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Updates from Ansaldo STS, Union Tank Car, ARINC, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arch Wood Protection


• Ansaldo STS recently won a five-year, $251.4 million contract to operate and maintain Copenhagen Metro, a driverless passenger-rail system owned by Metroselskabet. The supplier, which has worked with Metroselskabet since 1996, has an option to extend the contract an additional three years.

• Union Tank Car Co. will collaborate with a “select group of shippers” in a three-year test of Global Positioning System tracking technology for tank cars, according to a prepared statement. Funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under its Freight Rail Security Program, the trial involves monitoring the transport of nearly 600 cars carrying toxic inhalation hazard (TIH) and poison inhalation hazard (PIH) products throughout North America. The collected data will help identify in-transit risks and provide an empirical basis for safety and security improvement recommendations, according to Union Tank Car.

• ARINC Inc. was awarded a contract from the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board to provide new rail control and passenger information systems for the 77-mile Caltrain commuter-rail line. ARNIC will design and install an integrated rail operations control system and predictive train arrival/departure system based on the company’s Advanced Information Management (AIM®) Rail Control and Customer Information software platforms.  

• Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) named Nicholas Davoren strategic business development manager. Davoren, who has more than 25 years of business development experience serving national and international engineering and construction firms, most recently was AECOM’s vice president, business development for transportation in the West Region. He also served PB from 2000 to 2007. Davoren will be based in PB’s San Francisco office.

• On Jan. 26, The American Wood Protection Association’s (AWPA) executive committee gave final approval for listing ammoniacal copper zinc arsenate-treated (ACZA) railroad ties in the AWPA Book of Standards, according to Arch Wood Protection Inc. ACZA has been listed in AWPA standards as an accepted wood preservative since 1983, but it wasn’t listed for the protection of ties, according to Arch Wood Protection, which licenses the Chemonite brand of ACZA-treated wood.       

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