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Alstom and San Francisco extend train services partnership

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4 December 2018 - Alstom has been awarded a three-year contract by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) for Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) services to manage and supply parts for the SFMTA rail fleet, including two exercisable two-year options. The contract is worth over €50 million. This new contract follows an original contract in 2013 and two subsequently exercised options.

Within the scope of the contract, Alstom will continue to provide SFMTA with parts, inventory planning and automated part replenishment via an integrated IT system, obsolescence management, and management and oversight of the VMI program. Alstom will also provide as-needed technical and engineering services.

“We take immense pride in supporting San Francisco and their focus on transporting passengers safely, efficiently and reliably, and we thank San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for the continued trust they have placed in us and this partnership,” said Jerome Wallut, Senior Vice-President of Alstom North America.

VMI allows operators to focus on operations, passenger service and satisfaction by streamlining the parts procurement process through forecasting, anticipation and automation. VMI has allowed SFMTA to carry out regular and predictive maintenance of its fleet and add maintenance technicians to staff. VMI has translated into 99% material availability, decreased inventory management costs, as well as increased daily average car availability and mean distance between failures, by 20% and 74%, respectively. This means that more rail vehicles are available for passenger revenue service each day.

SFMTA’s fleet, composed of 149 light rail vehicles, 39 historic streetcars and 31 cable cars, needs a continuous supply of spare parts from a variety of vendors. Alstom manages more than 1,100 new parts for SFMTA’s maintenance operations and reverse-engineers obsolescent parts for both Alstom and non-Alstom vehicles.

Alstom provides the VMI service to SFMTA out of its Mare Island facility in Vallejo, California, which boasts 100,000 sq. ft. of production and warehouse space and a team of more than 50 employees. In addition to supporting SFMTA, the Mare Island team is modifying bi-level coaches for Caltrans, overhauling private Canadian operator Rocky Mountaineer coaches, modernizing light rail vehicles for Los Angeles and repairing damaged trains for various other customers.