Factory to build MBTA railcars in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The MBTA’s subway cars will likely be manufactured at a factory in Springfield. 22News found out how the plans are expanding.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and representatives from the Chinese Company CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles had a closed-door discussion Wednesday about permits and what’s next.

CNR plans to build a $65-million railroad car factory at the old Westinghouse Electric site on Page Boulevard.

Changchun has a $566-million contract to manufacture rail cars for the MBTA’s Red Line and Orange Line.

The factory will employ about 150 workers.

Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy told 22News, “We’re starting to get a look at what the buildings might be. We know that the building’s going to be in excess of 200,000 square feet, which is significantly larger than what we thought in the beginning and we’ll have to get a handle on the jobs type of situation.”

There was a merger in China between CNR North and CNR South and they are even larger than what they were before.

Kevin Kennedy said they expect to go through the permitting process this year and are on track to start construction early next year.

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