$7M funding request by MTA continued to special meeting next week 

Concerned that there wasn’t enough effort being put forth to prevent service reductions or cut down on work-order spending, a committee of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (TA) opted to continue a $7 million funding request from the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) to a special meeting next week.

The MTA, which manages Muni, requested the $7 million for improvements to its transit infrastructure, a move that will help the agency balance its operating budget shortfall for this fiscal year. The TA, which is governed by The City’s Board of Supervisors, manages San Francisco’s transportation tax dollars, and typically doesn’t allocate funds to balance the MTA’s operating budget, although the TA’s staff offered a recommendation for the $7 million request because it would have long-term benefits for Muni.

However, several members of the TA’s Plans and Programs Committee, notably chair David Campos, expressed concern about approving the $7 million request without the MTA making a pledge to roll back its proposed 10 percent service reduction, or significantly cut down on the $65 million it spends each year in contracts with other city departments.

As a result, the five-person committee elected to continue the request to a special meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, at which time the body can address the issue before the full Transportation Authority board meets later that day.

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