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State Commuter Railroad Co. Aims to Stop Rail Network Deal in Court

The company is looking to stop Keolis from taking over the state's commuter rail network.

Credit: File photo.
Credit: File photo.

The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company is set to make a case against the MBTA in Suffolk Superior Court this week as it aims to stop French rail company Keolis from taking over the state's commuter rail network, the Boston Globe reported. 

Last month, Keolis won a bid to take over operation of the MBTA's commuter rail system, having won the state's largest operating contract in history; state officials revealed the contract price of $2.68 billion over eight years with the possibility for two two-year extensions.

The base deal would come to about $335 million per year, which is higher than the $214 million per year that was paid to the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company when first awarded its contract about 10 years ago.

Subsequently, commuter railroad representatives have alleged that the competitor's proposal was inadequate, and the company last month filed an administrative appeal to the T asking that the head of procurement and the T's general counsel review the company's complaints of unfairness in the bidding process, according to the Globe.

Attorneys for the company and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are scheduled to make arguments Friday over whether the company should continue transferring control of the rail system to Keolis, according to the report. 

For more, read the full story on The Boston Globe website >>

John Doe March 10, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Most unions give themselves a bad name...they dont need any help from the MBTA
paul March 10, 2014 at 05:50 PM
Public transportation is at the highest level since 1956. MBTA is raking in the bucks and the politically connected fat cats have been enjoying the good life for way too long. The trains are packed with many paying full price, and paying to park. The Boston line should be millions in the black with new cars on order. Too many 1% er's with hands in the pot.
Chris Daley March 11, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Another gov't entity fighting to preserve its power base and self-importance, at the expense of the people empowered to serve. While on a January 2011 visit to Niagara Falls the local bus picked me up at motel on time, temperature was -6 at about 8am. That same week Boston trains paralyzed with frozen locomotives, hard starting and delays. Maybe T needs indoor garaging, car barns? Overloading Green Line cars may've caused that derailment Monday, like swinging beef flipping over a semi. When will the culture attitude ever grow up?
K. March 11, 2014 at 09:23 AM
I would be shocked if Keolis gets it. There are too many MBTA votes that MA politicians depend on and they would lose a ton of votes if this gets blessed off. No worries MBTA, the local government will shut Keolis down, hard.

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