Crossroads Strategies represents China’s CRRC North America, the unit of the world’s largest maker of railroad cars, as it seeks to fend off moves to ban it from US contracts.

US lawmakers fear that CRRC, which has lucrative contracts to make subway cars for transit systems in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston, poses a security threat to America’s infrastructure.

Crossroads handles issues for CRRC, a Chinese state-owned entity supervised by Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, regarding funding for capital grant programs and transportation.

The firm’s consulting agreement calls for a $15K monthly retainer through May 1, 2020.

Crossroads senior partner Wally Burnett (aide to Republican Senators Ted Stevens and Richard Shelby as staff director of the Transportation & Related-Agencies subcommittee) and consultant John Cline (one-time director of Congressional Affairs at the Dept. of Transportation and COO of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) handle the China Railway & Rolling Stock Work.