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Updates from Bombardier, STV, Alstom, HCL AXON, RMI, ARCADIS, Professional Transportation and Little Giant Crane


• Bombardier Transportation and Deutsche Bahn AG signed a framework agreement worth $2.1 billion for 800 double-deck coaches — the largest framework agreement for vehicles the German railway has ever awarded to a single supplier, according to Bombardier. With the new-generation vehicles, Deutsche Bahn plans to actively compete for tenders in the local rail transport market in 2009. Since 1994, the railway has purchased more than 1,600 double-deck coaches and currently has more than 2,000 of the coaches in its fleet.

• Engineering, architectural, planning and construction management firm STV obtained a 10-year, $125 million contract from the Toronto Transit Commission to provide rapid-transit options for the city. STV will provide program management and project management services for Toronto’s “Transit City Light Rail Plan,” which calls for building seven light-rail lines, renewing Scarborough Rapid Transit, and expanding four maintenance and storage facilities.

• Alstom named Philippe Favre senior vice president-international network to succeed Bruno Cotté, who left the company. Favre most recently was French ambassador for international investment, chairman and chief executive officer of Invest in France Agency. He previously was an economic counselor for the French government, chief of staff for France’s trade minister and deputy chief of staff for the nation’s finance minister.

• HCL AXON entered into a joint partnership with Canadian National Railway Co. to develop iCREW, a SAP-based crew management system. The Class I will use iCREW to plan, schedule and assign crews, and manage other train personnel functions.

• RMI President Mac Purdy announced plans to retire at year’s end. He joined RMI — which provides rail information services to the transportation industry — in August 1989 and soon after was named president. He helped transform the company from a small niche provider of car accounting services and transportation software to a market leader and Software-as-a-Service provider, RMI said.

• International consulting and engineering firm ARCADIS was named the top-ranked international design firm in the U.S. region by Engineering News-Record magazine. Headquartered in The Netherlands with U.S. operations based in Denver, ARCADIS generated $1.55 billion in international revenue in 2007, representing 75 percent of the company’s total annual revenue, according to an ENR survey. The magazine also ranked ARCADIS No. 2 in the Latin America/Caribbean region and No. 6 in Europe.

• Professional Transportation Inc. (PTI) appointed Danny Barr senior director of operations. He most recently was director of operations. Barr, who previously served United Cos. in various capacities, joined PTI in 1999. Founded in 1980, PTI provides ground transportation services to railroad employees.

• Little Giant Crane Corp. recently remanufactured three Model 48 Trakranes for CSX Transportation. The company stripped, sandblasted and repainted the cranes, and rebuilt various components, such as the engines, axles and rail gear. Little Giant Crane also installed new cabs and new upper cranes to meet current regulations and NRA requirements. Badger Equipment Co. manufacturers Little Giant cranes.

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