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Rail News: April 2004

April 30

Trucks moved more than five times the U.S. freight carried by railroads in 2003, ATA says Congress extends TEA-21 for the third time Car builder to open Philadelphia production facility Santa Clara County VTA contracts HNTB to conduct preliminary work on BART line extension Amtrak increases off-peak weekend hours on Northeast Corridor trains Sacramento Regional Transit chief appointed to Women's Transportation Seminar board RailAmerica's first-quarter revenue, carloads rise but earnings, income fall First-quarter financial scorecard: FECR raises revenue, lowers operating ratio Reflecting on safety: Transport Canada to establish reflective-material rule governing all locomotives, cars OmniTRAX EVP Boucher to retire in mid-May

April 29

UP's first-quarter financial statement shows effects from service problems, litigation LA MTA to begin another joint development project KCS drops quarterly operating ratio more than nine points New York MTA names director of finance, board member Rail industry to add 140,000 workers by 2014, AAR says BNSF reaps fuel-saving benefits from workers' train-handling habits, warmer weather OmniTRAX appoints Brede EVP to succeed COO Parker

April 28

CSX posts record first-quarter surface transportation revenue Sound Transit to add light-rail line as ridership continues to exceed projections BNSF solicits shipper feedback at year's first face-to-face symposium Houston METRO names operations center after retiring chief CSXI's May fuel surcharge to surpass 5 percent GE's Evolution Series locomotives pass the 1 million-mile marker during revenue-service tests Ozburn-Hessey Logistics acquires two Lanter companies

April 27

CN sells CANAC — minus BELTPACK division — to Savage Cos. DART refines construction-management proposal process WMATA adds trains to busiest line Across-the-board volume uptick fuels BNSF's first-quarter revenue, income Strong Canadian dollar, severe weather hamper CPR's first-quarter financial results Pacer Stacktrain salutes 20 years of double-stack intermodal service Riverport Railroad to obtain line from Illinois redevelopment agency

April 26

NS, CSXT seek SEC approval to restructure Conrail's debt, establish direct ownership UP's Moore to nurture public partnerships in new role NS' MODALGISTICS targets heavy equipment diversions Senate drops asbestos injury resolution bill, UTU says Zuspan forms track design, construction consulting firm

April 23

CN posts first-quarter income gains, extends CEO Harrison's contract through 2008 Long Island, Metro-North railroads purchase additional M-7 cars from Bombardier As expected, Wabtec's first-quarter sales up, net income down Passenger-rail systems decrease cities' accidents and costs, study says Rail unit helps drive income at GATX CSXT machinist wins AAR Chafee Award Cargo security council signs 1,000th member

April 22

BNSF names 11 board members Sierra Railroad can call the 'Skunk Train' its own CN donates $1 million to Alberta business school Operation Lifesaver schedules public awareness week in Canada RMI launches real-time computing application for small-road train crews

April 21

First-quarter financials: NS posts record revenue, income; drops operating ratio south of 80 Houston METRO appoints new chief exec to succeed DeLibero AAR to present environmental excellence award BART to conduct environmental report for proposed Warm Springs extension BMWE's Fleming retires, ending 14-year presidential reign SEPTA to modify regional rail schedules BMWE to represent VAE Nortrak's Wyoming workers Network Rail contracts Harsco Track Technologies to operate rail grinders, maintenance facility Greenbrier, CPR settle patent infringement case with National Steel Car

April 20

CREATE partners award $12.5 million in preliminary engineering contracts On the Hill, APTA's Millar calls for $2 billion in transit security funding NAFTA note: Texas county tabs HNTB to design $22 million rail project involving UP, TFM facilities Now playing: Hollywood's Transit Village L.B. Foster posts first-quarter net loss; CEO eyes return to revenue-increase lane Architect honored for Alaska Railroad depot design

April 19

AAR traffic stats: U.S. railroads continue to build carload, intermodal traffic CTA to begin preliminary studies on Circle Line KCS committee reviews first-quarter safety performance, forms subcommittees MBTA continues Green Line relocation project Maryland DOT names Ganovski head of new freight logistics office Meany Center schedules haz-mat response training workshop Wabtec reaches labor accord with workers at Pennsylvania plants

April 16

FCC rule allows boost in RFID system radio-signal strength, duration Crime declines for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey BNSF execs extol services during Oriental intermodal presentations U.S. population will depend more on public transportation after age 65, report says Genesee & Wyoming joins AAR, Fuller wins board election GO Transit increases fares Pacer Stacktrain adds Memphis lane to PacerMex intermodal service R. J. Corman's railroad, construction firms name new presidents

April 15

BNSF honors 56 chemical shippers' haz-mat safety efforts Harsco Track Technologies receives one domestic, two foreign rail-equipment orders Rail labor unions are proposing a unified bargaining front, BMWE's Simpson says UTU removes attorneys from 'recommended' list because of ethical concerns UPS scores highest customer satisfaction rating in J.D. Power survey

April 14

CN restructures, separates sales and marketing department CTA obtains federal funds to expand capacity on 100-year-old line Railroads must begin complying with customs agency's advance cargo data regulation in July Potential riders, fault lines should be considerations for California high-speed rail system, Palmdale mayor says ASLRRA announces marketing award winners, safety person of the year Carrizo Gorge Railway ready to revive San Diego-to-northern Baja line Greenbrier raises quarterly revenue despite steel price, casting supply struggles

April 13

AAR traffic tally: March caps off U.S. roads' first-quarter trifecta WMATA to receive $2.4 million for car delivery delay UP should account for political contributions, activist group says Emergency board to investigate SEPTA, UTU dispute STB adds user-friendly functions to Web site Alaska Railroad increased ridership and revenue, improved safety in 2003 RTA's wood-tie grading seminar to be held at RailWorks' Louisiana plant in late July LIFE in the faster lane: Arzoon updates transportation-management software Sierra Railroad seeks STB approval to acquire the 'Skunk Train'

April 12

STB conditionally approves CN's acquisition of three Great Lakes Transportation railroads Senate committee passes rail security bill Watco, developer partner to purchase Houston multi-modal industrial park MBTA to improve service along Green Line's busiest branch Indiana Rail Road revives Indy yard to accommodate traffic growth Hitachi proposes San Jose transit-oriented development site New York Regional Rail attracts additional investment to improve New York Cross Harbor Railroad Metra schedules new stop on Milwaukee North line Watco fills several top operating department positions

April 8

Marino retires, ending 18-year reign as RailAmerica's leader Long-term funding needed to overcome FY2005 budget deficit, SEPTA says BNSF Foundation grants $750,000 to Kansas community college Maryland Transit Administration implements training software Minding the store: Riverport Railroad broadens marketing horizons, builds car-storage business Spanish railway's new high-speed trains include Timken tapered roller bearings Progressive Rail to lease two UP lines, obtain trackage rights in Minnesota Taiwan Railway Administration contracts Alcatel to install axle counters Everett Railroad reaches half-century mark

April 7

KCS, TMM agree to meet TFM pact obligations, suspend second arbitration phase Sound Transit modifies train schedules Evidence of economic rebound: January transportation index reaches highest level in 14 years Caltrain proposes conversion to electrified trains UTU elects Marceau assistant president as part of executive changes European high-speed train sets records first-quarter ridership record Global Railway completes purchase of YSD Industries' assets White Pass & Yukon Route receives new passenger cars New transportation-service provider Tri County Rail appoints top execs WMATA begins elevator work

April 6

BNSF sales team believes 'Hot Leads' from employees better than cold calls FTA chooses four transit agencies for ridership pilot UP takes home GM honor for third-straight year MARTA rail service not affected by budget cuts EMD begins revenue-service tests on environmentally friendly SD70ACe San Francisco-area transit projects receive House support BRS awaits results of fatigue study to address signalmen's alertness Maryland Transit Administration's Kay to direct Baltimore regional rail coalition CPR uploads 2004 fact book onto Web site California's North County Transit District opens passing track

April 5

Mexican competition commission extends NAFTA Rail ruling another six months Another rail security bill hits the Senate floor UP's hiring spree bucks rising U.S. unemployment rate Illinois House passes walkway safety bill, UTU says House passes TEA 21 reauthorization bill Dow Chemical to kick RailPower locomotive's tires South Korea opens high-speed rail line NIT League schedules seminar to examine free trade's impact on logistics UTU members ratify SEPTA contract Canadian Railway Hall of Fame seeks nominees for fall induction Spanish National Railways awards high-speed power head contract to Bombardier-led consortium

April 2

NS sets monthly Monongahela Valley coal-traffic record Illinois commuter-rail group to study feasibility of Rockford-to-Chicago service Toronto Transit Commission obtains $1 billion in federal, local funds AAR carload data: U.S., Canadian roads on right traffic path, TFM a bit off course Operating employees a source for sales opportunities, KCS officials believe Houston METRO installs vehicle simulator New York Regional Rail appoints Hutton EVP to head government relations Caltrain increases service with new schedule Louisville & Indiana reaches 10-year milestone Russian railway awards bearing contract to Timken

April 1

Many shippers oppose rail-industry re-regulation, AAR's Hamberger says MTA Metro-North Railroad to install management software KCS to test two EMD SD70ACe locomotives SEPTA, UTU reach tentative agreement CPR to complete new La Crosse bridge by month's end Engineering firm ARCADIS to help design Pyrenees mountain high-speed project NS presents safety awards to 35 chemical shippers Rail-labor unions voice concern about FAIR Act's implications on workers' asbestos-related injury cases << Previous Next >>
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