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Updates from Siemens, Alstom, HDR and Cambridge Systematics


• Siemens AG has formed a joint venture with Russian partner Sinara Group to deliver regional trains to Russia. The new company, Train Technologies, has obtained a contract valued at $2.9 billion to supply Desiro RUS electric trains to the Russian Railways. The preliminary contract covers 240 trainsets comprising 1,200 rail cars, according to Siemens.

• Alstom Transport has obtained a $961 million contract from Polish long-distance passenger-rail operator PKP Intercity to supply 20 high-speed trains and provide maintenance for up to 17 years, as well as build a new maintenance depot. Delivery is scheduled for 2014. The trainsets of seven cars each will be based on Alstom’s standard New Pendolino platform, according to Alstom.

• Rick Pilgrim has joined HDR as vice president and senior project manager in the transportation business group in Denver, where he will oversee transportation sectors in the West and Central regions. Prior to joining HDR, Pilgrim was a vice president and state and local market sector manager for URS Corp.

• Cambridge Systematics has promoted Steve Capecci and Sarah Ginand to the newly created positions of chief of consulting operations and chief of corporate services, respectively. The company also promoted Allison Karoly to director of marketing. In addition, Chief Operating Officer Robert “Chip” Taggart announced plans to retire on June 30.

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