As the Examiner reported Sept. 24, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is seeking the Board of Supervisors approval of a $30 million agreement with Thales Transport & Security Inc. The contract comes before the full board on Tuesday.
The contract would allow the agency to pay for improvements to the MTA’s so-called Advanced Train Control System. During September’s board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee meeting MTA spokesman Judson True said the system “is crucial because it controls the location and speed of trains and routing of trains and the braking of our LRVs in the Muni Metro subway system between the Embarcadero and the West Portal.”
This is the “backbone” of the transit system, he said, accounting for more than 120,000 daily trips.