June 21, 2010
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‘Action Plan’ Promotes U.S. Transit Manufacturing
Members of the APTA Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG) learned at the BMBG meeting during the APTA Rail Conference about a forthcoming study that will examine the connection between growing the U.S. industrial economy and support of transit-related manufacturing projects. The Apollo Institute’s Transportation Manufacturing Action Plan (T-MAP) incorporates research, contact with stakeholders, and recommendations for the industry.
APTA is among the organizations advising the Apollo Institute on this study, along with businesses, labor unions, and energy/economic policy experts.
Based on the study, the Apollo Institute has developed a policy platform with two major elements: expand the market for transit vehicles, clean trucks, and their component parts, and support domestic manufacturers and American workers in making the vehicles required for a cleaner, more efficient public transit and freight movement system. Market expansion would include increasing federal investment in public transit, upgraded passenger rail, and high-speed rail and providing targeted support to transit agencies to help them reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Regarding domestic production, T-MAP seeks to support American manufacturers in retooling and making new investments in their facilities; strengthen domestic content provisions by improving transparency and accountability; encourage efficiency and cost savings through product standardization and improved procurement practices; and invest in research and development programs that create and commercialize new technologies.
“The upcoming reauthorization of the federal transportation bill presents a unique opportunity to rethink U.S. transportation policy with an eye toward the twin goals of cleaner transportation and good jobs,” said Sam Haswell, communications director for the Apollo Institute. “For that reason, the Apollo Alliance convened a task force of leading manufacturers, labor unions, transportation, energy and economic development experts to help develop a national strategy to leverage federal investments in building a modern, efficient transportation system to create quality, high-paying manufacturing jobs. Done right, a new transportation policy that builds a more sustainable transportation system through investments in public transit and a more energy-efficient transportation infrastructure will create millions of jobs throughout the economy while reducing air pollution and our dependence on foreign oil.”
More information on the plan is available online.