Passenger Transport June 2017 Vol 75 No 11 - 8

2017 RAIL CONFERENCE

Muni Rolls Out Largest Modern Light Rail Fleet in U.S.
BY ED REISKIN
Director of Transportation
San Francisco Municipal
Transportation
Agency

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the software that will diagnose
mechanical issues and the steps
that must be regularly raised and
lowered.
These details can make all
the difference for a reliable system. With our current LRV fleet,
mechanical issues with the raising steps are the biggest contributor to delays; these vehicles go fewer
than 5,000 miles between breakdowns,
on average, compared to 59,000 for the
new Siemens fleet. If that isn't enough
to be excited about, we're also happy to
have these vehicles manufactured locally
in our state's capital, Sacramento.
We're already testing our first three
new LRVs here in San Francisco and
expect to have the first one in service by
late summer. As the new fleet rolls out
through 2028, it will replace our current
151-car fleet and expand it to 260.
With all the challenges cities face
today, Muni needs to make investments
like these to unlock the potential of a
new generation of transit systems to
keep us all moving for generations to
come.

his year, the San Francisco Municipal Railway
Ed Reiskin
(Muni) will begin to roll
out a new fleet of light rail vehicles that
will play a major role in transforming
the experience for generations of people
who rely on our public transit system.
It's an honor for Muni to partner
with Siemens USA to produce these
260 state-of-the-art vehicles-the largest light rail vehicle (LRV) contract in
modern U.S. history. This is a milestone
for San Francisco and for the U.S. public
transit industry.
An incredible amount of work went
into the design of these vehicles to make
sure they work for San Francisco's riders,
hills and unique Muni Metro system.
Muni's network is the only one in the
world in which LRVs provide service
both on busy city streets and in an automatically-controlled subway system.
To make sure these
vehicles will provide the
performance, comfort and
safety we need, they were
designed with input from
more than 8,000 Muni
riders as well as our
operations, maintenance
and accessibility teams.
That feedback helped
shape aspects from how
the seats are configured
to the exterior displays,
One of Muni's new light rail vehicles.

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