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Updates from Unitrac, Balfour Beatty, Harsco, TieTek, Rail Logistics, ARCADIS, Telvent and Swarco AG


• Unitrac Railroad Materials Inc. has received a three-year, $7.2 million contract to supply special trackwork to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

• Balfour Beatty Construction has received a $900 million contract for preconstruction and construction services for the DFW International Airport’s seven-year terminal development plan. The project will include renovating terminals A and C and building a rail station to connect future routes for Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Fort Worth Transportation Authority to the airport.

• Harsco Corp.’s rail unit has received a new ballast tamper order from Brazilian contractor EGESA Engenharia S.A., which will use the equipment to build track throughout Brazil.

• All bids for TieTek L.L.C.'s assets must be received by the end of business on April 16 in order for the company to complete the Chapter 11 process, according to VR Mergers & Acquisitions, which serves as the bankruptcy court-approved broker for TieTek and its parent companies.

• Rail Logistics, Columbia Costor, LaGROU Distribution and the Port of Quincy recently began offering a new expedited refrigerated intermodal cold train container and distribution service between Quincy, Wash., and Chicago. The new service allows goods to travel from Quincy to Chicago in four days, according to the companies.

• ARCADIS has named Dallas Richards national rail principal and Frederick Schneader, rail construction principal. Richards will support existing contracts with Class Is as well as commuter-rail projects in the United States, and will oversee the technical aspects of infrastructure design services, including track and structures. He previously was the railroad business class leader for HDR. Schneader will be responsible for expanding ARCADIS’ rail construction management practice from the Jacksonville, Fla., office. He most recently was vice president of construction for HNTB Corp.

• Telvent has received a $24.1 million contract to implement the Telvent SmartMobility Light Rail Solution for the new metropolitan light-rail system in Spain’s Bay of Cadiz. The new system will feature a total of 22 stations and is expected to be operational by 2011.

• Russian Railways has reached a four-way agreement with Niias, Swarco AG and Swarco Futurit GmbH. Under the agreement, traffic management systems developed by Niias will be integrated with LED technology developed by Swarco for the Russian Railways. The new systems will improve safety and reliability, according to the railway.

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