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Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from Bombardier, Invensys Rail Group, Alstom and ALK Technologies

• Bombardier Transportation won a $380 million contract from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority for 219 driverless BOMBARDIER MOVIA metro cars. Bombardier will design, manufacture, test and commission the MOVIA three-car trainsets. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in fourth-quarter 2012 and conclude in mid-2016. The cars will be used on a new 25-mile downtown line that will run underground. To be built in three stages, the line will be completed in 2016.

• Invensys Rail Group subsidiary Westinghouse Brake & Signal Holdings Ltd. also obtained a contract from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority to install signaling on the downtown line. Under the $193 million contract, Westinghouse will providing a signaling system, including automatic train operation and automatic train supervision features, a communications-based train control system and electronic interlockings.

• During the first half of its 2008/09 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, Alstom obtained orders valued at about $19 billion, a record and 20 percent increase in order value compared with FY2007/08’s first half. The company’s sales rose 12 percent to $11.5 billion and income from operations jumped 22 percent to $890 million. Alstom Transport registered “stable sales” and achieved a “strong level of order intake,” including contracts for high-speed trains in Italy, Pendolino trains in the United Kingdom, tramways in Dubai and Morocco, metros in South America and China, and regional trains in Germany, Alstom said.

• ALK Technologies and the U.S. Department of Defense have released Version 22.1 of the Defense Table of Official Distances (DTOD), which standardizes the department’s surface transportation planning, execution and billing functions. The DTOD is based on ALK’s PC*MILER and PC*MILER|Worldwide transportation industry routing, mileage and mapping software. Defense contractors and the U.S. military use DTOD for freight transportation functions. ALK also provides PC*MILER mapping software to the rail industry.

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