Location of Muni’s new central nervous system comes at big cost 

The SFMTA said it wanted the lease signed with Hudson 1455 Market, LLC for 39,573 square feet -- at that location -- to set up a consolidated interim Transportation Management Center. Currently, such functions are broken up in five different locations. The lease is for 10 years with two 10-year options. The main part of the center is the Operations Control Center, which is known as the central nervous system of transit operations with its ability to monitor and manage fleet movement, detect and respond to any incidents, and response to emergency.

The Board of Supervisors budget analyst Harvey Rose advised the board to reject the proposal. The lease would have the SFMTA occupy 35,749 more square feet, or 216 percent, than such functions currently occupy, and the costs would increase by 513 percent a year: from the existing $256,237 annual rent to $1,569,944.

“That’s a lot of money to invest,” said Supervisor David Campos, one of four supervisors to vote against the lease during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. “We need to make sure that we do our due diligence as much as possible.” Supervisors Jane Kim, Eric Mar and Ross Mirkarimi joined Campos in opposing the lease.

But the lease was approved in a 7-4 vote.

“This is a mission-critical project for Muni,” said Supervisor Scott Wiener, adding that the proposal would help the agency deal with such problems such as “the meltdowns we have experienced” in the subways and the “inability to regulate the movement of the vehicles so that everything is properly spaced.”

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