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Rail News: June 2005

June 30

House approves $1.2 billion for Amtrak in FY2006 Locomotive 'black box' rule will improve accident investigations, FRA says NS to move more pallets in ultra-wide containers SacRT approves budget, fare increase UP to complete trackwork in Oregon next month Transport Canada to fund crossing upgrades at 80 locations Greenbrier registers record earnings, builds rail-car backlog in FY05's third quarter ARINC, Broadware team up to offer single-solution surveillance equipment

June 29

House debating FY2006 appropriations bill CSXT settles long-standing rate dispute with Duke Energy California's North County Transit District mulls land use options near stations Metra begins to build Orland Park station India rail official gets first-hand look at BNSF, EMD facilities Allegheny County Port Authority to improve access near light-rail station RailPower lands licensee to produce, maintain hybrid locomotives in two European countries Global Railway names VP of finance, board members

June 28

CPR takes wraps off Saskatchewan crew lodge MBTA designates firms as North Station-area developers Amtrak, PennDOT continue to improve Keystone Corridor CSXI's monthly fuel surcharge to increase for fourth time in 2005 Federal court denies NS' preliminary injunction motion, BRS says Los Angeles Mayor-elect Villaraigosa to chair LA MTA board Bombardier to build trains, design maintenace facility for China railways NASDAQ delists North American Technologies' stock from smallcap market

June 27

UP to reduce engine emissions at California yards Midwest business execs form passenger-rail advocacy group NS settles two coal rate cases Pittsburgh Port Authority approves FY2006 budget NS, chemical shipper settle rate dispute with assist from mediation, new STB guidelines New York MTA awards South Ferry Terminal design contract to Vollmer Associates CSXI to improve container interchanges at four gateways Monthly tie purchases fall for first time in 2005, RTA says MARTA contracts Rail Development Group to rehab switch machines

June 24

CTA obtains $54.3 million in additional state funding Rail research foundation obtains FRA grant to continue PTC system tests North Carolina transit agency retains Parsons Brinckerhoff as rail line's engineering consultant Week No. 24 traffic tallies: U.S. roads rebound, Canadian roads still in slump WMATA station receives AIA award for innovative design FRA grants to help two colleges conduct rail safety research Buffalo/Niagara transit authority to attract home buyers BNSF begins to blow train horns in three cities to comply with FRA rule Netherlands transit agency contracts Bombardier to build light-rail vehicles

June 23

Nearing 2005's midpoint, most Class Is' service metrics remain on uphill slope, Smith Barney/Citigroup says Portland's TriMet adopts FY2006 budget NS to sound train horns in 13 Virginia towns per new FRA rule Greater Cleveland RTA introduces refurbished light-rail vehicles NS' logistics subsidiary leases first trailer fleet Carriers' committee, UTU resume negotiations per mediation mandate MBTA completes parking expansion project at Walpole Station

June 22

House Appropriations Committee proposes $550 million for Amtrak in FY2006 AAR schedules fall peak forum No. 2 to keep railroads, shippers on same page Board committee approves Pittsburgh port authority's FY2006 budget Business group honors UP's efforts to promote healthy lifestyles Watco installs automated train dispatching systems at two centers Mears to manage ASLRRA's equipment, utilization programs

June 21

APTA: Senate subcommittee's funding cut 'a step backward' for transit security Virginia rail fund to help freight, passenger roads pay for trackwork NJ Transit adds trains to Bayonne Flyer express service Santa Clara VTA to install surveillance cameras on vehicles WMATA to improve, upgrade infrastructure Canadian Railway Hall of Fame asks public to pick 2005 nominees VIA increases summer runs to Niagara Falls Schneider National subsidiary to add transloading arm 3PL Mallory Alexander acquires freight forwarder Quast Kocim to lead AIG Commercial Equipment's entry into rail equipment leasing

June 20

High-speed maglev rail system would bolster border security, promoters say SEPTA adjusts regional train schedules 'Get it done now': Government, association leaders urge Congress to pass TEA-21 reauthorization bill CSXI launches expedited ramp-to-ramp trailer service between Chicago, Little Ferry NJ Transit tweaks timetables AAR: Congressional report found U.S. railroads, shippers mitigated most demand-related problems last year Charlotte Area Transit System to update public on proposed streetcar project Small shipments association adds five members to exec committee Transportation Research Board's late summer conference to tackle rail worker recruiting, training issues

June 17

Senate bill advocates re-routing haz-mat tank cars, stepping up chemical shipment security STB seeks railroads' fall peak plans for second-straight year U.S. roads' intermodal moves register sole gain in AAR's weekly traffic tallies NJ Transit to raise a few fares next month A railroad first: UP receives ACC's Responsible Care certification BRS issues short strike against NS to protest outsourcing concerns WMATA to replace public-address systems, CCTVs Florida Northern to lease, operate CSXT track in the Sunshine State

June 16

Amtrak 'sadly disappointed' with House subcommittee's FY2006 funding proposal EPA orders UP to eliminate oil spills at California service track House appropriations subcommittee proposes $8.5 billion for FY2006 transit funding program AAR: House should bag bill proposing to ban remote-controlled haz-mat moves St. Louis Metro proposes fare hikes KCS appoints Albano to labor relations post Railroads should expect more moderate intermodal traffic growth, Rail Theory Forecasts says BNSF to lease five Green Goat switchers from RailPower

June 15

NS program to tie free equipment storage time to service performance Orange County Transportation Authority to fund crossing upgrades KCS adds Texas terminal to transload network Carriers' committee seeks mediation with union coalition a second time Rail User's Network to host international conference in Toronto Bombardier builds first bi-level car for future New Mexico commuter-rail system Private equity firm purchases TydenBrammall parent Tyden Group Bladon to manage ImageMap's North American sales

June 14

House bill would ban railroads from using remotes to move haz-mat loads U.S. roads rate high marks in most first-quarter safety measures, FRA says Sound Transit to review Airport Link plans with public BNSF begins $13.5 million trackwork project in Montana Los Angeles MTA takes delivery of light-rail vehicle Watco wins Kansas commerce/housing department's regional service award Chinese firm to produce Primix's composite tie in Peoples Republic VIA Rail adds Ross, Tremblay to board

June 13

UP isn't meeting contract obligations, California rail authority says UP police team up with local law enforcement to crack down on crossing violations in two Texas towns Genesee & Wyoming posts carload gains in North America, losses in Australia South Florida RTA wins public procurement award RailAmerica registers more carloads in May I-39 corridor west of Chicago has high logistics potential, study says

June 10

WMATA committee proposes $1.5 billion FY2006 budget AAR data: U.S., Canadian roads and TFM continue to increase intermodal moves GO Transit opens new station July conference sets sights on U.S./Canada border security Estonian railway's majority investors claim country is violating bilateral investment treaties Trinity Industries anticipates additional quarterly earnings, revenue

June 9

NJ Transit to begin environmental work on Tenafly-to-North Bergen line A grand re-opening: FreightCar America refurbishes former NS shop to build array of freight cars UP begins $9.7 million Missouri track project GO Transit's Dias-Schimek receives recognition award UP snags 27 crossing violators in San Antonio Revenue, market share on the rise for Bombardier Transportation RailComm provides computer-aided dispatching to Mexico freight road, Indiana commuter agency Bombardier to help Italian railway upgrade electric power heads

June 8

MARTA approves $770.7 million FY2006 budget, postpones fare increase AAR honors BNSF's Stehly with Holden-Proferock Award Amtrak, Michigan DOT's Blue Water route marks successful first year Summer completion dates set for KCS MOW projects BART, HNTB receive engineering award for airport extension CTA seeks to speed boarding times WMATA to add ATMs at several stations New senior management-led company purchases Hovey Industries' products from RailWorks Railinc increases IT budget, outsources business processes/technology functions King to manage Traction Motor Services' national sales

June 7

SEPTA bucks 17 competing agencies to win APTA's highest 'Rail Rodeo' award Transportation Services Index back up in March after February fall Seattle Monorail negotiates construction contract with Cascadia Monorail STB takes first step toward reforming small rate case guidelines Maryland Transit Administration to solicit public opinion on proposed Red Line DM&E/IC&E parent appoints one, promotes two marketing execs San Diego MTS conducts emergency response drill at underground station Standard Car Truck, Cooper Standard Automotive team up to market rail-car controls MotivePower to overhaul lessor's locomotives German railway to operate separable commuter trains

June 6

Caltrain board approves $76.7 million operating budget VRE to tack on five years to Amtrak operating agreement CPR completes first capacity expansion project under $160 million plan WMATA hires research firm to recommend better customer service practices UP closer to completing Minnesota trackwork NS honors chemical shippers' safe-handling efforts WMATA to open new parking garages at College Park, New Carrollton stations Georgia Southwestern adds Central of Georgia line to Peach State network Wallboard shipper boots up RMI's car monitoring system

June 3

AAR traffic update: U.S., Canadian roads and TFM didn't make hay with carloads in May U.S. Class Is' service metrics far from impressive, Smith Barney/Citigroup says Santa Clara VTA appoints Burns to general manager post CSXI teams up with Iowa Interstate to expand container service WMATA to complete expanded New Carrollton yard project next year New York, New Jersey port authority program promises to please more customers Railroad, state and local police officers team up to promote crossing safety in Fresno Amtrak marks a decade of Seattle-to-Vancouver Cascades service Kansas honors Watco's civic mindedness with governor's award

June 2

Congress extends TEA-21 a seventh time Boardman now full-fledged FRA administator Hiawatha light-rail fares to go up July 1 CPR's logistics arm lands wind turbine contract Emergency responders complete UP-sponsored training course at TTCI CSXI's June fuel surcharge to drop after three-month climb Sigley to manage Watco's locomotive fleet ALSTOM to sell Australian, New Zealand operations to United Group Lloyd's Register Rail to conduct safety review for Thailand transit authority

June 1

FRA grants $1 million to Operation Lifesaver KCS' Foster succeeds Fisk as VP, CMO VIA Rail adds Ferrante, MacInnis to board Germany's LNVG orders more double-deck coaches, locomotives from Bombardier Alcatel to upgrade Spanish rail line's train routing, communication systems Small shipments association names Rutkowski, Kudlacek members of the year TydenBrammall lab attains A2LA accreditation << Previous Next >>
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