Friday, October 22, 2010

Make it in America:

The Apollo Clean Transportation Manufacturing Action Plan

22 October 2010 - Ten years into 21st century, our national transportation policy remains shaped by a law passed in 1956. Three years into a global economic recession, the U.S. economy continues to languish. With millions unemployed, it is time to put Americans back to work rebuilding our public transit systems, roads, and bridges; manufacturing advanced transportation vehicles; and laying the foundation for long-term economic recovery.

In March 2010, the Apollo Alliance convened a task force of leading manufacturers, labor unions, and policy experts in transportation, energy, and economic development-the Transportation Manufacturing Action Plan, or TMAP, task force- to examine options for expanding the domestic production of advanced transit systems, vehicles, clean trucks, and their component parts.

Based on input from the task force, we call for a comprehensive strategy to boost domestic transit and freight manufacturing that starts with increasing current federal investment to $30 billion per year for public transit and $10 billion per year for intercity and high-speed rail. {read rest}

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