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Rail supplier news from Keolis, Greenbrier, Michael Baker, Hollysys, Alstom and Bytemark (May 19)


Keolis, as part of the GrandLinq consortium, has been selected to operate and maintain a new light-rail system in the region of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. The new public-private-partnership contract will generate $503.6 million for Keolis over 33 years, according to a company press release.

The Greenbrier Cos. Inc. has opened a regional hub with a lease of 6,000 square feet  in Colleyville, Texas. The hub positions Greenbrier closer to the bulk of its customer base and North American operations, as well as the Gulf Coast and Midwest energy and downstream markets, according to a company press release.

Michael Baker Jr. Inc. has obtained a professional services agreement with CSX Intermodal Terminals Inc. to provide construction management and inspection services for its Trans-Shipment Terminal Expansion project in North Baltimore, Ohio. Additionally, Baker will provide engineering review services during the construction phases of projects. CSXIT has issued Baker the first work order under this agreement, according to a press release.

Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. has signed two contracts to provide the ground-based high-speed rail signaling system and equipment to China's Qingdao-Rongcheng high-speed rail line and Jilin-Huichun high-speed rail line, valued at $20.67 million. The contract for Qing Rong Line is $10.60 million, and Ji Hui Line is $10.07 million. The two lines are expected to be in operation by the end of 2014 and in October 2015, respectively.

Alstom has delivered the first modernized regional train to Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG) in Germany as part of a contract awarded by LNVG in May 2013 to modernize 24 Coradia Lint Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains. The contract is valued at $39.8 million.

Mobile ticketing providers Bytemark and GlobeSherpa will collaborate to develop a mobile ticketing system for Virginia Railway Express. The two companies have settled a patent infringement case Bytemark brought against GlobeSherpa in December 2013, which contended that GlobeSherpa incorporated mobile technology that legally belongs to Bytemark in its bid for VRE. As part of the settlement, Bytemark will provide its patented solution to the VRE mobile ticketing project, according to a Bytemark statement.

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