China Railway gets $1.3 billion contract for Chicago
China Railway Rolling Stock Corp subsidiary CSR Sifang America has been awarded a $1.3 billion order to supply up to 846 railcars to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the biggest train order in the Midwest city’s history.
The new cars, the 7000 series, will look similar to those that have been in operation since the 1980s and will be locally assembled at a new plant.
Brian Steele, a CTA spokesman, said the contract is expected to create around 169 new jobs, including mechanical engineers and electricians.
CSR Sifang America is a joint venture between Qingdaobased CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co Ltd and Chicago-based CSR America.
Another CRRC subsidiary is building railway vehicles in Springfield, Massachusetts, after sealing a deal with the local transport authorities to supply 284 railcars for the Boston transit system.
The last batch of railcars ordered by CTA was a decade ago with Canada’s Bombardier Inc, which lost out in the bidding this time by around $226 million, officials said .