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Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday it will supply 18 additional doubledeck coaches to Germany’s Deutsche Bahn (DB) AG. The order isworth approximately 24 million euros ($33 million). DB AG is exercising an option from a 2003 framework agreement, “comprising the delivery of 298 double-deck coaches as well as an option for a further 300 double-deck coaches,” Bombardier said.

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The additional cars will be used by DB Regio in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and in Baden-Württemberg; the cars are expected toenter into service beginning in December.

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DB Regio NRW GmbH will receive 13 double-deck coaches with high-floor entrances. These coaches include air conditioning systems, convenient luggage racks, and wider entrance areas.

DB Regio AG in Baden-Württemberg will receive five double-deck intermediate coaches with low-floor entrances. These coaches willbe in use on the Stuttgart-Karlsruhe and Stuttgart-Singen routes, and have multipurpose compartments with space for wheelchairs, children’s strollers, and bulky luggage. The coaches for Baden-Württemberg will also be equipped with electronic displays for information and entertainment as well as exterior loudspeakers.

Bombardier says all coaches will feature LED lighting, which save energy, while indirect lighting will ensure a pleasant ambience for passengers. Bombardier will produce the cars at its plant in Gorlitz, Germany. 

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Trespassers on railroad rights-of-way aren’t always on foot. During the winter months, some may be on snowmobiles. Operation Lifesaver considers this serious enough to justify a public service video, which has been widely distributed on YouTube.Just in time for the Mid-Atlantic&rsquo ...
MTA New York City Transit’s new R160 subway cars have set a record for service reliability: A Mean Distance Between Failures (MDBF) of 1.2 million miles for the month of December 2009. The cars’ 12-month average is over 650,000 miles, “significantly above the contract target of ...
08 February 2010

HMM lands GCT project

MTA Metro-North Railroad has awarded Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) an $18.9 million construction management services contract for a design/build project at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.   ...

LaGrange, Ill.-based Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. said Monday it has received the the Illinois Governor's Continuous Improvement Award, marking the fourth time it has been honored for its significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy.

EMD said the company naturally generates waste as a result of its various manufacturing and rebuilding operations.  But through its efforts in the most recent award year, the company was able to further decrease its total annual waste output by 13%.

"The sustainability programs and activities that you have undertaken reflect your strong commitment to the well-being of your clients, employees and neighbors," said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. EMD's actions, he said, "certainly serve as an example for others to follow."

emd_logo.jpgEMD said careful segregation led to a 7% reduction in the facility's landfilled industrial waste.  Additional efforts included improving ISO14001 procedures, implementing visual control enhancements, and continuing employee education.  Annual water usage was also decreased by 9%, an achievement accomplished by replacing a leaking cooling tower, and changing a fuel oil cooling system from once-through potable water to a recycling cooling tower arrangement. The EMD machining operations reduced cutting fluid disposal by 110,830 gallons, or more than 78%, by completely revamping equipment cleanout schedules, resulting in fewer emergency cleanouts.

As well, the old high-pressure sodium and self-ballasted mercury lamps previously used in the engine rebuild area were replaced with highly efficient T5HO fluorescent lighting.  The change saved 134,351 kilowatt-hours of energy, and eliminated 201,500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, while saving $15,800 electrical expense annually and earning a $12,000 "Smart Ideas" rebate from utility company Commonwealth Edison, the company said.  An additional 33,000 kilowatt-hours and 42 billion BTUs of natural gas were saved through other conservation projects, doing away with another 5.15 millionpounds of carbon dioxide emissions. --> LaGrange, Ill.-based Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. said Monday it has received the the Illinois Governor's Continuous Improvement Award, marking the fourth time it has been honored for its significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain ...

intermodal.jpgIntermodal continues to solidify its market share of U.S.freight transportation, particularly against the trucking sector, according to an analysis released by FTR Associates.

The Nashville, Tenn.-based firm said intermodal’s share of U.S. long-haul (550 miles-plus) movements of international and domestic containerized freight was estimated to be 13.3% in the fourth quarter, up 0.2% from the third quarter and slightly above the previous high-water mark achieved in the fourth quarter of 2008.   

“Intermodal has gained share for three consecutive quarters since the freight meltdown late last year” said Lawrence Gross, FTR senior consultant and principal author of the firm’s intermodal Monthly Update.  “This latest increase has been driven by improvement in the International Intermodal sector, an indication that imports and exports are rebounding faster than domestic traffic.  The market share of the Domestic intermodal sector, which had been growing earlier in the year, was flat in the fourth quarter”.

Gross said he expects the overall positive trend for intermodal to continue.  “Provided that the railroads maintain their current high levels of service, we see a variety of factors leading to a resumption of domestic share growth even as the international sector continues to rebound,” he said.

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Greenwich, Conn.-based Genesee & Wyoming Monday said its net income during the fourth quarter of 2009 was $18.3 million, down roughly 28% from $25.3 million in the comparable 2008 quarter. The company’s earnings per share for the quarter were 44 cents, based on 41.3 million average shares outstanding, compared with 70 cents per share in the 2008 quarter based on an average 36.45 million shares.

The company said its quarterly results included “gains on the sale of assets of $0.8 million ($0.5 million after-tax, or $0.01 per diluted share).  Fourth-quarter results also included a tax benefit of approximately $1.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, as a result of applying GWI's full-year effective income tax rate to results for the first nine months of 2009."

At the close of trading Monday on the New York Stock Exchange, shares of Genesee & Wyoming had fallen 22 cents, or 0.8%, to $29.10, giving back gains the stock had notched earlier in the day.

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An in-house Amtrak study, entitled "Amtrak Fleet Strategy," has framed the need to upgrade its aging passenger rolling stock at cost of $11 billion (2009 dollars) during a 14-year period. Amtrak also projects follow-up needs for another 16 years beyond the initial period.

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In a 99-page document, Amtrak has set forth its preference for “recapitalizing [its] entire fleet over a period of time in a manner thatwill not only provide new and modern equipment for our customers but will also develop and sustain the domestic production capacity needed for the long-term viability of intercity passenger service in the United States.”

Amtrak breaks down its initial replacement needs into three categories: 1,200 passenger cars (780 single-level cars, 420 bilevel cars); 334 locomotives (70 electric engines, 264 diesel units); and 25 high speed rail train sets. “This is just a start of the process. In order to meet the lifing policies, further acquisition programs will run indefinitely,” Amtrak adds.

“It is no secret that there has been very limited investment in new passenger equipment by Amtrak in recent years,” the railroad says. “The result is that Amtrak’s fleet is generally quite old, which creates numerous financial, marketing, and operating challenges.” The fleet’s age ranges from Amtrak’s Acela consists, 9-to-10 years old in 2009, to its aptly named 92-car Heritage fleet, inherited by Amtrak from private carriers and logging in 53-to-61 years of service.

Industry observers have criticized Amtrak for being too slowto initiate any equipment upgrade program, notwithstanding strong fiscal support offered it by the Obama Administration in 2009. But Amtrak spokesman Cliff Black notes, “A fleet plan cannot be executed in a short period of time, despite the hopes and wishes of the traveling public. This process takes some time. Ultimately, it’s an ongoing process, and it’s begun in earnest. It will continue to evolve into additional acquisitions in future years.”

As a start, the study notes, “At the time of this writing, there are two active acquisition projects under way within Amtrak, and a third is in development.”  The projects include: a “single level long distance vehicle project” to replace the Heritage fleet; replacement of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor workhorses, the AEM-7 electric locomotives; and a potential purchase for additional bilevel cars to first supplement, then eventually replace, its existing bilevel corridor (Amtrak California) fleet.

Among other options, Amtrak affirms its long-rumored interest in diesel multiple-unit (DMU) cars, though the study carefully lists numerous caveats. “If Amtrak is to take a leadership on a DMU concept,” the study says, “there must be sufficient vehicles required to justify a new product development launch. Ideally this should be a vehicle requirement ofover 100 cars."

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Montreal’s Agence Metropolitaine de Transport (AMT) Friday said it had chosen literal hometown candidate Bombardier Transportation with a three year, C$34 million (US$31 million) contract to provide locomotive and passenger car maintenance.

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Under the contract, Bombardier will be fully responsible for the maintenance of rolling stock for the Dorion-Rigaud, Blainville-St-Jerome, and Delson-Candiac lines during the next three years. Bombardier says its working team will gradually mobilize itself over the next few months with plans to take over all maintenance on July 1.

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"The Montreal commuter rail system is undergoing an important transformation and we are very pleased to be able to contribute in collaboration with the AMT, to one of this continent's most important publictransit agencies," said Raymond Bachant, president of Bombardier Transportation, North America.

Added Ann MacDonald, vice president, Business Developmentand Communications, Bombardier Transportation North America, "By winning this bid, we are reiterating our commitment to Montreal and its mass transit system. We are delighted to be able to work with the AMT again." 

--> Montreal’s Agence Metropolitaine de Transport (AMT) Friday said it had chosen literal hometown candidate Bombardier Transportation with a three year, C$34 million (US$31 million) contract to provide locomotive and passenger car maintenance. ...

Light rail transit proponents in metropolitan Los Angeles Thursday notched a victory when the Expo Construction Authority approved Phase II of the Expo Line; the second phase, a 7-mile, $1.5 billion addition, would extend the line from Culver City to Santa Monica, Calif. Phase I is currently under construction, linking Culver City with downtown Los Angeles. The Expo Line roughly parallels Interstate 10.

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