Rail

DART awards streetcar vehicle contract

Posted on March 11, 2013

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Brookville Equipment Corp. officially agreed to terms for the supply of two off-wire capable Liberty Modern Streetcars to the downtown Union Station to Oak Cliff extension project, with an option for two additional streetcars. The light rail vehicle (LRV) will be the first-ever American-designed and manufactured off-wire capable streetcar to be delivered to a U.S. public transit agency.

The Brookville Liberty Streetcars will operate along a four-stop, 1.6-mile track that provides access for citizens of Dallas' urban core to the downtown Union Station hub, which connects to DART's Red/Blue/Green light rail lines and the Trinity Railway Express with service to Fort Worth.

The streetcars will utilize an innovative battery energy storage system (ESS) to power the car's four traction motors when off-wire. Approximately one mile of the 1.6-mile track will require ESS power, allowing the LRV to cross the city's Houston Street Viaduct over the Trinity River without the use of catenary.

Featuring three passenger compartments, the 66.5 foot-long, eight foot-wide cars will include more than 70% low-floor area, providing accessible seating for passengers. The streetcars will run on standard 56.5-inch track gauge and utilize Brookville’s soft ride trucks powered by four 99 kW AC traction motors while traveling at a maximum speed of 44 mph.

The contract between Brookville and DART is authorized for up to $9.4 million and the extension project includes funding from a Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) I grant of $23 million. The downtown Union Station to Oak Cliff extension is being funded through various grants totaling $56.8 million, with collaborative agency support between the City of Dallas, North Central Texas Council of Governments and DART.

The Oak Cliff streetcar extension is slated for a late 2014 completion and will provide enhanced accessibility to downtown Dallas for residents in adjacent neighborhoods.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Metra looks to purchase 21 used locomotives

The F59PHIs, which were built by the Electro-Motive Division of GM in 1998 and have been rehabbed within the last five years, have similar parts and operating characteristics to Metra’s existing fleet of EMD F40s, some of which are 35 years old and are in need of overhaul.

Sound Transit taps Siemens traction power tech for light rail expansion

The new project extends Siemens existing technology partnership with Sound Transit, having previously provided the same TPSS and MVSS substation infrastructure on the University Link and South Link lines.

MTA names new president of Metro-North Railroad

Catherine Rinaldi, the sixth president of MTA Metro-North Railroad, has served as acting president since July 2017.

Bombardier to provide 9 more double-deck French trains

The order is valued at approximately $120 million, including price escalations based on best faith assessment of assumptions, and is an option contained in a 2010 contract for a maximum of 860 trains signed with SNCF on behalf of the regions.

FRA makes $73M available for rail capital projects, ops assistance

The grants are expected to leverage private, state, and local investments to boost a wide range of rail projects, including the potential for implementing PTC.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Luxury Coach & Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close