Muni delays cost economy $50M a year, study says 

San Francisco is putting a price on those aggravating Muni waits.

As The City continues the perennial discussion on how to improve Muni, a new analysis is being done to quantify the impact of delays on the local economy.

The beginning of that analysis, conducted by the City Controller’s Office, found that in April riders were delayed by 86,000 hours. And that was only for the busiest times of the day and for service disruptions caused by breakdowns and maintenance.

Those delays reportedly cost the local economy $4.2 million in April, or roughly $50 million a year.

Ed Reiskin, transportation director for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, is using the data to make a pitch for greater investment in his agency. During a Tuesday hearing at the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee, he said that with $50 million the agency could replace 10 trains or 64 buses, rehabilitate 170 buses or increase service 8 percent.

The analysis could help the agency make a case to voters for passing revenue measures. Two under discussion for placement on the November 2014 ballot include an increase in the vehicle registration fee and the issuance of a general obligation bond.

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