SamTrans Accused of Hiding Millions of Public Dollars

By Vicky Nguyen, Kevin Nious, and Jeremy Carroll : NBCbayarea – excerpt

SamTrans leaders decline to answer questions after insiders disclose a “second set of books” used to track how millions in public dollars were spent at the transit district.

A former SamTrans accountant has disclosed a second set of books he said the district used to hide millions of public dollars by logging fake and inflated expenses. The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit filed a records request to verify these claims, and uncovered more than a million dollars’ worth of expenses that had no back up… (more)

BART Plus may be minus Muni transfer

By Will Reisman : SFExaminer – excerpt

Passengers who transfer frequently between BART and other local transit agencies could soon be doling out more cash for their trips.
Under the BART Plus program, passengers can currently prepay for half-month passes ranging from $43 to $76. With that pass, their BART fares include free transfers on a number of local transit agencies, including Muni, SamTrans and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
Muni wants to pull out of its pact with BART, a development that could leave passengers paying $2 every time they transfer from BART to Muni…
“BART Plus is critical for people who live near city and county lines,” Baker said. “We should be encouraging regional transit use, not trying to make it more difficult.”
Muni will discuss whether to abandon the program during a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Friday at City Hall. SamTrans will hold a similar hearing Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. at its headquarters in San Carlos. If approved by the two agencies, the changes would take effect Jan. 1….  (more) 

Apologies for missing this story earlier. I thought I posted it. An email from savemuni.com regarding the Central Subway with similar concerns about Muni plans to disconnects itself from BART, made me realize it was missing.

Related story to follow: CENTRAL SUBWAY BOONDOGGLE:  KEEPING UP THE FIGHT !

Muni will discuss whether to abandon the program during a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Friday at City Hall. SamTrans will hold a similar hearing Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. at its headquarters in San Carlos. If approved by the two agencies, the changes would take effect Jan. 1.