BROOKVILLE, Pa. – The City of Dallas and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) exercised an option on Thursday, July 9, 2015, for the delivery of two additional off-wire capable Liberty Modern Streetcars – extending a partnership with Brookville Equipment Corporation (BROOKVILLE) that began with a March 2013 contract for two identical vehicles, delivered in the first half of 2015.
With the two delivered Liberty Modern Streetcars currently providing service along a 1.6-mile starter line between Dallas’ downtown Union Station and the Oak Cliff neighborhood, the additional two streetcars – both options exercised on the original contract – will upgrade the Dallas fleet to a total of four vehicles and add capacity for the forthcoming expansion to Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District, which is currently under construction.
“The BROOKVILLE team is eager to continue to work in conjunction with the City of Dallas and DART with the delivery of two additional Liberty Modern Streetcars,” said BROOKVILLE President Marion Van Fosson. “This partnership is a shining example of how American manufacturers can collaborate with American cities and public entities to provide sustainable jobs across the country while spurring domestic innovation.”
The two Dallas streetcars, which will be identical in size and feature the same service proven systems as the initial vehicles, are scheduled to start delivering Summer 2016.
“The customer and community response to the streetcar has been great,” said DART President and Executive Director Gary Thomas. “We are looking forward to extending it and working with BROOKVILLE to help our communities grow with great transit choices.”
In June 2015, BROOKVILLE also secured an order for six Liberty Modern Streetcars for the forthcoming M-1 RAIL streetcar line along Woodward Avenue in Detroit. That order will begin delivering in the fourth quarter of 2016 with the otherwise identical vehicles featuring an 8 ft. 8 in. wide carbody, compared to an 8 ft. wide carbody for the Dallas Liberty Modern Streetcars.
ABOUT BROOKVILLE EQUIPMENT CORPORATION – STREETCAR DIVISION
Headquartered in Brookville, Pa., in the scenic foothills of the Allegheny forests, Brookville Equipment Corporation is a world class American manufacturer of innovative powered transportation solutions for the mining/tunneling, rail freight and passenger transportation industries. BROOKVILLE contributed to the first American manufactured streetcars since the 1950s in 2001 and has modernized, manufactured and remanufactured PCC and heritage streetcars and trolleys for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA), the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Building upon the company’s 95 years of rail-mounted vehicle manufacturing experience and over a decade of streetcar manufacturing, BROOKVILLE introduced the innovative Liberty Modern Streetcar design in 2012, with the pilot order delivered to Dallas, Texas in 2015 and a second order currently underway for Detroit’s M-1 RAIL streetcar line.