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Rail News: March 2004

March 31

KCS to refocus attention on NAFTA Rail plan after favorable TFM agreement ruling

UP wins workforce management award

NS obtains workforce diversity honor

CSXI's April fuel surcharge to increase 0.4 percent

Balfour Beatty Rail to move majority of Pittsburgh operations to Jacksonville

March 30

RailAmerica reaches agreement to sell Freight Australia - its last international holding

House introduces $275 billion TEA-21 reauthorization bill

BNSF, Kansas State University plan exhibit, courses to educate worldwide grain buyers about rail

CTA reopens fifth rehabilitated station on Cermak (Douglas) branch

Canada grants $1.2 million to Canadian railroad museum

California High Speed Rail Authority extends public comment period for draft report

Lumber shipper tabs TransWorks' real-time electronic system to manage shipments

IANA schedules intermodal operations, maintenance seminar

March 29

Preliminary FRA safety stats: U.S. roads improved safety in most categories last year, but train accidents a cause for concern

Canadian labor board certifies election results favoring the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference

Providence and Worcester posts promising 2003 financial results

Johnstown America to deliver 367 coal cars to three customers by June

Pacer Stacktrain appoints Bailey EVP of business development, transportation purchasing

March 26

BNSF banks on Web, email to provide customers up-to-the-minute shipment status

Metra launches public safety campaign

NS opens yard to serve Honda's Alabama plant, joins U.S. Customs' voluntary security program

CTA kicks off Red Line rehabilitation project

ASLRRA names 2003 safety, 'Jake' award winners

WMATA to improve information display systems

NS accelerates train speed on Georgia line

Pacer Global Logistics names Pacer Stacktrain's Ruotsi chief commercial officer

March 25

It's time for a North American railroad summit to address transportation growth, CPR's Ritchie says

Oregon's TriMet proposes $331 million budget

Canada needs to raise railroads' depreciation rate to balance market, railway association says

UK's Network Rail contracts ImageMap to supply track geometry measurement systems

Indiana Rail Road appoints Orr to oversee operations, Van Gemert to head new switching subsidiary

UP uploads short-line section to its Web site

Railroads agree to boost UTU members' health-care benefits

March 24

Senate testimony supports, criticizes federal rail security plans

DART seeks input on 2030 transit plan

BNSF to double Memphis intermodal facility's capacity

Charlotte agency to purchase light rail vehicles for South Corridor line

Event reporting update: More short lines are making the grade, but many are flunking, ASLRRA says

California High Speed Rail Authority to hear comments on environmental reports

Genesee & Wyoming appoints Andres chief accounting officer, global controller

Italian railway awards $292 million trainset contract to ALSTOM

March 23

AAR stats: U.S. roads continue year-over-year carload, intermodal traffic uptick

Department of Homeland Security outlines new transit security initiatives

Hudson Bay Railway to provide one leg of intermodal service to Canada's arctic region

Steel Dynamics names Hollman VP

March 22

TFM acquisition agreement between KCS/Grupo TMM stands, Mexican arbitration panel says

BART, SamTrans enter discussions to adjust SFO extension service plan

BNSF's bullish on perishables traffic despite cow, poultry disease outbreaks

SEPTA to re-bid rail-car order

Ohio county seeks STB approval to acquire privately held line

New York economic development agency to revamp Penn Station

RMI's automated cargo notification service proposes a 'paperless railroad'

WMATA to install cashless payment system at all parking lots

Wabtec's Davies faces brain surgery, three-month recovery

March 19

CAW workers ratify CN agreements, expect to end strike tomorrow

WMATA tightens security following Madrid terrorist attacks

FRA charters KCS' safety assurance, compliance oversight committee

U.S. transportation experts to help rebuild Iraq's passenger-, freight-rail systems

Pioneer Railcorp CFO Carr adds president to title

Brotherhood of Railway Carmen lodge boots up retirement benefit calculator

RailPower to obtain California grants for Green Goat, Kid

March 18

CPR to lease 41 high-horsepower, AC locomotives from GE Transportation

Houston METRO to review light-rail extension plans with area residents

KCS to boot up Management Control System on Tex-Mex next month

SAB WABCO to supply brake, coupler systems for new Taiwan transit system

Cattron-Theimeg obtains UP order for 113 locomotive remote-control units

Panama Canal Railway Co. to receive 'Excursion of the Year' award

UTU's Thompson, Johnson lay out post-legal fallout plan

Portland & Western operating employees organize under BLET umbrella

March 17

Intermodal: Double-stack corridor might be coming to America's 'Heartland'

Bombardier to reorganize rail transportation division

Catching the Ethanol Express: CSXT to serve as 'virtual pipeline' between the Midwest, Northeast

Amtrak settles Acela lawsuit with Bombardier/ALSTOM consortium

BNSF LOGS another commodity into guaranteed equipment program

Public transportation offers significant commuter cost savings, Los Angeles MTA study says

Wabtec wins $19 million braking equipment order from Union Tank Car

Memphis Area Transit Authority opens trolley line extension

Rail Theory Forecasts' service, book offers rail-car market breakdown

March 16

BNSF begins safety campaign to reverse recent rash of injuries

NJ Transit awards intermodal ferry terminal contract

AAR, Class Is diagram an Automatic Equipment Identification tag 'blitz'

Siemens, Comverse to install communication system for Norwegian and Finnish railroads

STB extends comment, rebuttal period for TTX's flat-car pooling authority application

Broe Cos. launches land development division to increase OmniTRAX's intermodal business

Two small Georgia roads to acquire Ogeechee Railway's lines

March 15

CN, CAW reach tentative agreements, set stage to end strike

CTA to focus on capital projects to increase 2004 ridership

RailAmerica takes chairmanship from Marino, gives to Pagonis

Madrid commuter train attacks spur U.S. rail security legislation

CSXT installs Ingram as EVP, COO

CTA approves subway station plans

FRA safety stats: U.S. roads succeeding with accident/incident counts, failing with train accident figures

SEPTA, TWU reach tentative agreement

GE, Science Applications International team up to develop container security system

March 12

Boyd pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy, retires from UTU

BART, SamTrans dispute operating subsidies for SFO extension

Intermodal: UP to open Tucson terminal next month

WMATA proposes conversion to fully automated, cashless parking system

KCS to add another 25 locomotives to growing fleet

VRE proposes fare revisions

National Mediation Board shuffles management staff responsibilities, reporting

California's North County Transit District awards $50 million DMU contract to Siemens

Global Railway to acquire YSD's rail-car door, side manufacturing assets

March 11

CN offers CAW three options to end strike; union rejects two of the proposals

GE Rail Global Signaling to test train-control technology on Amtrak's Chicago-to-Detroit corridor

New transportation index shows U.S. economy is strengthening, USDOT says

NJ Transit approves track redesign to serve sports complex

Locomotive remote controls should be regulated or eliminated, AFL-CIO transportation department says

SEPTA continues contract negotiations with TWU

PennDOT provides state funds for five small road projects

BNSF tacks five years onto Optimization Alternatives software contract

March 10

CSXT schedules June mainline rehab blitz

Amtrak, FRA have not 'exercised efficient management' of Northeast Corridor improvement project, GAO report says

Bumper crops bump up RailAmerica's February carload counts

Connex Melbourne extends maintenance contract with ALSTOM

North American Technologies Group completes $14 million private placement

Raw material costs prompt Wabash National to raise prices

MARTA implements project update program

England's Merseyrail names Cubic preferred fare gate supplier

March 9

BNSF earns 'Outstanding' service award from GLOVIS America

GE Rail Services names LaBat VP of sales

Taking stock: GWI's Fuller enters into Variable Prepaid Forward transaction

Taking stock, part 2: RailPower positioned for TSX transition

March 8

NS creating women's network to support career development, diversity

Americans want more public transportation investment, APTA poll says

BNSF sets annual goal, empowers employees to improve fuel efficiency

VIA Rail to serve discontinued Amtrak route

NRC names Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell's Baker manager

Los Angeles MTA to solicit public comments on unmet transit needs

RMI's small-road customer base reaches, soon will surpass 200

Sound Transit opens remainder of Kent Station Garage

Belt Railway to install Digital Concepts' dispatching system

March 5

AAR traffic update: February, year-to-date figures favorable for U.S. roads, taxing for TFM

St. Louis Metro proposes fare increase to balance FY2005 budget

NS introduces 'Patriot' trailer service to New England, southeast intermodal markets

BART drafts FY2005 10-year plan

Stop BC Rail sale until CN deal is cleared of criminal allegations, Canadian labor federation says

President's proposed FY2005 budget addresses transportation needs, USDOT says

In memoriam: Two-time former BLE International VP McGuire

APTA becomes sole owner of Web-based TransportMAX tool

Transplace appoints Abernathy EVP of sales, marketing

March 4

STB ready to re-address certain environmental implications of DM&E's Powder River Basin project

Connecticut provides rolling stock funds for Shore Line East commuter rail

KCS meets, exceeds electronic reporting demands under ISM initiative

Department of Homeland Security division to up ante on cargo identification rules

Railway Association of Canada report: Canadian roads are increasing traffic, decreasing fuel usage

RailAmerica promotes Owen to top sales, marketing position

March 3

UTU suspends International President Boyd in the wake of federal racketeering charges, pegs Thompson to assume Boyd's duties

VIA Rail ousts chairman, investigates workplace irregularities

CN, CAW resume negotiations, but strike expected to enter third week

Cisalpino awards $365 million tilting-train contract to ALSTOM

Rail-car orders, deliveries climbing, but builders haven't curtailed castings shortage, EPA says

North Carolina Transportation Museum to restore, display Amtrak locomotive

BNSF adds Draper, Bobb and Kaufman to marketing exec roster

Minnesotans favor Northstar commuter rail

ACTA ready to inaugurate Alameda Corridor grade separation, reopen the Pacific Coast Highway

Atlanta Streetcar contracts HDR to conduct feasibility study

March 2

NS, UP go the extra mile to please East Coast utility

TTCI, consultant team up to offer noise, vibration testing services

KCS adds ninth board member, elects Pletz to fill new seat

NS opens 29th Thoroughbred Bulk Transfer terminal

BLET sets strategy, structures trainmen department under Teamsters umbrella

TieTek augments raw-material alliance with Avangard Industries

March 1

First-quarter woes will adversely affect earnings estimate, UP says

Congress extends TEA-21 programs another two months

CSXI, CN launch Memphis-to-Northeast trailer service

WMATA schedules public hearings on proposed fare increases, releases parking audit report to Congress

TFM releases less-than-favorable quarterly, annual financial results

Utah Transit Authority awards commuter-rail contract, elects board members

Georgia-Pacific sells Mississippi short line, paper mills to Koch Industries

Caltrain to open reconstructed Lawrence station

Timera returns to PS Technology moniker; names Tatro president, CEO

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