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Rescue Muni

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Rescue Muni

Rescue Muni
Formation 1996
Andrew Sullivan
Website Official Website

Rescue Muni was founded in 1996 by transit riders in the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) to run both Muni and the Department of Parking and Traffic. It made the agency semi-independent, set service standards for it, and changed its budget and civil service rules.

Headed by Andrew Sullivan, Rescue Muni is made up largely of citizens upset with the current level of service provided by Muni. Through its various initiatives, Rescue Muni has become an important political force in San Francisco, and can mobilize a large contingent of voters quickly through its website. It was influential in passing Proposition E, which helped turn the transit agency around. It is also a vigilant watchdog group, and has campaigned for the expansion of Muni service, including light rail on the Geary Boulevard corridor and the conversion of some Muni bus lines to bus rapid transit.

The organization also campaigned against efforts to require Muni to buy alternative fuel buses on a more aggressive schedule than the one mandated by the California Air Resources Board, arguing that such buses were very expensive, had proved unreliable in other major urban areas, and offered no significant pollution advantages over the current generation of Clean Diesel buses.

Rescue Muni is also known as a strong advocate for the construction of a new



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