SF Plans to Write More Parking Tickets

by Jerold Chinn : KQED – excerpt

San Francisco transportation officials need to do a better job managing parking.  And if they make extra money to balance its books in the process, all the better.
That’s what the head of the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency is telling city supervisors as he tries to close an expected $17 million budget gap over the next two fiscal years…

The new officers would address complaints from residents — the subject of the city controller’s audit, which will examine how the transit agency can better deploy its workforce on the street…

How is the transit agency expecting to bridge the $17 million gap?

  • Better-than-expected take from the city’s general fund: $5.9 million
  • Parking and traffic enforcement: $6.5 million
  • Better management of the taxi and limousine program: $4 million
  • Other, including transfers from other departments: $1.9 million
  • The total is, in theory, $18.2 million, enough for a balanced budget.

The Board of Supervisors has until Aug. 1 to accept or reject the transit agency’s final budget as part of the city’s overall budget for the fiscal year.

We suggest residents quit complaining to the SFMTA, they they are using these complaints as an excuse to raise enforce more laws.

 

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Muni Rate Hike Goes Info Effect Sunday, July 1

By Aaron Sankin : huffingtonpost.com – excerpt

Just when you thought it was safe to get back on the bus…it’s time for another Muni rate hike.

Effective Sunday, July 1, the cost of a monthly Muni passes will increase by $2. The Muni-only M pass will rise from $62 to $64 and the Muni-plus-BART A pass will now cost $74. Discount and lifeline passes will also increase by $1…

Single ride Muni tickets will still cost $2…

Muni isn’t the only local transit agency upping the cost of a ticket on Sunday. BART is also instituting a similar inflation-based 1.4 percent rate hike. BART officials estimate that will come out to about an extra five cents per ride….

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No one is immune from the SFMTA’s craving for cash.

Muni fixes will be painful, but they are necessary

SF Examiner Editorial – excerpt

At the end of March, Muni’s on-time performance was dismally low. From October to December, Muni vehicles arrived at stops on time just 71.7 percent of the time. And according to a recent article in the Bay Citizen, Muni is actually slower than it was when it began to operate 100 years ago. The F-Stockton car took passengers from the Financial District to the Marina in just 17 minutes. Today, a similar trip takes at least half an hour…

But the system still faces more than its share of structural problems. For one thing, it’s broke — and fares just don’t pay enough to finance it. The SFMTA faces a $53 million deficit over the next two years. And a proposal to allow some or all minors to ride for free is expected to add as much as $8.7 million to the agency’s deficit…

A grab for revenue by the SFMTA without similar attention to cost control and efficiency would indeed be a reason to criticize the agency...

WHY PEOPLE OBJECT TO GIVING MUNI MORE MONEY – Anybody keeping track of Muni futures? Future deficit figures seem to change from article to article. What business runs itself on future projections? What is SMFTA doing now? What is the actual costs per ride? How much are they spending re-routing traffic and painting bicycles all over the streets? SFMTA should put all other projects on hold until they have fixed Muni and balanced the Muni budget.

 

SFMTA Board Deadlocks On Free Muni For Youth Plan

Patricia Decker, Bay City News excerpt

Dozens of people filled room 400 of San Francisco City Hall this afternoon to weigh in on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s proposal to provide free transit passes to low-income youth.

After the proposal failed to pass, the board agreed to continue the discussion to the next meeting so more information can be gathered, SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said.

The SFMTA board was considering the free transit passes as part of a budget proposal for the next two fiscal years, one that includes extending parking meter hours to Sundays…

Several supervisors supporting the proposal–Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos and Jane Kim–popped into the meeting to chime in during public comment…

“A transit-first city has got to encourage public transit use through properly funded Muni service even as it discourages the private automobile,” Varnam said.

Rose said the SFMTA budget discussion will also be continued at the next meeting on April 17.

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Time for those who oppose SFMTA’s plans to let their Supervisors who how they feel.