SFMTA proceeds with purchase of new electric trolleys

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

San Francisco’s transit agency announced today that it is officially moving forward with the purchase of 60 new electric trolley buses, the first phase in replacing the aging fleet over the next few years.

The buses being retired were in service for more than two decades and accounted for 40 percent of systemwide delays, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Considered the backbone of Muni, the vehicles carry 200,000 riders daily on 14 lines, including 1-California, 5-Fulton, 14-Mission and 30-Stockton, which alone transports 32,000 passengers per day. More than 300 trolley buses, which operate greenhouse gas-free, are due for replacement.

“By investing in new, high-performing, quiet and green electric trolley vehicles, we are able to provide better options for moving around The City,” SFMTA Transportation Director Ed Reiskin said in a statement… (more)

 

Transit Goes Hybrid In San Francisco

Hybrid buses are heading towards San Francisco.
New Flyer Industries Inc. announced today that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (“SFMTA”), which oversees all transportation in the City, including the Municipal Railway (MUNI), has approved the purchase of 45 heavy-duty 40-foot Xcelsior diesel-electric hybrid buses.
New Flyer has a long-standing relationship with San Francisco that dates back to 1988, with approximately 190 diesel and electric trolley buses being built and delivered since then. San Francisco has a total fleet size today of approximately 800 buses and trolleys, with New Flyer buses representing approximately 8 percent of the active fleet.
The 45 new Xcelsior hybrids will replace 13 year old buses currently in service… (more)

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