China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation

RSI: No Federal Funds for Chinese-Sourced Railcars

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) sent a letter to Congress on Sept. 5 urging members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to preserve, in Conference, existing language in H.R.2500/S.1790, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, that would prevent federal funds from being used to award a contract or subcontract for the procurement of transit vehicles to priority enterprises owned, controlled, or subsidized by SOEs (State-Owned Enterprises) falling under three specific definitions.

Congress moving toward Chinese railcar ban: Eno

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have each passed versions of a U.S. Department of Transportation 2019 appropriations bill that would impose a one-year ban on new procurements of transit railcars or buses from companies owned or subsidized by the Chinese government (namely, CRRC, China Railway Rolling Stock Corp.), if the procurement uses any Federal Transit Administration formula or bus funding, according to an Aug. 1 Eno Center for Transportation report written by Jeff Davis, Senior Fellow and Editor of Eno Transportation Weekly.

Siemens+Alstom+Bombardier?

Germany’s Siemens AG and France’s Alstom SA are discussing a merger to create a European rail transportation manufacturing conglomerate to counter growing competition from China, according to a report in the Sept. 23, 2017 Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, Siemens continues to engage in talks with Canada’s Bombardier, Inc. about merging their railway businesses.

CRRC breaks ground for Boston contract

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker joined Springfield, Mass., Mayor Domenic Sarno, CRRC (China Railway Rolling Stock Corp Ltd.) Vice President Weiping Yu, CRRC USA Rail Corp. Chairman and President Chuanhe Zhou and state and local officials at the Sept. 3, 2015 groundbreaking of a $95 million, 220,000-square-foot railcar manufacturing facility where 152 new Orange Line and 132 new Red Line vehicles will be built for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) under a $566.6 million contract awarded earlier this year.