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Release date: SFMTA Awarded Over $7 Million for Muni Security

*** Press Release ***

June 12, 2008

SFMTA Awarded Over $7 Million for Muni Security

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Office of Homeland Security announced today that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will receive over $7 million to improve security and public safety on San Francisco’s transit system, the Municipal Railway (Muni).

This award is part of the larger allocation to the San Francisco Bay Area of approximately $21 million to cover various security and safety projects such as lighting, fencing, cameras and communication technology. These funds come from voter-approved state Proposition 1B, passed by California voters in November 2006, which enacted the Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006.

“The safety and security of our customers and employees are our highest priorities,” said Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Executive Director/CEO of the SFMTA. “I am very proud of the work done by our Operations and Security and Enforcement Divisions to ensure a safe and secure transit system. I am committed to ensuring that our staff members have what they need to improve our system and help our customers.”

The SFMTA funds will go primarily towards improving security surveillance and security measures at SFMTA facilities and towards purchasing one incident command bus and two command vans. These command vehicles will allow SFMTA Security and Enforcement personnel to fully monitor emergency and large-scale events, better support Muni Operations and improve their coordination with other city departments.

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