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Updates from Alstom, Axion International, Cubic Transportation Systems and APS Technology Group


• Alstom has signed a memorandum of understanding with two Chinese companies — CNR Corp. Ltd. and Shanghai Electric Group Co. Ltd. — to form a strategic partnership and jointly develop new markets for mass transit products. Under terms of the agreement, the parties will expand the capabilities and competitiveness of their two existing joint ventures: Shanghai Alstom Transport Co. Ltd. and Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd. The collaboration will enable the companies to develop complete rolling stock solutions and railway traction systems, and ultimately design, build and commercialize new urban transit products for the Chinese market, according to a prepared statement. In addition, Alstom obtained a $95 million contract to supply 21 Citadis tramsets and a wireless ground-level power supply system for SITCAT, the transport union for France’s Tours metropolitan area.

• Axion International recently announced that a Class I has issued a $250,000 purchase order for the company’s recycled structural composite ties. Axion didn’t identify the railroad.

• Last month, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency introduced its new revenue management system to be used for collecting and processing fares for the Municipal Railway. Developed by Cubic Transportation Systems Inc., the revenue management system is part of the Bay Area-wide Clipper Card regional fare collection system launched in June by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Cubic will finish installing the systems at Muni’s nine stations by early October.

• APS Technology Group Inc., which provides optical character recognition and process automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal terminals, announced APM Terminals is implementing the firm’s Automated Gate System at its Apapa, Nigeria, terminal to streamline traffic entry and exit for 18 lanes. The system includes four OCR and damage inspection portals, 18 driver kiosks with high-security access control barriers and a biometric security system to register and validate drivers as they enter and exit the terminal. The Apapa terminal is the largest container terminal in West Africa.

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