Senator Lesser Applauds CRRC Plant’s $137.5M Contract with Philadelphia Transit System

“These are the kinds of projects that carry on Springfield’s reputation as a manufacturing hub,” Lesser said

Springfield — Senator Eric P. Lesser cheered an announcement Thursday by Springfield’s CRRC railcar plant that it had secured a deal to build 45 train cars for SEPTA, Philadelphia’s transit system, for $137.5 million.

Since being built to produce train cars for the MBTA, CRRC has also announced a deal to manufacture 64 subway cars for the Los Angeles mass transit system.

“These are the kinds of projects that carry on Springfield’s reputation as a manufacturing hub. I am proud that Springfield continues to attract this level of serious investment because of the talent and skills we have here,” Lesser said.

CRRC executives have said that officials from Atlanta’s mass transit system, MARTA, have toured the Springfield plant, and they are looking into building a second facility in New York to build train cars for New York City’s subway.

CRRC’s Springfield plant is expected to begin manufacturing railcars for MBTA next year. CRRC executives have said the plant will hire more than 150 production workers in Springfield, each paying $55,000 to $60,000 a year.

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