Reminder: SFMTA Board Vote on Two-Year Budget Tomorrow

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It may not be at the most convenient hour to make a trip to City Hall, but tomorrow’s SFMTA Board meeting at 2 p.m. could be the last chance to speak up before Muni service cuts are extended for the next two years.

The board, which is appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, is set to vote on a two-year budget that, if passed, would continue 10 percent Muni service cuts through fiscal year 2011, with a plan to restore half that service in fiscal year 2012.

Cuts are already slated to begin on May 8 as part of a measure to balance the budget through the end of the current fiscal year, June 30. The SFMTA still has a deficit of as much as $19 million to fill by then.

But transit advocates hope those cuts won’t be continued into the next two years.

Members from various community groups will be out in force at the meeting, including a coalition that includes the Chinese Progressive Association, Chinatown Community Development Center, Community Tenants Association, and People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER). According to a press advisory, they’ll call on the SFMTA Board to "take service cuts off the table, and balance the budget by cutting SFPD work orders and instituting progressive revenue measures."

If you’re planning to drop in to the meeting quickly to comment, you can follow the San Francisco Transit Riders Union Twitter feed, which will provide updates on when you can comment. Streetsblog will also be Tweeting major developments. 

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can send an email to the Mayor at gavin.newsom@sfgov.org and the SFMTA Board at mtaboard@sfmta.com.

SFMTA Board meeting with possible vote on FY11-12 budget, Tuesday,
April 20, 2 p.m., in City Hall Room 400. The budget is item 11 on the agenda

  • Nick

    If I was Mayor, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night knowing someone waiting for a bus at 3AM would be out in the cold and often still waiting at 4AM in a “Transit First” city.

  • Fran Taylor

    I sent in my letter:

    Celebrate Earth Day! Slash Public Transit!

    Dear Mayor Newsom–

    What better way to burnish your green credentials on Earth Day than by pushing for service cuts to public transportation, thus forcing riders back to the same kind of transportation you use: the private automobile. As you have expressed repeatedly during the current budget crisis, a recession is no time to ask drivers to pay more at parking meters. Not when you can squeeze every dime out of transit riders! Budget solutions in recent years have hit transit users four times harder than drivers, and they have been such a success, you must see no reason to change that approach.

    Riders have begun to realize that the actions of the Mayor’s Office and the MTA make sense only if they are designed to destroy Muni. We understand that you wish to serve potential well-heeled riders who may now avoid public transit because of the undesirable people who already use it: youth, poor people, people speaking other languages! So the first step is to get rid of us. What’s being done to public transportation today is the same as what we experienced in housing during the dot-com boom, with its evictions and economic cleansing.

    Actual environmentalists reserve a special room in hell for politicians and their minions who proclaim their devotion to the earth at the same time they systematically destroy public transportation. This room features severe overcrowding, long waits, and utter unpredicatability. It’s waiting for you.

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