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Unformatted text preview: Washington, and Portland, Oregon, have implemented modern streetcar systems, using streetcars manufactured abroad. In fact, no streetcars had been made in America since 1952.33 However, sensing the presence of a grow- ing market, an American firm, Oregon Iron Works, formed a streetcar subsidiary and has won contracts to produce streetcars for Portland and Tucson, with 70 percent of the components to be made in the United States and components coming from 20 U.S. states.34 Establishing a passenger rail manu- facturing industry in the Midwest could restore some of the manufacturing jobs that the region has lost. If Midwestern manufacturing is to achieve a sustained employment recovery, manufacturers will need to begin selling to new markets, and passenger rail can be just such a market, requiring a variety of skilled workers. The production of complex products like loco- motives and passenger train cars involves not only the manufacturing of numerous components, but also maintenance, testing and other services. Beyond the employees of the rolling stock companies themselves, jobs in other industries are supported by the railroad manufacturing industry. In 2006, the American rolling stock manufacturing...
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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2013 for the course PHILOSOPHY 303m taught by Professor Tye during the Fall '12 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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