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Stadler earlier this week unveiled its first "Fast Light Intercity and Regional Train" (FLIRT) for the TEX Rail commuter line in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.The diesel-electric multiple unit is equipped with 224 seats and USB ports for passengers. Capable of traveling at a maximum speed of 81 mph, the train complies with the Environmental Protection Agency's Tier IV emissions standards, according to a a Stadler press release. In June 2015, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority — which will operate the TEX Rail line — signed a contract with Stadler for the eight FLIRT units. The unit for TEX Rail is the first FLIRT model to be used in the United States. Built in a leased Stadler plant in Salt Lake City, the units will satisfy Buy America requirements, Stadler officials said.TEX Rail's eight FLIRT units also will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.Stadler introduced the unit at the American Public Transportation Association's EXPO transit trade show, which ran Oct. 9-11.
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