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Harsco Rail last month installed its 250,000th tie on the MTA Long Island Rail Road's (LIRR) system. The contract between Harsco Rail and LIRR was first awarded in 2012 after LIRR decided to switch from wood to concrete ties. “Our system has benefited greatly from the installation of concrete ties, which now comprise roughly 30 percent of our mainline track miles,” said LIRR Chief Engineer Glenn Greenberg in a Harsco Rail press release.
A Class I has awarded Duos Technologies Inc. an approximately $2.1 million contract to integrate up to 100 artificial intelligence use cases into Duos’ centraco® platform. The use cases will eventually be used by the railroad in its automation-focused efforts, Duos officials said in a press release. The contract also includes a recurring service and maintenance component for the new software that's being developed. The contract will be executed by Duos subsidiary truevue360 Inc. in two phases, with half occurring in the summer and the rest expected to be completed in early 2021.
Tensar International Corp. appointed Don Herbert as its rail industry market manager to oversee and grow its rail business in North and South America. Herbert has 28 years of experience in sales, engineering and director roles at Contech Engineered Solutions. In the past seven years with Contech, he focused exclusively within the rail market.
WTS International’s board appointed WSP USA Multimodal Market Leader Paula Hammond as chair. Hammond will guide the board’s strategic direction and lead the 11-member board and its executive director in providing national programs, services and support for 62 chapters and more than 8,000 members. Meanwhile, Barbara Arens, WSP senior vice president, was elected to serve on the WTS Foundation board. The board provides scholarship opportunities, provides educational and career development opportunities, and sponsors research related activities to women pursuing transportation related degrees.
Locomotive Climate Solutions (LCS) has developed a way to increase virus particle filtration in their custom air filters, both by means of increased HEPA-rated filters and by increasing virus filtration capabilities in their cardboard frame filters, LCS officials said in an announcement.
The League of Railway Women (LRW) appointed Anne Schlegel, Holland LP’s senior contracts manager, as membership chair, and promoted Erica Sander, Trinity Rail’s manager of government relations, to board secretary. As membership chair, Schlegel will be responsible for leading the individual and corporate partnership programs. As board secretary and member of the LRW executive committee, Sander will oversee all board meetings, correspondence and records. Sander succeeds Susan Robertson of Virginia Rail Solutions, who retired from the board at the end of May.