Stadler and the Texas-based Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) introduced the first FLIRT (Fast Light Intercity- and Regional Train) for the TEXRail commuter rail line at APTA Expo 2017 in Atlanta. The contract for delivery of eight FLIRT trains was signed in June 2015. The multiple unit trains, which are powered by diesel-electric propulsion (DMU), will soon be used for travel on the TEXRail line between Fort Worth and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B. This is the first time that Stadler has sold one of its FLIRT trains in the U.S.
The first US FLIRT train with its centrally located power module meets the AVT requirements (Alternative Vehicle Technology) of the Federal Railroad Administration as well as those of Buy America. The FLIRT trains for the FWTA were built majoritarly in the leased Stadler plant in Salt Lake City.
The eight FLIRT trains fulfil the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The wide front doors and spacious lower floor area make it easy for passengers to board and disembark. Each train comes equipped with 224 seats with side tables and USB ports as well as an ADA toilet, thereby meeting the various convenience requirements of passengers. The train’s ergonomic driver’s cabin, intuitive design and smartly arranged control panels provide onboard personnel with a modern and comfortable workplace. The new FLIRT trains are scheduled to become a part of TEXRail’s commercial fleet in December 2018.
The new commuter trains for TEXRail have been designed to reach maximum speeds of 81 mph and boast a coupled length of 266 feet each. Each of the diesel-electric FLIRT trains is equipped with two Deutz TCD 16.0 V8 520 kW diesel motors and complies with the EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards.