First Stadler FLIRT DMU Destined for San Bernardino Leaves Factory

The first of three diesel multiple units (DMUs) ordered from Stadler by the San Bernardino County Transit Authority (SBCTA) in the US has now left the manufacturer’s factory in Salt Lake City.

This is the second project Stadler has delivered to a transit authority from its Salt Lake City site, having manufactured FLIRT trains for Trinity Metro’s Texrail line in Fort Worth, Texas back in 2019.

Stadler FLIRT DMU leaves Salt Lake City factory
Stadler FLIRT DMU leaves Salt Lake City factory

The SBCTA made the order for its three diesel-electric, low-floor multiple unit FLIRT trains in 2017. These will operate on its Arrow passenger rail service, which is also known as the Redlands Passenger Rail Project.

This is a nine-mile, five-station commuter route between the San Bernardino Transit Center and the University of Redlands.

Upon arrival the vehicles will begin extensive testing on the transit authority’s infrastructure.

Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US, said:

“We're pleased to deliver these state-of-the-art vehicles to San Bernardino County this year. We’re confident that our DMUs will allow SBCTA to provide excellent passenger rail service to their customers and that passengers will enjoy travelling on the new trains after successful completion of testing.”

 

While Stadler completes the SBCTA DMU order, it’s also working on another project for the transport authority.

In 2019 the two organisations signed a contract to manufacture and supply the first hydrogen-powered train to run in the United States.

The hydrogen train FLIRT H2 is currently in development in Switzerland, and is scheduled to be introduced to the Arrow passenger rail service in 2024.

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