Stadler will assemble and build eight FLIRT diesel multiple unit trains (DMUs) and design an Equipment Maintenance Facility (EMF) as part of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project. DART awarded the company a $119-million contract and anticipates passenger service commencing by the end of 2022.
Stadler explains that the self-propelled DMUs meet both tier 4 EPA emissions standards and Federal Railroad Administration Standards. Each train set consists of four units, plus a power pack in the middle, which houses the power unit. The company says this setup includes four powered axles and eight unpowered axles and puts the trains at approximately 267 feet in length.