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Rail News: August 2003

August 29

M&A
Another day, another twist in the KCS, TMM 'NAFTA Rail' story Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Houston Metro schedules bond election to obtain light-rail system expansion funds Read More »
Labor
BC Rail union opts to set aside strike mandate, return to bargaining table Read More »
Safety
Hi-tech security detail: WMATA adds robot to police department Read More »
Intermodal
KCS to relocate K.C. transload center, switch Dallas facility's operator Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Alcatel obtains axle-counter contract from Indian Railways Read More »
People
BNSF shuffles divisional heads (8/29/03) Read More »
People
OmniTRAX appoints Parker executive vice president to head rail operations Read More »

August 28

Rail Industry Trends
Mexico's Foreign Investment Commission delays TFM-purchase decision until KCS, TMM resolve dispute Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland Transit Administration to expand quiet-car program Read More »
Intermodal
UP, NS add lanes to Blue Streak intermodal service Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Union Switch & Signal obtains signal-system contract from Montreal subway Read More »
Intermodal
St. Lawrence & Atlantic to gain intermodal-growth benefits from port-of-entry designation Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Wabtec subsidiary acheives ISO 9001:2000 status Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB picks former politician to act as rail-rate case mediator Read More »

August 27

Rail Industry Trends
Alaska Railroad to install positive train-control system Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB to scrutinize merger-related job transfers outside the United States, UTU says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR, ASLRRA to accelerate alliance's collaborative efforts Read More »
Intermodal
CSXI to raise monthly fuel surcharge in September 0.6 percent Read More »

August 26

Kansas City Southern
KCS expresses 'surprise' at Grupo TMM shareholders' rejection of TFM stake sale Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Hudson Bay Railway ends portion of passenger-rail service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF takes home technological honors Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB conditionally approves Missouri intermodal port's planned line Read More »

August 25

M&A
Grupo TMM terminates sale of TFM stake to KCS Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sound Transit opens Tacoma light rail Read More »
Labor
Diversity: BNSF analyzes successes, failures at annual forum Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Cubic obtains smart-card upgrade contract from WMATA Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
CANAC establishes new U.S. headquarters in nation's capitol Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA to reprimand no-show, late-canceling passengers Read More »
People
GE Rail Services appoints Klein to top ranking global sales position Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Online travel program targets tourist railroads Read More »

August 22

Union Pacific Railroad
UP plans grand opening for Chicago-area Global III intermodal facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
South Florida RTA to build intermodal transit station Read More »
Labor
In memoriam: Former BLE International President Delaney Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA opens renovated Cermak line station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Two-year-old New Jersey short line registers business boom Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Altamont Commuter Express to test wireless access on trains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Hub Group receives DuPont service honor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alcatel obtains signaling and centralized train-control contract from Spanish railway Read More »

August 21

Rail Industry Trends
KCS reopens Texas dry bulk-transfer facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT contracts computer virus, briefly shuts down service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS donates $50,000 to Pennsylvania rail-heritage scholarship program Read More »
Labor
Child celebrates her 35th year as a BLE staff employee Read More »

August 20

Rail Industry Trends
KCS to start using soybean-based friction modifier by year end Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Port Authority of Allegheny County receives federal funds for light-rail system improvements Read More »
Intermodal
CSXI expands eastern STAX container service Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Wabtec Corp. subsidiaries receive contracts from Kawasaki, Amtrak Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NTSB releases annual safety recommendation priority list Read More »
Labor
Greater Cleveland RTA approves ATU contract Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Calgary Transit awards train-control system expansion contract Read More »

August 19

Rail Industry Trends
NAFTA Rail: KCS suffers setback as Grupo TMM shareholders reject TFM sale Read More »
Labor
UTU members ratify CN/Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railway agreement Read More »
M&A
West Virginia road seeks CSXT line to set up shop as Class III Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
IntelliTrans acquires RADSS' assets to expand rail-car tracing software Read More »

August 18

Rail Industry Trends
STB to review small roads' line-abandonment rules Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit increases second-quarter ridership Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New business: TFM begins transporting liquid petroleum gas across U.S.-Mexico border Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
MARTA adds canine team for airport station security Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Fuel-cell locomotive has rail-application potential, consortium says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Houston METRO approves light-rail expansion Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF to serve beer maker's Montana elevator Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. MTA offers hourly car access Read More »

August 15

Rail Industry Trends
Northeast blackout hampers Class Is' traffic Read More »
Passenger Rail
Power outage halts passenger-rail service in Northeastern cities Read More »
Intermodal
NS opens 28th bulk-transfer terminal, third in North Carolina Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak posts record-high ridership for fourth-straight month Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tranz Rail follows other roads' lead by releasing monthly traffic, on-time comparisons Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
WMATA set ridership highs in July Read More »
M&A
Pennsylvania short-line owner seeks control of Carolina Coastal Railway Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Seattle Monorail awards facilities engineering contract Read More »

August 14

Mechanical
UP leases environmentally friendly switchers from CIT Rail Resources Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF rolls out recognition program to honor employees' fuel-conserving efforts Read More »
C&S
KCS upgrades crossings, installs CTC to speed up Texas trains Read More »
Financials
Short-line holding company, regional report quarterly, first-half financial results Read More »

August 13

Rail Industry Trends
NAFTA Rail: KCS, Grupo TMM to obtain final Mexican regulatory verdict in late August Read More »
People
White celebrates seven years as WMATA's head Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF earns supplier award for software enhancements Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra set to begin North Central Service line improvements Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR issues latest edition of annual rail-equipment report Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. DOT awards transportation research grants to University of South Florida Read More »
Labor
Colorado short line reinstates workers, provides back pay after six-year legal battle, UTU says Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Andrew Corp. completes communications system installation for Hong Kong railway Read More »

August 12

Rail Industry Trends
North American intermodal players continue to crank up quarterly volume, IANA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA seeks advisor to help process small roads' RRIF applications, ASLRRA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT, utility to argue coal-rate case before STB Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica: July carloads up, year-to-date units tumble Read More »

August 11

Intermodal
BNSF buys land to accommodate Chicago-area intermodal yard's burgeoning traffic Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
APTA report details public transportation's environmental benefits Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ASLRRA provides training program to help small roads meet federal haz-mat security-risk rule Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Most rural residents reside in close proximity to transportation options, BTS says Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
TieTek supplier obtains financing to add two production lines Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to install ATMs at 11 stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ASLRRA appoints Borman general counsel Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Bombardier joint venture to provide passenger cars for Chinese railway Read More »

August 8

Rail Industry Trends
July traffic comparisons: Canadian roads best U.S. brethren, AAR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA to increase energy efficiency at seven stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT picks Favorite to implement performance-improvement program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Virginia transit schedules available on passengers' personal devices Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Partnership plans to use union labor to build Detroit-area Jobs Tunnel project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NJ Transit board member receives recognition as minority leader Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Coalition opposes bill backing change in intermodal-equipment inspection, repair responsibility Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
TranSystems acquires public transit consulting firm Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP, utility resolve rate dispute Read More »

August 7

Intermodal
Carriers shouldn't wait for shippers to take next container-security step, says ocean-carrier exec Read More »
Financials
Rising rail-car backlog helps Trinity Industries turn second-quarter profit Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tex Mex to become parter in chemical industry's Responsible Care program Read More »

August 6

M&A
BNSF, NIT League conditionally support KCS' NAFTA Rail plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Port Authority chooses World Trade Center station design/build firm Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR releases annual Class I data analysis Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Houston METRO to finalize long-range transit plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSX obtains software to decrease computer-network downtime Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Amtrak closes in on TCU agreement Read More »
Labor
CPR, traffic-controllers union reach agreement, end labor dispute Read More »
Labor
Greater Cleveland RTA, ATU reach tentative agreement Read More »

August 5

Labor
BMWE: Labor department's attempt to overturn year-old officer elections 'may not be valid and/or warranted' Read More »
C&S
BNSF on target to close more than 400 crossings by year end Read More »
Intermodal
Intermodal: CSXI, UP expand STAX container program's reach Read More »
People
Arzoon appoints Overcash head of field operations Read More »
People
Tucker takes on GETS' global sales Read More »

August 4

Kansas City Southern
KCS/Grupo TMM's NAFTA Rail plan passes U.S. antitrust scrutiny Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA, state and local authorities plan for Dulles Airport extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Truck diversion: CSXT, Florida Central team up to serve Sunshine State auto auctioneer Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit to open new transfer station next month Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to sell LTL trucking subsidiary through IPO Read More »
Passenger Rail
Alaska Railroad tests Colorado Railcar's DMU Read More »
Labor
BLE organizes fifth small road in 12 months Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Parsons Brinckerhoff to prepare study for Polish Railway Read More »

August 1

M&A
Tranz Rail's board recommends shareholders reject Toll Holdings' takeover bid Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit forms task force to address, recommend emergency procedures Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Security: BNSF encourages employees to be 'On Guard' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sound Transit receives mixed reviews from citizen panel Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NIT League names Ficker president Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Nordic agency to sell Amtrak tickets in Scandinavian market Read More »
People
Siemens Transportation Systems appoints Evans VP/CFO Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Alcatel to install signal and telecommunications system for Portuguese railway Read More »
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