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Updates from Ansaldo, Odyssey Logistics, Knorr-Bremse, Bourque Logistics, Nossaman and Parsons Brinckerhoff


• Ansaldo STS has signed a $907.7 million contract to build the technological system of Copenhagen's new metro Cityringen. Scheduled to enter construction in 2018, the underground, 10-mile line will be a fully automated, driverless metro connecting 17 stations.  Ansaldo will provide planning and construction of power and communications systems, SCADA, platform-edge doors, signaling, superstructure, carriages, a depot and control center. The contract also includes operation and maintenance services for five years, with an option for three more years.

• Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corp. has acquired Optimodal Inc., an intermodal company that specializes in the multi-modal transportation of ISO tanks and related services throughout North America. The acquisition will allow Odyssey to offer clients a more extensive network of intermodal transportation services while lowering their "carbon footprint" compared with over-the-road transportation, Odyssey officials said in a prepared statement.

• Knorr-Bremse Group reported sales of about $4.8 billion in fiscal-year 2010, a 34 percent increase compared with the previous fiscal year. Assuming constant exchange rates, operational earnings for the German maker of rail and commercial vehicle braking systems were up 28 percent year over year. Sales at the rail vehicle systems division rose to about $2.6 billion, up from about $2 billion in fiscal-year 2009. The increase was driven primarily by a more than 100 percent increase in Asian sales, according to a prepared statement.

• Software firm Bourque Logistics (BL) has certified Lat-Lon L.L.C.’s remote monitoring devices for integration with Bourque's RAILTRAC® GPS software. Lat-Lon produces solar tracking units for rail cars and locomotive monitoring units. The integration of Lat-Lon devices and Bourque software "will provide significant remote monitoring capabilities to our clients who ship hazardous products," said BL President Steve Bourque in a prepared statement. Lat-Lon sensors also "will provide car health data for rail-car maintenance and regulatory compliance," he said.

• Transportation attorney Kevin Sheys has joined Nossaman L.L.P.'s office in Washington, D.C., as a partner in the infrastructure practice group. Sheys, who previously worked for K&L Gates, has extensive experience in the rail industry, according to a prepared statement. He has represented government entities in railroad construction and relocation; advised states and transportation agencies in publicly funded passenger-rail service expansion and infrastructure projects; assisted buyers and sellers in rail-line transactions; and counseled clients on a wide range of rail regulations.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed Gary McVoy transportation sustainability practice leader. Based in Washington, D.C., McVoy will be responsible for advising clients on sustainability, environmental stewardship, operations and asset management matters. He comes to the firm after spending 31 years with the New York State Department of Transportation, where he most recently served as director of environmental analysis and maintenance and traffic operations.

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