United Streetcar was awarded the contract to manufacture the City of Portland prototype streetcar – the first modern, Buy America compliant, rail vehicle manufactured in the U.S., by a U.S. company. The streetcar is over 70% U.S. content, and fabrication and assembly was done in Clackamas, Oregon. The engineering, design and manufacturing activity on the Portland prototype car enhanced the experience at United Streetcar in producing U.S. made streetcars.
On July 1st, 2009 our streetcar was unveiled by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
United Streetcar is happy to report that the Portland prototype streetcar has returned to our facility. United Streetcar is the recipient of an FTA Grant that will allow us to take our streetcar from approximately 70% U.S. content to approximately 90% U.S. content. We are accomplishing this by replacing the foreign propulsion system with a new prototype propulsion system created by Rockwell Automation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.