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Wabtec Corp. announced yesterday that it has signed a $27 million contract with Regional Rail Partners (RRP) to provide Phase I signaling and communications systems, including positive train control (PTC) equipment, for the new North Metro Rail Line in Denver.Under the contract, Wabtec's Xorail division is providing wayside signaling and communications systems, along with integration and project management services.RRP is a joint venture consisting of Balfour Beatty and Graham. In December 2013, the Regional Transportation District of Denver selected RRP as contractor for the North Metro Rail Line.To date, Wabtec has booked nearly $400 million worth of transit PTC projects, said Wabtec President and Chief Executive Officer Raymond Betler in a press release.The North Metro Rail Line is an 18.5-mile electric commuter-rail line that will run from Denver Union Station through Commerce City, Thornton and Northglenn, Colo., to Highway 7 in North Adams County. The line is part of a 12-year, multibillion-dollar public transportation expansion plan known as FasTracks.Wabtec's newest contract follows two others the company was awarded in connection with the project. In 2011, Wabtec obtained a $63 million contract with Denver Transit Partners to provide PTC equipment and services, a dispatch office system, wayside signaling and communications systems, and related integration and project management services for three other commuter rail lines.
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