After dead end with SFCTA, SFMTA looks to regional agency for $7 million 

When it comes to a coveted $7 million allocation needed for vehicle rehabilitation, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has been nothing if not determined.

Earlier this year, the SFMTA first broached the idea of requesting $7 million from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, the agency in charge of doling out The City’s transportation tax, as a way to balance its budget for this fiscal year.

After clearing some legal hurdles, SFMTA officials were sorely disappointed that the funding request was granted by the SFCTA with the huge caveat that the agency rolls back its 10 percent service reduction. Rolling back the service reduction would cost the SFMTA $14 million annually, so the agency declined to accept the SFCTA’s offer.

Undeterred, and desperately in need of cash to make up a $11 million deficit by June 30, the SFMTA has forwarded their funding request to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the region’s lead transportation planning body, and controller of a fair number of purse strings.

Instead of asking for the $7 million in local funds, the SFMTA hopes that the MTC can reappropriate some federal money to meet their request. SFMTA spokeswoman Kristen Holland didn’t have specifics on the request, but she did say that the agency would approach the MTC “later this week.”

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