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Rail News: October 2004

October 29

AAR: Another week, another intermodal traffic record for U.S. railroads Sound Transit mulls second Central Link station near stadiums Fuel, casualty costs and special charges add up to third-quarter loss for RailAmerica China's Guangzhou Metro orders more metro cars from Bombardier-led joint venture Construction to begin soon on two California quiet zones STB tabs Hart to mediate rate dispute GE lands loan guarantee to sell 25 locomotives to Grupo Ferroviario Mexicano

October 28

CSX increases third-quarter income and revenue, decreases costs KCS reports record third-quarter revenue, higher income BNSF opens Wyoming triple-track section ahead of schedule CSXI's November fuel surcharge set at 13 percent BMWE members approve Teamsters merger

October 27

CN posts promising third-quarter income growth, Class Is' best operating ratio OmniTRAX to lease CSXT's Atlanta line, lead industrial development push at adjacent park Indiana ports' September cargo reaches three-year high Timken increases third-quarter sales, income LED product supplier Carmanah Technologies posts best-ever quarterly financial figures

October 26

CPR makes strides with third-quarter revenue, income; loses a few steps with expenses, operating ratio Special charge for asbestos, environmental liabilities escalates BNSF's third-quarter expenses, operating ratio CPR: Green takes COO reins, Lamarre leaves board Rail-car market update: Plate, flat-rolled steel product prices to be cut in half next year, Rail Theory Forecasts says AAR issues 2004 edition of rail facts guide

October 25

'Jobs' bill becomes law: Class Is can drop diesel tax, short lines will collect trackwork tax credit NJ Transit to help communities take advantage of economic opportunities along River Line STB hands out six decisions at open voting conference Allegheny County port authority receives recognition for FY2004 budget UP proposes plan to reduce more engine emissions at California yard Cubic to install smart-card system for Italian transit agency CSX sets policy on 'poison pill' plans Iowa, Chicago & Eastern offers $10,000 reward, seeks answers to switch tampering

October 22

CN opens two offices in China, appoints Tonsager to head Asian arms New York, New Jersey port authority names state commissioner Ringler executive director U.S. railroads set weekly freight volume record along with another intermodal traffic high-water mark, AAR says Charlotte Area Transit System to unveil station designs for new light-rail line BNSF appoints Shewmake AVP, state government affairs NYCT contracts iVoice to install speech recognition system Wabtec increases third-quarter earnings, net income Swedish railway to install LED signs onboard high-speed trains RMI to reorganize, augment Atlanta offices

October 21

Financial fallout: Network congestion, fuel costs shrink UP's third-quarter income, inflate operating ratio NJ Transit opens MSU station KCS partners with Missouri DOT to improve crossing safety Houston METRO tops safety record for third-straight year Tie production up, purchases down in September, RTA says Ports Plus a part of KCS' marketing equation GATX promotes CFO, SVP Kenney to president

October 20

Financials: Any way you slice it, an 'extremely strong' third quarter for NS TriMet to redevelop Gateway Transit Center FRA funds crossing safety projects in Tar Heel state DART part of Fannie Mae's Smart Commute program CPR reaches tentative agreement with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Lloyd's Register Rail acquires Blue Print Rail CSXT purchases International Electronic Machines' wheel inspection system U.K.'s Great North Eastern Railway relies on software to increase returns on ticket revenue Quixote reorganizes six subsidiaries into three divisions Alcatel completes initial design of London Underground signal system

October 19

CN, CPR partner to speed up Vancouver port traffic NJ Transit to tweak timetables, improve customer service BNSF changes wheat rates to meet small shippers' needs APTA inducts Dyer into Hall of Fame ARCI report: Rail-car orders, deliveries continue quarterly climb Mapping it out: CTA helps passengers navigate around communities AAR appoints Thompson to manage CREATE program's rail projects DART contracts Behlman Electronics to supply signal generators Johnstown America to deliver 375 aluminum auto-carrying cars to CPR More and more passenger roads using composite materials, report says

October 18

AAR: U.S. roads miss all-time weekly intermodal volume mark, continue to hit traffic stride Amtrak sets ridership record in FY2004 Small roads' year-to-date traffic up more than 10 percent, RMI says Allegheny County port authority proposes fare increases, service cuts to balance FY05 budget STB arm releases preliminary environmental impact analysis on proposed Montana line CTA to begin upgrading Brown Line signal system UP to donate unused rail bridge to Oregon city Romania railway contracts Alcatel to modernize interlocking systems KCS appoints Byrd AVP-taxes Amtrak to enforce baggage limits

October 15

Remotes controlled: Cattron Group acquires CN's Beltpack business WMATA obtains $3.3 billion capital funding commitment from state, local governments RailAmerica begins to roll out RAILINC's transportation management system 3Q financials: J.B. Hunt posts 46.5 percent net earnings increase South Florida RTA obtains funds to continue DMU testing 'Heavy Haul' conference/exhibit coming to Rio in June '05 Bombardier-led joint venture obtains trainset order from China's Ministry of Railways Southern California Regional Rail Authority contracts JLP engineering firm to provide on-call services MARTA to make fare payments a 'breeze'

October 14

Ohio rail commission receives FRA grant to study crossing safety device Chinese railway ministry awards ALSTOM contracts worth more than $1 billion CSXT environmental program manager wins AAR's excellence award New Mexico government agencies order commuter cars from Bombardier Wisconsin & Southern helps 'haul the load' for the U.S. economy, USDOT's Whitmer says Shanghai transit agency contracts ALSTOM-led consortium to supply trains Calling all trucks: CSXI implements wireless communication system Burns Engineering acquires Heery Transportation Group Wabtec adds two years to electrical, machine workers contract

October 13

UP to tie wellness programs to medical plans Sound Transit seeks public comments on North Link extension STB schedules hearing to address coal shipper's rate case against BNSF, UP Bombardier, ALSTOM to build additional cars for Belgian railway U.S. needs to form a 'truly integrated' intermodal system, Horizon Lines' Raymond says Caltrain contracts Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide on-call services RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming tally more North American carloads Montreal Metro to install surveillance cameras throughout underground network AAR celebrates 70th anniversary Caltrain, WageWorks to promote commuter benefits program

October 12

House, Senate pass bill proposing repeal of railroads' fuel tax APTA develops public transit operation, maintenance standards UP on track to complete crossing safety program Finnish railway to improve onboard information systems Progressive Rail's plan to lease two Wisconsin lines, control new short line runs into regulatory snag Sea Containers creates separate passenger rail, ferry divisions Portec Rail, partner unveil 'multi-season' curve-rail lubricant French railway, Delta to end codesharing agreement Progress Rail to automate procure-to-pay process

October 11

Logistics Park II: BNSF to build intermodal facility in southern California USDOT grants $74 million to LIRR for East Side Access project AAR traffic update: North American roads register monthly, quarterly and year-to-date gains North Carolina's Triangle Transit Authority selects United Transit Systems to build DMUs Illinois RailNet acquires two BNSF lines in Land of Lincoln Port Authority receives $46 million USDOT grant for Stage II light-rail project Pennsylvania DOT provides $7.8 million for eight railroad projects CTA campaign advocates increased state funds Kazakhstan railway orders another 200 locomotive kits from GE Hiawatha ridership still rising in Minneapolis

October 8

AAR, ASLRRA augment the Rail Industry Agreement STB to hear arguments on CSXT, Buckingham Branch Railroad lease transaction AAR sets sights on Virginia Tech for railroad research lab Flourishing rail-car market a 'bellwether' of economic growth, Frankel says Roper Industries to acquire TransCore Holdings

October 7

Mexico's Foreign Investment Commission reverses field, approves KCS' application to acquire TMM's TFM interest LA MTA contracts Parsons Brinckerhoff to perform preliminary engineering on Gold Line extension Transportation Services Index stops slide, sets another 14-year record in July North County Transit District begins SPRINTER construction Canadian coal shipper signs transportation agreements with CN, Alberta RailNet Charlotte Area Transit System gets local thumbs up on federal grant agreement RAILINC service offers railroads, trading partners a tool to exchange electronic data Survey: More L.A. commuters choosing trains, buses over automobiles Canadian chemical producers schedule haz-mat transportation conference

October 6

IANA committee approves revisions to 'roadability' agreement Maryland Transit Administration to test trains on double-tracked line BNSF's 2004 double-track projects on the Transcon draw to a close New York, New Jersey port authority's AirTrain extension still going strong NS, Mississippi transportation department complete crossing upgrades MARTA to install new information technology system Watco shuffles marketing management staff Sacramento Regional Transit District marks South Line extension's anniversary Greenbrier names Whiteley chairman, aims to renew Furman's president/CEO contract Amtrak to hire more minority-, women-owned law firms

October 5

Southwestern Railroad leases, operates BNSF line in Land of Enchantment TEA-21 extended for the sixth time while other funding measures advance EPA rail-car report: Orders remain on the rise, but castings crunch still a production downfall CTA proposes two FY2005 budgets AAR appoints Usher senior director, business services South Florida RTA obtains $13 million federal double-tracking grant Genesee & Wyoming to centralize some of newest short lines' functions through RMI's Web-based system DART closer to completing extension to American Airlines Center Pacer Global Logistics receives Ryder System's intermodal carrier award Indian railway to install wireless communications network

October 4

CPR, NS seek STB approval for portion of Northeast haulage-sharing plan UTU-represented conductors ratify SEPTA agreement U.S. roads set weekly intermodal volume record for second-straight week, AAR says New York, New Jersey port authority extends a hand to the homeless CPR increases capacity to move more export grain WMATA to build new parking structure Terry joins KCS as SVP, general counsel School's in session: SEPTA police help keep students in the classroom RailPower promotes Ballachey to CFO St. Louis Metro names Jones VP of government, community affairs

October 1

UP to power up locomotive fleet with environmentally friendly units Sound Transit purchases BNSF right-of-way to extend commuter-rail service U.S., Canadian roads' damage claim payouts drop, AAR says Remainder of Hiawatha line set to open ahead of schedule RailAmerica reviews options to 'dispose' of Canadian short line, elects board member CTA opens 17th parking lot Missouri city obtains FRA grant to study freight-train routes, grade separations Total Logistic Control extends rail-car switching contract with Rochelle << Previous Next >>
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