Muni service changes arrive Saturday 

Today marks the last day of Muni’s regular transit scheduling, as the agency will embark on its plans for massive service reductions -Saturday.

Muni will begin running lines less frequently, meaning passengers will have to wait around longer to board more-crowded vehicles. All lines will be affected by the changes, which amount to a 10 percent overall -service reduction.

The agency’s most heavily used lines — such as the 38-Geary, 1-California and 14-Mission — will see little change to their scheduling during the peak travel times of the morning and evening commutes. However, like all other lines, they will operate less frequently throughout the day.

By cutting service, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, will save about $29 million annually. Under heavy pressure from transit -advocates and members of the Board of Supervisors, the agency has vowed to restore half the planned service cuts by 2011.

The reductions will be the second major shake-up of service in the past six months. On Dec. 5, Muni heralded a reorganization of transit service as the biggest scheduling change in decades. The changes slated for Saturday will be even more drastic.

By implementing the changes Saturday, the debt-ridden SFMTA will save $4.8 million this fiscal year, which ends June 30, and $28.4 million next fiscal year.

The cuts were first approved in February and later confirmed again by the SFMTA’s board of directors April 20. The reductions were in response to budget deficits that once stood at $45 million for this fiscal year and $199 million for the next two fiscal years.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

 

New schedule

Muni will implement service changes starting Saturday. For full details, visit www.sfmta.com.

 

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