More than 2,000 transportation production jobs to be created in Maryland, California

Transportation and transportation manufacturing across the country is expected to see an uptick in the near future, as new projects announced by the Maryland government and a California-based railcar maker are collectively predicted to create more than 2,000 jobs in the near future.

The state of Maryland plans to invest $160 million to improve safety measures and decrease traffic congestion, with almost 1,900 transportation jobs to be created in the process, according to ABC 2 News. Many projects are expected to contribute to the overall hiring increase, with $52 million to be spent on a new interchange, $50 million to replace a bridge and $42 million to widen and dualize the state highway, among other projects. Two other smaller projects will include more highway construction and roundabout installations near the University of Maryland.

Japanese light rail manufacturer Kinkisharyo International will create another 150 jobs in Palmdale, California, according to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. The company seeks to hire manufacturing engineers, production supervisors, mechanical/electrical inspectors, and master inspectors as it races to deliver 235 railcars for the city of Los Angeles' light-rail network.