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Updates from Nordco, Ansaldo STS, GE Transportation, HDR, STV and AECOM


• Nordco Inc. named Bill Straub president of its equipment services business unit. Straub joined Nordco in 1993 as a design engineer. Most recently, he served as vice president of the repair and rebuild business unit. In addition, Nordco appointed Eric Headrick, formerly president of J.E.R. Overhaul, to head up the company’s fleet rental and sales operation. He will be responsible for all North American sales of used maintenence-of-way equipment, rentals, fleet sales and equipment acquisitions.

• Ansaldo STS’ joint venture Kazakhstan TZ-Ansaldo STS Italy received an $84.2 million contract to design, supply, install and commission signaling systems and telecommunications for the 186.4-mile Zhetygen-Korgas line in the southeast section of Kazakhstan.

• GE Transportation and AB Storstockholms Lokaltrafik reached an agreement on a new signaling safety facility for the Tvärbanan light-rail system, including a traffic control system, interlocking system and automatic train control. The new signaling system, located in Stockholm, Sweden, is intended to serve the upcoming Tvärbanan expansion.

• HDR/iTRANS has received three contracts from the Toronto Transit Commission. The first is for the 10-year TTC Easier Access Station Accessibility Program designed to make the city’s 40 subway stations handicapped accessible. The second contract covers the performance of the Toronto Downtown Rapid Transit Study to examine need and expansion alternatives for Toronto’s downtown rapid transit network. The first phase of the study is expected to be completed by early 2011. The third contract is for value engineering consulting services for Toronto’s Transit City Program to analyze guideway and station design and multiple maintenance facilities.

• STV named Dominic Sabatini vice president of the transportation and infrastructure division’s systems group. He will be responsible for STV’s systems practice, including traction power, signals, communications, intelligent transportation systems and fare collection. Previously, Sabatini was senior vice president for a global transportations system company.

• AECOM has received a $4.1 million contract from Toronto's GO Transit-Metrolinx for the Strachan Grade Separation project in Toronto. Under the contract, AECOM will provide design services and serve as the engineer of record.  

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