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Creating U.S. Manufacturing Jobs: How "Buying American" Can Raise the Job-Creation Potential of Public Transit Investments
Jeannette Wicks-Lim | 12/12/2013
Abstract:
This research was conducted in collaboration with the Jobs to Move America campaign, spearheaded by LAANE, to raise the U.S. job creation potential from public transit investments. U.S. transit agencies currently invest about $5.6 billion annually in new buses and trains. In this brief, Jeannette Wicks-Lim measures how many more jobs these investments could create if these buses and trains contain a higher level of domestic content than the 60 percent required by the federal “Buy America” policy. Wicks-Lim finds that when manufacturers source 100 percent of their vehicles’ components domestically, they create at least 26 percent more U.S. jobs. 
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