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2014 SFMTA Transit Fleet Management Plan

Monday, July 14, 2014

The 2014 SFMTA Transit Fleet Management Plan (TFMP) maps out a systematic approach to the ongoing management and planning for rehabilitation and replacement of the SFMTA’s fleet of transit vehicles through 2040.  In particular, the objectives of this TFMP are as follows:

·         Plan for replacement of the existing fleet, including all rubber-tired vehicles in the next 5 years;

·         Plan for the replacement and expansion of the light rail vehicle fleet in anticipation of the opening of the Central Subway Project in 2019;

·         Inform long-term storage and maintenance facility’s needs;

·         Identify opportunities to partner with agencies on procurements where possible to reduce unit costs and create a shared demand for future parts;

·         Spread procurements more evenly to ensure major maintenance investments are not needed all at the same time;

·         Accommodate planned Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) service expansion by early 2015;

·         Build in the flexibility to accommodate land use related growth and capital projects expected through 2020.


This update of the Transit Fleet Plan incorporates projections showing increased housing and employment in San Francisco between now and 2040.  The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) 2040 travel demand forecast estimates that in 26 years, the SFMTA will need to carry over one million daily transit boardings, an increase of more than 40 percent than the approximately 700,000 carried today.  Much of this growth in ridership occurs along planned routes serving major developments and in the eastern portion of the city. Although many of these projects were included in the previous Transit Fleet Management Plan to varying degrees, the magnitude and timing of these changes in land use, population, and employment have been further refined in this update. The TFMP translates this increase in transit ridership into a service plan and associated vehicle demand projections.  Finally, this update begins to address some of the questions and issues that require ongoing study, such as transit facility needs.

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