Mass­a­chu­setts Bay Com­muter Rail­road Co., which lost its bid to con­tinue run­ning the state’s com­muter rail net­work, plans to file a request Thursday asking a judge to stop the win­ning bidder, Keolis Com­muter Ser­vices, from taking over, arguing that the award process was skewed by favoritism.

The con­flict threatens to dis­rupt the sched­uled July 1 takeover and risks leaving hun­dreds of thou­sands of riders in the lurch.

The com­muter rail con­tract, awarded at the end of Jan­uary, would grant Keolis $2.68 bil­lion over eight years, a price tag 6 per­cent lower than MBCR’s final bid.

A draft of MBCR’s court filing pro­vided to the Globe con­tends that Keolis lied about its record of acci­dents and fatal­i­ties in Europe and failed to meet require­ments for hiring minority-​​owned sub­con­trac­tors. It also says the Mass­a­chu­setts Bay Trans­porta­tion Authority helped guide Keolis through the bid­ding pro­ce­dures, in some cases coaching it on nav­i­gating the process. In addi­tion, MBCR alleges the narrow profit margin Keolis out­lined is too risky to be realistic.

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