The T and Stadler Sign Contract for TEX Rail Vehicles in Fort Worth

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USA: The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) has signed a contract with Stadler Bussnang AG (Stadler) for the manufacture and delivery of eight Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) rail vehicles for its TEX Rail commuter rail.

The TEX Rail commuter rail will run on a 27-mile corridor with ten stations from downtown Fort Worth, northeast across Tarrant County to Grapevine and into Terminal B at DFW Airport. It will have a projected average daily ridership of more than10,000 in its initial year of service.

“It is fitting that this milestone contract signing for TEX Rail vehicles is taking place at the heart of our transportation system in downtown Fort Worth and will be one of the ten stations where these DMU vehicles will operate when TEX Rail service begins in 2018,” Paul Ballard, president and CEO of The T said.

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“In addition to serving as the central transfer center for The T’s bus service, the ITC is also base to the Trinity Railway Express commuter rail and Greyhound. The ITC is also our region’s center for Amtrak service with four trains a day.

“We are pleased that Stadler is working toward adding a rail car manufacturing facility in our region, where the $106 million contract for TEX Rail vehicles will be among the first to be built as Stadler’s commitment to meet Buy America manufacturing requirements,” Ballard added.

Stadler President, Chairman of the Board and Group CEO Peter Spuhler signed the $106 million contract with Ballard. This is the first sale of FLIRT vehicles in the USA for Stadler Rail.
The T began the procurement process for DMU vehicles in 2014 due to the three year lead time for developing specifications, production, delivery and operation training for staff.

At its April 2015 meeting, The T board approved an agreement with Stadler for a contract, contingent upon TEX Rail’s authorization to enter into the Engineering phase that immediately precedes the start of construction. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) gave that approval on June 2 that now allows The T to finalize a rail manufacturing contract.