WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today issued final Buy America policy guidance advising transit agencies and transit vehicle manufacturers how to implement a phased increase in domestic content requirements for transit rolling stock procurements from 60 percent to more than 70 percent by the year 2020. The phased increase is required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and is the first increase since 1991.
A side-by-side comparison of the Buy America provisions.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in Sacramento today promoting President Obama’s vision for high-speed rail during a tour of the Sacramento Siemens locomotive plant and in a meeting with California-based manufacturers. Secretary LaHood discussed with suppliers how to maximize the economic impact of the nearly $800 million in next-generation American-made trains being built and purchased this year.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that he is making available approximately $2.4 billion, through a competitive process, to states eager to develop high-speed rail corridors across the United States.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today unveiled a new U.S. Department of Transportation ‘Buy America’ webpage that will help American businesses reap the full benefits of the Obama Administration’s historic investments in transportation infrastructure. Speaking at a Building America’s Future Policy Forum in Charleston, South Carolina this morning, Secretary LaHood announced this latest effort to promote Buy America compliance by consolidating and improving access to Buy America provisions across all DOT agencies on one centralized webpage.