Peskin introduces MUNI reform for November ballot
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin.
By Tamara Barak
May 23, 2007
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin introduced
a measure yesterday that aims to make the city's public transit
more reliable while cutting waste and reducing carbon emissions.
Peskin presented the legislation at the end of yesterday's Board
of Supervisors meeting. It will now be submitted to the board's
Rules Committee, which will hold it for 30 days before voting
on it. If passed by the Rules Committee, it will come back before
the full board. The proposal must receive six votes on the 11-member
board to make it to the Nov. 6 ballot.
"If we are serious about being a green city, a reliable
public transit system must be our first priority," Peskin
said in a statement. "In order to get people out of their
cars, we first need a Muni that gets people where they're going
- that's what this charter amendment is all about."
For the first time in San Francisco's history, the measure would
require in the city's constitution that the Municipal Transportation
Agency produce a plan to reduce carbon emissions from all vehicles
and increase ridership.
Under the legislation, MTA officials would work to reduce carbon
emissions from transit vehicles to 80 percent of their 1990 levels
The MTA would be required to report on its progress every two
The legislation also seeks to increase the amount of revenue
MTA receives from parking fees and streamline operations by giving
the agency greater contracting freedom.
The measure would also require that pay for MTA managers be linked
to performance and would remove the salary cap for transit operators.
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