First train for the TEXRail commuter rail line unveiled

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USA: Stadler and the Texas-based Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) have introduced the first FLIRT for the TEXRail commuter rail line at APTA Expo 2017.

The contract for delivery of eight FLIRT trains was signed in June 2015. The multiple unit trains, which are powered by diesel-electric propulsion (DMU), will soon be used for travel on the TEXRail line between Fort Worth and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B. This is the first time that Stadler has sold one of its FLIRT trains in the USA.

“We are excited to bring these sleek rail cars to Fort Worth and Dallas,” said Paul Ballard, president/CEO of FWTA. “We have been viewing the many stages of manufacturing and completion, and we could not be more pleased. APTA EXPO visitors are in for a real treat.”

Peter Spuhler, Group CEO and owner of Stadler, says: “We are proud to be able to present our best seller for the first time in the USA today in association with the FWTA, and are convinced that the FLIRT trains, which are built in the USA, will cut a fine figure in Big Sky Texas, and offer passengers in and around Fort Worth a new level of travel comfort.”

The eight FLIRT trains fulfil the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The wide front doors and spacious lower floor area make it easy for passengers to board and disembark. Each train comes equipped with 224 seats with side tables and USB ports as well as an ADA toilet, thereby meeting the various convenience requirements of passengers. The new FLIRT trains are scheduled to become a part of TEXRail’s commercial fleet in December 2018.