DART is updating its fleet of 115 light rail vehicles (LRV) by inserting a new, low-floor insert between the existing sections of the vehicle adding seating capacity and improving access through level boarding. The newly modified vehicles began service on June 23, 2008 with car #151.
Known as Super Light Rail Vehicles (SLRV) because of the greater length and added passenger capacity, the SLRV will seat approximately 100 passengers compared with 75 on the current vehicles. Standing passengers on the vehicle can nearly double the capacity.
The SLRVs - designed in partnership with rail vehicle manufacturer Kinkisharyo of Osaka, Japan - feature level boarding which will allow passengers with disabilities - plus people with strollers, bicycles and the like - to step or roll directly onto the trains without using mechanical lifts. This, in turn, enables faster and safer boarding and deboarding. Note: stanchions currently located in the center of each SLRV door will be removed once all station platforms are equipped to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs.
Because the initial SLRVs are modifications of the current fleet of 115 LRVs, they also have another advantage: the inserts are less expensive than full-sized cars.
DART's first SLRV, Car #170, went into service on the Blue Line in 2002 as a prototype. DART began taking delivery of the rail car inserts in late Winter 2008. The first SLRVs beyond #170 are scheduled to be in revenue service by late Spring or early Summer 2008. Each of DART's current 115 rail cars will be retrofitted with the new insert.
Below are the SLRV Information Cards. Graphics are available for download.
DART President/Executive Director
Gary Thomas on the SLRV Project
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