SFMTA Begins Escalator Replacement in Muni Metro Stations
Release date: Jan. 5, 2012
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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), this week begins a year-long escalator maintenance program that will cover three locations: Church Street Station, Hallidie Plaza at Powell Station and Van Ness Station.The project will start by replacing the north side escalator at Church Street Station.
The work at Church Street Station will last for approximately three months, during which time the north side escalator will be out of service. Customers can use the elevator or the south side escalator if needed.
The first phase of the Muni Metro Subway Escalator Rehabilitation project will renovate five escalators at three subway stations within 12 months:
The approximate down time for each escalator upgrade is three months.
Schedule and sequence:
The cost of this initial phase is $7.38 million, funded by Proposition K local sales tax dollars and federal funds. The new escalators will provide a marked improvement over the 30-year-old versions they replace. The new models will be energy-efficient, easier to monitor for repairs and use new materials that make them easier to keep clean. Planning has started for the next phase of this project, which is expected to proceed at the end of 2013.
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