“They are very tough competitors within France and the rest of the world,” said Jean-Claude Ziv, a professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris.
The last time the commuter rail system contract was put out to bid, the competition largely evaporated. Though three firms put in a bid, the one from Boston & Maine Railroad was a long shot that cost twice as much as the others, while the bid from Transit America was disqualified for technical reasons even though the group offered the lowest price.
Davis said the T is incorporating lessons it has learned into the bidding this time.
“Those who ride the T should be encouraged by the process,” he said. “We will take what we have learned, what’s been successful and what hasn’t been successful, to improve.”
The new contract is set to begin July 1 next year.
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