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Rail News: July 2005

July 29

Senate committee backs Amtrak investment and improvement act

Florida East Coast posts double-digit percentage growth in revenue, operating profit

Strong second-quarter results reflect 'increasingly positive' market conditions, GATX says

UP appoints Bromley to 'historic' post

July 28

Four senators introduce Amtrak investment and improvement legislation

NJ Transit approves FY2006 budgets, announces plans to purchase additional bi-level cars

L.A. port obtains security funds

RailAmerica improves safety, operating ratio – and profits

Financial results improve for L.B. Foster in second quarter

NJ Transit advances Trans-Hudson tunnel project

Santa Clara VTA to open portion of light-rail extension ahead of schedule, postpone remainder

Greenbrier names Nussrallah to head European operations

July 27

NS posts best-ever quarterly operating revenue, income

CSX records sixth-straight quarter of earnings growth

IPO, new plant help FreightCar America boost second-quarter sales, net income

French railway orders additional TGV trainsets from ALSTOM

RailPower, Swedish Train Technology ink 'Green Goat' conversion deal

Railinc implements parameter-tracing tool on

July 26

For BNSF, another quarterly revenue record

Corridor expansion doesn't keep CPR from recording revenue growth

Surging freight-rail market drives Wabtec's second-quarter sales

Portec posts record quarter for sales, earnings

Siemens to manufacture carshells in-house

Amtrak to operate new Silver Service schedule

July 25

CPR increases capacity to Port of Vancouver

Senate appropriations committee increases Amtrak funding to $1.45 billion

Federal government needs to provide additional transit security funding, APTA says

TTX's David Ireland: 1953-2005

New York/New Jersey port authority to construct transfer facility

Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North order more Bombardier electric cars

New York DOT accepting comments on environmental study for CPR communications system upgrade

WMATA to begin operating eight-car trains

July 22

AAR weekly data: U.S. roads' traffic up; Canadian roads' and TFM's traffic down

Buffalo & Pittsburgh reopens Pennsylvania line

UTU appoints committee to ponder merger proposals

Wabtec, March Networks market digital locomotive video recorder

Swindells to join Greenbrier's board

AAR's Hamberger, U.S. Rep. Nadler to deliver keynotes at Progressive Railroading's 'RailTrends' conference

July 21

2Q: CN's 61.2 operating ratio sets quarterly record

UP lowers operating ratio, raises income in the second quarter

Watco to lease KCS lines, launch three small roads

After closing third crossing this year, KCS has more closures on tap

Wabtec Rail to refurbish passenger-car interiors for Angel Trains

L.A.'s Metrolink lands FRA grant to study 'sealed corridor' concept

Portec Rail joins Russell's newly formed small-cap index

U.S. DOT to study safer commuter train seats, tables

July 20

Congress to consider second 'rail competition' bill

NS to break ground on Ohio intermodal terminal

Pacer to serve as Del Monte's sole 3PL

Hurley joins Genesee & Wyoming's board

BNSF to boot up Mincom's asset-management software

Cornerstone Systems appoints Veneklase account executive

July 19

Class Is share fall peak action plans with the STB

Sound Transit green lights airport extension

NJ Transit to improve traffic flow along Pascack Valley line

Former UTU International Vice President Thornton dies

RailPower inks Green Goat assembly agreement with Super Steel

Capital Metro contracts Interfleet to provide support services for DMU procurement

Simmons Machine Tool names Collen VP of sales

Tunisian railway obtains locomotive simulators to improve conductor training

Hamm joins Cornerstone Systems as account executive

July 18

Senate defeats amendment to hike transit security funding

Second-quarter rail-car orders, deliveries outpace first-quarter figures, ARCI says

NS launches trailer management program to meet fall peak equipment demand

California allocates $1.26 billion in transportation funds

Electrical workers' union agrees to add fifth year to CN contract

UP begins major trackwork project in Iowa

RFTrax appoints Felty to manage business development

July 15

Pittsburgh port authority's Skoutelas to join Parsons Brinckerhoff

AAR, RSI to brief U.S. rail suppliers on Iraq business opportunities

CTA boosts 2005 ridership through May

AAR traffic update: Holiday week weakens U.S. railroads' carloads

WMATA to upgrade Navy Yard station to accommodate baseball fans

Alameda Corridor's train traffic on the rise

CSX to boot up redesigned Web site July 18

CTA to expand fiber optic network

Seattle Monorail consortium unveils preliminary design

Rail service, stockpiles should be on uptick next year, Arch Coal says

July 14

Democrats introduce security funding bill in the House

CPR, electrical workers' union agree on five-year contract

RailAmerica reports carload rise in June, first half

FreightCar America appoints Baun to head western region sales, Johnson to succeed the retiring Sornsen

Sound Transit obtains tunnel-boring machine

North American Technologies secures financing deal with major shareholders to ramp up tie production

Chartwell International purchases 95 flat cars for waste-by-rail service

July 13

FTA provides funds for World Trade Center transportation hub

Dispatchers' union OKs two-year contract extension with CN

WMATA posts monthly ridership record in June

Tex-Mex lands $50 million RRIF loan

Canada extends passenger-rail funding pact with Ontario Northland

U.S. Customs certifies Pacer Stacktrain as security program member

The Andersons rail unit acquires 1,600 freight cars

KCS to boot up Spear Technologies' asset management software

French railway to provide real-time train arrival info at stations

July 12

APTA seeks $2 billion in FY2006 transit security funding

Louisiana senator drafts bill to seek safer crossings

Maryland Transit appoints Wells to head subway system

Washington county closer to acquiring BNSF corridor

BART seeks comments on environmental concerns for proposed extension

NS showcases interchange scorecard at short line meeting

Amtrak aims to be a better service provider on Empire Builder trips

Ohi-Rail to lease Wheeling & Lake Erie lines in Ohio

Minnesota approves $40 million for Twin Cities transit

Duos Technologies, Epsilon Systems to supply security system for CSXT's D.C. line

July 11

Amtrak reinstates portion of Acela Express service

BNSF to exit rail-controlled trailer business by end of 2006

Las Vegas Monorail Co. to acquire management firm

FRA green lights $32.7 million RRIF loan for Iowa Interstate

Cubic installs fare-collection system on San Diego Trolley extension

Florida short line takes over former CSXT track

Class Is need to step up training to reduce safety risks, UTU's Thompson says

New Web site offers low-cost international train tickets to travel agents

Safetran boots up business collaboration platform to improve IT

July 8

U.S. roads register traffic gains in the year's first half, AAR says

More federal security funding needed in U.S. transit sector, APTA says

WMATA board committee endorses three yard expansion projects

Federal court to consider UTU's lawsuit against carriers' committee

Utility, BNSF to argue rate case before the STB

Sound Transit board backs updated long-range plan

CSXI's truck dispatching device helps reduce driver turnover, traffic center calls

National Mediation Board creates Web-based arbitration record archive

July 7

U.S. Homeland Security elevates mass transportation threat level after London bombings

Transportation Services Index registers second-straight monthly gain in April

TCU to merge with machinists' union

UIC to begin enforcing standard rail-car use contract next year

BMWED to represent workers at another VAE Nortrak plant

Miami-Dade tabs URS to design aerial rail link

BNSF continues to re-paint locomotive fleet

DART names new police chief

July 6

California college obtains FRA grant for rail defect detection system

Ohio tax law not a liability to NS' quarterly net income

CPR compiles trackwork component list for capacity expansion projects

CG Railway to lease track from New Orleans port

South Africa selects Bombardier-led consortium as preferred bidder for 50-mile rail system

Iowa Interstate appoints one, promotes two

July 5

KCS appoints Rión to TFM's top post

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference members ratify two CN contracts

CTA begins third phase of Red Line rehab project

Senate OKs Kaveeshwar as administrator of USDOT's new research arm

RailComm installs remote-control yard automation system at chemical shipper's Alabama plant

Maryland Transit Administration completes portion of double-track project

Sony division honors Pacer Global Logistics as top intermodal carrier

July 1

Extension No. 8: Congress delays TEA-21 reauthorization another 20 days

AAR traffic update: U.S. roads remain in traffic groove; Canadian roads and TFM still in carload slump

New York/New Jersey port authority to expand less-than-year-old intermodal facility

KCS to spend $50 million to expand Shreveport yard

New York area transit agencies to develop regional smart card system

KCS appoints Grimes AVP of business development

VAE Nortrak's Wyoming employees ratify first-ever labor contract, join BMWED

Homeland Security contracts Epsilon Systems to install surveillance system on D.C.-area rail lines

Van de Water to chair National Mediation Board

Global Railway's YSD to supply doors for 150 box cars

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