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10/17/2012



Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight

Rail supplier news from Ansaldo, CalAmp, Jacobs Engineering, dFuzion, Baker and Freeborn & Peters (Oct. 17)


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Ansaldo STS USA has obtained a $13.2 million contract as part of a strategic alliance agreement with Insigma (HK) United Rail Transportation Engineering Co. Ltd. The contract covers the design and supply of a communications-based train control (CBTC) signaling system for the Hangzhou Metro Line 2, Phase I, in Hangzhou, China. The contract represents Ansaldo STS' eighth CBTC project in China and its second metro signaling project in the city of Hangzhou, according to a press release.

CalAmp Corp. has obtained a contract to supply wireless communications devices for an interoperable positive train control (PTC) system for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority's Metrolink commuter-rail network. CalAmp is providing the wireless communications radios and base stations for the project under a contract with Parsons Corp., a prime contractor for Metrolink's PTC system.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has obtained a $7 million contract from the Washington State Department of Transportation to provide on-call engineering and operations services in support of the agency's capital rail improvement program and other rail projects. The contract is for three years with an option to extend it. Under the contract, Jacobs will provide such services as rail engineering, planning, operations support, equipment evaluation and procurement, program and project management, construction management and inspection, value engineering and cost estimating.

dFuzion Inc. has obtained a follow-on contract from the Federal Railroad Administration for additional development of an ultra-portable ride quality meter. The dFuzion ride quality meter is designed to  operate from a rail inspector's portable computer and monitor and record accelerations at any geo-spatial location during a train ride, according to a press release.

Frank Curti recently joined Baker as a senior transportation planner in the Greenville, S.C., office. Curti has more than 15 years of experience in land-use, MPO and transit projects. He is responsible for advancing Baker's transportation planning in South Carolina, as well as helping to market all Baker services in the Greenville-Spartanburg area. Previously, he served as a senior transportation planner with the Greenville MPO and as director of planning and development for the Greenville Transit Authority.

Freeborn & Peters L.L.P. recently announced the formation of its transportation team to address the legal needs of transportation sector companies, including those in rail. The team's members have combined years of experience from multiple industry segments and across different legal disciplines. Team members include Cynthia Bergmann, Robert Baratta Jr., Gerald Callaghan, Mitchell Carrel, Devon Eggert, Mark Goodman, Edward Hannon, Jeff Mattson, Michael Moynihan, Kathryn Thomas, Michael Tomasek, Richard Traub and John Stevens.


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