VRE to order new railcars with Chicago Metra

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VRE to order new railcars with Chicago Metra

Post by davinp » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:00 am

VRE will order new passenger railcars through a joint procurement with Chicago Metra.

VRE and Chicago Metra have similar passenger railcar fleets manufactured by the same company. Since VRE and Chicago Metra’s requirements for new
passenger railcars are similar, and both organizations have a need for additional seating capacity, issuing a joint RFP reduces administrative effort while providing both organizations with greater purchasing power.

On March 20, 2019, Metra advertised an RFP to procure new passenger railcars with a base order of 200 cars and the option of up to 200 additional cars. VRE will work in conjunction with Chicago Metra to include in this RFP a base order of 21 passenger railcars, or the equivalent of 1,730 additional seats, with options for up to 48 additional passenger railcars for VRE. This approach will allow Chicago Metra and VRE to leverage their collective
purchasing power

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Re: VRE to order new railcars with Chicago Metra

Post by eolesen » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:42 pm

Interesting.... I wonder if there's any hope of Nippon Sharyo resuming operations. For their faults on the Midwest nextgen bilevel deal, they still have a strong product that both Metra and VRE have experience with.

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Re: VRE to order new railcars with Chicago Metra

Post by Backshophoss » Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:30 pm

Nippon-Sharyo and Rotem that folded their US operations and retreated back to their home countries.
CRRC is not allowed to bid on any contracts with Fed $$$$ involved
Whats left already has FULL order books,WILL be a long wait. :(
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Re: VRE to order new railcars with Chicago Metra

Post by mmi16 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:46 pm

Pssenger car manufacture is a boom or bankruptcy business in the USA.
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Re: VRE to order new railcars with Chicago Metra

Post by mtuandrew » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:45 pm

The recent past orders for the gallery cars were through Sumitomo Corporation of America, not through Nippon Sharyo directly. That means Sumitomo can still bid based upon their recent partnership with Siemens - not that I see Siemens developing gallery cars.

This is also a golden opportunity for Bombardier to finally convince Metra and VRE to buy BiLevels. I prefer gallery cars myself, but I think they’d be pretty popular for the long-distance commuters in particular.

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