First upgraded light-rail car to be unveiled

The first Muni light-rail vehicle repaired with the help of federal stimulus funds will be unveiled today.

More than 140 of Muni’s light-rail vehicles, which are used on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s six Metro lines, are scheduled to be repaired through a $56 million program. Of that total, $9 million comes from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act.

The federal funds will help provide upgrades aimed at improving safety, reliability and maintenance standards on the vehicles.
Nathaniel Ford, executive director of the SFMTA, which operates Muni, will be on hand at 11:30 a.m. today to show off the first light-rail vehicle repaired through the program.

The gathering will take place on The Embarcadero between Mission and Market streets.

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