Written by Staff
By Amanda Casanova
As Fort Worth officials gear up to for the proposed TEX Rail project, a Swiss company is hoping to land the job as the builder for the commuter line.
The company, Stadler US, is working in the next few weeks to pitch the company’s modern passenger rail cars to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. The company is a Swiss transportation business with a North American office in New Jersey.
If approved, the proposed rail will run from southwest Fort Worth to Grapevine and DFW Airport. Requests for proposals could be opened as soon as late spring or summer and a contract could be awarded sometime after the fall.
According to TEX Rail officials, the proposed system will use self-powered rail vehicles, which would be less costly than electrified light rail.
“Stadler’s forte is building rail vehicles with a low life cycle cost,” said Stephen Bonina, president of Stadler US. “There are a lot of manufactures throughout the world who build inexpensive rail vehicles, and while these vehicles are cheaper to procure, they typically cost more to operate.”