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Release date: 3/9/10

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni) and manages parking, traffic, bicycles, pedestrian travel and taxis in the City, will host two town hall meetings this month to discuss how to address projected deficits of approximately $50 million for each of the next two fiscal years.

The first meeting is tomorrow, Wednesday, March 10 and the second is Saturday, March 20. SFMTA staff will solicit input from stakeholders and the general public to balance the FY 2011 and FY 2012 two-year budget. The City Charter requires the SFMTA Board of Directors to approve a balanced two-year budget for FY 2011 and FY 2012 by May 1.

A presentation on the FY 2011 and FY 2012 budget was prepared for the March 2 Board meeting. It can be found at and provides an overview and possible solutions to the challenge.

The continued economic downturn has exhausted the Agency’s reserves and reduced revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years. The largest contributing factor to the deficit has been the loss of state funding for transit operations; almost $180 million has been lost in the last three fiscal years. A measure passed by the State Legislature and awaiting the Governor’s approval would provide the SFMTA with an estimated $29 million next year.

SFMTA FY 2011-2012 Budget Town Hall Meetings

Wednesday, March 10 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 20 – 10 a.m. to Noon
1 South Van Ness Avenue
2nd Floor, Atrium
Nearby Muni Routes: 6, 9, 14, 47, 49, 71, F Market, Metro—Van Ness Station

Additional Public Meetings on the Budget

SFMTA Board of Directors Meetings (Room 400, City Hall)

Tuesday, March 30 – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6 – 2 p.m. (possible Board Action)
Tuesday, April 20 – 2 p.m. (possible Board Action)

Those who would like to comment and cannot attend one of the meetings are asked to send an e-mail to or call 311.

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