"If you are going to spy on somebody would you really use a metro car?"
"The CRRC facility is a 'godsend' — with high-paying jobs including benefits."
“It’s pretty exciting to watch one of those cars roll out and make their way down Page Boulevard [the Springfield street where CRRC is located].”
"By arbitrarily cutting off funds to any agency looking to purchase Chinese transit vehicles, Congress isn't protecting U.S. security. It's throwing taxpayers under the bus."
"Targeting an already foreign-dominated, overpriced industry for further protection seems unlikely to help U.S. growth or competitiveness."
"In CRRC’s case, however, it isn’t clear that the uneven playing field is harming U.S. companies or consumers. Major competitors in the U.S. railcar market are all foreign companies like Kawasaki, Alstom and Siemens."
"The district of Rep. Richard Neal (D., Mass.) is home to a CRRC plant that employs 168 workers. Mr. Neal, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, called the ban ill-considered and said national-security agencies already review public-transit vehicles to ensure they aren’t equipped with spyware."
"To me, it feels like a major diplomatic or national security spat happening in Washington. We're forcing really innocent people in Springfield to pay the price for that."
CRRC MA, a U.S. rail car manufacturer headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts, has been awarded transit rail car contracts from Boston’s MBTA, Los Angeles Metro, and Philadelphia’s SEPTA. CRRC MA has established two manufacturing facilities in the U.S., including a $95M investment in Springfield, Massachusetts and a $40M investment in Los Angeles, California. As a result of CRRC’s significant investment and growth, CRRC MA’s workforce is comprised of 270 employees. The manufacturing facility in Springfield, Massachusetts employs 183 employees, including 122 union production employees. The corporation’s co-location office in Quincy, shared with and supported by the MBTA to promote collaboration and maintain transparency, employs 61.
The Springfield workforce is underway with manufacturing vehicles for the MBTA, which will be followed by the execution of the Los Angeles and Philadelphia contracts.
Progress continues with execution of CRRC MA’s awarded contracts, yet misinformation relating to our products and services spread by anti-CRRC MA politicians in Washington D.C. and CRRC MA competitors remains a distraction causing unnecessary public concern and confusion. These exaggerated, untrue claims causing additional turmoil need to be addressed. Ultimately, if these competitors’ actions remain unchecked, CRRC MA’s long-term viability in America – especially our ability to create high-wage manufacturing jobs in local communities – will be severely compromised.
An additional 38 union production workers are expected to join CRRC MA’s workforce by December of 2019, and an additional 80 union production workers are expected by September of 2020.
CBS Boston on “Transforming The T: Springfield Factory Building New Subway Cars” (November 2019)
The National Interest on “Give China a Chance to Improve America’s Transit System” (October 2019)
Chicago Tribune on “Editorial: Congress, fearing China, threatens a Chicago factory” (October 2019)
MassLive on “CRRC MA in Springfield starts hiring for Philadelphia rail car project” (October 2019)
Bisnow on “China Trade War, Lost Business Could Shutter Springfield’s New Train Factory By 2024” (October 2019)
MassLive on “MBTA greets first Red Line cars built by CRRC in Springfield” (October 2019)
The Los Angeles Times on “Anti-China push in D.C. could cost 800 workers their jobs in Los Angeles County” (September 2019)
Patch on “Next Stop Boston: MBTA’s Red Line Test Cars Are On Their Way” (September 2019)
The Boston Globe on “Don’t let D.C. shut Springfield subway train factory” (September 2019)
MassLive on “CRRC announces apprentice program for Springfield rail car plant; first such program in the U.S.” (September 2019)
Railway Age on “CRRC MA Refuting ‘Protectionist Rhetoric'” (September 2019)
NPR on “Congress Mulls Ban On Chinese Trains And Buses. Oh, Come On, Builder Says” (August 2019)
Railway Technology on “First MBTA Orange Line train with CRRC-built cars enters service” (August 2019)
International Railway Journal on “First CRRC Boston Orange Line train enters service” (August 2019)
Progressive Railroading on “MBTA launches first new Orange Line train” (August 2019)
WWLP on “New trains unveiled for Boston T” (August 2019)
WAMC on “Subway Cars Built In Springfield Factory To Begin Passenger Service In Boston” (August 2019)
MassLive on “MBTA will put the 1st Springfield-built CRRC Orange Line cars into service on Wednesday” (August 2019)
Railway Age on “CRRC Pushes Back, On Line” (August 2019)
Politico on “Railcar Fight Follow-up” (August 2019)
The Planning Report on “Metro’s Phil Washington Urges ‘Carrot & Stick’ Approach to Transit Ridership” (July 2019)
The Wall Street Journal on “Congress Moves Toward Ban on Buying Chinese Buses, Railcars Over Spy Fears” (July 2019)
The Wall Street Journal on “China Isn’t a Threat to Your Commute” (July 2019)
WGBH on “Federal Check Against Chinese Subway Cars Could Mean Lost Jobs In Mass.” (July 2019)
Financial Times on “Trade war: will U.S. espionage fears scupper Chinese rail group?,” (June 2019)
NBR on “China Trade War Hitting the Brakes for Rail Manufacturers?” (June 2019)
CNBC on “China Trade War Hitting the Brakes for Rail Manufacturers?” (June 2019)
WGBH on “In Springfield, Bracing For Uncertainty From Trump’s Trade Policies” (October 2018)
Business West on “Springfield Welcomes a New Industry – and a Brighter Economic Outlook” (November 2014)
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