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Harsco's transit safety arm lands Denver rail contract

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Protran Technology, part of the Harsco Rail division, will equip all of Denver's light rail cars, such as those seen here, with enhanced safety systems.
Protran Technology, part of the Harsco Rail division, will equip all of Denver's light rail cars, such as those seen here, with enhanced safety systems. - (Photo / )

Hundreds of public transit trains in Colorado will be equipped with collision-avoidance technology from a division of Cumberland County-based Harsco Corp.

Protran Technology, part of the Harsco Rail division, on Monday announced a new order to equip the entire Denver light rail fleet with enhanced safety systems designed and produced by Protran.

Terms of the order were not disclosed.

Protran's Roadway Worker Protection System alerts track maintenance workers when a train or other railway vehicle enters their work zone. The Collision Avoidance System enforces safe operating distances between rail work equipment, track workers and restricted areas.

Installations are expected to begin in early 2017 and be completed during the second half of the year.

Denver’s Regional Transportation District provides transportation to 2.8 million people, spanning 2,400 square miles in eight counties.

Harsco, whose headquarters are in Wormleysburg, acquired Protran in 2015. Last year, Protran landed a major contract to outfit all of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's buses with its "Safe Turn Alert" pedestrian warning system.

Harsco is an industrial conglomerate with worldwide interests, including energy, railroad operations and supply, and metals processing and manufacturing. The company trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HSC.

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