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2019 SFMTA Annual State of Good Repair Report

Monday, June 1, 2020

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) 2019 State of Good Repair Report provides an overview of the Agency’s rehabilitation and replacement needs and investments. It also outlines the Agency’s project prioritization, planning, and delivery practices related to maintaining a State of Good Repair and institutionalizing the practice of asset management.

This is the seventh comprehensive annual State of Good Repair Report published by the SFMTA. The Agency is committed to issuing this Report annually as a matter of best practices shared by transit agencies across the region, country and world. The Report aims to track the progress of State of Good Repair investments and asset management practices compared to previous reporting periods. This document builds on previous State of Good Repair Reports and contains financial data and condition scores from the past few years.

The SFMTA owns and maintains an estimated $14.9 billion of capital assets in FY2018-19; including motor coaches, trolley buses, light rail vehicles, historic streetcars, cable cars, maintenance and administrative facilities, parking garages, active transportation infrastructure, and street signs and paint. With an annual budget of $1.3 billion, the SFMTA needs to balance the needs of the transportation system between expanding capacity and reinvesting in existing assets. Achieving a State of Good Repair requires an understanding of the desired performance of an asset and timely investment to maximize that performance over its useful life.

The SFMTA has committed to investing an average of $250 million annually in State of Good Repair. This is a commitment made to the Federal Transit Agency (FTA) in 2010. In FY2018-19, the SFMTA spent $394 million on State of Good Repair investments that maintain or renew the Agency’s assets. This brought the Agency’s annual average investment since FY 2010 to $235 million per year continuing progress towards Agency’s $250 million minimum goal and commitment to the FTA. Pursuant to Agency policy, these funds are directed first towards “Transit Service Critical” investments.

This Report also provides data on the condition of the SFMTA’s capital assets based on an FTA standard. The FTA’s Transit Economic Requirements Model Lite (“TERM Lite”) calculates a condition score on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent). The TERM Lite condition scores for FY2018-19 assets averaged 3.18. A score of at least 2.5 is required for the FTA to recognize a transportation system as being in a State of Good Repair. This score represents a decline of 0.01 from the reported value of 3.19 in the 2018 State of Good Repair Report. The model calculated these scores based only on the age of the assets reported, excluding other factors such as specific operating conditions and level of use that impact the assets’ condition. In the future, the Agency plans to do a condition assessment of all its assets to produce a TERM Lite score that more accurately reflects the true conditions of its assets.