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**See details of the SFMTA Board actions at the Friday, Feb. 26 meeting, originally scheduled for Feb. 16, to close the FY 2010 budget deficit. Board rejected increasing discount passes for senior, youth and people with disabilities to $30 but increased other fares and parking fees and fines and reduced Muni service by 10 percent.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) seeks public input to close an ongoing shortfall in the Fiscal Year (FY)* 2010 budget and to balance the FY 2011 and FY 2012 two-year budget.

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Feb. 26 Board meeting:


The SFMTA Board of Directors confronts significant budget deficits for both the current fiscal year (FY 2010) and the next two-year budget cycle (FYs 2011 and 2012).  The severe economic downturn that began in the fall of 2008, combined with longstanding budget problems at the state level, has reduced the resources available to provide transportation services, including Muni. 

Read an Op-ed: On Tuesday, January 19, SFMTA Chairman Tom Nolan and Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. published an op-ed on the budget challenges that provides an overview of the budget situation.

Tell us what you think: In addition to the regularly scheduled SFMTA Board of Directors meetings, Town Hall meetings have been scheduled to give the public additional opportunities to learn more and provide feedback.  If you cannot attend one of the meetings, e-mail a comment to or call 311.

FY 2010 at a glance: In FY 2010 the SFMTA still faces a current-year $16.9 million shortfall, even after position eliminations, layoffs and other cost-cutting measures that began last November.  The $16.9 million shortfall must be bridged soon in order to achieve the needed savings.

The SFMTA Board will consider adoption of the proposals at its Feb. 26 meeting (new rescheduled date). Most of the proposals under consideration are both painful and unpopular.

Fare, fee and fine increases and Muni service: Proposed solutions to the FY 2010 shortfall include Muni fare and parking fee and fine increases as well as Muni service reductions that would reduce the frequency on many Muni routes and lines and end some routes earlier.

Looking ahead to FY 2011 and FY 2012: San Francisco’s Charter requires the SFMTA Board of Directors to approve a balanced two-year budget for FY 2011 and FY 2012 by May 1. At the March 2 meeting of the Board of Directors the Board heard proposed solutions.

As of the Jan. 29 SFMTA Board meeting, the projected deficits for FY 2011 and FY 2012 are $52.7 and $45.3 million.  However, those deficits would be much greater if the SFMTA Board of Directors does not approve the proposed actions to close the current year shortfall.

The FY 2011 and FY 2012 budget presentation (PDF) prepared for the March 2 Board meeting has the latest details. For accessibility assistance with this document, please contact Joanne Carr, 415.701.4324.

FY 2011 and FY 2012 budget presentation (PDF) (accessible Web page) prepared for the Jan. 29 Board meeting

Fiscal Year defined

The SFMTA fiscal year lasts from July of the preceding calendar year to June of the numbered year, e.g., FY 2010 includes July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010. Return to overview.

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