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July 6, 2009

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AROUND THE INDUSTRY

Cesar Vergara Forms Vergarastudio

Cesar Vergara, a world-renowned industrial designer of public transportation infrastructure and rolling stock, announced the creation of Vergarastudio in Ridgefield, CT. The firm will focus on industrial design projects with a specific emphasis on the design of public transportation infrastructure and rolling stock.

Vergara called the creation of the firm “a lifelong dream,” with a mission “to ‘visioneer’ the future of mass transportation, design it, and make it a reality.”

Vergara apprenticed at the Henry Dreyfus studio and was chief designer for both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit), where he designed the Alstom ALP46 electric locomotive and the PL42AC diesel locomotive. Most recently he designed MTA Metro-North Railroad’s M8 EMU.

Vergarastudio also announced the formation of a Board of Advisors with three railroad veterans: Don Nelson, former president of Metro-North and Conrail; Peter Cannito, also a former Metro-North president and senior vice president for more than 20 years with Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor; and William Vantuono, editor-in-chief of Railway Age magazine.

Chief operating officer and general counsel to Vergarastudio is Jeffrey A. Warsh, Esq., a former New Jersey State Assemblyman and executive director of NJ Transit. Former NJ Transit Chief of Staff and MTA New York City Transit staffer Matthew Stanton will serve as director of communications and public affairs and will assist in business development.

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