Speak Out Against Proposed Muni Cuts at MTA Board Meeting Tuesday

Transit advocates have begun mobilizing Muni riders to speak out against a new round of proposed service cuts at tomorrow’s MTA Board meeting. 

Writes Manish Champsee of Walk SF:

The SFMTA has just released revised budget projections for the current
fiscal year.  Due to the Mayor’s reluctance to raise money by extending parking
meter hours, the proposals to close the budget gap are dire.  This on
top of the hike in the Fastpass to $60 per month and $70 per month if
you want to ride on BART and the service changes that took effect on
December 5.  The proposals include:

-Raising the cost to ride the F-line to $5
-Requiring riders to buy the $70 Fastpass in order to ride the Cable Cars and Express Buses
-Raising the fares for seniors, disabled and youth passes to $30/month.  Triple what it was just 6 months ago
-Reductions in service by reducing the frequency of buses along some lines as well as the operating hours.

Increased fares and reduced service means that people will choose to
drive rather than take MUNI. This means increased greenhouse gas and
congestion, slowing down buses and endangering pedestrians and cyclists.

Tell the Mayor and SFMTA Board that enough is enough.  If you can
please come out to the SFMTA Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 19th at
2pm at City Hall Room 400.  It is Item 11 on the agenda.  If you can’t
make it to the meeting, please send an email to gavin.newsom@sfgov.org and mtaboard@sfmta.com telling them:

-How the fare increases and service changes have affected you
-Riders should not bear the brunt of the current financial meltdown
-Extending parking meter hours needs to be a part of any solution

We realize that many of you work during the day and we will try to
inform you whether it’s worth coming after work to testify.

Transit advocate Susan Vaughan has set up a Facebook page, urging people to attend the meeting.  You can check out Streetsblog SF’s Twitter feed and Facebook page for updates. 

The Streetsblog SF crew is off today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day but we’ll be back in full force tomorrow. 

  • I have put together a petition to ask city leaders to put a stop to the destruction of the city’s transit service and take the steps necessary to begin fixing it:

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/fix-san-franciscos-municipal-transit-agency

    Please do attend the board meeting on Tuesday to make yourself heard.

    Suggestions for changes or additions to the petition are welcome:

    http://sanfranciscodaysblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/muni-petition.html

  • (I don’t think my most recent comment got posted)

    The SFMTA board is going to decide if they want to extend Nat Ford’s contract for another four years. I encourage all of you to tell the board NO.

  • Not sure if someone in SF can pass these out, but down in Orange County, we had something similar happen to us with our bus system (with threatened cuts to all our bus lines). People handed color flyers with photographs of every single boardmember’s face, along with their title, the date their term ends, and their contact information.

    http://www.transitrideroc.com/node/285

    You guys might wanna consider something like this too. Good luck!!

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