SFMTA to purchase 30 new hybrid buses designed to serve currently dormant routes

By Carly Graf : sfexaminer – excerpt

Supes called for swift restoration of community lines and speedy transition to electric buses

City supervisors acting as the San Francisco County Transportation Authority approved a request from the City’s transit agency for $16.2 million Tuesday to purchase a fleet of new Muni buses specifically designed to run on community routes with hilly terrain and narrow streets.

Coming from Prop K tax dollars, the funding will be used to replace 30 32-foot hybrid diesel buses that reached the end of their useful life back in 2017, improving reliability and reducing maintenance costs. Overdue for replacement, the fleet is experiencing “increased mechanical failures,” with buses now expected to run only 4,000 miles before needing another repair…(more)

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