San Francisco completes new subway equipment tests

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SAN FRANCISCO — Officials with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency have finished testing new Muni trains and will soon place the new equipment in service, the agency recently announced.

In the past few weeks, the agency has closed the subway early on weeknights and weekends for equipment tests. The longer windows of uninterrupted service allowed train operators to test the equipment in various situations.

The tests included familiarizing operators with the equipment, testing new communications and monitoring systems, and gaining knowledge on the equipment's automatic train control system. The agency also held several safety tests, including the equipment’s ability to brake quickly in emergency situations.

The agency did make minor tweaks to hardware, software, and tunnel infrastructure to ensure reliable service.

Now, the agency is waiting on the go-ahead from the California Public Utilities Commission so the equipment can enter revenue service.

Five-car trains will enter service this year, followed with additional rollout phases in the upcoming years. Siemens is building the equipment at its plant near Sacramento, Calif.

By 2021, the new trains will expand Muni’s fleet of 151 train cars to more than 200 cars. At that point, Siemens will begin replacing the current AnsoldoBreda trains by 2028.

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