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Release date: 4/29/10

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), has announced that effective May 8 reductions in Muni service will require schedule changes to be implemented on many bus routes and rail lines. These changes include reducing frequencies and hours of operation on some bus routes and rail lines; they do not include the elimination of any routes or segments of routes. The original service reductions proposed in February called for all routes and lines to be affected. At the direction of the SFMTA Board of Directors, the SFMTA has made adjustments to lessen the impact of the service reductions.

“I want to ensure that the SFMTA provides the safest, most reliable service possible,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA Executive Director/CEO. “While we are limited by today’s resources, I have recommended that we begin restoring service as soon as the economy rebounds and we have sufficient revenues to do so.”

Since the budget process began in February, the SFMTA has been able to retain full service on Route 108 Treasure Island due to a Metropolitan Transportation Commission Lifeline Grant in the amount of $878,000 and to minimize reductions on Owl service. Specifically, Routes 5, 14, 24 and 38 will continue to operate every 30 minutes. Routes 22, N Owl, L Owl, 90 and 91 will operate every 45 minutes rather than every 60 minutes as originally proposed for Owl routes. In addition, some of the rail schedule changes will not go into effect until construction on the St. Francis Circle project is concluded in late summer to ensure adequate capacity in the Muni Metro subway.

These changes are part of a comprehensive cost-savings plan needed to bridge the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 – 2010 operating budget deficit and to aid in reconciling the projected budget deficit for FY 2011, which, along with FY 2012 was approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors on April 20.

The two-year budget for FY 2011 – FY 2012 was balanced using state gas tax revenues, approved by the legislature last month, as well as the annualized cost savings generated by the May 8 schedule changes along with other measures to increase revenues and reduce expenditures. Like many of its fellow agencies around California and the country, the SFMTA has had to pursue cost-saving measures such as these during the recession.

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