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Carroll Thomas Martin
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) formed a partnership to encourage the creation of domestic manufacturing jobs and opportunities for U.S. Suppliers through transportation investments.
NIST MEP will help to ensure manufacturers meet the U.S. Department of Transportation's “Buy America” and “Buy American standards connecting U.S. manufacturers and suppliers for work on intermodal transportation in the Unites States and in the process to help create jobs.
“Investment in transportation is a critical piece of President Obama’s American Jobs Act,” said Secretary LaHood. “Not only are we improving how we move people and goods, but we are strengthening our economy by providing opportunities for American companies and their employees to build our transportation system here at home.” .
With a network in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, MEP serves more than 34,000 American suppliers, helping them to retool their manufacturing capabilities to meet demand, compete in the global marketplace and sell American-made products all over the world.
MEP will leverage over 1,300 expert manufacturing assistance field staff in over 350 locations to provide knowledge of local manufacturing capabilities from across the nation. MEP will identify suppliers’ production and technical capabilities to match them up with viable business opportunities that may have otherwise gone to foreign suppliers, ensuring maximum economic benefit for taxpayer-funded transportation investments across all modes.
The Next Generation Rail Supply Chain Connectivity initiative is an effort to support the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program.
On April 16, 2009, President Obama, together with Vice President Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood, announced a new vision for developing high-speed intercity passenger rail in America. They called for a collaborative effort by the Federal Government, States, railroads, and other key stakeholders to help transform America’s transportation system through the creation of a national network of high-speed rail corridors. To achieve this vision, FRA launched the HSIPR Program in June 2009.
The HSIPR Program supports a series of strategic transportation goals: building a foundation for economic competitiveness; ensuring safe and efficient transportation choices; promoting energy efficiency and environmental quality; and supporting interconnected livable communities. In the long-term, HSIPR Program funding will be key to building an efficient, high-speed intercity passenger rail network connecting major population centers 100 to 500 miles apart. In the near-term, the program will promote domestic job creation and lay the foundation for this high-speed intercity passenger rail network through planning studies and targeted investments in existing intercity passenger rail infrastructure, equipment, and intermodal connections.
Please visit the High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail website for more information.