Despite efforts to avoid higher fares and service cuts to the disabled, elderly and youth, those options remain part of two separate proposals in a budget-balancing package that will be voted on Friday by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Read More
Yes, San Francisco has got some serious money trouble.
Yes, Muni has got some serious money trouble.
No, I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to run for lieutenant governor.
And it’s darn tough to be mayor – maybe tougher than being a Muni driver. Read More
In response to Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s intent on getting a charter amendment measure on the November ballot to reform Muni payment methods, the embattled operators’ union has hired political guru and one-time Gavin Newsom confidant Eric Jaye to help freshen up their campaign image. Read More
Muni vehicles were involved in two accidents Tuesday, one sending a man who was trying to catch a bus to the hospital with serious injuries.
A pedestrian running to catch a bus was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when he apparently tripped and the bus ran over him on Stanyan Street near Fulton Street. Read More
Despite facing a $16.9 million midyear deficit and looming layoffs for transit operators and other employees, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced the hiring of a new transit director who will be paid more than $200,000 annually. Read More
A Muni driver and two passengers were injured Thursday morning when a J-Church train ran into an F-Market streetcar that was using the same tracks, according to Muni.
They were both traveling inbound from San Jose Avenue near Highland Avenue around 6:30 a.m. when the J train struck the streetcar, according to Muni spokesman Judson True.
It was in an area where the streetcar uses the tracks to enter service. No one was on the F except for the driver, according to True. Read More
Muni operators on Tuesday rejected a proposed contract that would have resulted in $15 million in savings for the transit agency over the next two years.
Details about the contract proposal with the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A were scant, but if approved, the new deal could have lessened the impact of the agency’s proposed service cuts and fare increases, according to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Executive Director Nathaniel Ford. Read More
City departments are on pace to overspend their overtime budgets by $17 million, according to a City Controller’s report released Tuesday.
In recent years, as San Francisco faced deficits of about $500 million, city officials attempted to crack down on overtime costs by implementing such measures as a 625-hour overtime cap per employee — with some exceptions — along with regularly reporting overtime usage. Read More
The Federal Transit Administration's denial of $70 million in federal stimulus money to BART for its proposed elevated rail connector to the Oakland International Airport is good news for other local transit agencies.
That's because the $70 million will now be divided among those agencies.
And BART isn't being completely left out in the cold, as it will get $17 million from the $70 million federal pot for other uses. Read More
Problems with overhead wires caused peak hour Muni light-rail service disruptions Thursday afternoon.All Muni Metro lines – the J, K, T, L, M and N services – experienced rolling delays and some gaps in service, according to Muni spokesman Judson True.Overhead wire problems near Taraval and 36th avenues damaged the pantographs of several light rail vehicles, according to True. The pantograph is the device that connects with the overhead power line. Read More