BUSMAKER NEWS * USA & Canada: DOT rule could ‘cripple’ buses factories
* New York - The costs of multiple plants would boost the price of new buses and rolling stock
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s local hiring pilot program and rule could inadvertently cripple two northern New York manufacturers that employ hundreds of workers... U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer said the measure would permit transit agencies receiving federal funds to require that workers for a supplier must be located in that city for the company to be able to bid on a contract... The measure, Schumer warned, is so broad it would cover manufacturers of railcars, locomotives, buses, trolley cars and trams, and force manufacturers to move from city to city to compete on bids. Canadian manufacturers Bombardier and Nova Bus have U.S.A. plants at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base, where Bombardier is currently producing subway cars for the Chicago Transit Authority and other transit agencies. Nova Bus currently is building natural gas-powered buses for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, as well as transit buses for other cities...
(Photo: Nova Bus, which is part of the Volvo Group, signed an $11 million contract with Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for 20 new NGVs) -- New York, NY, USA - The Times Union, by Eric Anderson - April 23, 2015