Metra Orders 16 Battery-Electric Stadler Trains for Chicago

Metra has awarded a contract to Stadler to supply 16 battery-electric trains for operation in Chicago and the surrounding region.

This contract marks the first competitive bid for battery trainsets in the US. The initial order is for eight, two-car multiple units.

Rendering of the new Metra battery-electric train
Rendering of the new Metra battery-electric train

The Battery Electric Multiple Unit (BEMU) rail vehicles for Metra will enter service on its Rock Island Line.

The two-car trainsets can later be expanded to three-car or four-car trainsets in line with passenger demand on this route.

Martin Ritter, CEO Stadler US, said:

“Our BEMU technology helps support transit agencies like Metra in their mission to bring state-of-the art green public transit to the US. We are excited to build these trains for the greater Chicago area and are looking forward to the partnership with Metra.”

The vehicles will be built in the United States and will meet all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) standards.

In addition, they will be manufactured to adapt to the severe winter conditions in Chicago. Features will include efficient air conditioning, underfloor heating, and special insulation and well-sealed machine rooms to protect the drive technology.

Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski said:

“We think these trains will be an essential addition to our fleet. Beyond the environmental and noise reduction benefits, they could also play a significant role in our vision to provide more frequent all-day service. We are excited to be working with Stadler and taking the lead on this technology.”

Get your news featured on Railway-News

Please fill in the contact form opposite. A member of the team will be in touch shortly.

    We'd love to send you the latest news and information from the world of Railway-News. Please tick the box if you agree to receive them.

    For your peace of mind here is a link to our Privacy Policy.

    By submitting this form, you consent to allow Railway-News to store and process this information.

    Follow Railway-News on LinkedIn
    Follow Railway-News on Twitter