New D.C. Metrorail Cars Must Be Made in America!
After a two-year search, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) tentatively has selected Hitachi Rail to build next series of rail cars for D.C.'s Metrorail system. Contract negotiations are underway, and the Washington Post reports the contract could include $1 billion in incentives to build an assembly plant in the mid-Atlantic.
But that's not good enough: WMATA also must apply Buy America to this contract!
Doing so will ensure that the entire U.S. transit rail supply chain benefits, maximizing job growth and investing taxpayer dollars right back into American factories and communities. There are more than 750 companies in at least 39 states that make components for transit and passenger rail, employing tens of thousands of American workers who are capable of getting the job done.
Tell WMATA: Make New Metro Rail Cars in America!
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