Bombardier introduced the latest member of the Flexity family — the Bombardier Flexity Freedom vehicle. Designed specifically for the North American market, it combines 100 percent low-floor technology with conventional wheel-set bogies, and features an improved and enlarged carbody concept, better corrosion protection, an improved cab structure, an enhanced air-conditioning system, a unique driver’s cab, and the second generation of Bombardier Mitrac highly energy-efficient traction equipment.
Stadler Showcased its GTW DMU 2/6
Stadler, a Swiss rail car builder, showcased the diesel-electric GTW DMU 2/6 low-floor rail car. The car on display was one of 11 that has been ordered by Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA). The rail cars will be used for the A-train, a passenger rail line being constructed by DCTA.
The vehicles are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), and will incorporate enhanced air conditioning, passenger information systems, video surveillance and a significant part of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) compliant elements. There are 104 seats and standing room for 96 persons in every vehicle.
“This is the fourth generation, and it really shows the evolution of the product,” explained Stadler President Stephen Bonina, P.E. “The design of this car is focused on it being able to complete its mission. The reliability is off the charts.”
The traction equipment is housed in a separate power car, efficiently insulating the passenger compartments from noise. In addition, it has a redundant traction power system consisting of two units, each with a diesel engine, asynchronous generator, IGBT power converter and asynchronous drive motor.
Stadler is putting a new focus on its presence in the United States, according to Peter Jenelten, executive vice president, marketing and sales. “Up until now we have supplied these trains from Switzerland. We need to be present in the United States with production. We have to establish something in the United States,” said Jenelten.