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Rail News: October 2001

October 31

Rail-car orders, deliveries continue downward spiral, ARCI says VRE modifies baggage security plan, witnesses Amtrak's version in action STB to release in mid-November final EIS on DM&E Powder River Basin project NYC Transit restores service on most lines, digs in for long haul on others Trinity purchases rail-car leasing firm, finalizes Thrall Car merger DART selects firm to service retirement plan Lower fuel prices lead NS to drop surcharge

October 30

Vast majority of UTU members approve BLE merger ASF-Keystone, Standard Car combine truck manufacturing capabilities Swiss railways' freight division opts for Bombardier-built locomotives NS intermodal-management subsidiary launches Web site

October 29

Intermodal service provider adds Seattle location ASLRRA announces Marketing Award winners VIA Rail inaugural run comes with station-improvement investment Bombardier inks Hungarian State Railways refurbishment contract Amtrak signs on with SupplyPro to cut supply costs

October 26

KCS reports solid third-quarter results Six-county association gains initial STB approval for Utah line Chemical industry issues security guidelines for facilities, rail WMATA closes mail room, ID office for anthrax testing BART, AFSCME reach tentative agreement Orange County moves on light rail plans

October 25

STB OKs IC's line to captive Louisiana chemical shipper CPR expands Toronto terminal, broadens intermodal horizons STB adds export traffic to carload waybill sampling

October 24

Third quarter brings double-digit earnings bump for CN, promising financial report card for NS CSXT shuffles sales and marketing group RailWorks gains final court approval for Chapter 11-related financing WMATA adjusts safety procedures SEPTA GM Leary resigns Caltrain to begin track and roadbed work Minneapolis LRVs to include event recorders

October 23

As BNSF's third-quarter earnings decrease, so will jobs — CSXT on quarterly uptick Birth of Niagara Falls entertainment complex determines fate of downtown tracks UP to offer online freight bills

October 22

Third quarter bucks economic malaise for CPR, UP Feuding BLE, UTU back on merger track A&M increases intermodal business potential WMATA reopens Pentagon Sales office AirTrain service to Newark International now open VIA Rail opens London station

October 19

STB requires tank-car charge negotiations between railroads, private fleet owners ABC-NACO files for Chapter 11 reorganization CPR to test electronic-invoicing with fuel supplier RailWorks receives interim financing to reorganize under Chapter 11 Pennsylvania progresses maglev plans VRE completes AF Interlocking week early

October 18

BNSF to concentrate on capital-spending cuts, Rose says NS ready to dedicate Austell intermodal terminal STB adds public services office Internet link

October 17

BNSF gains tenant — and customer — for Chicago-area intermodal development CSXT soon to satisfy need for speed in Ohio Army Reserve seeks rail-experienced recruits Prince joins OA to go 'where the action is' Commerce Committee passes Amtrak emergency aid bill WMATA requests $190 million for security enhancements AFSCME rejects BART's 'best, final' offer DART, Metra approve FY 2002 budgets Canadian passenger rail systems sign interline service agreement

October 16

RailAmerica swings StatesRail deal to acquire eight short lines FECR ready to slap on CANAC's BELTPACKs BLE to represent a second short line

October 15

Bethlehem Steel files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection With IBB combination DOA, BMWE adopts never-say-never approach to future mergers RailAmerica claims STB's ParkSierra merger-agreement posting is premature GCRTA board to consider financial, physical growth VRE's AF Interlocking Project nears completion Istanbul metro awards ALSTOM signaling contract

October 12

STB dismisses TCU's petition seeking labor-issue clarity on car shop closing RAILINC, RailAmerica forge short-line transportation-management software deal GWI shuffles executive deck, restructures Australian railroad Aviation Security passes Senate sans Amtrak funding, Hollings introduces bill to repeal self-sufficiency mandate Rail~Volution 2001 rescheduled Luxembourg National Railways orders Alstom trainsets Telephonics inks communications contracts for NYC Transit cars

October 11

AAR lifts voluntary cargo restrictions, recommends continuing security measures NS nears Six Sigma roll-out USDOT seeks tougher hazardous-materials shipment security California light-rail system acquires UP trackage WMATA takes out trash — cans, that is Metro-North extends online ticket fulfillment contract

October 10

U.S., Canada need to get smart about border practices, Tellier says Freight Australia bucks workforce-reducing trend Railtrack bottoms out, back under semi-government control

October 9

BLE disputes UTU's remote-control jurisdiction claim as 'attempt to circumvent the law' Rail industry reaches red-alert status following Afghanistan bombing runs CN begins to carry out slow, cautious WC integration RailAmerica eyes ParkSierra merger UP upgrades line deep in heart of Texas SEPTA progresses ATC plans CTA taps MIT, UIC for research projects BART presents AFSCME its best and final offer BART increases security measures Washington Group to manage Mission Valley East Trolley Extension construction WMATA returns to pre-attack schedules, encourages D.C. tourism

October 8

Rail World, Wheeling Corp. consortium reaches B&A deal Month, quarter, year-to-date AAR figures detail U.S. freight-traffic decay IMCs' second-quarter loads down, revenue-per-load up despite mixed economy, IANA says Railinc rolls out short line-targeted software Midwest High Speed Rail Coalition discusses progress, funding at fall meeting

October 5

Edmonton terminal helps CN fulfill intermodal 'need for speed' UP opts for Nexterna's communications system to improve asset tracking IBEW members ratify four-year deal with CPR NYC Transit awards construction contract for Coney Island station BART inks fare-collection deal with Cubic ALSTOM sells stake in England-based infrastructure maintenance company

October 4

Larger ships might mean more port and rail business for OmniTRAX subsidiaries BLE's Hahs amends union's merger approach, hopes to mend fences with UTU New terminal to ramp up Windy City capacity for UP

October 3

KCS adds two vice presidents to staff NS provides benefit security for employee reservists called to arms Rail industry steps up security measures to tackle terrorism, AAR says Schneider National enhances year-old intermodal product with express service New bill enters high-speed rail funding debate Sound Transit clearing Link light rail path

October 2

STB to prepare EIS for BNSF-led partnership's proposed Houston line CN, UP partner to provide expedited Canada-to-Mexico intermodal service UP's GM contract a yard-expanding enterprise for IHB STB grants utility final OK to build competing Arkansas rail line

October 1

GWI signs dotted line for third N.Y.-Pa. region short line CP: And then there were five … East Coast transit agencies opt for regional smart cards Senate committee to examine railroad and maritime industry safety CIT Group changes name to Tyco Capital << Previous Next >>
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