Return to Muni schedule changes, May 8, 2010
May 7, 2010
Dear Friend of Transit:
A year ago we wrote to you when the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) approved an operating budget that was balanced by a number of undesirable measures to offset a projected $129 million deficit in the current fiscal year.
Those measures included massive service changes and entailed the elimination of some Muni routes and route segments, an undertaking that, fortunately, was done surgically using the wealth of data generated by the Transit Effectiveness Project. Moreover, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors requested that we invest $13 million to beef up service on our heaviest routes which greatly ameliorated the impact of those service changes which were implemented in December. The budget deficit was also closed by generating additional revenues through Muni fare and parking fee increases that took effect last July 1.
By winter we were challenged by yet another deficit that emerged due to declining revenues and the fact that we could not reduce expenditures as expected as the insidious global recession continued to manifest itself in California and here in San Francisco.
Beginning in February, we began the task of developing a balanced SFMTA operating budget amid sobering realities:
With these realities in mind, the SFMTA Board endeavored to balance the needs of customers with diminishing resources by taking the following actions:
We also plan to launch pilots of extended parking meter hours in four commercial areas of the City this year, and staff is currently involved in outreach initiatives that will lead to final recommendations to the SFMTA Board this spring.
Despite the SFMTA’s structural deficit, we clearly balanced the operating budget across the spectrum of the transportation network that we manage and operate--not just Muni.
For those of us in the business of providing public transportation services, both here and across the nation, these times have been particularly difficult and a source of contention with our customers due to higher fares and less service. Therefore, we sincerely hope that recent upticks in the economic arena continue, that the recession is bottoming out and that we can look forward to a brighter economic future.
As we did during the December service changes, we ask that you share the May 8 schedule changes with your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Detailed information about the changes is available in English, Chinese and Spanish by visiting www.sfmta.com and in other languages by dialing 311. Schedules for specific transit stops, and other transit systems in the Bay Area, is available by calling 511 or going online at www.511.org.
We appreciate your assistance in getting this vital information to as many Muni customers as possible.
Tom Nolan, Chairman, Board of Directors
Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Executive Director/CEO
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