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Updates from Mitsui, AECOM, Alstom, RailRunner and Cambridge Systematics


• Mitsui & Co. Ltd. subsidiary Venus Railway Solutions Ltd. has obtained a $230 million contract to supply 32 new electric locomotives to Transnet Ltd., a transport and logistics company wholly owned by the South African government. The locomotives will be used for a 534-mile iron ore line between Sishen and the Saldanha port. Toshiba Corp. will supply electrical components and Union Carriage and Wagon Co. Ltd., a South African rolling stock manufacturer, will supply mechanical parts.

• An AECOM joint venture has been awarded a $21.5 million contract from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide planning and engineering services for the Regional Connector Transit Corridor, a two-mile transit link between the Metro Gold and Blue lines and Expo light-rail transit (LRT) systems throughout downtown L.A. When completed, the three-station, 1.6-mile tunnel alignment will create a 50-mile north-south LRT line from Pasadena to Long Beach, Calif., and a 16-mile east-west LRT line from East Los Angeles to Culver City, Calif.

• Signalling Solutions Ltd., a joint venture between Alstom Transport and Balfour Beatty, has obtained a $34.9 million contract from Network Rail for a resignaling pilot project for the Norwich-Ely route in eastern England. The final commissioning is slated for July 2012. Network Rail launched a modular signaling concept to develop low-cost, efficient and easy-to-install technology that can be used to re-signal low-density, rural routes. The technology is based on Altom's Smartlock 400, which Signalling Solutions is installing on projects in Southampton, East Kent and Bletchley.

• RailRunner N.A. Inc. has renewed its European product certification efforts as a result of the European Railway Agency's recent modifications to its Technical Standards of Interoperability (TSI). The TSI now includes expanded technical requirements that allow bimodal technology to be standardized and homologated throughout Europe. RailRunner officials believe the company is positioned to pursue anticipated certification of its equipment according to European market and standards requirements.

• Brad Wright has been named president and chief executive officer, and Lance Neumann, chairman, of Cambridge Systematics Inc., effective June 1. Currently vice president in charge of the freight business unit, Wright has held a range of management positions during his 18 years with the company. He also is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. As chairman, Neumann will focus his energies on client engagements and national transportation policy, company officials said in a prepared statement.



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