SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) –Muni’s budget crisis is really hitting home for a dozen managers at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency who were laid off last week to save $2 million.

In a letter to staff, City Transportation Chief Ed Reiskin said that he eliminated a dozen management positions to preserve front line Muni service. He also noted that the MTA, which oversees Muni, taxis, traffic and parking, is projected to overspend at a rate of $30 million this year.

MTA Board President Tom Nolan said that he knew the axe was about to fall, but said that it had to be done.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

”At some point the buck has to stop somewhere, and you have to make some tough decisions,” said Nolan.

The layoffs were managers in charge of transit safety, parking, and traffic control officers, and public relations.

”You know, I think that you always need to start at the top,” said Nolan. “You know, the most important people in the whole agency really are the bus drivers and the mechanics and the station agents and the PCO’s.”

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