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Rail supplier updates from Webcor Builders, Alstom and Bombardier (March 6)


California construction company Webcor Builders obtained a $48.7 million contract from the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority for the final design and construction of parking facilities at future Gold Line stations. The line is part of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Foothill light-rail extension from Pasadena to Azusa, Calif. The contract also will cover enhancements at and around the stations to improve intermodal connectivity for train riders arriving by bus, foot or bicycle, authority officials said in a prepared statement. The contract represents the project's third and final design-build contract.

KazElectroPrivod, an Alstom and Kamkor joint venture, has signed a $117.4 million contract with Kazakhstan national railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) to supply 10,000 point machines over a 10-year period, according to an Alstom press release. The joint venture, created in January, will be based at the Almaty Wagon Repair Plant in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Bombardier Transportation publicly refuted claims in a lawsuit by German rail operator Deutsche Bahn regarding the S-Bahn Berlin 481 series as "without merit" and "defamatory," according to a Bombardier press release. Deutsche Bahn filed suit against Bombardier for $454 million in damages over what it alleged are defects with brakes and engines following a series of breakdowns in 2009, according to a March 4 report by Reuters. In its press release, Bombardier officials stated the general warranty for the S-Bahn Berlin 481 series ended in 2007 by "mutual agreement." They also said the company believes "prolonged litigation is not in the interests of either company and remains open to dialogue with Deutsche Bahn."

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