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On Feb. 16, a Metrolink train traveled along the new nine-mile, five-station Arrow corridor from San Bernardino to Redlands, Calif. (pictured). It allowed crews to take clearance measurements in preparation for train testing, which kicked off Feb. 22. Revenue service is slated to begin this summer.

Transit Briefs: CTA, LOSSAN, SBCTA

The Chicago Transit Board has approved a new agreement with Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) largest union. Also, Icomera U.S. is improving Wi-Fi service for Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner riders; and San Bernardino County (Calif.) Transportation Authority (SBCTA) is starting train testing this month along the nine-mile Arrow passenger rail corridor.

Pictured on Nov. 5 with Caltrain’s Stadler-built KISS trainset are John Putnam, USDOT Deputy General Counsel; Cindy Terwilliger, Federal Transit Administration Region 8 Regional Administrator; Michelle Bouchard, acting Executive Director of Caltrain; Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US; Kari Gonzales, President and CEO of TTCI; and other industry professionals.

USDOT Officials Ride New Caltrain EMU

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation recently had a test ride of Caltrain’s Stadler-built KISS EMU (electric multiple-unit), which is now in the final stages of testing at Transportation Technology Center, Inc. in Pueblo, Colo.

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SBCTA Stadler DMU Out for Delivery

Delivery is under way for Stadler’s second U.S.-manufactured order, three low-floor FLIRT DMU (diesel multiple-unit) trainsets for San Bernardino County Transit Authority (SBCTA). The first unit is out for delivery from Stadler’s Salt Lake City, Utah manufacturing facility. This order follows DMUs built for Trinity Metro’s Texrail line in Fort Worth, Tex., in 2019.

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KBC Wins Stadler MARTA Railcar Subcontract

Knorr Brake Company LLC (KBC), the U.S. passenger rail subsidiary of Knorr-Bremse, has secured a subcontract with Stadler US Inc. to supply braking systems for 254 railcars (127 two-car sets) Stadler is building for MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). Exact contract terms were undisclosed; KBC said the amount is a “lower-double-digit million-euro sum.”

Under the Denton County Transportation Authority (Texas) agreement, partners Rio Grande Pacific Corp. and Stadler U.S., Inc. are taking over the remaining five years of a nine-year fixed-price contract, with a five-year extension option.

For DCTA, New Commuter Rail Operations, DMU Maintenance Contracts

The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) Board has approved the assignment of an operations and maintenance management contract to Rio Grande Pacific Corp. (RGPC) for its 21-mile A-Train commuter rail service connecting the Texas counties of Denton and Dallas. RGPC has selected Stadler U.S., Inc. to maintain the 11 GTW 2/6 diesel multiple-units (DMU), which the railcar manufacturer supplied for the A-Train’s 2011 launch.

DART FLIRTs with Stadler for $119M contract

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) recently awarded Stadler US, Inc. a $119 million contract to build eight FLIRT model trains and to design an Equipment Maintenance Facility (EMF) for the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project. DART anticipates the trains to go into passenger service by the end of 2022.

New TEXRail line rolls in DFW

TEXRail inaugurated passenger rail services between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Grapevine and central Fort Worth on January 10 with the inauguration of the 28-mile commuter line.