U.S. transit agencies currently invest about $5.6 billion annually in new buses and trains. In her research, economist Jeannette Wicks-Lim measures how many more jobs could be created from public transit investments if they were required to contain a higher level of domestic content than the 60 percent required by the current federal "Buy America" policy. Wicks-Lim, an economist at the Political Economy Research Institute, finds that when manufacturers source 100 percent of their vehicles’ components domestically, they create at least 26 percent more U.S. jobs.

Published by: Political Economy Research Institute
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