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Rail supplier news from Smiths Detection, Rail Vision, Acciona, Holden America, Cubic and HNTB (Sept. 8)

Smiths Detection's HCVT X-ray inspection scanner is used to screen moving rail cars for dangerous or illegal cargo.
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection awarded Smiths Detection a contract to provide its HCVT X-ray scanners for use at U.S. railway checkpoints at both the northern and southern borders. The HCVT is a side-view, high-energy X-ray inspection scanner designed to screen moving rail cars for dangerous or illegal cargo. The initial order value is $13.5 million with initial deliveries planned for 2021. The contract allows for multiple orders up to $379 million over five years. The contract also includes an option for service over a 10-year period.

Rail Vision Ltd. signed a commercial agreement with an affiliate of Knorr-Bremse AG to supply Rail Vision’s Assisted Remote Shunting (ARS) systems to a European train operator. Rail Vision will deliver its ARS prototype system in October. The train operator then has the option to place an order for 30 ARS systems valued up to $3.3 million, or purchase an additional 45 ARS systems valued at about $4.1 million.

The Broadway Subway Project Corp. was awarded a $1.2 billion contract to build TransLink’s 3.5-mile Millennium Line extension, a key link for the Vancouver subway system. Broadway Subway Project Corp. is led by Acciona. The extension — to open in 2025 — includes the construction of two twin tunnels and six new rail stations.

Holden America completed construction of a new 35,000-square-foot facility in Chicago. The facility offers dedicated areas for product manufacturing and reconditioning, in-stock products and parts, testing and research, sales and service offices, and space for staff development and meetings. Holden America manufactures systems for rail-car automobile securement and theft prevention. The company continues to operate two other facilities in Canada and Mexico.

Cubic Transportation Systems and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) have enabled the Transit Access Pass (TAP) card on iPhones and Apple Watches. The feature allows rail and bus riders to pay for their trips by holding their device near a TAP dial fare validator. Cubic and LA Metro also introduced a TAP mobile application.

HNTB Corp. hired Kurt Krauss as vice president of national strategic initiatives. He has 25 years of infrastructure strategic, commercial and financial consulting experience. Previously, Krauss served another consulting firm as senior VP and chief projects officer for its advisory services practice. He was also a project manager responsible for the evaluation of a portfolio of target port assets in the U.S. and Canada for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan's acquisition of four port facilities.


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