Starting September 2013, a new interagency agreement will make it easier for manufacturers and transit agencies to identify domestically made products and materials.
Created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the agreement supports products that comply with the FTA’s Buy America rules, which require at least 60 percent of materials in the final product to be manufactured within the U.S.
The agreement kicks off a search for U.S. companies that currently produce or have the potential to produce products for the transit industry that are domestically under-sourced or unavailable. NIST also announced an initiative to connect these manufacturers with domestic suppliers.
The Buy America program was created to stimulate job growth by encouraging the U.S. domestic supply-chain, ensuring that infrastructure networks funded by taxpayer dollars are built within the U.S.
Source: Federal Transit Administration