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Rail News: March 2004

March 31

Rail Industry Trends
KCS to refocus attention on NAFTA Rail plan after favorable TFM agreement ruling Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP wins workforce management award Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS obtains workforce diversity honor Read More »
Intermodal
CSXI's April fuel surcharge to increase 0.4 percent Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Balfour Beatty Rail to move majority of Pittsburgh operations to Jacksonville Read More »

March 30

M&A
RailAmerica reaches agreement to sell Freight Australia - its last international holding Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
House introduces $275 billion TEA-21 reauthorization bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF, Kansas State University plan exhibit, courses to educate worldwide grain buyers about rail Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA reopens fifth rehabilitated station on Cermak (Douglas) branch Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canada grants $1.2 million to Canadian railroad museum Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High Speed Rail Authority extends public comment period for draft report Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Lumber shipper tabs TransWorks' real-time electronic system to manage shipments Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
IANA schedules intermodal operations, maintenance seminar Read More »

March 29

Safety
Preliminary FRA safety stats: U.S. roads improved safety in most categories last year, but train accidents a cause for concern Read More »
Labor
Canadian labor board certifies election results favoring the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Read More »
Financials
Providence and Worcester posts promising 2003 financial results Read More »
Mechanical
Johnstown America to deliver 367 coal cars to three customers by June Read More »
Intermodal
Pacer Stacktrain appoints Bailey EVP of business development, transportation purchasing Read More »

March 26

BNSF Railway
BNSF banks on Web, email to provide customers up-to-the-minute shipment status Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra launches public safety campaign Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS opens yard to serve Honda's Alabama plant, joins U.S. Customs' voluntary security program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA kicks off Red Line rehabilitation project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ASLRRA names 2003 safety, 'Jake' award winners Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA to improve information display systems Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS accelerates train speed on Georgia line Read More »
People
Pacer Global Logistics names Pacer Stacktrain's Ruotsi chief commercial officer Read More »

March 25

Rail Industry Trends
It's time for a North American railroad summit to address transportation growth, CPR's Ritchie says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Oregon's TriMet proposes $331 million budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canada needs to raise railroads' depreciation rate to balance market, railway association says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UK's Network Rail contracts ImageMap to supply track geometry measurement systems Read More »
People
Indiana Rail Road appoints Orr to oversee operations, Van Gemert to head new switching subsidiary Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
UP uploads short-line section to its Web site Read More »
Labor
Railroads agree to boost UTU members' health-care benefits Read More »

March 24

Rail Industry Trends
Senate testimony supports, criticizes federal rail security plans Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART seeks input on 2030 transit plan Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF to double Memphis intermodal facility's capacity Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Charlotte agency to purchase light rail vehicles for South Corridor line Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Event reporting update: More short lines are making the grade, but many are flunking, ASLRRA says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High Speed Rail Authority to hear comments on environmental reports Read More »
People
Genesee & Wyoming appoints Andres chief accounting officer, global controller Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Italian railway awards $292 million trainset contract to ALSTOM Read More »

March 23

Rail Industry Trends
AAR stats: U.S. roads continue year-over-year carload, intermodal traffic uptick Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Department of Homeland Security outlines new transit security initiatives Read More »
Intermodal
Hudson Bay Railway to provide one leg of intermodal service to Canada's arctic region Read More »
People
Steel Dynamics names Hollman VP Read More »

March 22

M&A
TFM acquisition agreement between KCS/Grupo TMM stands, Mexican arbitration panel says Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART, SamTrans enter discussions to adjust SFO extension service plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF's bullish on perishables traffic despite cow, poultry disease outbreaks Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA to re-bid rail-car order Read More »
M&A
Ohio county seeks STB approval to acquire privately held line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York economic development agency to revamp Penn Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RMI's automated cargo notification service proposes a 'paperless railroad' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA to install cashless payment system at all parking lots Read More »
People
Wabtec's Davies faces brain surgery, three-month recovery Read More »

March 19

Labor
CAW workers ratify CN agreements, expect to end strike tomorrow Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA tightens security following Madrid terrorist attacks Read More »
Safety
FRA charters KCS' safety assurance, compliance oversight committee Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. transportation experts to help rebuild Iraq's passenger-, freight-rail systems Read More »
People
Pioneer Railcorp CFO Carr adds president to title Read More »
Labor
Brotherhood of Railway Carmen lodge boots up retirement benefit calculator Read More »
Mechanical
RailPower to obtain California grants for Green Goat, Kid Read More »

March 18

Mechanical
CPR to lease 41 high-horsepower, AC locomotives from GE Transportation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Houston METRO to review light-rail extension plans with area residents Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS to boot up Management Control System on Tex-Mex next month Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
SAB WABCO to supply brake, coupler systems for new Taiwan transit system Read More »
Mechanical
Cattron-Theimeg obtains UP order for 113 locomotive remote-control units Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Panama Canal Railway Co. to receive 'Excursion of the Year' award Read More »
Labor
UTU's Thompson, Johnson lay out post-legal fallout plan Read More »
Labor
Portland & Western operating employees organize under BLET umbrella Read More »

March 17

Intermodal
Intermodal: Double-stack corridor might be coming to America's 'Heartland' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bombardier to reorganize rail transportation division Read More »
CSX Transportation
Catching the Ethanol Express: CSXT to serve as 'virtual pipeline' between the Midwest, Northeast Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak settles Acela lawsuit with Bombardier/ALSTOM consortium Read More »
Logistics
BNSF LOGS another commodity into guaranteed equipment program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Public transportation offers significant commuter cost savings, Los Angeles MTA study says Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Wabtec wins $19 million braking equipment order from Union Tank Car Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Memphis Area Transit Authority opens trolley line extension Read More »
Mechanical
Rail Theory Forecasts' service, book offers rail-car market breakdown Read More »

March 16

Safety
BNSF begins safety campaign to reverse recent rash of injuries Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit awards intermodal ferry terminal contract Read More »
Mechanical
AAR, Class Is diagram an Automatic Equipment Identification tag 'blitz' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Siemens, Comverse to install communication system for Norwegian and Finnish railroads Read More »
Mechanical
STB extends comment, rebuttal period for TTX's flat-car pooling authority application Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Broe Cos. launches land development division to increase OmniTRAX's intermodal business Read More »
M&A
Two small Georgia roads to acquire Ogeechee Railway's lines Read More »

March 15

Labor
CN, CAW reach tentative agreements, set stage to end strike Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA to focus on capital projects to increase 2004 ridership Read More »
People
RailAmerica takes chairmanship from Marino, gives to Pagonis Read More »
Passenger Rail
Madrid commuter train attacks spur U.S. rail security legislation Read More »
People
CSXT installs Ingram as EVP, COO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA approves subway station plans Read More »
Safety
FRA safety stats: U.S. roads succeeding with accident/incident counts, failing with train accident figures Read More »
Labor
SEPTA, TWU reach tentative agreement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
GE, Science Applications International team up to develop container security system Read More »

March 12

Labor
Boyd pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy, retires from UTU Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART, SamTrans dispute operating subsidies for SFO extension Read More »
Intermodal
Intermodal: UP to open Tucson terminal next month Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA proposes conversion to fully automated, cashless parking system Read More »
Mechanical
KCS to add another 25 locomotives to growing fleet Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE proposes fare revisions Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
National Mediation Board shuffles management staff responsibilities, reporting Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
California's North County Transit District awards $50 million DMU contract to Siemens Read More »
Mechanical
Global Railway to acquire YSD's rail-car door, side manufacturing assets Read More »

March 11

Labor
CN offers CAW three options to end strike; union rejects two of the proposals Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
GE Rail Global Signaling to test train-control technology on Amtrak's Chicago-to-Detroit corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New transportation index shows U.S. economy is strengthening, USDOT says Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit approves track redesign to serve sports complex Read More »
Labor
Locomotive remote controls should be regulated or eliminated, AFL-CIO transportation department says Read More »
Labor
SEPTA continues contract negotiations with TWU Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
PennDOT provides state funds for five small road projects Read More »
Intermodal
BNSF tacks five years onto Optimization Alternatives software contract Read More »

March 10

MOW
CSXT schedules June mainline rehab blitz Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, FRA have not 'exercised efficient management' of Northeast Corridor improvement project, GAO report says Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Bumper crops bump up RailAmerica's February carload counts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Connex Melbourne extends maintenance contract with ALSTOM Read More »
Financials
North American Technologies Group completes $14 million private placement Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Raw material costs prompt Wabash National to raise prices Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
MARTA implements project update program Read More »
Passenger Rail
England's Merseyrail names Cubic preferred fare gate supplier Read More »

March 9

Rail Industry Trends
BNSF earns 'Outstanding' service award from GLOVIS America Read More »
Mechanical
GE Rail Services names LaBat VP of sales Read More »
Financials
Taking stock: GWI's Fuller enters into Variable Prepaid Forward transaction Read More »
Financials
Taking stock, part 2: RailPower positioned for TSX transition Read More »

March 8

People
NS creating women's network to support career development, diversity Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Americans want more public transportation investment, APTA poll says Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF sets annual goal, empowers employees to improve fuel efficiency Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail to serve discontinued Amtrak route Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NRC names Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell's Baker manager Read More »
Passenger Rail
Los Angeles MTA to solicit public comments on unmet transit needs Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
RMI's small-road customer base reaches, soon will surpass 200 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sound Transit opens remainder of Kent Station Garage Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Belt Railway to install Digital Concepts' dispatching system Read More »

March 5

Rail Industry Trends
AAR traffic update: February, year-to-date figures favorable for U.S. roads, taxing for TFM Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
St. Louis Metro proposes fare increase to balance FY2005 budget Read More »
Intermodal
NS introduces 'Patriot' trailer service to New England, southeast intermodal markets Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART drafts FY2005 10-year plan Read More »
M&A
Stop BC Rail sale until CN deal is cleared of criminal allegations, Canadian labor federation says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
President's proposed FY2005 budget addresses transportation needs, USDOT says Read More »
Labor
In memoriam: Two-time former BLE International VP McGuire Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA becomes sole owner of Web-based TransportMAX tool Read More »
People
Transplace appoints Abernathy EVP of sales, marketing Read More »

March 4

Rail Industry Trends
STB ready to re-address certain environmental implications of DM&E's Powder River Basin project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut provides rolling stock funds for Shore Line East commuter rail Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS meets, exceeds electronic reporting demands under ISM initiative Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Department of Homeland Security division to up ante on cargo identification rules Read More »
Mechanical
Railway Association of Canada report: Canadian roads are increasing traffic, decreasing fuel usage Read More »
People
RailAmerica promotes Owen to top sales, marketing position Read More »

March 3

People
UTU suspends International President Boyd in the wake of federal racketeering charges, pegs Thompson to assume Boyd's duties Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail ousts chairman, investigates workplace irregularities Read More »
Labor
CN, CAW resume negotiations, but strike expected to enter third week Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Cisalpino awards $365 million tilting-train contract to ALSTOM Read More »
Mechanical
Rail-car orders, deliveries climbing, but builders haven't curtailed castings shortage, EPA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina Transportation Museum to restore, display Amtrak locomotive Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF adds Draper, Bobb and Kaufman to marketing exec roster Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesotans favor Northstar commuter rail Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ACTA ready to inaugurate Alameda Corridor grade separation, reopen the Pacific Coast Highway Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Atlanta Streetcar contracts HDR to conduct feasibility study Read More »

March 2

Rail Industry Trends
NS, UP go the extra mile to please East Coast utility Read More »
Passenger Rail
TTCI, consultant team up to offer noise, vibration testing services Read More »
People
KCS adds ninth board member, elects Pletz to fill new seat Read More »
Intermodal
NS opens 29th Thoroughbred Bulk Transfer terminal Read More »
Labor
BLET sets strategy, structures trainmen department under Teamsters umbrella Read More »
MOW
TieTek augments raw-material alliance with Avangard Industries Read More »

March 1

Financials
First-quarter woes will adversely affect earnings estimate, UP says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Congress extends TEA-21 programs another two months Read More »
Intermodal
CSXI, CN launch Memphis-to-Northeast trailer service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA schedules public hearings on proposed fare increases, releases parking audit report to Congress Read More »
Kansas City Southern
TFM releases less-than-favorable quarterly, annual financial results Read More »
Passenger Rail
Utah Transit Authority awards commuter-rail contract, elects board members Read More »
M&A
Georgia-Pacific sells Mississippi short line, paper mills to Koch Industries Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Caltrain to open reconstructed Lawrence station Read More »
People
Timera returns to PS Technology moniker; names Tatro president, CEO Read More »
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