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Release date: 4/6/11

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation including the Municipal Railway (Muni), yesterday presented the draft Implementation Strategy for the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), which includes a project schedule, capital cost estimates, key initiatives, staffing requirements, and performance management guidelines. The TEP is a joint effort by the SFMTA and the City Controller’s Office that aims to transform Muni so that people can get where they want to go more quickly, reliably and safely.

“The TEP is a crucial yet enormous undertaking that we must commit to in order to improve Muni,” said Tom Nolan, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “The Board is grateful for the thousands of Muni customers, community members, employees and other stakeholders who contributed to the initial planning phase. We look forward to an implementation that will meet their needs.”

“The SFMTA has already found the TEP to be a powerful prioritizing and planning tool,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Executive Director/CEO. “By making decisions based on its comprehensive data gathered during the planning phase, we have been able to prioritize important capital work and make targeted Muni schedule improvements. This draft strategy for the implementation of the entire TEP provides a road map for Muni’s transformation during the coming decade.”

Initiatives under the TEP Draft Implementation Strategy include: travel time reduction proposals (TTRP), service changes and associated systemwide infrastructure, terminal and transfer points improvements, overhead wire expansion, and long-term studies.

Key next steps include gathering public input on the travel time reduction proposals, selecting an environmental consultant and providing quarterly updates. The Draft Strategy will inform the environmental review process to be led by the City Planning Department and in coordination with the Office of the Controller.

In October 2008, the SFMTAB endorsed the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) for the purpose of environmental review. In December 2009, May 2010 and September 2010 service changes prevented an Implementation Strategy from moving forward, though service changes were TEP-informed and significant route update elements of the TEP have already been completed as a result.

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