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Voice your opinion of the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) at an SFMTA (Muni) Board meeting

The TEP service changes being presented at community meetings are generating a lot of customer doubts. The upcoming $500 million bond measure on the November ballot would fund the TEP as well as a lot of other Muni projects.

Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP)

$500 million bond measure on fall ballot

  • See some useful comments at the end of this piece, ENUF, February 25, 2014.
    ... before you vote to approve more Muni bonds and approve initiatives to charge higher fines, fees, and taxes to support Muni services, find out where the money is spent now. Find out what percent of the MTA budget covers the actual operations and maintenance costs, and where the bulk of the funds go.
    Ask the SFMTA, Mayor and supervisors how much SFMTA has spent on TEP plans to reorganize bus routes and cut Muni service. When you attend one of the many TEP meetings ask the MTA staff why the fifty new buses they just purchased canÂ’'t be used to increase service?
  • See "November Risks", SF Bay Guardian, February 25, 2014.
  • Lee's Sunday free parking plan up against money, politics, Matier & Ross, SF Chronicle, February 23, 2014.

Next meetings:

- Friday, March 14, 9am City Hall, Room 400 SFMTA Board Special Meeting - Informational Hearing (Decision will not be made at this hearing.)

- Friday, March 28, 8am City Hall, Room 400 SFMTA Board Special Meeting - TEP Service Change Recommendations (Decision expected at this meeting.)

Room 400, City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
(Van Ness Ave between Grove & McAllister)

See the SFMTA site for Meeting Agendas.

Things to know about speaking at the meeting

  • The main impact of appearing at an SFMTA Board meeting is having a large number of people speaking on the same topic. Your presence at the meeting as a speaker is an important contribution, whether you are a good public speaker or just average like most of us.
  • The first time you appear as a speaker you may be nervous, and sound nervous. That's OK.
  • You have two minutes maximum to speak.
    • There is a countdown timer mounted at the speaker podium.
    • A soft tone will sound when you have 30 seconds left, and a louder tone will sound when your time is up.
    • Before arriving at the meeting, make a few notes about what you want to say, then rehearse your speech and watch the time. You'll find that you can't say that much in two minutes. It's best to have a concise statement that you can easily complete in less than two minutes.
  • When you arrive at the hearing room fill out a Speaker Card and hand it to the clerk behind the barrier.
  • The SFMTA Board members will listen to you but will not respond. Your comments are a one-way, 2-minute sound bite.
  • Your comments will be recorded on SFGTV, and video can be viewed online at any time after the meeting.

Contact these officials:

Mayor Ed Lee, City Hall, Room 200,1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place,
San Francisco, CA 94102   (415) 554-6141

Board of Supervisors, City Hall, Room 244, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place,
San Francisco, CA 94102   (415) 554-5184

Supervisor David Chiu, City Hall, Room 244, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place,
San Francisco, CA 94102   (415) 554-7450

Muni: Mr Tom Nolan, Chairman, SFMTA Board, One South Van Ness, San
Francisco, CA 94103   (415) 701-4505

Muni: Mr Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation, One South Van Ness, San
Francisco, CA 94103   (415) 701-4720

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Web site updated September 7, 2014;