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CRRC MA showcases diversity

CRRC MA, which is constructing new passenger railcars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Orange and Red lines in Boston, recently held a Supplier Diversity and Procurement Fair encompassing more than 40 minority and women owned businesses and approximately 150 corporations.

Pascal Baran

Keolis, MBTA driving toward drones

Drones (formally called UAS, for “Unmanned Aerial System”) are becoming an important tool in railroad engineering and maintenance. Keolis Commuter Services, which operates regional/commuter rail for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, is among the latest to adopt the technology.

MBTA says “Sorry, Charlie”

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is sending its CharlieCard fare collection system to the bottom of Boston Harbor and replacing it with state-of-the-art technology from Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS). Cubic’s base $575 million DBOM contract includes ten years of operations and maintenance, and two five-year extension options. It’s described as “the nation’s first public-private partnership (P3)fare payment project for transit.”

CRRC unveils new MBTA car

China’s CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Company this week rolled out the first of four pilot transit cars for testing on Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

Turnaround exec to lead MBTA as GM/CEO

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has named Luis Manuel Ramírez as its next General Manager/Chief Executive, effective Sept. 12. Ramírez, who will succeed Interim GM Steve Poftak, is credited with successful turnarounds at some of the nation’s largest corporations through his 30-year business career.

Amtrak, MBTA bury the hatchet

Amtrak and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) have ended their battle over operation, maintenance and use of the 37.9-mile Attleboro Line between Boston and the Rhode Island state line on the Northeast Corridor. The two parties have struck a new Attleboro Line Agreement under which Amtrak will provide maintenance-of-way and dispatching services through 2021.