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Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, GE Transportation, Parsons Brinckerhoff, L.K. Comstock and Kilfrost

• Ansaldo STS USA (ASTS) received an $8.7 million contract from MTA Metro-North Railroad (MNR) to design and furnish 38 pre-wired signal houses and cases for the New Haven Line from Woodlawn, N.Y., to Riverside, Conn., covering a distance of 17 miles. The pact is the third ASTS has received in recent years to replace MNR’s relay-based signaling control system with the microprocessor-based MicroLok II® control system – Interconnected over a fiber-optic communications network.

• GE Transportation and the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) announced yesterday that the 80th and final GE Evolution® Series locomotive had been commissioned and was officially released to ENR at June’s end. The commissioning process prepares locomotives to be released for revenue service. The locomotives already have logged “tens of thousands of kilometers and transported hundreds of thousands of passengers” during the past several months,” according to a GE statement.

• The Los Angeles office of HOK and Parsons Brinckerhoff were selected by the Anaheim City Council and Orange County Transportation Authority to design the first phase of the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, a $180 million, 66,000-square-foot facility that’ll link commuter and regional rail service, as well as intercity bus, taxi and local transit. Future phases will be designed to accommodate high-speed rail to destinations such as San Francisco and Sacramento, and to serve as the terminus for the “super-speed” train between Las Vegas and southern California, according to a prepared statement.

• L.K. Comstock & Co. Inc. appointed Leo Villalobos vice president of business development for its National Transit division. A certified construction manager and electrical engineer with more than 25 years of experience working on transportation construction projects throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, Villalobos most recently led the contracts department for L.K. Comstock’s National Transit division and had responsibility for all phases of contract management. He’ll lead business development initiatives for transit systems projects throughout North America, but outside the New York City metro region.

• Kilfrost Inc. received a multi-year contract to provide the Chicago Transit Authority with Kilforst Rail, a high-performance monopropylene glycol-based fluid designed to coat electrified third rails. The fluid’s “enhanced viscosity formulation offers protection from freezing precipitation on the rail for extended periods,” said Kilfrost Senior Vice President of the Americas Patrick Strasburger in a prepared statement.

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