Some slashed Muni service could return 

Half the recent reductions to Muni service could be restored if much-needed funds are allocated.

The cash-strapped San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, slashed service hours by 10 percent May 8 as a way to save $29 million annually, a move that angered many transit advocates and local lawmakers.

On Tuesday, SFMTA spokeswoman Kristen Holland said it was possible to restore 5 percent of the axed service by Sept. 4.

That plan, however, is contingent upon the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, a local planning body governed by the Board of Supervisors, releasing $7 million in requested funding.

That $7 million, along with a $4 million allocation from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a regional transportation group, and $900,000 in one-time savings, should provide the SFMTA with enough funding to support the service restoration.

Earlier this year, the transit agency made the $7 million funding request from the SFCTA, which manages The City’s transportation tax. However, the authority refused to release the money unless Muni service reductions were reversed.

Holland said that this time, both sides are dedicated.

“All those involved are eager to see the service restored; the momentum appears to be there,” she said.

The SFMTA and Mayor Gavin Newsom hoped to restore the service reductions by convincing the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, the organization that represents Muni operators, to make labor concessions.

However, that deal, which would have saved the transit agency $19 million during a two-year period, was rejected by union rank-and-file members earlier this month.

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