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Rail News: August 2003

August 29

Another day, another twist in the KCS, TMM 'NAFTA Rail' story Houston Metro schedules bond election to obtain light-rail system expansion funds BC Rail union opts to set aside strike mandate, return to bargaining table Hi-tech security detail: WMATA adds robot to police department KCS to relocate K.C. transload center, switch Dallas facility's operator Alcatel obtains axle-counter contract from Indian Railways BNSF shuffles divisional heads (8/29/03) OmniTRAX appoints Parker executive vice president to head rail operations

August 28

Mexico's Foreign Investment Commission delays TFM-purchase decision until KCS, TMM resolve dispute Maryland Transit Administration to expand quiet-car program UP, NS add lanes to Blue Streak intermodal service Union Switch & Signal obtains signal-system contract from Montreal subway St. Lawrence & Atlantic to gain intermodal-growth benefits from port-of-entry designation Wabtec subsidiary acheives ISO 9001:2000 status STB picks former politician to act as rail-rate case mediator

August 27

Alaska Railroad to install positive train-control system STB to scrutinize merger-related job transfers outside the United States, UTU says AAR, ASLRRA to accelerate alliance's collaborative efforts CSXI to raise monthly fuel surcharge in September 0.6 percent

August 26

KCS expresses 'surprise' at Grupo TMM shareholders' rejection of TFM stake sale Hudson Bay Railway ends portion of passenger-rail service BNSF takes home technological honors STB conditionally approves Missouri intermodal port's planned line

August 25

Grupo TMM terminates sale of TFM stake to KCS Sound Transit opens Tacoma light rail Diversity: BNSF analyzes successes, failures at annual forum Cubic obtains smart-card upgrade contract from WMATA CANAC establishes new U.S. headquarters in nation's capitol WMATA to reprimand no-show, late-canceling passengers GE Rail Services appoints Klein to top ranking global sales position Online travel program targets tourist railroads

August 22

UP plans grand opening for Chicago-area Global III intermodal facility South Florida RTA to build intermodal transit station In memoriam: Former BLE International President Delaney CTA opens renovated Cermak line station Two-year-old New Jersey short line registers business boom Altamont Commuter Express to test wireless access on trains Hub Group receives DuPont service honor Alcatel obtains signaling and centralized train-control contract from Spanish railway

August 21

KCS reopens Texas dry bulk-transfer facility CSXT contracts computer virus, briefly shuts down service NS donates $50,000 to Pennsylvania rail-heritage scholarship program Child celebrates her 35th year as a BLE staff employee

August 20

KCS to start using soybean-based friction modifier by year end Port Authority of Allegheny County receives federal funds for light-rail system improvements CSXI expands eastern STAX container service Wabtec Corp. subsidiaries receive contracts from Kawasaki, Amtrak NTSB releases annual safety recommendation priority list Greater Cleveland RTA approves ATU contract Calgary Transit awards train-control system expansion contract

August 19

NAFTA Rail: KCS suffers setback as Grupo TMM shareholders reject TFM sale UTU members ratify CN/Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railway agreement West Virginia road seeks CSXT line to set up shop as Class III IntelliTrans acquires RADSS' assets to expand rail-car tracing software

August 18

STB to review small roads' line-abandonment rules Sound Transit increases second-quarter ridership New business: TFM begins transporting liquid petroleum gas across U.S.-Mexico border MARTA adds canine team for airport station security Fuel-cell locomotive has rail-application potential, consortium says Houston METRO approves light-rail expansion BNSF to serve beer maker's Montana elevator L.A. MTA offers hourly car access

August 15

Northeast blackout hampers Class Is' traffic Power outage halts passenger-rail service in Northeastern cities NS opens 28th bulk-transfer terminal, third in North Carolina Amtrak posts record-high ridership for fourth-straight month Tranz Rail follows other roads' lead by releasing monthly traffic, on-time comparisons WMATA set ridership highs in July Pennsylvania short-line owner seeks control of Carolina Coastal Railway Seattle Monorail awards facilities engineering contract

August 14

UP leases environmentally friendly switchers from CIT Rail Resources BNSF rolls out recognition program to honor employees' fuel-conserving efforts KCS upgrades crossings, installs CTC to speed up Texas trains Short-line holding company, regional report quarterly, first-half financial results

August 13

NAFTA Rail: KCS, Grupo TMM to obtain final Mexican regulatory verdict in late August White celebrates seven years as WMATA's head BNSF earns supplier award for software enhancements Metra set to begin North Central Service line improvements AAR issues latest edition of annual rail-equipment report U.S. DOT awards transportation research grants to University of South Florida Colorado short line reinstates workers, provides back pay after six-year legal battle, UTU says Andrew Corp. completes communications system installation for Hong Kong railway

August 12

North American intermodal players continue to crank up quarterly volume, IANA says FRA seeks advisor to help process small roads' RRIF applications, ASLRRA says CSXT, utility to argue coal-rate case before STB RailAmerica: July carloads up, year-to-date units tumble

August 11

BNSF buys land to accommodate Chicago-area intermodal yard's burgeoning traffic APTA report details public transportation's environmental benefits ASLRRA provides training program to help small roads meet federal haz-mat security-risk rule Most rural residents reside in close proximity to transportation options, BTS says TieTek supplier obtains financing to add two production lines CTA to install ATMs at 11 stations ASLRRA appoints Borman general counsel Bombardier joint venture to provide passenger cars for Chinese railway

August 8

July traffic comparisons: Canadian roads best U.S. brethren, AAR says CTA to increase energy efficiency at seven stations CSXT picks Favorite to implement performance-improvement program Virginia transit schedules available on passengers' personal devices Partnership plans to use union labor to build Detroit-area Jobs Tunnel project NJ Transit board member receives recognition as minority leader Coalition opposes bill backing change in intermodal-equipment inspection, repair responsibility TranSystems acquires public transit consulting firm UP, utility resolve rate dispute

August 7

Carriers shouldn't wait for shippers to take next container-security step, says ocean-carrier exec Rising rail-car backlog helps Trinity Industries turn second-quarter profit Tex Mex to become parter in chemical industry's Responsible Care program

August 6

BNSF, NIT League conditionally support KCS' NAFTA Rail plan Port Authority chooses World Trade Center station design/build firm AAR releases annual Class I data analysis Houston METRO to finalize long-range transit plan CSX obtains software to decrease computer-network downtime Amtrak closes in on TCU agreement CPR, traffic-controllers union reach agreement, end labor dispute Greater Cleveland RTA, ATU reach tentative agreement

August 5

BMWE: Labor department's attempt to overturn year-old officer elections 'may not be valid and/or warranted' BNSF on target to close more than 400 crossings by year end Intermodal: CSXI, UP expand STAX container program's reach Arzoon appoints Overcash head of field operations Tucker takes on GETS' global sales

August 4

KCS/Grupo TMM's NAFTA Rail plan passes U.S. antitrust scrutiny WMATA, state and local authorities plan for Dulles Airport extension Truck diversion: CSXT, Florida Central team up to serve Sunshine State auto auctioneer NJ Transit to open new transfer station next month UP to sell LTL trucking subsidiary through IPO Alaska Railroad tests Colorado Railcar's DMU BLE organizes fifth small road in 12 months Parsons Brinckerhoff to prepare study for Polish Railway

August 1

Tranz Rail's board recommends shareholders reject Toll Holdings' takeover bid NJ Transit forms task force to address, recommend emergency procedures Security: BNSF encourages employees to be 'On Guard' Sound Transit receives mixed reviews from citizen panel NIT League names Ficker president Nordic agency to sell Amtrak tickets in Scandinavian market Siemens Transportation Systems appoints Evans VP/CFO Alcatel to install signal and telecommunications system for Portuguese railway << Previous Next >>
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