DART Awards Stadler First U.S. Maintenance Contract

Written by Andrew Corselli
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The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors recently awarded Stadler a $112 million maintenance contract. With the deal, Stadler enters the Maintenance Services sector in the U.S. for the first time.

The pact includes vehicle maintenance over a 15-year period of the previously awarded eight DMU FLIRT vehicles, as well as EMF maintenance services, and two options to modify the vehicles to add luggage racks, bicycle stands and wheel skirts.

This is “the last piece of an overall package to provide turnkey vehicles and maintenance services to DART. DART had the foresight to include the vehicles, the design of the EMF in Irving, Texas, and now maintenance services together in one contract, to ensure that each piece is fully integrated and costs are adjusted to provide the most value to DART. The vehicles and EMF are to operate DART’s Cotton Belt Regional Rail Silver Line Project.”

“Stadler has been a trusted partner and advisor as we develop the future 26-mile DART Silver Line project,” said Tim McKay, DART EVP, Growth/Regional Development. “Stadler and DART share a focus on innovation and quality that ensures our customers will have a safe and dependable ride.”

“This is an important step for the future of Stadler in the U.S.,” said Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler U.S. “Not only are we looking forward to continuing this partnership with DART, but we are also confident that we can provide cutting-edge technology, paired with excellent service to DART’s customers together.”

“Stadler is looking forward to this 15-year partnership with DART and will ensure the highest availability from Day 1,” said Jürg Gygax, Executive Vice President Division Service. “For the Stadler maintenance division, this is a very important milestone, to win this contract in the United States. We see this as an excellent base for future growth in the U.S.”

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