Supes seek say on Muni spending 

An increase in state funding for Muni has the Board of Supervisors eager to weigh in on how the money is going to be spent.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees Muni, is expected to receive $36 million from new legislation signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu on Tuesday requested a hearing with transit agency leaders to discuss the allocation amid a series of recent service reductions and fare hikes.

“They have proposed 10 percent service cuts, which are really very dramatic service cuts on top of what we saw last year,” Chiu said. “We need to reconsider these decisions in light of [the state funding], as well as think about our priorities to make sure that we are a transit-first city.”

Next week, the board is expected to vote on a resolution to reject the so-called premium monthly Fast Passes for rides on cable cars and express buses.

The transit agency must adopt a balanced budget by May 1 for next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The board has the ability to reject the transit agency’s budget, a threat that has been used in the past to influence what is cut and how those decisions are made.

“We are working with the MTA to look at reducing the service impacts that are supposed to go into effect on May 1 and to reverse fare changes for the premium Fast Passes,” Tony Winnicker, the mayor’s spokesman, said of the new state funding. “It’s great to see we have similar support for that at the Board of Supervisors.”


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