Fare boxes require costly repairs

Nearly $2 million each year is lost as a result of Muni’s aging fare-collection boxes, according to a city report.

But $19 million in state funding will pay for a major fare-box refurbishment that will ultimately ensure “100 percent working fare boxes in all our fleets,” said Kenneth McDonald, chief operating officer for SFMTA, which oversees Muni.

Muni’s 17-year-old fare boxes come with a life expectancy of 10 years, and are now costing the agency about $750,000 per year to repair and up to $2 million in lost fares, according to a Budget Analyst report.

“MTA estimates that approximately 20 percent, or 40 fare boxes, are so defective that they cannot be repaired in the field and therefore cannot accept any cash fares while the Muni vehicle is operating,” the report said.

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee approved the $19 million spending plan Wednesday. The funding will also go toward improvements to money-collection practices as well as an improved computer system to track ridership data.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area Newsfare boxesGovernment & PoliticsLocalMuniPolitics

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

In San Francisco, drug overdose deaths surpass 300

Soaring fatalities ‘generally driven by fentanyl’

Preston finds support for District 5 navigation center at community meeting

Supervisor hopes to narrow down list of possible locations within months

Oprah brings her 2020 vision to Chase Center

TV star, mogul shares wellness advice, personal stories

Department on the Status of Women director resigns

Emily Murase, director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of… Continue reading

Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses, with Joe Biden running a distant second

LAS VEGAS — Bernie Sanders won a commanding victory in the Nevada… Continue reading

Most Read