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Re: BARTís New Fleet: Made in the USA, but Maybe Not in California

Posted by AEM-7AC #901 on Sat Feb 25 15:34:13 2012, in response to Re: BARTís New Fleet: Made in the USA, but Maybe Not in California, posted by Jersey Mike on Sat Feb 25 12:59:20 2012.

provide money for BART to build its own factory then contract out a car builder to use it

But who's responsible for the plant facilities and employees when the plant is sitting idle and the deliveries are finished? Nobody wants to pay people to sit around and do nothing for ten years awaiting work on the next batch of cars for BART, and it remains to be seen if said plant will even see work for other systems to recoup its costs.

FWIW, in nearby Sacramento, there is the Siemens plant which churns out Avantos, SD160s, and eventually the CitiesSprinter for Amtrak. So far, the only manufacturer with an facility near the Bay Area, Siemens, hasn't bothered to bid, but they may simply not want to deal with the customization headaches for the BART units...

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