First Stadler FLIRT complete for TEXRail commuter line

The first Stadler FLIRT for the TEXRail line. Credit: Stadler.

Stadler has announced that the first FLIRT for the future TEXRail commuter line has been completed.

In 2015, Fort Worth Transportation Authority signed a $100 million contract with the rolling stock manufacturer for eight FLIRT diesel-electric multiple units, with the option for more.

The trains will operate on TEXRail, a 27 mile commuter line that is currently under construction in Tarrant County, Texas, the United States.

An artist's impression of the train. Credit: TEXRail.
An artist’s impression of the train. Credit: TEXRail.

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The 488-passenger trains feature USB ports and wi-fi.

Marking the milestone moment, Stadler has said that the first assembled train will be showcased at the public transit exposition APTA, Atlanta, in October.

Once it is complete in late 2018, the new line will transport passengers from Fort Worth to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport via the city of Grapevine.

It is estimated that the nine-station line will serve 8,000 riders a day by the end of its first year.

What the inside of the TEXRail trains are expected to look like: 

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