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
Muni’s cavernous Metro East maintenance facility was created to ease system congestion, but it is housing fewer vehicles than it was designed to accommodate, which the operators’ union says is affecting on-time performance. Read More
The new director of the sprawling agency that sets transportation policies in The City had some reassuring words Thursday for anyone concerned that he’ll be in over his head due to his lack of transit experience.
“I’m a fast learner,” said Ed Reiskin, formerly director of San Francisco’s Department of Public Works. “Give me a month and I’ll be well-versed in all these things.” Read More
On Monday morning, three young men boarded a 30-Stockton bus in Chinatown and demanded free transfers from the operator. When they didn’t receive the passes, they allegedly beat the driver repeatedly with a skateboard.
Just another work day for The City’s transit operators. Read More
As the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency negotiates a new labor pact with its operators, managers are trying to modify a contract that rewards drivers who work off hours with what is perhaps the country’s most generous premium pay.
Muni operators, who earn $29.52 an hour in base pay, receive an 8 percent pay bump for every hour they work between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. The SFMTA wants to reduce this surcharge, while the operators union hopes to almost double it. Read More
Despite working under a contract that explicitly bars strikes, Muni’s transit operators might vote to authorize one if their ongoing labor negotiations reach an impasse.This Friday, the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents 2,200 drivers and conductors, will begin a weeklong vote that could authorize a strike. If approved, the initiative would let union President Rafael Cabrera call a strike, while not necessarily assuring that one is imminent. Read More
A Muni driver could lose his job for forcing a family of three to get off his bus Saturday afternoon, the latest black eye for San Francisco’s public transit operators.
The incident allegedly occurred after a mother with a young child asked a driver on the 24-Divisadero line to open the vehicle’s doors so that her husband, who was waiting outside with the family’s stroller, could board the bus. He hadn’t boarded the bus during the initial boarding. Read More
Muni’s transit chief and a San Francisco supervisor are offering differing accounts of a bizarre Friday incident in which a train sped through The City’s underground tunnel system with a door open.Supervisor Scott Wiener was on board an outbound L-Taraval that zipped from the Van Ness to Church Street stations with one of its doors open at about 6:30 p.m. Read More
Muni lost an estimated $19 million in revenue last year to fare evaders — the same amount it missed out on in 2009 when it vowed to crack down on such boarding scofflaws. Read More