Skip to Content
Streetsblog California home
Streetsblog California home
Log In

Reports came in over the weekend that SFMTA's buses were chartered by the police to get cops in riot gear to protest locations in San Francisco. If so, this is at odds with the transit drivers' union. "In the exact words of International Transit Workers Union President John Samuelson, 'we’re not driving the bus for the cops to arrest protesters,'” said Muni operators union president Roger Marenco.

Streetsblog has asked SFMTA for more information, including its official policy on special police charters. But this tweet from KQED reporter Joe Rodriguez includes a photo of one of the "police services" buses and has a response from SFMTA:

It's unclear to what extent Muni is aiding the police (aside from the 'specials') or who drove the buses in the pictures. But at least they claim "no Muni vehicles or employees will be used to transport any detainee."

And SFMTA head Jeffrey Tumlin had this to say:

Meanwhile, The TransitCenter is standing with operators who don't want the police to "...commandeer their labor during the protests." And from nominated SFMTA director Jane Natoli:

Marenco agreed, and expanded on the operators' view in an email to Streetsblog:

After watching the real life crimes that the police officers have been committing, such as:1 - murder (George Floyd)2 - assault with a deadly weapon (driving at high speeds into crowds of people)3 - attempted murder (trying to kill protesters by running them over with police cars)we the union members of TWU Local 250A will not be aiding the SFPD. If the MTA wants to assist the SFPD, so be it, however TWU will not assist.

Streetsblog New York reports that their transit agency's drivers made the police get their own bus.

Update June 2:
https://twitter.com/chrisarvinsf/status/1267692093754896384

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog California

Strategizing About Reduced Funding in the Active Transportation Program

Funding for Cycle 7 of the Active Transportation Program is less than $200 million, and already there have been requests for fifteen times the amount of available funding

July 18, 2024

This Heat Wave Is a Car Dependency Problem

Our quickly warming planet has a unique impact on people who don't or can't drive — and we need policy action to protect their health.

July 18, 2024

We Need to Stop Killing People On Our Roads; A New ‘Bikes Belong’ Campaign Could Help

A ground-breaking campaign in the 90s helped deliver the federal money America needed to fund active transportation infrastructure. Is it time to re-launch it?

July 18, 2024

Eyes on the Street: Hollywood Boulevard Bike Lanes are Open

The Hollywood bike lanes project, already very much in use, is also already being criticized by commenters at Nextdoor and other social media

July 18, 2024

Eyes on the Street: Vincent Bikeway is Coming Together

The new waterway bike/walk path - with on-street connections - is expected to open later this year

July 18, 2024
See all posts