Muni fare hike plan draws fury of innumerate usual suspects
- Published Tuesday, February 1, 2005, by the Associated Press
Muni rate hike plan draws fury of activists
Railway officials facing increasing budget crunch.
Community groups are gearing up for a major political fight over
Municipal Railway's plans to raise fares and cut service.
The Coalition for Transit Justice plans to hold a rally at City Hall
today, one day before Muni officials meet to consider a fare increase
and other measures to close a growing budget deficit at the agency.
"Making service cuts and raising fares ultimately does balance the
budget on the backs of the poor," said Richard Marquez, one of the
Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Chris Daly have also voiced opposition
to plans to cut service and raise fares by at least 25 cents to bridge
a projected $55 million revenue shortfall for the fiscal year
beginning July 1. The measures could be take effect as early as
"I don't believe a fare increase is needed every time Muni gets into
trouble," said Mirkarimi, who has proposed a comprehensive audit of
Muni spokeswoman Maggie Lynch emphasized that a specific fare increase
had yet to be proposed to Muni's board.
"All options are still on the table," she said.
The Municipal Transportation Agency's Board of Directors, which
oversees Muni, is expected to hold a series of public hearings before
voting in late February. With a two-thirds vote, the Board of
Supervisors could reject the fare increases, but only if it rejects
Muni's whole budget.