The new contract follows an original agreement signed in 2013 and two subsequently exercised options and includes rail vehicles not originally supplied by Alstom.

Alstom will continue to provide SFMTA with parts, inventory planning and automated part replacement through an integrated IT system, obsolescence management services, and management and oversight of the VMI programme. Alstom will also provide as-needed technical and engineering services.

Alstom says VMI streamlines the parts procurement process through forecasting, anticipation and automation. The service has resulted in 99% material availability and decreased inventory management costs, as well a 20% increase in daily average car availability and a 74% increase in distance between failures.

SFMTA’s fleet comprises 149 light rail vehicles, 39 historic streetcars and 31 cable cars.