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Rail News: January 2006

January 31

CN to move some CSXT traffic; CSXT to sell Ontario line to CN Metro-North posts highest-ever on-time performance, ridership in 2005 BLET, UTU unite to campaign against one-man train crews Freight-car deliveries will dip slightly to 64,000 units in 2006, Rail Theory Forecasts says Amtrak Cascades sets annual ridership record Fisher to manage North American sales for ZTR Control Systems' rail division

January 30

U.S., Canadian railroads continue to move more carloads and containers, AAR says Amtrak's ticket prices to fluctuate on several Northeast Corridor trains Rail-car deliveries to surpass 73,000 in 2006, EPA says WMATA begins to test eight-car trains during morning rush Greater Cleveland RTA continues to carry more passengers Gen. Krulak becomes newest UP director

January 27

CN and CPR to operate more of each other's trains in the Vancouver area New York/New Jersey port authority selects contractor for World Trade Center Hub Amtrak carries record number of passengers in Golden State British Columbia port to begin building container-handling facility Watco promotes Eyermann to SVP, appoints Kess to head engineering Los Angeles MTA, unions plan to hold productive negotiating sessions Former BLE VP, Secretary-Treasurer Voyk dies From Landover to Lanham: AREMA moving to new Maryland office

January 26

FRA to launch program aimed at preventing train accidents in 'hot spot' areas UP set to start track renewal project in L.A. area Greenbrier acquires YSD Industries' box-car door and roof product lines Union Switch obtains $9 million track circuit contract from WMATA Given takes post as Hulcher Services president L.B. Foster to begin building concrete tie plant in Tucson OCTA names 2006 chairman, vice chairman

January 25

CN's fourth-quarter and annual operating ratios improve more than 3 points to the low 60s NS sets high-water marks for annual and fourth-quarter revenue, income BNSF increases annual capital spending budget 10 percent to $2.4 billion LIRR posts informational signs at grade crossings NS President/CEO Moorman to succeed Goode as chairman American Railcar Industries completes IPO Chinese railway contracts project managers for high-speed rail line Canadian trade council recognizes Carmanah with 2005 export awards

January 24

BNSF sets traffic and revenue records, reduces operating ratio in 2005 CSX's 4Q: ONE Plan gains offset hurricane-related losses BART draws up short-, long-range plans GO Transit to expand bi-level car fleet Ontario short line adds wood product supplier to customer list Dunn leaves seat as New York MTA vice chair Schaefer Equipment appoints four top executives Caltrain to bolster four bridges Musser to manage sales for Portec Rail's maintenance product division

January 23

North American railroads cap off year's second week with more carloads, intermodal moves President to nominate Victory Transportation's Simpson to top FTA post Pittsburgh port authority's annual passenger count hits three-year high CSX seeks to build logistics center in Sunshine State Massachusetts Bay commuter-rail operator makes senior management changes BLET organizes OmniTRAX's Panhandle Northern Foster-Miller obtains federal funds to continue locomotive safety studies U.K. transport department to begin passenger-screening pilot program GE, Siemens team up to market container security system in Europe New York MTA boots up Web page translator

January 20

BNSF, CN to exchange trackage and other access rights in three areas RailAmerica sells three Alberta short lines to CN Amtrak hires Heidrick & Struggles to help find next top executive UP to acquire 60 'Gen-Set' switchers for L.A. yards Long-time director Mack to chair WMATA's board LA MTA to operate limited-stop trains on Gold Line Four KCS execs move up a notch on the corporate ladder Second annual 'RailTrends' conference coming to New York City in October Hub Group to acquire Comtrak's assets Rail system advocate/author Kunstler to deliver keynote at association's annual high speed rail meeting

January 19

UP sets revenue and traffic records despite year-long series of severe storms CSXT to reopen Katrina-damaged Gulf Coast line All modes post third-quarter passenger gains, APTA says Kansas City Southern's U.S., Mexican roads test joint intermodal service LIRR to add trains on several lines Sound Transit begins to bore Central Link tunnels Watco starts up Mississippi short line Amtrak to adjust discount on monthly Northeast Corridor passes Cryo-Trans orders 429 refrigerated box cars from Greenbrier

January 18

Our misinterpretation of Week No. 1 Class I service metrics CN pulls out of Chicago's CREATE program CPR sells part of spur to British Columbia city BNSF's Anderson, Draper and Johnson assume new VP roles Sacramento RT to consolidate services at new center BNSF banks on steady fuselage business from Boeing TSA names Miller special counselor

January 17

R. J. Corman leases Memphis-area line from BNSF Neupaver succeeds Kassling as Wabtec president/CEO National Labor College schedules three haz-mat training courses for rail workers Toyota's North American division sets vehicle production record RMI recognizes customers with first-ever 'Fast-Track' awards Vapor Rail selects SolidWorks CAD software

January 16

BNSF reduces rates for northern wheat shippers Tie purchases reach highest total since 1987, RTA says Carriers' committee, UTU to resume contract negotiations in mid-February Chicago ordinance bans smoking in majority of Union Station LaBat takes helm as GE rail service unit's first-ever CMO Miami-Dade County representatives join South Florida RTA's board TTCI to test Material Technologies' metal fatigue detection system

January 13

Class Is not off to great start in service performance, Smith Barney/Citigroup says CTA to rehabilitate Howard Station New Year's holiday muddies railroads' year-over-year traffic comparisons, AAR says Orange County transportation agency seeks to extend sales tax UP to military-experienced personnel: Want a job? WMATA to use Homeland Security grant to build control center, improve radio system Dispatchers union seeks to organize UP workers Genesee & Wyoming registers monthly, quarterly traffic gains

January 12

WMATA's White to step down from top post Kansas City Southern de México changes operating practices to speed up cross-border freight Virginia transportation commission elects officers, outlines objectives for 2006 ARCI report: Rail-car builders cap off 2005 with boost in orders, deliveries RailAmerica registers more carloads in monthly, year-end reports MBTA to begin $3 million bridge rehab project Watco program rewards rule-conscious workers Former BNSF intermodal VP Hickerson to head Pacer's trucking unit

January 11

FRA stats show train accidents, crossing incidents continue to drop Amtrak to replace nearly century-old Thames River Bridge Maryland Transit Administration to close four commuter-rail stations UP to EPA: Railroad shouldn't foot entire soil clean-up bill in Omaha TTCI center to provide emergency preparedness field training for first responders across the nation CTA to temporarily close several Brown Line stations during construction project Wilsted to succeed Brady as Greenbrier's CFO

January 10

Amtrak selects firms to redevelop Chicago's historic Union Station BNSF moves more trailers, meets most service commitments for UPS Bombardier/Talgo consortium wins $786 million high-speed train contract from Spanish railway KCS appoints Freeman AVP of strategic analysis Short line association seeks entries for annual marketing awards Cando Contracting partners with Sumitomo Canada to expand product and service portfolio Transportation management tool users exceed 300 small roads, RMI says

January 9

U.S. roads set ton-miles, intermodal load records in 2005, AAR says Metra to add trains, stops on three newly expanded lines October's Transportation Services Index falls to seven-month low Minnesota residents favor Northstar commuter-rail project Iowa Interstate to land new customers from industrial development projects Westcode to supply HVAC systems for Port Authority Trans-Hudson cars AAR publishes 22nd edition of book tracking 10-year trends Carmanah Technologies gains $15 million from private placement Caltrain names 2006 chair, vice chair

January 6

Amtrak supporters, labor unions disagree with president's board appointments NMB orders carriers' committee back to the bargaining table, BLET says Program cuts reduce FY06 federal transit program by $100 million Mercer Management acquires rail industry software developer MultiModal Applied Systems KCS to test waters with new cross-functional management training program Newly enacted Badger State law requires railroads to install yield signs at 'passive' crossings TriMet turns to K-9 unit to patrol vehicles North American Technologies secures financing, installs Kaufman in top post to succeed Sullivan

January 5

Bush reappoints Hall, Sosa to Amtrak board during congressional recess BNSF rolls out mileage-based fuel surcharge program for coal, ag shippers CN exceeds grain revenue cap by more than $118,000, Canadian Transportation Agency says Higgins joins National Transportation Safety Board Alaska Railroad to review construction plans at open houses Wabtec's Young Touchstone appoints Smith VP/GM Pacer adds Starzel to board

January 4

WABCO Transit, Vapor Rail to supply parts for PATH subway cars Bombardier obtains 73-train order from French railway Greenbrier produces fewer rail cars but earns more greenbacks during FY2006's first quarter STB selects 15 new members for small railroad, shipper council Mansbart succeeds Schwayer as GATX Rail Europe's CEO Virginia transportation commission to present 2006 goals Portec Rail's U.K.-based subsidiary acquires conveyor firm's assets South Africa's Spoornet orders ECP brake, distributed power systems from New York Air Brake parent Knorr-Bremse

January 3

STB arm releases final environmental analysis of DM&E's Powder River Basin project CPR to cut capital spending about $100 million in 2006 CTA offers monthly reserved parking passes BLET members at CN's Illinois Central division ratify five-year contract UP names Barnes AVP of Chicago operations New canine unit patrols Pittsburgh port authority << Previous Next >>
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