Stadler has been awarded the contract to design and manufacture 16 six-car KISS double-decker electric multiple-unit trains for Caltrain in the Unites States. The contract, with an option for an additional 96 cars, has a total value of USD 551 million. It is the first time that Stadler sells lightweight double-decker trains to the United States. With this contract Stadler KISS trains will be running in nine different countries. The contract for Caltrain marks the seventh, and by far the biggest success in the United States for Stadler.
On August 15, 2016, the contract for 16 double-decker electric multiple-unit trains (EMU) of the KISS type was signed in San Mateo, California, by Jim Hartnett, CEO of the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) and Peter Spuhler, Owner and Group CEO of Stadler. The contract between Caltrain and Stadler US, Inc., includes 16 six-car double-decker EMUs measuring 515 feet and 3 inches (157.1 meters) in length. The contract value amounts to USD 551 million and includes an option for 96 additional cars with a value of USD 385 million.
The new trains will connect San Francisco with San Jose in the Silicon Valley. Double-decker EMUs, with their high performance and passenger capacity, will help to provide a better service to the rapidly growing ridership by allowing Caltrain to offer faster and more frequent connections. The replacement of the existing heavy-steel-construction diesel fleet with state-of-the art lightweight aluminium EMUs will also significantly decrease greenhouse-gas and noise emissions.
Today’s contract for Caltrain marks the seventh success in the United States for Stadler: the first mark was made in 2002 with an order for 20 articulated multiple-unit trains (GTW) by New Jersey Transit’s River Line. This was followed by an order from the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CMTA) in Austin, Texas, for six diesel multiple-unit (DMU) GTWs operating between the center of Austin and Leander. The fleet was delivered in spring 2008 and extended by an additional order of four vehicles in 2015. The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) commissioned Stadler to design and build 11 DMU-GTWs. These low-floor trains have served six stations in the region of Denton County, Texas, since 2012. In April 2014, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) placed an order with Stadler for eight DMU-GTWs connecting the BART Pittsburg/Bay Point end station and Antioch that will start service in 2017. Most recently, in June 2015, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority («The T») chose Stadler to design, build, and deliver eight FLIRT DMUs that will provide a new commuter rail service for the corridor between the city of Fort Worth and the northern terminus of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.