PITTSBURG, California (KTVU) – The company building the huge new fleet of BART transit cars launched an important boost for manufacturing on Friday in East Bay.
As more and more rail systems are built or developed on the west coast, the Canadian BART supplier is installed here, where the cars have been built and developed for decades.
Not only does public transit create jobs, it creates jobs, "said Lee Sander, chief executive of car manufacturer Bombardier Americas Transportation.
Bombardier and train manufacturer Bombardier have announced that they would use a plant in the city of Pittsburg in Contra Costa County.
A special California Competes tax credit paved the way. "We started preparing the site and plan to work on the first cars for BART in September," said Sander.
551 of the 775 original cars ordered will be built in Pittsburg. However, BART plans to build another 400 cars later, which would also be built here, which means that the first 50 people hired will simply be inadequate.
The Pittsburg plant could become a major job creator.
"It is Bay Area workers who are building cars for commuters in the area and we are reporting work at home," said Mark Foley, a member of BART 's board of directors.
"Creating jobs is an innovative concept in East County." Normally, we have to participate elsewhere in our staff and travel, sometimes even for several hours, "said Jim Frazier (D) Pittsburg, a member of the United States. Assembly of East Bay.
"By providing viable jobs where people work and where the workforce is, it really relieves the pressure on our infrastructure and highways," said Tim Grayson (D), a member of the Canadian Space Agency. Assembly of East Bay, Concord.
With the fleet of BART vehicles under construction in the New York Bay area, road transport of finished vehicles from upstate New York State will no longer be.
Bombardier has bigger plans, possibly requiring even more workers here. "The site will allow us to exploit other commercial opportunities in the growing market of rail transportation equipment on the West Coast," Sander said.
"This is an anchor point for many other opportunities for suppliers to work with Bombardier and provide them with a product they might need on time," said Federal Glover, Supervisor of Contra Costa County.
Although the BART train cars have been delayed in the past, Bombardier and BART claim that they now have a schedule that they can meet.