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Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, Siemens, TranSystems, ZTR; and in memoriam: James Martin (Dec. 19)

Bombardier has inked an agreement to provide operations and maintenance for Denver International Airport's people mover system.
Photo – Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation has obtained a $150 million contract to provide operations and maintenance services for its Innovia automated people mover system at Denver International Airport. Bombardier provided operations and maintenance services for the people mover under previous contracts since the airport opened in 1994. The latest agreement, which goes into effect Jan. 1, covers seven years.

Alstom's Urbalis 400 communications-based train control system (CBTC) is in operation on the Toronto Transit Commission's recently opened Line 1 subway extension. The system's commissioning marks the first time a radio-based CBTC system has entered commercial service on a Canadian metro line, Alstom officials said in a press release. Alstom's complete project scope includes the replacement of the relay-based interlocking on Line 1, as well as the deployment of CBTC across the entire line.

Siemens Rail Automation President and Chief Executive Officer John Paljug has been elected to a three-year term on the Railway Supply Institute's (RSI) board. He'll help the organization "convey to key policymakers the critical role rail suppliers play in driving safety and innovation," said RSI President Tom Simpson in a press release. Paljug joined Siemens in 2013 after serving as president of Invensys Rail Corp. Before that, he served as Safetran's vice president of sales for railroad products. He joined Safetran in 1997 after 12 years with a major U.S. railroad signaling and train control systems manufacturer.

TranSystems has promoted F. Allen Smith to vice president and senior associate. He has more than 27 years of project management and bridge engineering experience for highway and railroad structures. In addition, Smith has managed several major river crossings, including the Eads and Merchants bridges over the Mississippi River. Smith is active with the American Public Works Association, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Meanwhile, TranSystems also promoted Lawrence Kirchner VP and senior associate. He has more than three decades of experience in structural design and project management for a range of bridge, roadway and rail projects in Illinois and elsewhere in the United States. In particular, Kirchner has extensive experience managing improvement projects for the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Chicago Department of Transportation, Metra and other agencies. Kirchner and Smith were promoted as part of an annual process aimed at selecting future leaders and owners at TranSystems, company officials said in a press release.

ZTR Control Systems this year marks its 30th anniversary. The company was formed in 1987 after five coworkers suggested an idea for a new product that was ultimately rejected by the company they worked for at the time. Today, the company develops solutions for off-road industrial equipment markets, including locomotive modernization and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). In addition, ZTR's Industrial IoT team integrates complex components into personalized telematics solutions for original equipment manufacturers, rental companies and fleets of compact construction equipment, company officials said in a press release.

James Martin
Photo – JDM & Associates Marketing LLC

JDM & Associates Marketing LLC President James Martin died Nov. 27. He was 74. In 1984, Martin established JDM & Associates, a boutique public relations and advertising agency that specializes in the transportation and logistics markets. JDM's clients include the Chicago South Shore Railroad, GATX and Union Tank Car, according to the company's website. Before forming JDM, Martin worked as a film and entertainment critic and writer at the Chicago Tribune.

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