A Transit Riders' Association for San Francisco
P.O. Box 190966
San Francisco, CA 94119-0966
Hotline: (415) 273-1558
Email: board at rescuemuni.org
|FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 23, 2000
Chair, Steering Committee / Chief Spokesperson
Vice-Chair, Steering Committee
Rescue Muni Praises Ammiano, Newsom, Yee;
Pledges to Work With New MTA Board
After Tuesdayís vote to approve Mayor Brownís nominees to the new Municipal Transportation
Agency (MTA) Board, Rescue Muni thanked the supervisors who voted against the nominees.
Despite the vote, the organization pledged to work with the new board to improve
The organization singled out Supervisor Tom Ammiano for praise as the only member to vote against all seven nominees. "Supervisor Ammiano stood up for Muni riders by insisting the board better represent Muniís customers," said Rescue Muni chair Andrew Sullivan. "It took guts to vote against all seven nominees, but doing so said that riders matter."
Rescue Muni also praised Supervisors Gavin Newsom and Leland Yee for voting against Welton Flynn, who presided over Muniís decline on the Public Utilities Commission and later the Public Transportation Commission. "Supervisor Newsom and Supervisor Yee sent an important message with their votes: that public officials should be accountable for performance," said Rescue Muni vice chair Daniel Murphy. "We think thatís absolutely essential."
"Despite our differences about the makeup of this board, Rescue Muni is eager to work with the new MTA to make Muni service better," said Sullivan. "Our organization understands Muniís problems at a pretty deep level. We hope to reach out to this board and help with the learning curve theyíll face."
Rescue Muni is a transit ridersí organization for customers of Muni. It was founded in 1996 by Muni riders seeking to improve the systemís reliability, service, and safety, and currently has about 550 members and continues to grow rapidly. Rescue Muni co-sponsored November 1999ís Proposition E after circulating their own charter amendment earlier that year and participating in City Hall negotiations. Additionally, Rescue Muni sponsors an annual ridersí survey measuring the systemís reliability and performance.