More GTWs for Texas
The Denton County Transportation Authority DCTA, in the Dallas, Texas region, ordered 11 GTW DMU 2/6 articulated power units from Stadler Rail on 19 May. The order is worth around USD 74 million. The contract includes an option for up to a further 25 GTWs. The trains will operate on the Denton – Carrollton line. This is the second order for Stadler from the state of Texas, following the order for six GTWs for the rapid transit system in the Austin region.
Re-opening rail operations
The DCTA plans to resume rail operations between the centre of Denton and Carrollton, around 35 km away. There is a connection to the Dallas city transit system at Carrollton. The DCTA tracks play an important role in the regional transportation system in the Dallas conurbation and will be expanded step-by-step in the future. The DCTA has ordered 11 GTW 2/6 with diesel-electric power from Stadler Rail for the line. The vehicles will be delivered from the end of 2011.
For Peter Spuhler, CEO and owner of Stadler Rail AG, the order has a particular significance: “I am extremely pleased that we have now been able to sell our GTW in the USA for the third time, after the orders from New Jersey and Austin. It means that 464 GTWs have already been sold to ten different countries.”
The trains have a high level of interior comfort. They are equipped with air conditioning, a passenger information system, video surveillance and WLAN. The generous interiors provide enough space for baby carriages, wheelchairs and bicycles. The light, airy passenger compartments with large windows provide 108 seats and 92 folding seats in each train. The vehicles will be manufactured in a light aluminium construction and are therefore low weight. This allows rapid acceleration and leads to reductions in operating costs.
Stadler Rail Group, the provider of customised system solutions for railed vehicle construction, has sites in Switzerland at Altenrhein, Bussnang and Winterthur, in Germany at Berlin-Pankow and Velten, in Poland at Siedlce, in Hungary at Budapest, Pusztascabolcz and Szolnok and in Algeria at Algiers. The group employs more than 2,400 men and women. The best-known families of vehicles produced by the Stadler Rail Group are the GTW articulated power units with 464 trains sold, the Regio Shuttle RS1 with 402 trains sold, the FLIRT with 515 trains sold and the DOSTO double-deck rapid transit trains, of which 50 have been sold in the railway segment and the Variobahn, with sales of 255 vehicles and the newly developed Tango, with 90 vehicles sold in the tramway segment. Stadler also produces carriages and diesel-electric locomotives and is the world’s leading producer of rack-and-pinion railway vehicles.
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