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Study: ‘Buy America’ rules raising costs for US transit systems

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Buy America increases prices of mass transitFederal requirements to buy American-made products may be forcing some U.S. transit systems to spend more money, according to a new study from a center-right think tank.

The American Action Forum (AAF) released research Friday that found “Buy America” rules for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants could be raising procurement costs in some areas.

Washington’s beleaguered Metrorail system, according to the study, could have saved $700,000 on each of its 7000-series rail cars if it was able to purchase new cars at the price  they cost overseas.

President Trump has repeatedly promised that his policies, including his massive infrastructure proposal, would require companies to buy and hire American.


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