Muni for today, Muni for tomorrow

Edward D. Reisikin : sfexaminer – excerpt

If you live in, work in or visit San Francisco, chances are you’ve ridden Muni. As a regular rider and resident, I understand why the system is valued for its comprehensive coverage of our city and also why it is criticized for sometimes being crowded, dirty or late.
I also understand that there is much work to do to achieve our charter-mandated performance goals. We are working hard to address the system’s critical issues: increasing efficiencies, replacing antiquated equipment, and ensuring buses and trains are on time. These issues result, in part, from underfunding Muni for decades…
Just how much investment is needed? For Muni and other aspects of our current transportation system, we need $510 million per year for the next 20 years… (more)

If Muni needs $510 million a year, why did SFMTA just approve a trade of $510 million in developer transit fees for a $510 million dollar streetscape project? Who is setting the priorities? And how can anyone justify that kind of money for a single street corner? Where are the auditors?

SF Churchgoers Complain About Sunday Meter Enforcement

by Emily Green : kqed.org – excerpt

On Thursday, San Francisco once again takes up the controversial issue of parking meter expansion at a committee hearing. One issue will be Sunday meter enforcement, which took effect in late February. The change has angered many churchgoers, who say it is undermining community bonding and forcing people to pay money to worship….
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency regulates the meters. Its spokesman, Paul Rose, said, “In the 1940s when most of the businesses were closed on Sundays, Sundays may have been sacred. It’s not sacred at this point, as far as parking is concerned.”
Rose said the Sunday meters should generate around $2 million annually, but contended that the change is not driven by money… (more)

The Muni can’t need a measly $2 million from Sunday parking fees when it et go of $510 million dollars in transit fees. They just traded the Muni fees in for an in-kind traffic streetscape project that will eliminate two lanes of traffic Look at the plans