January 13, 2017, just hours after being delivered from the Siemens factory in Sacramento, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) unveiled the first of a new generation of Muni Metro trains.
The Muni light rail vehicle marks a huge milestone for the fleet that will play a major role in transforming the Muni-riding experience in the years to come. It will be tested at the Muni Metro East facility, to ensure a smooth introduction into service in late summer.
SFMTA staff, including Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin and Muni Operations Director John Haley, were joined by London Breed, president of the SF Board of Supervisors, and Michael Cahill, president of the Rail Systems Division at Siemens USA.
Director of Transportation, Ed Reiskin, commented:
“An incredible amount of work went into making sure these vehicles are going to work for us in San Francisco – for our riders, for our hills, for our environment on the streets”
“So much detail went into making sure that we’re really going to get the performance, the comfort, the safety that we want in our system.”
These trains aren’t just sleeker, quieter and safer than our current train fleet. They’re also expected to be far more reliable, running an average of 59,000 miles without breakdowns, compared to less than 5,000 miles with our current trains.
This is the first of four initial trains already in production by Siemens. These trains will replace our current fleet of 151 trains and expand it by 64 in phases over the next few years.
Those additional trains will not only improve Metro service every day – they’ll also serve the Central Subway when it opens in 2019. In a fitting coincidence, the unveiling also marked the 10-year anniversary of the start of initial service on the T Third Line, which was the first phase of the Central Subway project.
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