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Rail News: January 2003

January 31

Senate gives Snow thumbs up as treasury secretary; CSX names Ward Snow's successor UP to implement locomotive remote controls at Bailey Yard NS, UP to add three cities to Blue Streak intermodal service Long Island Rail Road president to join RailWorks as CFO A. Stucki Co. parent purchases Independent Draft Gear Sound Transit, Port of Seattle share light-rail vision Tri-Rail expects ridership growth in 2003 Alexander to focus on development, growth for Connex

January 30

CSX posts positive yearly, quarterly financials KCS reports mixed results in annual, quarterly financial performance Small road to lease, operate UP's Missouri line To reduce debt, RailAmerica opts to sell Chilean rail interests Metra plans new suburban line

January 29

NS posts positive yearly, quarterly financial figures BNSF, Ferromex trim transit time from truck-competitive Mexi-Modal intermodal service CSXT, CSXI to join U.S. Customs' anti-terrorism program NS taps Moorman as top corporate services exec Transit systems crack down on vandals New name 'unifies' Bi-State Development Agency Study shows DART stations increase value of nearby properties MBTA ready to renovate Malden Center Station

January 28

CPR posts record operating ratio, income in 2002 TCU: Arbitrator's ruling on national agreement for carmen, clerks is 'disappointing' Rail-car builders' doldrums might cease and desist in 2003, ARCI says

January 27

BNSF goes down swinging on UPS failure-free service streak GM honors UP's service performance Railcar Custom Leasing names Amick president Caltrain set to start second phase of CTX WMATA reports decrease in motor-vehicle thefts Houston METRO plans public meetings to discuss 20-year plan DART introduces online trip planner

January 24

Chemical industry leader calls on railroads, government and captive shippers to create competitive rail-shipping environment GE taps Begley as top GETS officer STB to solicit public's view on proposed rate-challenge amendments North American Technologies obtains financing to increase production of plastic-composite ties CNN online poll: Amtrak's worth $2 billion a year in taxpayer money National security: APTA to coordinate public-transportation ISAC

January 23

UP continues 'remarkable' financial performance; plans to cut costs, jobs to counter economic, fuel-price concerns KCS promotes financial, legal execs Bombardier, Greenbrier joint venture receives 500-car order from TTX New Hampshire seeks to acquire line from Maine Central Railroad

January 22

CN's fourth-quarter, annual financial performance left to one's own speculation UP, TRANSFLO to create transload-terminal network targeting non-rail served chemical customers ASLRRA forming committee to provide small roads more focused technology review Harsco supplies switch, crossing grinders to China's Guangzhou Metro System Union Switch installing last piece of NJ Transit's wayside speed-enforcement system L.A. MTA begins building busway project that will provide San Fernando Valley commuters better access to light rail CTA taps Smith to head capital construction program SamTrans elects chairman, board members

January 21

BNSF's promising fourth-quarter financial results cap cash-strapped year Conser caps 42-year career, retires from RailAmerica North Shore Railroad System taps Shields as president Yardmasters ratify UTU, Grand Trunk Western Railway contract

January 20

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic cuts pay, temporarily lays off workers to counterbalance lost business BLE files dissent in locomotive remote-control arbitration case Wisconsin & Southern seeks to acquire CPR line Vermont set to purchase line from former Bangor & Aroostook UP to test RailPower Technologies' Green Goat in Chicago yard New Jersey Transit set to build consolidated training center, two parking decks FTA schedules emergency-preparedness forum for Newark WMATA to rename training facility after first female, African American general manager

January 17

CSXT partners to promote its services to Spanish, Portuguese shippers CPR sells little-used northern New Brunswick spur line to CN KCS gains access to seventh U.S. port Bush appoints Hammerschmidt as NTSB head Senate approves amendment that would meet Amtrak's appropriation request Transit advocacy groups to Feds: 'Finance passenger-rail development' Amtrak orders $3 million worth of brake actuators from WABCO Transit IEEE issues standard for battery compartment size in rail-transit vehicles Senate's verdict on Amtrak appropriation could come today

January 16

AAR releases most recent edition of rail-industry trends BNSF chips in by helping Indian reservation move salvaged logs Watco Cos. to centralize purchasing under five categories Pennsylvania provides more than $6 million toward small-road projects

January 15

Locomotive remote controls are safe, AAR says RailAmerica hits the ground running on 2003 growth plans CSXT to jam weeks worth of track maintenance into four-day March 'Jamboree' STB invites public to observe first open-voting conference Grisso begins tenure as Alliance for Rail Competition's executive director Iowa Interstate, carmen union agree on tentative contract Joint venture delivers 22 rail cars to Shanghai Railways Paris agency places $156.3 million trainset order with Bombardier-ALSTOM consortium Minnesota commuter-rail project garners FTA's environmental seal of approval Rail life, post-Sept. 11: FTA to provide $54.8 million for New York City-Northern New Jersey ferry projects

January 14

Senate targets late January hearing to consider Snow's nomination BNSF grows wheat business east of the Mississippi River FRA offers Web-based grade-crossing evaluation tool RailAmerica's annual carload account an up-and-down tale

January 13

Federal bankruptcy court OKs Buckeye Steel's asset sale Arbitrator rejects BLE's position on locomotive remote-control assignment Supplier launches software targeting cuts in railroads' fuel costs BNSF eliminates 332 jobs at three locomotive shops CSXT joins EPA's emission-control program Battling budget shortfall, WMATA staff recommends fare, parking-fee increases Washington State DOT launches voice-driven portal for travel information Computer-based training: BART provides online courses France's SNCF, Continental Airlines form air/rail codeshare partnership

January 10

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about NS' premium paper service offering supply-chain management ACTA names Doherty head of construction, engineering Republicans take control of House transportation committee U.S. Steel to acquire National Steel's assets, including Michigan short line German agency orders 40 double-deck coaches, eight locomotives from Bombardier Swiss Federal Railways places $122.7 million rail-car order with Bombardier-ALSTOM venture New York MTA awards joint venture $90.6 million subway station reconstruction contract Chicago CTA board blesses $33.8 million connector-track renovation

January 9

Emmett eyes May end to NITL career Smithsonian exhibit to highlight U.S. transportation history Timken names Happach to head rail business Omaha Public Power District seeks short-line service provider, line maintainer CSXT hopes cash awards entice small roads to augment Class I's carloads TMCA seeks Tranny Award entries

January 8

Safety training: KCS to lean more heavily on operational tests, less on written exams BNSF on a service failure-free streak for UPS North Carolina Railroad proposes capital projects totaling $24.5 million STB taps Schieb as chief of staff, chairman's counsel New York MTA awards $162 million signal modernization pact to Granite Halmar Intelligent Power Systems acquires power-conversion equipment supply contracts from R-R Industrial Controls Amtrak rolls back coach fares

January 7

Arbitrator nears decision on unions' locomotive remote-control dispute Greenbrier achieves quarterly gains in rail-car orders, backlog International Steel Group makes bid for Bethlehem Steel

January 6

U.S. roads' intermodal up, carloads down saga holds true through 2002 Alaska Railroad seeks public comments on capital projects International Container Terminal Services to shutter rail-served terminal in the Philippines SFO extension won't open at month's end, BART says DART general counsel resigns, returns to private sector

January 3

Australia to simulate rail operations in cyberspace STB clears path for Portland & Western to lease BNSF line ASLRRA to promote small roads' purpose by producing industry data Public-conduct policing: WMATA creates 'Rail Anti-Crime Target Squad' GO Transit adds Mount Joy trains

January 2

In its largest-ever expenditure decision, Indiana Harbor Belt contracts GETS to upgrade, remanufacture locomotives Teamsters/BLE to represent Iowa, Chicago & Eastern workers CSXT appoints Griffith as coal-operation coordinator Montreal, Maine & Atlantic to launch operations Jan. 9 << Previous Next >>
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