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SFMTA's New Chief Doesn't Own a Car, Commutes by Bike

Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 10:00 AM

(San Francisco, KALW) On August 15, San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency will get a new chief.

Ed Reiskin will replace Nat Ford as the overseer of all things transit-related.

Reiskin is  currently the head of Public Works in San Francisco. He's never run a transit agency, but he's been a manager in city government for a long time.

What's more, he actually rides Muni -- so he knows what he's getting into. He'll start the job facing a whole array of challenges, from implementing a new contract for Muni operators to trying to solve long-term budget problems.

KALW's Casey Miner interviewed Reiskin on his plans.

In the interview we learn that SF's new transpo chief doesn't own a car and commutes to work by bike. He did admit to occasionally sharing a car though, so he's not all together unfamiliar with the Bay Area driving experience.

As for what he's planning to change at "In terms of the specific priorities, I’ll find that out once I get there."

Muni bus in San Francisco, California (Photo by BrokenSphere)

Listen to the full interview at KALW News. There's also a transcript.

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Comments [1]

Andrew

I think it's good that he occasionally shares a car once in a while. I'm in exactly the same boat as him (though in a different city): rely almost exclusively on public transit, but have a Zipcar membership which I use once in a while. It's positive that he'll have experience with the whole system, since, after all, cabs and car-sharing services are as much a part of public transportation as trains, buses and light rail.

Aug. 04 2011 11:48 AM

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