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Rail News: January 2005

January 31

Year-end financial statement: KCS sets revenue, income records; slashes operating ratios CTA seeks proposals for new passenger cars CSXT completes Chicago-area quiet zone Pennsylvania short line sets annual carload record IANA, NITL hire firm to manage co-located trade shows, attract more international attendees RailComm installs wireless automation system at UP yard

January 28

Mexican fiscal court upholds TFM's value-added tax refund claim Caltrain outlines 2005 capital projects Evans to end six-plus year tenure at UP Utah Transit Authority proposes consecutive-year fare hikes North American railroads to USDOT: Let us help rebuild railways in tsunami-impacted regions Bush to nominate former DOT Deputy Secretary Jackson to similar Department of Homeland Security post Home Depot honors BNSF as a top transportation provider in 2004 WMATA shuffles board roster CXT lands long-term concrete tie contract from UP

January 27

Financials: CPR's fourth quarter a bit soft, but full-year results are solid Minnesota Senate gives thumbs up to Northstar commuter-rail funding KCS orders 30 SD70ACe locomotives from EMD Sacramento RT to review budget process with residents NS fills five senior executive positions New York/New Jersey port authority's intermodal terminals shatter container volume record in 2004 KCS sets infrastructure improvement agenda for Meridian Speedway

January 26

NS attains annual '7 + 7' goal — more than $7 billion in revenue, operating ratio in the 70s Phoenix's Valley Metro obtains $587 million FTA grant for new light-rail line Making a financial statement: CN registers lowest-ever operating ratios, sets income records Santa Clara VTA schedules public meetings on BART extension BNSF calls all-out track maintenance blitz on California mainline Sound Transit hosts open house on Central Link light-rail construction Tompkins to head Volpe Center; Frankel to leave USDOT post Sacramento RT to hold hearings on proposed light-rail system modifications Rail is safest, cleanest transportation mode in Canada, railway association survey says

January 25

BNSF registers best quarterly operating ratio in four years; adopts new name to reflect forward-moving resolve Year-end financials: UP sees income fall and operating ratio soar; prepares 'Unified Plan' network redesign for 2Q roll out CSX posts promising 4Q earnings, operating ratio KCS, TMM clear potential U.S. antitrust hurdle to TFM transaction Iowa, Chicago & Eastern, BLET hammer out four-year contract through mediation

January 24

NS rolls out its own 'Blue Streak' intermodal service Minnesota Senate committee approves Northstar funding Texas Pacifico revives rail service on former South Orient line Bombardier announces more corporate reorganization moves, layoffs Great Smoky Mountains Railroad lands FRA's eighth RRIF loan Interfleet obtains contract to study light-rail vehicles Lampe takes presidential reins at Chicago SouthShore & South Bend Edwards and Kelcey taps Warzala as VP of design Rail-car orders increased 50 percent in 2004, ARCI says

January 21

NYC economic development agency seeks operator to re-establish service on Staten Island Railroad NJ Transit proposes fare increase in FY2006 2005 Outlook: RailAmerica expects 10 percent rise in revenue, 2 percent climb in carloads SEPTA to gather more public comments on proposed fare increase North Carolina Railroad to redevelop 13 stations to create revenue stream Amtrak continues to increase ridership in Pacific Northwest Transit Rail completes $2.5 million investment in New York Regional Rail Pennsylvania's Chocolate Town to build intermodal center Rail Scale taps Payne as president WMATA increases ridership, security during inauguration events

January 20

Routing protocol pact: BNSF, CN to reduce interchange locations from six to four, bypass Chicago UP upgrading track, crossing surfaces around San Antonio to speed up trains Federal truck safety administration to re-examine hours-of-service rules Iowa Interstate becomes full-fledged AAR member Chicago's Belt Railway appoints Paras GM of transportation

January 19

UP to reopen parts of storm-damaged western lines by Monday Minneapolis' Hiawatha ridership still on the rise Teamsters conference-represented train crew workers ratify CPR contract Cubic creates smart-card parking systems division Indication of intermodal growth: Vancouver port increases volume 11 percent in 2004 Passenger-rail association seeks to increase membership, awareness Retired NMB mediator Ingles dies Romanian metro orders 20 MOVIA trains from Bombardier Brazilian miner CVRD to acquire more rail cars, locomotives for three subsidiary railroads

January 18

CPR, coal shipper choose mediation to resolve rate dispute Bay Area residents want regional transportation authority, survey says Amtrak's Milwaukee airport station to open today Off the abandonment list: Wisconsin purchases CN line to preserve rail service ASLRRA accepting applications for women's scholarship program Railway Association of Canada appoints Lafreniere to manage railroads' radio spectrum Carter to succeed long-time Alfred Benesch Chairman Sandberg

January 17

CN, Steelworkers settle on tentative contract Greater Cleveland RTA increases annual ridership for second-straight year BNSF's real estate department changes name, but not charge to land more revenue BART service is highly recommended, survey says NS moves military vehicles, equipment for Operation Iraqi Freedom Minnesota could approve state funds for new commuter-rail system later this year RDC-led consortium assumes control of Mozambique's railway, port Bombardier to supply low-floor trams for German transit agencies FreightCar America leases NS facility to establish third rail-car production plant

January 14

Grupo TMM shareholders sanction sale of TFM stake to KCS Diesel costs fuel TriMet to propose fare increase AAR traffic report: U.S. roads pick up where they left off in 2004 CTA awards contract for Wilson station rehabilitation It might take weeks to repair storm damage, restore operations in the West, UP says WMATA posts budget proposals online GE Security's tamper-resistant container passes field tests Sacramento agency appoints board chairman, vice chair Union Switch & Signal appoints McGee COO

January 13

GM to sell EMD to Greenbriar/Berkshire-led investor group Severe western storms bring UP traffic to screeching halt KCS gathers gangs at annual start-up meetings to talk MOW turkey Washington state short line leases track from BNSF RMI projects second-straight banner year for product sales

January 12

Young appoints LaTourette to chair House's railroad subcommittee WMATA installs smart-card system at newest facilities AAR publishes 21st edition of 10-year trends book Calgary Transit raises a few fares Multi-Link Terminals to expand intermodal capacity in Finland, Russia GO Transit replaces Union Station monitors Quarterly financials: Greenbrier off to good start in FY2005 FreightCar America to sell stock publicly through IPO

January 11

FRA to issue safety advisory on switching procedures CTA completes Cermak branch rehabilitation Bulkmatic Transport accepts plea agreement for breaking federal haz-mat transportation laws, USDOT says Canadian labor board ponders service implications of possible CN strikes, lockouts Alaska Railroad to review capital projects at Fairbanks open house Trucking firm leases North Las Vegas track to new short line Bright and early: NJ Transit to add morning train on River LINE Union Tank Car, Kelso Technologies to jointly produce, peddle pressure-relief valves

January 10

USDOT traffic-flow survey: Trucks moved vast majority of U.S. freight by weight, value Utah Transit Authority obtains $34.8 million in FTA grants Watco expands into West Virginia by leasing CSXT line Sound Transit seeks public input on long-range plans Anacostia & Pacific to lease BNSF lines in central Minnesota, inaugurate short line No. 5 Greater Cleveland RTA to begin building new station STB's shipper assistance program lends hand to 120 companies in 2004 Georgetown Loop historic road appoints Gores general manager Former CSX Technology execs form PPT Solutions Wabtec Rail to refurbish car interiors for British rolling stock lessor

January 7

AAR's annual traffic tally: 2004 a year to remember for North American roads Northstar Corridor Development Authority crosses fingers for 2005 funding Caltrain names 2005 board chairman, vice chair Transportation Services Index registers second-straight monthly rise in October TriMet to install security monitoring system BNSF promotes Hickerson, Malesa to head intermodal business segments OmniTRAX's U.S, Canadian short-line roster reaches No. 14 The Andersons, RailWorks name VP/general counsels

January 6

CSXT offers real-time interline prices on the Internet Alaska Railroad's New Years' resolution: To improve passenger-, tourist-rail services Mexican appellate court upholds TFM's VAT refund claim WMATA to offer car-sharing services at more stations A British accent: TTCI opens London office MBTA police promotes MacMillan to deputy chief New York Regional Rail settles legal cases, sells more stock to Transit Rail SAFLINK to provide biometric services, supplies for homeland security program Sheahan to administer Montreal, Maine & Atlantic's engineering department

January 5

U.S. surface transportation trade with NAFTA partners continues to tick up, USDOT says Alaska Railroad to review capital projects at Anchorage open house KCS in midst of upgrading Meridian Speedway line NJ Transit one step closer to opening Newark City Subway extension BNSF, UP seek ways to reduce emissions on pre-2001 locomotive engines MotivePower to supply locomotives for Albuquerque commuter-rail system Small road obtains trackage rights to South Dakota-owned lines French railway contracts Bombardier to supply 100 high-capacity cars Railroad Cooperation and Education Trust adds five railroad contractors to RTOA ranks

January 4

President Bush to designate FTA's Jamison as acting FRA administrator Unified front: Seven rail labor unions form coalition to strengthen negotiating position Western Carolina Railway boots up new Web site Rail-car deliveries to increase 18 percent to 52,300 units, Rail Theory Forecasts says AAR approves Standard Steel's 'K+' axle design

January 3

FRA's final reflectorization rule to take effect March 4 SEPTA to hold off on fare increases, service cuts NJ Transit to expand late-night service on Newark City Subway Preparing to take on TFM: KCS adds Shoener, Zidar to exec staff; promotes Heavin UP budgets $54 million to upgrade San Antonio-area infrastructure OmniTRAX to obtain Washington state lines from BNSF, set up new small road as operator CSX World Terminals buys larger piece of Asia Container Terminals pie << Previous Next >>
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