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Updates from Michael Baker, Sygnet, Bombardier, RSI, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Cubic Transportation


• Michael Baker Jr. Inc. has obtained a contract from the city of Norfolk, Va., to design a multi-modal transportation center complex adjacent to the Elizabeth River and Harbor Park Baseball stadium near Hampton Roads Harbor. Baker will provide architectural and engineering design, landscape architecture and interior design services for a new Amtrak terminal, platform canopies and landscaping for the first phase of the multi-year project.

• Global Locomotive L.L.C. has changed its name to Sygnet Rail Technologies L.L.C. The company provides various products and services for the rail industry, including a universal power module, control system and locomotive-based telematics.

• Bombardier Transportation has launched a series of new “centers of excellence” this year and enhanced existing centers for technological innovation, according to a Bombardier press release. The opening of the company’s new Center of Excellence (CoE) for the next generation electric mobility solution Bombardier PrimoveCity is the latest step in the process, Bombardier officials said. Located at the company’s engineering and manufacturing plant in Mannheim, Germany, the CoE is “fine-tuning” Bombardier’s e-mobility solutions for all modes of electric vehicles, they said.

• The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) has elected new officers and directors for 2012. The new officers are: Mike Mitrovich, chairman; Robert Matthews, vice chairman; and Fred Sasser, secretary/treasurer. Mitrovich is president of MPL Technology Inc., Matthews is vice president of rail and recycling services for Stella-Jones Inc., and Sasser is chairman of Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co. The newly elected RSI directors are: Patrick Casey, vice president of Fleet Management-TTX Co.; Jim Frantz, president and chief executive officer of Graham-White Manufacturing Co.; and John Paljug, president of Invensys Rail Corp.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff recently made three appointments. The company named Kirk Hunt technical manager in Newark, N.J., where he will serve as field project manager for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project; and Thierry Prate, a principal consultant in Denver, where he will provide strategic advice to transportation clients in infrastructure, financial and project planning. The firm also chose Andrew Frohn to oversee the design quality assurance program for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.

• Cubic Transportation Systems has obtained a contract from Port Authority Transit Corp. (PATCO) to provide prepaid cards for riders during a 12-month pilot program, which began Monday. The “PATCO Wave & Pay Anywhere Visa Card” enables riders to use the card for both transit and retail purchases. Cubic developed the program to “assist transit agencies that are facing shrinking budgets and are looking for ways to reduce costs of fare card operations and create avenues for additional revenue,” Cubic officials said in a prepared statement.

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