DART News Release
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March 11, 2013
Pennsylvania-based streetcar manufacturer and DART sign $9.4 million contract ordering the production of two off-wire capable streetcars for downtown Union Station to Oak Cliff streetcar extension project
Brookville Awarded Contract to Manufacture First American Designed and Produced Off-Wire Capable Modern Streetcars for City of Dallas
DALLAS, TX – Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Brookville Equipment Corporation officially agreed to terms Tuesday, Feb. 26, for the supply of two off-wire capable Liberty Modern Streetcars to the downtown Union Station to Oak Cliff extension project with an option for two additional streetcars. The light rail vehicle (LRV) will be the first-ever American designed and manufactured off-wire capable streetcar to be delivered to a U.S. public transit agency.
Featuring three passenger compartments, the 66.5 foot-long, 8 foot-wide cars will include over 70 percent low-floor area, providing accessible seating for passengers. The streetcars will run on standard 56.5-inch track gauge and utilize BROOKVILLE’s industry-proven soft ride trucks powered by four 99 kW AC traction motors while traveling at a maximum speed of 44 mph.
The contract between BROOKVILLE and DART is authorized for up to $9.4 million and the extension project includes funding from a Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) I grant of $23 million. The downtown Union Station to Oak Cliff extension is being funded through various grants totaling $56.8 million, with collaborative agency support between the City of Dallas, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTOG) and DART.
The Oak Cliff streetcar extension is slated for a late 2014 completion and will provide enhanced accessibility to downtown Dallas for residents in adjacent neighborhoods.
ABOUT BROOKVILLE EQUIPMENT CORPORATION - STREETCAR DIVISION
Headquartered in Brookville, Pa., in the scenic foothills of the Allegheny forests, Brookville Equipment Corporation has been a world class American manufacturer of innovative powered transportation solutions for mining/tunneling, rail freight and passenger transportation since 1918. BROOKVILLE contributed to the first American manufactured streetcars since the 1950s in 2001 and has modernized, manufactured and remanufactured PCC and heritage streetcars and trolleys for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA), the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA or Muni) and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Building upon the company's 95 years of rail-mounted vehicle manufacturing experience and over a decade of streetcar manufacturing, BROOKVILLE introduced the innovative Liberty Modern Streetcar design in 2012.
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