Process for crucial $7 million MTA funding request begins 

The review process for a crucial $7 million funding request by the Municipal Transportation Agency will begin Wednesday night.

The MTA, which operates Muni, recently plugged a $12.2 million budget deficit for this fiscal year, but over half of that total came from the assumption that the agency will receive $7 million from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, a separate public agency that manages The City’s transportation tax allocations.

While the $7 million funding request will help the MTA solve its operating budget woes, the money will actually go toward preventative maintenance measures, such as procuring parts for the agency’s trolley buses.

Typically, the TA does not allocate funds to the MTA for budget-balancing measures, but because the money will be used for preventative maintenance, there is a gray area to the request.

The TA’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee will review the funding request Wednesday at its 6 p.m. meeting, and could make a recommendation to support the measure. From there, the matter will go before the TA’s Plans and Programs Committee, before reaching the TA’s full Board, which is made up of The City’s Board of Supervisors.

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