FAIRFIELD — Siemens USA’s success in being named builder of the new 125 mph locomotives won praise from Congressman John Garamendi for generating jobs at Siemens solar-powered manufacturing site in Sacramento.
Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, who supports Make It In America policies to rebuild American manufacturing and is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the Department of Transportation bulk ordered trains from California, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Washington.
“When Congress passed the Recovery Act in the midst of the Great Recession in 2008, they wisely required that all transportation projects funded with that money must go back to American manufacturers. Siemens USA in Sacramento was thus born, and with this announcement, we’re continuing to see the fruits of smart public policy,” Garamendi said in a press release. “I’m happy for every American who will have a job thanks to this contract and happy for the commuters who will get to ride these state-of-the-art locomotives.”
Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rail Systems in the U.S. said in a release that, “We look forward to building the most energy-efficient, advanced technology, diesel-electric locomotives in North America.”
The Federal Railroad Administration allocated $808 million to fund the manufacturing of the next generation of passenger rail equipment including approximately 35 new locomotives and 130 bi-level rail cars, Garamendi said.
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