Oregon Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Transportation Secretary announced almost half a billion dollars in transportation projects around the nation Thursday.

Oregon didn't get any. But Kansas City got $20 million for a new streetcar. And that's good news for Clackamas based, United Streetcar.

United Streetcar President, Kevin Clarke, says as federal money is involved, Kansas City will have to comply with the requirement that 60 percent of the project be manufactured in the states.

"We're looking forward to having an opportunity to providing street cars to them. As the only 'made in America' street car manufacturer, it represents a good opportunity for us," Clarke says.

He says his company's cars have 350 U.S. suppliers -- 140 of which are in Oregon.

The company has been plagued by the late delivery of some of its cars. But Clarke says Portland now has four of the six cars it originally ordered.

The new line in Tucson also just took possession of the first of eight new cars.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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