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City and County of San Francisco
Finance & Administration Committee (FAC)
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.
1. Call to Order / Roll Call
FAC Members present at roll call: Daniel Murphy (Chairman), Emily Drennen, Griffith Humphrey, Bruce Oka.
FAC absent: None
SFMTA Staff Present: Sonali Bose (SFMTA Director of Finance), Janet Martinsen (SFMTA CAC Liaison) and Debra Reed (SFMTA CAC Secretary).
2. Adopt Minutes from January 17 and February 14, 2007
Motion to adopt minutes: unanimously approved. (Ayes – Murphy, Drennen, Humphrey and Oka)
3. Public Comment – Concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda
4. Report of the Chairman
No report was presented.
5. Fare Media Policy (Discussion/Action) Sonali Bose
Ms. Bose reported that the SFMTA spends $4 million annually in printing costs and recognizes a minimum of 65 different fare instruments and transfers. Ms. Bose’s proposal to reduce the number of fare media will go before the SFMTA Board when it has been finalized.
Questions and Comments from the FAC
Jamison Wieser suggested renaming the passes and calling them “tickets.”
Emily Drennen suggested printing advertising on the back.
The following action was taken by the FAC:
Motion: The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA simplify its fare structure by reducing the number of fare instruments the Agency manages.
The motion was unanimously approved. (Ayes – Murphy, Drennen, Humphrey and Oka)
6. Fare Structure (Discussion/Action) Sonali Bose
Ms. Bose stated that the Mayor’s Revenue Panel will be considering fare policy issues such as automatic fare increases and discount policies.
Comments and Questions from the FAC
Emily Drennen asked about the progress of free transit. Ms. Bose stated that the increase in security, safety, cleaning and maintenance, as well as more operators and buses would be the biggest challenge. To address the structural deficit along with Muni’s incremental needs, “Free Muni” would require significant additional resources. “Free Muni” may also require considerable policy changes, such as transit-only corridors. On the other hand, savings would be realized in printing costs, revenue collections, fare gate structure, etc.
Griffith Humphrey asked for examples of locations where free transit has worked. Ms. Bose said that Charleston, Portland and Seattle have a form of free transit in their downtown area. Several European communities use transit-only corridors for free transit.
7. Revenue Options (Discussion/Action) Sonali Bose
Ms. Bose stated that the Mayor’s Revenue Panel will be addressing additional revenue needs in a final package of recommendations by the end of 2007.
8. Schedule Upcoming Meetings and Agenda Items (Discussion/Action)
9. Adjournment: 5:07 p.m.
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