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Rail Supplier news from HNTB, Stantec, Greystone, Michael Baker and TE Connectivity (Jan. 25)


HNTB Corp. won a $7.2 million contract from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to advance engineering for the King of Prussia rail extension of the Norristown High Speed Line. The extension would connect Center City, University City and King of Prussia. The contract covers engineering and architectural design involving the conceptual locally preferred alternative, and completing 15 percent of the overall design. A $27.3 million contract option calls for advancing engineering to the 30 percent completion stage. Meanwhile, HNTB also named John Kulpa program manager and associate vice president. Based in Miami, he will be responsible for program management services in South Florida. Kulpa has more than 38 years' experience in transit, rail, bus rapid transit, multimodal, highway and airport projects. He previously served HNTB as engineering group director from 2000 to 2009, and most recently was transit sector leader for another consulting firm.

Stantec has named Charles Collins III a senior rail engineer in Chicago. He has more than 20 years of rail experience, including a stint as a rail dispatcher that helped bring operational insights to such past rail projects as Norfolk Southern Railway's Rickenbacker Intermodal Yard in Ohio, the Chicago Transit Authority's capital improvement program and Amtrak's B&P tunnel upgrade in Baltimore, Stantec officials said in an announcement. Collins has expertise in rail operations, track layout and design, conceptual alignments, and assessments of ridership models and forecasts. "The addition of Collins continues to strengthen [our] railway engineering team in the Midwest and will allow [us] to provide a higher level of service to railroad clients across the country," Stantec officials said.

Greystone Management Solutions has added Jerry Del Tufo to its advisory team that's providing tenant management and accounting services to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City. Greystone serves as a real estate adviser to transit authorities. Del Tufo will lead the MTA team with account and construction management, accounting, collections, insurance compliance and dispute resolution services. He most recently was assistant director of operations for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Del Tufo has more than 30 years of real estate and planning experience in the public sector.

Michael Baker International has appointed Michael Hall vice president and office executive in its Newark, New Jersey, office. He will be responsible for financial management, office administration, project oversight and business development. Hall has 30 years of experience in large-scale infrastructure projects in the United States, United Kingdom, Middle East, Canada, Thailand and Africa. He previously worked on several resiliency projects for MTA New York City Transit and provided advice on design-build procurement techniques to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Hall most recently was associate principal at Arup, where he led the civil engineering group in the New York office.

Connectivity and sensors provider TE Connectivity (TE) has won a contract to supply high-voltage roofline components to Stadler for 58 electric and bi-mode FLIRT trains ordered for Greater Anglia's network. TE will supply the majority of roofline components for the FLIRT trains, including cable assemblies. The company also will provide labeling and identification products for the trains. High-voltage electrical transmission systems on train rooflines must operate reliably in conditions that include mechanical shock and vibration, rapid air flows, rain and other environmental factors, TE officials said in a press release.

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