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Updates from Greenbrier, FreightCar America, RailTerm, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sam Schwartz and HNTB


• The Greenbrier Cos. recently received orders for 3,700 new rail-car platforms valued at $285 million. The orders include double-stack intermodal platforms, box cars, covered hoppers and tank cars for the North American market, and various car types for the European market. Deliveries are anticipated to occur in 2012.

• FreightCar America Inc. reported net income of $200,000, or 2 cents per diluted share, in the second quarter compared with a net loss of $1.3 million, or 11 cents per diluted share, in the same period a year ago. Revenue totaled $97.6 million, up from $31 million in second-quarter 2010. The company delivered 1,309 rail cars in the quarter, of which 1,219 were new cars and 90 were leased. The total manufacturing backlog reached 4,986 units as of June 30 vs. 5,206 units on March 31 and 3,000 units on June 30, 2010. “The second quarter results reflect improved demand for our rail cars, especially coal-carrying cars, sales of certain leased cars and a tax benefit resulting from a change in our effective tax rate,” FreightCar America President and Chief Executive Ed Whalen said in a prepared statement.

• RailTerm has provided a new rail traffic control system for Iron Ore Co. of Canada’s Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway. The system’s first phase was completed on July 25. The project entailed replacing the railroad’s existing CTC dispatching system, developing a new traffic planning tool and providing other support applications. The new system was built using RailTerm’s TrainMaster dispatching software platform.

• A joint venture of Parsons Brinckerhoff and RK&K, in association with AECOM, was selected by the Maryland Transit Administration to provide on-call general engineering consulting services for statewide transportation projects. The joint venture’s principal assignment will be designing the proposed Red Line, a 14-mile light-rail system. The alignment includes 15 surface stations, five underground stations, one mile of aerial structure and four miles of dual-track tunnel. Final design is slated for completion in 2016.
• Sam Schwartz Engineering P.L.L.C. (SSE) has opened a new office in Los Angeles. Vice President and General Manager Eric Widstrand was appointed to head the new office. He has 20 years of transportation experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining SSE, he spent the past five years as the city traffic engineer for the Seattle Department of Transportation, where he oversaw various divisions.

• Philip Klinkon has joined HNTB Corp.’s West Division as transit studio leader. He will lead the division’s transit architecture team and coordinate efforts with the transit group in New York. He has more than 26 years of experience designing and managing large- and small-scale transit, urban public and private sector projects. His work includes numerous heavy, light and commuter rail projects, as well as monorail, streetcar and maglev station designs.

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