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Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Alstom, Veea Systems, Angel Trains, Geotab, Cubic and Schneider (June 5)

The Greenbrier Cos. Inc. Chief Financial Officer Adrian Downes
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The Greenbrier Cos. Inc. has appointed Adrian Downes chief financial officer. Previously, Downes was acting CFO and senior vice president. Downes joined Greenbrier in 2013 as chief accounting officer and has more than 30 years of accounting and finance experience in a variety of industries, according to a Greenbrier press release. 

Alstom unveiled its proposed train design for HS2 Ltd.’s high-speed railway in the United Kingdom. The train is designed to be modern and provide smooth operation on the conventional rail network, as well as the new HS2 infrastructure, according to an Alstom press release. In a separate announcement, Alstom provided integrated systems, tracks, catenaries, telecommunication and signaling systems, substations and ticketing equipment to Enterprise du Metro d’Alger’s tramway line extension in Constantine, Algeria. The extension's first phase, currently in commercial service, connects the existing Zouaghi Station to the entrance of Ali Mendjeli. 

Veea Systems and Angel Trains announced the completion of a joint project demonstrating smart rail edge computing and mesh wireless networking for use on trains. The system makes it easier to connect new technology to existing trains and allows local applications to be developed to improve the functionality of passenger information, on-board video surveillance and passenger entertainment systems, according to a joint press release. 

Geotab Inc. announced it has completed the acquisition of BSM Technologies Inc., a telematics and asset management solutions provider. By adopting the Geotab platform, BSM’s rail customers will gain access to solutions for enhanced visibility into vehicle performance, driver habits and accident detection, according to a Geotab press release.

Cubic Transportation Systems designed, supplied and implemented a contactless fare payment system for the first phase of a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) pilot program. The payment system was installed at 16 subway stations from Grand Central Terminal to the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center Station in New York City, and is expected to replace the MetroCard system throughout MTA’s network in 2023.

Schneider received the Green Cross for Safety Excellence Award from the National Safety Council for  the company’s driver sleep disorder screening program for the second consecutive year. The program included creating a nationwide network of sleep clinics where drivers can be tested for obstructive sleep apnea while under dispatch, according to a Schneider press release.

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