Letter: Fare inpsectors have boosted Muni revenues
- Published Saturday, September 27, 2008 by the San Francisco Examiner
Letters to the Editor
"Muni fare-enforcement inspectors have many roles"
In response to <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/39441>
Robert H. McDowell's Sept. 24 letter, I would like to clarify the
important role of transit fare inspectors, who are not San Francisco
police officers. They are employees of the San Francisco Municipal
Transportation Agency, which operates Muni. The SFMTA is proud of
the more than 50 TFIs who enforce the proof-of-payment policy and
work to make sure each Muni rider has paid their fare.
The uniforms of transit fare inspectors identify them as SFMTA
employees, and their important work has been featured in Examiner
stories. Inspectors work in pairs. When we bring in a new class,
they take the new recruits into the field with them for extensive
While TFIs do enforce Muni's security and fare policies, they also
provide customer service to Muni riders and San Francisco visitors.
These inspectors are an invaluable presence on the Muni light-rail
trains, and we are actively planning for their expansion to Muni
buses. As The Examiner reported earlier this month, increased fare-
evasion enforcement contributed to an increase in Muni revenue over
the past fiscal year.
Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.
Executive director and CEO
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
[BATN: See also:
Letter: Do not use SF police as Muni fare inspectors