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Supervisor Peskin tapped to lead local transportation commission

Supervisor Aaron Peskin has been voted as new chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.

The authority’s commission, which is comprised of the Board of Supervisors, voted for him to lead the commission after former chair Supervisor Scott Wiener left to join the state Senate in Sacramento.

The transportation authority disburses regionally awarded transportation funds to projects throughout The City, including to BART and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which runs Muni. The authority also plans transit changes, including planning with the SFMTA for the Geary Bus Rapid Transit system in the Richmond District.

Supervisor John Avalos made the motion to appoint Peskin as chair.

“Mr. Peskin lives in a district that is very transit rich,” Avalos said. “I believe based on his work as board president in the past, he will have a strong focus throughout The City and recognize areas that need greater investment in transportation infrastructure.”

Supervisor David Campos seconded Avalos’ motion, with a tongue-in-cheek comment regarding Wiener’s well-known height, 6’7”, versus Peskin’s also well-known shorter stature.

“On a lighter note,” Campos said, “I think those of us vertically challenged like myself should get representation at the top. I think it’s only right we balance the Scott Wiener chair with Commissioner Peskin.”

Peskin accepted the nomination, and told the commission that “at a time of budget uncertainty, we need to have robust conversations about what our budget priorities are.”

He then led the commission in its regular meeting.

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