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Updates from Bombardier, L.B. Foster, GE, Cubic and HAX Technologies

• Bombardier Transportation received an order from Austrian transport operator LINZ LINIEN GmbH for 23 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Outlook trams. The order’s approximate value: $97 million. Delivery of the vehicles, which will be manufactured at Bombardier's factories in Vienna and Bautzen, Germany, will begin in early 2011. Bombardier also received an $18 million order from the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) for seven BOMBARDIER bi-level commuter-rail vehicles. Deliveries are expected to begin in July 2010 and extend through September 2010.

• L.B. Foster Co.’s rail products business unit received a $6.5 million contract for transit rail and associated rail products for use on Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Dearborn Subway Project. L.B. Foster has begun delivery of 80-foot rail sections, direct fixation fasteners, insulated joints and contact rail insulators for construction on the long-delayed project, which will modernize the subway to eliminate slow zones on CTA's Blue Line. The Dearborn Subway Project is scheduled for completion by September.

• GE Transportation marked the grand opening of a new locomotive assembly plant in Astana, Kazakhstan, on July 3. By year’s end, the facility will begin assembling Evolution® Series locomotives for customers in Kazakhstan and the surrounding region, GE said. At full capacity, the plant is designed to produce about 100 locomotives annually. In 2006, KTZ ordered 310 Evolution Series locomotives from GE, and the first 10 units already are in operation in Kazakhstan. The remaining 300 locomotives will be assembled at the Astana plant from components and kits manufactured in Grove City and Erie, Pa.

• Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. reached an agreement to acquire a Concord, Calif., operations center and select software licenses from the U.S. subsidiary of Australia-based Vix ERG Pty Ltd. Cubic plans to use the assets to expand services to transit agencies in San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Las Vegas and Ventura, Calif. The agreement initially covers the TransLink contract in the San Francisco bay area and eventually will include other transit agencies using Vix ERG MASS systems. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission recently announced that the TransLink card had achieved "revenue ready" status for Bay Area Rapid Transit, which is expected to begin accepting the card this summer.

• HAX Technologies has appointed Glen Dargy vice president of product development. He will manage a newly formed product development division, and be responsible for product design and marketing. Dargy most recently was project director and principal engineer for Wabtec Railway Electronics. HAX provides specialized engineering and design, and positive train-control systems integration services, as well as pre-wired instrument enclosures and material containerization to the railroad communications and signal industry.

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