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Wabtec is providing 186 Metroflexx brake systems, 372 roof-mounted air conditioning systems, and more than 1,100 external sliding ES2-type doors for the 62 three-car automated trainsets that Hyundai Rotem Co. is supplying for operation on Singapore Mass Rapid Transit’s new Jurong Region Line, slated to start opening in 2026.

Wabtec Equipping Singapore MRT

The Hyundai Rotem Co. has selected Webtec Corp. braking systems, doors and air conditioning systems for the 62 three-car automated trainsets that it is supplying under contract with Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA). The trainsets will operate on Singapore Mass Rapid Transit’s (MRT) new 15-mile, 24-station Jurong Region Line, which will connect western Singapore and is scheduled to begin opening in 2026.

USDOT Appointments Announced

The Biden Administration has appointed 39 key members of the U.S. Department of Transportation, with more to come. Among them are Amit Bose, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and Nuria Fernandez, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Both have held the positions previously.

Third in a Series: Advocates Uncertain as Politics Comes Into Focus

My two previous reports in this series showed that companies and a union who could benefit directly from various DOT grants made highly favorable statements about Pete Buttigieg. That means little on its face, because the statements came from entities who could say little else. Advocates for the riders on Amtrak and transit are not bound by that constraint, and they have endured other DOT heads who have not been particularly favorable to the riders who are their constituents. I will conclude this series by reporting some comments from those advocates, examining Buttigieg’s political future, and proffering some suggestions about how he can help the riders (assuming that the Senate confirms his nomination).