Amtrak No. 32.75 Turnout Waiver Notice
Action: Notice, Request for Comments
Web posting date: April 19, 2013
Close of Comment Period: April 22, 2013
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that it intends to grant the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (“Amtrak”) a waiver to purchase four (4) No. 32.75 136RE Special Turnouts (“Turnouts”) manufactured by voestalpine Nortrak, Inc. (“Nortrak”) for use in the New York City to Trenton, NY, High-Speed Rail Improvements Program (the “High-Speed Rail Improvements Program” or “Program”). The Turnouts will be manufactured by Nortrak in the United States at its facility in Birmingham, Alabama, but will contain two components (ZU1-60 steel switch point rail sections and Schwihag roller assemblies and plates) that are not produced in the U.S. The cost of the Turnouts is approximately $2 million. The foreign material comprises approximately thirteen percent of the Turnouts’ cost or approximately $260,000. FRA intends to grant the waiver because domestically-produced components meeting the specific needs of Amtrak for this application (i.e., specialized high-speed turnouts) are not produced in sufficient and reasonably available amount or are not of a satisfactory quality.
Details on the FRA's intent to grant this waiver are available in the attached Federal Register Notice.
Comments regarding this waiver request should be submitted on or before April 22, 2013 in accordance with the directions provided on the Federal Register notice (linked above). General questions about this web notice or FRA’s Buy America requirements may be directed to Ms. Linda Martin, Attorney Advisor, via e-mail at Linda.Martin@dot.gov or by telephone at 202-493-6062
Details on the original waiver request are available here: Amtrak No. 32.75 Turnout Waiver Request