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April 13: Updates from Alstom, Siemens, Rocla, eVERIFILE.COM, JMA Railroad Supply and Parsons Brinckerhoff

• Alstom and the Fonds Stratégique d'Investissement (Strategic Investment Fund) are studying the joint purchase of 85 percent of Translohr, a Lohr group brand that specializes in manufacturing and marketing tire-based trams, according to an Alstom press release. Lohr SA, the parent of the Lohr Industries Group, would retain a 15 percent stake. The deal is valued at about $78.8 million.

• Siemens has obtained a $53.8 million contract to supply signaling systems — including electronic interlockings, outdoor equipment and trackside components for automatic train control — for the extension of metro lines two and three in Athens by operator Attiko Metro S.A. In addition, 17 trains will be fitted with Siemens onboard units. The project’s first phase is slated for fall 2013.

• Rocla Concrete Tie Inc. has selected Pueblo as the location for its new Colorado production facility. The Pueblo plant, which is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter, will be the concrete tie producer’s largest U.S. facility, company officials said in a prepared statement. Rocla also operates plants in Amarillo, Texas, and Bear, Del. The Pueblo plant will employ more than 100 people when it reaches full operating capacity.

• e-VERIFILE.COM Inc. announced that it signed the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and its Central Florida Rail Corridor project as a user of e-RAILSAFE SHORTLINE, a web-based solution designed to help regional and short-line operators with routine workforce safety and security management. FDOT is expected to use ERS-SHORTLINE to ensure greater security and safety compliance amongst its CFRC contractor workforce, according to a company press release.

• JMA Railroad Supply Co. has entered into an exclusive agreement with ZTR Control Systems to represent its SmartStart® locomotive engine start/stop systems. With locations in the United States and Canada, ZTR has been supplying various products, including the SmartStart system, for 25 years. With a combined experience of 52 years, JMA and ZTR plan to serve North American short lines.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff has named John Annoni a senior supervising construction engineer in the New York City office. He will be assigned to the construction of the new 72nd Street Station for the Second Avenue Subway, for which Parsons Brinckerhoff serves as construction manager. Annoni has more than 35 years of construction management experience, working primarily on transit projects. Parsons Brinckerhoff also named Mark Mulvey a senior principal technical specialist at the firm’s Transit and Rail Technical Excellence Center. He will perform rail operations analyses for terminal operations, current and future operating plans and fleet utilization. Mulvey has more than 40 years of railroad and rail transit industry experience.

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