Voice your thoughts on billion-dollar SFMTA budget

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is inviting the public this month and in April to give public feedback on its preliminary two-year, billion-dollar operating and capital budget.

Transit officials will hold two open houses on March 23 and 26 and also a webinar on March 21 for those who cannot attend the open houses. Both open houses will be at the SFMTA headquarters at One South Van Ness Avenue on the second floor.

Next week, the public can also attend public hearing of the budget at the SFMTA’s Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday at City Hall.

The transit agency will discuss many topics including a proposed premium fare for Muni riders who pay cash, increasing the monthly adult Muni Fast Pass with BART access beyond the automatic fare indexing and paying premium for using the Muni express routes.

As reported by SFBay, Clipper cash users would continue paying $2.25 in 2017, but cash users would pay $2.50. Cash fares will also rise again in 2018 by 25 cents due to automatic indexing of fares. The adult Muni Fast Pass with BART access could cost $91 next year.

Also, the transit agency is proposing higher fines and parking fees in its two-year budget. The proposed revenue generators will help curb the transit agency’s projected shortfall of $13.5 million in 2017 and $14.3 million in 2018.

Some other proposals transit officials want feedback on include the possibility of a 2 percent Muni service increase and increasing the youth age from 17 to 18. The transit agency has already increased the youth age in its free Muni for low- and middle-income youth program two years ago.

The transit agency is also considering lowering the discount of senior, disabled and youth fares from 66 percent to 50 percent.

Anyone not able to attend any of the meeting can also submit emails to the SFMTA at sfmtabudget@sfmta.com.

Let SFBay and our reporter know what you would like to see in the SFMTA’s budget over the next two years.

Public SFMTA Budget Meetings:

  • March 15, 2016
    SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting
    City Hall, Room 400
    1 p.m.
  • March 23, 2016
    SFMTA Budget Open House
    One South Van Ness Avenue, second floor
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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March 26, 2016
    SFMTA Budget Open House
    One South Van Ness Avenue, second floor
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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April 5, 2016
    SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting
    City Hall, Room 400
    1 p.m.