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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Board President Reiterates Supervisors Won't Buy Into Muni Fare Hike

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 9:30 AM

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As we noted earlier this week, Friday's MTA Board meeting will have something to enrage everyone. If the board members vote for the proposals in front of them -- and that's where the smart money is going -- they'll end up laying off some 175 drivers (and 230 Muni employees), slashing services, and doubling the price of a monthly pass for youth, seniors, and the disabled from $15 to $30.

While cutbacks and fare hikes have increasingly been described as "inevitable," Board of Supervisors president David Chiu asserts they are, indeed, evitable. At least the fare hikes -- the supervisors have no say on service cuts (short of entire line closures) or layoffs. But fare hikes need the supes' approval. They won't get it, says Chiu.

"Oh, I don't view those as inevitable at all," he said of the proposed hikes, just as he did when they were first proposed. "I'm not well inclined to them and I know many of my colleagues feel the same way."

Chiu sympathised with the Transit Workers Union employees who stand to lose their jobs -- but notes that this is out of his hands, if not theirs.

"If the TWU was not able to help in the situation, layoffs are absolutely inevitable. I've tried to communicate that to the TW folks with as much clarity as possible," he said, referring to the Muni drivers' union's recent spurning of concessions that would have saved the city some $15 million. "But we only have a say in the fare increases." 

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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