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Rail News: February 2006

February 28

Passenger Rail
VRE proposes ticket price hike in FY07 Read More »
People
Bobb to succeed Kraemer as BNSF's Group VP of coal Read More »
Intermodal
CSXI's March fuel surcharge to fall slightly Read More »
People
Free Congress Foundation's Weyrich to join surface transportation policy commission Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP tops list as America's 'most admired' railroad, Fortune says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Maryland Transit Administration staffers venture to London to study CCTV system Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF makes Latina magazine's top-50 list for seventh time Read More »

February 27

Rail Industry Trends
ACTA: Railroads operate more trains, move more containers along L.A.'s Alameda Corridor in 2005 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink orders commuter-rail vehicles from Rotem Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian railroad accidents and rail-related fatalities rise in 2005, transportation safety board says Read More »
Mechanical
Bombardier constructs 1,000th carbody for Long Island, Metro-North railroads Read More »
Labor
UTU files federal lawsuit to force Class Is to discuss training proposal Read More »
C&S
ERICO validates collection volume method during 13-year lightning study in Malaysia Read More »

February 24

Rail Industry Trends
BNSF's Illinois terminal sets lift record, surpasses safety goal in 2005 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Arkansas transit authority begins trolley line expansion Read More »
MOW
Kansas City Southern adds longer siding, Centralized Traffic Control to the Meridian Speedway Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Maryland Transit Administration completes 9.4-mile double-track project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA proposes to increase service on several holidays, operate longer trains during tourist season Read More »
Financials
Portec Rail posts record revenue, income in 2005 Read More »
People
Moffett joins Raritan Central short line group as senior VP Read More »

February 23

Rail Industry Trends
Iowa Interstate scores second RRIF loan to purchase 22 locomotives Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BART increases rush hour train length to handle ridership spike Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Greater Cleveland RTA reaches five-year ridership high in January Read More »
Mechanical
UP makes diesel-saving grade with 'Fuel Masters' program, Mineta says Read More »
Mechanical
Potvin to succeed Ballachey as RailPower's CFO Read More »
Mechanical
MHF Logistical Solutions to exhibit rail-car tracking, cargo monitoring service at Arizona conference Read More »
Financials
Wabtec registers more sales, boosts earnings in 2005 Read More »
People
Engineering firm STV appoints Agro to SVP, deputy director position Read More »

February 22

People
CPR: Ritchie and Newall to retire in May; Green to become CEO and Cleghorn to assume chairmanship Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North American tie purchases and production post January gains, RTA says Read More »
People
Gates to head Genesee & Wyoming's safety and compliance department Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak boots up Spanish Web site Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Anacostia drops 'associate' from AAR membership status Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. Railroad Retirement Board to host rail employer training seminar Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
British Columbian tourist industry honors Rocky Mountaineer for employee management excellence Read More »

February 21

Rail Industry Trends
Tri-Rail adds trains as double-track project draws to a close Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Indiana DOT to provide more than $1.7 million in grants to 11 small roads Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Holland teams up with Ukrainian research institute and supplier to develop electric flash-butt welding equipment for worldwide market Read More »
C&S
Alcatel to install CBTC for Vancouver rail line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA to add route, increase service on Chicago's west side Read More »
Labor
Nebraska Kansas Colorado Railway's workers join UTU Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts Bay commuter-rail operator appoints Brereton chief mechanical officer Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Australia's Pacific National to add three 'slave' locomotives to its fleet Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NRC elects chairman, vice chairman and secretary-treasurer Read More »

February 17

Rail Industry Trends
DART anticipates revenue and ridership growth, light-rail project launch in FY06 Read More »
Intermodal
Seattle, Indiana ports report record cargo volumes in 2005 Read More »
People
WMATA installs Tangherlini as interim GM Read More »
Mechanical
Kansas City Southern to operate remote-controlled locomotives at its Laredo yard Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Houston METRO to begin preliminary studies on University Line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CPR to display 125-year-old charter at Calgary museum Read More »
M&A
Hulcher Services purchases North American Recovery Services Read More »

February 16

Rail Industry Trends
Surface Transportation Board gives final blessing to DM&E's Powder River Basin project Read More »
Financials
RailAmerica increases revenue, reduces operating ratio in the fourth quarter Read More »
Labor
Carriers' committee to resume negotiations with union coalition, BLET says Read More »
Intermodal
International Union of Railways to spend two years analyzing ways European railroads can increase market share Read More »
Safety
Reported crimes on WMATA's D.C. system drop 8 percent in 2005 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
REMSA seeks applicants for five academic scholarships Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak orders bomb-resistant trash cans from BlastGard Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
PointShot Wireless contracts Holden Railway Equipment to distribute products in China Read More »

February 15

Rail Industry Trends
In terms of total carloads, Kansas City Southern de México not in a 'slump' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier to close New York production facility Read More »
MOW
CTA to replace Church Street viaduct in suburban Chicago Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kansas City Southern's 'Reggie' Reynolds passes away Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CPR to shutter Thunder Bay intermodal facility in late April Read More »
Financials
Florida East Coast Railway sets full-year operating ratio record, registers revenue and profit gains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR creates Associates Advisory Board to gain suppliers' input in industry issues Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB to decide if South Carolina segment is purchased, leased or abandoned Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Enste to head EMD's international sales and service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Swedish counties contract Cubic to supply fare-collection systems Read More »

February 14

Rail Industry Trends
CSXT, Baltimore reach settlement on tunnel train derailment/fire case Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra selects Parsons Brinckerhoff to conduct study on suburban Chicago STAR line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming, Wesfarmers to sell majority of Australian Railroad Group for nearly $1 billion Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North American intermodal industry ends 2005 with 15th-straight quarterly volume gain, IANA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Monthly revenue up, ridership down for Las Vegas Monorail Read More »
Mechanical
Distributed power helps Kansas City Southern speed trains along Meridian Speedway Read More »
C&S
FRA fines CSXT $227,000 for fatal warning system failure at New York grade crossing Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ASF-Keystone's new Mexican arm takes wraps off steel castings plant Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Northern Virginia Transportation Commission seeks dedicated state dollars Read More »

February 13

Rail Industry Trends
North American railroads register carload gains during year's fifth week, AAR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Santa Clara VTA to gather feedback on Downtown East Valley light-rail project Read More »
M&A
New North Dakota small road assumes operation of two BNSF branch lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Boston-area developer to build condos, retail shops above MBTA station Read More »
Mechanical
American Honda places $100 million order for Greenbrier's Auto-Max cars Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail to build upon Easterly Class 'Maritime Learning' service's success Read More »
Mechanical
Kelso Technologies lands largest pressure relief valve order Read More »

February 10

Mechanical
UP orders 60 low-emission Gen-Set switchers from National Railway Equipment Read More »
Labor
Class Is expand workforce more than 3 percent in 2005, STB says Read More »
People
Maryland Transit Administration names Smolenski deputy operations director Read More »
Financials
Andersons Rail Group's 2005 ledger shows revenue and income gains Read More »
Passenger Rail
Northstar commuter-rail project returns to FTA's funding recommendation list Read More »
People
Tampa's HART appoints Persaud CFO Read More »
Financials
Pacer International increases income and earnings in the fourth quarter, full year Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
June's World Congress on Railway Research in Montreal to attract more than 600 attendees, organizers say Read More »

February 9

Rail Industry Trends
Harris Poll: Majority of Americans believe railroads should move more of the nation's freight and passengers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bush Administration's FY2007 budget proposes $8.9 billion for transit Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail commission considers raising Altamont Commuter Express fares Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads closed in on safest-ever year in 2005, AAR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
North Carolina agency receives 'low' FTA funding recommendation Read More »
Intermodal
L.A. port's 2005 rail lifts surpass 1 million mark, double 2002 lifts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN begins to serve new metallurgical coal mine Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Railinc cuts cost of wireless event-reporting software for small roads Read More »

February 8

Rail Industry Trends
President's FY2007 budget would provide $1.5 billion for transit-rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF attracts 114 plant construction projects to its lines in 2005 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
SEPTA deploys two explosive detection systems Read More »
Mechanical
Greenbrier subsidiary to handle Watco's car hire accounting processes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak hires firm to handle advertising, PR programs in southeast Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ENSCO to take wraps off Pennsylvania rail-car maintenance and office buildings Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
VolkerRail to use Applied Ultrasonics' metal component-strengthening system in Europe Read More »
MOW
NARSTCO appoints five account executives Read More »

February 7

Rail Industry Trends
Bush Administration proposes $900 million for Amtrak in FY2007 Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX co-creator Rice dies in Virginia Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index gains ground in November Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Proposed FY2007 security program funding insufficient, APTA says Read More »
MOW
CSXT to upgrade track in Virginia and the Carolinas Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RDC's Guatemalan railroad marks 12 months without a personal injury Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Denver RTD to implement management information systems Read More »
Labor
South Kansas and Oklahoma's MOW workers to join the BMWED Read More »
Mechanical
ORTHSTAR to build transit car simulator for Port Authority Trans-Hudson Read More »
Financials
FreightCar America increases full-year, fourth-quarter income and sales Read More »

February 6

Rail Industry Trends
Kansas City Southern de México launches locomotive management system, restructures engineering department Read More »
Labor
ATU members ratify three-year Metro Transit contract Read More »
M&A
Iowa Interstate to operate CSXT line in Land of Lincoln Read More »
People
TriMet appoints Garling to new safety and security director post Read More »
M&A
JLG Industries sells Gradall excavator line to Alamo Group Read More »
M&A
Edwards and Kelcey acquires KKO and Associates division Read More »
Mechanical
Golden to succeed Ciancio as GATX's VP and general counsel Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Voith Turbo introduces diesel-hydraulic six-axle locomotive to European rail market Read More »
People
Rae to step down from Virginia rail agency post Read More »

February 3

Kansas City Southern
KCS registers revenue gains because of acquisitions, reports income losses because of hurricanes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. and Canadian railroads move more carloads, Kansas City Southern de México remains mired in traffic slump in January Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit to add service on Hudson-Bergen light-rail line Read More »
People
MARTA names department managers Read More »
Labor
Portland & Western workers ratify five-year BLET agreement Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA boots up Web-based service center Read More »
People
Kincheloe takes seat as North Carolina Railroad's chairman Read More »

February 2

Intermodal
UP, NS make changes to Blue Streak offerings Read More »
C&S
BNSF selects Saft's nickel-cadmium batteries for crossing equipment Read More »
People
New York MTA appoints former FBI agent Schiliro to oversee security policies Read More »
People
Watco appoints Roach, Hawley to new SVP positions Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Short line association seeking applicants for women's scholarship program Read More »
MOW
Harsco opens office in China Read More »

February 1

Financials
4Q and full year: CPR earns record income, reduces operating ratio Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA registers highest rail passenger count in 20 years Read More »
Mechanical
BNSF begins to test GE's diesel consumption control system Read More »
Mechanical
Florida East Coast places first order for new locomotives in two decades Read More »
Passenger Rail
Oversight panel notes Sound Transit's ups and downs Read More »
Intermodal
CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge back on the rise Read More »
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