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Updates from Bombardier, e-VERIFILE.COM, ShipXpress and CentrePort Canada


• Bombardier Transportation won a $190 million contract from the Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH and Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe GmbH for 30 dual-system tram-trains. To be manufactured at Bombardier plants in Bautzen, Germany, and Vienna, Austria, the trains will be delivered between August 2011 and September 2013. The contract includes an option for up to 45 additional vehicles. The trains will feature BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion and control systems provided by Bombardier Mannheim, and BOMBARDIER FLEXX Urban 2500 bogies supplied by Bombardier Siegen in Germany.

• e-VERIFILE.COM Inc. has launched e-RAILSAFE Canada, which is based on the e-RAILSAFE Class I service instituted in 2005 by seven major U.S. railroads. Designed for the Canadian rail industry, e-RAILSAFE Canada enables managers to facilitate compliance awareness and workplace credentialing for their Canadian employees and contractors. The Web-based system can conduct both Canadian and U.S. criminal background checks. Railroads and other potential users can subscribe to the service and create their own workplace compliance programs.

• ShipXpress Inc. has introduced ShipXpress EBOL, an electronic bill-of-lading tool designed to streamline the billing process for rail shippers. The tool can be used to create, transmit and retain billing information through Electronic Data Interchanges. ShipXpress EBOL can ensure data accuracy and reduce input errors by validating information against Industry Reference Files, according to a prepared statement.

• CentrePort Canada Inc. appointed Diane Gray founding president and chief executive officer, effective Nov. 9. She will head a new private inland port in Winnipeg, Manitoba, that aims to provide direct, multi-modal access to major North American, Asian and European markets. Gray previously served Manitoba’s government as deputy minister of federal-provincial/international relations and trade, deputy minister of finance, and president and CEO of the Manitoba Trade and Investment Corp.

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