SF’s Lee puts Muni at top of to-do list

John Coté and Heather Knight : sfgate.com – excerpt

Buoyed by recent success in overhauling San Francisco’s business tax and lining up funding for housing programs, Mayor Ed Lee used his first State of the City address Monday to put another intractable problem in his sights: Muni.
The Municipal Transportation Agency – and residents’ love-hate relationship with the notoriously late and overcrowded public transit system – has been the bane of many mayors, with current Chronicle columnist and former Mayor Willie Brown once famously saying he would fix Muni in 100 days…
…tackling Muni may prove daunting….
The Muni group, which includes transit advocates, tech figures and the City Controller’s Office, will start meeting next month.

Modernize Muni
“We need to modernize our system … to better match up with 21st century patterns of where people live, work and shop,” said Lee, who also wants to explore BART expansion in the city.
Gabriel Metcalf, director of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association and a member of the new Muni task force, said the system suffered from a lack of funding and a lack of priority on the streets – with buses, trains and streetcars often stuck in traffic or at a stoplight.
“We’ll always be working on this, but I think we can do something meaningful about those two problems,” Metcalf said after Lee’s speech at the office of College Track, a nonprofit in the Bayview district dedicated to preparing low-income students for college… (more)

The muni group – transit advocates, tech figures and the City Controller’s Office. How about including some drivers and riders? Why are they excluded in the plan?