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Release date: March 16, 2012

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced an agreement with the Consumer Protection and Safety Division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to settle the disputes arising from the state agency’s February 2011 Order Instituting Investigation (OII) that raised concerns about system safety on Muni.

“Our staff is fully committed to working for the people of San Francisco and with the staff of the CPUC to keep our system safe,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Edward D. Reiskin. “I'm pleased that CPUC staff agrees with us that it is in the best interest of the riding public to spend our limited dollars on improving our aging infrastructure rather than on litigation.”

The SFMTA does not admit to any of the allegations included in the OII. The settlement establishes:

  • More consistent and improved communications between the two agencies
  • Completion of the rail replacement project at Church and Duboce Streets
  • Planned replacement of aging track in several other locations around the system, including the Eureka curve, Muni Metro turnaround, and Duboce Portal
  • Upgrading 27 signals that automatically govern train movements by implementing a standardized train signal package
  • Planned replacement of the communications cable that is essential to the automatic train control system in the Market Street/Twin Peaks Tunnel
  • Implementation of recommendations from an independent safety analyst for the Sunset Tunnel

The tentative agreement will be voted on by the SFMTA Board on Tuesday, March 20 at 1 p.m. at City Hall, Room 400. The settlement also requires approval from the CPUC Commission.

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