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06/23/2017 Nova Bus FTA provided clarification of 49 U.S. C.  § 5323 (j)(5), which  allows manufacturers of rolling stock to include in their calculation of domestic content the cost of steel or iron produced in the United States that is used in the rolling stock frames or car shells. The intent of 49 U.S.C. § 5323(j)(5) is to permit rolling stock manufacturers to receive credit for U.S. steel or iron used in car body shells without having to go through the requirements contained in Sections 661.11(i) and (j) regarding tariff exemptions. Therefore, the rolling stock manufacturer must provide sufficient documentation to establish that steel or iron used in its car body or shell is produced in the United States and the total cost of the steel or iron.
12/18/2015 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority FTA determined that the concrete tie is a component of a concrete tie-based fastening system in which the tie-mounted shoulder works in conjunction with the loose clips, mounts, and insulating pads to secure the rails to the tie.  Because the shoulders have been permanently incorporated into the ties during the manufacturing process, they are not separate components; rather, they are subcomponents of the concrete ties and are not required to be sourced domestically.
02/09/2015 Santa Cruz Metro FTA determined that polycarbonate panels underwent sufficient domestic manufacturing activities to render them Buy America-compliant components of a facility.
01/23/2015 Delta Composites LLC FTA determined that a fiberglass structural platform system consisting of walkways, handrails, and stairs is a manufactured end product and not a component of a transit station.
01/08/2015 KONE Elevators FTA provides guidance to KONE regarding non-structural elevator components made of steel or iron.
07/11/2014 Bob Hope Airport – Regional Intermodal Transportation Center FTA determined that the junction boxes and electrical conduit used in fire alarm, lighting, and power systems for the Bob Hope Airport – Regional Intermodal Transportation Center are components for purposes of Buy America and must be manufactured in the United States.
07/10/2014 Sacramento Regional Transit District FTA provides guidance regarding utility work performed by PG&E, holding that a gas transmission system and a valve lot are separate manufactured end products and identifying components and subcomponents of each.
04/30/2014 Southern California Edison FTA letter to SCE on the application of FTA's Buy America rules to SCE for the electric utility relocation work it performs as part of an FTA-funded project.
08/23/2013 Otis Elevator FTA determined that Otis Elevator Company’s escalator manufacturing processes are sufficient to meet FTA’s Buy America requirements.
08/21/2013 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority FTA letter to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the application of FTA's Buy America rules to the utility relocation performed by AT&T.
08/08/2013 Charlotte Area Transit System FTA guidance to Charlotte Area Transit System on the application of FTA's Buy America rules to the utility relocation performed by AT&T.
06/20/2013 New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority FTA determined that the concrete block of NY MTA’s Low Vibration Track (LVT) system is an end product and the individual concrete block, rubber boot, pad, and plastic insert that make up the concrete block end product are components for purposes of Buy America.
09/07/2012 New Starts Working Group FTA responds to inquiry about the application of Buy America rules to uility relocation contracts.
04/09/2012 KONE Inc.

Letter of Interpretation-KONE Inc.'s Escalator Manufacturing Process

03/22/2012 Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District Applicability of Buy America provisions to planned ferry boat rebuild.
03/19/2012 Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority FTA determination that Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority may apply the rolling stock waiver to its procurement, but that FTA intends to publish guidance proposing to apply the manufactured product standard to all subsequent rolling stock overhauls.
11/16/2011
 
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District FTA letter to San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District on whether it could implement a bidding preference to bidders that exceed Federal Buy America requirements.
06/08/2011 Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Application of FTA's Buy America to traffic signal improvements within the City's Green Impact Zone.
09/26/2011 Detroit Diesel Corporation FTA determination that the BlueTEC aftertreatment system is a subcomponent of an engine and the integrated elements should be treated as a single component for purposes of compliance with FTA's Buy America regulations.
04/08/2011 Alta Bicycle Share - Public Bike System Company FTA guidance to Alta Bicycle Share on the application of FTA's Buy America rules to bicycle sharing systems.
12/07/2010 San Francisco Municipal Railway FTA determined that an escalator and a permanently affixed elevator are components and KONE’s manufacturing processes of the escalators to be installed in S.F. Muni’s stations were sufficient to meet Buy America.
12/07/2010 Yonkers Contracting; ThyssenKrupp Elevator FTA determined that an escalator is a component and ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s manufacturing processes for the escalators to be installed in the 245 Park Avenue Entrance to New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Grand Central Station were sufficient to meet the Buy America requirements.

 

Updated: Thursday, June 29, 2017
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