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Rail supplier news from Progress Rail, ACCIONA, Alstom, Keolis, STV and WSP (July 31)

Marie-Ange Debon
Photo – Keolis


Progress Rail has developed a battery-powered switcher locomotive. The EMD® Joule locomotive includes smart lithium-ion battery technology and provides zero-emission, zero-idle and low noise operations, Progress Rail officials said in a press release. The EMD Joule will go into a pilot phase this year. Soon thereafter, the locomotive will support Vale’s Tubarao yard operations in Brazil. Progress Rail anticipates global availability of the new switcher locomotive in early 2021.

The government of British Columbia awarded the ACCIONA-Ghella consortium a $2 billion contract to design and construct the Broadway Subway Project, a 4-mile extension of the Millennium rail line in Metro Vancouver. The extension will include underground tunnels and six new stations. Construction will begin this year and the system will open in 2025.

Alstom signed an agreement with Dutch infrastructure operator ProRail to perform automatic train operation tests on shunting locomotives in 2021. The objective of the tests is to demonstrate how the use of fully automated trains can optimize rail operation to ensure cost-effective and sustainable mobility in the face of growing demand in shunting operations, Alstom officials said in a press release. Meanwhile, the European Commission approved Alstom’s proposal to acquire Bombardier Transportation.

The Keolis Group Supervisory Board appointed Marie-Ange Debon as Keolis Group executive chairwoman effective Aug. 24. Debon is vice president of MEDEF International, and has previously served in management positions at SUEZ Group, and Thomson Group, now Technicolor.

STV Inc. named Ron Deverman vice president and national director for environmental planning in the transportation and infrastructure division. Deverman will be responsible for growing the firm’s environmental planning practice with an emphasis on new markets. He also will play a key role in the further development of the Chicago and Midwest planning practice, STV officials said. 

WSP USA hired Aron Kirsch as vice president and national program manager for urban development. Kirsch will lead a multidisciplinary team responsible for delivering development projects integrated with major transportation facilities. Previously, Kirsch worked at a real estate development firm, the Hudson Yards Development Corp., and for the New York City Department of City Planning.

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