SFMTA to Receive FTA State of Good Repair Initiative Funds
Release date: 10/4/10
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$43.8 million from Federal Transit Administration will further Muni improvements
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in San Francisco including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that it will receive $43.8 million in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) State of Good Repair funds for two crucial projects that will improve Muni bus service by providing increased capacity for service and repairs and better asset management.
"Reliable transit service is crucial to local economies and improving our environment,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “We need to re-invest in the infrastructure of the Muni system to fulfill the promise of our Transit First city."
"San Francisco’s infrastructure is at the core of our quality of life,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA Executive Director/CEO. “The SFMTA will continue to aggressively prioritize keeping Muni in a state of good repair in order to provide safe and reliable service to our customers.”
The two SFMTA projects funded by the $43.8 million include the Islais Creek Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility ($35 million) and a capital asset management system ($8.8 million). The $35 million in State of Good Repair grant funds would be used to construct a Maintenance and Operations Building for the $92 million Islais Creek Bus Facility Project, thus completing the project and bring the site to the level of a fully functioning, state-of-the art facility. This funding for the project will create or retain more than 1,000 jobs.
The $8.8 million will contribute to a new centralized capital asset management system that will streamline the SFMTA’s existing Capital Asset Management program and help the Agency make better business decisions by improving inventorying and unifying large amounts of asset condition data in one state-of-the-art repository. The system will be used to inventory the SFMTA’s thousands of major assets and enable the storage of data on age, condition, and needs of different asset types, and allow for a comprehensive assessment and projection of capital improvement needs for today and in the future.
According to the FTA State of Good Repair announcement, the initiative is intended to target federal funds to bus related projects in order to support a key element of transit that not only provides mobility options for the American public, but also contributes to the livability of our nation’s communities and to environmental and energy sustainability. It also intended to contribute to the improvement of the condition of transit capital assts by providing funding for the development and implementation of new or improvement of existing transit asset management systems.
In early May, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $775million of Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities funds for a new State of Good Repair initiative for bus related projects. Fifteen Bay Area transit operators responded through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, with proposals for 22 projects seeking approximately $173 million in federal funds.
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