US DOT Awards $782 Million For Made-In-USA Passenger Rail Equipment

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced recently that California, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Missouri will receive $336.2 million to purchase next-generation, American-made trains that will run on rail corridors in those states. Previously awarded rail dollars bring the amount received by these five states and Washington State to $782 million for the purchase of 33 quick-acceleration locomotives and 120 bi-level passenger cars.

“Today’s announcement is all about jobs. Thanks to the leadership of the Obama Administration, these orders will pump more than three quarters of a billion dollars into the domestic manufacturing industry,” said Secretary LaHood. “And, our Buy America standard will put people to work all over the county.”

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“Your Vote Counts,” said TCU President Bob Scardelletti, “the Obama Administration is supporting the hard working middle class and continues to support High Speed Rail… This funding will provide jobs and security at a time when the workers in this country need it most.”