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Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Ansaldo, RailComm, Veolia and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 16)

• Wabtec Corp. has completed the acquisition of Tec Tran Corp. and its affiliates, the only U.S.-owned manufacturer of hydraulic braking systems for transit cars, according to a press release. Based in North Carolina and founded more than 30 years ago, Tec Trans has annual sales of about $10 million. Wabtec expects the transaction to be accretive in the first year.

• Ansaldo STS has signed an agreement with CNR Dalian and General Resources Co. for the licensing of TramWave® Technology to a joint venture to be incorporated by CNR and General Resources. TramWave is a catenary-free power supply solution designed by Ansaldo STS to support urban transport sustainability efforts and eliminate the visual impact of overhead catenaries.

• RailComm has been chosen to provide its Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) train-control system to Rio Grande Pacific Corp. The DOC system will have functionality for Track Warrant Control through the web-enabled software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery method, according to a RailComm press release. SaaS provides a “pay-as-you-go” model by hosting the applications in a “Cloud,” thus eliminating capital equipment procurement constraints, RailComm officials said.

• Veolia Transportation has appointed Steve New vice president of business development in Canada. He will oversee business opportunities for transit and rail. New’s career spans 30 years in transportation management, starting as transportation planner at Urban Transit Authority and British Columbia Transit. He later became co-president, chief executive officer and chief operating officer of BC Transit. While chairman of the Canadian Urban Transit Association, he initiated the development and implementation of Transit Vision 2040.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed Frank Lin general manager of its Taiwan operations. Linn, who has more than 16 years of management and engineering experience, will be responsible for the transportation, building and telecommunications sectors in Taiwan. Prior to joining the firm, he was deputy director with Taiwan Fixed Network Corp. and deputy director with Hong-Yun Technology Co Ltd.

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