One was for $1.6M in Prop K money for an environmental study for a plan by SFMTA to move its historic streetcar fleet to the MUNI Metro East (MME) facility on Illinois at Cesar Chavez.
Prop K funds will be used for environmental phase of a new paint and body shop and historic streetcar canopy over storage tracks at the Muni Metro East maintenance facility. The new paint and body shop will consolidate the body and paint facilities and accommodate all vehicle types in the SFMTA fleet which will allow better use of staff and other resources. The new canopy will provide weather protection for the historic streetcar fleet. The total project cost, through construction, is estimated at $192 million, of which $36.8 million is anticipated to come from Prop A General Obligation bonds passed by voters in November 2014. The project has a significant funding gap of $148 million from yet to be identified funding sources which may include State cap and trade funds and SFMTA revenue bonds. SFMTA anticipates environmental studies to be completed by June 2016. Design could begin in spring 2016.