TALKING TRANSPORTATION: Why not buy American railcars?

Why is CDOT’s new $315 million contract with Alstom (a French company) to bring us 30 new rail cars built in Mexico instead of their US plant in Hormel NY? China’s state-owned CRRC acquired the old Westinghouse Electric factory in Springfield, MA in 2015. Now, five years later, only 100 of the cars in the $870 million order have been delivered and those cars are not working properly. Some are missing parts, others breaking down in service. Doors fly open as the train is running. Pretty serious stuff.

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