The Stadler battery-powered units for Metro. (Stadler)
Commuter rail operator Metra has placed a USD 154M order with Stadler for eight battery-electric FLIRT trains for delivery in 2027-2028. 
There is an option for eight more, and up to 32 intermediate trailers. They will be used on the 26km Beverly Branch of the former Rock Island Line from La Salle St to Blue Island. 
The 112-seat cars will be built at Stadler’s Salt Lake City factory and will run up to 100km between charges and charging the vehicles from 20% to 80% will take 20 minutes. 
To fund the contract, Metro will be using some of a USD 169.3M federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grant, plus USD 30.8M in local bond funding. 
The FLIRT will be equipped with lifts for boarding in accordance with ADA compliance. They will be winter-ready including underfloor heating in boarding areas and special insulation. 
The Stadler battery-powered units for Metro. (Stadler)
An image of the Stadler battery-powered units for Metro. (Stadler) 
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