Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Chinese Train Company Says Its Montreal Metro Bid Would Save Taxpayers Billions

Commuters crowd the Montreal's Berri-UQAM subway station. Photo from the Globe And Mail

From Winnipeg Free Press:

MONTREAL - A Chinese railway manufacturer says it can save Quebec taxpayers billions of dollars and create up to 1,000 jobs in the city if it beats out a Bombardier-Alstom consortium for the contract to build new subway cars for Montreal's Metro system.Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive said Monday it would assemble the subway cars in a Montreal plant in order to respect the requirement that 60 per cent of the content be Canadian. Components and engineering would likely come from China.

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Update: Train bid squabble heats up -- Globe And Mail

My Comment: It figures that I have to read this story from a Winnipeg paper. The steel cars are not only cheaper, but they are also more eco-friendly. Will the Montreal City Government jump on this offer .... probably not even with the courts demanding that the Chinese make their bid. The reason why is simple .... too many union jobs on the line.

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