With only one survivor among five firms that had produced transit cars in the U.S. in the past decade, the author observes that foreign competition did not drive U.S. firms out of the market but rather moved to fill the vacuum produced when U.S. carbuilders quit. While operators need stable manufacturers to produce reliable cars which can be supported throughout their entire life cycle, suppliers need also a market which they can afford to serve. Barriers to such a stable, profitable transit-car market include absence of a consistent policy at DOT and UMTA; the sealed, low-bid procurement policy which is required; the use of detailed specifications which inhibits designer innovation; and absence of uniformity among cars of various systems.

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  • Accession Number: 00322787
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1982 12:00AM