Muni aims to put new transit projects into gear 

New Muni projects are poised to move forward this week.

In 2008, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, wrapped up its Transit Effectiveness Project, the first in-depth examination the agency’s operations in 25 years.

Despite all the fanfare behind the project, the recommendations of the TEP have still yet to be fully implemented, mainly because the SFMTA doesn’t have enough money to pay for the changes. Some of the recommendations from the report include expanding service on heavily-used routes, adding bus rapid transit lines on Geary Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue, and expanding the number of express routes on Muni’s system.

On Tuesday, the SFMTA could take a step forward in the long process to finally bring these improvements to fruition. The agency’s board of directors will vote on a $2 million contract for a consultancy firm to carry out an environmental impact report of the proposed changes.

If approved, the environmental studies—mandated under law for major projects like the TEP—could begin this month and be wrapped up by mid-2013. Provided that funding is available, the agency could then begin implementing some of the near-term recommendations of the TEP.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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