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Rail News: May 2005

May 31

CPR to buy back 2.5 million shares of common stock

Alaska Railroad to receive two FRA grants totaling $38.8 million

CPR names B.C. interchange after Chinese rail worker

Indiana Rail Road's technological advances earn award

FECI's MacSwain to retire next month

LED lighting supplier Carmanah to acquire Soltek Powersource

May 27

Class Is promise fewer emissions, less fuel consumption under EPA partnership

Los Angeles MTA approves $2.9 billion FY2006 budget

'UP's Franklin receives AAR's environmental excellence award

BART adopts interim operating budget

Mineta to Gunn: Implement cost-cutting, cash-conservation measures immediately

Good news for railroads: Driver shortage appears to be a long-term trucking issue, ATA says

Electrical workers' union OKs CN contract

VRE adds parking at Broad Run Station

RailAmerica's board retains three long-time members

May 26

Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Rail Management's 14 short lines

Boston becomes third major city to introduce haz-mat ban legislation

Weyandt to oversee KCS' finances, treasury

NS to kick tires on RailPower's Green Goat switcher

Transportation marketing, communications association elects officers, board members

May 25

CPR's Montreal terminal to adopt 24-hour weekday schedule

MARTA opens new maintenance shop

TRANSCAER Task Group honors BNSF's, NS' haz-mat safety efforts

ASLRRA announces 'Jake Award' winners, appoints Streicher to succeed long-time staffer Reilly

Amtrak to offer Oakland Coliseum service via Capitol Corridor

Rich to manage North Shore Railroad's marketing, car accounting functions

Amtrak, Michigan promote travel between Chicago, Great Lakes state

Cornerstone Systems opens third California sales office, appoints Stanfill manager

May 24

BNSF to keep Green Goat in L.A., acquire four 'cabless' hybrid switchers for Texas yards

Sacramento transit district to open light-rail extension next month

VRE contracts Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo to build bi-level cars

Georgia Southwestern Railroad to acquire line from fellow Peach State short line

Metra high on Highliner electric cars

Sound Transit seeks input on long-range plan

FRA contracts ENSCO to supply two track inspection vehicles

Alaska Railroad unveils new intermodal facility, passenger cars

Seneca Group, Railistics team up to market consulting services

May 23

International container moves drive first-quarter intermodal traffic gain, IANA says

NS honors two employees with Thoroughbred Awards

BNSF to pay $2.8 million for wrongful death case

Two Anacostia & Pacific short lines settle contracts with the BLET

WMATA gets green light to rehab parking structures

RTA's April report: Tie production continues to lag behind purchases

Virginia honors VRE for safety awareness program

New supplier EnviroFuels Rail appoints Schembri president

May 20

Sweet 16: NS wins 16th-straight gold Harriman safety award

WMATA to implement fare-collection technology at more ticket vending machines

NS Conductor Mulligan takes home Hammond safety award

AAR traffic update: Weekly carloads a bit weak for U.S. and Canadian roads, TFM

Sound Transit to update community on Central Link extension

WMATA to replace worn-out rail

Union coalition proposes Class Is stop downsizing workforces

Beijing contracts Bombardier to build people-mover system for 2008 Summer Olympics

Genesee & Wyoming shareholders elect board members

May 19

FRA ready to roll out self-propelled track inspection vehicle, Mineta says

Class Is continue to add cars on line, Smith Barney/Citigroup says

WMATA appoints Jones, Hester to Red Line management positions

Tri-Rail revises schedule to accommodate track work

Long-time UP engineering exec McLaughlin retires

Caltrain to increase safety awareness

Two RailAmerica short lines seek STB approval to merge

MBTA starts to install new fare-collection system

Wabtec re-elects three board members

May 18

CN reaches agreement with Teamsters, averts strike

Senate approves TEA-21 reauthorization bill

Sacramento transit district proposes fare increase

BNSF appoints Bischler, Bobb and Johnson to new positions

Virginia Railway Express to hike fares next month

Carriers' committee, UTU head for mediation in contract dispute

Maryland Transit Administration's Dickerson can remove 'acting' from administrator title

Intermodal logistics firm expands truck capacity

Container security top-of-mind for import/export firms, report says

May 17

USDOT to roll out rail safety action plan

Sound Transit to add train between Seattle, Everett

Ontario Northland names rail VP, nails down Steelworkers contract

Metrolink revises passenger compensation criteria

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic signalmen to join MOW union's ranks

Developer to build transit-oriented village in southern California

And the Tranny goes to: Transportation marketing association presents annual awards

FreightCar America registers first-quarter gains

RailWorks appoints Smith to head transit-related business development

May 16

CN hammers out tentative deal with Teamsters, braces for hammer to drop on union's proposed strike

Metrolink to add another 1 percent to 3.5 percent fare hike

BNSF to install cameras on 350 locomotives by year end

SEPTA files complaint against Transport Workers Union

New York, New Jersey port authority to begin building World Trade Center hub in summer

CTA gains riders in 2005

Kelly to head UP's health, wellness programs

APTA seeks public transit options for seniors

Krebs, Molitoris join RailPower's board

International Union of Railways elects Aliadière as director general

May 13

Cleveland becomes city No. 2 to pursue haz-mat ban

BNSF begins to build transload center in southern California

Charlotte agency receives $193 million FTA grant for light-rail line

AAR week No. 18: U.S. roads continue to register traffic gains, Canadian roads stay in slump

SEPTA sets busy summer construction schedule

NS names two finance department execs, retains four board members

WMATA to develop first-responder training program

Providence and Worcester's first-quarter revenue rises, but so do expenses

MARTA receives rehabbed cars from ALSTOM

May 12

Senate about to approve TEA-21 reauthorization legislation

NJ Transit to proceed with two station renovations

BNSF, UTU to arbitrate dispute that led to two-hour strike

Gov. Schwarzenegger restores California transit funding

San Francisco Transbay authority contracts URS to manage multi-modal terminal project

KCS committee reviews railroad's strategies to prevent derailments, injuries

Genesee & Wyoming's April carloads rise in North America, fall in Australia

Terbell to head DM&E's, IC&E's operations

Retired UP Vice Chairman Evans assumes operating partner position at private investment firm

May 11

National carriers committee ends mediation quest, resumes negotiations with union coalition

RailAmerica registers carload gains in April

Vermont Railway veteran Bischoff dies

FRA to co-host training seminar next month in Arkansas

Paul assumes Cattron Group Inc.'s top post

May 10

Ottawa to expand light-rail system

CN sets up subsidiary to become global freight-forwarding player

U.S. traffic congestion getting worse, mobility report says

Small roads more than double Class Is' first-quarter traffic gains, RMI says

GE has hybrid diesel-electric locomotive on drawing board

Bombardier obtains order for another 48 trains from French railway

Alaska Railroad to operate first-class service with new passenger cars

Global Railway's revenue rises, earnings fall in first quarter

Whiting workers wrap up training sessions on continuous improvement process

May 9

SEPTA proposes fare cut/service increase-free budget

Transportation Services Index falls in February after large gain in January

LA MTA to unveil $2.9 billion FY2006 budget

East Penn Railways to take control of three lines, be controlled by new holding company

Former Massachusetts transportation secretary Grabauskas joins MBTA as general manager

Bush handpicks Hawley as next Transportation Security Administration head

Allegheny Count port authority to open 2,200-space parking structure

Amtrak overhauls Michigan station

Greenbrier wins TTX order for 1,950 intermodal wells

French freight railway to boot up MultiModal's latest rail planning software

May 6

AAR's April traffic tallies: U.S. roads and TFM make the grade, Canadian roads rate a passing mark

Utah Transit Authority to proceed with commuter-rail project

St. Louis Metro's FY2006 budget calls for fare increase

Most Class Is' service metrics not showing much improvement, Smith Barney/Citigroup says

Rail intermodal revenue will rise more than 100 percent by 2016, trucking association says

WMATA's service reliability on the rise

Metrolink to raise fares because of rising fuel costs

Lockheed Martin to help Australian rail network manager develop train management system

London light-rail system contracts Bombardier to provide 24 vehicles

Schaefer Equipment names top execs, earns TTX supplier award

May 5

Advantage CSXT: Appellate court overturns D.C. haz-mat ban

CN honors 'safe handling' efforts of 86 haz-mat shippers

KCS to take next 'Responsible Care' step

STB hands out nine decisions at open voting conference

Wabtec subsidiary to supply end-of-train devices to CN

May 4

Bill backing rail industry re-regulation re-enters the Senate

Castagna, Rourke to supervise UP service units

NS adds two weeks to intermodal service's credit earning period

New York, New Jersey port authority accelerates rail projects

Mittal Steel seeks control of ISG's small roads

May 3

1Q: KCS' income and revenue rise more than 25 percent, but so do expenses

UP to expand program that rewards engineers for reducing fuel usage

Senate, House bills propose stricter tank-car safety, haz-mat security measures

FTA gives go-ahead to Houston METRO for light-rail extension engineering

USDOT approves $170 million loan for Miami Intermodal Center

Rail-car orders, deliveries still strong in the first quarter, ARCI and EPA say

Canada, Quebec to help four small roads fund trackwork

CTA to outline Brown Line station projects

May 2

CN, port partners to build intermodal terminal in northern B.C.

Boardman to take helm as FRA administrator

BNSF to buy 368-mile line from South Dakota

CPR seeks new operator or buyer for southern Indiana line

Genesee & Wyoming shuffles senior staff, reports first-quarter results

UTU members ratify CN agreement

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