Hearing will focus on light rail vehicle shortage and lack of reliability, as well as Muni's plans to keep these vehicles running until the arrival of the next generation of light rail vehicles
WHEN: Monday, November 24th, 1:30 PM
WHERE: Land Use and Economic Development Committee
Board of Supervisors
City Hall, Room 263
WHAT: Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will hold hearing on the state of Muni's light rail vehicles (LRVs) - including the existing vehicle shortage and lack of reliability - as well as Muni's plans to keep the light rail fleet viable and improve reliability over the next number of years through the arrival of the new Siemens light rail vehicles. The Board of Supervisors recently approved purchase of the Siemens vehicles - eventually leading to nearly double the vehicles as well as vehicles that are much more reliable - but those vehicles won't begin to arrive for several years, and it will take 15 years for the entire fleet to roll out. In the meantime, Muni will continue to operate its existing Breda fleet, which is one of the major sources of reliability problems in the system, given design defects and frequent breakdowns. At the hearing MTA will also report on the timeline and plan for introducing the new Siemens vehicles into the system.