Proposal to charge riders extra for express Muni buses dropped

It’s budget time at The City’s transportation agency, and some revenue-generating proposals — like charging more money to ride express Muni buses — have already hit the chopping block.

SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin said Tuesday he removed certain revenue proposals based on feedback from the SFMTA Board of Directors.

“You’ll recall I had some things on the list, like express bus revenue,” he told the board. “I’ve taken those out.”

Charging additional fees for these faster buses would’ve generated as much as $5.4 million a year for the strapped transit agency, according to SFMTA staff reports.

The express buses include the 30X, 38AX, 38BX among others. They tend to serve those living in residential neighborhoods who need a faster option to head downtown, and the buses feature reduced stops to speed up their travel time.

SFMTA staff proposed increasing adult fares by $1, from $2.25 to $3.25 on express lines, or perhaps by 50 cents to $2.75, in a budget proposal as recent as Feb. 16. In the newest budget proposal presented to the board Tuesday, the measure was dropped.

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