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Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from RailWorks, Parsons, Duos Technologies and Acrow Bridge (Nov. 28)
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded two contracts to RailWorks Corp. subsidiary L.K. Comstock & Co. Inc. to build underground substations for New York City Transit's Canarsie line in Brooklyn. As part of a $39.6 million project, L.K. Comstock will design and build a 5,000-square-foot underground substation and install associated electrical equipment in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood. The company will build a similar substation and install related electrical equipment in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, a project valued at $34.7 million. Both projects are expected to increase power capacity along the Canarsie Line, RailWorks officials said in a press release.
Parsons has begun providing technical advisory services for Metrolinx's enhanced train control and conventional signaling (ETCCS) project. Metrolinx is specifying, procuring and developing ETCCS upgrades, while Parsons is providing design, procurement support, system engineering, system integration and migration management, testing, and commissioning services. The work is related to Metrolinx's plan to electrify the GO Transit rail network. As part of the electrification program, Metrolinx will deliver CA$13.5 billion in capital projects and CA$7 billion in state-of-good-repair work. The program will enable Metrolinx to run electrified GO Transit trains every 15 minutes, according to a Parsons press release.
Duos Technologies Group Inc. announced last week it closed on an $11 million private placement. The net proceeds of the offering will be used for sales and marketing, research and development, repayment of debt, and general corporate purposes, company officials said in a press release. Joseph Gunnar & Co. LLC acted as the sole placement agent for the offering.
Acrow Bridge has supplied a temporary railroad bridge for a Canadian Pacific line in London, Ontario. The bridge is being used during a project to widen a two-lane vehicular road that passes below the tracks. The first part of the overall project involved replacing the existing rail bridge to accommodate the wider road below. An Acrow bridge was rented as a detour to carry rail traffic while the permanent bridge is built. Acrow's modular steel bridge opened to rail traffic on Nov. 7 and is expected to remain in place until May 2018, company officials said in a press release. The contractor for the project is McLean Taylor Construction, while AECOM provided design engineering services.
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