Here are the vendors that have either bid or expressed interest in the project. The bid documentation is here: http://web.mta.info/nyct/procure/vendor ... 211phl.pdf
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- Hitachi Rail Italy (formerly AnsaldoBreda)
Now, there are some interesting things that I got out of the documentation here. First, Siemens has expressed interest in the project. It's unknown if they would want to build the actual subway cars or if it is just to supply propulsion systems, but they could definitely do either. Toshiba has also expressed interest in the project. My guess is that if CRRC or Kawasaki were to win the contract, they could provide communication systems and/or propulsion which would be similar to the Kawasaki 7000 series in Washington.
Hitachi Rail Italy actually showed interest in the project as well and that is unusual to see with a NYC contract. Now that AnsaldoBreda was purchased by Hitachi, Hitachi seems to want to expand in the US. However, the former AnsaldoBreda has really scewed up many contracts around the world and I'm still leary of them.
CRRC has mentioned that they would build a plant in Fort Edward, NY if they were to win the contract. One thing that was also mentioned in a story link I previously posted is that they were looking to work with Bombardier on the project. Overseas, they have done that several times and actually built the Bombardier Movia series of trains in several Chinese cities including Shenzhen. They've also partnered with Kawasaki and built trains in Singapore and then with Alstom in Shanghai.
Gotta love Alstom. Every year on opening day of hunting season, it is a paid holiday!