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Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from Union Switch & Signal, Jacobs Engineering, WAAV, FCI Constructors and Transplace

• Ansaldo STS – Union Switch & Signal Inc. subsidiary Union Switch & Signal International (USSI) obtained subcontracts totaling $30 million for two new communications-based train control (CBTC) projects in China as part of its alliance agreement with Zhejiang Zheda INSIGMA Group Company Ltd. The two companies provide CBTC signaling systems to mass transit agencies throughout China, with USSI serving as the technology supplier and INSIGMA, the prime contractor. The new projects call for designing and installing CBTC signaling systems for Shenyang Metro Company’s Line 2 and Chengdu Metro Co.’s Line1 totaling about 25 miles.

• Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. obtained a contract from the Port of Houston Authority to provide program management services for Phase 2 of the $1.4 billion Bayport Terminal project. The engineering firm will manage the planning, design, and construction services for $300 million worth of improvements at the Bayport Terminal, including container ship wharf and container yard expansions, a new intermodal yard and container freight station, and various other rail and roadway work.

• The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has selected WAAV’s AirBox® X2 dual-connection cellular router to provide free public wireless Internet access on the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail system — the first full-scale deployment of cellular wireless Internet on any U.S. commuter railroad, WAAV said. To be completed in 2009, the wireless Internet project calls for installing WiFi equipment on 258 commuter-rail coaches.

• Transportation contractor FCI Constructors Inc. has changed its name to Flatiron West Inc. The company provides construction and civil engineering services for transportation projects in North America, including rail, bridge and highway projects.

• Chicken of the Sea International has selected Transplace as a lead North American logistics provider for seafood products, such as tuna, salmon, crab, shrimp, oysters, clams, mackerel and sardines. A third-party logistics provider, Transplace will assume responsibility for all domestic transportation management functions, including order management; shipment planning, optimization and execution; tracking and visibility; and on-time performance monitoring.

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