In keeping with Stadler’s growing market share and global expansion, in June 2015, Stadler received an order from the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) for 8 new FLIRT model diesel-electric low-floor multiple unit vehicles for their new TEXRail line. The fact that federal funds were being used for the order made it subject to the Buy America Act, and Stadler quickly found a former Union Pacific plant in Salt Lake City, Utah that was for lease by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and was also well suited to the requirements of the TEXRail order. Concurrently, plans also began to build a permanent 230,000 ft2, $50 million state-of-the-art facility on a 62-acre property, just five minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport. Completion of the first phase of the US facility is set for late 2018.
This impressive momentum continued with an order from Caltrain for the construction of 16 bi-level electric multiple unit trains in August 2016, and an additional order by the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority of three diesel-electric low floor multiple unit FLIRTS for the Arrow passenger rail service, also known as the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, quickly followed. Prior to these contracts, Stadler began doing business in the US with sales to the New Jersey Transit Authority (NJTA) for the River line in 2002, Capital Metro Transportation Authority (CMTA) in Austin, Texas in 2005, and Denton Country Transportation Authority (DCTA) in 2009. 2014 brought more even success with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Authority (eBART) in San Francisco, California purchasing eight GTW model diesel-electric articulated multiple units.