Mayor, supervisors to announce proposal to boost SFMTA funding

Mayor Ed Lee and supervisors Scott Wiener and London Breed are expected Monday morning to announce a proposal to increase funding to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency from The City’s general fund, among other sources.

Wiener, who is chairman of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority board, couldn’t disclose the amount of the increase Sunday but called it “very significant.”

A formula in the City Charter provides a baseline level of support from the general fund to the transit agency — about $220 million last year — but the mayor and Board of Supervisors have the power to allocate additional money.

While the baseline amount from the general fund to the SFMTA has been growing with The City’s budget since 2012-13, Wiener said the increase is “unusual because in the past, San Francisco had a sordid history of taking money out of public transit for other uses.”

“To have a mayor who is now finding ways to put money into public transit is a breath of fresh air,” Wiener said.

The amount and specific sources will be announced 10:30 a.m. at Jane Warner Plaza.

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