Brightline Proud to be 100% Buy America
August 16, 2016
Manufacturing the train sets for the first inter-city, express train service in Florida requires a lot of work and craftsmanship beyond the “Sunshine State,” stretching across the entire United States. Each of the initial five train sets that include two diesel-electric locomotives and four passenger coaches are 100% Buy America compliant. What does that mean exactly? It means hundreds of jobs in the United States by 40 suppliers in more than 20 states are needed to create the Brightline trains. Brightline is tapping into America’s most valuable resource – its skilled workforce.
It takes 6,000 work hours to build just one Brightline coach. Clean diesel locomotive engines are manufactured in Columbus, Ind.; brakes in Spartanburg, S.C.; windows in Emporia, Va.; and vestibule doors in Littleton, Colo. Each passenger seat is built in Bellwood, Ill.; interior lighting is perfected in Milford, Conn.; and the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) is assembled in Hastings, Neb. Those thousands of hours by workers right here in America are in addition to the 10,000 jobs created during the Brightline construction phase on the MiamiCentral, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach train stations and the rail tracks connecting them.
Each component makes its way to Siemens USA in Sacramento, Calif. for final assembly. The Sacramento rail plant, which uses 80% solar power, has partnered with local community colleges to implement a workforce development and training initiative, bolstering the necessary skills to build the Brightline train sets with specialized skills such as welding. It takes more than 50,000 individual welds to fuse together a single train coach shell. The process culminates with the completion of the first train set, which will travel to its new home in South Florida this fall.
“Brightline is continually monitoring the train set assembly process and it is exciting to see the skilled manufacturing jobs performed daily right here in the United States,” shares Tom Rutkowski, chief mechanical officer for Brightline. “We are proud of our partnerships with so many US suppliers who make each Brightline train come to life as these trains will present an entirely new way to travel in South Florida.”
Brightline will redefine what it means to travel by train in America with express inter-city passenger rail service arriving 2017, providing an important transportation alternative to connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. The service will ease the stress of traffic, provide a simple and intuitive experience from door to destination, and foster new opportunities to explore more of Southeast Florida. Brightline is the only privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail system in the United States. For more information, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.