USA: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has selected Stadler to supply 254 metro cars, with options for up to 100 additional cars. According to Stadler, this is the company’s largest ever rolling stock order by volume.
The $600m contract includes a base order of 127 two-car permanently coupled ‘married pairs’, plus two options each for 25 married pairs. The first trains are due to enter service in 2023.
The 45·7 m long trains, designated CQ400 by the operator, will have 128 seats and will be ADA-compliant. They will draw power from a third rail at 750 V DC and have a maximum speed of 113 km/h. Interior features include at-seat sockets, wi-fi and luggage racks.
Stadler is contractually obliged to create at least 60% of the project’s value in the USA. The trains will be assembled at the company’s factory in Salt Lake City.