Alstom, the Mare Island based company and promoter of sustainable mobility, announced it had been awarded a three-year, $56.6 million on Dec. 4, 2018, by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) for Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) services to manage and supply parts for the SFMTA rail fleet. As set by 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, management and oversight of the VMI program, and provide as-needed technical and engineering services.
VMI allows operators to focus on operations, passenger service and satisfaction by streamlining the parts procurement process. The program has allowed SFMTA to carry out regular and predictive maintenance of its fleet and add maintenance technicians to staff. VMI has increased daily average car availability and mean distance between failures, making more rail vehicles available for passenger revenue service by increasing material availability and decreasing inventory management costs.
Alstom manages more than 1,100 new parts for SFMTA’s fleet, which is comprised of 149 light rail vehicles, 39 historic streetcars and 31 cable cars, which need a continuous supply of spare part