MBTA Orange and Red Line Project
In 2014, CRRC MA was awarded a $566m contract from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to design and manufacture 284 Orange and Red Line vehicles. The contract includes the purchase of 152 new Orange Line vehicles and 132 new Red Line vehicles. Amenities include: CCTV Operator Display Screens, Gap Mitigation Devices, LCD Monitors, Automatic Passenger Counting Systems, and two Training Simulators. In addition to building America’s first subway state-of-the-art vehicles, CRRC committed to assembling the vehicles locally and is underway with a $90m investment to establish its first North American Manufacturing Facility in Massachusetts.
In April, 2015, CRRC announced the corporation’s purchase of its first North American facility in Springfield, Massachusetts, the state’s second largest city with a population of approximately 150,000 people. Selected for its rich manufacturing heritage, access to a manufacturing based labor force, and overwhelming support from State, City, local, and community officials, a 40 acre industrial parcel was identified on Page Boulevard, the former Westinghouse manufacturing center that once also housed the Stevens-Duryea automobile plant, the first mass produced auto plant in the United States.
CRRC continues to makes strides while remaining focused over the past year adhering to vehicle design and facility design schedules, and construction timeline. CRRC’s design build contractor Plaza Construction, LLC has started construction of the 213,000 SF rail car assembly facility, and 2,240 foot dynamic test track. Work activity over the next several months will include: ground improvement, sitework, and foundation construction, with structural steel erection.
Facility completion is slated for fall of 2017. Full rail car production at the new plant will begin in spring of 2018 with the first production cars completed in January, 2019. All production vehicles will be assembled and tested in the CRRC Rail Car Assembly Facility. The plant will house Engineering, and Administrative offices in the former Westinghouse Building.
Building and Maintaining Relationships
Understanding the importance of access to technical training resources, CRRC MA continues to work cooperatively with the City of Springfield and various educational partners to explore approximately 150 hires including industry experts to assist with technology transfer, engineering resources, and a workforce to perform assembly. CRRC MA, in collaboration with Putnam Vocational, Western New England College, Regional Employment Board, and Local Unions 7 & 63 have further declared their willingness to cooperation with the execution of a Memorandum of Agreement to collectively create an effective, inclusive, and diverse, Workforce Development Program.