Commuter rail company cries fouls at T vetting process

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The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. is crying foul at what they are calling a flawed procurement process that included few substantial conversations, a complaint lodged with the T before the Globe reported Saturday that the T will recommend the company’s sole competitor be awarded the state’s lucrative commuter rail operating contract.

In a statement from the company Sunday—accompanied by a letter that had been sent to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s general counsel Thursday —the company alleged that only been one in-person discussion had been held between T officials and the MBCR during months of investigations and vetting — not enough, MBCR officials said, to provide the company with any real chance to explain the new ideas it had planned if it were to continue running the commuter train system.

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