Overview

The new commuter rail line will extend from downtown Fort Worth, northeast through North Richland Hills to downtown Grapevine, and then into DFW International Airport.

About the Train

  • Diesel Multiple Units (DMU)
  • Quieter than Locomotive Hauled Coach technology
  • More fuel efficient
  • No locomotive; the operator sits at end of passenger car
  • Positive Train Control

Route & Stations

The commuter route will have a corridor length of approximately 27 miles and provide direct access to all activity centers operating on the following existing tracks: Fort Worth & Western, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Union Pacific railroads, and the former Cotton Belt route now owned by DART.

The nine stations will include ticket vending, covered seating, lighting, and security cameras.

StationsParking
T&P (Existing)350
ITC (Existing)0
North Side164
Mercantile Center318
N. Richland Hills/Iron Horse376
N. Richland Hills/Smithfield559
Grapevine/Main Street137
DFW Airport North208
DFW Airport Terminal B0

Travel Time

Vehicles

On June 9, 2015, Trinity Metro signed a contract with Stadler Bussnang AG for the manufacture and delivery of eight Diesel Multiple Unit (train) rail vehicles for TEXRail.

The Third Generation “FLIRT” (a.k.a. Flirt3)
(Fast Light Innovative Regional Train)

  • Roomy design for even greater passenger comfort.
  • Comfortable ride
  • Low noise level
  • USB
  • Double leaf swing-plug doors
  • Extendable platforms guarantee rapid and comfortable passenger boarding even for people with disabilities, parents pushing strollers

The New Face of Trinity Metro

The exterior design of the FLIRT3 perfectly mirrors the values of Trinity Metro. The view from the front emphasizes reliability and competence without the need for graphic decoration. The train conveys a sense of efficiency and speed without appearing aggressive. Details and features thoroughly incorporated into the clean overall concept enhance this image. The large front window allows for visual contact with the train driver and provides sufficient space for a large destination display.

The FLIRT3 has been developed in accordance with TEXRail’s vision. The use of the three corporate colors – red, silver, and blue – as well as the corporate imagery allows the train to be seamlessly integrated into Trinity Metro fleet.

The interior layout is not only light and open, but also offers a range of functional benefits. The rigorous modular construction, which follows a basic grid structure, reduces the number of different parts required and thus life-cycle costs.

Entrance Doors

The design of the entrance area is centered on integration, clarity, and modularity. The required interface modules such as the emergency brake, emergency door opening, and normal door buttons are clearly marked and integrated into the columns at an optimal location. Flush-mounted downlights above the doors illuminate the entrance, allowing for safe entry and exit at night.

Intercar Gangways

The intercar gangways connect the cars. The spacious opening of the gangway is consistent with the design used throughout the different cars. The smooth form language and the clear joint pattern lend the area a quiet and clean look. Small ramps lead up to the gangway, making it easy to travel between cars.

High-Floor Area

The cars at both ends of the train are equipped with a high-floor area. This area provides the same comfort as the low-floor areas. The door to the driver’s cabin is secured by a lock and outfitted with glass in line with the transparent and light design.

Easy Access for Everyone

Wheelchair users can board the train easily from the platform and find convenient seating in close proximity to the entrance. The wheelchair areas in the FLIRT3 are equipped to provide the same level of comfort as the other passenger compartments. The FLIRT3 also provides accessible toilets that can be used by all passengers. The technical concept complies with the latest PRM (Persons with Reduced Mobility) standards and has been used successfully in a wide range of projects.

Luggage Racks

The overhead luggage carriers form a continuous horizontal element throughout the compartment. Items placed on the carriers can be seen from the seat, so passengers are less likely to forget their belongings. Furthermore, the luggage carriers are equipped with integrated coat hangers.

Bike Rack

Convenient bicycle racks within the train allow riders to store their bike on board and out of passengers’ paths during the trip.

Power Pack

The diesel power pack has been specially developed for the modular FLIRT3 family. Sliding glass doors separate the central diesel generator unit from the passenger compartments. Bright colors, ample lighting, and the clear division of the different wall panels make the passageway of the power pack unit feel friendly and inviting. An image of the Texas star makes the walk through the passageway a more engaging experience.

Passenger Information System

When it comes to the placement of the information screens for the passenger information system, peak service time must be taken into account, especially for commuter trains. When all of the seats are occupied, passengers will be forced to stand close together in the central aisle and the vestibules. At these times, the only place that will be visible to most passengers is directly under the ceiling. When positioned in the middle of the vestibule, the screen is also visible to most of the passengers who are standing there as well.

Lighting Concept

Lighting is one of the most important elements for modern train design. A light strip running along the middle ceiling section illuminates the passenger compartments with diffused light.

State-of-the-Art Operator’s Control

The FLIRT3 has been designed with the drivers in mind as well, with a comfortable workspace structured for optimal operation.

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