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Rail News: December 2005

December 29

WMATA establishes goals, plans for coming year Class Is' slowing velocity should pick up speed in 2006, Smith Barney/Citigroup says VIA Rail fires chairman BNSF workers' injury-free streak reaches 11 years MBTA expands Westborough station lot Whiteman joins Wabtec Railway Electronics as VP/GM

December 28

Germany's Deutsche Bahn orders 72 trains from Bombardier/ALSTOM consortium Caltrain to improve safety on four bridges CSXI's January fuel surcharge to match December's 16 percent Kulmer no longer part owner of A&K Railroad Materials WMATA to gather feedback on Alexandria yard expansion Retired Emery Tree Services VP Emery dies

December 27

Pittsburgh port authority to begin construction on North Shore alignment, defer convention center spur RailAmerica sells Colorado short line to Permian Basin Railways NYCT, TWU resume negotiations New Jersey short line to launch express intermodal service with NS, CSXT Greater Cleveland RTA dips into reserves to balance 2006 budget V&S Railway purchases line from Colorado DOT VIA Rail reaches tentative contract with locomotive engineers Metra unveils new Oak Lawn station Florida East Coast finalizes three labor agreements Anacostia & Pacific boots up new Web site

December 22

Caltrain to hike ticket prices another 5.6 percent BNSF begins to operate a portion of its new California transloading center Senate signs off on measure to extend Patriot Act six months St. Louis Metro posts first-quarter ridership increase 'Tis the season for tie purchases to plummet in November, RTA says MBTA begins operating new bi-level passenger cars Former FRA administrator, RailAmerica board member Sullivan dies Bach-Simpson to supply event recorders for new PATH subway cars

December 21

D.C. proposes dedicated sales tax for WMATA Buttrey to serve as board's interim chairman after Nober's departure LA MTA closer to constructing Exposition light-rail line MARTA's Ford to assume San Francisco agency's top post, Carroll to take over as interim GM ASLRRA seeks nominees for safety person of the year, Susan Murray memorial scholarships Manzo joins Montreal, Maine & Atlantic as finance director Southwest Signal purchases Denver Signal Design Cattron Group names Inam VP of global engineering

December 20

TWU workers begin walkout at NYCT U.S. railroads post progress in avoiding train accidents, preventing employee fatalities this year, AAR says BNSF on track to boost fuel efficiency 1 percent in 2005 San Diego Trolley adds eight surveillance cameras at downtown station BART elects board president, vice president AAR names NS' Moorman 2006 chair, appoints committee chairmen CSXT, NS to use anti-freeze agent when loading coal cars in the cold Railinc names Neville, West to VP positions

December 19

Carriers' conference seeks to stop mediation with rail labor union coalition New Orleans transit authority can use federal dollars to jump-start streetcar service TriMet to raise ticket prices Jan. 1 UP rolls out second high-tech track inspection vehicle Bombardier to manufacture 47 FLEXITY trams for German transit authority Hamburg Sud's Wilson to chair IANA in 2006 Next year's 'Day on the Hill' set for March 8

December 16

It's official: Nober won't seek second term as STB chief Virginia transportation agency to provide $84.4 million for rail improvement projects KCS promotes Campbell to VP-Administration Stark to succeed Engel as SYSTRA's president & CEO CTA contracts U.S. Cellular to provide wireless service in subway system WMATA to test eight-car train service on Orange Line ASME offers Terrey Hawthorne Memorial Scholarship

December 15

Transport Canada to monitor CN operations in B.C. FRA's Boardman urges Congress to renew the Patriot Act CTA to install computerized work-order system at maintenance facilities San Diego Trolley to restore two vintage cars ASME/IEEE to sponsor infrastructure/rolling-stock 'restoration & upgrade' conference Cargo security council elects officers & board members

December 14

Five transit-rail agencies to help TSA test emergency preparedness Bombardier/ALSTOM consortium to build 90 double-deck cars for Belgian railway CPR's Ritchie helps launch fund raising campaign for Canadian colleges' transportation/logistics program RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming notch traffic gains in November Transit-oriented development center coming to Maryland Transit station TTX promotes Savard, Deppisch UP to install real-time surveillance, monitoring systems Fitzpatrick, Madden join FreightCar America's board

December 13

FRA forges safety compliance agreement with Oregon short line Cloudy coal forecast could put CPR's 2006 earnings in deep freeze Santa Clara VTA temporarily withdraws BART extension from 'New Starts' process North American small roads continue to move more carloads, RMI says NJ Transit contracts Skanska to rebuild maintenance shop TriMet, Google team up to offer online trip planning Canadian supplier's headquarters headed for the United States Wabtec commemorates 10th anniversary as public company

December 12

NS' 2006 budget to exceed $1 billion Florida DOT, transit agencies to study options along freight-rail corridor BNSF, BMWED augment safety agreement WMATA appoints Davis to oversee Green/Yellow line Wood-truss manufacturer turns to rail to reduce transportation costs San Diego transit authority elects Mathis chairman UP to speed up trains on Illinois line Zurowski joins Global Railway's board

December 9

AAR: North American railroads' intermodal loads up, carloads down in November New York/New Jersey port authority signs off on $5 billion budget BNSF to buy back 30 million more common stock shares Transportation appropriations bill earmarks $88.7 million for CTA UP takes home national health honor for the fourth time WMATA unveils FY2007 spending plans Transportation safety board's Engleman Conners withdraws nomination for second chairmanship term MARTA elects next year's directors Containerization & Intermodal Institute hands out 2005 'Connies'

December 8

New York to provide $100 million for rail improvements Transport Canada limits length of all northbound CN trains to prevent derailments in B.C. Florida East Coast expects more railway revenue, profits by year end Paducah & Louisville to launch new short line at month's end Railway Association of Canada hands out environmental, safety awards Peru copper miner installs Train Track's traffic-control system Brazilian transit agency implements new signal system

December 7

Rail worker security training bill enters House Transportation Services Index increases in September NYCT orders 28 work trains from MotivePower CN, UTU reach agreement on Wisconsin Central yardmasters' first-ever contract Gunn signs on as Free Congress Foundation adjunct scholar CPR's Ritchie to deliver keynote at RailtecMéxico next month Timken appoints Deane to manage technology department Dutch railway to test broadband connection onboard trains Kocim to head AIG's newly formed rail-car leasing arm

December 6

KCS renames TFM, restructures Mexican subsidiary's management NS to install computer system on all road locomotives Ports navigate through peak season congestion-free, retail federation report says Wabtec subsidiary lands ECP braking contract from South African railroad BART unveils FY06 transit, capital improvement programs Grupo TMM sells 18 million shares of KCS common stock Global Railway sells YSD's Ohio plant

December 5

KCS, NS team up to exploit Meridian Speedway's potential CN to increase budget 9 percent next year BNSF offers online interline rates for traffic terminating on NS, CPR Sound Transit begins to build elevated Central Link guideway NS sole Class I to earn cost of capital in 2004, STB says Amsted Rail, Progress Rail acquire assets from each other's business units MBTA adds informational kiosks at South Station

December 2

Inspector general's audit: FRA should clarify railroads' accident reporting requirements, step up enforcement of rule violations CN's the only Class I averaging faster train speeds in '05, Smith Barney/Citigroup says Maryland Transit Administration nears completion of double-track project Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern to provide service on coal shipper's Pennsylvania line San Francisco Bay-area residents brainstorm rail improvements Alabama & Gulf Coast's T&E workers join UTU Minneapolis' Hiawatha hits 10 million mark UP appoints Payne, Garrison and Chacon to new management positions Silicon Valley employers take advantage of Santa Clara VTA Eco Pass

December 1

TriMet posts all-time high ridership during Thanksgiving holiday BNSF to wrap up 'Thayer South' trackwork in March UP to install video surveillance system on locomotives Conti to succeed the late Harrold as Providence and Worcester president Calgary Transit contracts L.B. Foster to supply materials for two extensions AAR issues 2005 edition of Class I facts and figures publication Portec Rail appoints Yared, Myronov to sales management positions << Previous Next >>
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