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Muni expects $36 mil from bill, but will that help?

As news comes out that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency stands to earn $36 million from the state, millions of dollars have already been lost to non-paying riders.

On Wednesday Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a transportation bill that gives $36 million to Muni, in state funding for this fiscal year and next. This comes at a time when some proposals call for a 10 percent cut in Muni service.
 
Muni spokeswoman Kristi Holland told SF Appeal that the $36 million endowment would help the agency: “The goal would be to make improvements where we can while still being respectful of these ongoing budget deficits.”
 
On Thursday ABC7 reported that the Muni system has lost as much as $11 million due to non-paying riders. This comes as bad news when the agency has already has a $56 million deficit.
 

In an effort to crack down on non-paying riders, the agency has been conducting a sting operation since 2006. Last year the agency increased the number of inspectors to 50 from four. Those inspectors’ salaries come to $4 million, even though they have collected under $2 million in fines in the latest count.

See also:

Muni not promising they'll restore service cuts with $36 mil windfall
sfappeal.com -  3/24/10

Muni loses $11 million due to cheaters
abclocal.go.com -  3/25/10


Other big stories this week:

Civics

Local gun advocates move to "normalize" firearms in public
sfappeal.com -  3/22/10

Bay Area legislators celebrate health care vote
cbs5.com -  3/22/10

Obama nominates new U.S. attorney
SFgate.com -  3/26/10

Airport money-raising band ruled constitutional
SFgate.com -  3/26/10

SF drug sweeps net hundreds of arrests
cbs5.com -  3/25/10

Legal-marijuana advocates focus on a new green
nytimes.com -  3/25/10

Newsom target of union ire
SFgate.com -  3/24/10

San Francisco market to get AT&T MicroCells to boost coverage
examiner.com -  3/24/10

Healthy San Francisco will play a role in insuring residents
abclocal.go.com -  3/23/10

Richmond gang rape sparks new bill
nbcbayarea.com -  3/23/10

Streetscape

San Francisco moves to lessen the impact of truck traffic
sf.streetsblog.org -  3/22/10

Muni loses $11 million due to cheaters
abclocal.go.com -  3/25/10

Muni not promising they'll restore service cuts with $36 mil windfall
sfappeal.com -  3/24/10

SF cable car system to be shut down for overhaul
cbs5.com -  3/25/10

Schools

5 S.F. school principals under fire
SFgate.com -  3/26/10

SF students rally for Muni "class pass"
cbslocalblogs.prospero.com -  3/23/10

Green

San Francisco stormwater management ordinance
bomasanfrancisco.blogspot.com - 3/22/10

California Air Board says climate law will help economy
ktvu.com -  3/24/10

NorCal dam project for endangered salmon begins
cbs5.com -  3/23/10