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Updates from Wi-Tronix, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff, T.Y. Lin and Trinity

• Wi-Tronix® L.L.C. obtained a contract from CN for fleet wide deployment of Wi-Tronix suite of locomotive remote monitoring solutions that the Class I will install on new locomotives as well as units retrofitted with Wi-PUs. The Wi-Tronix system provides CN with access to locomotive onboard data, fuel conservation monitoring and improved fleet productivity, Wi-Tronix officials said in a prepared statement. Since Wi-Tronix was selected as CN’s preferred remote monitoring solutions provider in 2007, more than 700 systems have been installed on the Class I’s newest EMD SD70M-2 and GE ES44DC units, and recently rebuilt GP38-2 locomotives.
• Bombardier Transportation recently won two design awards for its ZEFIRO, the very high-speed (VHS) train currently under development for rail markets in Europe, Asia and North America. The iF Product Design Award from Germany recognizes “design, quality finish, choice of materials, degree of innovation, environmental impact, functionality, safety and brand value,” according to a Bombardier press release. Bombardier also won a Good Design Award, which is conferred annually by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff has named Barbara Reese a principal consultant in the strategic consulting group. Reese is a former deputy secretary of transportation for Virginia and chief financial officer of the Virginia Department of Transportation. She has more than 25 years of experience, including her most recent role as finance director for Richmond, Va. Reese also has served as deputy director of policy in the Virginia governor’s office, and directed Virginia’s $2 billion high-speed rail program.

• T.Y. Lin International named Elizabeth Wiecha associate vice president and northern California district director. She will oversee operations, sales, marketing and business development for the company’s San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Ramon and Sacramento, Calif., offices. Wiecha has more than 28 years of transportation engineering and executive-level management experience, including a role as principal engineer on the Silicon Valley Bay Area Rapid Transit Berryessa Extension and Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board general engineering contract.

• Trinity Industries Inc. reported fourth-quarter net income of $56.1 million, or 70 cents per diluted share, compared with net income of $17.3 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, for the same period in 2010. Revenue for the quarter totaled $941.5 million, up from $636 million. The Rail Group reported fourth-quarter revenue of $453.3 million and an operating profit of $34.4 million, compared with $204.6 million and $8.8 million, respectively, in fourth-quarter 2010. The group shipped 5,105 rail cars and received orders for 6,220 cars in the quarter. As of Dec. 31, 2011, the value of the group’s backlog grew to $2.6 billion, representing 29,000 cars, compared with a backlog of approximately $2.4 billion as of Sept. 30, 2011, representing 27,885 cars. The Railcar Leasing and Management Services Group reported fourth-quarter revenue of $127.5 million and operating profit of $75.9 million compared with $118.2 million and $56.7 million, respectively, in the year-ago period.

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