The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) in Texas, US, has signed a $106.7m contract with Switzerland-based Stadler Bussnang to manufacture and deliver eight diesel multiple unit (DMU) rail vehicles for TEX Rail.
The T’s intermodal transportation centre (ITC) is one of the ten stations where the DMU vehicles will operate when TEX Rail service begins in 2018.
Last year, the T started the procurement process for DMU vehicles due to the three-year lead time for developing specifications, production, delivery and operation training for staff.
The rail manufacturing contract follows the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approval for the engineering phase of the TEX Rail project.
Under the project, the Parsons/TranSystems joint venture will be the design consultant and an Archer Western/Herzog joint venture will provide pre-construction services.
With ten stations, the 43km TEX Rail commuter line will start in central Fort Worth and follow existing freight railway alignments north-east across Tarrant County to Grapevine and Terminal B at Dallas Fort International Airport.
The TEX Rail line will have an estimated initial daily ridership of 10,000 passengers and is expected to be increased to 14,500 by 2035.
The vehicles are expected to be delivered in July 2017 for testing and approval by March 2018.
The bodyshells and bogies of the DMUs will be produced in Switzerland, while final assembly will be carried out at a new factory that Stadler is set to open in the US.