The Federal Transit Administration today rejected the MBTA's efforts to consider a European company to build commuter-rail locomotives, ruling the company's plan to build two prototype diesels for the T in Spain violated a federal "Buy American" law.
The ruling means a contract for at least 28 locomotives will likely go to the only other bidder, MotivePower of Boise, Idaho, whose Congressional delegation made a full-court - and successful - press against Vossloh Espana's request for a waiver of the law, the Idaho Business Review reports.
The T and Vossloh had sought a waiver because the rest of the 28 locomotives under the potential $186-million deal would be built in Kentucky. The deal could be worth even more - the MBTA was asking for an option to buy another 28 locomotives. T officials will meet Monday to decide what to do, T spokesman Joe Pesaturo told the Idaho Statesman.
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