Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Metro Contract goes to Bombardier-Alstom

The new metro cars are coming! But the story isn't that great. The National Assembly of Quebec is to adopt a special law designed just for this occasion so that the contract can be awarded to the Bombardier-Alstom consortium without calling for bidding. Of course, CAF, a Spanish company says they can provide the same metro cars for a cheaper price.
The CAF total would be $670 million, or about $550 million less.
CAF's Montreal spokesman Philippe Roy said this was enough for "a very, very big Colisee in Quebec City," referring the capital's desire for a new hockey arena.
However, the benefit to the consortium winning the contract is that there would be jobs remaining in our province. In my perspective, there should be bids: if Charest really wants Bombardier, I'm sure they could go lower. But the important thing is that the cars get replaced. Hopefully, the buffoons in city hall will change their mind and put AC on the new metro cars.
Read more at the Montreal Gazette.

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