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Rail News: July 2004

July 30

AAR traffic update: U.S. roads set fifth weekly intermodal volume record in 2004

Oregon's Tri-Met posts 16th consecutive year of record ridership

Expenses take a large bite out of RailAmerica's second-quarter earnings

U.K.'s ScotRail contracts Cubic to install electronic gating systems

Texas grants to help five railroads obtain RailPower hybrid switchers

FCM orders six tampers, one grinder from Harsco Track Technologies

GATX promotes Ciancio, Duddy to SVP

July 29

CPR's second-quarter revenue surpasses $1 billion, operating ratio drops to 78

2Q: KCS registers fifth-straight quarter of revenue growth, earns net income vs. loss

Tex-Mex adds second agent to canine patrol unit

BLET wins 10th small road election since 2001

NRC, REMSA seek 'breakthough innovations' presenters for January conference

July 28

NS holds down costs, raises record revenue during the second quarter

LA MTA cuts workers' compensation costs

CSX's quarterly financial results reflect service problems, higher costs

Korean city contracts Bombardier-led consortium to build line

CPR, local agencies to conduct haz-mat accident response drill in Wisconsin

South Florida RTA appoints citizen advisory committee member

AAR releases annual Class I analysis report

TNT Logistics to manage rail transportation at K.C. automotive facility

July 27

Financials: BNSF reports record quarterly freight revenue, earnings

Greater Cleveland RTA makes the grade in self-analyzing report card

CSXT caps off two-year infrastructure improvement project near Chicago

South Florida RTA increases morning, afternoon rush hour service

Consolidated Rail, CSXT, NS follow through on plan to restructure Conrail's debt

New Hope Valley Railway celebrates centennial

Druten joins KCS' board

Greenbrier chairman files suit to prevent company from adopting 'poison pill'

July 26

UP agrees to sell Sacramento yard site to real estate developer

TEA-21 reauthorization: Fifth extension pushes congressional vote into fall

STB reschedules open voting conference to hearing date on small road line abandonment procedures

WMATA obtains more federal funds for Blue Line extension

Carmen Division lodge appoints Wilhelm acting local chairman

Second-quarter financial scorecard: Wabtec increases sales, reduces debt

July 23

AAR traffic totals for week 28: U.S., Canadian roads remain on carload growth track

Federal funds to help pay for preliminary engineering on Virginia corridor

CPR claim seeks full freight-bill payment from coal shipper

CTA completes Cermak branch station work

TTX adds, modifies cars to keep up with railroads' rising equipment demands

FTA awards $2.3 million to Rutgers University for public transportation training programs

Cattron-Theimeg obtains locomotive remote-control system orders from Belgian, Swiss railroads

French transit authority contracts ALSTOM to supply CITADIS trams

New York Regional Rail settles yard-dumping suit

July 22

UP's mid-year financial report: Despite high traffic volume, sluggish service slashes earnings

North Carolina's Triangle Transit Authority obtains federal funds for commuter-rail line

Majority of CAW-represented workers approve strike as option to prompt VIA Rail contract negotiations

KCS partners with Mississippi transportation department to improve, close crossings

Maryland Transit Administration adds fare inspectors to prevent freeloaders

In memoriam: Former Wabtec President, CEO Davies

Harsco Track Technologies lands Stoneblower order 'Down Under'

Holland acquires E. O. Paton International

July 21

CSXT's car shops in overdrive to increase coal hopper supply

Amtrak, Pennsylvania ready to resume Keystone Corridor plan

BNSF employees remain 'On Guard' for suspicious items, activity

Cleveland participates in program linking home buying to public transportation

Rail-car orders, deliveries still on the rise, ARCI says

NYCT to fill in the gaps on station's platforms

Portec Rail Products to acquire Salient Systems

July 20

Fluid network key to CN's second-quarter, first-half financial success

USDOT transportation center contracts TIAX to analyze passenger car safety

Truckers' recently revised hours-of-service rules are illegal, federal appellate court says

Bombardier appoints Pihl to head finance

National Cargo Security Council expands certification program on anti-terrorism, theft

VIA Rail partners with Expedia to expand online offerings

UP obtains software to distribute business data online

Rail Transit '04 coming to Baltimore in fall

UTU-represented Rochester & Southern workers ratify first contract in three years

July 19

AAR traffic update: U.S., Canadian roads continue to pump up volume past year's midpoint

Los Angeles MTA begins light-rail extension

BNSF's prevention program targets trespasser fatalities

National Mediation Board offers online 'help desk'

D.C.-area transit training tunnel obtains 'innovation' award

Software companies team up to provide transit project management tools

SSA Global acquires Arzoon's assets

July 16

CN consolidates five U.S., Canadian bulk commodity groups into one unit

North County Transit District proceeds with passenger-rail line

House subcommittee earmarks $80 million for Sound Transit's Central Link

Next phase of passenger security screening program shifts to Connecticut

UP to construct child development center near Omaha digs

NJ Transit approves FY2005 budget

Midwestern track maintenance workers ratify CN contract

Pennsylvania ponies up more than $7 million to help small roads improve infrastructure

Iowa Interstate promotes EVP Miller to president

July 15

CN: BC Rail now a done deal

Amtrak's outlook is stable, Standard & Poor's says

Las Vegas monorail now newest strip attraction

USDOT forms credit council to oversee department-wide loan programs

House bill would require railroads to keep local responders in the loop on haz-mat car moves, stops

Steelroads Web site expands short-line event reporting tool

July 14

Greenbrier more than doubles quarterly revenue, records record rail-car backlog

Appeals court rules in favor of New York Regional Rail in adverse abandonment case

WMATA preps Largo Town Center extension for late 2004 opening

Amtrak's Acela Express campaign pays dividends

Rail America posts monthly, year-to-date carload gains

Parsons Brinckerhoff creates "place making" division

BNSF unveils 'online marketplace' to connect shippers, transloaders

July 13

Union Pacific, AAR respond to NY Times grade crossing safety series

MBTA to begin security checks before Democratic National Convention

CPR selects NS' TransWorks for intermodal platform

Former UTU presidents receive two-year sentences

July 12

KCS opens fuel loading facility in Oklahoma

CSXI charging fee to pick up empty intermodal equipment in southern California

BLET members elect northern district general committee officers

July 9

UP to control carload volume as fall peak preparation measure

NJ Transit obtains FTA grants for line extension, station renovation

Through June, U.S. roads show no signs of traffic slowdown, AAR says

U.S. roads register huge gain with first-half grain moves, USDOT says

Alameda Corridor's governing board: Chairman Colonna, Vice Chairman Hahn switch seats

International Union of Railways report recommends ways to improve European rail infrastructure

July 8

KCS boots up Web-based car tracing application

Minneapolis light-rail line well-received during service's first week

BNSF adds shutdown systems to three Vancouver terminal switchers

NS special agent ranks as second-ever railroad police officer to attend FBI academy

Dallas, Garland & Northeastern to lease, operate UP line

University of Wisconsin to conduct 4th annual conference on railroad engineering, construction

July 7

Economy's still on a roll: April's Transportation Services Index sets another monthly record

VRE adds parking at Woodbridge station

TriMet sets another monthly ridership record

Alcatel to provide train control for D.C. airport people mover

CN secures terms for $800 million debt offering

BLET elects general committee members, vice chairmen

UTU-represented Rochester & Southern workers weigh ratification of five-year pact

Portec Rail appoints Caroli to head international business development

July 6

Piping up: CPR moving millions of pounds of large-diameter pipe from Canadian mill to America's Heartland

Southern California's Metrolink adopts FY2005 budget

NS offers Six Sigma training to suppliers, small-road partners

Metra to build bigger Schaumburg station

Central Illinois Railroad can begin operating Peoria-area branch line, STB says

Cement association honors concrete-based public transit projects

UTU committee to map out union's modernization path

Pittsburgh short line purchases Digital Concepts' traffic-control system

July 2

Canadian competition bureau blesses CN's BC Rail deal

Reagan's funeral, D.C. visitors spur record-high June ridership for WMATA

RailAmerica: Australian competition commission gives Freight Australia sale stamp of approval

Charlotte trolley system stages a comeback

Timber Rock Railroad leases another Texas line from BNSF

SEPTA Web site gets a makeover

CN implements ENSCO's track-asset management system

Hoglander to chair National Mediation Board

July 1

CN creates service department, appoints Mohan to head unit

Jersey City PATH station nears pre-Sept. 11 ridership figures

KCS one-third of the way to closing 15 grade crossings by year end

Proposed FRA rule would ensure event recorders withstand train accidents

On a revenue roll: New York Regional Rail's trucking arm carries two-month load

In memoriam: Middletown and New Jersey Railway co-founder Rasmussen

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