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Railroad supplier updates from Bechtel, RATP, Crouch, PowerRail, Railserve and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 18)


• A Bechtel-led team that’s building the first phase of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project has completed construction of the aerial guideway that will carry trains and riders over major highways and through the Virginia retail and business district known as Tysons Corner. The guideway makes up three miles of the 11.7-mile alignment in the project’s first phase. It was constructed by connecting more than 2,700 reinforced precast concrete segments, each weighing 25 to 40 tons. The guideway’s completion marks a “significant milestone” in the project, Bechtel officials said in a prepared statement. Next, work will focus on the completion of stations, associated pedestrian bridges and pavilions, and connecting the Dulles extension to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s existing Metrorail system.

• The District Department of Transportation has selected the RATP Dev McDonald Transit (RDMT) as the operations and maintenance team for the District of Columbia Streetcar program. The initial contract covers service for the 2.2-mile segment on H Street and Benning Road, NE. RDMT will be responsible for day-to-day functions associated with the line’s operation, including streetcars, vehicle maintenance, inspection and maintenance of the electrical system and track, customer service, and management, hiring and training of staff. The line’s launch is slated for late 2013.

• Crouch Engineering has announced plans to expand, including personnel and departments. The company recently added a client services and business development department, which will be coordinated by Trey Hart. The new department is the first step in the firm’s expansion plans after more than two decades servicing U.S. railways, company officials said in a prepared statement. “We have developed a management structure that takes advantage of our managers’ expertise while enhancing quality control,” said Harvey Crouch, the firm’s founder and president.

• Locke Brown has been appointed manufacturing operations manager of PowerRail Manufacturing in Connersville Ind. He will be responsible for operations of PowerRail Manufacturing and within the PowerRail family of manufacturing, according to a company press release. Brown has 25 years of operations experience in the U.S. Coast Guard. During that time, he served as a chief warrant officer tasked with duties such as forecasting parts and fuel orders when overseas, handling logistics and hurricane emergency preparedness.

• T.J. Mahoney has been named program manager for Railserve LEAF® Gen-Set locomotives. Most recently, Mahoney was a business manager at SCS, which serves the oil, gas and industrial markets. Since joining the firm in 2003, Mahoney was responsible for developing and managing several rail switching operations. He also has held various positions with Vulcan Chemicals and Exxon Chemical.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff has named Alexander King a consultant. He will be responsible for developing freight and goods movement studies, rail plans, corridor plans, intermodal feasibility studies, grant applications and passenger-rail service development plans. Prior to joining the firm, he was a senior freight planner and analyst at a transportation-consulting firm. King’s areas of expertise include transportation operations, costing, market analysis, supply chain management, financial analysis and benefit-cost analysis.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff also recently named Nathan Macek principal consultant in the Washington, D.C., office, where he will be responsible for expanding the consulting practice in transport project development and analyses; policy analyses; and planning studies for transit systems and other infrastructure. Macek is a specialist in developing financial plans for Federal Transit Administration New Starts projects and has developed financial plans for transit alternatives analyses and environmental clearance studies. Prior to joining the company, he was a consulting manager for a large engineering firm.

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