The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) awarded Stadler a USD 600 million contract for the supply of 127 trains with two options for 25 additional trains each.
According to the contract, Stadler plans to deliver the 127 married pair units with the first units being placed into service in Atlanta starting 2023.
MARTA has plans to name the new vehicles, which expand the current Stadler METRO product line, CQ400. The very energy efficient MARTA fleet vehicles typically operate in multiple tractions with up to four vehicles, at a speed of up to 113 km/h. They are powered with 750-volt direct voltage by a third rail. Each train offers 128 seats, as well as a generous standing area, it is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is easily accessible for persons with reduced mobility and is fitted with WIFI connection.
Stadler plans to assemble the vehicles for Atlanta at the new plant in Salt Lake City. According to the contract, Stadler is obligated to create at least 60 per cent of the project’s value in the United States.
The new trains are intended for service Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.