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HART planning complete overhaul of four TECO streetcars to 'like new' condition

Repairs include new roof, floors, A/C and more
Posted: 3:58 AM, Jan 06, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-06 08:00:14-05
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TAMPA, Fla. — The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority is planning to overhaul of four of the existing TECO Line Streetcars to like-new condition, by the original manufacturer of the streetcars.

The cars were placed in service 17 years ago, and require both interior and exterior rehabilitation, as well as upgrades to the major systems on the vehicles, according to HART.

The project will ensure a state of good repair for the streetcar system, and continue to improve the customer experience for HART passengers, according to HART.

Four of the TECO Line Streetcars have been identified as needing major maintenance to remain in a state of good repair.

This work includes roof repairs, air conditioning and air compressor installation, wiring, welding, floor replacement, interior refurbishment, new door operating system, new public address system, exterior repair and painting, new propulsion cabling, controller and line breaker repair, air brake refurbishment, and updated service and parts manuals.

The repairs will cost $2,744,000 in repairs is provided for by a State of Good Repair Grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This grant does not require any match from HART.

ABC Action News is working to find out the timeline for the streetcar repairs.