MBTA staff nearing recommendation on commuter rail contract

(matthrono/Flickr)
(matthrono/Flickr)

Massachusetts Department of Transportation staff will sometime soon recommend which consortium should receive the next commuter rail contract. MBTA Spokesman Joe Pesaturo would only say that the staff was expected to make its recommendation this month and that the agenda for next week’s meeting would be made available Monday.

There are two MassDOT meetings this month, including one on Wednesday and one on Jan. 29.

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail Company, a partnership between Bombardier, Veolia Transdev and Boston-based Alternate Concepts, is seeking to retain its role operating the network of commuter trains. Keolis Commuter Services, a partnership between Keolis and SNCF, France’s national train service, is the other bidder.

The contract was originally set to be awarded in June 2013. MBCR was given a contract extension. In April 2013, the MBTA planned to spend an additional $18 million for a six-month extension.

State officials have also mused about the possibility of a longer-term commuter rail contract, which would allow the vendor to make capital expenditures. After a trip to Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, Gov. Deval Patrick said he had met with “one of the most highly experienced operators in the world” who had considered the commuter rail bid but withdrew.

Speaking on Boston Public Radio in December, Patrick said he was interested to hear why the company withdrew and raised the possibility of seeking “some opportunities to think in fresh ways about how they could help us get our system right.”

Transportation Secretary Richard Davey has not participated in the procurement because he was a MBCR executive before moving to the MBTA.

According to an overview posted on the MBTA’s website, there are 133 commuter rail stations and more than 664 revenue miles of track.

Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Breaking: National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

News

Rock legend Neil Young files for divorce after…

The legendary Canadian rocker Neil Young has filed for divorce from his wife of 36 years.

Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Brewer celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter pledge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer celebrated Women’s Equality Day Tuesday by pledging to register at least five women voters before the Oct. 10 deadline. Brewer…

Movies

Review: 'The Last of Robin Hood' is a…

Dakota Fanning plays Errol Flynn's (Kevin Kline) teenage gal pal in "The Last of Robin Hood," which takes a scandal and makes it dully empathetic.

Movies

Review: The uneven 'Life of Crime' mostly gets…

Elmore Leonard's "The Switch" becomes the new indie crime dramedy "Life of Crime," with Jennifer Aniston as a kidnapped woman whose husband won't pay up.

Movies

Review: Pierce Brosnan gets a cut-rate Bond knockoff…

Pierce Brosnan tries to reclaim his glory days with the spy thriller "The November Man" but instead gets a sad DTV-style ripoff with lame action.

Music

Tiesto headlines Made in America

Electronic music legend Tiesto is ready to get in touch with his inner Rocky at the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made in America festival this weekend…

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Career

Stop eating lunch at your desk

What are you doing for lunch today? If you are like most workers, you'll be eating at your desk - which isn't much of a…

Parenting

Lure your baby to sleep with Maroon 5…

These new renditions of "Moves Like Jagger" and "Payphone" are Maroon 5 like you've never heard them before.

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.