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SF Muni Rail Vehicles Failing To Meet Schedule At High Rate

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) - Muni light rail vehicles were on time less than half of the time last month.

According to a published report, the less than 50% on-time performance rate by LRVs in May was mostly because of breakdowns, rundown tracks and subsequent bottlenecks by the coaches.

Despite the problems with the LRVs, the Municipal Transportation Agency has very few replacements waiting in the wings. Agency officials are quoted by the San Francisco Examiner as saying bids are expected next year for new vehicles, which could be in service as early as 2016.

In an another attempt to improve the system's on time performance, Muni plans to adjust its turnaround scheduled at the Embarcadero station and hire more supervisors who will be tasked specifically with making the entire system more efficient.

Muni Blames Aging Equipment and Tracks for Light Rail Vehicles' Spotty On Time Performance

The on time performance of LRVs was also expected to be discussed at a Tuesday meeting of the MTA's board of directors.

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