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Updates from Bombardier, Alstom, Moffatt & Nichol, Boatright, Pacer, Trinity Industries and Parsons Brinckerhoff


• Bombardier Transportation and Alstom Transport won a $605 million order from Deutsche Bahn Regio AG for 83 electric multiple units (EMUs) in the ET 430 series. The contract includes an option for up to 83 additional EMUs. Deutsche Bahn will operate the new multiple units on six suburban passenger-rail lines. The four-car EMUs will be equipped with environmentally friendly electrical brakes and swivel-sliding doors.

• Alstom obtained a $43 million contract from the Toronto Transit Commission to supply a communications-based train control (CBTC)/automatic train control system for the Yonge University Spadina Subway Line. The 19-mile line will run from Finch to Downsview, Ontario, and include yards in Wilson and Downsview.
Alstom will design and supply equipment for the train-control upgrade, including its Urbalis CBTC-based system. The train-control system is scheduled to enter revenue service in 2012.

• Moffatt & Nichol has been contracted by the Montreal Port Authority to prepare a detailed development plan, complete preliminary engineering and develop contracting strategies for a new Hochelaga-Viau container terminal and the redevelopment of the Laurier-Tarte break-bulk terminal. Moffatt & Nichol previously completed the port's 10-year master plan in 2007 and container terminal's conceptual plans in 2008. The terminal projects involve container, liquid and dry bulk, and break-bulk facilities. The container terminal will be designed to handle 510,000 20-foot equivalent units annually.

• Boatright Cos. is finalizing construction plans for a crosstie mill in Carbon Hill, Ala. The new plant will be operated by Boatright Railroad Products, one of the company's five subsidiaries, which also produces crossties at a Montevallo, Ala., location. The $25 million Carbon Hill facility will be located on a 30-acre site that formerly housed a steel and concrete plant. It's located adjacent to a BNSF Railway Co. line.

• Pacer International Inc. has appointed: Dan Avramovich, most recently retail intermodal services president, to the position of chief operating officer; Adriene Bailey, most recently wholesale intermodal services president, to chief commercial officer; Peter Baumhefner, most recently executive vice president of operations for Pacer Stacktrain Inc., to EVP of operations; and Frank Sutherland, most recently VP of service and yield management for Pacer Transportation Solutions Inc., to EVP of network services. In addition, EVP and General Counsel Michael Killea now will be responsible for human resources and cargo claims in addition to legal and risk management functions.

• Trinity Industries Inc. recently promoted Paul Jolas to vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, and named Mary Henderson corporate controller. Jolas joined Trinity in 2006 as deputy general counsel - corporate and transactions and was named corporate secretary in 2007. Henderson joined the company in 2003 as director of financial reporting. She has served as interim corporate controller since February.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) named J. Stephen Moore vice president, responsible for managing the firm's Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa., operations, with clients such as the Port Authority Transit Corp., Delaware River Port Authority, and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. He has 23 years of experience in the transportation infrastructure industry and was most recently responsible for managing ground transportation projects in Pennsylvania and Delaware for a transportation consulting firm. PB also named Kenneth Hopson senior vice president-finance and global treasurer. He has more than 25 years' experience in treasury, mergers and acquisitions, corporate development and international project finance.

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