What is SaveMuni?

People often ask us what SaveMuni is and what it does. SaveMuni was established in early 2010 as an all volunteer, non-profit organization in order to help find ways of improving Muni. For the first three and one half years of our existence, we focused primarily on the SFMTA’s ill-conceived, politically-motivated Central Subway project. During this period we pointed out the absence of a project alternative analysis, the major conceptual engineering mistakes of the project and the grossly inaccurate manner in which it was sold to an unwitting public. Particularly egregious were the false claims regarding trip times and the future cost impact on Muni (greatly understated), and projected Central Subway ridership (greatly overstated).

For more about the Central Subway click here.

Since mid-2013, SaveMuni has increasingly focused to San Francisco’s existing public transit systems…especially Muni…and how to make them better. In other words we look for ways to reduce transit trip times and improve on-time performance, safety and rider convenience. As part of this effort we look at both the internal structure of the transportation agencies, especially the SFMTA, and the institutional and on-street obstacles that stand in the way of consistently reliable transit service.

An important part of this challenge involves the way municipal transportation priorities are established and how transit funds are allocated and spent. At the present time we are focused on improving Muni operations, positioning Muni to serve a growing city, getting the Transit First policy fully implemented and extending Caltrain into downtown San Francisco without further delay. SaveMuni’s program for 2015 will shortly be released.

To meet these objectives it is necessary that every dollar of scarce transportation capital is carefully allocated and spent, which in the recent past has not been the case. SaveMuni strives to improve this situation. It is our intent to work cooperatively with like-minded civic, business, labor, environmental, neighborhood and governmental organizations to achieve these ends.

History of SaveMuni:  The idea of setting up an organization to find ways of improving Muni was first proposed during a planning meeting held in the home of Jane Morrison on Saturday, December 5, 2009. During a number of subsequent meetings, including the SaveMuni Summit held on March 6, 2010, this original idea evolved into a new San Francisco organization. SaveMuni was officially established by vote of its 12/5 Planning Group on April 19, 2010. SaveMuni is located at 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco 94111.

For more information about SaveMuni or its issues or on how to join, contact:

Howard Wong: <wongaia@aol.com>
Joan Wood <joanwood@earthlink.net>
Bob Feinbaum <bobf@att.net>
Jerry Cauthen <cautn1@aol.com>

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Meetings:  We usually meet at 5:30 p.m. on the Third Monday of the month at the Turk/Fillmore Police Station.  (The December 2015 meeting will  be held on December 14th rather than December 21st…same time same place).  To confirm a meeting, join SaveMuni, register an opinion, ask a question, or learn more about our organization, please contact one of the individuals listed above.

Map showing where we meet

Founding Members of SaveMuni  (partial list)

Zach Redington Stewart: Architect and landscape Architect. Lives in North Beach.
Howard Wong: Architect. Lives on Telegraph Hill. Active in Telegraph Hill Dwellers (THD).
Joan Wood: Retired Social Worker. Telegraph Hill/North Beach Activist. Active in THD.
David Schonbrunn: President of TRANSDEF, Advocate for Bay Area Public Transportation.
Norman Rolfe: (deceased) Electrical Engineer, former Chair SFT’s Transportation Committee. Lived on Russian Hill.
Howard Strassner: Civil engineer. Chair, Sierra Club Transportation Committee. Lives in the Sunset.
Dorothy Danielson, Retired Professor SFSU, THD Traffic and Transportation Committee
Hal Wanaselja: Former Amtrak Vice President of Operations. Lived in Noe Valley
Herb Kosovitz: Architect. Lives on Telegraph Hill.
Judith Robinson: Author and historian. Lives in North Beach.
Mary Lipian: Co-chair, THD’s Planning/Zoning Committee. Lives on Telegraph Hill.
Sue Hestor: Environmental Attorney. Lives in Bernal Heights.
Alice Mosley: Music Teacher. Lives in the Sunset.
David Pilpel: Muni Expert. Lives in the Mission.
Nate Baca: Account Manager. Lives on Telegraph Hill.
Sherman Lewis: Professor Emeritus HSU. Lives in Hayward.
Judy Irving: Documentary Filmmaker. Lives on Telegraph Hill.
Mark Bittner: Author. Has lived in North Beach for 35 years.
Adrian Brandt: Software Engineer. Former President, Bay Rail Alliance. Lives in Redwood City.
Jane Morrison: Member and former Chair, S.F. Democratic Central Committee. Lives in Cole Valley.
Nan Roth: Retired Urban Planner. Long time THD member, Waterfront and Muni Activist.
John Holtzclaw: Retired transportation and land use analyst and engineer. Lives on Russian Hill.
Roy Nakadegawa: Former BART and AC Transit Board Member. Lived in Berkeley.
Gerald Cauthen: Transportation Engineer. Lives in Oakland.
Richard Tolmach: Passenger Rail Expert. Lives in France.
Ed Moose: Retired North Beach Restaurateur. Lived in North Beach.
Mary Etta Moose: Retired North Beach Restaurateur. Lives in North Beach.
Len Conly: Co-Chair, Friends of BRT; Berkeley Activist and Transit Advocate. Lives in Berkeley.
Carol Greene: Artist. Lives in San Jose
Alan Miller: Train Riders Association of California, Lives in Sacramento
Wingham Liddell: Retired Professor, Sonoma State University. Lives in Sausalito.
June Osterberg: “Long time North Beach resident and protector”.
Joyce Roy: Architect and long time East Bay activist. Lives in Oakland
William Blackwell: Architect and mathematician. Lives in Piedmont.
Suzanne Keebler: North Beach activist.
Michael Sonn: Former Chair, THD Transportation Committee. Member, North Beach Neighbors
Paul Okamoto: Architect. Works in North Beach.

(Updated February 18, 2015)