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Rail News: December 2004

December 29

Rail Industry Trends
With two weeks to go, U.S. roads set annual ton-miles record, AAR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Year in review: WMATA notes 2004 accomplishments, looks ahead to 2005 priorities Read More »
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M&A
Watco swings second track-acquisition deal with BNSF in two days Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sacramento Regional Transit District moves forward with transit-oriented development plans Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Harrison to chair International Cargo Security Council next year Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BART posts record ridership to airport during Christmas holiday Read More »

December 28

Short Lines & Regionals
Short lines jump on 'Jersey Express' to lure coast-to-coast perishables shippers Read More »
M&A
Watco launches 10th short line after acquiring BNSF lines in Montana Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Chicago region needs to act to avoid future freight-traffic congestion, study says Read More »
Intermodal
CSXI's January fuel surcharge to decline for second-straight month Read More »

December 27

Short Lines & Regionals
Ohio short line to acquire, lease track from CSXT Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pennsylvania transit agencies to obtain short-term state funding Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Pioneer Railcorp to stop trading stocks publicly Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA to extend service hours on Cermak branch Read More »
M&A
OmniTRAX seeks to lease, operate CSXT lines in Alabama Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
National Mediation Board to gather input on proposed arbitration service fees Read More »
Mechanical
Johnstown America changes name to FreightCar America, names Bagby CFO Read More »

December 22

Rail Industry Trends
BNSF, UP to compete for Houston shippers' business, STB says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sound Transit to extend light-rail service to SeaTac airport Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS to take control of Tex Mex on New Year's Day Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak opens new St. Louis station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Milestone: BNSF moves one-billionth ton of coal from Wyoming mine Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Calgary Transit orders 33 light-rail vehicles from Siemens Read More »
Financials
UP to record fourth-quarter operating charge due to asbestos-claim liability Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Vienna transit agency orders light-rail vehicles from Bombardier-led joint venture Read More »
Intermodal
Indiana port posts record monthly tonnage total in November Read More »
People
Hatch Mott Mac Donald appoints Beach EVP in tunneling unit Read More »

December 21

Rail Industry Trends
CPR, Canada to fund cargo inspection system at Windsor-Detroit border crossing Read More »
Labor
BNSF again a top 50 diversity-conscious company, magazine says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York Container Terminal assumes operation of Staten Island intermodal facility Read More »
People
Ontario Northland Transportation Commission appoints Carmichael president, CEO Read More »
Intermodal
Schneider National promotes Vander Ploeg to CFO Read More »

December 20

Rail Industry Trends
Monro to retire from FRA after serving as acting administrator for six months Read More »
People
CSX Technology: Wodehouse to retire, pass presidential reins to West Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA unveils Blue Line extension Read More »
Labor
Chicago Southshore & South Bend reaches agreement with UTU Read More »
Passenger Rail
AirTrain JFK celebrates first year of service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ASLRRA accepting nominations for annual 'safety person' award Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railway Tie Association honors former Appalachian Timber Services head Gadd Read More »

December 17

Rail Industry Trends
AAR update: With three weeks to go in 2004, North American roads remain well ahead of 2003 traffic pace Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Allegheny County port authority approves fare increase, service reduction plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT faces lawsuit alleging chemical contamination at predecessors' former tie treatment plant Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
VTA inks deal with UP to purchase property, trackage rights Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CG Railway to relocate rail-car facility from Mobile to New Orleans port Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to sell maintenance yard Read More »
People
RailWorks appoints Buresh, Levy to board Read More »
People
BART appoints board officers, members Read More »
MOW
Holland's track testing division obtains ISO accreditation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Denmark railway to install Verint's video security system Read More »

December 16

Rail Industry Trends
BNSF, American Commercial Lines land long-term coal transportation contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
L.A. County leaders fight for transportation money Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Canadian short line's paper business on a roll since partnering with shipper Read More »
Passenger Rail
Coast Guard to limit New Jersey drawbridge openings during peak travel periods Read More »
Intermodal
International Container Terminal Services to study commercial potential of southern Texas port's intermodal facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
South Pasadena seeks noise mitigation measures for LA MTA's Gold Line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Australian mining firm orders 13 SD70ACe locomotives from EMD Read More »
People
NJ Transit adds governor appointee Mason to board Read More »
Intermodal
Schneider National shuffles sales, intermodal exec deck Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Prover Technology to study safety of Swedish interlocking system Read More »

December 15

Kansas City Southern
KCS, TMM amend TFM acquisition agreement, end long dispute over deal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit prepares to add second commuter-rail train Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CPR sells Outremont Yard to Montreal university Read More »
Passenger Rail
Let it snow: WMATA, TriMet prepare for winter weather Read More »
Intermodal
Schneider National addresses driver shortage by offering largest-ever pay raise Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Italian transit authority contracts Magnetek to provide subway car power systems Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Greenbrier to collaborate with Chinese freight-car builder Read More »
Mechanical
Trinity sets succession plan for EVP Adams, SVP and CFO Ivy Read More »

December 14

Rail Industry Trends
CPR receives favorable arbitration ruling on rate, continues to pursue claim against coal shipper Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra prepares for Belmont Road underpass project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
RailAmerica increases North American traffic in November Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Minneapolis' Hiawatha line carries 135,000 passengers in first full week Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB issues rulings on five rail-related cases at open voting conference Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra dedicates three Electric District stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
House letter supports rail labor unions' opposition to National Mediation Board's arbitration fee proposal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York, New Jersey port authority plans to develop regional smart card program Read More »
M&A
Roper Industries completes TransCore Holdings acquisition Read More »
People
HNTB names Gertler VP Read More »

December 13

Mechanical
Montreal, Maine & Atlantic preps for remote controls, winter weather Read More »
People
Bombardier terminates Tellier's contract, appoints execs to new office of president Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
November carloads: Genesee & Wyoming tacks on traffic in North America, Australia Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA proposes $1.5 billion FY2006 budget Read More »
Labor
New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway T&E workers to join BLET Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York, New Jersey port authority approves FY2005 budget Read More »
M&A
Liquid propane transporter acquires rail terminal in New Hampshire Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA opens West Falls Church parking structure Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailPower to receive Texas R&D grant to produce hybrid locomotive Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NYCT contracts Granite Construction subsidiary to build ventilation structures Read More »

December 10

Rail Industry Trends
A first: U.S. roads' intermodal traffic tops 10 million units, AAR says Read More »
Labor
Carmen union OKs officer, board member elections Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
IANA's board elects officers, directors Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Containerization & Intermodal Institute hands out 'Connies' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Harsco Track Technologies receives South Carolina trade group's honor Read More »

December 9

Rail Industry Trends
USDOT report: U.S. surface transportation trade between Canada, Mexico continues to rise Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pennsylvania governor opposes stop-gap funds for state transit agencies Read More »
Intermodal
CSX to sell terminal operator subsidiary to Dubai Ports International Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Montana Rockies Rail Tours suspends 2005 operations Read More »
People
UP appoints Peterson government affairs director Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Santa Clara VTA releases environmental report on BART extension Read More »
M&A
RailAmerica sells Arizona, Texas short lines to Permian Basin Railways Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
GO Transit contracts Bombardier to build 10 bi-level cars Read More »
M&A
GATX Rail acquires EMD's stake in Locomotive Leasing Partners Read More »
People
LA MTA adds city councilman Reyes to board Read More »

December 8

M&A
Greenbrier buys Bombardier's 50 percent interest in Mexican freight-car venture Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
SEPTA seeks new Market Elevated project contractor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Out of Africa: BNSF execs consult with West African rail leaders Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pennsylvania DOT to analyze state transportation system Read More »
Mechanical
Railinc implements Phase I redesign of AAR car repair billing system Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
One in a million: Sound Transit's Tacoma Link hits ridership milestone Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP tabs transportation vet Florence to serve new El Paso unit Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART tests "Smart" parking management system Read More »
C&S
Alcatel to supply communication system for new Swedish rail line Read More »

December 7

Rail Industry Trends
Back on track: Transportation Services Index up in September Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Metro Transit opens next phase of Minneapolis' Hiawatha line Read More »
Mechanical
GE Equipment Services enters rail-car maintenance/repair pact with Millennium Rail Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Houston METRO obtains federal FY2005 funds Read More »
Mechanical
Edwards steps down at GATX Rail; Earl promoted Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ACACSO elects '05 officers Read More »

December 6

Mechanical
CPR installs "smart" sound technology to predict wheel bearing failure Read More »
C&S
TRANSFLO Terminal Services selects 10East's mobile platform Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sound Transit releases environmental report on long-range plan Read More »
M&A
Bijur acquires Denco Lubrication Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
SEPTA board reviewing options to address budget deficit Read More »
Logistics
TNT Logistics names Lamolinara VP of business development Read More »
People
PB consult appoints Johinke president Read More »

December 3

Rail Industry Trends
AAR traffic update: No November slowdown for U.S. roads or TFM; Canadian roads' intermodal units drop slightly Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra dedicates one station, completes renovations on another Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSXT to consolidate T&E, maintenance craft training at Atlanta facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Metro Transit to open remainder of Hiawatha line Read More »
Safety
UP appoints Mitchell as San Antonio unit's first-ever general director of operating practices Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BART posts ridership high on SFO extension during Thanksgiving holiday Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS, UP continue to be one of best and worst service-metric performers, Smith Barney/Citigroup says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Great Canadian Railtour Co. purchases Kamloops hotel to accommodate passengers Read More »
Mechanical
Washington DOT obtains federal funds to maintain refrigerated car supply for perishable product shippers Read More »
C&S
Alcatel to install signaling system for Spanish high-speed line Read More »

December 2

Rail Industry Trends
Capital spending: NS to increase 2005 budget about 16 percent to $938 million Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS' transload network continues to add facilities, traffic Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Former short-line association head Loftus dies Read More »
Mechanical
Thrall Investment to sell some Trinity Industries stock obtained in 2001 merger deal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
National small shipments association schedules 'Logistics 101' seminar in February Read More »

December 1

Intermodal
BNSF divides domestic intermodal department into five groups Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Bombardier to lay off 2,200 more transportation division workers Read More »
C&S
Alaska Railroad contracts Union Switch & Signal to supply 'first vital stand-alone' positive train control system Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TriMet ridership to airport station hits all-time high Thanksgiving weekend Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN renames St. Clair Tunnel to honor former president, CEO Tellier Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier celebrates one year accident-free on NJ Transit's River Line Read More »
Financials
3Q: New York Regional Rail raises revenue, earns income Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Texas group schedules conference to address high-speed rail corridor Read More »
M&A
Portec Rail completes Kelsan merger Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Parsons, PointShot partner to provide Wi-Fi services for North American passenger-rail systems Read More »
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