SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco Mayor Edward Lee proposed an additional $48.1 million to accommodate more Muni passengers and enhance their travel experience.
The number of daily Muni riders are up 100,000 people per day compared to numbers reported a decade ago; that being said, common complaints of overcrowding and inaccuracy of timing have increased. This new budget proposal, announced to members of SFMTA, Board of Supervisors, and local union leaders on May 5, will be inclusive of more busses/trains, operators, mechanics, and cleaning staff to ensure more timely and efficient service. In addition, new Hybrid buses and other street safety precautions could be inclusive in this budget.
The City of San Francisco tweeted in exclamation about the new budget prospect, stating, “Mayor Ed Lee Invests in Transportation!”
SFMTA director of transportation, Ed Reiskin, estimates if this budget is approved it will create 244 job positions to be hired this July. If all plans go accordingly over the next two years, Muni service will increase by 10 percent.