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Rail News: June 2004

June 30

Alliance in action: CPR, NS to trade trackage rights, share some Northeast freight moves and yards Fleet, infrastructure maintenance key to Amtrak's updated five-year plan Dispatchers' union ratifies CN deal Las Vegas monorail to begin shuttling gamblers in mid-July CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge decreases for first time since October FRA obtains funds to begin BMWE fatigue study MultiModal, Innovative Scheduling Systems to integrate, produce software products

June 29

CSXT speeds up T&E job assignments with speech-enabled system Oregon's TriMet adopts FY2005 budget STB to hear arguments on TTX's flat-car pooling authority application MBTA finishes a 'Super' job UP's fiber-optic program reaches 20-year mark Bombardier North America's Spurr appointed MUTA honorary president Steelworkers' union halts contract talks with Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway, iron-ore parent company Portec Rail Products director Hooten dies

June 28

U.S. roads set fourth weekly intermodal traffic record in 2004, AAR says California high-speed bond measure postponed for two years Belvidere & Delaware River Railway to lease track from sister short line Initial portion of Minneapolis' Hiawatha line opens; FTA awards funds for remaining section Transportation Communications International Union members re-elect execs LA MTA appoints Lancaster Mayor Roberts chairman Loftus to head TTX's law department Montana tourist train operator appoints Fine VP of sales, marketing Global Transportation Solutions appoints Henke to head European sales

June 25

KCS closer to completing Shreveport yard improvements Santa Clara VTA completes light-rail extension BNSF brainstorms, benchmarks before retooling intermodal Web site Maryland Transit reinstates portion of light-rail service after five-month shutdown STB appoints Mulvey vice chairman St. Louis Metro raises fares Union Tank Car to build plant in Louisiana Wal-Mart honors Schneider National as year's best intermodal, truckload carrier

June 24

Quiet please: FRA proposes rule to limit workers' exposure to unnecessary train noise CTA officials open to community's service suggestions KCS forms team to analyze, prevent train accidents Auditors report: Seattle's Sound Transit is financially sound Short-line tax credit bill passes Senate, but more needs to be done to improve small roads' infrastructure, NRC says Alaska Railroad to test broken-rail detecting system in dark territory Watco ups automation ante in human resource department

June 23

Congestion busters: CPR allocates containers to West Coast shippers Delaware Valley assesses transit-oriented development opportunities STB issues six decisions during first open voting conference as a three-member board Union Switch & Signal appoints White to head automation, information systems CSXI to enhance electronic, manual billing systems New York Regional Rail obtains additional investment funds, locomotives BLET members to receive higher wage, pay higher dues

June 22

Hertwig to assume presidential post at CSXI Billions needed to improve transit security, APTA says FECR's failure-free service streak for UPS stands at 500 days and counting Los Angeles MTA selects design/build contractor for light-rail extension EPA report: Rail-car deliveries to reach 46,000 units in 2005, surpass 58,000 units by 2009 Hersman joins National Transportation Safety Board TransMex Logistics' equipment matching program targets Mexican container, trailer shortages

June 21

AAR traffic update: Weekly carloads climb for U.S., Canadian roads and TFM WMATA to begin transit-oriented development at West Hyattsville station Precision ballast dumping a PLUS to CPR Caribbean nation hires Parsons Brinckerhoff to develop 20-year transportation plan Police officers union ratifies CN agreement Algerian railway contracts ALSTOM-led consortium for track upgrades Bush Administration needs to pay more attention to freight-rail security, BLET says

June 18

A PREEMPTive measure: House transportation committee members introduce rail security improvement bill N.Y./N.J. port authority issues RFP for $809 million car replacement program WMATA to increase fares, early morning service NYCT contracts Parsons Brinckerhoff to conduct equipment inspections UP to speed up trains through two Texas towns FRA schedules dispatching seminar in late September Long-time transit exec Feil takes COO reins at WMATA In memoriam: Former UTU VP Harden Jr. Security: Supplier targets 'anti-terrorist' tracing system at railroads, truckers Portec Rail expands rep firm's role to include East Coast transits

June 17

UP: McClish to lead 'continuous improvement' effort; EVP King to retire in July E-business: CSXT boots up rail-car ordering tool Greenbrier obtains Iraqi rail-car order, attains record North American/European backlog Pacer International appoints Prokop president of logistics unit Operation Lifesaver, Direction 2006 earn honor for promoting Canadian rail safety through CD-ROM

June 16

USDOT updates decade-old crossing safety plan Toronto issues RFP for Union Station restoration FRA, ASLRRA schedule short-line safety seminar NJ Transit to increase light-rail service on River Line Portuguese railroad purchases optical system to identify containers, trucks at terminal entrance Wrapping it up: BART cars sport new look to promote ridership during smog season UPS receives more recognition as diverse employer Amtrak offers Wi-Fi services at Northeast Corridor stations Transentric's supply-chain management software receives industry compliance certification

June 15

GoRail to enlist railroad and supply industry employees, retirees as lobbyists Pennsylvania senator proposes long-term funding source for SEPTA, other state transit authorities FRA safety stats: Fewer reporting roads, but numerous first-quarter improvements Houston METRO increases weekend service Pacer International names Noel head of cartage company Cattron-Theimeg appoints Martin regional sales director South Africa's Spoornet takes delivery of Plasser & Theurer tamper

June 14

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic posts — and prepares for more — traffic growth Proposed bill would provide $4.5 billion for rail security Traffic: New York & Atlantic anticipates another record-breaking year after setting high-water mark in 2003 Sound Transit obtains $43.2 million FTA grant Canadian labor relations board should reconsider Teamsters certification, UAW says Trucking, rail service problems will reduce second-quarter earnings, Pacer says China obtains computerized operating system to improve package delivery by rail

June 11

RailAmerica handpicks Swinburn, Redfearn to head company in post-Marino era NJ Transit shakes two-year ridership slump Bleak for peak? STB wants to know how Class Is will meet fall shipping season demands BART seeks $980 million worth of earthquake protection KCS adds personal touch to operating rules training Dulles Airport extension gets green light Coming soon to San Luis Potosi: An intermodal-served industrial park Bombardier obtains orders from Israeli, French railways DaimlerChrysler implements vehicle-tracking system to monitor Mexican shipments

June 10

Rising expenses will lower second-quarter earnings, UP says Reagan funeral procession spurs record-high D.C. ridership Canadian labor relations board certifies Teamsters to represent CPR's MOW workers CTA seeks more bids for Brown Line project IANA offers 2004 intermodal product, service directory Houston METRO schedules public hearings for two light-rail extensions Thompson Industries appoints Broadfoot to manage national accounts as part of sales department reorganization Cubic opens China headquarters Modesto and Empire Traction to test RailPower's Green Goat Survey says: CTA passengers satisfied with service

June 9

UP breaks out the bulldozers for Dallas-area intermodal terminal TSA begins baggage screening at D.C.'s Union Station NS bestows 'Thoroughbred Award' to Cregger Houston METRO appoints EVP, SVP Florida East Coast's board adds four, subtracts two members UTU's Reed to retire, ending 33-year union career RELCO Finance acquires Joseph Transportation's locomotive leasing division

June 8

No sign of economic slowdown: March transportation index sets 14-year high, USDOT says Los Angeles MTA approves FY04 budget BNSF Logistics acquires Sumark Services; BNSF takes home Toyota Logistics' honor Alcatel obtains signaling contracts in Turkey, Spain Amsted Rail Group consolidates three subsidiaries' engineering departments into two divisions Transit agencies rope APTA Rail Rodeo awards Transtar's five railroads to boot up RMI's Web-based systems Long Island Rail Road to upload asset management software RailPower sells a hybrid locomotive to Vancouver-area intermodal yard operator European rail ticket distributor increases quarterly North American sales

June 7

UP shuffles senior management ranks to address Dolan, von Bernuth retirements MBTA opens new station, prepares to rehabilitate another Piacente to manage CSXT's chemicals/fertilizer groups; Soliah to head TRANSFLO subsidiary Sacramento Regional Transit completes first segment of light-rail extension North Carolina DOT grants $2 million to nine short lines Renovated station opens as part of CTA's Cermak branch rehabilitation PennDOT awards more than $1.5 million for four freight-rail projects Oregon's TriMet to raise fares Union Switch & Signal appoints Burnham to manage manufacturing, supply chain International transit organizations stress need for security analyses

June 4

AAR: May more than OK to U.S., Canadian roads' traffic ledgers Sound Transit to begin next light-rail construction project Special subway map commemorates NYCT's 100th anniversary NS takes home three Toyota awards for 2003 service performance Kaw River Railroad provides switching services for some K.C.-area shippers NS appoints Wimbush to manage real estate portfolio Washington short line to market fuel-saving catalyst to rail industry

June 3

CSXT's Cantrell to retire in September; three execs to split his duties Arbitration panel delivers decision on Los Angeles County MTA, ATU health care trust fund ARCI update: Rail-car orders continue to mount, but so do component concerns Bombardier reviews three-year plan, elects two board directors CSXT, NIT League schedule forum to address shippers' service concerns MARTA names new vice chair UP crosses over to new Omaha headquarters, adds board member Transportation group lobbies for VIA Rail reform Beard to retire as top exec of family-owned railroad, real estate firm

June 2

CPR changes fuel surcharge policy to better reflect fluctuating diesel prices BART approves FY2005 budget CSXI's fuel surcharge rises 2.3 percent in six months Los Angeles County MTA to begin building Eastside extension Safety: Alaska Railroad continues to reduce injuries despite burgeoning business Allegheny County port authority opens rehabilitated line, obtains funds for extension Not exactly apples for apples, but reporting railroads improve most safety stats, FRA says Sound Transit reorganizes to better serve passengers Transport Canada provides grants for greenhouse gas-reducing projects Union Switch & Signal to provide MicroCab systems for new Sound Transit vehicles

June 1

KCS rolls out system to manage, improve pricing processes Soo Line, UTU agree to five-year contract for T&E workers Providence and Worcester found liable in five-year-old lawsuit Canadian cities, railroads boot up joint Web site to address proximity issues RailPower locks up another long-term Green Goat lease with a Class I << Previous Next >>
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