CA: Will S.F. Muni ever be able to reach 100% of pre-pandemic service?

By Ricardo Cano : mastransit – excerpt

In response to community activism, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will bring back a reduced 31 line in mid-August as part of its final service restorations of the year.

Jul. 21—Julia Bauer waited for daylight on a recent Friday morning before leaving her apartment in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, stealthily clutching pepper spray in her pocket as she walked the three blocks past a maze of drug dealers to the closest Muni bus stop…

In response to community activism, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will bring back a reduced 31 line in mid-August as part of its final service restorations of the year. The August restorations will include the return of M-Ocean View rail service and extended night service on 16 routes.

But nearly a year and a half after Muni’s historic service reductions, the agency’s leaders have not said when the SFMTA will reverse the cuts or whether it even plans to bring back the same routes and services that were in place before the pandemic…

SFMTA Director Jeffrey Tumlin said that the pandemic exacerbated longstanding financial and personnel challenges for the agency, making service restorations more difficult to sustain without a new permanent source of revenue… (more)

Archaic rules about financing are hitting transit systems as well as others when it come to funding operations and services. Depending on growth and higher taxes fines and fees will not work much longer in a stalled economy and that is what we will have if government authorities don’t figure it out soon.

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