Action: Notice, Request for Comments
Web posting date: March 14, 2014
Close of Comment Period: March 29, 2014
The National Railroad Passenger Corporation ("Amtrak") and the California High Speed Rail Authority (the "Authority") have each requested waivers from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regarding the Buy America requirements contained in 49 U.S.C. 24405(a). Though separate waiver requests, for efficiency purposes because of the requests’ similarity, FRA will process the requests together. The requests pertains to four prototype high speed rail ("HSR") trainsets (two for Amtrak and two for the Authority). Amtrak and the Authority have requested the waivers pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 24405(a)(2)(A) or (C) because they assert that for the reasons set forth in their letters (1) applying FRA’s Buy America requirement to the purchase of the manufactured goods – four high-quality, service-proven prototype HSR trainsets – would be inconsistent with the public interest and (2) the manufactured goods cannot be bought and delivered in the United States within a reasonable time. The waiver requests are for final assembly only. All components must be domestically manufactured unless FRA has granted waivers for the particular component(s). Before deciding whether to grant these waivers, FRA is requesting public comments. Amtrak's detailed justification for its waiver request is available here. The Authority's detailed justification for its waiver request is available here.
Comments regarding this waiver request should be submitted directly on the form provided below. Commenters should be aware that offensive language, Privacy Act protected, or other inappropriate material will not be posted. FRA will consider all comments to this waiver request received in the initial 15-day comment period. Comments received after the initial 15-day comment period will be considered to the extent practical.
General questions about this web notice or FRA’s Buy America requirements may be directed to Mr. John Johnson, Attorney Advisor, via e-mail at John.Johnson@dot.gov or by telephone at 202-493-0078