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Rail supplier updates from Bechtel, Bombardier, Siemens and Hatch Mott MacDonald (Oct. 19)


Bechtel has been chosen by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to submit a proposal to design and build Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, which will provide rail service between Washington, D.C., and Washington Dulles International Airport. The company is building the first phase of the new rail line and is one of five teams to make the authority's short list of Phase 2 bidders, according to a company press release.

On Wednesday, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Lhota and MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) President Thomas Prendergast visited Bombardier Transportation's plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y., where 300 next-generation R-179 subway cars for NYCT will be manufactured per a $600 million order funded by MTA's capital program. The executives viewed New Jersey Transit and Chicago Transit Authority cars being built at the plant. State and local officials also participated in the tour.

Siemens has obtained an order from Mass Rapid Transit Corp. Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp.) to supply the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur with 58 driverless metro trains. The Inspiro trains will be deployed on the city's new line that will connect suburbs in the metropolitan area. The value of the Siemens order is $326.7 million.

Biljana Rajlic, a professional engineer with Hatch Mott MacDonald, recently received the 2012 Canadian Transportation Awards Program's "Award of Excellence," which recognizes individuals' outstanding contributions to the betterment of the transportation industry in safety, sustainable development, research, technology, policy or corporate development. Rajlic helped to advance bridge design and construction through the use of new materials and advanced methods for accelerated bridge construction, improving design efficiency, sustainability and safety for the Canadian transportation industry, according to a company press release.

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