Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) awarded Stadler US a contract for the provisioning of maintenance services for both Flirt trains and the equipment maintenance facility for a 15-year period.
This is in addition to the contract previously awarded in June 2019, to build eight 4-car DMU Flirt vehicles and design the facility.
The vehicles and the facility are to operate DART’s 42-km Cotton Belt Regional Rail Silver Line. For Stadler, this is the first maintenance contract in the United States.
The USD 112 million contract approved by DART includes the supply of the Flirt trains and maintenance services also for the facility, as well as two options to modify the vehicles to add luggage racks, bicycle stands, and wheel skirts.
With the maintenance contract for these vehicles and the facility, Stadler enters the maintenance services sector in the US for the first time.
This is the last piece of an overall package to provide turnkey vehicles and maintenance services to DART.
DART had the foresight to include the vehicles, the design of the facility in Irving and now maintenance services together in one contract, to ensure that each piece is fully integrated, and costs are adjusted to provide the most value to DART.
“This is an important step for the future of Stadler in the US. Not only are we looking forward to continuing this partnership with DART, but we are also confident that we can provide cutting-edge technology, paired with excellent service to DART’s customers together,” Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US, said.
According to the contract the trains will enter commercial operation by the end of 2022. The DMUs will have a capacity of 240 seats and 225 standing passengers. They are fully compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and meets both tier four EPA emissions and FRA standards.