TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

CONRAIL OPTS TO RETAIN

2 SECONDARY COAL LINES

PHILADELPHIA - Consolidated Rail Corp., which has been considering reduction of its route network by up to one-third, has decided to keep two coal-hauling lines in Pennsylvania and Maryland within its own system.

The company said it decided to keep the western portion of the former Monongahela Railway, purchased five years ago from CSX Transportation and Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad. Also continuing in Conrail's network is the Pope's Creek Secondary, which serves two power generating stations in Maryland.

Combined trackage of the two lines is 163 miles.

BN SET AUGUST RECORD

FOR GRAIN TRAFFIC

FORT WORTH - Burlington Northern Railroad reported loading 49,000 carloads of grain in August, a monthly record for the carrier.

The company said strong export and domestic demand, greater freight- carrying capacity and more efficient use of equipment enabled the company to achieve record traffic levels.

Improvements cited by the carrier include railyard changes, addition of 5,500 new jumbo-covered hopper cars with 11 percent greater carrying capacity and incentive programs for quick loading and unloading of grain.

ROADWAY UNIT CHRISTENS

NEW HEADQUARTERS

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. - Roadway Package System Inc. kicked off the ribbon-cutting for its new headquarters with a staged delivery of scissors.

A Roadway delivery truck Wednesday pulled up to a stage in front of the company's new building, and the uniformed driver walked onto the platform and handed President Ivan Hofmann a box containing the shears.

A few minutes later, the ribbon was cut, officially opening the 350,000- square-foot building in Moon Township, a few miles from Pittsburgh International Airport.

About 1,000 employees now working in three buildings in the area will move to the headquarters by the end of the year.

The company said it is committed to staying in the Pittsburgh area because of a good labor pool and proximity to the airport and Roadway's parent company, Roadway Services Inc., in Akron, Ohio.

TOLL-LIFTING PLAN OK'D

FOR MASSACHUSETTS BALLOT

BOSTON - Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger has given approval to a state ballot question that could lead to the lifting of tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

The measure, sponsored by the Free the Pike Coalition, a Cambridge-based group, would shift control of the 135-mile roadway from the Massachusetts

Turnpike Authority to the Department of Public Works. Tolls would be lifted by Jan. 1, 2003 or after the turnpike's bonds are paid off.

CATHAY PACIFIC TO MOVE

TRAINING FACILITIES

HONG KONG - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. said Thursday it will move flight training facilities to Australia and Britain to take advantage of cheaper land and because most of its cockpit crew would eventually be based outside Hong Kong.

The Australian government said Cathay would spend 110 million Australian

dollars (US$82.5 million) on a training center near Melbourne, to be operational in early 1997.

Kai Tak airport, site of Cathay's flight training school, will be redeveloped when Hong Kong's new airport at Chek Lap Kok opens in 1998.

Cathay said 130 staff, including 50 expatriates, are employed as instructors and engineers at the current training facility.

WISCONSIN GAS PRICES

MAY INCREASE 4 CENTS

MADISON, Wis. - Motorists could see gasoline prices rise about 4 cents a gallon at the pump under Gov. Tommy G. Thompson's $3.3 billion transportation package that includes a 3.5 percent oil franchise fee.

Mr. Thompson said as he unveiled his plan Wednesday that the fee, down from the 4.85 percent fee he originally proposed to help pay for highway improvements, would provide for $177.6 million in spending instead of $270 million in his first proposal that was rejected by the Legislature.