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American innovation on display at Siemens Norwood Motors manufacturing facility

My final stop of the day on my week-long “Invest in America, Commit to the Future” bus tour was a visit to Siemens’ Norwood Motors Manufacturing Facility.

This plant was built at the turn of the 19th century, when railroads symbolized the nation’s revolution in technology. 

And thanks to companies like Siemens, rail is helping once again to lead a new era of American innovation.

New rail cars offer Metrorail passengers improved safety

On Monday, four new, modern train cars rolled out of a railyard in Greenbelt, MD, and made the short trip to the station platform. They weren’t there to pick up passengers; instead, they were providing a first look at an entirely new generation of rail cars, designed --in part-- with the input of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency (WMATA) customers and train operators.

They are the first of more than 500 new "7000 Series" cars --all made in the United States-- that will provide a safer, more reliable ride for millions of passengers and expand the Metrorail system’s capacity overall.

Photo of the exterior of the new WMATA 7000 rail car

New Amtrak locomotives in rigorous testing

DOT's Transportation Technology Center puts American-made Cities Sprinter through its paces

In May, the first of Amtrak's new fleet of electric locomotives, called Cities Sprinters, rolled out of the Siemens plant in Sacramento. They were manufactured in America by Americans, and they featured parts and materials from more than 70 different American suppliers in 60 different U.S. cities. They are faster, more reliable, more sustainable, and easier to maintain  than the locomotives they'll replace.

And, at the DOT Transportation Technology Center (TTC) in Pueblo, Colorado, the Federal Railroad Administration is making sure that they are--first and foremost--safe.

Photo of Amtrak Cities Sprinter on test track as observers watch

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Promotes Obama Administration Vision for High-Speed Rail in Tour of Sacramento Siemens Plant

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in Sacramento today promoting President Obama’s vision for high-speed rail during a tour of the Sacramento Siemens locomotive plant and in a meeting with California-based manufacturers. Secretary LaHood discussed with suppliers how to maximize the economic impact of the nearly $800 million in next-generation American-made trains being built and purchased this year.

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Unveils New DOT Webpage on ‘Buy America’

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today unveiled a new U.S. Department of Transportation ‘Buy America’ webpage that will help American businesses reap the full benefits of the Obama Administration’s historic investments in transportation infrastructure. Speaking at a Building America’s Future Policy Forum in Charleston, South Carolina this morning, Secretary LaHood announced this latest effort to promote Buy America compliance by consolidating and improving access to Buy America provisions across all DOT agencies on one centralized webpage.