Switzerland train maker Stadler Rail has been selected by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) to deliver eight two-car GTW-trains.

The $58m order will see supply of independently propelled diesel multiple-units (DMUs), which will operate on a standard gauge rail for use on the East Contra Costa BART extension commuter rail project (eBART Project).

As part of the East Contra Costa BART Extension Project, the DMUs will be based on the 37 trains that were built and delivered by Stadler for New Jersey Transit, Capital Metro in Austin, Texas; and for Denton County Transportation Authority in Texas, US.

The eBART Project will include nearly 9.5 miles (16km) of new track between the existing Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station and a new station in the City of Antioch.

The railway line will reduce the travel time between the two cities to ten minutes and the auto travel by 340,000 miles per day.

Currently under construction, the eBART project received $283m funding from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

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The project is being constructed with the support of Oakley, Antioch, Brentwood, Pittsburg cities, Contra Costa County, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Tri Delta Transit, CCTA and TRANSPLAN.

Production of the new units under the latest contract will be carried out at Stadler’s factory in Bussnang, Switzerland.

Image: Stadler Rail’s new two-car GTW-trains for eBART project. Photo: Stadler Rail AG.