Stronger Buy America Enforcement and Guidelines

Railway suppliers across the country have played by the rules and built their business models to comply with Buy America and strongly support the goals of the program. However, the current Buy America program is enforced through a patchwork approach where passenger rail agencies may engage outside firms to do the work on a contract basis.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) currently lacks adequate resources to ensure strict compliance with Buy America provisions and is unable to deliver a consistent, national standard of enforcement. RSI believes DOT should be empowered to exercise stricter Buy America oversight to keep grant funding in the United States and to spur the domestic jobs critical to maintaining a strong American manufacturing base. RSI also supports modifying Buy America laws to ensure that if a transit agency accepts any source of federal funding, then all of that agency’s capital expenditures should be required to adhere to Buy America.