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Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from Union Switch & Signal, Bombardier, Gannett Fleming, Norguard Industries, Alstom and Nortel


• A PRESSA consortium comprising Union Switch & Signal International Co. (USSI) and Portuguese energy/telecommunication firm EFACEC has obtained a $120 million contract from São Paulo, Brazil's Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos to provide a new signaling system, operational control center, power supply and telecommunications for Line 7 (formerly Line A) and Line 12 (formerly Line F). Brazilian engineering firm Trends also will participate in the project, which will take about 30 months to complete. USSI will design, furnish and test a microprocessor-based signaling system and central control office, and provide its MicroLok® II technology, electronic track circuits and switch machines.

• Bombardier Transportation won automated people mover (APM) systems and services contracts in Texas, California and China totaling $98 million. The company will extend an APM system and supply four CX-100 vehicles for George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston; install a new APM system, provide mechanical and electrical services, and supply two CX-100 vehicles for Sacramento International Airport and supply seven CX-100 vehicles for Beijing Capital International Airport.

• Gannett Fleming named Steven Humes senior track designer for the transit and rail systems division, which provides design services for transit and railroad track, signals, communications and electric traction. Most recently a project manager for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Humes will be responsible for leading track design projects, performing track inspections, and preparing construction plans, studies and estimates for transit and railroad projects.

• Norguard Industries Inc. appointed Joanne Lafrance Musico corporate director of sales and marketing. She has more than 17 years' experience in international marketing and sales in various industries. Norguard provides fall protection products in several markets, including the rail industry.

• During the first quarter of its fiscal-year 2008/09, which ended June 30, Alstom obtained orders totaling $10.5 billion and generated sales of $7 billion, up 11 percent compared with FY2007/08. Transport sector orders totaled $3.3 billion, down 41 percent year over year primarily because Alstom last year won a large high-speed train contract in France. However, transport sales rose 1 percent to $2.2 billion.

• Nortel obtained a contract to provide wireless communications — including its GSM-R technology — for two new rail lines in Algeria. The Algerian railway infrastructure agency will use GSM-R to improve safety and increase average train speeds. The agency is managing the modernization of Algeria's railway system, including the construction of new lines, signaling systems and other rail equipment.

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