Canadian engineering services company SNC-Lavalin's Rail & Transit team has secured a fleet management contract from the Illinois Department of Transportation in the US. 

Under the deal, the team will oversee maintenance and operation of next-generation high-speed rail equipment.

SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Engineering in North America vice-president Kevin George said: “We are proud to have been awarded this project, which draws upon our extensive fleet management experience.

"The US is a key growth area for Rail & Transit and we’re delighted to be providing expertise in the region."

The $4.8m contract has an initial term of three years. There are also another two three-year options, with a combined value of $14m.

"The US is a key growth area for Rail & Transit and we’re delighted to be providing expertise in the region."

Comprising at least 33 new locomotives and up to 88 new bi-level cars, the new fleet will replace the existing equipment, which has been leased from a different service provider. The states of Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin will jointly own the equipment purchased.

In January, SNC-Lavalin secured two rail and transit contracts in the US.

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The first $13.7m five-year contract was from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) for the engineering and administrative consultancy support services for electric locomotives and multi-level cab and coach car procurement projects.

In addition, Purple Line Transit Partners awarded the second contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Purple Line project.