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Updates from Bombardier, AECOM, Thales, Alstom and New York Air Brake


• Bombardier Transportation has obtained a $96 million order to supply its CITYFLO 650 communications-based train control system for Line 5 of the Sao Paulo Metro in Brazil. The new system is designed to enable trains to circulate safely with a 75-second headway, maximizing line capacity, according to a Bombardier press release. Bombardier also announced plans to launch a new light-rail vehicle platform designed for the North American market at APTA Expo 2011 in New Orleans on Oct. 3.

• AECOM Technology Corp. has appointed Michael Della Rocca North American chief executive, effective Oct. 1. He will lead AECOM operations in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining the company in July, Rocca was president and managing director of Halcrow’s Americas region. Before his tenure at Halcrow, he was president and chief operating officer of STV Group Inc. His prior experience also includes leadership roles with Washington Group International, where he was chairman and CEO of Washington Infrastructure Services Inc., and Parsons Brinckerhoff, where was chairman of Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas Inc.

• Thales has obtained eight contracts, valued at a total of $118 million, for the design, delivery, installation and commissioning of signal systems in Poland for railway infrastructure operator Polskie Linie Kolejowe. The contract calls for upgrading the E20 corridor according to the new European agreement on main international rail lines, and enhancing the capacity and safety of rail infrastructure connecting Cracow, Silesia and other major Polish cities, according to Thales. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2013.

• Alstom and Kamkor, a subsidiary of Kazakhstan’s national rail company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture dedicated to signaling. The new joint venture, which would be held equally by Alstom and Kamkor, would produce point machines in Kazakhstan. The agreement comes after more than a year of testing of Alstom’s point machines on the Kazakh rail network to determine if the machines can continue to work under the region’s harsh cold-weather temperatures, according to an Alstom press release.

• New York Air Brake Train Dynamic Systems Division (TDS) plans to add 15 to 25 engineering jobs during the next year and relocate all Fort Worth employees to a larger building in Texas. The firm’s expansion follows a growth path over the past six years, expanding from 16 employees to more than 80, TDS officials said in a prepared statement. The company plans to hire project managers, systems, engineers, safety specialists and software developers. New orders for LEADER, energy management software and a locomotive engineering training simulator are driving the need for more personnel, TDS officials said.

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