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Rail News: July 2003

July 31

BNSF aligns operating divisions to traffic flows CPR: High-capacity box cars paying dividends for paper shippers CSXI to increase monthly fuel surcharge

July 30

Class I financials: KCS scores higher second-quarter revenue, but posts net loss tied to TFM tax expenses House Appropriations Committee earmarks $15 million for Sound Transit's Central Link ASLRRA forms committee to address short-line technical issues House committee sets aside FY2004 funding for CTA Former STB Chair Morgan joins Capitol Hill law firm Amtrak appoints new chairman, vice chairman South Koreans tour KCS facilities to expand knowledge of North American rail operations NJ Transit installs ticket vending machines on Main and Bergen County lines

July 29

Senate bill's sister: Rail competition legislation enters House U.S. DOT proposes national passenger-rail system reform bill BNSF sets agenda for annual diversity forum UTU elects Boyd to first full term as international president

July 28

CN launches customized online shipment-status report tool CIT Rail Resources lands its largest rail-car lease deal House appropriations committee recommends Amtrak FY04 budget, but more funds needed, national passenger railroad says BNSF prompts electronic supplier-payment process Wabtec's Italian subsidiary awarded contract by Spanish railway U.S. Customs proposes cargo-data regulations to beef up border security

July 25

BC Rail union schedules strike vote to save jobs, provincial ownership NS underscores small-road issues at annual short line meeting BNSF appoints Clark AVP of resource protection Pennsylvania provides grants for 30 freight-rail projects

July 24

Record quarterly revenue can't offset UP's second-quarter fuel expenses Amtrak awaits House amendment on FY2004 transportation bill CSX: Quarterly revenue rises but labor, asbestos-claim expenses pinch income performance WMATA ranks above average on customer satisfaction surveys Focus on fuel: KCS to use pipeline to cut diesel costs Former NJ Transit engineer joins HNTB Corp. Hotel-chain CEO elected to NS board Miner takes home honors from TTX, UP

July 23

Coal pick-up propels NS to quarterly operating revenue record Strong Canadian dollar, higher fuel prices, one-time charge hammer CPR's Q2 earnings German rails order 500-plus freight cars from Greenbrier Europe UP receives 'Compassionate Employer' award

July 22

2Q financials: For BNSF, higher fuel costs offset revenue increase Higher fuel costs, lower revenues, stronger Canadian dollar dampen CN's second-quarter report Freight-car orders continue to surge in second quarter, ARCI says Two Wabtec subsidiaries celebrate milestones

July 21

CSXT eliminates 143 supervisory jobs House bill would help fund transportation projects (7/21/03) Wheeling & Lake Erie, BRS reach tentative agreement STPP to publish report ranking metro-area transportation spending (7/21/03) Added security: NS to issue photo ID cards to all employees WMATA employees receive awards for Sept. 11 actions (7/21/03) Transportation Marketing & Communications Association appoints president BART awards contract for SFO employee discount cards (7/21/03)

July 18

STB, rail-safety reauthorization bills sail through Senate committee House subcommittee proposes $580 million for Amtrak in FY2004 UP triples refrigerated box-car order with Trinity Rail Group CTA completes Cermak Blue Line station renovation Senate committee approves amendments aimed at preventing rail accidents LA MTA installs more user-friendly ticket vending machines on Metro Gold Line National Small Shipments Traffic Conference names Everett executive director Queensland Transport awards Cubic $95 million ticketing-system contract

July 17

AAR activates online tool to support lobby against re-regulation legislation Maryland company chosen to help Shanghai Maglev reach installation tolerances BNSF, power company settle rail-rate differences NS adds account-management tool to online offerings E-business: BNSF to speed, customize electronic data interchanges

July 16

UTU ratifies CN contract covering U.S. conductors, brakemen CTA, Chicago DOT complete 35th Street renovations WMATA achieves record FY 2003 ridership IEEE sets new battery sizing, train-control system standards BNSF completes double-track project in Texas CPR honors chemical shippers' safety efforts in 2002 UP grants trackage rights to two Oregon short lines

July 15

British Columbia selects four-firm short list for BC Rail privatization bids In memoriam: EMD engineering director Smith CPR to serve new North Dakota grain terminal BNSF earns Wal-Mart's annual carrier award for fifth-straight year NS improves Chicago-to-Pennsylvania intermodal service Purchasing power: ASLRRA ponders possibility of adding fuel-buying program to Web-based 'storefront'

July 14

BNSF to begin Illinois train-control pilot program using Wabtec's ETMS Sound Transit's light-rail system receives federal funds, wins appellate court ruling MBTA, local transit authority to upgrade Leominister station Rocky Mountaineer Railtours increases bookings after adding overnight stops at historic Canadian attraction CN, UTU agree to tentative contract covering Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railway workers Wisconsin & Southern conducts emergency-response drill to mimic terrorist act Plastic-encapsulated wood tie enters railroad market

July 11

UTU, BLE draw battle lines in CPR representation 'raid' Canadian government provides passenger-rail funds for Algoma Central Railway VIA Rail begins pilot program to provide wireless Internet access aboard trains MBTA awards data communications system contract Train-robbing 'boyz' could be heading for New Jersey clink DM&E, UP reach trackage-rights agreement on Minnesota line BLE board approves Teamsters merger agreement

July 10

BNSF reorganizes engineering department Sound Transit to consider awarding Bechtel Infrastructure construction management contract Jacobs Engineering lands Cross London design contract STB to solicit public feedback on U.S. portion of KCS' NAFTA Rail plan

July 9

AAR traffic tally: Despite a sluggish June, U.S. roads post positive second-quarter, first-half figures Colorado to study feasibility of Denver bypass for BNSF, UP trains Sound Transit receives Central Link thumbs up from USDOT LA MTA to reserve parking for Metro Gold Line passengers LIRR receives safety awards from NY MTA Utah tourist road expands steam-engine fleet Earth Tech lands CTA construction safety management services contract SNCF orders 15 LRVs from Siemens BNSF, Union Carbide inaugurate Texas line, Class I competition AAR appoints VanderClute as Dettmann's successor Rising rail-car orders, backlog help Greenbrier post quarterly profit

July 8

Global Railway to supply event-recorder systems for Long Island Rail Road equipment U.S. DOT awards Amtrak $76 million for tunnel life safety Tie suppliers, shippers assist ASLRRA in backing tax-credit bill NS, UP launch Toledo-to-West Coast EMP container service Fleming takes leave of absence from BMWE presidential post

July 7

New Zealand government negotiates Tranz Rail agreement with Australia's Toll Holdings; Tranz Rail board 'surprised' by deal's terms Bombardier receives $466 million order from German railway WMATA proposes light-rail corridor Kawasaki appoints new chairman, president RailPower closes $2.4 million private placement Another 'Super' public-private partnership: CN, CSXI plan 155-acre Memphis intermodal terminal CPR seeks buyers for two Alberta branch lines

July 3

Judgment call: Canada's Transportation Appeal Tribunal puts rail, marine, aviation on same review/appeal plane Schwartz sworn in as Railroad Retirement Board chair WMATA approves police station plans, adds morning trains to Green Line Swiss railway awards $75 million security and signaling systems contract to Alcatel

July 2

Dates set for RailtecMéxico 2004 The Ascent of Tier-2 Compliant Power: UP now running five GETS 'Evolution' locomotives in revenue service, BNSF to test 30 CPR reaches settlement with North Dakota for Minot derailment Fitzmaurice named NMB chairman Bay Area Rapid Transit opens airport extension Ontario Northland Transportation Commission receives government funding to continue passenger-rail service

July 1

RDC-led consortium receives $29.6 million from Overseas Private Investment Corp. for African port/rail project TTX tabs Marion to serve as VP/CFO LRIW seeks nominations for 'Outstanding Woman of The Year' Greater Cleveland RTA opens new Community Circulator route North Carolina's Triangle Transit purchases right-of-way from CSX High-speed rail presents most viable solution to California's growing transportation needs, study shows << Previous Next >>
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