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SFMTA faces parking citation shortfall; Muni Metro delays addressed

Jerold Chinn, SF Public Press — Nov 8 2010 - 11:39am

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is facing a $5.8 million deficit for the first budget quarter of 2011. The move of parking control officers to patrol special events and construction projects from regular duties is the main cause of loss in revenue for the agency. Also, officials addressed recent Muni Metro delays in the past two months, causing frustration with Muni riders.

Muni update: Debating Prop. G, looking beyond driver pay to fix transit

Monica Jensen, SF Public Press — Oct 19 2010 - 1:21pm

As the Nov. 2 election draws near, Proposition G has come to the forefront as one of the city's most hotly debated measures.

The measure would force the city's transportation operators' union into collective bargaining and backers say it would "Fix Muni." But opponents say that Muni’s problems don't start and end with drivers.

Muni update: Plan in the works to restore Muni service

Jerold Chinn, SF Public Press — Oct 11 2010 - 2:05pm

A subcommittee of The Muni Restoration Task Force met for the second time on Oct. 8 to discuss how to fully restore the service cuts made in the May and how to increase performance.

John Haley, director of transit operations and management, presented a nine page draft of several proposals to increase reliability and travel time for commuters. The task force looked at solutions that the agency would be able to implement within the next year.

Muni update: Drivers feeling the squeeze

Jerold Chinn and Monica Jensen, SF Public Press — Oct 4 2010 - 7:21pm

SF Public Press multimedia editor Monica Jensen met with Muni operator Emmanuel Andreas, who was featured in a story in the Public Press’ summer print edition, to discuss how Muni’s on-time performance goals affect drivers.

Muni to restore 61 percent of service by Sept. 4

Jerold Chinn, SF Public Press — Aug 5 2010 - 3:58pm

Sixty-one percent of summertime Muni service cuts would be restored under a financial plan proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. The changes could come as soon as Sept. 4, and are higher than the 50 percent restoration promised earlier in the summer. The $15 million one-year funding package includes money shaved from the San Francisco Transportation Authority and Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The agency also looked at cutting back on hundreds hours drivers are paid while waiting for shift changes.

Chiu and Newsom settle on Muni reforms

Jerold Chinn, SF Public Press — Jul 30 2010 - 5:08pm

The mayor and the president of the board of supervisors this week agreed on several Muni reforms to help the transit agency restore services cut in May and to improve oversight of the agency. The proposed reforms include a plan to fully restore May’s Muni service cuts by December.

Muni drivers try to shift the bulls-eye

Anna Rendall, SF Public Press — Jul 19 2010 - 3:20pm

Hands clasped and brows furrowed, Gabriel Desalla sat quietly for the first half of the Bay Area Transportation Advisory Committee meeting. He is one of 2,172 union workers in the transit agency who are under increasing pressure to make concessions that would restore recently cut Muni services. In a small conference room in Bayview-Hunters Point San Francisco, Desalla waits for committee president, Emanuel Andreas, to open the floor for discussion. The topic, as usual, is the ongoing battle over salaries, health benefits and work rules. The SFMTA says that reforms are needed to improve financial efficiency but many Muni drivers are resistant to the changes proposed. The concessions the city has sought include changes to healthcare benefits for dependents and allowing part-time drivers.

Muni cuts begin Saturday; drivers fear backlash

Anna Rendall, SF Public Press — May 7 2010 - 7:12pm

A reduced Muni schedule begins on Saturday, with longer wait times between buses and service that starts later in the day and ends earlier at night. The cuts are part of an effort to close a $12 million budget gap in the current fiscal year’s budget. Drivers are worried that frustrated passengers will vent their anger at them.

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Third streetcar accident in a month snarls Market St.

Lila LaHood, The Public Press — Aug 11 2009 - 6:59pm

A streetcar on Market Street struck a woman Tuesday afternoon, marking the third significant Muni accident in less than a month.

In spite of budget woes, Muni expects to improve commuter service

Tom Prete, Mar 22 2009 - 8:07am

For years, a lack of information left Muni in the dark about what it was doing well, what it had to improve and what its riders actually needed. But a proposed shuffling of resources following the Transit Effectiveness Project, a massive systemwide study, would add more frequent service and extend routes on some express lines serving city commuters.

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