In December 2009, during a routine news conference to announce the unveiling of some painted bike lanes, former Mayor Gavin Newsom somehow managed to create a morsel of news out of a ho-hum event.
Frustrated by the lack of progress in his cherished citywide bike-sharing network, Newsom told local reporters that Nathaniel Ford, then the director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, would be looking for a new job if the cycling project wasn’t completed.
The proliferation of private workplace shuttles, which take thousands of cars off the road but often conflict with Muni vehicles, is getting the serious attention of city officials, who hope to regulate the services within the coming months. Read More
Normally relegated to Market Street and The Embarcadero, historic streetcars will be a bit more visible around San Francisco next month, at least for one weekend.
To coincide with the America’s Cup events scheduled for Aug. 26 and 27, Muni will be introducing its E-Embarcadero line, an expansion of historic streetcar service down to the Caltrain station on Fourth and King streets. Read More
A cable car worker with a history of making critical statements about city policies has been named president of Muni’s powerful operators union.Eric Williams won a five-person race to succeed Rafael Cabrera as president of the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents 2,200 Muni operators. Cabrera, along with the rest of the union’s current leadership, elected not to run for re-election in the vote, which was held on Friday. Read More
Following contentious labor negotiations in which rank-and-file members of Muni’s operators union rejected a tentative contract agreement approved by their leaders, the powerful labor bloc is set to select a new slate of leaders next week.
None of the existing leaders of the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A are seeking re-election Friday, said outgoing Secretary-Treasurer Walter Scott. Read More
A federal labor official has dismissed a challenge by Muni operators that sought to invalidate much of the voter-approved measure that gave the transit agency more leverage in negotiating contracts.
The Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents about 2,000 Muni operators, filed the challenge in May with the Department of Labor in an effort to neuter Proposition G. Read More
Despite promising to rein in overtime spending, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is on pace to dole out 75 percent more money this year for extra pay than it budgeted.
Through the first 2½ months of this fiscal year, the agency that manages Muni has already shelled out $12.2 million in overtime pay, and it is projected to spend $56.6 million this year. That’s nearly $25 million more than originally forecasted. Read More