First-ever woman named SF Muni chief

By Joe Fritgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

The first-ever woman to lead Muni at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency was appointed last week, following the retirement of a man dogged by sexual harassment allegations.

Julie Kirschbaum is the new acting SFMTA director of transit, which she announced to the agency’s transit division on October 29…

As acting deputy director, Kirschbaum managed day-to-day Muni operations, led a system-wide redesign and managed the transit planning and scheduling group, according to SFMTA…

Before Reiskin was hired, Debra Johnson was acting director of transportation, overseeing multiple departments. Carmen Clark also was interim executive director of SFMTA for a time, which oversaw Muni responsibilities. However, Kirschbaum is the first woman to take the reigns as Director of Transit at SFMTA, directly and principally responsible for Muni.

In the Bay Area, however, women-led transportation agencies are the norm. Grace Crunican is general manager of BART, and Tilly Chang oversees the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, which primarily serves as a congestion management and transportation planning body… (more)

We can only hope that a new era of respect for the workers and Muni riders will open the door to some much needed changes in the top-down management style of the department. We hope the new director will concentrate on running a cleaner, safer, more reliable transit system today and get out of the planning department. We hope the new director will direct the staff to do the public’s bidding instead of forcing the pubic to follow the staff’s schemes. Just give it a try for 6 months and see if the ridership levels to not go up and the public does not approve.

SFMTA proposed Memorandum of Understanding

By sfexaminer – excerpt

SFMTA proposed Memorandum of Understanding between San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Transport Workers’ Union, Lcoal 250-A (9163)… (more)




Your SFMTA at Work: It Takes ONE DOZEN Fare Inspectors to Inspect Just One MUNI Bus? – excerpt

I’m struggling to understand how this scene makes any sense at all.
Hey SFMTA! What was this, training day?
One lady got off this N Judah Express and said “I don’t have time for this” as she just walked on off. And nobody from the SFMTA did nothing, oh well… (more)

Hopefully it is training day and not the norm.

Protesters Could Shut Down Muni Service On Monday

By: Will Reisman : – excerpt

Hey, you know what might be a great day in which to ride one’s bike to work? Monday, July 16, 2012. Because several groups will try to disrupt Muni service that day. According to SF Examiner, groups will protest over “an attack on organized labor, policies of racial discrimination by city agencies such as the Police Department and Muni, and the one-year anniversary of the death of Kenneth Harding.”
SF Weekly has more:
A random group called the Humanists for Revolutionary Socialism, is backing Monday’s protest, dubbed “Kenneth Harding Jr. Transit Shut Down Day” and blames Muni’s policies for Harding’s death.
“Kenneth was killed by the S.F. police to protect Muni bosses’ ‘savings’ on the backs of the workers,” the group says on its website. “This greed takes the form of attacks on the Muni workers and compromising safety which endangers Muni riders as well as the union drivers.”…


By Aaron Sankin : Huffingtonpost article – excerpt

Muni Protest Planned For Monday: Activist Group Seeks To Snarl Morning Commute

By : On the morning of Monday, July 16, a San Francisco-based activist group plans on staging a protest with the stated goal of disrupting Muni service…

The action, organized by the Humanist Workers For Revolutionary Socialism, commemorates the death of 19-year old Kenneth Harding, who was killed during a shootout with SFPD officers at a Muni station in the Bayview last year…

Transportation Workers Union Local 250-A spokesman Ron Austin told the San Francisco Examiner. “So when the sun rises on Monday, we’ll be out there working.”