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November 22, 2011 > BART adopts Buy America policy

BART adopts Buy America policy

Submitted By BART

Rail car manufacturers, who create jobs in the USA, will receive preferential consideration through BART's new Buy America Bid Preference policy which the BART board adopted unanimously on November 17, 2011. Board members made the decision as part of BART's Fleet of the Future project which will retire the transit agency's rolling stock, the oldest in the nation. Their constituents and state and federal officials have made clear that returning Americans to gainful employment should be a strong consideration.

"The Buy America policy mirrors the economic goals of federal lawmakers," said BART Board President Bob Franklin. "Adopting this policy on a regional level demonstrates BART's leadership in the rail industry. It will also transfer rail car technology to the US."

The Buy America Bid Preference policy scores bids for federally funded procurements using a formula that considers the domestic content of a product. Effective January 1, 2012, policy details are at

BART's Fleet of the Future train car replacement project is a $3-billion capital investment. Award of contract to a manufacturer is expected in the coming months. For more about the Fleet of the Future, visit

In another job-related vote, the Board adopted a resolution in support of requiring Project Stabilization Policies aimed to create local jobs and facilitate local economic growth as BART works to build Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) at or near BART stations. This resolution supports a partnership with local unions to achieve a mutually-agreed goal of workers on all TODs construction projects who are residents of counties served by BART.

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