To: Mayor Ed Lee and the Board of Supervisors
CC: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
From: San Francisco Transit Riders Union and supporters signing below
The Mayor's Transportation Task Force recently proposed raising money for Muni. The new funds, however, would be banned from increasing Muni service. We believe that money collected from the new vehicle license fee must be available to increase Muni service, such as having buses come more often and other service improvements.
Increasing transit service is the crux of an excellent transit system:
- Allows buses to come more frequently
- Reduces waiting time
- Relieves overcrowding
- Improves the ability to make transfers
- Addresses schedule deficiencies
- All of which increase reliability and quicken travel times
If the new funds are only spent on new and shiny vehicles, as recommended by the Mayor's staff, we will have insufficient money to run improved service, and we need to do both.
In addition to permitting the new funds to be used to increase Muni service, equity must be included as part of the definition of good transit.
Transit riders in this City are tired of waiting for the unreliable bus. New Muni funds should be allowed to be used to increase Muni service.