Muni program to restore, replace light-rail vehicles faces $28.3M hole 

A Muni program to replace and restore damaged and aging light-rail vehicles is facing a $28.3 million shortfall.

The agency is undergoing two separate plans to improve its fleet of light-rail vehicles, which carry over 150,000 passengers each day as the agency’s Metro train service.

One of the initiatives is a $72.8 million undertaking to replace the doors, steps and other vital components of the agency’s 143 active light-rail vehicles. That program is facing an $11.5 million shortfall, according to Muni documents that will be presented at the agency’s board of directors meeting on Tuesday.

A second program, to restore seven vehicles damaged by service accidents, is slated to cost the agency $36 million. However, there is only $19.2 million available for that plan, leaving a $16.8 million hole.

Collectively, the two programs face a deficit of $28.3 million. The agency has suggested that local transportation tax funding, state bond money and insurance policies could help make up the shortfall.

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