The company has not won a contract in New York City, which has America’s biggest transit system. However, it has won contracts for new subway cars in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.
CRRC has also launched a charm campaign in the United States as it seeks to secure a Washington D.C. metro car contract worth over $500 million, after roaring into the American passenger rail market by dramatically underbidding foreign rivals.
Concerns CRRC could soon set its sights on the much more lucrative US freight market and use its railcars to spy on passengers have prompted a series of legislative proposals.
A bipartisan bill unveiled in the US House recently, which mirrors one proposed in the Senate earlier this year, would prevent transit agencies from spending federal dollars on projects awarded to CRRC.
Reporting by Nandita Bose; Editing by Sandra Maler