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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 industry, beyond employing more than tens of thousands of people, paid out close to $7 billion to purchase parts and equip- ment.35 A revived passenger rail
Midwest would need to purchase glass, seats, and other components from other firms, creating a new industry in the
outlet and source
of revenue for other industries. A high-speed rail system could create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Building a
Midwestern rail system according to a plan articulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation—which calls for 2,250 m...
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