September 13, 2010
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE HOUSTON METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
From CAF USA, an American Company
At CAF USA, we’re committed to providing cities like Houston state-of-the-art transit systems at the most competitive prices in the industry,all manufactured right here in the United States. That’s why we fairlywon the bid to provide a state of the art light rail vehicle on schedulethat is vital for the expansion of Houston METRO.So, like many citizens in Houston, we were disappointed to learn thatconfusion and misinterpretations now threaten that important project,potentially costing taxpayers millions of dollars and jeopardizing jobs inHouston and other states.
But we believe that together we can get this project movingagain.
So we urge you to carefully consider all of your options before furtherholding up the construction of the rail system the City wants andneeds. We are ready to be part of a productive process that will cometo the best conclusion: a green light for getting the light rail systembuilt at the least cost to taxpayers and on time. The delay in the vehicle contract could have a ripple effect in all theother light rail system contracts and potentially invite claims fromother parties that have invested in this project.We understand that METRO took part in a review of the project bygovernment officials in Washington. And we regret that CAF USA wasnot part of that review with the Federal Transportation Administration.We’re disappointed that important facts were overlooked and thatconfusion now exists. The truth is that CAF USA has always been “BuyAmerica” compliant – and that a very significant number of jobscreated for this project will be created in America.So let’s not hold up this project. Doing that would:-Threaten existing and future jobs in Houston and allaround America.-Jeopardize millions of dollars in taxpayer money that hasalready been spent by the City.-Create a delay in the project of two years.We welcome Mayor Parker and your dedication to the City of Houston.We share it. And we want to be part of the right process that ends in awin for the City: the on-time, on-budget construction of an Americanmade light rail system.