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Rail News: May 2005

May 31

CPR to buy back 2.5 million shares of common stock Alaska Railroad to receive two FRA grants totaling $38.8 million CPR names B.C. interchange after Chinese rail worker Indiana Rail Road's technological advances earn award FECI's MacSwain to retire next month LED lighting supplier Carmanah to acquire Soltek Powersource

May 27

Class Is promise fewer emissions, less fuel consumption under EPA partnership Los Angeles MTA approves $2.9 billion FY2006 budget 'UP's Franklin receives AAR's environmental excellence award BART adopts interim operating budget Mineta to Gunn: Implement cost-cutting, cash-conservation measures immediately Good news for railroads: Driver shortage appears to be a long-term trucking issue, ATA says Electrical workers' union OKs CN contract VRE adds parking at Broad Run Station RailAmerica's board retains three long-time members

May 26

Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Rail Management's 14 short lines Boston becomes third major city to introduce haz-mat ban legislation Weyandt to oversee KCS' finances, treasury NS to kick tires on RailPower's Green Goat switcher Transportation marketing, communications association elects officers, board members

May 25

CPR's Montreal terminal to adopt 24-hour weekday schedule MARTA opens new maintenance shop TRANSCAER Task Group honors BNSF's, NS' haz-mat safety efforts ASLRRA announces 'Jake Award' winners, appoints Streicher to succeed long-time staffer Reilly Amtrak to offer Oakland Coliseum service via Capitol Corridor Rich to manage North Shore Railroad's marketing, car accounting functions Amtrak, Michigan promote travel between Chicago, Great Lakes state Cornerstone Systems opens third California sales office, appoints Stanfill manager

May 24

BNSF to keep Green Goat in L.A., acquire four 'cabless' hybrid switchers for Texas yards Sacramento transit district to open light-rail extension next month VRE contracts Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo to build bi-level cars Georgia Southwestern Railroad to acquire line from fellow Peach State short line Metra high on Highliner electric cars Sound Transit seeks input on long-range plan FRA contracts ENSCO to supply two track inspection vehicles Alaska Railroad unveils new intermodal facility, passenger cars Seneca Group, Railistics team up to market consulting services

May 23

International container moves drive first-quarter intermodal traffic gain, IANA says NS honors two employees with Thoroughbred Awards BNSF to pay $2.8 million for wrongful death case Two Anacostia & Pacific short lines settle contracts with the BLET WMATA gets green light to rehab parking structures RTA's April report: Tie production continues to lag behind purchases Virginia honors VRE for safety awareness program New supplier EnviroFuels Rail appoints Schembri president

May 20

Sweet 16: NS wins 16th-straight gold Harriman safety award WMATA to implement fare-collection technology at more ticket vending machines NS Conductor Mulligan takes home Hammond safety award AAR traffic update: Weekly carloads a bit weak for U.S. and Canadian roads, TFM Sound Transit to update community on Central Link extension WMATA to replace worn-out rail Union coalition proposes Class Is stop downsizing workforces Beijing contracts Bombardier to build people-mover system for 2008 Summer Olympics Genesee & Wyoming shareholders elect board members

May 19

FRA ready to roll out self-propelled track inspection vehicle, Mineta says Class Is continue to add cars on line, Smith Barney/Citigroup says WMATA appoints Jones, Hester to Red Line management positions Tri-Rail revises schedule to accommodate track work Long-time UP engineering exec McLaughlin retires Caltrain to increase safety awareness Two RailAmerica short lines seek STB approval to merge MBTA starts to install new fare-collection system Wabtec re-elects three board members

May 18

CN reaches agreement with Teamsters, averts strike Senate approves TEA-21 reauthorization bill Sacramento transit district proposes fare increase BNSF appoints Bischler, Bobb and Johnson to new positions Virginia Railway Express to hike fares next month Carriers' committee, UTU head for mediation in contract dispute Maryland Transit Administration's Dickerson can remove 'acting' from administrator title Intermodal logistics firm expands truck capacity Container security top-of-mind for import/export firms, report says

May 17

USDOT to roll out rail safety action plan Sound Transit to add train between Seattle, Everett Ontario Northland names rail VP, nails down Steelworkers contract Metrolink revises passenger compensation criteria Montreal, Maine & Atlantic signalmen to join MOW union's ranks Developer to build transit-oriented village in southern California And the Tranny goes to: Transportation marketing association presents annual awards FreightCar America registers first-quarter gains RailWorks appoints Smith to head transit-related business development

May 16

CN hammers out tentative deal with Teamsters, braces for hammer to drop on union's proposed strike Metrolink to add another 1 percent to 3.5 percent fare hike BNSF to install cameras on 350 locomotives by year end SEPTA files complaint against Transport Workers Union New York, New Jersey port authority to begin building World Trade Center hub in summer CTA gains riders in 2005 Kelly to head UP's health, wellness programs APTA seeks public transit options for seniors Krebs, Molitoris join RailPower's board International Union of Railways elects Aliadière as director general

May 13

Cleveland becomes city No. 2 to pursue haz-mat ban BNSF begins to build transload center in southern California Charlotte agency receives $193 million FTA grant for light-rail line AAR week No. 18: U.S. roads continue to register traffic gains, Canadian roads stay in slump SEPTA sets busy summer construction schedule NS names two finance department execs, retains four board members WMATA to develop first-responder training program Providence and Worcester's first-quarter revenue rises, but so do expenses MARTA receives rehabbed cars from ALSTOM

May 12

Senate about to approve TEA-21 reauthorization legislation NJ Transit to proceed with two station renovations BNSF, UTU to arbitrate dispute that led to two-hour strike Gov. Schwarzenegger restores California transit funding San Francisco Transbay authority contracts URS to manage multi-modal terminal project KCS committee reviews railroad's strategies to prevent derailments, injuries Genesee & Wyoming's April carloads rise in North America, fall in Australia Terbell to head DM&E's, IC&E's operations Retired UP Vice Chairman Evans assumes operating partner position at private investment firm

May 11

National carriers committee ends mediation quest, resumes negotiations with union coalition RailAmerica registers carload gains in April Vermont Railway veteran Bischoff dies FRA to co-host training seminar next month in Arkansas Paul assumes Cattron Group Inc.'s top post

May 10

Ottawa to expand light-rail system CN sets up subsidiary to become global freight-forwarding player U.S. traffic congestion getting worse, mobility report says Small roads more than double Class Is' first-quarter traffic gains, RMI says GE has hybrid diesel-electric locomotive on drawing board Bombardier obtains order for another 48 trains from French railway Alaska Railroad to operate first-class service with new passenger cars Global Railway's revenue rises, earnings fall in first quarter Whiting workers wrap up training sessions on continuous improvement process

May 9

SEPTA proposes fare cut/service increase-free budget Transportation Services Index falls in February after large gain in January LA MTA to unveil $2.9 billion FY2006 budget East Penn Railways to take control of three lines, be controlled by new holding company Former Massachusetts transportation secretary Grabauskas joins MBTA as general manager Bush handpicks Hawley as next Transportation Security Administration head Allegheny Count port authority to open 2,200-space parking structure Amtrak overhauls Michigan station Greenbrier wins TTX order for 1,950 intermodal wells French freight railway to boot up MultiModal's latest rail planning software

May 6

AAR's April traffic tallies: U.S. roads and TFM make the grade, Canadian roads rate a passing mark Utah Transit Authority to proceed with commuter-rail project St. Louis Metro's FY2006 budget calls for fare increase Most Class Is' service metrics not showing much improvement, Smith Barney/Citigroup says Rail intermodal revenue will rise more than 100 percent by 2016, trucking association says WMATA's service reliability on the rise Metrolink to raise fares because of rising fuel costs Lockheed Martin to help Australian rail network manager develop train management system London light-rail system contracts Bombardier to provide 24 vehicles Schaefer Equipment names top execs, earns TTX supplier award

May 5

Advantage CSXT: Appellate court overturns D.C. haz-mat ban CN honors 'safe handling' efforts of 86 haz-mat shippers KCS to take next 'Responsible Care' step STB hands out nine decisions at open voting conference Wabtec subsidiary to supply end-of-train devices to CN

May 4

Bill backing rail industry re-regulation re-enters the Senate Castagna, Rourke to supervise UP service units NS adds two weeks to intermodal service's credit earning period New York, New Jersey port authority accelerates rail projects Mittal Steel seeks control of ISG's small roads

May 3

1Q: KCS' income and revenue rise more than 25 percent, but so do expenses UP to expand program that rewards engineers for reducing fuel usage Senate, House bills propose stricter tank-car safety, haz-mat security measures FTA gives go-ahead to Houston METRO for light-rail extension engineering USDOT approves $170 million loan for Miami Intermodal Center Rail-car orders, deliveries still strong in the first quarter, ARCI and EPA say Canada, Quebec to help four small roads fund trackwork CTA to outline Brown Line station projects

May 2

CN, port partners to build intermodal terminal in northern B.C. Boardman to take helm as FRA administrator BNSF to buy 368-mile line from South Dakota CPR seeks new operator or buyer for southern Indiana line Genesee & Wyoming shuffles senior staff, reports first-quarter results UTU members ratify CN agreement << Previous Next >>
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