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Experts Say 'Good Jobs Are No Longer an Afterthought' in Transportation... #jobcreation via @ME…

In the past, many U.S. transit agencies awarded publicly-funded contracts to the lowest-priced bidder among global manufacturers, without considering long-term U.S. economic impacts. In turn, companies manufacture significant portions of America’s buses and trains overseas, bypassing millions of unemployed Americans and struggling communities. On the briefing call, experts discussed the new approach taken in recent train manufacturing contracts – collectively worth an estimated $4.4 billion – that contained enticements to foster U.S. job growth. Those contracts included Amtrak’s recent procurement, as well as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Transit Authority’s $2 billion rail car buy and the Maryland Transit Administration’s upcoming $400 million Purple Line purchase. “This is the beginning of a new era,” said Ed Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades D...

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