2022: Let’s Keep Winning For Riders
Give today to build the future of transit we need
We’ve worked hard throughout the past two years of the pandemic to keep Muni moving for riders – and we succeeded in building the movement needed to bring back needed coverage in early 2022 despite budget shortages and an underlying structural deficit at SFMTA. We also helped secure free Muni for youth and a car-free JFK! We can’t stop now! We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build the foundations for the future of transit we need.
Supporting SFTR ensures that riders, particularly those living in neighborhoods that have often been excluded from transit planning and investment, will be front and center in the fight to fund Muni, restore service and create a more equitable, sustainable San Francisco.
Give today to make sure all riders are heard, and crucial transit funding is won, in 2023.
SFTR will continue to engage with riders across the city to ensure riders are front and center when it comes to transit decision-making in a way that builds trust and accountability for SFMTA and other government entities. We are currently conducting a transit needs assessment in Bayview to identify the post-pandemic needs of riders in Southeast San Francisco and how they might translate to improved transit connections in the neighborhood. In addition, our transit planning, funding and regional policy working groups ensure our actions center the needs of riders.
Transit Rider Wins in 2021
We won a major restoration of Muni routes
On July 9, the 2022 Muni Service Network plan went into effect, focused on expanding bus service including the return of the 2 Sutter, 6 Haight-Parnassus and 21 Hayes (with some route changes), as well as other route extensions and modifications. Due to a lot of hard work and dedication of SFTR, SFMTA, Supervisor Preston, and riders across the city, we secured the opening of these lines, allowing for better transit access across the city.
We secured a car-free JFK
SF Board of Supervisors approved legislation by Mayor London Breed to keep JFK permanently car-free! It also will help speed up the 44 O’Shaughnessy and makes the park easier to access for riders in the Bayview, Visitation Valley, Excelsior, and Mission who don’t live nearby.
We hosted a game-changing Transit Month
In our seventh annual event, we engaged with San Francisco’s mayor and entire board of supervisors, and riders across the city. Hosted events included a region-wide ride contest and prizes, a San Francisco Ride Along and Rally, a workshop with People’s Transit Vision, Rider First Awards Ceremony, and more various regional activities. We witnessed Total Transit 2022, where Chronicle reporters tried to ride all 27 agencies in one day, and joined in on a happy hour with transit GMs and CEOs from across the city.
We passed a new 30-year spending plan that will improve transit!
On Tuesday March 8th, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse the $2.6 billion Transportation 2022 Sales Tax Expenditure Plan. This new 30-year spending plan for the existing half-cent sales tax will help deliver safer, smoother streets, more reliable transit, continue paratransit services for seniors and persons with disabilities, reduce congestion, and improve air quality. San Francisco Transit Riders was an active member of the Expenditure Plan Advisory Committee, and after numerous consultations with our member-led Local Funding Working Group, is in strong support of the measure.