Transportation Fee Reform – More Than Just A Fee Hike

5/18/2012John Kevlin – excerpt

To those who are not from here, San Francisco can sometimes seem a little backwards.  It’s cloudy in the summer.  We bike to work.  Instead of confining our spices to one rack at the grocery store, we have entire shops devoted to spices.  And we discourage new parking…

The City is now devising a way for virtually all projects to avoid heightened environmental review due to transportation:  by using a new citywide fee that expands the existing Transit Impact Development Fee (“TIDF”)…

We expect a lot of debate over transportation fee reform over the next few years.  On one hand, the residential development community could take issue with a brand new fee that applies to development.  On the other hand, all development (including residential) could see a huge benefit in simply avoiding environmental issues related to traffic.  We will keep you posted as the TIDF update moves through the legislative process this year, and as the TSF ordinance is considered in a few years.

Copyright 2012 Reuben & Junius, LLP. All rights reserved.

Muni uses feds’ funds for cameras it doesn’t use

Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross : Chronicle Columnists

Muni has been awarded more than $37 million in federal homeland security and other grants over the past five years for cameras to safeguard its buses, rail stations and maintenance yards – but it turns out the transit agency has installed fewer than 50 of them.

An additional 514 are still sitting in warehouses – 300 of those were not installed because cash-strapped Muni diverted the $5 million needed to pay for that work to track repairs.

“The funds were diverted to high-priority areas,” said Municipal Railway spokesman Paul Rose. Like it or not, he added, “we did have to make the call to do it.”

Like many public agencies, Muni rushed for federal dollars to bolster security after 9/11. Soon the money was rolling in from Washington…