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Rail News: March 2005

March 31

UP budgets $1.3 billion for 2005 MOW program State approves funding for Northstar commuter rail CSX nominates former Sen. Breaux as board member NJ Transit adds express trains at two stations The Andersons adds 1,180 rail cars to lease fleet VIA Rail's Vancouver-to-Toronto service to turn 50 Railinc launches two more IT products aimed at small-road market Global Railway's YSD subsidiary lands box-car door orders

March 30

KCS to take control of TFM by week's end Railroads need to acquire 70,000 rail cars annually to meet North American freight demand, FTR says APTA: Public transit ridership on the rise CN tacks five years onto $1 billion credit line Watco starts up West Virginia short line Greenbrier increases quarterly revenue, rail-car deliveries

March 29

BNSF to bag freight bill, adopt mileage as basis of fuel surcharge CSXI increases fuel surcharge for second-straight month Providence & Worcester registers rise in annual revenue, income Transport Canada provides funds to keep Operation Lifesaver afloat Progress Rail Services sale a done deal

March 28

CN reaches tentative deal with electrical workers union, averts strike Allegheny County port authority ridership on the rise CN, NS forge routing protocol pact to improve traffic flow TEA-LU includes funds for DART's Carrollton Station Locomotive, car repair workers ratify CPR contract VIA Rail reaches 10th year in the Land of the Rising Sun Short line association to hand out annual safety awards AAR update: U.S., Canadian roads' traffic on the rise, TFM's intermodal loads tumble

March 24

Electrical workers union strike won't affect rail operations, CN says Mineta continues to push Amtrak reform Smith Barney/Citigroup report: U.S. Class Is show some recent improvement, but still struggle with service metrics TriMet proposes FY2006 budget U.S., Mexican city to create trans-Pacific trade corridor Design firm VHB acquires transit planner BMI-SG BNSF Logistics receives service honor from Owens Corning Carmanah Technologies expanding reach to Australian market Railway association creates brochure to tout rail's benefits to Canada

March 23

Electrical workers union to launch CN strike on Friday GO Transit raises fares to fund capital projects CSXT increases industrial development projects 20 percent in 2004 Houston METRO terminates smart-card system contract with Cubic U.S. roads see train accidents fall, crossing fatalities rise in 2004, FRA says PATCO contracts Cubic to install smart-card system linking rail, parking services Ontario Northland buys three used locomotives from Helm Financial U.K.'s rail authority renews GNER franchise MHW Group launches logistics arm, appoints Haksteen CEO of new unit

March 22

UP, BNSF partner with Texas to relocate lines away from crowded cities APTA , Smart Card Alliance create council to promote transit smart-card applications BNSF boots up Web-based interline price application Staten Island Railway upgrades signal system Track maintenance workers approve CPR deal Long-time railroad consultant, passenger-rail engineering expert Banks dies With revenue on the rise, UP brightens first-quarter earnings forecast WMATA to hear passenger concerns at town hall meeting Hub Group renames logistics unit Unyson Logistics Alcatel to upgrade signal systems for Hungarian, Polish railways

March 21

BNSF to roll out rail incident response course nationwide NS/union committee continues to seek best work-rest solutions Watco ready to launch 11th short line Greenbrier's Gunderson acquires two rail-car repair shops from GE TMCA appoints Mantero to chair communication committtee

March 18

FRA postpones train horn rule effective date until late June House FY2006 budget proposes $1.2 billion for Amtrak AAR traffic update: U.S. roads remain on roll; Canadian roads and TFM register slowdown Senate committee approves TEA-21 reauthorization bill President to nominate Boardman as new FRA head WMATA to add more bomb-resistant receptacles at stations Mexican agency's tax audit not favorable to TFM North American tie production continues to lag behind purchases, RTA says

March 17

Carriers committee faces UTU lawsuit, mediation with union coalition Senate says nay to Amtrak funding amendment UP to raise train speed limit in six Texas towns Long Island Rail Road launches email notification system STB reschedules hearing on rail rate challenge methodology Bombardier to supply 36 freight locomotives to European leasing firm Brazilian railroad to undergo major upgrade, expansion

March 16

STB backs CSXT's opposition to D.C. haz-mat ban Senators introduce amendment proposing $1.4 billion for Amtrak in FY2006 CN, engineers union postpone lock-out or strike deadline to continue contract talks Budget deficit blues: Caltrain proposes fare increase, service cuts NS' industrial development deeds lead to more carloads SEPTA, TWU extend contract BNSF begins two-month track maintenance project in the southeast Rail-car builder beat: Trinity appoints officers, Wabtec raises delivery forecast

March 15

CN can lock-out workers, unions can strike if contract talks stall Swedish rail agency breaks ground on billion-dollar tunnel project FRA awards RRIF loan No. 9 to Riverport Railroad Coté can remove 'interim' from VIA Rail president/CEO title Montreal, Maine & Atlantic names Lane C&S chief engineer Alaskan tour operator offers service featuring 1950s-vintage cars Osmose, Merichem Chemicals to market alternative wood-tie preservative AREMA schedules Clean Water Act compliance seminar in late April

March 14

CPR expects to spend less green by acquiring Green Goat locomotives NJ Transit opens pedestrian overpass at South Amboy station European rail systems to address interoperability issue Singapore agency procures simulator software Short line association to assemble training committee SKF appoints Loose railroad business unit president Greenbrier appoints Centurion to manage Mexican manufacturing plant

March 11

Three-for-three: U.S., Canadian and Mexican roads register weekly traffic gains, AAR says House passes TEA-21 reauthorization bill Wochner to manage KCS' coal unit marketing, sales CTA contracts capital program manager Thompson becomes Red River Valley & Western's first-ever SVP, GM NJ Transit seeks developer for transit village project Negotiations with carriers stall over ground rules, rail labor union coalition says FRA approves Boatright Enterprises' rail-gear inspection procedures

March 10

Canadian government to farmers coalition: Time to talk turkey about hopper fleet transfer National Transportation Safety Board shuffles executive staff NJ Transit posts all-time ridership record in 2004 CTA hires consultant to analyze expenses Stolzman becomes Pacific Harbor Line's first-ever general superintendent HNTB Corp. names top managers BLET, BMWED officials from five states, D.C. form lobbying coalition Recent North American orders raise Greenbrier's rail-car backlog

March 9

Condition of U.S. freight-rail infrastructure rates a low passing grade, civil engineering society says Allegheny County port authority obtains state funds, resolves budget shortfall Operations chief Harris becomes CN's third EVP Minnesota transit operator considers fare increases, service cuts NS to offer 100-year notes, gain long-term capital GO Transit to increase fares BMWED, BLET survey members to determine rail security vulnerabilities Indian Railways to install train-control system based on European standards Georgia Southwestern Railroad appoints McCullough CMO Sea Containers names two SVPs, announces departure of co-founder Schlee

March 8

Federal officials, congressional leaders back rail industry's opposition to D.C. haz-mat ban SEPTA obtains additional state funding, postpones fare increases and service cuts FRA revises positive train-control rules VRE seeks comments on fare increase proposal Transportation Services Index comes up short in December after three-month winning streak Voith Turbo to provide final drives for Metra double-deck cars RailAmerica to appeal STB decision on Illinois line sale J.L. Patterson nabs two awards from California engineering council Railroad academy, AAR promote industry's job potential at national workforce association forum Swedish transit agency contracts Cubic to design, install fare-collection system

March 7

CSXT to improve warning system monitoring, reporting procedures at New York grade crossings BART to continue managing Amtrak's Capitol Corridor service Average train speed a lingering service metric issue for U.S. Class Is, Smith Barney/Citigroup says WMATA to test new passenger-car configuration Fortune list: Pacer International one of country's most admired companies NJ Transit's retired trolley cars to gain second service life at Bayonne development Railway Industrial Clearance Association sets annual meeting agenda Earth Tech earns design award for Miami airport station Italian railway contracts Ansaldo Segnalamento to install safety, traffic control systems

March 4

North American railroads' traffic flourishes in February, AAR says House committee approves $284 billion TEA-21 reauthorization bill Canadian regional's workers remain injury-free for 1,000 days Alaska Railroad obtains $1.9 million FTA grant for Fairbanks intermodal facility AAR approves New York Air Brake's pneumatic system OK to park: FTA funds parking expansion at VRE stations RailComm completes blue flag automation system at BNSF fueling facility Alcatel to install communications system for Shanghai metro TTCI appoints Hannafious business development manager STV promotes three executives

March 3

UP preps track in Texas for $42 million MOW project FTA continues to fund facelift for historic Virginia station BNSF routes poor-performing locomotives to Montana reliability center APTA panel recommends WMATA make improvements UTU-represented yardmasters at CPR's Soo Line ratify contract Digital Concepts to provide station management system for Metra, Amtrak Canadian railway association: No appreciation for federal depreciation policy NYCT contracts Granite/Schiavone to design, build subway station Financials: Trinity registers quarterly, yearly net losses despite revenue gains Sweden's Skane region inks $77 million electric train deal with Bombardier

March 2

UP to handle more containers, take more trucks off highways for L.A.-area ports North American surface transportation trade rises 12.6 percent in 2004, BTS says Montreal, Maine & Atlantic adds Williams, Haluzak to management staff Cattron Group appoints Vaughn to head engineering Pacer International tabs Munn as COO, Maillette as CIO

March 1

UP promotes three executives, elects board member to replace retiring officers Steelworkers ratify CN contract; Class I continues to negotiate Canadian pacts CSXI to increase fuel surcharge 1.5 percent in March Georgia Central seeks STB approval to acquire CSXT line Texas grant to help Corpus Christi port expand rail, military cargo capacity << Previous Next >>
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