SFMTA has a structural deficit, which grows year after year as revenue sources just don’t keep up with expenses (like cost-of-living for bus operators and maintenance workers). Before the pandemic, Muni was only delivering about 92% of promised service hours – which riders experience as missing busses, unreliable transfers, crowded vehicles, and ever longer travel times.
As SFMTA absorbs federal relief funding to keep operating and roll out more coverage around the city, the agency is figuring out how to allocate resources that continue to be insufficient as revenue (from rider fares, sales taxes, and parking) stays low. The agency is looking at three possible paths forward: a high-frequency network that would sacrifice some parallel service; a return to the pre-pandemic map; or a hybrid of the two.
Come hear directly from Director of Transportation Jeff Tumlin and his planning staff about these scenarios in depth, what the trade-offs are, and what future each might build for Muni service. Bring your questions!