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Rail News: February 2005

February 28

CN, Ontario Northland to team up on traffic routes WMATA shuffles top management AAR update: U.S., Canadian roads remain on traffic roll Chinese railway ministry contracts Bombardier-led consortium to build cars for Tibet line STB schedules hearing to gather feedback on stand-alone cost procedures TieTek parent North American Technologies Group under new ownership, leadership Rail supply industry veteran Whalen Jr. dies

February 25

'Officer on the Train' an eye-opening exercise for railroad, city police Pennsylvania grants more than $10 million to help short lines recover from floods, rehabilitate track RTA report: Crosstie purchases rebound in January after December chill CSXT to use ZETA-TECH's broken-rail detection software Former CSXT CEO Drucker to chair private New York City college

February 24

KCS promotes three executives Miami-Dade Transit to begin engineering work for $2.5 billion extension UP to speed up trains in Texas, Louisiana towns Tuned in: MARTA to add digital television, radio network to passenger cars STB hands down decisions on nine cases at open voting conference Oregon's TriMet to implement fare increase KCS to lease former passenger locomotives from Helm Financial Florida developer to build transit village near commuter-rail system Canadian Auto Workers members ratify Ontario Northland contracts Madrid infrastructure company contracts ALSTOM consortium to supply signal equipment

February 23

TFM obtains written court order calling for adjusted value-added tax refund Minnesota House OKs Northstar funding at less than one-third of governor's proposal BNSF to help move historic box car to new California home Amtrak, Pennsylvania DOT to improve more Keystone Corridor track Vancouver library to preserve historic CPR photos APTA: International conference draws attention to scarce U.S. transit security funding Dubai Ports finalizes CSX World Terminals deal Optimization Alternatives activates monitoring system at L.A. intermodal terminal

February 22

OmniTRAX's new Alabama road raises short-line roster to 15 CSXT honors Chicago SouthShore & South Bend's marketing acumen MHF Logistical Solutions moves first radioactive waste-carrying container via rail Progress Energy finds buyer for Progress Rail Elgin, Joliet and Eastern selects RMI's systems to improve rail-car management

February 18

Justice department's antitrust division to scrutinize BNSF's, UP's coal rates New WMATA chair to focus on passengers, funding in 2005 AAR traffic update: U.S., Canadian roads and TFM making strides at February's midpoint Interfleet appoints Davies to SVP post CPR, CAW-TCA come to terms on tentative contract French railway contracts Nortel to manage GSM-R network USDOT's Volpe center lets contract for transportation security software George Meany Center schedules haz-mat training course for rail workers

February 17

CSXT asks U.S. district court to block D.C.'s haz-mat ban Tying up loose ends: Santa Clara VTA refines extension plans to obtain 2007 FTA grant KCS, FRA survey safety developments at K.C. meeting Buffalo transportation authority installs security cameras BNSF offers expertise to Swedish retailer/U.S. intermodal shipper Carriers committee, UTU begin bargaining talks Former BMWE President Berge dies

February 16

USDOT creates agencies to administer technology, research and haz-mat safety Gunning for more passengers: Ridership shoots up on Caltrain's Bullet trains UP continues to upgrade infrastructure in the Southwest SEPTA delays fare increases, service cuts a second time 4Q: RailAmerica reaches revenue goal, but can't rein in expenses MBTA to install wireless communication network in subway system Arkansas small roads form association Greater Cleveland RTA to rehab 40-year-old station RSI prepares agenda for annual spring legislative conference Parsons Brinckerhoff to manage construction of Chinese line

February 15

Safety inspections are improving, but FRA will take IG's report to heart, administration says Virginia legislature to fund VRE expansion, improvement projects Security: BNSF employees keep eyes, ears open Rail not part of CTA's rising ridership equation in 2004 UP to upgrade more Arkansas mainlines Caltrain extends Amtrak operating agreement Genesee & Wyoming ramps up annual revenue, increases income Caltrain to upgrade San Mateo station McDevitt to manage UPS' intermodal network Bombardier completes Turkish light-rail system, appoints new board members

February 14

CN, UTU reach tentative agreement affecting 2,600 Canadian workers Smith Barney/Citigroup report: Service metrics show U.S. Class Is struggling to speed trains, slow glut of cars on line CSXT ready to open REDI training center in Atlanta ASLRRA seeks entries for annual safety person, marketing awards GE Transportation inaugurates locomotive repair shop in Twin Cities

February 11

Three for three: U.S., Canadian roads and TFM score more traffic during February's first week, AAR says House committee reintroduces TEA-21 reauthorization bill BNSF to reduce regional radio repair shop roster from 20 to one Denver RTD obtains FTA grant for new light-rail line UP upgrades track in Arkansas, Oklahoma New York, New Jersey passenger-rail project to double capacity RailAmerica's January carloads rise more than 2 percent NJ Transit contracts American Bridge to repair, rehab drawbridge Tri-City & Olympia tabs Samples as business development director New York City Transit inks deal with Unisys for desktop support services

February 10

BNSF to develop container transfer facility with L.A. port KCS, Tex Mex reps talk transition strategy Henriques to head Florida East Coast; railroad subsidiary to retain role as profit rainmaker FRA first: No MOW worker or contractor deaths to report from previous year NIT League creates committee to promote transportation security

February 9

IANA report: Unprecedented volume growth makes 2004 memorable for North American intermodal industry Bush Administration's FY2006 budget proposes funds for transit projects Proposed ethanol plant could fuel Pennsylvania short line's annual carloads New York MTA contracts IBM to provide information technology services President's proposed FY2006 budget bypasses U.S. port security funding needs, American port association says Houston METRO to hold terrorism training seminars Lott to chair Senate's transportation subcommittee Intrade International to supply track geometry vehicle for Chilean copper miner

February 8

SAFETEA in numbers: Bush Administration proposes $284 billion transportation reauthorization bill as part of FY06 budget President's FY2006 transportation budget proposes more funds for public transit, none for Amtrak BTS' latest transportation index indicates economy still in good shape Bush proposes infrastructure security program in FY2006 budget Alameda Corridor authority green lights shuttle train demo, inland truck depot Pittsburgh port authority to proceed with fare increase, service cuts Transandian line to traverse Andes Mountains, serve as critical rail corridor GO Transit opens 55th station Pennsylvania short line, UTU reach tentative pact for T&E employees

February 7

BNSF reduces non-accidental haz-mat releases 27 percent in 2004 Amtrak's California lines post record quarterly, monthly ridership CPR, UTU come to terms on tentative pact for Soo Line yardmasters SEPTA settles Paoli yard contamination lawsuit Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern names Michel president Northstar Corridor authority considers fuel options for commuter-rail service RAILINC boots up online rail-car disposition service NJ Transit to upgrade floor illumination on 555 cars ARINC, Pacer provide financial aid for tsunami relief efforts Eurostar adds passengers, increases market share in 2004

February 4

Two new Senate bills address rail haz-mat safety FRA fines CSXT for violating crossing safety regulations AAR January data: Weather woes erode U.S. roads' carloads; TFM rallies with traffic tallies BNSF, UP can compete for southeast Houston shippers' business, STB says UP pegs Naro to head Mexican operations

February 3

NS, shipper launch operations at larger New Jersey ethanol terminal Pennsylvania port authority obtains funding for Gateway Center station CSXI, UP to provide 'Passport' intermodal service to western Mexico APTA: 2004 a good year for transit rail, but TEA-21 needs to be resolved in 2005 British railroad obtains 100th 'Class 66' locomotive from EMD Santa Clara VTA polishes off double-track project Wabtec acquires, renames Rütgers Rail assets New York/New Jersey port authority upgrades fare gates Portec Rail shuffles executive staff Harsco to supply grinder for Chinese light-rail system

February 2

Council passes bill to temporarily ban haz-mat moves in D.C.; rail industry doubts rerouting will reap safety rewards Canadian transport minister nominates Coté for top VIA Rail post KCS calls blitz, rolls out desktop database to improve safety Caltrain eliminates San Jose crossing UP appoints Krehbiel, Whited to new AVP positions Bombardier obtains tram order in Spain, bogie contract in Asia CSXI maintains monthly fuel surcharge at 10 percent RSI seeks applications for scholarship program

February 1

BNSF lands 144 industrial development projects in 2004 Houston METRO obtains federal funds to study light-rail extensions Canadian small road's branch line to serve as hands-on training railway BART police officers to obtain mobile access to emergency situation data USDOT appoints Smith to head FRA's safety programs Long Island Rail Road contracts Earth Tech for on-call construction management Rail-car orders, deliveries to maintain momentum into 2006, EPA says Greenbrier co-founder, former Chairman and CEO James dies << Previous Next >>
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