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Updates from ARM, Bombardier, Nexus Distribution and Greenbrier


• Advanced Rail Management Corp. obtained a contract from the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board to develop and implement a long-term rail management program for Caltrain. The three-year "turn-key" program includes planning, execution and economic analysis for the board’s annual and long-term rail maintenance program. The annual contract covers the main tracks of Caltrain’s entire system and incorporates wheel/rail maintenance analysis, production rail grinding on open track and specialty trackwork, such as turnouts and grade crossings.

• Bombardier Transportation, Brussels public transportation company Societe des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB) and the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, have partnered to prepare a streetcar demonstration project for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. STIB and Bombardier are collaborating with the city to ship two of STIB's low-floor BOMBARDIER FLEXITY trams to Vancouver in late 2009. The vehicles will operate seven days a week on a demonstration line between Jan. 21 and March 21, 2010, near the Olympic and Paralympic Village. Streetcars will run on an existing track the city is upgrading to accommodate both the project and a potential future streetcar line. The demonstration line will be operated and maintained by Bombardier.

• Third-party logistics provider Nexus Distribution has added a third warehouse/distribution center at its Bedford Park, Ill., regional facility that’s adjacent to a CSX Intermodal yard. The facility can be accessed by the Chicago Land Bridge, a half-mile-long private roadway used to transport heavy containers.

• The Greenbrier Cos. has elected Victoria McManus to its board. She previously headed Babcock & Brown's North American Rail Group from its founding in 1999 until mid-2008. Prior to Babcock & Brown, McManus was an executive with The CIT Group for 10 years, last serving as president of the rail division.

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