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Release date: 10/14/10

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), today unveiled a refurbished “like new” light rail vehicle (LRV) that is part of the $56 million contract to rehabilitate 143 Breda LRVs. The contract, awarded last September, is part of the LRV Doors and Steps Reconditioning Project, which allocates a total of $9 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) economic stimulus funding to directly improve vehicle availability, service reliability and performance by rehabilitating nearly all of Muni’s LRVs.

The first completed LRV is currently being inspected by SFMTA personnel in order to ensure that all issues are addressed and that the rehabilitation of the remaining 142 vehicles is done correctly by AnsaldoBreda, the manufacturer. With this contract, the SFMTA continues to drive critical ARRA funds to frontline, infrastructure improvements.

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr, SFMTA Executive Director/CEO, underscored the pressing need for capital reinvestment in Muni. “Muni and our entire transportation system must be capable of serving new generations of residents and visitors who will depend on it to get where they want to go in this Transit First city.”

The LRV Doors and Steps Reconditioning Project, using $9 million in ARRA funding, will rehabilitate several key systems on 143 of the SFMTA's Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs), to their original operating specifications. The scope of the project includes rebuilding the doors and steps system, the automatic couplers, the air supply units and the traction motors as well as replacing the articulation pins in the center of the vehicles and the articulation wire harnesses. This effort will maintain component life and improve vehicle reliability.

SFMTA’s fleet of 151 LRVs carries more than 160,000 boardings each weekday. The Breda LRVs entered service between 1997 and 2003. Light rail vehicles are used in the operation of the six Muni Metro Lines (J, K, L, M, N and T), carrying over 50 million customers a year, or about 20 percent of Muni’s total ridership. LRVs provide an efficient, high capacity means of transporting large numbers of passengers.

As a result of ARRA contributions, it is estimated that the LRV Doors and Steps Reconditioning Project will result in more than 60 new hires or jobs retained.

In the past year, the SFMTA has advanced key capital projects and aggressive preventive maintenance programs to ensure the integrity of the Muni system. Many of these state-of-good-repair advancements were enabled by $71 million in ARRA transit funds awarded by the Obama Administration. Along with critical economic stimulus funding, other important infrastructure improvement projects were furthered by additional regional and federal funds. Reinvestment into the Muni system is an SFMTA priority and essential for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods as mandated by the City’ Transit First policy. Maintaining system integrity is an important component of the SFMTA vision of ensuring safe, accessible, clean and environmentally sustainable service to its customers.

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