Historic Muni streetcars in line for rehabilitation 

click to enlarge Sixteen of Muni’s historic streetcars will be taken off the street to be rebuilt and rewired, with new propulsion and lighting systems added. Funding for the plan will come from state, federal and local tax sources. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Sixteen of Muni’s historic streetcars will be taken off the street to be rebuilt and rewired, with new propulsion and lighting systems added. Funding for the plan will come from state, federal and local tax sources.

Several of Muni’s historic streetcars are in line for a much-needed rehabilitation.

Sixteen of the vehicles, which make up Muni’s popular F-Market line, have been in service since 1993 and are nearing the end of their useful life. These particular vehicles are called Presidents Conference Committee streetcars and are in use 21 hours a day, 365 days a year, according to the agency.

As part of a $16 million project, the 16 vehicles will be taken off the street to be rebuilt and rewired, with new propulsion and lighting systems added. By undertaking the work, the useful life of the historic streetcars will be extended by another 10 years.

The agency will still have 34 active historic streetcars on tap, and service on the F-Market line will not be affected. Funding for the plan will come from state, federal and local tax sources, and is included in the agency’s capital budget.

Muni’s board of directors will vote Tuesday to approve the project.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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