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Rail supplier news from GE, Phase One, Parsons, and Road and Rail (Nov. 21)

South African state-owned freight and logistics company Transnet has partnered with GE Transportation to create a digital solution aimed at connecting shippers and transport operators. The solution is powered by GE's Predix, the first operating system for the industrial internet, GE officials said in a press release. The platform takes labor-intensive processes such as payment, customs and inspection from paper to digital and creates an on-demand solution for transporting freight, according to the company. In addition, the technology is designed to enable Transnet and its partners to bring products to market faster and for less cost across Africa.

Amtrak has awarded a contract to technology provider Phase One to support the railroad's mobile management tool for Chicago's Union Station. As the prime contractor, Phase One will use its expertise in Salesforce cloud computing technology to help Amtrak better manage train turnaround times and provide transparency for the railroad's processes. In addition, Amtrak yard masters will use Phase One's application to schedule activities associated with departing trains, while supervisors will notify yard masters when those activities are complete.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona presented the 2016 Grand Award in transportation to Parsons for its work on Valley Metro's Central Mesa light-rail extension. The award recognizes engineering firms for successful delivery of complex projects that "demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, achievement and value," Parsons officials said in a press release. The $195 million Central Mesa extension project added 3.1 miles of light rail to the existing Central Phoenix/Easy Valley line. The project included four stations, three traction power substations, five crossovers, an overhead contact system and a 445-space park-and-ride facility.

Road and Rail Services Inc. won the 2016 customer service excellence and partnership award from CSX and its subsidiary Total Distribution Services Inc. (TDSI). The award was based on Road and Rail's successful startup and continued performance at the new TDSI automotive distribution center in Talladega, Ala. TDSI offers additional vehicle-handling services through a network of automobile distribution facilities, storage locations and facilities providing service to eastern, southeastern and Gulf of Mexico ports.

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