Muni has a new chief: Public Works Director Ed Reiskin, according to a City Hall source.
Reiskin has been the favorite to get the job since the much-maligned Nat Ford stepped down last month. The Bay Citizen reported last month that Reiskin had the support of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board, Mayor Ed Lee and transit advocates. Reiskin has earned a reputation as a problem-solver who is unafraid to shake up a department.
Muni has been struggling in recent years. On-time performance has dipped to 70 percent after peaking at 75 percent in 2010. State funding has dwindled. And there has been labor unrest. Bus drivers have chafed under a new arbitrator-imposed contract. Taxi drivers, also governed by the SFMTA, have already held one strike and plan to hold another over new credit card fees that they are required to pay.
Ford stepped aside last month and was given a $384,000 golden parachute for his five years at the helm of Muni. Debra Johnson, who was also a candidate for the top job, took on the interim role while the board decided whom to pick.