The Impact of Poor Muni Service on Transit-Dependent San Franciscans

A new video from People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER) highlights the impact of unreliable and unaffordable transit on low-income San Franciscans who rely on Muni.

In San Francisco, “transportation is a dividing line of access and opportunity for African American, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander communities who have the highest transit dependency in the city,” writes POWER. The group is campaigning “to shift local, regional and national mass transit priorities towards the needs of working class communities of color and to bring an analysis of race, class, and gender to bear on transportation planning decisions.” They have also called on the SFMTA to distribute free Muni passes to low-income youth who lack transportation options to school.

While the SFMTA has struggled to find funding for such a program, SFMTA board member Joel Ramos has suggested that the revenue could be come from extending parking meter hours.

Thanks to Fran Taylor for the video.

  • “SFMTA board member Joel Ramos has suggested that the revenue could be come from extending parking meter hours” – the last time this came up to SFMTA, the long line of people in public comment to oppose extended meter hours – were sent by POWER. Unbelievable.

  • Fran Taylor

    No, no, no. It was ANSWER, not POWER.

  • Ah yes! I stand corrected!

  • Fran Taylor

    An honest mistake. Actually, the video has a small error in the beginning, too. The mug shots are of the 1961 Freedom Riders, not from the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. Same struggle!

  • Richard Mlynarik

    Don’t worry.  The Central Subway will fix everything.  If by “low-income” and “San Franciscan” you mean “Parsons Brinkerhoff and associated pork-swilling rent-seeking fraudsters.”

    San Francisco is the City that Knows How.  And how.

  • mikesonn

    I could of sworn it was POWER as well.

  • This applies to more transit districts that just MUNI!

  • Fran Taylor

    Streetsblog’s own account can lay the debate to rest:

    http://sf.streetsblog.org/2009/10/21/the-land-of-the-free-parking/

  • mikesonn

    Thanks Fran. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe you, but that it was my recollection as well.

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