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Transportation Agency Image: Historic Car number 1 and 162 on Embarcadero

Updating the Rubber Tire Fleet, the Backbone of our System


Two Years Ago we were facing Oldest and most unreliable fleet of any major transit system
We knew overhauling the fleet would be a critical building block to: Enhancing the customer experience Building ridership Improving SFMTA employee morale Improving Muni service

ACTIONS Taken to Address the Underperforming Bus Fleet

Revised fleet plan to get vehicles here in 2013

Revised fleet plan to replace rubber tire vehicles in five years

Leveraged Federal Government (Federal Transit Administration) sanctioned collaborative procurement approaches Focused on campaigns for high failure components Improved bus maintenance to conform to manufacturers guidelines
Preventative Maintenance New Flyer Program: October 21, 2013

Difference Maker: In 2012 the SFMTA joined the Minnesota Cooperative Purchasing Venture (CPV)
This gave the SFMTA access to approved vendors Competitive bid process

Most expeditious way to get new buses

Endorsed by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Complied with ALL City of San Francisco laws

Keeping Momentum Going

Identified and contacted three potential vendors Negotiated and contracted with New Flyer to purchase 45 buses initially and 17 additional buses APPROVALS SFMTA Board: 9/4/12 and 11/6/12 Board of Supervisors:10/2/12 and 12/4/12

As a result

All 62 buses are now in service!

The bus fleet carries 70% of all riders throughout the entire City!

Hybrid Buses are Exceeding Expectations

MDBF improves drastically from 3.5K to 11K

Riders love them Improved reliability, less breakdowns Accessible community embraces the new features Greenest bus ever purchased!

Allison vs. BAE Engines Which one best serves SF?

A look at Allison & BAE

Biggest players in the market. Allison: parallel vs. BAE: series hybrid system Only 8.8% of U.S transit buses are using hybrid technology Combined efforts: SF Climate Action Plan + SFMTA strives to remain an environmental leader while improving service

Evaluation Criteria
Fuel Efficiency: consumption, bio-diesel, cost savings Reliability: MDBF, service delays, breakdowns Maintainability: maintenance costs and durability Acquisition Cost: cost savings (Results will be factored in to the decision for selecting the next propulsion system)

What is the GOAL? To get the BEST system for the fleet

Top 4 Reasons We Purchased BAE

1. BAE hybrid propulsion system is $45K less per bus compared to Allison 2. Battery technology is expected to improve substantially in the next 8 to 10 years to a point where it may be possible to convert the BAE system to all electric buses 3. BAE system is equipped with scroll compressors Advantage over regular compressors they do not spill out oil that causes clogs in the air system 4. BAE hybrid propulsion system is 10% more fuel efficient based on initial consumption report

Improving Technology with BAE

In 2006 purchased vehicles through Orion using the BAE system MDBF was below 3K, poor performance BAE made significant technology advancements Energy
1. 2. 3. 4. Energy Storage System Traction Motor Design Traction Generator Design PCS Power Control System

MDBF went from under 3K to over 5K


Orion Hybrid Bus Historical MDBF by Calendar Year



4000 Orion 30' Coach 3000 Orion 40' Coach



0 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Jan-14

Orion 30' Coach Orion 40' Coach

2008 3810 3422

2009 2753 2843

MDBF 2010 2011 3032 3998 3119 3970

2012 3670 3702

2013 4474 4452

Jan-14 4960 5092


May 2013 New Flyer informed SFMTA of open slot in production line Proposed to sell buses at discounted price & deliver by 2013

July 2013 SFMTA advances New Flyers offer as the most costeffective & expeditious way to procure 50 buses
July 2013 SFMTA worked with City Attorney to prepare contract based on New Flyers offer Approved by: SFMTA Board 10/15/13 SFMTA Budget & Finance 10/23/13 Board of Supervisors 10/29/13 November 6, 2013 SFMTA issued a notice to proceed (NTP) to New Flyer for the 50 bus procurement December 6, 2013 first bus accepted

Service is Rolling!