From the Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Announces $4.2 million for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

August 28, 2003

Washington, 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 Muni’s fleet is the highest priority in the City’s 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.”

Pelosi secured $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.

Pelosi secured 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.

“These 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 Pelosi.




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