Tuesday, December 22, 2009

AnsaldoBreda to upgrade 143 San Francisco LRVs

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AnsaldoBreda said Tuesday it has been awarded a five-year contract worth $54 million to upgrade 143 light rail vehicles for San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI), part of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).

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The light rail vehicles will be revamped at AnsaldoBreda’s plant in Pittsburg, Calif., where the doors, steps, couplers, air supply units, wiring, and bearings will be overhauled.

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“We are delighted to collaborate with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and with San Francisco, a city that has been operating AnsaldoBreda vehicles since 1996,” said Salvatore Bianconi, CEO of AnsaldoBreda. “Thanks to the overhaul and modernization program, the cars can be maintained in service on the streets of San Francisco for many years to come.”

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said, “This stimulus-funded contract will improve Muni’s reliability, durability, and convenience for the benefit of passengers. Through our continued partnership with AnsaldoBreda, we are making the investment in our light rail system to keep San Francisco a transit-first city.”