The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board selected Stadler US for the contract to assemble and build eight FLIRTs (Fast Light Intercity and Regional Train) and design an Equipment Maintenance Facility (EMF) for the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project on Tuesday, May 28.
The Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project, a new 26-mile alignment planned for the northern part of the DART service area, will traverse Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano, and is scheduled to go into service in 2022.
The Stadler FLIRT is self-propelled by a diesel multiple unit (DMU) and meets tier 4 EPA emissions standards and FRA standards, and is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The vehicles seat 230 and include automatic passenger counters and closed-circuit television. Each train is approximately 318 feet long and has four units, a power pack, four powered axles and eight unpowered axles.
Stadler intends to assemble and build the new DART trains in Salt Lake City.