With Railway Age since 1992, Bill Vantuono has broadened and deepened the magazine's coverage of the technological revolution that is so swiftly changing the industry. He has also strengthened Railway Age's leadership position in industry affairs with the conferences he conducts on operating passenger trains on freight railroads and communications-based train control.
Bombardier Transportation announced today that it is investing $17 million over the next 18 months in creating a Product Design and Development Center for North America in Saint-Bruno, Quebec, and building a new test track at its manufacturing plant in La Pocatiere, Quebec.
“Facing the challenge of an increasingly competitive market, we are proud to reinforce our presence in Quebec by making major investments to enhance our competitive edge and maintain our leadership,” said Raymond Bachant, President, Bombardier Transportation North America. “The Design Center is a unifying project that will encourage greater involvement by our customers, suppliers, and partners in the research and development of pioneering technologies that could be included in our manufacturing processes.”
Quebec Minister of Transport Sam Hamad, who was present for the announcement, commented: “Already one of our economy’s foremost manufacturers and a leader in the rail industry, Bombardier Transportation adds another string to its bow with this investment. I’m pleased to see Bombardier Transportation position itself at the forefront of the industry’s best worldwide practices and take action to reinforce its competitiveness.”
The new center will consolidate product development for future projects carried out across North America. The new test track will allow engineers to perform qualification tests on the metro cars Bombardier is building for Societe de transport de Montréal. Bombardier said the track will be multifunctional, so that tests can be carried out on all electric multiple-units powered by a third rail, including rolling stock on rubber tires.
RMI, a provider of transportation management software, has announced the
release of ExpressYard Barcode Repair Billing, designed to help railcar
repair shops simplify data capture, eliminate billing errors, and automate
RMI said the ExpressYard Barcode Repair Billing module “dramatically
improves the AAR railcar repair billing process by associating bar codes
with the correct repair data to provide a failsafe means to simultaneously
enter billing repair card line item information and capture inventory part
allocation all with one scan.” It works with both custom and standard
RMI is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.
Bombardier Transportation announced Tuesday that it has won a
major contract, worth $577 million, for an automatic train control
signaling upgrade for London Underground. Bombardier will provide its
CITYFLO 650 ATC system, a communication-based train control (CBTC)
technology similar to that running successfully on the Madrid Metro.
Bombardier said the full scope of the contract is for the signaling renewal
and provision of an ATC system for four sub-surface lines (Metropolitan
District, Circle, Hammersmith, and City).
Bombardier will equip the 68 miles of track (28 miles in tunnels), 113
stations, 191 trainsets, 49 maintenance-of-way trains, and six heritage trains by
2018, followed by a two-year warranty period. The main project office will
be in London, with Bombardier sites in Bangkok, Helsinki, Madrid, Pittsburgh,
and the British cities of Plymouth, Derby, and Reading providing much of
the product supply and associated engineering works.
Andre Navarri, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier
Transportation, commented: “Bombardier's groundbreaking CBTC technology is
installed globally on 13 systems and is proven to significantly increase
capacity and quality of service for our customers. We are very pleased to be
awarded this new contract by London Underground and look forward to working
together on this exciting project to improve the transport network for
hundreds of thousands of passengers.”
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has selected a joint venture of AECOM and Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) to provide conceptual planning and preliminary design for the $1.4 billion Metro Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project, also known as the Downtown Connector or Downtown Light-Rail Connector. Construction on the connector could begin in 2013 and be completed by 2019, depending on the availability of federal funding. The project envisions uniting disparate segments of Los Angeles’ rapidly growing light rail transit (LRT) network, as well as tying LRT in more completely with Union Station, served by Amtrak and Metrolink trains. (See map below.) The 1.9-mile-long underground rail connection will link the Metro Gold and Blue lines with the new Expo light rail through downtown Los Angeles, enabling passengers to travel from Azusa to Long Beach and from the Eastside to Culver City. The Connector will provide major regional north/south and east/west rail line linkages that will give more transit riders a one-seat, one-ticket ride and offer significant travel time savings. The connection itself will save approximately 20 minutes of time by eliminating line transfers through downtown. The project is estimated to provide access to 90,000 passengers daily, and encourage 17,000 new transit riders by 2035. The Regional Connector will receive partial funding from Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by the voters of Los Angeles County in November 2008 as part of the Measure R program, funding transportation improvements totaling $40 billion over a 30-year period. The AECOM/PB joint venture, known as the Connector Partnership, will be responsible for creating an advanced conceptual plan for the project as well as preliminary engineering, with options for design support during construction and system activation. The joint venture will also assist LACMTA with project controls and risk assessment.