by Jessica Kwong : 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)