Boise choo choo train maker Motive Power will have the bid for locomotives in Boston all to itself thanks to a ruling by the Federal Transit Authority Friday.
Apparently the agency bowed to political pressure from Idaho politicos if a press release is accurate. The FTA has agreed to reject the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) waiver request of the “Buy American Act” to its federally funded procurement of at least 28 passenger rail locomotives. Idaho Senator Mike “Junior” Crapo, Representative Mike “Homer” Simpson and Boise Mayor David “Team Dave” Bieter had asked that the FTA deny the waiver request because it could cost hundreds of American jobs, not only in Boise but across the country.
A Spanish competitor wishing to build locomotives in Kentucky was denied a waiver for two prototype engines to be built in Spain. WABCO, the parent company of Motive Power, is an international company which markets to foreign countries.
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