freight-bill features to online shipment-management tool

WMATA to present environmental assessment for proposed Anacostia corridor

Florida East Coast Railway posts quarterly revenue, profit increases

Special events help Greater Cleveland RTA's monthly ridership soar

Canada to help RailPower Technologies offset cost of Green Goat/Kid demonstration fleet

SEPTA takes on slippery tracks

Transentric, Data2Logistics team up to improve online shipment-management offerings

DART appoints board members

October 21

CN bucks stronger Canadian dollar to achieve favorable third-quarter, nine-month financial results

Third-quarter financials: BNSF registers record revenue, escalating expenses

UP to speed up trains through Arkansas town

Elgin, Joliet & Eastern grants BNSF trackage rights to Illinois line

BNSF's Zamora honored as one of nation's most influential Hispanics

October 20

CN to acquire Great Lakes Transportation's short lines, switching road and ships

Georgia's commuter-rail proposal receives funding

BNSF teaches homeland security rookies about railroading

LIRR presents options to increase storage capacity

Canadian Industrial Relations Board approves UTU's application to represent all CPR 'running-trade' workers

Local funding for BART hinges on Nov. 4 vote

Short line to lease Louisiana track from UP

Metro North and Long Island railraods to offer discounted weekend ticket in 2004

Timken to supply tapered bearings to Chinese rail-car builder

October 17

Small-road tax-credit bill enters Senate, but congressional vote won't happen until spring, ASLRRA says

Amtrak reduces Keystone line fares

AAR intermodal-traffic tally: U.S. roads' weekly total in top three

CPR replaces northern Wisconsin yard office

House backs building of National Railroad Hall of Fame in west-central Illinois town

October 16

KCS honors chemical shippers' haz-mat safety efforts

Amtrak records highest-ever ridership during FY2003

In memoriam: Former NS public affairs chief Breathitt

SEPTA awards Market Street reconstruction contract to Granite Construction-led consortium

Canadian legislator urges provincial transport minister to postpone BC Rail sale

Tri-Met appoints Contreras to head financial department

Canadian Railway Hall of Fame hands out awards, welcomes inductees

Alliance releases smart-card report

Flaherty to head Holland's MOW sales

Jacobs Engineering obtains design contract from Britain's Network Rail

October 15

Balfour Beatty names Carlin rail unit president, Bond CFO

LA MTA mechanics on strike

Hot off the press: Railway Association of Canada's annual 'trends' report

Amtrak to adjust Northeast Corridor schedules

Pennsylvania ponies up $10 million to help small roads fund infrastructure improvements

Wabtec to supply components for New York City Transit subway cars

After promising third quarter, Wabtec expects even better end to 2003

Amtrak's Capitol Corridor trains to gain wireless Web access

Pacer International names Uremovich first-ever vice chairman

Alcatel obtains two signaling contracts from Hungarian Railways

October 14

FRA's first-half safety stats: Fatalities fall, train accidents rise for U.S. roads

Post takeover: Toll Group shakes up Tranz Rail's senior staff

UTU to assist FRA in auditing locomotive remote-control safety

Joint program aims to prompt productive employer/union negotiations

Zurich North America appoints DePrimo to head railroad underwriting unit

October 13

CSXT installs Web-based system to improve automotive operations

BART nears completion of system-wide renovation

Wheeling & Lake Erie to acquire CSXT's operating easement on Ohio line

NJ Transit leases property for smart-growth initiatives

Transportation to be a hot topic on Capitol Hill next year, Rep. Quinn says

Bombardier to build trams for German railway

ACF Industries/Greenbrier castings joint venture acquires second foundry

NJ Transit to add trains

October 10

UP reverses Class I workforce-reduction trend by adding train-service employees

CTA proposes FY2004 budget

BLE, carriers' committee reach tentative agreement

Alstom Transport reorganizes, receives $550 million in new orders

Intermodal: U.S. roads nearly match week-old traffic record

Flour-Bombardier joint venture makes final pitch to Florida High Speed Rail Authority

California short line completes 286k-related trackwork

Timken to supply journal bearings for Delhi's Metro Rail

Tranz Rail sells Wellington Station

October 9

STB's decision to suspend Tex Mex ruling is 'reasonable,' KCS says

BMWE files motion to dismiss Labor Department's call to overturn officer elections

Short line seeks to purchase Iowa track from UP

Quality Carriers to operate KCS' transload center in K.C.

Meany Center Web site targets haz-mat training, awareness

October 8

CPR, shipper agreement preserves low-density branch line

Class Action: BC Rail mishandles pension-find surplus, plaintiffs say

Johnstown America delivers 575 covered hoppers to CIT Rail Resources

CTA green lights two projects

MBTA begins three station renovations

CTA appoints Brown chairman

University of Wisconsin schedules rail-transit fundamentals course

October 7

Senate subcommittee sets new hearing date for S. 919 debate

BNSF receives FedEx service honor

BLE to represent Colorado short line's workers

Railroad to reactivate service on portion of abandoned Idaho line

Montana freight-rate association joins Alliance for Rail Competition

October 6

U.S. appellate court places DM&E's coal project back on STB's docket

MARTA increases capital funds with leaseback program

CPR to raise rates on four-fifths of open tariffs next month

NYCT awards station rehab design/engineering contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff-led joint venture

UP clamps down on lucrative severance packages for senior execs

Northern Virginia area faces funding shortfalls

FECI CFO to step down early next year

Harsco Track Technologies obtains track-construction train order from Balfour Beatty

October 3

AAR traffic tallies: U.S. roads continue intermodal feast, carload famine trend

NYCT awards integrated customer-information system contract to Siemens-led consortium

Last year's figures show U.S. rail fatalities on the rise, NTSB says

Unions postpone one-day Amtrak protest

Tranz Rail, Auckland port team up to operate railroad's container business

Cubic augments sales and marketing team

London to host global accident investigation forum in December

Alcatel obtains re-signaling contract for London underground

October 2

BNSF to settle state, federal suit tied to decades-old haz-mat releases

Service: Performance initiatives help NS register reliability gains

Majority of Mexrail shares back in TFM's hands

U.S. court lifts remote-control-related injunction against BLE

Montreal to host World Congress on Railway Research in 2006

October 1

NS aims to 'work smarter' by analyzing, eliminating departmental tasks

NJ Transit obtains three USDOT grants

BC Rail implements Wabtec's automated car-repair billing system

TTI study: Public transportation significantly alleviates traffic delays

USDOT updates five-year strategic plan

Maryland Transit Administration closes portion of light-rail line to begin double-tracking project

Chevron to test RailPower's Green Kid hybrid switcher

Jacobs Engineering obtains design consulting contract from British railway

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