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Updates for Alstom Transport, New York Air Brake, Faiveley Transport Australia and Unisys Australia


• Alstom Transport was selected by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to renovate all 66 bi-level intercity passenger vehicles from its car fleet. The $13.1 million contract includes the complete replacement of the door systems and upgrade of the wheelchair lifts, as well as the wreck repair of one car. The work will be performed over a two-year period at Alstom’s new Train Life Services facility in Mare Island, Calif., which is scheduled to open in October. The Caltrans fleet is operated and maintained by Amtrak on the San Joaquin Corridor (from Oakland to Bakersfield) and the Capitol Corridor (from Sacramento to San Jose).

• Union Pacific Railroad recently signed a three-year contract with New York Air Brake for spares, repairs, hose, hand brake and brake shoes. Terms weren’t disclosed.

• Faiveley Transport Australia Ltd. received an order to supply brake control, bogie brake and air generation equipment for the third phase of the Outer Suburban Car project. Terms weren’t disclosed. The OSCAR trains, as they’re known locally, operate outer suburban train services for RailCorp, the New South Wales state rail authority. Eighteen four-car train sets will be built by United Group Limited Rail between November and November 2011, with the first train slated for revenue service in November 2010.

• Unisys Australia received a six-year, $9 million contract from the Victorian Department of Transport to modernize the passenger information application used to calculate predicted train arrivals at the 220 stations on the Melbourne metropolitan train network. Under the contract, Unisys will develop and supply the new customer information application and required hardware. The customer information system is designed to improve the accuracy of schedule updates provided to passengers waiting on platforms, particularly when there are disruptions such as train breakdowns, natural disasters or medical emergencies, the company said.