China Rail­way gets $1.3 bil­lion con­tract for Chicago

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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 .

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