Deal to provide cable cars with new technology likely to move forward Friday 

A $5.1 million deal to outfit The City’s Cable Car barn with a new propulsion technology is likely to move forward on Friday.

The current technology at the barn, which powers the underground network that moves The City’s Cable Cars, was installed in 1983 and is obsolete and error-prone, according to documents from the Municipal Transportation Agency, the transit department in charge of managing the historic vehicles.

The $5.1 million deal, which is set to go through with an Oakland manufacturer, would provide the MTA with a new propulsion system that will improve safety, accessibility, and transit reliability on the Cable Cars.

The MTA’s Board of Directors will vote on the contract, which is slated to last for 550 days, at its meeting on Friday.

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