metro project evaluated at $270 million in the U.S. state of
Massachusetts has been awarded to CRRC Corp., a conglomerate formed by
the merger of China’s top two high-speed rail makers, China North
Railway (CNR) and China South Railway (CSR). A total of 134 trains will
be purchased for the project, according to a Caixin report on Jan. 10.
An insider disclosed that the contract was signed between CRRC and the
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in December 2016. CRRC
is the only qualified provider of metro trains to meet the MBTA’s
requirements. As a result, the MBTA decided not to solicit additional
bids, the insider said, emphasizing that the decision was entirely
China North Railway (CNR) won a contract worth $567 million for the
Boston metro in October 2014, necessitating the purchase of 284 trains,
according to earlier reports. This marked China’s first batch of rail
transit equipment to enter the U.S. market.
The 134 new trains will be put into operation in 2023, according to the
Boston Globe. Jeffrey Gonneville, CEO of the MBTA, said the vehicles are
expected to cut intervals between trains from between four and five
minutes to just three. This change will facilitate the transport over
10,000 passengers per hour.