SFMTA’s Board of Directors meets tomorrow, and one of the items on the agenda is the awarding of a contract to build Muni’s so-called fleet of the future—a new line of sleek LRVs that would roll out beginning in late 2016.
Muni rider Jeff (no relation, heh) informed us of the following exciting news:
Siemens beat out CAF for the contract. Siemens has a factory in Sacramento. Initial order is for 24 cars immediately, and will total 175 to replace the entire current Breda fleet. Two subsequent options of 40 and 45 are listed as well for future fleet expansion.
I’m kind of disappointed that Muni didn’t opt for longer car lengths. I don’t know whether longer car lengths would save money operationally, but they do sure swallow up more people.
They kinda remind me of something out of Tron. And I like how the different lines have different-colored vehicle, though I wonder if that’s simply a prototype feature.
See the presentation on these new light-rail beauties here (PDF). Features include a “dramatic reduction in maintenance,” longer life, and much cheaper than its closest competitor. Oh, and the vehicles would be made in Sacramento. Keep it local, y’all.
Have you seen those strange smiling plaster faces around town, popping up between bike racks and on sidewalks? There’s one in FiDi on Sutter between Kearny and Montgomery, one along Clarion Alley, and one that Bernalwood‘s neighbor Ned saw all over Cortland Avenue. Now we’ve found another one at a Muni stop in Noe Valley, courtesy of danny_frield.
Spoiler alert: MissionLocal says that the smiling faces are by artist Bruce Hallman, and you can take one home if you’d like!