Currently, the United States lags in meeting public transportation needs and falls far behind its European and Asian counterparts in modernizing public transportation systems. In this context, federal policymakers will consider future investments to modernize public transit infrastructure. If these investments are done correctly, they will create new opportunity for American manufacturers.
It is time to embrace a 21st century transportation plan: one that creates millions of American jobs; provides increased transportation options and alternatives to fossil fuels; and recognizes our potential to invent and manufacture cleaner vehicles and transit systems here at home, instead of sending our dollars overseas. The Transportation Manufacturing Action Plan recommendations, outlined in this report, do just that. The recommendations present a comprehensive plan to scale up investments in public transit, rail, and clean freight movement, while simultaneously building up vehicle, system, and component part manufacturers and the jobs that they support.