SF Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee Meeting

Agenda [PDF]

Of note:

3. Hearing, directed to the Municipal Transportation Agency, in light of the current procurement process for new light rail vehicles, to report on the current state of the Breda light rail vehicle fleet, including reliability; ease of maintenance; ability to procure and receive replacement parts; problems with specific aspects of the vehicles, such as doors and propulsion systems; and overall operational performance.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Will Muni Ever Consider Catenary-Free Light Rail?

|
It’s hard not to get excited about the new urban rail technology announced this week by Bombardier. Could we ever see something like this in San Francisco? Similar technology has been on Muni’s radar but the future of light rail in the city doesn’t seem to be too high on the MTA’s priority list, at […]

Board of Supervisors Hearing: State of Muni Light Rail Vehicles

|
Agenda [PDF]. Item of Note: 4. [Hearing – State of Existing Light Rail Vehicle Fleet] Sponsor: Wiener Hearing directed to the Municipal Transportation Agency to report on the state of Muni’s light rail vehicles, including the existing vehicle shortage and lack of reliability, as well as Muni’s plans to keep the light rail fleet bible […]
STREETSBLOG USA

Survey Reveals Huge Appetite for Transit Expansion in Seattle

|
Sound Transit in Seattle recently commissioned a survey to gauge support for pumping $15 billion into light rail expansion from local taxes. About 1,500 voters were interviewed by phone in Snohomish, King, and Pierce counties about their appetite for such an increase. The questions were phrased neutrally and showed “overwhelming” support for continuing to expand transit options […]

SFMTA Reveals Breda LRV Refurbished with Federal Stimulus Funds

|
SFMTA Chief Nat Ford was joined by members of the SFMTA Board, representatives from AnsaldoBreda and federal officials at an unveiling today of the first Muni light-rail vehicle to be refurbished using federal stimulus funds, part of a $56 million project to upgrade the agency’s fleet of 143 LRVs. “It’s going to help us keep […]

MTA Releases Video of Muni Crash at West Portal Station

|
The MTA has released video of Saturday’s Muni collision, which was captured by several platform cameras at the West Portal Station. The footage showing an L train slamming into the rear of a K train, and the immediate aftermath, was in the custody of the National Transportation Safety Board but turned back over to Muni […]
STREETSBLOG USA

Raleigh-Durham Voters Give Go-Ahead to Light Rail Plans

|
Yesterday was a mixed bag for transit at the ballot box. Voters in Cincinnati beat back a second referendumthat would have prevented the city from building its planned and ready-to-go streetcar line. In Seattle, meanwhile, an initiative that would have allowed local electeds to raise vehicle license fees to support transit was rejected. Maybe the biggest news […]