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Most of the San Francisco Municipal Railway light-rail vehicle fleet will be getting upgrades over the next five years.

The Italian company AnsaldoBreda, which manufactures the Muni trains, was recently awarded a five-year $54 million contract to overhaul the fleet’s automatic doors and steps, as well as the air supply units and other electrical and mechanical components.

The company maintains a facility in Pittsburg where the upgrades will be done.

According to Muni, 143 of its 151 light-rail vehicles will be getting the upgrades, a few at a time over the next five years.

SFMTA CEO Nathaniel Ford said the improvements would boost the reliability of the light-rail vehicles.

The contract was awarded using $9 million in federal stimulus funding, plus additional federal, local and infrastructure funding, according to Muni.

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  • Xenu

    Thank god. But can we upgrade the management too? As in, get people who are even remotely competent to run the damn thing?

  • Greg Dewar

    Breda is literally incapable of building anything that works. SF Weekly did a good investigative piece in the late 90s detailing the sheer amount of BS that Willie Brown engaged in to get them the deal, and it’s sickening.

    In Boston, they spend more time in the shop, than online because among other things, they didn’t build their trains to accommodate Boston terrain – they built them to SF specs!

    Oh well.

  • Xenu

    SF and Boston getting stuck with trains that barely work? But that could *NEVER* happen!