Muni's Billion Dollar Problem
How to fix Muni's fiscal crisisJanuary 18, 2006
Muni is in the midst of a financial crisis. For the last five years, San Francisco's transit agency has been able to patch over its structural deficit, primarily via a combination of one-time revenues, belt tightening, fare increases and service cuts. This year, an improving economy and more one-time windfalls may get Muni through another year, but these short-term solutions do not address the agency’s real long-term issue.
Bettering Muni is not a goal in and of itself, rather it is a means to an end: a more livable, sustainable, economically productive city for all San Franciscans. Finding the money and making the changes necessary to dramatically improve Muni will reduce congestion, enable economic growth, reduce pollution, promote social equity, increase public health and generally improve our quality of life. SPUR recommends a three-pronged approach to aggressively improve service, reduce costs and increase revenues.