Muni Bus Driver Shortage Worse Than Previously Disclosed

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MUNI buses drive along Market Street April 25, 2006 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

According to a new report by San Francisco's Budget and Legislative Analyst, the Muni driver shortage is worse than SFMTA officials previously estimated. The agency has 411 fewer full-time bus and train operators than it currently needs to operate, and with a steadily dwindling applicant pool, the problem seems far from over. Drivers say poor pay and unsafe working conditions makes their job unappealing to new recruits. Forum discusses the driver shortage and what it could mean for the future of Muni. Tell us -- has the driver shortage affected your commute?


Paul Rose, chief spokesperson, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

Roger Marenco, president, Transport Workers Union Local 250-A

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, transportation reporter, The San Francisco Examiner