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January 30, 2001 Minutes



1. Call to Order

Chairman Flynn called the meeting to order at 5:03 p.m.

2. Roll Call

Present: Shirley Breyer Black
Jim Bourgart
Mike Casey
Jose Cisneros
H. Welton Flynn
Enid Lim
Cleopatra Vaughns

Chairman Flynn announced that the ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at the meeting. He advised any person responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound producing electronic devices may be removed from the meeting.

3. Public Comment

Alex Clemens thanked the board for being responsive to residents of Treasure Island. He stated that service has increased exponentially but residents are reaching the point where capacity is an issue. He pointed out that there were missed runs last Tuesday and Wednesday resulting in people being stranded. These are people who depend solely on Muni and if they're stranded during late night hours, it costs $25 by cab to get home.

Erik Fitzpatrick, Treasure Island resident, also mentioned that service had improved but urged more frequent weekend and skeletal night owl service.

Kieran Flaherty, T.I. resident, echoed the sentiments of other speakers about being pleased with service but he has a continued issue with driver politeness with passengers. He encouraged drivers to maintain friendliness and advocated for more frequent service during rush hours and during the weekend.

Marya Pezzano noted that service has not improved over the past few months with so many missed buses. She is concerned that when buses are missing, nobody at Muni seems to know about it. She asked why grant monies weren't going to be used until August when they were available no and talked about an operator who refused to help a mother with 2 children last week.

Derek Mendez thanked the board for past help and understands that there have been funds approved for future service. He suggested changing the route to better serve T.I. residents.

Alex Clemens acknowledged Muni for a new record in government responsiveness as Peter Straus just told him that Muni will serve Treasure Island every 45 minutes.


4. Discussion of the Municipal Transportation Agency's FY2002 operating budget in the amount of $446,976,583 and modification of Muni's fare schedule by waiving fares on New Year's Eve 2001. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and budget.)

Lisa Mancini, Chief Operating Officer and Gigi Harrington, Chief Financial Officer reviewed the budget.

Chairman Flynn stated that it would be helpful to compare this year's numbers to last year's numbers. He asked for additional information about what monies are budgeted for training as compared to last year as he would like to see safety improved throughout the system. Also requested was the net cost for transportation to Candlestick last year.

Director Vaughns asked about the status of the board's compensation. Chairman Flynn stated that the previous action taken by the board to increase their compensation was denied by the Board of Supervisors and it was incumbent on the MTA board to include it or not. Director Vaughns stated that action needs to be considered.

Director Cisneros asked staff to identify funds in the budget for pedestrian safety.

Director Casey suggested more narrative in the future to help people understand what's contained in the budget. In response to a request by the director, Peter Straus, Manager of Service Planning reviewed how service is prioritized and added.

Larry Martin, International Vice President, TWU-250A talked about the Municipal Improvement Fund as one of the most important programs in Muni's budget and introduced Danny Beagle, the MIF program coordinator.

Danny Beagle, MIF program coordinator reviewed the MIF program and budget for the next fiscal year.

Director Bourgart asked to see the statistics on the cost per trainee hour and asked about the projection for next year. He also wanted to see more detail on the "Train the Trainer" program. The director wants to know how the MTA board can get involved in this program. General Manager Burns will discuss involvement with the chairman, as there are vacancies on the MIF board.

Director Casey urged staff to look beyond private consultants as City College has helped minimize costs for programs he's been involved with. He has a continuing question about the integration of the MIF and Joint Labor Management boards and would like to hear how those programs will be integrated.


Edward Mason is disappointed that there are no organizational charts, head counts or capital budgets contained within it. He suggested that last year's accomplishments should be highlighted and wondered about the value of a $60,000 work order to the Mayor's Office. He suggested that we use the experience of other regional transit properties to streamline Muni's budget.

David Pilpel suggested that the board look at what was spent on MIF this year prior to throwing more money at it. He is extremely disappointed in level of detail and lack of narrative in the budget, calling it woefully inadequate. He is not sure that the proposed budget relates to service standards and suggested a need for a reserve fund. He added that the CAC had not discussed the "class pass" or any fare changes.

ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 6:57 p.m.

A tape of the meeting is on file in the office of the Secretary to the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors.

Roberta Boomer
Board Secretary

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