Knorr-Bremse and Stadler U.S. Inc. have concluded a major equipment contract for 254 metro rail cars for Atlanta’s public transport operator, MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). The agreement also includes an option for an additional 100 cars.
The initial deliveries from Knorr Brake Company are expected in the first quarter of 2022 and will run through the close of 2028.
“A robust technical design, light-weight solutions to help enable energy efficiency, and the power of our proven technologies and technical support were among the winning factors in the order’s tender process,” Jason Connell, President and CEO of Knorr Brake Company said.
Knorr-Bremse’s U.S. passenger rail subsidiary, Knorr Brake Company LLC (KBC), will supply braking systems valued in the lower double-digit million-euro range. The project is KBC’s first order for braking systems with major operator Marta, strengthening its market position in the North American urban rail segment.
Under the equipment contract, Knorr-Bremse will deliver bogie brake system, the PistonSupply Eco oil-free compressor with dedicated air supply unit inverters designed and produced specifically for U.S. metro applications. Brake controls and wheel slide protection (WSP) dump valves, also a part of the agreement, will interface with the train control and management system (TCMS) via a platform developed by Selectron, Knorr-Bremse’s subsidiary for integrated digital and cyber security solutions.
While most of the braking components will be produced at KBC’s Westminster facility in northern Maryland, the vehicles will be manufactured by Stadler at its new Salt Lake City, Utah plant opened in May 2019. Here Stadler constructs the seven-car Kiss double-deck EMUs for California’s Caltrain operator.
In November 2019, Marta and Stadler signed a EUR 600 million contract to deliver 127 metro trains which also includes an option for 25 additional trains. The new trains will replace the existing fleet.
The first trains are expected to enter passenger services in 2023.