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MBTA taps Chinese company for new railcars

Posted on October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A Chinese company, Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., a subsidiary of the Chinese-owned CNR Corp, will build the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) new railcars for its Red and Orange Lines, reported WWLP.

Changchun has announced plans to build the Red and Orange Lines cars at a new $50 million factory in Springfield. For the full story, click here.

The Boston Herald is reporting the company’s bid came in hundreds of millions of dollars lower than its rivals. The Alliance for American Manufacturers — a national labor group — blasted the deal in a letter yesterday to Gov. Deval Patrick, warning that he will put other companies across the country at a competitive disadvantage in future contracts if the China contract is signed. For the full story, click here.

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