Morrison-Knudsen Tapped for Rail Car Contract: San Francisco has recommended awarding a rail car contract to Morrison-Knudsen Corp. over two Japanese competitors, company officials said. Morrison-Knudsen was the U.S. company that lost out in a controversial decision by Los Angeles County late last year to buy rail cars from a Japanese firm. The decision, later rescinded, sparked a huge "Buy America" outcry. The staff of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, which runs the commuter rail system in the San Francisco area, recommended the Boise, Ida.-based company for a contract to produce 50 to 80 transit cars. Morrison-Knudsen said the value of the base contract could exceed $140 million, and there are options for additional cars that could bring total production to 250 vehicles.