View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
October 26, 2014

China’s CNR to supply metro cars for MBTA

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MBTA) has selected CNR MA, a joint-venture (JV) between China CNR Corp and CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles, for a $430.2m contract to deliver 284 metro cars for Boston’s Red and Orange Lines.

By Samseer M

MBTA_CNR MA_train

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MBTA) has selected CNR MA, a joint-venture (JV) between China CNR Corp and CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles, for a $430.2m contract to deliver 284 metro cars for Boston’s Red and Orange Lines.

The new contract is a result of a global tender announced by MBTA in May this year. The contract also includes a $566.6m option for 58 additional cars.

Within these 284 vehicles, the Orange Line will receive 152 cars while 132 cars will be operated on the Red Line.

China CNR said that this is the second project it has received from developed countries in Europe and America since the France wagon project it won in 2011.

The new 100kmph trains will be able to accommodate more than 15 passengers.

"The new 100kmph trains will be able to accommodate more than 15 passengers."

Railway Gazette reported that features of the trains include additional seating, wider and electrically operated doors, four accessible areas per car, LED lighting, automated passenger information, data recorders and CCTV with ‘live look in’ capability.

Under the contract, the JV will also provide spare parts, CCTV operator displays, gap mitigation devices, LCD monitors, automatic passenger counting systems and two training simulators.

CNR MA will invest $60m to construct a final assembly plant and test track at a former Westinghouse site at 655 Page Boulevard in Springfield, which will also serve as CNR MA’s US headquarters.


Image: The new trains will replace the existing trains on the Red and Orange Lines. Photo: courtesy of China CNR Corporation.

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Friday. The railway industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU

Thank you for subscribing to Railway Technology