DART begins Stadler electric-diesel train testing

DART begins Stadler electric-diesel train testing Image credit: DART

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has just begun to test trains for the new Silver Line that’s scheduled to open in less than three years. Designed by Swiss manufacturer Stadler and assembled in Salt Lake City, the Silver Line vehicles are powered by electric diesel multiple-unit-powered engines that meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

DART worked with Trinity Metro — its Trinity Railway Express (TRE) partner — to secure track availability to test the trains, operators and vehicle systems. Silver Line trains will run on a TRE route every Sunday for the next few weeks. Test runs will be conducted on Sundays because there is no regular TRE service on that day.

A 26-mile commuter rail route, the Silver Line will run through Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano in north Texas. Revenue service is expected to start in late 2025 or early 2026.

The Silver Line project is more than 60% complete and trains will be fully tested in segments on the line’s tracks beginning in summer. Segmented testing — which is necessary to ensure each portion of track functions as intended and the vehicle responds accordingly — is anticipated to conclude in early 2025. End-to-end testing is planned for summer 2025

Source: DART