Eight days left to comment on Muni fiscal emergency proposal 

On March 30, the Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors will vote whether to authorize a fiscal state of emergency, a state procedural requirement that would allow the agency to impose more fare increases and service reductions to help offset its $56.4 million budget shortfall.

For the next eight days, concerned transit riders and local residents will get a chance to sound off on the idea, either by e-mailing the MTA, which operates Muni, or mailing a letter to the agency’s headquarters. More information on that process can be found here.

At the MTA’s March 30 board meeting, the agency will respond to feedback it received concerning its proposal to declare a fiscal emergency.

If the MTA does elect to declare a fiscal emergency at that meeting, it doesn’t necessarily mean fare increases and service reductions will be implemented -- it just exempts the agency from being subjected to certain compliances of the California Environmental Quality Act. The agency declared a fiscal emergency in 2005 and 2009 as well.

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