TA to review $7M funding request from the MTA 

For the second time this month, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (TA) will review a crucial $7 million funding request from the struggling Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA), which is still trying to balance its budget for this fiscal year.

Even though the MTA, which manages Muni, is scheduled to deliver a balanced-budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1, the agency still has not balanced its books for this fiscal year, and the $7 million it’s requesting from the TA — the agency in charge of monitoring The City’s transportation tax — would go a long way toward shoring up its operating finances.

The TA, which is governed by The City’s Board of Supervisors, is recommending approval of the $7 million funding request for the MTA. However, San Francisco’s Charter has specific guidelines for how The City’s transportation tax can be used, and it’s unclear if the MTA’s funding request meets those requirements. Typically, the transportation tax is used for capital projects and transportation studies, not balancing the MTA’s operating budget.

On Tuesday, the TA’s Plans and Programs Committee will review the $7 million funding request from the MTA. If the committee gives approval to the request, the proposal will go before the full TA Board next week.

The Plans and Programs Committee reviewed the request on April 6 at a special hearing and continued the discussion to Tuesday’s meeting.

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