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Rail supplier news from Alstom-Bombardier, Siemens, Greenbrier and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 3)


• An Alstom-Bombardier consortium has obtained a $1.3 billion order for 70 additional duplex trainsets, M109s, for Paris-based public transport operator RATP.  Bombardier Transportation will supply 201 rail cars under the order, for which RATP exercised an option included in an April 2009 contract for an initial order of 60 M109 trainsets. Like the first order, the 70 additional trainsets will operate on the RER A of the Île-de-France region’s network. Delivery will start in 2014.

• Siemens has supplied an automatic train-control system and equipped an operations control center and depot for a fully automatic VAL system that recently launched service in Uijeongbu, South Korea. The mass transit system was constructed as a turnkey public private partnership project by a Korean consortium. Siemens also manufactured 15 two-unit, rubber-tired VAL 208 vehicles.

• For the third quarter of its 2012 fiscal year, the Greenbrier Cos. Inc. reported net earnings of $19.1 million, or 61 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $3.3 million, or 14 cents per share, in the third quarter of FY2011. Revenue jumped 60 percent to a record $507.8 million compared with $317.3 million in the year-ago period. The firm delivered 4,500 new rail cars in the quarter, up from 2,200 units a year ago. Also during the quarter, the company received orders for 3,100 new cars. As of May 31, Greenbrier’s manufacturing backlog totaled 11,500 units with an estimated value of $1.14 billion compared with 12,500 units with a value of $1.1 billion as of Feb. 29.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff has been selected by the Odense Municipality to assist with project management and provide strategy and economic advice for a light-rail project in Odense, Denmark. The project’s first phase is in the early planning stage, with a feasibility study completed. Concept design will start in August and feed into an environmental impact assessment report that’s expected to be presented to the Danish Transport Ministry in late 2013. The light-rail line is slated to open in 2020.

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