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Rail News: December 2004

December 29

With two weeks to go, U.S. roads set annual ton-miles record, AAR says Year in review: WMATA notes 2004 accomplishments, looks ahead to 2005 priorities Watco swings second track-acquisition deal with BNSF in two days Sacramento Regional Transit District moves forward with transit-oriented development plans Harrison to chair International Cargo Security Council next year BART posts record ridership to airport during Christmas holiday

December 28

Short lines jump on 'Jersey Express' to lure coast-to-coast perishables shippers Watco launches 10th short line after acquiring BNSF lines in Montana Chicago region needs to act to avoid future freight-traffic congestion, study says CSXI's January fuel surcharge to decline for second-straight month

December 27

Ohio short line to acquire, lease track from CSXT Pennsylvania transit agencies to obtain short-term state funding Pioneer Railcorp to stop trading stocks publicly CTA to extend service hours on Cermak branch OmniTRAX seeks to lease, operate CSXT lines in Alabama National Mediation Board to gather input on proposed arbitration service fees Johnstown America changes name to FreightCar America, names Bagby CFO

December 22

BNSF, UP to compete for Houston shippers' business, STB says Sound Transit to extend light-rail service to SeaTac airport KCS to take control of Tex Mex on New Year's Day Amtrak opens new St. Louis station Milestone: BNSF moves one-billionth ton of coal from Wyoming mine Calgary Transit orders 33 light-rail vehicles from Siemens UP to record fourth-quarter operating charge due to asbestos-claim liability Vienna transit agency orders light-rail vehicles from Bombardier-led joint venture Indiana port posts record monthly tonnage total in November Hatch Mott Mac Donald appoints Beach EVP in tunneling unit

December 21

CPR, Canada to fund cargo inspection system at Windsor-Detroit border crossing BNSF again a top 50 diversity-conscious company, magazine says New York Container Terminal assumes operation of Staten Island intermodal facility Ontario Northland Transportation Commission appoints Carmichael president, CEO Schneider National promotes Vander Ploeg to CFO

December 20

Monro to retire from FRA after serving as acting administrator for six months CSX Technology: Wodehouse to retire, pass presidential reins to West WMATA unveils Blue Line extension Chicago Southshore & South Bend reaches agreement with UTU AirTrain JFK celebrates first year of service ASLRRA accepting nominations for annual 'safety person' award Railway Tie Association honors former Appalachian Timber Services head Gadd

December 17

AAR update: With three weeks to go in 2004, North American roads remain well ahead of 2003 traffic pace Allegheny County port authority approves fare increase, service reduction plan CSXT faces lawsuit alleging chemical contamination at predecessors' former tie treatment plant VTA inks deal with UP to purchase property, trackage rights CG Railway to relocate rail-car facility from Mobile to New Orleans port CTA to sell maintenance yard RailWorks appoints Buresh, Levy to board BART appoints board officers, members Holland's track testing division obtains ISO accreditation Denmark railway to install Verint's video security system

December 16

BNSF, American Commercial Lines land long-term coal transportation contract L.A. County leaders fight for transportation money Canadian short line's paper business on a roll since partnering with shipper Coast Guard to limit New Jersey drawbridge openings during peak travel periods International Container Terminal Services to study commercial potential of southern Texas port's intermodal facility South Pasadena seeks noise mitigation measures for LA MTA's Gold Line Australian mining firm orders 13 SD70ACe locomotives from EMD NJ Transit adds governor appointee Mason to board Schneider National shuffles sales, intermodal exec deck Prover Technology to study safety of Swedish interlocking system

December 15

KCS, TMM amend TFM acquisition agreement, end long dispute over deal Sound Transit prepares to add second commuter-rail train CPR sells Outremont Yard to Montreal university Let it snow: WMATA, TriMet prepare for winter weather Schneider National addresses driver shortage by offering largest-ever pay raise Italian transit authority contracts Magnetek to provide subway car power systems Greenbrier to collaborate with Chinese freight-car builder Trinity sets succession plan for EVP Adams, SVP and CFO Ivy

December 14

CPR receives favorable arbitration ruling on rate, continues to pursue claim against coal shipper Metra prepares for Belmont Road underpass project RailAmerica increases North American traffic in November Minneapolis' Hiawatha line carries 135,000 passengers in first full week STB issues rulings on five rail-related cases at open voting conference Metra dedicates three Electric District stations House letter supports rail labor unions' opposition to National Mediation Board's arbitration fee proposal New York, New Jersey port authority plans to develop regional smart card program Roper Industries completes TransCore Holdings acquisition HNTB names Gertler VP

December 13

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic preps for remote controls, winter weather Bombardier terminates Tellier's contract, appoints execs to new office of president November carloads: Genesee & Wyoming tacks on traffic in North America, Australia WMATA proposes $1.5 billion FY2006 budget New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway T&E workers to join BLET New York, New Jersey port authority approves FY2005 budget Liquid propane transporter acquires rail terminal in New Hampshire WMATA opens West Falls Church parking structure RailPower to receive Texas R&D grant to produce hybrid locomotive NYCT contracts Granite Construction subsidiary to build ventilation structures

December 10

A first: U.S. roads' intermodal traffic tops 10 million units, AAR says Carmen union OKs officer, board member elections IANA's board elects officers, directors Containerization & Intermodal Institute hands out 'Connies' Harsco Track Technologies receives South Carolina trade group's honor

December 9

USDOT report: U.S. surface transportation trade between Canada, Mexico continues to rise Pennsylvania governor opposes stop-gap funds for state transit agencies CSX to sell terminal operator subsidiary to Dubai Ports International Montana Rockies Rail Tours suspends 2005 operations UP appoints Peterson government affairs director Santa Clara VTA releases environmental report on BART extension RailAmerica sells Arizona, Texas short lines to Permian Basin Railways GO Transit contracts Bombardier to build 10 bi-level cars GATX Rail acquires EMD's stake in Locomotive Leasing Partners LA MTA adds city councilman Reyes to board

December 8

Greenbrier buys Bombardier's 50 percent interest in Mexican freight-car venture SEPTA seeks new Market Elevated project contractor Out of Africa: BNSF execs consult with West African rail leaders Pennsylvania DOT to analyze state transportation system Railinc implements Phase I redesign of AAR car repair billing system One in a million: Sound Transit's Tacoma Link hits ridership milestone UP tabs transportation vet Florence to serve new El Paso unit BART tests "Smart" parking management system Alcatel to supply communication system for new Swedish rail line

December 7

Back on track: Transportation Services Index up in September Metro Transit opens next phase of Minneapolis' Hiawatha line GE Equipment Services enters rail-car maintenance/repair pact with Millennium Rail Houston METRO obtains federal FY2005 funds Edwards steps down at GATX Rail; Earl promoted ACACSO elects '05 officers

December 6

CPR installs "smart" sound technology to predict wheel bearing failure TRANSFLO Terminal Services selects 10East's mobile platform Sound Transit releases environmental report on long-range plan Bijur acquires Denco Lubrication SEPTA board reviewing options to address budget deficit TNT Logistics names Lamolinara VP of business development PB consult appoints Johinke president

December 3

AAR traffic update: No November slowdown for U.S. roads or TFM; Canadian roads' intermodal units drop slightly Metra dedicates one station, completes renovations on another CSXT to consolidate T&E, maintenance craft training at Atlanta facility Metro Transit to open remainder of Hiawatha line UP appoints Mitchell as San Antonio unit's first-ever general director of operating practices BART posts ridership high on SFO extension during Thanksgiving holiday NS, UP continue to be one of best and worst service-metric performers, Smith Barney/Citigroup says Great Canadian Railtour Co. purchases Kamloops hotel to accommodate passengers Washington DOT obtains federal funds to maintain refrigerated car supply for perishable product shippers Alcatel to install signaling system for Spanish high-speed line

December 2

Capital spending: NS to increase 2005 budget about 16 percent to $938 million KCS' transload network continues to add facilities, traffic Former short-line association head Loftus dies Thrall Investment to sell some Trinity Industries stock obtained in 2001 merger deal National small shipments association schedules 'Logistics 101' seminar in February

December 1

BNSF divides domestic intermodal department into five groups Bombardier to lay off 2,200 more transportation division workers Alaska Railroad contracts Union Switch & Signal to supply 'first vital stand-alone' positive train control system TriMet ridership to airport station hits all-time high Thanksgiving weekend CN renames St. Clair Tunnel to honor former president, CEO Tellier Bombardier celebrates one year accident-free on NJ Transit's River Line 3Q: New York Regional Rail raises revenue, earns income Texas group schedules conference to address high-speed rail corridor Portec Rail completes Kelsan merger Parsons, PointShot partner to provide Wi-Fi services for North American passenger-rail systems << Previous Next >>
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