Matter & Ross: Troubled SF Central Subway has a new problem: The boss quit

San Francisco’s $1.6 billion Central Subway project, already a year behind schedule, is facing a new challenge.

John Funghi, the Municipal Transportation Agency engineer who has overseen the big dig for 11 years, has been recruited to honcho Caltrain’s $1.9 billion conversion of its rail service from diesel to electric trains. He starts in February.

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Ballot proposal would split SF’s transit agency into Muni, traffic departments

Concerned with The City’s allegedly mismanaged transit policies, supervisors Aaron Peskin and Ahsha Safai have told stakeholders they plan introduce a June 2018 ballot measure that would split the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages Muni as well as San Francisco’s streets, stoplights, parking and curb colors. 

Under the proposal, one agency would handle just Muni, and the other would handle San Francisco’s parking and streets, sources with knowledge of the measure told the San Francisco Examiner.

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SF awards $3.2M in #contracts to company connected to alleged #bidrigging, federal indictment

The City has awarded a new transportation contract to a company connected with a federal indictment and alleged bid-rigging scheme, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

Butler Enterprise Group, LLC was awarded two $1.6 million public outreach contracts by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Aug. 15. Meanwhile, the company’s controversial president, Derf Butler, is facing a federal indictment for an alleged bid-rigging scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Energy.

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