San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin has resigned, according to agency officials. He will remain as director of transportation through the end of his contract in mid-August.
The agency has been under scrutiny lately due to chronic system breakdowns. Most recently, overhead infrastructure damage disrupted subway service for much of the day, CBS SF reported.
In his years of service at the SFMTA, Reiskin has overseen initiatives that help improve San Francisco transportation, such as:
- Directing the increase of Muni service levels by more than 10%;
- Replacing and expanding the Muni bus fleet and initiating the expansion of the entire rail fleet, transforming Muni from one of the oldest fleets in the country to the newest and greenest fleet in North America;
- Growing Muni ridership on rapid routes, while national trends were decreasing;
- Overseeing a drop in crime on Muni by 9.3% and assaults by 43%;
- Committing to Vision Zero in 2014. In 2017, San Francisco reached the lowest traffic fatality count in its recorded history;
- Exceeding the city’s goal of 50% of trips by sustainable modes;
- Making Muni free for approximately 115,000 low to moderate income youth, seniors and people with disabilities;
- Developing the Muni Service Equity strategy to eliminate the gap in performance between Equity Neighborhood routes and the Muni system as a whole;
- Completing the Transit Effectiveness Project, the first comprehensive review of Muni service in a generation;
- Implementing the Muni Rapid Network and giving Muni more priority on our streets;
- Expanding the transit-only lane network;
- Earning the highest-rated transportation revenue bonds in the U.S.;
- Championing new approaches to public outreach and engagement to give all communities an opportunity to provide input to projects impacting their community;
- Developing the Guiding Principles for emerging mobility to ensure that the dramatic growing range of emerging transportation options in San Francisco are consistent with city policies and values;
- Expanding demand-based parking pricing across the city; and
- Leading the $3.5 billion capital budget program to ensure projects are delivered and coordinated with other agencies for maximum benefit.