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Updates from Thales, Cummins, Granite Construction, Harsco, CIT, RP3 Agency and PDI Rail Solutions


• Thales has installed automatic, contactless fare collection systems using smart cards for the Circle Line in Singapore. Currently, 16 stations are operational. The Circle Line project is expected to be completed in 2011 and feature a total of 29 stations.

• Cummins Inc. recently announced plans to expand its High-Horsepower Technical Center and high-horsepower engine product line at its plant in Seymour, Ind. The expansion will enable the company to produce high-horsepower, clean diesel and natural gas engines, according to Cummins. The company also has changed the name of the facility to the Seymour Engine Plant.

• Granite Construction Co. received a $78 million contract from the Penninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board to elevate Caltrain’s two mainlines with bridges over a 10-mile stretch in San Bruno, Calif. Work is expected to begin in October and be completed by 2012.

• Harsco Corp. appointed Ivor Harrington executive vice president and group chief executive officer of its global infrastructure business group. Harrington previously served as senior vice president and chemicals business line lead at Fluor Corp.

• CIT Group Inc. named Lisa Zonino executive vice president and global head of human resources. She most recently led the global risk practice for Egon Zehnder International.

• Norfolk Southern Corp. has selected RP3 Agency to increase awareness of its brand and promote the railroad's economic and environmental benefits.

• Las Vegas Railway Express Inc. (X Train) has contracted PDI Rail Solutions to ensure that the X Train meets all applicable Federal Railroad Administration and Amtrak mechanical and safety standards. PDI will help the X Train meet full federal compliance with equipment safety standards and emergency preparedness. PDI also will ensure that all locomotives and passenger cars meet Amtrak's mechanical and safety standards.

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