Muni to receive federal funding

Muni will be getting federal funds to increasing capacity and repairs and ultimately improve service.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced Monday it will receive $43.8 million Federal Transit Administration’s Good Repair Initiative to fund the Islais Creek Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility and a capital asset grant management system.

The bulk of the money, $35 million, will go toward the bus operations and facility project, according to Muni officials.

The remaining $8.8 million will help create a new centralized capital asset management system that will enable SFMTA to store data on age, condition and needs of Muni vehicles and facilities. The system will ultimately help Muni officials prepare for capital improvement needs.

In a released statement, Mayor Gavin Newsom said investing in transit is crucial in cities such as San Francisco.

“Reliable transit service is crucial to local economies and improving our environment,” Newsom. “We need to re-invest in the infrastructure of the Muni system to fulfill the promise of our Transit First city.”

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