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Rail News: December 2005

December 29

Mechanical
WMATA establishes goals, plans for coming year Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Class Is' slowing velocity should pick up speed in 2006, Smith Barney/Citigroup says Read More »
People
VIA Rail fires chairman Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF workers' injury-free streak reaches 11 years Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA expands Westborough station lot Read More »
People
Whiteman joins Wabtec Railway Electronics as VP/GM Read More »

December 28

Rail Industry Trends
Germany's Deutsche Bahn orders 72 trains from Bombardier/ALSTOM consortium Read More »
MOW
Caltrain to improve safety on four bridges Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXI's January fuel surcharge to match December's 16 percent Read More »
MOW
Kulmer no longer part owner of A&K Railroad Materials Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA to gather feedback on Alexandria yard expansion Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Retired Emery Tree Services VP Emery dies Read More »

December 27

Rail Industry Trends
Pittsburgh port authority to begin construction on North Shore alignment, defer convention center spur Read More »
M&A
RailAmerica sells Colorado short line to Permian Basin Railways Read More »
Labor
NYCT, TWU resume negotiations Read More »
Intermodal
New Jersey short line to launch express intermodal service with NS, CSXT Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Greater Cleveland RTA dips into reserves to balance 2006 budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
V&S Railway purchases line from Colorado DOT Read More »
Labor
VIA Rail reaches tentative contract with locomotive engineers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Metra unveils new Oak Lawn station Read More »
Labor
Florida East Coast finalizes three labor agreements Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Anacostia & Pacific boots up new Web site Read More »

December 22

Passenger Rail
Caltrain to hike ticket prices another 5.6 percent Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF begins to operate a portion of its new California transloading center Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Senate signs off on measure to extend Patriot Act six months Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
St. Louis Metro posts first-quarter ridership increase Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
'Tis the season for tie purchases to plummet in November, RTA says Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA begins operating new bi-level passenger cars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Former FRA administrator, RailAmerica board member Sullivan dies Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Bach-Simpson to supply event recorders for new PATH subway cars Read More »

December 21

Rail Industry Trends
D.C. proposes dedicated sales tax for WMATA Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Buttrey to serve as board's interim chairman after Nober's departure Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
LA MTA closer to constructing Exposition light-rail line Read More »
People
MARTA's Ford to assume San Francisco agency's top post, Carroll to take over as interim GM Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ASLRRA seeks nominees for safety person of the year, Susan Murray memorial scholarships Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Manzo joins Montreal, Maine & Atlantic as finance director Read More »
C&S
Southwest Signal purchases Denver Signal Design Read More »
Mechanical
Cattron Group names Inam VP of global engineering Read More »

December 20

Labor
TWU workers begin walkout at NYCT Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads post progress in avoiding train accidents, preventing employee fatalities this year, AAR says Read More »
Mechanical
BNSF on track to boost fuel efficiency 1 percent in 2005 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
San Diego Trolley adds eight surveillance cameras at downtown station Read More »
People
BART elects board president, vice president Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR names NS' Moorman 2006 chair, appoints committee chairmen Read More »
Mechanical
CSXT, NS to use anti-freeze agent when loading coal cars in the cold Read More »
People
Railinc names Neville, West to VP positions Read More »

December 19

Labor
Carriers' conference seeks to stop mediation with rail labor union coalition Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New Orleans transit authority can use federal dollars to jump-start streetcar service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TriMet to raise ticket prices Jan. 1 Read More »
MOW
UP rolls out second high-tech track inspection vehicle Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier to manufacture 47 FLEXITY trams for German transit authority Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Hamburg Sud's Wilson to chair IANA in 2006 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Next year's 'Day on the Hill' set for March 8 Read More »

December 16

Rail Industry Trends
It's official: Nober won't seek second term as STB chief Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia transportation agency to provide $84.4 million for rail improvement projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS promotes Campbell to VP-Administration Read More »
People
Stark to succeed Engel as SYSTRA's president & CEO Read More »
C&S
CTA contracts U.S. Cellular to provide wireless service in subway system Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA to test eight-car train service on Orange Line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ASME offers Terrey Hawthorne Memorial Scholarship Read More »

December 15

Rail Industry Trends
Transport Canada to monitor CN operations in B.C. Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA's Boardman urges Congress to renew the Patriot Act Read More »
Mechanical
CTA to install computerized work-order system at maintenance facilities Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
San Diego Trolley to restore two vintage cars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ASME/IEEE to sponsor infrastructure/rolling-stock 'restoration & upgrade' conference Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Cargo security council elects officers & board members Read More »

December 14

Rail Industry Trends
Five transit-rail agencies to help TSA test emergency preparedness Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier/ALSTOM consortium to build 90 double-deck cars for Belgian railway Read More »
Labor
CPR's Ritchie helps launch fund raising campaign for Canadian colleges' transportation/logistics program Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming notch traffic gains in November Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transit-oriented development center coming to Maryland Transit station Read More »
Mechanical
TTX promotes Savard, Deppisch Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
UP to install real-time surveillance, monitoring systems Read More »
Mechanical
Fitzpatrick, Madden join FreightCar America's board Read More »

December 13

Rail Industry Trends
FRA forges safety compliance agreement with Oregon short line Read More »
Financials
Cloudy coal forecast could put CPR's 2006 earnings in deep freeze Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Santa Clara VTA temporarily withdraws BART extension from 'New Starts' process Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
North American small roads continue to move more carloads, RMI says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit contracts Skanska to rebuild maintenance shop Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TriMet, Google team up to offer online trip planning Read More »
Mechanical
Canadian supplier's headquarters headed for the United States Read More »
Mechanical
Wabtec commemorates 10th anniversary as public company Read More »

December 12

Financials
NS' 2006 budget to exceed $1 billion Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Florida DOT, transit agencies to study options along freight-rail corridor Read More »
Labor
BNSF, BMWED augment safety agreement Read More »
People
WMATA appoints Davis to oversee Green/Yellow line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wood-truss manufacturer turns to rail to reduce transportation costs Read More »
People
San Diego transit authority elects Mathis chairman Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to speed up trains on Illinois line Read More »
People
Zurowski joins Global Railway's board Read More »

December 9

Rail Industry Trends
AAR: North American railroads' intermodal loads up, carloads down in November Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York/New Jersey port authority signs off on $5 billion budget Read More »
Financials
BNSF to buy back 30 million more common stock shares Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation appropriations bill earmarks $88.7 million for CTA Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP takes home national health honor for the fourth time Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA unveils FY2007 spending plans Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation safety board's Engleman Conners withdraws nomination for second chairmanship term Read More »
People
MARTA elects next year's directors Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Containerization & Intermodal Institute hands out 2005 'Connies' Read More »

December 8

Rail Industry Trends
New York to provide $100 million for rail improvements Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transport Canada limits length of all northbound CN trains to prevent derailments in B.C. Read More »
Financials
Florida East Coast expects more railway revenue, profits by year end Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Paducah & Louisville to launch new short line at month's end Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railway Association of Canada hands out environmental, safety awards Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Peru copper miner installs Train Track's traffic-control system Read More »
C&S
Brazilian transit agency implements new signal system Read More »

December 7

Rail Industry Trends
Rail worker security training bill enters House Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index increases in September Read More »
Mechanical
NYCT orders 28 work trains from MotivePower Read More »
Labor
CN, UTU reach agreement on Wisconsin Central yardmasters' first-ever contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Gunn signs on as Free Congress Foundation adjunct scholar Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CPR's Ritchie to deliver keynote at RailtecMéxico next month Read More »
Mechanical
Timken appoints Deane to manage technology department Read More »
C&S
Dutch railway to test broadband connection onboard trains Read More »
Mechanical
Kocim to head AIG's newly formed rail-car leasing arm Read More »

December 6

Kansas City Southern
KCS renames TFM, restructures Mexican subsidiary's management Read More »
Mechanical
NS to install computer system on all road locomotives Read More »
Intermodal
Ports navigate through peak season congestion-free, retail federation report says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wabtec subsidiary lands ECP braking contract from South African railroad Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART unveils FY06 transit, capital improvement programs Read More »
Financials
Grupo TMM sells 18 million shares of KCS common stock Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Global Railway sells YSD's Ohio plant Read More »

December 5

Rail Industry Trends
KCS, NS team up to exploit Meridian Speedway's potential Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN to increase budget 9 percent next year Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF offers online interline rates for traffic terminating on NS, CPR Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sound Transit begins to build elevated Central Link guideway Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS sole Class I to earn cost of capital in 2004, STB says Read More »
M&A
Amsted Rail, Progress Rail acquire assets from each other's business units Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
MBTA adds informational kiosks at South Station Read More »

December 2

Rail Industry Trends
Inspector general's audit: FRA should clarify railroads' accident reporting requirements, step up enforcement of rule violations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN's the only Class I averaging faster train speeds in '05, Smith Barney/Citigroup says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Maryland Transit Administration nears completion of double-track project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern to provide service on coal shipper's Pennsylvania line Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco Bay-area residents brainstorm rail improvements Read More »
Labor
Alabama & Gulf Coast's T&E workers join UTU Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Minneapolis' Hiawatha hits 10 million mark Read More »
People
UP appoints Payne, Garrison and Chacon to new management positions Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Silicon Valley employers take advantage of Santa Clara VTA Eco Pass Read More »

December 1

Rail Industry Trends
TriMet posts all-time high ridership during Thanksgiving holiday Read More »
MOW
BNSF to wrap up 'Thayer South' trackwork in March Read More »
Mechanical
UP to install video surveillance system on locomotives Read More »
People
Conti to succeed the late Harrold as Providence and Worcester president Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Calgary Transit contracts L.B. Foster to supply materials for two extensions Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR issues 2005 edition of Class I facts and figures publication Read More »
People
Portec Rail appoints Yared, Myronov to sales management positions Read More »
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