$4.2 million for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
D.C. - Today House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that
the Federal Transportation Administration will disburse $4.2 million
in federal funds to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
(Muni). Pelosi secured Congressional earmarks in the 2001 and 2002
fiscal years to help Muni expand its Bay Area transportation network
and update its fleet with cleaner and more efficient vehicles.
The replacement of Munis fleet is the highest priority
in the Citys Capitol Improvement Program, Pelosi said.
By reducing emissions from diesel buses and expanding the
use of alternative-fueled buses, these funds will help clean up
the air and protect public health in San Francisco.
$3,960,116 to help Muni modernize its fleet of 450 diesel busses.
The funds will initially be used to fit filters onto the existing
busses in order to reduce the emission of both particulate matter
and nitrogen oxide dramatically. The remaining funds will help build
a new maintenance facility for the motorcoach fleet at Islais Creek,
accommodating both diesel and alternative-fuel buses.
the second earmark of $274,395 to assist Muni in augmenting short-term
capacity on the 15 bus line which currently serves South of Market,
Mission Bay and Bayview-Hunters Point.
projects will help reduce traffic congestion and streamline transportation
overall in San Francisco, and will keep us moving toward the future
in a manner that is convenient and sustainable, concluded