Brookville Equipment Corp. shipped its third of four American-manufactured Liberty Streetcars on order to the City of Dallas and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) this week, marking the completion of the first of two vehicles ordered by DART in a contract option exercised in July of 2015. Brookville is delivering the first vehicle within 12 months of the exercised option’s Notice to Proceed and six months prior to contractual delivery.
The two option vehicles are identical to the first two Liberty Streetcars delivered to DART by Brookville in the spring of 2015. The sreetcars include an onboard energy storage system (OESS) for off-wire operation, an automatic leveling system for station-level boarding, and more than 70% low-floor area. The four-vehicle fleet will support the Dallas Streetcar line’s expansion into the Bishop Arts District, with service starting at two new stops in August 2016.
The Liberty Streetcar gained recognition in Dallas and around the world last year upon becoming the first off-wire capable streetcar to operate in the U.S. In October 2015, the Liberty Streetcar with OESS was awarded the Light Rail Transit Association’s Global Light Rail Award for ‘Technical Innovation of the Year.’
The fourth Dallas-bound Liberty Streetcar is currently in the final stages of assembly at Brookville’s Pennsylvania manufacturing facility and slated to deliver later this summer.
The company is also currently under contract with Detroit-based M-1 RAIL, the City of Oklahoma City, and the City of Milwaukee for the production of six, six, and five Liberty Streetcar vehicles, respectively