• Nordco Inc. has merged its Nordco Rail Services and Dapco Industries subsidiaries into a single business unit called Nordco Rail Services and Inspection Technologies. Dapco provides non-destructive wheel- and rail-testing solutions for railroads and other industries, while Nordco Rail Services provides ultrasonic testing services to the railroad industry. Nordco Rail Services and Inspection Technologies' main focus will be to develop and deploy "industry leading" rail flaw detection and predictive rail management solutions for North American railroads, said President Pat Graham in a prepared statement.
• ARINC Inc. has obtained a contract to install an integrated light-rail central control system, based on its Advanced Information Management (AIM®) Rail Control software platform, for New Jersey Transit’s Newark light-rail system. ARINC's AIM system already is in service for New Jersey Transit’s Hudson-Bergen light-rail line and commuter-rail system.
• Alstom Transport has obtained a $194 million contract to overhaul the Port Authority Transit Corp.'s (PATCO) metro fleet. The trains transport 40,000 riders daily between Philadelphia and southern New Jersey suburbs. PATCO’s 120 passenger cars, many of which have been in operation since 1969, will be upgraded with new couplers, car-borne propulsion technology and modern braking systems, automated train control, door operator and control systems, air conditioning, and new communication and information displays. Alstom expects to complete the project in five years.
• TUV Rheinland Rail Services has obtained a subcontract on a 78-month engineering contract related to independent safety assessor (ISA) tasks for the communication-based train control (CBTC) signal system modernization of MTA New York City Transit's Flushing Line. TUV Rheinland has served as a subcontractor to Batelle, the lead contractor for the international ISA team, for NYCT's Canarsie line, the first line to be equipped with CBTC.
• Milan’s Metro 5 S.p.A. — whose main shareholders are Astaldi S.p.A., Ansaldo STS and Ansaldo Breda, and which also involves the transport firm of Azienda Trasporti Municipalizzata and Alstom — has obtained a concession agreement with the Milan Municipality to extend Line 5 of the Milan underground system. The contract is valued at $1.2 billion. The 4-mile line extension will include 10 new stations.
• Cornerstone Systems Inc. has named Chip Riley account executive for the Memphis, Tenn., office, and Jim Wadlington, corporate sales manager. Riley has more than 25 years of intermodal experience, most recently with Hub Group in Memphis. Wadlington has more than 31 years of sales and marketing experience, most recently as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Cleo Inc.
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