Muni on pace to break OT budget by $18M this year

May 13, 2011 8:12:57 AM PDT
San Francisco's public transit agency is coming under fire for overtime costs.

The Municipal Transportation Agency is on pace to break its overtime budget by $18 million this year, a 55 percent cost overrun.

Some city supervisors say the agency's overtime expenses are out of control. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu tells the San Francisco Chronicle he isn't convinced Muni officials are taking the issue seriously enough.

Muni officials say they have no choice but to pay overtime given the number of operators the system is down on any given day. The only alternative would be to cut back service.

Although overtime spending is higher than expected, officials say it will not exceed the agency's overall staffing budget for the year.


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