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Rail supplier news from Hitachi Rail, RKH, Siemens, Arup and FTS (Dec. 11)


First Trenitalia awarded Hitachi Rail a $461 million contract to provide and maintain 23 intercity trains for the Avanti West Coast rail service in the United Kingdom. The trains will be a mix of 10 seven-car electric trains and 13 five-car bi-mode trains. The investment is being financed through Rock Rail West Coast, a joint venture between Rock Rail and Aberdeen Standard Investments. Rock Rail West Coast will own the trains and lease them to First Trenitalia.

The RKH Qitarat joint venture between Keolis, RATP Dev and the Hamad Group has completed construction of Qatar Rail’s Doha Metro rail network in Qatar. The joint venture has opened the Green, Red and Gold lines in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup being held in Qatar. RKH Qitarat's 20-year contract also includes network operation and maintenance, according to a press release.

Siemens USA appointed Marsha Smith chief financial officer to succeed Heribert Stumpf, who will be retiring after 38 years of service with the company. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Smith will take on the new role in addition to her current role as CFO for Siemens Mobility North America. In her new position, Smith will oversee the finance organization for the smart infrastructure, digital industries and Siemens Mobility businesses. Smith has more than 20 years of experience in Siemens’ financial organizations.

Arup selected Brian Swett to lead its Boston office. He will deliver projects that provide social and economic value while enhancing sustainability and resilience, company officials said in a press release. Arup's Boston office portfolio includes the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line extension and the John W. Olver Transit Center. Swett has more than a decade of experience leading projects in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Arup in 2015, he was the chief of environment, energy and open space for the city of Boston.

The Focused Technology Solutions Inc. (FTS) team relocated to a new executive office and manufacturing facility in Hackettstown, New Jersey. The site will enable the company to broaden its production and research and development business for the transportation sector, FTS officials said in a press release.

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