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San Francisco Transit Agency Considering Muni Service Cuts

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco’s transportation director laid out his agency’s budget options Tuesday, saying that he’ll be adding Muni service cuts as an option to eliminate a $53 million deficit over the next two years.

The two-year budget document, presented to the Municipal Transporation Agency Board, listed several revenue ideas – everything from enforcing parking meters on nights and Sundays to hiking the price of the Muni fast pass. Nowhere in the formal presentation was there a mention of Muni service cuts. However, near the end of the meeting, Board President Tom Nolan asked whether service cuts might be on the table.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“I think that would be an honest option to put on the table for the board to consider,” said Director Ed Reiskin.

Reiskin said that the MTA has two choices: To allow MUNI to limp along as it has for years, or to provide the service it can afford.

“We need to right-size the service to meet the levels of staffing that we have,” said Reiskin.

Muni was forced to cut service by 10 percent two years ago, but then found money to restore about half of those cuts.

Reiskin said that service cuts this year would be a last resort, but an option that shouldn’t be ignored either.

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