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Rail News: January 2006

January 31

Rail Industry Trends
CN to move some CSXT traffic; CSXT to sell Ontario line to CN Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North posts highest-ever on-time performance, ridership in 2005 Read More »
Labor
BLET, UTU unite to campaign against one-man train crews Read More »
Mechanical
Freight-car deliveries will dip slightly to 64,000 units in 2006, Rail Theory Forecasts says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak Cascades sets annual ridership record Read More »
Mechanical
Fisher to manage North American sales for ZTR Control Systems' rail division Read More »

January 30

Rail Industry Trends
U.S., Canadian railroads continue to move more carloads and containers, AAR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak's ticket prices to fluctuate on several Northeast Corridor trains Read More »
Mechanical
Rail-car deliveries to surpass 73,000 in 2006, EPA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA begins to test eight-car trains during morning rush Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Greater Cleveland RTA continues to carry more passengers Read More »
People
Gen. Krulak becomes newest UP director Read More »

January 27

Rail Industry Trends
CN and CPR to operate more of each other's trains in the Vancouver area Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York/New Jersey port authority selects contractor for World Trade Center Hub Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak carries record number of passengers in Golden State Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
British Columbia port to begin building container-handling facility Read More »
People
Watco promotes Eyermann to SVP, appoints Kess to head engineering Read More »
Labor
Los Angeles MTA, unions plan to hold productive negotiating sessions Read More »
Labor
Former BLE VP, Secretary-Treasurer Voyk dies Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
From Landover to Lanham: AREMA moving to new Maryland office Read More »

January 26

Rail Industry Trends
FRA to launch program aimed at preventing train accidents in 'hot spot' areas Read More »
MOW
UP set to start track renewal project in L.A. area Read More »
M&A
Greenbrier acquires YSD Industries' box-car door and roof product lines Read More »
C&S
Union Switch obtains $9 million track circuit contract from WMATA Read More »
MOW
Given takes post as Hulcher Services president Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
L.B. Foster to begin building concrete tie plant in Tucson Read More »
People
OCTA names 2006 chairman, vice chairman Read More »

January 25

Financials
CN's fourth-quarter and annual operating ratios improve more than 3 points to the low 60s Read More »
Financials
NS sets high-water marks for annual and fourth-quarter revenue, income Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF increases annual capital spending budget 10 percent to $2.4 billion Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR posts informational signs at grade crossings Read More »
People
NS President/CEO Moorman to succeed Goode as chairman Read More »
Financials
American Railcar Industries completes IPO Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Chinese railway contracts project managers for high-speed rail line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian trade council recognizes Carmanah with 2005 export awards Read More »

January 24

BNSF Railway
BNSF sets traffic and revenue records, reduces operating ratio in 2005 Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX's 4Q: ONE Plan gains offset hurricane-related losses Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART draws up short-, long-range plans Read More »
Mechanical
GO Transit to expand bi-level car fleet Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ontario short line adds wood product supplier to customer list Read More »
People
Dunn leaves seat as New York MTA vice chair Read More »
Mechanical
Schaefer Equipment appoints four top executives Read More »
MOW
Caltrain to bolster four bridges Read More »
Mechanical
Musser to manage sales for Portec Rail's maintenance product division Read More »

January 23

Rail Industry Trends
North American railroads cap off year's second week with more carloads, intermodal moves Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
President to nominate Victory Transportation's Simpson to top FTA post Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pittsburgh port authority's annual passenger count hits three-year high Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSX seeks to build logistics center in Sunshine State Read More »
People
Massachusetts Bay commuter-rail operator makes senior management changes Read More »
Labor
BLET organizes OmniTRAX's Panhandle Northern Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Foster-Miller obtains federal funds to continue locomotive safety studies Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.K. transport department to begin passenger-screening pilot program Read More »
Intermodal
GE, Siemens team up to market container security system in Europe Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York MTA boots up Web page translator Read More »

January 20

Rail Industry Trends
BNSF, CN to exchange trackage and other access rights in three areas Read More »
M&A
RailAmerica sells three Alberta short lines to CN Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak hires Heidrick & Struggles to help find next top executive Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP to acquire 60 'Gen-Set' switchers for L.A. yards Read More »
People
Long-time director Mack to chair WMATA's board Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
LA MTA to operate limited-stop trains on Gold Line Read More »
People
Four KCS execs move up a notch on the corporate ladder Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Second annual 'RailTrends' conference coming to New York City in October Read More »
Intermodal
Hub Group to acquire Comtrak's assets Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail system advocate/author Kunstler to deliver keynote at association's annual high speed rail meeting Read More »

January 19

Union Pacific Railroad
UP sets revenue and traffic records despite year-long series of severe storms Read More »
MOW
CSXT to reopen Katrina-damaged Gulf Coast line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
All modes post third-quarter passenger gains, APTA says Read More »
Intermodal
Kansas City Southern's U.S., Mexican roads test joint intermodal service Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR to add trains on several lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sound Transit begins to bore Central Link tunnels Read More »
M&A
Watco starts up Mississippi short line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak to adjust discount on monthly Northeast Corridor passes Read More »
Mechanical
Cryo-Trans orders 429 refrigerated box cars from Greenbrier Read More »

January 18

Rail Industry Trends
Our misinterpretation of Week No. 1 Class I service metrics Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN pulls out of Chicago's CREATE program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CPR sells part of spur to British Columbia city Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF's Anderson, Draper and Johnson assume new VP roles Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sacramento RT to consolidate services at new center Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF banks on steady fuselage business from Boeing Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TSA names Miller special counselor Read More »

January 17

Short Lines & Regionals
R. J. Corman leases Memphis-area line from BNSF Read More »
Mechanical
Neupaver succeeds Kassling as Wabtec president/CEO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
National Labor College schedules three haz-mat training courses for rail workers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Toyota's North American division sets vehicle production record Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RMI recognizes customers with first-ever 'Fast-Track' awards Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Vapor Rail selects SolidWorks CAD software Read More »

January 16

Rail Industry Trends
BNSF reduces rates for northern wheat shippers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tie purchases reach highest total since 1987, RTA says Read More »
Labor
Carriers' committee, UTU to resume contract negotiations in mid-February Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Chicago ordinance bans smoking in majority of Union Station Read More »
Mechanical
LaBat takes helm as GE rail service unit's first-ever CMO Read More »
People
Miami-Dade County representatives join South Florida RTA's board Read More »
MOW
TTCI to test Material Technologies' metal fatigue detection system Read More »

January 13

Rail Industry Trends
Class Is not off to great start in service performance, Smith Barney/Citigroup says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA to rehabilitate Howard Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New Year's holiday muddies railroads' year-over-year traffic comparisons, AAR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Orange County transportation agency seeks to extend sales tax Read More »
Labor
UP to military-experienced personnel: Want a job? Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA to use Homeland Security grant to build control center, improve radio system Read More »
Labor
Dispatchers union seeks to organize UP workers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming registers monthly, quarterly traffic gains Read More »

January 12

People
WMATA's White to step down from top post Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kansas City Southern de México changes operating practices to speed up cross-border freight Read More »
People
Virginia transportation commission elects officers, outlines objectives for 2006 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ARCI report: Rail-car builders cap off 2005 with boost in orders, deliveries Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
RailAmerica registers more carloads in monthly, year-end reports Read More »
MOW
MBTA to begin $3 million bridge rehab project Read More »
Safety
Watco program rewards rule-conscious workers Read More »
Intermodal
Former BNSF intermodal VP Hickerson to head Pacer's trucking unit Read More »

January 11

Rail Industry Trends
FRA stats show train accidents, crossing incidents continue to drop Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to replace nearly century-old Thames River Bridge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Maryland Transit Administration to close four commuter-rail stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to EPA: Railroad shouldn't foot entire soil clean-up bill in Omaha Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TTCI center to provide emergency preparedness field training for first responders across the nation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA to temporarily close several Brown Line stations during construction project Read More »
Mechanical
Wilsted to succeed Brady as Greenbrier's CFO Read More »

January 10

Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak selects firms to redevelop Chicago's historic Union Station Read More »
Intermodal
BNSF moves more trailers, meets most service commitments for UPS Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Bombardier/Talgo consortium wins $786 million high-speed train contract from Spanish railway Read More »
People
KCS appoints Freeman AVP of strategic analysis Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Short line association seeks entries for annual marketing awards Read More »
MOW
Cando Contracting partners with Sumitomo Canada to expand product and service portfolio Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Transportation management tool users exceed 300 small roads, RMI says Read More »

January 9

Rail Industry Trends
U.S. roads set ton-miles, intermodal load records in 2005, AAR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra to add trains, stops on three newly expanded lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
October's Transportation Services Index falls to seven-month low Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota residents favor Northstar commuter-rail project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Iowa Interstate to land new customers from industrial development projects Read More »
Mechanical
Westcode to supply HVAC systems for Port Authority Trans-Hudson cars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR publishes 22nd edition of book tracking 10-year trends Read More »
C&S
Carmanah Technologies gains $15 million from private placement Read More »
People
Caltrain names 2006 chair, vice chair Read More »

January 6

Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak supporters, labor unions disagree with president's board appointments Read More »
Labor
NMB orders carriers' committee back to the bargaining table, BLET says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Program cuts reduce FY06 federal transit program by $100 million Read More »
M&A
Mercer Management acquires rail industry software developer MultiModal Applied Systems Read More »
Labor
KCS to test waters with new cross-functional management training program Read More »
C&S
Newly enacted Badger State law requires railroads to install yield signs at 'passive' crossings Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TriMet turns to K-9 unit to patrol vehicles Read More »
MOW
North American Technologies secures financing, installs Kaufman in top post to succeed Sullivan Read More »

January 5

Rail Industry Trends
Bush reappoints Hall, Sosa to Amtrak board during congressional recess Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF rolls out mileage-based fuel surcharge program for coal, ag shippers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN exceeds grain revenue cap by more than $118,000, Canadian Transportation Agency says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Higgins joins National Transportation Safety Board Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alaska Railroad to review construction plans at open houses Read More »
Mechanical
Wabtec's Young Touchstone appoints Smith VP/GM Read More »
Intermodal
Pacer adds Starzel to board Read More »

January 4

Mechanical
WABCO Transit, Vapor Rail to supply parts for PATH subway cars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier obtains 73-train order from French railway Read More »
Financials
Greenbrier produces fewer rail cars but earns more greenbacks during FY2006's first quarter Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB selects 15 new members for small railroad, shipper council Read More »
Mechanical
Mansbart succeeds Schwayer as GATX Rail Europe's CEO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Virginia transportation commission to present 2006 goals Read More »
M&A
Portec Rail's U.K.-based subsidiary acquires conveyor firm's assets Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
South Africa's Spoornet orders ECP brake, distributed power systems from New York Air Brake parent Knorr-Bremse Read More »

January 3

Rail Industry Trends
STB arm releases final environmental analysis of DM&E's Powder River Basin project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CPR to cut capital spending about $100 million in 2006 Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA offers monthly reserved parking passes Read More »
Labor
BLET members at CN's Illinois Central division ratify five-year contract Read More »
People
UP names Barnes AVP of Chicago operations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New canine unit patrols Pittsburgh port authority Read More »
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