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Release date: 5/28/10

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), today unveiled two refurbished “like new” buses that are part of the $12.6 million contract to rehabilitate 62 Neoplan buses. The contract, awarded in September, is part of the Motor Coach Component Life Cycle Project, which allocates a total of $16 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) economic stimulus funding to directly improve vehicle availability, service reliability and performance by rehabilitating 35 standard (40-foot) and 27 articulated (60-foot) Muni buses.

The buses, one of each length, are currently being inspected by SFMTA personnel in order to ensure that all issues are addressed and that the rehabilitation of the remaining 60 vehicles is done correctly by Complete Coach Works, a California company. 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 Motor Coach Component Life Cycle Rehabilitation Project, using $16 million in ARRA funding, will allow for the mid-life overhaul of 62 Neoplan high floor diesel coaches, approximately 20 percent of the SFMTA Neoplan fleet. By replacing critical sub-systems that include the propulsion system, cooling system, pneumatic system, suspension system and doors, improved service levels will be achieved and the mean distance between failures will be increased. Other corrective maintenance work such as body and understructure repair and reinforcement will also be implemented.

Muni customers on the biodiesel bus routes where these refurbished vehicles will be deployed will be welcomed aboard buses that have new exterior paint and decals, fresh graffiti-resistant interior coating, new graffiti-resistant and brighter light covers, resurfaced flooring, rebuilt wheelchair lifts and more visible all-LED destination signs.

As a result of ARRA contributions, it is estimated that the Motor Coach Component Life Cycle Rehabilitation Project will result in 20 new hires and 16 additional 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’s 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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