San Francisco MUNI Board of Directors
discuss service and safety issues
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
September 26, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Officials from the largest public
transportation agency in the Bay Area met today in San Francisco
to discuss a range of issues including improving service and safety
Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., who became director of transportation
for the Municipal Transportation Agency in January, remained positive
today as he addressed the board of directors on issues from new
technology to streamlining management.
He also brought up several issues that have been plaguing Muni
for years, such as on time standards, safety and staffing.
"There are no less than a dozen factors that are under our
control," Ford said as ran down a list projected in front
of about 40 onlookers.
One of those issues, on-time performance, has drawn attention
recently. Ford said that for the last decade Muni has been "treading
water" and that while running Muni on time 100 percent of
the time is the projected goal of the agency, he conceded that
Muni would be better off with a more realistic goal like 85 percent.
In 1999, San Francisco voters passed Proposition H, a taxpayer-funded
bill that requires Muni run at least 85 percent on time.
Ford also addressed the board on safety, which he said was being
funded by an extra $2 million and with the help of the Police
Department, and on staffing, which he said he would like to bring
to its full level within a year.
"At this point, we are well short of the operators we need,"
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