BandA wrote:Is it going to be a big problem for Keolis to retain key employees?
BandA wrote:Since when has MA state government held itself accountable for anything? The last time was the Ward Commission in the 1970s, and that has been completely undermined.
R36 Combine Coach wrote:If Amtrak if out of the question, could CSX consider (at least for the south side routes)? They operated MARC as a B&O legacy service for many years.
BandA wrote:Obviously, the administration doesn't like the contract at all. Problem is the new contract will likely be more expensive than the existing contract and contract extensions, but they seem motivated to bite the bullet. If I were Keolis I would be trying to hurry up and diversify my US contracts. Why not restructure the existing contract and extend it?
Who are the contenders for a new contract? PAR? Amtrak? G&W? Bombardier? Veolis? Going in-house? The magic 8-ball says unlikely. How about CRRC, since the "T" wants the next contract to include responsibility for the rolling stock. How about a joint venture between IP & Seimens? M&E? A new Irving subsidiary?
Although the "T" is insolvent CR personnel are Keolis employees, so I would assume there is no pension, medical or benefits liabilities to the T. Keolis workers could even legally strike.
Does Keolis have more or fewer employees than MBCR? Operating lean is one strategy to make money on a contract, but it obviously backfired.
A long term contract (20 yrs?) could allow the vendor to buy new engines and install high level platforms and automatic doors to reduce dwell and the number of conductors, for example. You might even see vendors' livery instead of the T logo.
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