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Updates from JTS, Bombardier, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Portec Rail and Interpipe


• Third-party transportation provider JTS (Johanson Transportation Service) obtained an intermodal marketing company contract from CSX Intermodal. JTS will represent and market CSXI’s door-to-door or ramp-to-ramp intermodal services nationwide. JTS’ intermodal division will be managed by Jeff Perry in the company’s Sacramento, Calif., office.

• Bombardier Transportation announced that the first of 424 BOMBARDIER MOVIA metro cars ordered by the Delhi Metro Rail Corp. has arrived in India. Built in 18 months, the vehicle was transported from Bombardier’s Goerlitz, Germany, plant to New Delhi. The first 36 cars will be built in Goerlitz and the remaining 388 vehicles will be built in Savli, India.

• Calgary, Alberta’s city council has approved Hatch Mott MacDonald’s recommendation for a procurement alternative for the West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The alternative involves a design-build contract, which would include all major civil works, trackwork, stations, systems and signals, as well as an alternate alignment option. Hatch Mott MacDonald is responsible for managing the project’s multi-disciplinary team, developing a traction-power modernization strategy, advancing the preliminary design and developing the design-build reference concept. The project calls for a five-mile extension of the city’s light-rail system, including elevated guideway, six stations and two park-and-ride lots.

• Portec Rail Products Inc. reported fourth-quarter unaudited net income of $1.5 million, up 32 percent compared with fourth-quarter 2007’s unaudited net income. Net sales totaled $24.3 million vs. $24.9 million a year earlier. For the full year, Portec Rail earned unaudited net income of $7.8 million, up 27 percent, and generated net sales of $109 million, down slightly compared with sales of $109.5 million in 2007. The company provides rail joints, anchors and spikes; railway friction management products; railway wayside data collection and data management systems; and load securement systems.

• Interpipe obtained a contract to supply rail wheels to Greek Railway Co. under the KLW brand for railway rolling stock. Interpipe will provide wheels designed for locomotives, and other wheels designed for passenger and freight trains.

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