Stadler to unveil first FLIRT for the USA

Credit: Stadler.
Credit: Stadler.

Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler is to unveil its first FLIRT for the USA.

In collaboration with Texas-based Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA), Stadler will introduce the train at APTA Expo 2017.

More than 1,400 units of the train are in service worldwide but this is the first FLIRT sold in the USA.

Eight FLIRT trains were ordered by FWTA in June 2015 to operate on the TEXRail commuter rail line between Fort Worth and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

A large amount of work on the trains was completed at the leased Stadler plant in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Each 266ft train has 224 seats, with side tables and USB ports and can travel at speeds of up to 130km/h.

The diesel-electric trains are equipped with two Deutz TCD 16.0 V8 520 kW diesel motors.

The new FLIRT trains are scheduled to become a part of TEXRail’s commercial fleet in December 2018.

Stadler Group CEO Peter Spuhler said: “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.”

APTA Expo runs from October 8 to 11 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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