As Muni is preparing to roll out its latest round of service cuts, which are set to take effect this Saturday, some of its workers are joining city elected officials to demand an end to what is becoming a trend of cutbacks.
San Francisco Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos along with Muni drivers and riders will rally today on the steps of City Hall at noon, when they will also call for the transportation authority to seek “more progressive sources of revenue,” according to a press release.
The service changes, which will affect most bus routes and rail lines, will reduce frequency on most routes and hours of operations on others.
In addition to reducing service, the transportation authority’s plan to ride out tough financial times currently includes increasing rates for Muni monthly passes over the next two years, extending parking meter hours to cover Sundays and laying off drivers.
Fares for senior, youth and disabled monthly passes increased by $5 effective May 1, to $20.
Although the SFMTA approved its two-year budget and the proposed 10-percent service cuts with a 4-3 vote on April 20, after nearly two hours of public testimony, it still has to go before the Board of Supervisors for city budget approval by July 31.
Half of the service, or five percent, is scheduled to be restored in fiscal year 2012.