Top executives from a Chinese rail car company were back in Springfield, Massachusetts today continuing to lay the groundwork for a factory to build subway cars for the MBTA. Officials at a local college offered its school of engineering as a resource for the company.
A decision on building the $30 million factory in Springfield will be made by the end of the year, as Chanchung Railway Vehicles awaits word on the awarding of a contract potentially worth up to $1.5 billion to supply hundreds of new subway cars for the MBTA. Bids for the project are due by May 15th.
The Massachusetts legislature is considering a stop gap funding bill to help out the state’s transit authorities. People who depend on public transportation hope it will be enough to avoid fare hikes. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports