The Associated Press

Losing Mass. Commuter Rail Bidder Vows Appeal

BOSTON — The loser in the battle for a $2.68 billion state contract to operate the Massachusetts commuter rail trains says it plans to appeal the decision.

Executives from the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. tell The Boston Globe they will argue that the winning bidder, Keolis Commuter Services, failed to provide crucial and required information to the state during the selection process.

An MBCR official says if the state rejects the appeal, the company intends to seek a restraining order to block Keolis from taking over as scheduled on July 1.

MBCR has operated the Massachusetts commuter rail system since 2003.

A Keolis spokesman had no comment on the MBCR position.

Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the state transit agency, said the accusations of unfair proceedings were untrue.

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  • Peter James

    If the Board thinks it’s time for a change, then it is. I tried to take the train to two separate celebrations (one Red Sox, one Bruins). Both times, the trains ran almost an hour late, and had totally inadequate staff to open doors and collect tickets. The rest of the T ran fine, with extra subway and trolley service, all day. The people who ran MBCR just did not get it when it came to putting schedules on line and “FORCING” their employees to work against their will, which is what this service is about.. They could not provide adequate service, and they should not have encouraged patrons to take the Commuter rail into the city.

  • Peter James

    And, who, by the way, are these unnamed “executives” from MBCR that the article is referring to? They should be named.

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