No Free Rides: Finally, Inevitably: Muni Is Suing Muni

By sfweekly – excerpt

Wednesday, May 28 2014: You can add Muni management to the burgeoning list of people blindsided by Muni drivers.

Earlier this month, a U.S. District Court judge certified some 2,500 drivers — every man and woman who has slipped behind the wheel of a bus, train, trolley, or cable car since July 2009 — as a class in a federal suit against Muni. And, like Muni, that suit is moving forward with extreme slowness — and may cost the city an arm and a leg…

There’s a lot of money riding on this determination. Multiply the $50 daily penalty for violating the Minimum Wage Ordinance by five years worth of days and 2,500 workers. The total: $228 million. That’s a lot of cash. And a lot of leverage, if a settlement is in the offing… (more)

Ever wonder why your Muni bus is late? Who do you blame? The drivers blame management and are suing them. We are re-visiting this story to remind voters where Muni money goes. A large chunk goes to pay for management’s legal losses. In this case they are charged with failure to adhere to labor laws, but in many others they are charged with collecting on false tickets. More than 30% of all settlements San Francisco pays are attributed to SFMTA complaints.

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Mayor Lee To Take $648 Million Muni Ride Friday Morning

: sfist – excerpt

Hey, somebody write this down: this week, Mayor Ed Lee is riding Muni not once, but twice! First, he took the M-Ocean on Tuesday, to, he told the Chron, “try to experience it with everybody else.” And this morning he’ll be taking Muni Metro again, but this time his ride comes with a $648 million price tag.

As we mentioned back in July, the SFMTA Board agreed to make an unprecedentedly-huge purchase of new light rail vehicles intended to boost the fleet and reduce breakdowns. How unprecedentedly-huge? $1.18 billion in total, for a purchase of 260 cars.

So last week, the Board of Supes OKed the initial contract with transit company Siemens, to the tune of $648 million for 175 Muni Metro vehicles to be manufactured in their Sacramento plant. Today the Mayor will sign off on the plan…and will take a little ride in the process.

According to a press release sent by the mayor’s office, the Mayor and the SFMTA will this morning operate a “test train that will take first diagnostic measurements of rails to inform Siemens’ manufacturing of new Light Rail Vehicles.” Assuming that things go smoothly (heh), the mayor will will also sign the resolution on the purchase and contract at that time… (more)

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SFMTA board approves contract for Mission Bay loop project

By sfexaminer – excerpt

As Mission Bay gets built out, so is transportation infrastructure in the area to accommodate the greater demand.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors on Tuesday approved a contract not to exceed $3.5 million with Mitchell Engineering to install tracks on the block surrounded by Third, 18th, Illinois and 19th streets to create a short loop for the Muni T-Third Street line.

The Mission Bay loop will allow the southbound light-rail line to turn left onto 18th Street, travel around the block on Illinois and 19th streets and make a right onto northbound Third Street. It will be a “critical component” of the central waterfront area and provide a short turnaround for trains once the Central Subway extending the T-Third line north to Chinatown opens in 2019, SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said… (more)