Chicago’s CTA el car deal ‘rigged,’ losing bidder contends

April 13, 2016

Greg Hinz on Politics, Crain’s Chicago Business

The Chicago Transit Authority “rigged” the competition for a huge new el car contract, bending to improper pressure from Mayor Rahm Emanuel to give the deal to a Chinese company that promised to create 169 jobs here, the losing bidder asserted today.Website Insert Call Me State DOTs copy

In a formal protest (read the full document below) to the CTA that could translate later into a federal lawsuit, Bombardier Transit Corp. asserted that competitor CSR Sifang America benefited from breaches in federal law and “fraudulently” misrepresented its qualifications.

Beyond that, Emanuel bragged about CSR’s victory even before he was supposed to know about it and, with local labor leaders, “lobbied” and engaged in related “interference” to CSR’s advantage.

The mayor’s office had no immediate reaction. Nor, though a spokeswoman, did CSR.

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