In an effort to “modernize” its fleet, San Francisco Municipal Railway is undergoing a massive fleet renewal which will involve retiring multiple buses (and a few bus types) at once while it introduces even more new coaches at the same time. Here are some of the buses that have been retired for good over the past few months:
As of May 2016, 32 of the 62xx series and 4 of the 64xx series buses have been retired for good, with some of them being scrapped. The replacement bus type is the New Flyer Xcelsior XDE60, which is progressively being delivered and introduced to more services.
ETI-Skoda Tr15SF Articulated Electric Trolleybus
As more New Flyer Xcelsior XT60 buses are being introduced to San Francisco streets, the articulated Skoda buses have been abruptly phased out and relegated to Islais Creek. The shorter 40-foot variant is still in use for the remainder of the routes (except the 6-Haight/Parnassus and 49-Van Ness/Mission). The Xcelsior articulated trolleybuses are then used on the 14-Mission and 30-Stockton (short line only).
With those retirements, San Francisco Muni is enhancing its accessibility by adding more low-floored buses. However, what I’m concerned with is that on some bus lines, the low floor bus won’t make through steeper hills, especially on the 1-California, 24-Divisadero, and Union Street services (41 and 45) that those might end up getting stranded when managing hillside stops.