City leaders ask governor to approve transportation bill 

City transportation leaders are begging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign off on a major transportation bill that would release about $36 million for Muni.

Mayor Gavin Newsom gathered with Muni and BART leaders Thursday afternoon to explain how this money couldn’t come at a better time. Under its current five-year capital improvement plan, the SFMTA faces a $1.7 billion shortfall, and BART has a 25-year projected capital shortfall of $7.5 billion.

ABX8 9 would provide $400 million statewide for transit. Another bill, ABX8 6 would provide up to $350 million for transit on an ongoing basis.

“As Muni faces record deficits, too much of the debate has pitted riders against drivers, when the real culprit is the State of California’s abandonment of transit as a funding priority,” Newsom said.  “I have written a letter to the Governor and introduced a resolution urging him to sign this package into law and to maintain the $400 million appropriation for transit operations.”

 

 

 

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